Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
From Umm Sulaim, Allah’s slave-woman to Abu Qatada. Peace be on whoever follows Guidance.
This is the first time I would not commence fasting with others. I had no idea of the sequence of events. That’s normal, considering I am not a soothsayer – nor do I wish to be!!! KUFR!!!
I spent the first day weak and in pain. I could barely move. Initially, I thought such and such was responsible.
I felt awful. I had to secretly eat. People around me are ignorant; they simply would not understand. Having a meal during daylight hours would solicit raised eye brows, especially on the very first day of Ramadhan!
My brother, always hope for the best and make preparations for it, though when and how you taste of it depends on your Creator. And, please, pardon the lateness of this letter: financial problems. Even if I am unable to contact you, I act in your interest to the best of my ability.
May Allah your Rabb and my Cherisher grant you the best. Aamiin!!
The recipient was Abu Qatada.
Sent: 17:26 hours, Monday 24th, Ramadhan, 1427
[October 16, 2006]