It was finally the eid, and after a month of fasting Ellie looked forward to sharing a day with other Muslims in a fun and exciting way.
During Ramadan she could not attend the nightly tarawih prayers like many Muslims because she had to work a regular nine to five job then go home to care for her aging mother. She did not mind her situation because the reward would be so great in the end. This hope kept her going. Only today, though, she longed for a change of pace.
Ellie had put in for the day off, but was it the correct day? It was amazing that in her area all the Muslims had started the fast on the same day this year. This situation is unusual for the United States. In her area there are some who tune into what ever day fasting started “back home” and act accordingly. There are some who wait for news of a moon sighting anywhere in the world, and there are some who wait to hear of a sighting any where in America, while still others go and look for themselves locally.
When she discovered that her friends had broken their fast a day BEFORE the day she had taken off, Ellie was beyond heart broken. She had fasted the entire month alone, prayed at home alone, read Qur’aan alone and had just wanted one day to pray, eat, and enjoy the company of others. What a shame! She got into her car and proceeded to the job site one hour drive away from home. Most days she looked forward to the commute and used the time to listen to Qur’aan. On this sad day she listened to recordings of sermons from overseas.
The tune of her phone interrupted the Eid recording, and Ellie answered the phone to hear the voice of her supervisor. “Good morning, Ellie. I called to inform you the classes you are scheduled to teach today have been cancelled. The building has some kind of plumbing emergency and we just had to cancel. There is no time to find another location.” Ellie held her breath in disbelief. “So what should I do?” she asked. “Oh just take the day off, Ellie. You have done such a phenomenal job at these seminars! Why not give yourself a break? We’ll see you tomorrow.” Mrs. Jamison answered without hesitation. It was true, Ellie loved her job of giving information to people about retirement planning. She had only been at this job for a year, but the company was thriving with her input.
Ellie quickly thanked her supervisor and pulled over to gather her thoughts. Tears of happiness and relief streamed down her face. It was such a gift that could only have come from the Most Merciful Lord! The One Who controls the heavens and the earth can easily make it so that Ellie can have her dream of a day with the Muslims!
She wasted no time in turning the car around and headed straight toward the masjid. Oh what a wonderful day this was! Ellie shared her story with many friends that she met that day, and now it is being shared here.
it is my reminder to never lose hope in the plan of our Lord. He knows our hopes and desires, and can make any of them come to us, but we have only to keep on with our part. May Allaah keep us firm on our part, aameen.