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May 2, 2004
Mile 6: Auntification

by Saima Siddiqui

Kunza: Lemme SEE!!

Shajeeah: (puts her hand in front of her)

Kunza: Masha'Allah!! (smiles)

Shajeeah: NOW you LEMME SEE !

Kunza: (puts her hand in front of her)

Shajeeah: Masha'Allah! (smiles )

Kunza and Shajeeah: (together) So when's the big day ?

(both laugh)

Shajeeah : In two weeks, Insha'Allah...

Kunza: Wow, Masha'Allah, someone's in a hurry.. (laughs)

Shajeeah: (laughs) What about you?

Kunza: I don't know yet.. but I think in the next 6 months... Insha'Allah... (starts the car)

Shajeeah: So, what's new ?

Kunza: Nothing much, what about you ?

Shajeeah: Eh, wedding preps.

Kunza: Aah. Desi ?

Shajeeah: Totally.

Kunza: Crap.

Shajeeah: Yeah, But, I'm so blessed Alhamdolilah... He doesn't want extravagance, and so he's pushing his family, and in turn mine, to just have the nikaah at the masjid and then a quiet walima...

Kunza: Nice (smiles) I hope I don't have to deal with any kinds of tests before my marriage either...

Shajeeah: Insha'Allah... And guess what else..

Kunza: What?

Shajeeah: We're going on Umraah afterwards...

Kunza: AWW awesome! Masha'Allah, now I'm jealous (smiles)

Shajeeah: (laughs) I'll pack you in my suitcase.. wanna come ?

Kunza: Yeh koi poochnay ki baat hai ? (laughs)

Shajeeah: (pokes her head out and looks at the sky) Don't you wish you could just sleep under the stars?

Kunza: Aaah.. every night.. it would so rock.

Shajeeah: I remember getting an email a few weeks back from someone claiming that the Qur'an foretold a picture taken by NASA.. some cat's eye nebula thingy...

Kunza: Oh, I heard about that. They related it to an ayah from Surah Rehman...

Shajeeah: Yeah.

Kunza: But if you really look at it... Allah tells us time and time again about the Day of Judgement and the end of the world in the Holy Qur'an... and the formation of a nebula in the solar system that we can see with the Hubble telescope is just an example of it.. a sign.. an ayaah...

Shajeeah: Yeah, like everything Allah the Almighty has put on the earth...

Kunza: And in the universe.

Shajeeah: Uh oh.. a lot of red lights..

Kunza: Yeah, mad traffic tonight...

Shajeeah: Can you believe we're about to become aunties soon?

Kunza: Don't remind me.. in a decade or so I'll be sitting on someone's purse...

Shajeeah: (laughs) So how many kids do you want ?

Kunza: About a dozen... and a cup-a joe on the side...

Shajeeah: (laughs)

Kunza: Man Shaj, you're asking me as if I have anything to do with it. You know Allah only gives what you can handle...

Shajeeah: Totally right there.

Kunza: I think there's an accident ahead. The cars have totally stopped.

Shajeeah: Yeah. So anyway, how many do you want to have ?

Kunza: You think I was joking? A dozen man. Not less than 8 or 9.

Shajeeah: May Allah help you.

Kunza: (laughs) No really, It's good to have a lot of kids... there's wisdom behind it... trust me... How many do you want?

Shajeeah: I don't know... I haven't thought about it much...

Kunza: Islamic school or public schooling ?

Shajeeah: Islamic schooling... but with a personal touch..

Kunza: Yeah, like really monitor what they're learning...

Shajeeah: Yeah..

Kunza: Hafiz school ?

Shajeeah: Totally. Insha'Allah. You?

Kunza: Absolutely. All kids.. mandatory hafiz-ul-Qur'an. Insha'Allah.

Shajeeah: Looks like the accident was pretty bad. There's only one lane open.

Kunza: Yeah... I hope no one got seriously hurt...

Shajeeah: Yeah.

Kunza: One thing's for sure, I ain't working after I have kids. Might start a business from home.. if we need the money.. otherwise all focus is on them..

Shajeeah: Yeah.

Kunza: I hate it when people are driving so slowly when they are passing by the scene of the accident...

Shajeeah: Yeah, I'm like... go already.

Kunza: Yeah.

Shajeeah: I'm gathering recipes now.. you got any interesting ones ?

Kunza: Hmm.. duck soup?

Shajeeah: (laughs) Man don't remind me...

Kunza: Hey you know in Japan, they prepare a specific type of beef where they feed the cows beer and stuff and massage them day and night.. the beef has layers of fat within the muscles...

