I am Alima meets Ireland!

“I’m not ready to meet you Oh Allah. Don’t take my life, not today, I’m *just* not ready.” These were the statements rolling on my tongue throughout the flight to Ireland. It wasn’t a fear of the flight, as this isn’t a phobia, it was deeper, stronger and more painful. These words weren’t anticipated, but they gave me hope. I cared, perhaps I wasn’t in love with this life as I’d imagined. Then fear kicked in, imagine if it was the end. The question which arose lead me to ask; was I worthy of Jannah? Was I ready to meet Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)? It’s a question we should ask ourselves every day.

My reflection ended on a powerful note, as we returned from the airport. I was concerned about the flight, but I had missed the point. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) could take me and you away at any time. The flight, its might had enlightened me, but if Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) had willed, we could have passed away walking, running and even waiting for our flight. We’ve focused on the major tests, when its the minor tests which lead us astray, slowly, but surely.

‘Because you’re worth Jannah’

Alhamdulillah over this weekend I am Alima was honoured to be invited by FOSIS Ireland to take part in their sisters course: Because you’re worth Jannah! We would like to express our gratitude to FOSIS Ireland for inviting us, as well as the amazing hospitality mashaAllah. In addition I’m currently debating who is cooler; FOSIS Ireland or FOSIS Midlands, however this is a debate for another time!

Two lessons I wanted to share which I learnt from Ireland:

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2] The only way you can release your Inner Queen is by strengthening your relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) reminds us; “…for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” [Surah Al-Rad, 13:28]

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]Happiness comes from being content and without closeness to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) a soul becomes depressed, sad and lonely, even though we perceive them to be having fun.

If we don’t know our heritage, how can we possibly be proud of our identity?

How can we appreciate what the Superstars from the past went through, so we are blessed with Islam today? In reality we can’t. It is only due to their time, dedication and sacrifices we are able to appreciate the true worth of our struggles.


And we will leave you with what our sisters from Ireland thought of our workshop, they touched our hearts as we read them and we hope they will touch yours inshaAllah.

“I’ve always been interested in human psychology, but something that hit me today was the concept of studying Shaytan’s psychology!”

“It was an amazing talk and you’re very friendly mashaAllah. I really enjoyed it! I hope to see you again and may God be pleased with you. Thank you so much.” Bassmah Sait, Ireland

“May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) reward you for your beneficial talk. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I gained a lot of knowledge Alhamdulillah. Your personal stories were very inspiring and had a lot of life lessons. I felt everything you said related to us as young European Muslim women. Please continue spreading your inspirational words!” Malek, Ireland

Alhamdulillah it was an amazing journey, entertaining and hopefully life changing for you and us. May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accept from us all and until then, be beautiful! If you attended these workshops, tell us how you benefited below inshaAllah.

The Author

Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.

1 Response

  1. Aaqib February 20, 2013 / 7:53 am


    love this article / valuable experience and GEMS :)

    Look forward to reading more articles.

    I am Alima is one of my favourite websites and I visit it often.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>