We Be Inspired is 2 years old today - masha'Allah! *Takbir* :)
Firstly and foremostly thank you God for allowing me this opportunity to do this work and secondly thank you and a big phat jazaakumullah khairun to each soul reading this - because you inspire and motivate me to continue this work daily.
I pray that Allah (swt) puts barakah in this work (or my passion more like it) and grants it tawfeeq and accepts all that I do for it.
All good that comes from WBI is from Allah alone and all mistakes are mine.
I ask you all to take that which is good and leave that which does not benefit you and please forgive me for ALL my shortcomings - I have MANY!
This WBI journey started in 2010.
A week before my 30th birthday in March I discovered a lump on the left side of my neck.
I ignored it - I had a 30th birthday party to organise!
This lump decided to stay and get bigger.
In the first week of April this little lump formed into a nice mini ball and it started to hurt.
I still ignored it - because now I had a two week 'KSC Easter Special' playscheme to deliver for young souls (KSC is my Kids Club that I launched in 2009).
Whilst delivering this playscheme I started to get fever.
I always have fever - so nothing new there I thought!
But this fever also made me nauseous and now the little lumpy ball had some friends to play with. There were a few more lumps!
As the two weeks of the easter playscheme progressed for the better, my health also deteriorated for the worse.
Each evening after the playscheme I would have high fever and be knocked out for hours. And I was sick - I kept throwing up.
Then I discovered that I had become a gremlin almost overnight. New lumps now appeared on the right side of my neck.
I was ill for over 15 days - in bed - with fever and sickness. The fever had two extremes. The extreme boiling, burning hot and an hour later freezing cold. Yup, full 15 days!
When I finally made it to the doctors on day 16 all hell broke lose at the surgery.
My doctors booked me in for emergency tests - full blood counts, spittle, x-rays, biopsy.
You should've seen the look on their faces - I've never seen them so worried - it was almost funny!
My blood counts came back BAD! Everything had dropped below the borderline.
The x-ray and spittle was fine - no TB. So I had the biopsy - to make sure there was no lymphatic cancer.
By now the fever had gone, sickness had stopped and I was just weak. My immune was very, very low.
I had different meds - the iron tablets reacted badly with my system - very badly!
A week before Ramadan 2010 the lumps disappeared - completely - and the hospital discharged me and the biopsy came back fine - no TB and no cancer.
*Phew* - because during this time I was also planning on my funeral - just in case...
Why am I telling you all this?
Because most of you don't know me personally or my life or my struggles or why I launched WBI.
Just like you I'm a human being striving to do and be good in this world and aiming for Jannah in the next.
This whole lumpy issue was a wake up call for me - more like a slap in the face from God to say; 'The clock is ticking - are you going to waste your life doing nothing or will you live your dreams and make it happen?!'
I mean, I've got the degrees and stuff, yet I was still trying to find my way, still asking that same question that I had been asking since childhood, 'What's my purpose? What am I here for?'
I realised early in life that I wasn't like most desi females and my life would not be the usual as it is for most females. For this reason I've struggled to fit in and try to find my path.
When I was younger my uncle always said; 'Nadia - Jannat mein pukarne wali' - 'Nadia - the one to call to Heaven'.
I always knew I was that. But not exactly sure how...
I started my personal journey on the deen at age 14. I chose that path. No pressure from no one. Just to get even closer to Allah - as I've always been close to Him since childhood and very spiritual.
That was 2010 and today is 28th March 2013. WBI is 2 year old and I'm 33 today! :)
Each moment is our only moment and we can be taken at any moment.
I wasn't created to quit or give up. I was created for greatness - just like our pious predecessors. And so are YOU! Yes YOU! :)
99.99% of our issues are not external they are in fact internal.
So join me on this journey with WBI - UK's #1 organisation for Islamic Personal and Spiritual development as we take full responsibility for our lives, our thoughts, our actions and we fix up our insides. No, we don't blame anyone else for our state - but we work on ourselves. Trust me - we'll never have that khushu in our salaah or that deep connection with the Qur'an if we don't fix up our insides - NOW!
Allah (swt) is my bestest friend - since age 4 (my earliest recollection) and He's your best friend too - will YOU allow Him to be your One and Only? Let me show you how insha'Allah :)
Enjoy your day - and have some cake :)
(Ps - there's LOTS coming up in my world. I hope you can continue to join me in this journey as we aim for Jannah al-Firdaus together. Keep me in your duas - because you're always in mine!).
We Be Inspired - Inviting humanity back to the fitra - back to Allah - through Qur'an, Sunnah and every day inspiration.
Let me know what YOUR unique purpose is in this duniya :)
Nadia Leona Yunis