Last night, I found out about the passing of a young friend. She was a mere 20-years-old, filled with bright dreams and big passions. She had a smile that lit up her face and a kindness that could mend broken hearts. And she had this incredible thirst for knowledge–not just any knowledge but for the knowledge that would bring her closer to Allah (SWT). And in spite of everything going on in her young and busy life, she looked for ways to search for it.
I didn’t really know Amina Aweys that well, unfortunately. I met her randomly one Friday night at the local masjid. She greeted me and we shared a quick conversation and became friends. Over the next year or so, I ran into her at the same masjid. She always had a hug to give and a smile to spare. We tried making plans to meet up but that never happened. And I’ll tell you what…I regret not making more of an effort to see her outside of the masjid. Because if I had, then I would have had the chance to be in the company of someone amazing.
By looking at her Facebook wall, I can see that Amina was truly loved. Posts after posts talk about the kind of person she was. Friends talk about how much she helped them through problems and every single one of them talk about how kind of a person she was. Her wall is filled with pictures of her and her friends and in every single one of them, she has the same bright smile.
As I studied her face, I noticed that she has this glow…this undeniable noor on her face. And I remembered seeing that same noor on her face every single time I saw her. She only had 20 years of life to live but enough life in her to change the lives of countless people. She only had 20 years of life to live but enough life to offer to brighten up the bleakest of souls. She only had 20 years of life to live…only 20. But she lived it fully. She lived it completely. And she lived it selflessly.
What a person she must have been, to be taken away on the most blessed of months. How much could she have been loved by Allah (SWT) that He called her back with the gates of Jannah wide open. I cringe at the thought of how much pain her body had to have been in when it was crushed in her car. But I smile at the thought of her being free from the the shackles of this world.
In her sudden death, Amina taught me one thing: It’s time to wake up. We say that Allah (SWT) will hold us accountable for every minute of our lives. But really, we will be asked about each breath. As you and I take another breath, let’s ask ourselves: Are we ready to meet the One who created us? Make each breath count. You never know when it’ll be your last.
As you finish reading this post, put your hands together and say a prayer for Amina. Say a prayer for her soul and say a prayer for a lofty place for her in the gardens of Jannah. Say a prayer for her family. Say a prayer for their ease and say a prayer for yourself. May we all leave in a way that has the world crying but our souls smiling at the sheer delight of meeting Him. Ameen.