Alhamdulilah, on the 12th of June 2016, I found myself in the masjid bathroom taking a pregnancy test. I decided to do it there because I wanted my first reaction to be 2 raka’āt of Salaah, reciting the verse in Surah Āl Imraan (verse 35), dedicating what was in my womb to the service of Allah. When only one line appeared, I said, “Alhamdulilah” and went to go and show my husband who was waiting for me in the car. As I took the test out to show him, two pink lines were on the stick! (It takes about 5 minutes to work). We then both went to the masjid, to perform Salaah and make du’a for our little baby.
It was the beginning of Ramadhaan, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Being a past student of Zahraa Institute, and probably Mu’allimah Radia’s biggest fan, I told her about my amazing news. She advised me to keep it quiet for a little while, and to start our khatam for our little baby, which we did, Alhamdulilah.
I was head strong about making this pregnancy as ‘Ibadah and solely for the sake of Allah. I wanted to do everything I could. I tracked everything, and made du’as on each of the important dates. At around 40 days the heartbeat starts, so I made du’a on that day that every heartbeat from that point on beats all for the sake of and in obedience of Allah. When his hearing started, I made du’a that he uses it to only hear good things pleasing to Allah. Then the amazing 120 days came, the day the soul gets blown into the body. I was at Zahraa Institute – in the masjid, what better way to spend that day? I finished a khatam that day and made du’a that Allah grants him a good soul, one of the souls of Jannah. (Ameen). I also got a Qur’ān speaker which I played against my tummy for hours at a time, making him familiar with Qur’ān. Every milestone, I tried my best to make it for the sake of Allah. I kept reminding myself that this was gifted to me, and was not mine, that it was entrusted to me by Allah (swt), and it was my duty to do everything I could to make it pleasing to Allah, from the du’a at conception ’till the day I am no longer able, I knew I had to do everything I could.