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April 18, 2004
Mile 5: Whirling Dervishes

by Saima Siddiqui

Kunza: Hey, where are you going?

Shajeeah: Umm, I'm just gonna call my dad to come pick me up...

Kunza: All the way from your house?! Are you nuts ? You know I don't mind giving you a ride..

Shajeeah: I know.. but... (looks down)

Kunza: No buts... come with me... you know how much I enjoy our conversations...

Shajeeah: Yeah. (keeps looking down)

(both girls are silent until they get to the car)

Kunza: It's open Shajeeah.

Shajeeah: Ok.

Kunza: Are you feeling ok? Is anything wrong? (starts the car)

Shajeeah: Yeah .. umm.. well...(looks outside the car window)

Kunza: Was it something I said? You know I just joke around...

Shajeeah: No... no... you didn't say anything.. I just feel really horrible right now...

Kunza: Okay.. if you want to talk to me... I'm right here... (smiles and nods her head)

(after a few minutes of silence)

Shajeeah: Kunza, I'm such a horrible person! I'm so bad! (starts crying)

Kunza: What happened ?! Calm down hon...

Shajeeah: First, do you promise you won't get angry at me? I promise you I didn't do this on purpose...

Kunza: Honey, I'd never get angry at you... you know how I am...

Shajeeah: Okay. Well, you know that Auntie that was asking me all those questions at that wedding... the one who I called raptor Auntie and compared her to Larry King and Bill O'Reilly...

Kunza: Yeah.. what about her...

Shajeeah: She came over our house last night.

Kunza: OOOoooo...(smiles)

Shajeeah: Yeah she came with her husband and her son...

Kunza: NO way! Wow, she moves pretty fast... (laughs) Did you get to meet the guy ?

Shajeeah: Yeah. (has tears in her eyes)

Kunza: What's wrong?

Shajeeah: He's the same guy that I wanted for you. The guy who's number I gave to you last week...

Kunza: Oh. Wait. That was HIS mom?

Shajeeah: Yeah. I feel so horrible Kunza...I'm so sorry...

Kunza: Wow. SubhanAllah.

Shajeeah: Please don't be mad at me... I didn't do it on purpose...

Kunza: SubhanAllah. Wow. You're sucha freak. Why would I ever get mad at you for this? (smiles and slaps her upside her head gently)

Shajeeah: Cuz like... I was trying to set this up for you... and like.. this happened...

Kunza: But you know... EVERYTHING happens for a reason. And Allah knows best. You know that!

Shajeeah: Yeah.

Kunza: You freak. And you didn't want to come home with me. (laughs) You don't even know half of what has happened in the past week with ME!

Shajeeah: Like what?

Kunza: Well, my dad called... let's say for lack of a better word... YOUR BOY's (laughs) parents...

Shajeeah: And?

Kunza: Well, he got their answering machine. He left them a brief message. They never called back.

Shajeeah: Wow. Did he try calling again?

Kunza: Yeah, called them again. He got a hold of the father. Father said that he would ask his son. Never called back.

Shajeeah: Wow.

Kunza: I guess they had their eyes on someone (winks at Shajeeah)

Shajeeah: STOPP! I feel horrible already...

Kunza: Wait wait, but there's more...So remember how I was telling you there was another proposal and stuff... before you told me about your green party candidate...

Shajeeah: Yeah...

Kunza: Well, they came over the night after when my dad called your boy's house. So, you know, SubhanAllah...

Shajeeah: (giggles) What?

Kunza: I swear I will never make fun of a desi accent again.

Shajeeah: (laughs)

Kunza: The family is SO nice... they are so friendly.. and religious.. I got to meet the guy.. in his very very nice accent... (laughs) that's what you get man. But man, he has a heart of gold. SubhanAllah.

Shajeeah: Wait.. is this like definite?

Kunza: Umm... yeah well.. I did salaat-ul-istikhaarah for this as well... you know one istikhaarah leads into another... and things look pretty good SubhanAllah...

Shajeeah: WOW.. Masha'Allah...I'm SO happy for yOu...(smiles)

Kunza: See! Everything happens for a reason...I'm so happy for you, too (smiles)

Shajeeah: Wow.

Kunza: Yeah.

Shajeeah: Wow.

Kunza: Yeah.

Shajeeah: Wow.

Kunza: Yeah.

(after a brief silence)

Shajeeah: So, like now I have to do salaat-ul-istikhaarah for this guy...

Kunza: Yeah, it's so funny how we think we have certain ideals, but in fact, our ideals are nothing compared to what Allah the Almighty has instore for us... Like He has Infinite Wisdom and Infinite Knowledge about anything and everything hidden and seen. And, we think we know what we want when in fact we know crap. We can only pray and submit to Him in order to be led onto the Straight Path.

