It was a cold winter evening in December, the moonlight creating an ambience as it reflected off of the snow. The river seemed dormant and frozen, yet she knew that underneath, it was teeming with life. For some reason, that upset her. She walked alone, in silence, reflecting on the events that had preceded this melancholy night. She felt entranced by the night sky, with stars that seemed to whisper to her soul, with the moon that seemed to be speaking to her heart. Upon further reflection, she became happy and proud of the fact that she was indeed, walking, with no man by her side. Who needed a man, anyways?
She decided then and there to live her life on her own, a life of dignity and adventure, a life where she would be her own person. And so, it was with that same resolve that she pulled her backpack firmly against her, her only remaining possessions within it. She set out to catch the next train she could get on, not knowing, nor caring what its destination. She only knew that somewhere out there, her true calling awaited her. Putting her faith in God, she set off into the sunset, with only her shadow to keep her company. What the future held in store, she could not say, but she was certain that whatever it was, it would make her complete, forevermore.
Her journey took her to a place very different than what she was used to. The people seemed…more open. She hadn’t seen people with such a vigor for life. Where she was from, people seemed to be constantly caught in the doldrums. Her only desire was to break free, like a bird from its cage, to rise beyond the trappings of this dunya. During her travel to who knows where, she met a very peculiar man, someone who planted a seed of divine wisdom into her life. They sat under a tree, talking passionately about life, its beauty, its shortcomings, and this is when he opened his heart, sharing his secret knowledge with her. He revealed to her that he had witnessed a miracle that had completely rid him of his doubts in God. She was all ears, because she too hoped that God was indeed real. Her heart had felt it numerous times, the connection to something much greater than herself, but she didn’t know if it truly was God or if it was simply a biological process manifesting itself in her thoughts. What he told her next touched her on a level that she could not describe. “God is with those who are patient. Have patience my child, and you shall be set free. Patience is the key that unlocks life’s every door, solves life’s every mystery. If you really wish to take flight, then let patience become the wings that may carry you into the sky.”
He left her there, for he himself had to return to his travels, but the connection that they shared was one she always kept with her. It didn’t become apparent to her right away, but as she walked on her path, she soon realized that it was indeed only patience and her faith in God that would keep her together. She was broken in so many places, but that did not matter now. In fact, her wounds, her pain is what made her who she was. It was funny how she once viewed her brokenness as a weakness to the point of self-loathing. But now, she was ready to face whatever the universe was conspiring to throw at her, with no fear, no worry. Being a woman in this world has never been easy, and it is not about to get easier. But the dawn of a new age is coming, and women everywhere are realizing that they must stand up and fight for what is rightfully theirs; the right to laugh, the right to sing, the right to breath, the right to live.
With this newfound knowledge, she decided that she knew what is was that she wanted to do. She had to bring what she had learned along her journey to other women. But she refused to sit high in an ivory tower, surrounded by books and knowledge but no love. So she did the only thing she could think to do. She took to the streets, living without knowing where her next bite of food would come from, but she surely did not care, for she was doing the work of God. She was able to share her knowledge with those who otherwise would not have had access to it, and that is all she had ever really wanted- to serve her fellow humans, the children of God.