Shajeeah: Gross.

Kunza: Yeah.

Kunza: Aah, finally, the road is clear...

Shajeeah: Hit that pedal baby...

Kunza: I should call mom, we're kinda late and she might start getting worried...

Shajeeah: Good idea, I'll call mine as well...

(Kunza's cell phone rings)

Kunza: Wow.. good timing. (turns it on) As-salaamu alaikum... What's wrong?... What happened?... Yeah I'm on my way but tell me-...

(Shajeeah looks at Kunza)

C'mon just tell me mom.. Yes, I promise I won't speed... What?!..Where?... but we just passed by-...

(Shajeeah sees the distress in Kunza's face)

OK i'll be there in a few minutes...

(turns the phone off).

Shajeeah: What's happened?

Kunza: (under her breath) inna Allaha maAAa as-sabireen...

Shajeeah: Kunza.. what happened?

Kunza: (under her breath) inna Allaha maAAa as-sabireen...

Shajeeah: Is everything OK? Tell me hon...

Kunza: (under her breath) inna Allaha maAAa as-sabireen...

Shajeeah: Kunz.. slow down... You're gonna get a ticket...

Shajeeah: (to herself) Ya Allah. What the heck is that ?

Kunza: Where did that come from??! (under her breath) inna Allaha maAAa as-sabireen...

Shajeeah: Watch out!

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Jannah said

dont do it sr. saima !

on May 2, 2004 1:14 AM
sisterM said

i dont get it?? waht happened?

on May 2, 2004 1:26 AM
Justoju said

Sister M:
Kunza and Shajeeah's car hit Br. Gillette's MacLaren as his eman was giving Br. Faisal a lift to the masjid after Br. Faisal's shaitan ran away with Britney Spears and bought her a washing machine. Br. Rami and his sister then arrived on the scene, blamed the accident on American brainwashing and recycled the car parts.

on May 2, 2004 2:38 AM
Bint Abdul Khaliq said

As Salaamu Alaikum!

I cant take the suspense! Mashallah sister Saima you really brinin out the realities of life in your piece.That so often happens-everything's perfect and rosy,then...

May ALLAH guide us all and grant us all 'Aafiya.Ameen.

Was Salaam

on May 2, 2004 6:09 AM
Nadia said

I am so sad :(
lol@Justoju's recap.

on May 2, 2004 9:48 AM
Faisal Akhtar said

Just goes to show how powerless humans are over their destinies. One flick of the pen and Sister Saima changed the lives of two fictional characters completely while it takes a far lesser effort on the part of Allah (glorious and exalted) to change our lives forever. Take this column as a warning to anyone thinking his/her life is all good and dandy. That can change in an instant. One of these two happy brides to be can possibly be going to her final resting place on the same day as the one she was paired with.

inna Allaha maAAa as-sabiren, inna Allaha maAAa as-sabiren...

on May 2, 2004 2:05 PM
Saima said

so... what do u think will happen ? :)

can anyone point out any new from the last time ?

on May 2, 2004 5:43 PM
Saima said

can anyone point out any new *THEMES* from the last time ?


on May 2, 2004 5:55 PM
Faisal Akhtar said


Kunza has just found out that her husband to be has just died in the car accident they just passed by. The girls get into an accident themselves and Kunza meets her lord on the same day as her betrothed and she is laid to rest next to him (Oh man this is so sad).

The final mile is monologue when Shajeehah is driving back from the funeral and contemplates the meaning of life coming to the obvious conclusion that to Allah do we belong and to him is our return.

I am sure there were much deeper themes in this one than my shallow mind could discern but my last post is most indicative what I think the strongest theme in this mile was.


on May 2, 2004 6:57 PM
Saima said

just an fyi: the final mile is already written. so anything you guys feel might happen won't change the outcome of the series :)

on May 2, 2004 7:16 PM
Asma said

Hmm ... i really hope no one died but I think someone (Kunza's father, brother, would-be husband, etc) had a car accident ...

I am more curious to know "What the heck is that? Where did that come from??!" part!

They seem to have seen something but at this point they have passed the accident so what is 'this'?

on May 3, 2004 12:42 AM
Justoju said

the saw a spaceship

on May 3, 2004 1:16 AM
Ibn Muzaffar Syed Hussain said


what did you just do??? i wanted to read some good news and it looks like some close person to kunza has been in a car accident, possibly her fiance...and while that's happening, something suddenly comes in front of the girls' car...
innallaha ma'assabireen wa inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon

insha'allah may all be well with the girls and all of you...

