News: Tribute to Mr and Mrs Haroun [50th Wedding Anniversary]

The Light (UK), December 2005 Issue (p. 2)

At the iftar gathering at our London centre on 29th October, prayers were said for our brother Haroun and his wife Akela as their 50th wedding anniversary was approaching. Our senior member Mr. Faiz Khan, who composes sincere and inspiring prayers that come straight from his heart, wrote and said the following prayers:

“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

“All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. We beseech Him for help. We ask for His protection. We seek refuge in Him for our misdemeanours. And we rely on Him to guide our weak footsteps on the desired favourable direction leading to Him. Whosoever Allah guides, there is none who can lead them astray. O you who believe, be careful of your duty to Allah. He created you from a single being, then He created a mate and from these two He created many offspring. He has given you rights over one another and He ties relationships into harmonious bonds of love and affection. Who­ever obeys Allah and His Messenger, indeed achieves a mighty success.

“Tonight, O Allah, we ask Thee to continue to bless Brother Haroun and Sister Akela, as you have done throughout their lives, and especially in the last 50 years.

“They have always been a couple who live an exemplary life. Every­one looks up to them because they are kind, pleasant and helpful.

“Any question on religion you ask them, you get a well-informed answer. Who else can be so blessed as to have their special day in the last 10 days of the blessed month of Ramadan.

“Now as the years go by, we earnestly pray for their continued good health and happiness, for them, their children and for their grand­children especially Dean whom we know so well and who is coming up very well. May Allah bless him with knowledge and bright future.

“O Allah, grant acceptance to our prayers. Grant our prayers Thy gracious acceptance, O Allah. With Thy help and blessings we go forward. Help us to earn Thy favours. Bless us and unite us in Thy grace and Thy gratitude. Ameen. Ameen. Ameen.”