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I know God is real because I see Him in the small things: the way the sun rises and sets every day, the way birds know to migrate, our fingerprints, the way the leaves change colors, the way caterpillars turn into butterflies. Nature is too perfect to be created unintentionally.
Omar suffers from a growth hormone deficiency, the result of a dysfunctional pituitary gland, and as a result is trapped in a tiny body. He looks around five but is actually seven-years-old.
He and his family fled Syria two years ago after the revolution began and government forces started shelling his hometown of Idlib. There he was receiving regular hormone and vitamin treatment to help him grow. But in Tripoli, northern Lebanon where his family took refuge, the treatment is too expensive even for aid organizations to cover.
Omar attends a “second shift” school for refugees, where French is his favorite subject.
When asked about his memories of Syria, he says: “I remember when my uncle Ahmed was killed, he was hit with three bullets. One in his leg, one in his back, one in his shoulder. Then a lot of blood came out.”
There is hope for young Omar. He and his family are now being considered for resettlement in Europe, where his treatment can be paid for in full.
(Photos: A McConnell / UNHCR)
O brother! Beware of letting procrastination take control of you and letting it take a firm root in your heart, for indeed it is the cause for fatigue and wasting (of time). Due to it, aspirations are cut short and appointed times are not met. If you allow this to happen, you have let it free you from your resolutions, and in effect, take you over.
And reclaim your body from the lethargy that overtook you. But when it returns back to you, your soul will not benefit from your body. And hasten, my brother, for indeed you are being hastened. And rush, for indeed you are being rushed. And be serious, for indeed, the matter is serious.
Awaken from your sleep, and snap out of your heedlessness.
And remember what you have left behind, what you fell short in, what you neglected, what crimes you committed and what deeds you did, for indeed that is recorded and you will be held accountable for it. So it is as if the matter has come upon you all of a sudden and so you are (either) happy with what you have put forth for it or remorseful for what you have neglected.”
— Subhanallah! Taken from Iqtidaa-ul-‘Ilm al-‘Amal (Knowledge Mandates Action) By Imaam Abu Bakr Ahmad bin ‘Alee Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee [Died: 463H]With verification and notes by Imaam Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee rahimahullah. (page 60, english translation)
Allah the Most High says;
'I am with my slave when he thinks of Me and I am with him when he mentions Me. For if he mentions Me to himself, I mention him to Myself; and if he mentions Me in a gathering, I mention him in superior gathering. If he approaches Me by a hand's width, I approach him by an arm's length, I approach him by two arms length. And if he comes to me walking, I hasten to him swiftly.'
[Al-Bukhari 8/171, Muslim 4/2061]