Shajeeah: SubhanAllah, and like just as Allah the Almighty says in the Qur'an.. good men for good women... vile men for vile women... so if you want kinda like a 'higher" ideal.. you should work on yourself first... to make yourself a better Muslim in order that Allah may bless you with a comparable spouse. One that's best for you.

Kunza: True dat.

Shajeeah: I swear I will never make fun of an auntie again.

Kunza: Yeah, you never know... she could be your future mother-in-law. (laughs)

Shajeeah: Shaddup. (smiles)

Kunza: What ? (smiles innocently)

Shajeeah: So what else is new?

Kunza: Ever notice how we were always told not to spin around in circles when we were little ? (drives up to the toll)

Toll Lady: Have a safe night.

Kunza: Thanks you too.

Shajeeah: Yeah, and it was SO much fun to spin...like.. it was .. kind of .. peaceful... it broke you away from the world.. so to speak...

Kunza: Like, the innocence of children is really "pure" innocence...why were we told not to spin around ?

Shajeeah: Cuz, we might fall down and get hurt.

Kunza: Aaah.. but why don't people put their trust in Allah... Like He is the Ultimate Protector..

Shajeeah: I don't know... whirling dervishes.

Kunza: (laughs) (pulls into the driveway)

Shajeeah: Did I ever tell you how much you mean to me?

Kunza: (hugs Shajeeah) May Allah always give you the best in this world and the best in the Hereafter.

Shajeeah: And to you as well (smiles)

Kunza: You know, you wonder... that maybe Allah gave you what you wanted for your fellow sister in Islam... Allahu alim.

Shajeeah: Allahu Alim. I'll call you with any progress (smiles)

Kunza: Take Care hon.

Shajeeah: You too. As-salaamu alaikum.

Kunza: W'alaikum as-salaam.

of and relating to...
Justoju said

MashaAllah. Wonderful as always.

...but I was left thinking "thats it? Thats what all the whirling dervishes references were leading up to?"

Girl, I want more whirling dervishes. Gimme more.

(And yeah, you were right, it tied in perfectly with my article...its nice to have mellow stuff to balance the fitna:) )

on April 18, 2004 12:35 AM
Nadia said

Assalam u alaikum!!
Mashallah, amazing as always. I, for one, am definitely hooked. Ties in with sr.justoju's article and br. faisal's as well.
And justoju, your articles are never fitna, if thats what you were referring to. People always try to put others down and your job is not to lend them any ears or eyes :) May Allah(swt) give all of us Hidaya, Ameen.

on April 18, 2004 1:14 AM
justoju said


Lol, sister Nadia, I think there has been a misunderstanding. The fitna that I was referring to was the fitna that has been occuring of late on the comment boards...thanks anyway though, its nice to know my articles arent causing division and strife within the Ummah and damning the readers to eternal hellfire :)


on April 18, 2004 1:33 AM
Faisal Akhtar said


This story is turning out terrible, I mean they are both on their way to becoming pairs and I am still single. Damn it! Two more good ones lost. :)

All jokes aside though, this was the best one out of all your work sister Saima in my humble opinion. Keep it coming. By the way, what mile number is this?


on April 18, 2004 1:48 AM
justoju said

Do not despair Bro. Faisal. I am sure sis. Saima can create more single eligible muslimahs...

on April 18, 2004 1:53 AM
justoju said

Can Shajeeah please become a murid of the Mewlevi tariqa? Can she marry someone who is? Can we PLEASE just cut to the dancing part?

(The suspense is torturous)

on April 18, 2004 5:06 AM
Ibn Muzaffar Syed Hussain said


beautiful saima...i must say i teared up reading this...may Allah bless you and your writing InshaAllah...and may we all have such friends who treat each other like family...
the beauty of Islam is mind boggling and it truly makes you say Subhanallah...i experienced it first hand with our whole situation and it just made us cry and be so thankful for being Muslim Alhamdulillah

'work in this life as if you'll live forver, prepare for the Hereafter as if you'll die tomorrow'

on April 18, 2004 9:12 AM
Saima said

Mile 5:

(editor.. it's Mile 5) :)

Insha'Allah, it's soon to get better :)

Justoju.. that would be a sight :) but some things are better left for the imagination :)

on April 18, 2004 1:19 PM
Talal said

As I fix my neglegence on the title, I gotta say that mashaAllah, I too was hooked while reading this. You're deftly pulling us in, Mile by Mile, and I actually cared about the characters while reading this..

on April 18, 2004 1:25 PM
Saima said

And just think.. you only know the characters through a car ride.

