A Letter to Hafsah (RA), Mother of the Believers
Dear Hafsah (RA), As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
A mother is one’s first teacher, one’s mentor and sculptor. As a convert, it is even more essential for me to look to you and all of your fellow co-wives as true role models. (May Allah guide my birth mother and father.)
As for you, through learning of your illustrious life, I take a lesson to value excellence in scholarship, especially expertise in the Quran.
I also learn to balance it with a tamed character that too aims for ihsan (utmost good). I feel a closeness to you because we share a willful nature, dear mother. I learn from your example, that it can serve to drive us forth to accomplish great things, but it must be used with humility.
I further aspire to the trustworthiness that led to you being chosen as custodian of the Mushaf (the first written copy of the Quran)!
And I want to walk in your footsteps as a great worshipper, because service to the Ummah should never be at the detriment of the formal `ibadah (worship) purely directed to our Rabb (Allah [SWT]), which draws one close to Him like nothing else. Indeed, He says to us, “My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him” [Bukhari].
May Allah the Most High reward you forever for all the good you have done in your life, and enable me to use mine to strive for these ideals with ikhlas (purity) and istiqamah (steadfastness). Amin.