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My hijrah to Allah

In the month of March 2008, my labour pains began and I excitedly awaited the birth of my son. This would be my second child, and having spent hours on the internet and speaking to other ‘second-time-around mothers’ I thought that I would be holding my new baby in my arms within hours – a short second labour. However, Allah (SWT) knew that this would not be the case. Instead of a quick and easy labour, I spent the following three weeks in excruciating pain, contracting but not dilating. My pregnancy had not been an easy one either, with most of my nine months spent vomiting, lying down due to severe back pain or fainting due to anaemia. By the end of the first week of my three week labour, I had had enough. I tried everything within my limited capability to soften my cervix and force it to dilate – to no avail. I was tired, in pain and completely exhausted. It was at this point that a dear sister and friend gave me words of comfort that changed my life. Continue reading

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