Just a car ride.

on April 18, 2004 1:31 PM
Justoju said

Please dont kill them in an accident. Please.

on April 18, 2004 6:22 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Bint Abbas said

"Please dont kill them in an accident. Please."

Here here.

I am still a little confused about the whirling dervishes. Maybe it is way too deep a concept for my shallow mind to understand. Help me out here Sister Saima.

on April 18, 2004 7:52 PM
Saima said

I honestly don't want to get into it... only because it's meant to be symbolic instead of literal. And, the topic might end up starting a fitna. So, if you want, you can google it, "whirling dervishes" or "Rumi" to just get an idea.

And if you still don't get it, it's ok. Many people didn't catch onto the simple themes that you pointed out in last week's mile.

No one wants them to die ? C'mon guys, these sisters are human too ! :)

on April 18, 2004 8:51 PM
Justoju said


Wouldnt it be interesting if we found out later that they were Jinn? That would be a nice twist. Do consider it sister Saima.

And to add a quick two shekels on the whirling dervish issue: we dont spin because we are afraid we will fall down. But one who spins out of his ishq for Allah, Glorious and Exalted, who dances with joy at Remembrance of his Beloved, knows no fear save His displeasure.

A warm memory from my "listening to music" days:

"Gehrayeen mai jitna bhi jaaoo
Paas mai usko utna hi paaoo

Teray ishq mai jo bhi doob gaya
Ussay duniya ki lehro sai darna kya

Allah Allah kar bhaiyya!
Allah hi sai dar bhaiyya!"


"The more I enter the depths,
the closer I find Him

Whoever has drowned in your Ishq
What need does he have to fear the waves of duniya?

Say "Allah Allah" (meaning do dhikr and reflect) oh brother
Fear only Allah oh brother"

- Pakistani folk artist Allan Faqeer


p.s. And yes, we are brothers and sisters, the ummah of our beloved RasoolAllah, we love one another for His sake. May Allah, Glorious and Exalted, protect us from al fitan. InshaAllah and Amin.

on April 19, 2004 1:16 AM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

"Kunza: (hugs Shajeeah) May Allah always give you the best in this world and the best in the Hereafter."

What a blessing it would be if we all talked like this to our friends/family.

I hope that there as many continuations as there are miles on the turnpike.

5 bills(very, very imaginary bills) to the one who can tell me where the word 'turnpike' comes from.

Wasalaam Warahmatullah Wabarakatu.

on April 19, 2004 6:10 PM
Sabah said

Assalaamu Alaikum Saima,

Masha-Allah this is really great work. The conversations are intense and realistic about everyday issues and thoughts of Muslim sisters. It was about time someone put these kinds of conversations to writing and masha-allah you did just that with a creative, capturing style. I agree, you feel a closeness to these writers. The more the miles go on, the more you want to read on. Please continue the miles. For one thing, I will never get tired of reading this.

Jazak-Allah Khair and Wa-Alaikum Assalaam :-)

on April 19, 2004 7:48 PM
Saima said

Justoju.. I think Br. Faisal would be greatly disappointed if I turned these "sisters" into "jinn". But it would be interesting wouldn't it ? :)

on April 19, 2004 11:33 PM
justoju said

Saima...I dont think Brother Faisal will mind since these two girls are soon to be married anyway :)

on April 19, 2004 11:58 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

I don't mind at all. It will be the perfect blend of Jinn and Marriage, the only two topics that seem to attarct a large audience.

There should be an article something to the effect of "Courtship Rituals of the Jinnat". That will be an interesting read. Wanna take up the challenge sister Justoju or sister Saima?

on April 20, 2004 12:15 AM
Saima said

I think Sr Justoju will do a great job on that article :)

on April 20, 2004 12:20 AM
justoju said

Jinn. Its good to have a backup. :)

on April 20, 2004 12:41 AM
Gillette said

What's "ishq"?

on April 20, 2004 12:04 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Ishq means "love" in Urdu. There is another term for "Love" in urdu which is "Piyar" but Ishq is a much stronger term and usually used when one is really passionate about ones love.

on April 20, 2004 12:15 PM
Ibn Muzaffar Syed Hussain said

ishq might be defined as obsession?

on April 20, 2004 12:18 PM
Justoju said

its supposed to be the height of 'true', sincere, focused love.

