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As a typical day turned into a beautiful moment of opportunity, guest writer “Wishes” reflects on how we should never belittle any of our deeds. Instead, we should renew our intentions and seek our reward with Allah.

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May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala reward each and every one of my beautiful Muslim sisters that chooses to wear the hijab! May He also reward them for every pin they put in their hijab, every day. Ameen!

With our crazy lifestyles, we’re always looking and moving ahead, we’re always waiting for tomorrow, planning for tomorrow – never looking back to analyze the past and where we have been.

Recently, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala blessed me with one of those truly “Subhan Allah” moments! I was participating with my co-workers as a judge for an elementary school competition. My company had also helped mentor one school throughout the year. As we were saying our hellos to the school kids, I met little Ammar (the cutest kid ever, mashaAllah). When I met him, my reaction was “Aww, look at this young Muslim kid,” but he was so shy, he never said salam to me. He would just give me this weird smile, but he was so cute, mashaAllah, I really didn’t mind it.

Then I met Ammar’s younger sister, Olla (a name which basically means “high” or “elevated”), who was the cutest little girl ever, masha’Allah! I also got to meet the mom.

I noticed Olla following me around. When I asked her, “Hey are you following me around?” she simply nodded no. It was one of those, “Of course I am following you around, but I can’t admit to it” kind of nods. So Olla and I became buddies, and her mom mentioned to me how Olla liked my hijab (the mother didn’t wear hijab). And then I wondered, subhanaAllah, “What if Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala places the love for hijab in this little girl’s heart because she saw me in hijab that day?” (There were two other sisters at the venue who wore hijab, so may Allah make them a source of guidance for others as well!)

Many times, we go through our everyday lives not knowing who we’ve touched simply by being ourselves… until Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala shows us: look, you can make a difference in people’s lives. It was such a beautiful feeling, knowing that Olla loved my hijab and was admiring it. When I had woken up that morning, I wasn’t really thinking, “Oh, I’m going to make a difference in someone’s life today.” I just went about my routine of putting my hijab on. But alhamdulillah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala rewards us every day, every minute, every second we are wearing our hijabs properly in public… and He, subhanahu wa ta’ala, also rewards us for every pin we put in our hijabs in order to cover ourselves!

This was the story of my new little friend, Olla. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala preserve Olla, keep her steadfast on this deen, and may He, subhanahu wa ta’ala, make her of His righteous servants. Ameen.

Every time we put our hijabs on in the morning, we should think… is Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala going to guide someone through me today? Is He going to place me as an example for someone today? And if He does, will I be showing the person the right example of what a true Muslim Woman is? May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala preserve and guide us all on as-siraat al-mustaqeem! Ameen.