Isn't Mary the mother of Jesus/Isa. shown everywhere wearing the hijab, even in paintings, statues of her? I wish I'd said, "How is Mary the mother of Jesus any different? How is it that you can respect her so much, yet you don't respect me?"
Gifts are meant to be temporary, yet, we treat them as if they are eternally bound to us. Guard our heart, because what is deserving of our endless thoughts and our expectations is the only One who isn’t temporary: the Gift-Giver.
Do I fear death, or that my loved ones will leave me? Does my love cause me to cling ferociously to them, afraid that something may happen once I lose sight of them? Everything in this world is temporary. What is the meaning of attaining all these, to lose it all in the event of my own death? What have I gained from all of these, when none of these follow me to my grave?
This is to you, the Convert's Friend. The one who is patiently enduring, never forcing. The one who is never quick to judge, the persevering imaan buddy, the pillar of support. The one who knows that Allah will always guide, in time.
Few reverts are blessed with parents who could immediately accept their conversion. Many have gone through years of hostility or even disownment. How do we, as children, continue to maintain the respect for our parents?