A Blessing From Day One

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As my term as Student Trustee for our public school board came to an end, I looked back on how exactly I got this position.

An announcement had been made that anyone interested should go ahead and apply. I don’t know what pushed me to do it, but I decided, why not, I’ll give it a shot insha’Allah. I submitted the application, and a week or so later, we were all the candidates were called in for interviews.

I had just begun wearing abayas full time a few months earlier. As my interview came closer and closer, I got more and more nervous. The fellow we call Shaytaan had a fun time messing with my mind. I kept thinking, what the heck am I doing? I’m going for an interview with an abaya on? In the office of the Public Board of Education? Am I crazy? I’m throwing away my chance.

Alhamdulillahi rabbil alameen I did not listen. This is who I am. I went in as my normal self — abaya and all. I took a deep breath and walked in to see a ten person committee sitting there (scary, much?) and decided to get rid of my nervousness by cracking a joke. They enjoyed it, and alhamdulillah, the interview went well.

Everyone at my school who applied got a call a few days later, saying they didn’t get the position. I started getting worried because I hadn’t gotten a reply at all. Alhamdulillah, that Friday when I went home, I received a call saying I was to be a student trustee.

SubhanAllah, I cannot explain my joy. A female, hijab-wearing Muslim in that position. It was a da’wah opportunity to the max! My mom’s response was: “It’s a victory for HIJABIS!” MashaAllah, she made me smile.

Throughout this past year, I’ve met some of the most amazing people: trustees, superintendent, senior administration. I sat at the board of trustees meeting, with my name in front of me as one of the only two non-Caucasians in that circle, and frankly, in the room.

Some people sitting in the audience area would look over, see the name “Sarah,” look at me smiling at them, and then read my name again. Everyone was extremely gracious and kind. It was definitely a great experience. Oh yes, how could I forget: the food was absolutely amazing. They take everyone’s needs into consideration. Tax dollars are extremely appetizing!

As we were doing the interviews for the next student trustees, I, along with my fellow student trustee, were looking at the applications in awe. These kids are insanely gifted. I thought back to myself and just began to wonder, how exactly did I get this position? Hijabi? Muslim? Not a 99% average? SubhanAllah, verily Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is the best of all Planners.

Alhamdulillah, I’m so grateful I was given this opportunity. I was told by one girl (non-Muslim) that she honestly thought another guy in our grade was more worthy of the position. I just smiled and took it. When Allah ‘azza wa jall wills something to happen, no one, and I mean no one can do anything about it. Obeying Allah ta’ala and all of His commands will only get us what we want.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala give us the tawfeeq to properly obey and worship Him! Ameen!