Arif ibn Muzaffar
'work in this life as if you'll live forever, prepare for the Hereafter as if you'll die tomorrow'

on May 3, 2004 9:47 AM
ayan said

this reminds me of that movie (astagfirullahul azheem ok?) "Misery". be weary of what you type.

on May 3, 2004 1:27 PM
Justoju said

Astaghfirullah, if only we could show this much concern and sympathy for REAL people...

on May 3, 2004 2:53 PM
Justoju said

...and I say that as a critique of my own self first and foremost...

on May 3, 2004 2:56 PM
anonym said

"this reminds me of that movie (astagfirullahul azheem ok?) "Misery". be weary of what you type."

sr. saima please dont drive alone in a blizzard in the middle of nowhere and get picked up by a crazy old lady.......

on May 3, 2004 3:22 PM
Saima said


um, i didn't get that. come again ?

on May 3, 2004 10:46 PM
Saima said


You got one of the great big points this series is trying to show. We should do things for others, be there for others, help others, even IF we don't know them personally. That sincerity, that humbleness, care, and concern reflects the priorities individuals may have in their lives.

Just start off by picking one thing. One thing that you may see happen that you want to help/fix for someone (you never know, they maybe another Kunza or Shajeeah). p.s. start with something simple i.e. picking up books for someone if they fall... holding the door open for others...etc.

on May 3, 2004 10:57 PM
Justoju said

I volunteer to sit on purses inshaAllah.

on May 4, 2004 12:17 AM
Faisal Akhtar said

When will the next mile be posted?

on May 4, 2004 1:14 AM
Talal said


In Ramadhan... it's worth the wait, trust me :)

on May 4, 2004 1:21 AM
Faisal Akhtar said

You have got to be kidding me. Today is the fifteenth of Rabi-al-Awal. That means the next mile will be posted in 5 and half months? I protest against this torture.

on May 4, 2004 6:56 PM
Nadia said

Me too!!!

on May 4, 2004 8:17 PM
Talal said

Ummm... that's just too bad, really.
PATIENCE is a virtue of a Muslim.

Heck, just for that, we're delaying this thing until this time next year...

Your most awesome editor,

on May 5, 2004 12:40 AM
Justoju said

(he is obviously kidding guys, relax)

on May 5, 2004 12:42 AM
gillette said

I didn't know where else to put this:

Allah says:

“And the women have the same rights as those that are over them from what is reasonable.”

[Sooratul-Baqarah 2: 228]

Hafiz Ibn Kathir in his explanation of this verse said:

“It means that they have rights over the men similar to the rights that the men have over them. So giving each other their mutual rights is obligatory from what is reasonable…Waki’ said on the authority Bashir ibn Sulayman, on the authority of ‘Ikramah, on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas who said: “Verily I love to beautify myself for women just as I love women to beautify themselves for me because Allah says:

‘And the women have the same rights as those that are over them from what is reasonable.’
[Suratul-Baqarah 2: 228]

If a man beautifies himself, it helps the woman in lowering her gaze and it helps to bring the hearts close together. Some men go to their wives and they are unkempt, dirty, and foul smelling. He bathes and perfumes himself to go out with his friends, but when he returns he is as I mentioned earlier which causes dislike in the heart and disgust in the soul. Just as you ask your wife, when she is in front of you, to be beautiful looking and pleasant smelling, she also asks this of you. She has feelings just as you do, and she has senses just as you do. Men, fear Allah in yourselves and in your women.”

‘Aishah was asked, “What does the Messenger of Allah do with his family?” She said: “He was busy with his family until it was time to pray and then he prayed.” (Bukhari)

On the authority of al-Qasim, on the authority of ‘Aishah that he asked, “What did the Messenger of Allaah do in his house?” She said: “He was a man among men, he cleaned his garment, he milked his sheep and he served himself” (Ahmed)

On the authority of ‘Urwah ibn az-Zubayr, on the authority of ‘Aishah that he asked, “What did the Messenger of Allah do in his house?” She said: “He mended his garment, patched his shoes and he did in his house what men do in their houses.” (Ahmed)

The female student of Islamic knowledge especially needs her husband’s help in raising the children and caring for them, in order for her to study from the Qur’an and Sunnah what is needed for her to practice her religion and assist her in bringing up her children in a proper and sound way. We ask Allah to guide our men.

Umm Salamah
(an excerpt from her book "Supporting the Rights of The Believing Women")

on December 28, 2005 11:20 AM
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