Many hold that humans are incapable of feeling it (sincerely) for other humans for more than a very minute amount of time, and that it can only be felt for one's Lord.

on April 20, 2004 12:33 PM
Abdullaah Somebody said

Very nice and very natural for that matter.
To Br. Faisal, there are a whole lot widows, orphans in all parts of the Muslim world, a lot of single women but not that many single men.
Also, Sister Saima did a great job, reminds me of the way sometimes I would talk to my friend, " May Allaah give you the best in this world and in the hereafter."
A suggestion of a side story, what would happen if girl offered her husband to her best friend and both of them were married to the same guy, would they be best friends still, how would it affect their relationship. I think Muslim girls should learn this by now, because there is a shortage of men anyways and somethings should be done for that.
Also, like someone had mentioned earlier, all you folks are really about marriage, lol! that is hilarious.
Wasalaamu Alaykum.
Glad to know you people,
Abdullaah(aah Amatullaah?) Somebody

on April 24, 2004 1:43 AM
Abdullah Somebody said

Ishq, I thought was Arabic also, who knows
but I think it is like obsession and is not allowed in Islaam, because it is like disease of the heart, a lot of young sisters should know this because they fall in love once and if it is not happily ever after( getting married, i.e) then they are dissappointed and cannot love anyone else. This is disease of the heart and erodes the heart like jealousy, anger, etc and it should be avoided because it hurts the person.
(All for arranged marriages, yah!)
Love should only be for Allaah and His Messenger Muhammad Mustafa SAW and then for the believers as these two girls had that one of them felt sad because she was marrying the guy that she wanted the other to marry.
Two cents,

on April 24, 2004 1:48 AM
Faisal Akhtar said


Hey Abdulah, why did you disappear all of a sudden? Welcome back and again I invite you to give us all a taste of your writing in the guest star column.

on April 24, 2004 8:16 PM
Abdullah Somebody said

THAnks Br. Faisal,
I did send in an article, poem, and a dumb story for you and the other editors perusal.
Thanks for the welcome,
I go to school elsewhere that is why, I cant come in a lot.

on April 24, 2004 10:29 PM
Faisal Akhtar said


Just wanted to clear something up, I am not an editor of Hidaya.


on April 24, 2004 10:30 PM
Saima said

Insha'Allah, Mile 6 of NJ TP will be posted this Sunday.

And, the last mile will be the following sunday.

on April 29, 2004 11:18 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

Really? I thought there were gonna be ten miles? (Tears...)

on April 30, 2004 12:17 AM
Saima said

Due to unforseen circumstances, I had to end it at Mile 7.


on April 30, 2004 2:01 PM
iman said


hey can we get an answer to this?

on April 30, 2004 2:07 PM
iman said

oops, that last post was in reference to br. ramis challenge about the origin of the word turnpike.......

on April 30, 2004 2:08 PM
Justoju said

I think the last mile should have like a Twilight Zone twist and have them come to the earth-shattering realization that they are simply figments in Saima's mind (and brother Faisal's love life:) ) and dont really have a 'reality' outside of the world of Hidaya...

...it would be symbolic of the human condition...

on April 30, 2004 11:21 PM
Justoju said

turnpike= the point in the stream where the fish classified as Pike turn and change their direction and go counter-current. Our modern day 'turnpikes' reflect this by allowing drivers to go in either direction with speed and flow. Also, many people smell like fish.

on April 30, 2004 11:24 PM
Justoju said

What is a turnpike? It's short for turnpike road, or what we might call a "toll road", so named because turnpikes were erected on the road so that tolls could be collected. Those early "toll booths" were called turnpikes, even though they were probably just gates or turnstiles, because turnpikes were originally used to protect a road or passage from attack. They were fashioned from pikes, or long, pointed sticks, with one central pike and many smaller pikes sticking out of the central axis. Turnpike in that latter sense appears in the written record in the early 15th century. The same term used to refer to a "toll gate" first appears in the late 17th century.

...Amazing what you can find out off the internet...

on May 1, 2004 12:04 AM

That is a great work you are doing people are very far away from the fact whatsoever Allah has informed us in the Holy Quaran.
We should endeavour our best to act upon the rules of Allah found in the Holy Quarn.

I wish that all muslim unite and keep the flage of Allah in all over the world
for it we have to struggle
and preach the Holy Quarn and verses of Jahad
which is very incrediable.

one more thing we just preach each other
but in my view a true muslim is who run away all evil things and try to finish it around us.
I mean nahi almunkar bori say rokna the verse of Holy quarn naki ki dawat sub day rahay haeen

on November 26, 2004 1:20 AM
Affi said

hi frenz ........ can any one send me the song Itne bare jeewan sagar me tu ne pakistan dia
or any all pakistani mili naghma's Links ..
I'll be very thank ful to him ..

on March 11, 2006 12:27 PM
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