A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

a multi-faceted look at the middle east, and the middle west

my sister in the Islam

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on March 17, 2009

This morning I received word from two friends: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the husband of my old friend Princess Amira, invited me to buy a new Mercedes, and Mrs. Muna Habib offered $3.5 million to me to use for dawa.

Here’s the word from Prince Alwaleed, who obviously hasn’t seen my driving, which – surpassed only by my parking skills – certainly fits one definition of “spectacular”:


And here is the note from Muna, with commentary in brackets:

Assalamn aleikum I am Mrs. Muna Habib from South Africa, married to Alhaji Habib Nasser who was until his death an exporter of antiquities based in Cote d’ivoire, we were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks. Before his death we were both faithful Muslims.

[Faithful perhaps, but clearly unable to spell “assalam aleikum” properly. There are many alternatives, but none add an “n” to “salaam”.]

Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the holly Quaran is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($3.5 Million U.S. Dollars) in one the famous financial institutions here in Abidjan capital of Cote d’ivoire.

[Holly is a plant. The Qur’an does not have two “a”s. Having had a friend who worked as a consultant in Abidjan, I question Muna’s description of the financial institutions there as “famous”.]

Recently my doctor confirmed to me that I have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.

[A stroke-causing cancer: who knew!]

Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to an Islamic institution or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a muslim that will use this money for orphanage homes, hospitals, mosque, schools, and propagation of the word of the mighty Allah and to endeavour that the house of almighty Allah is maintained. The holly Quaran made us to understand that Blessed is the hand that gives.

[Fair enough – and thanks to an earlier bout of historical training, I do indeed know how to properly establish a waqf.]

I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Muslims and I don’t want my husband’s effort to be used by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation whereby this money will be used in an unGodly way. This is why I am taking this decision.

[Um, okay. Your husband converted to Islam? Then why did you receive all of his money when he died?]

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the almighty Allah. As stated in the holly Quaran (Surah xxxvi Yasin) Thou wariest only him who followeth the reminder and feareth the beneficent in secret to him bear tiding of forgives and a rich reward.

[Sura 36 is spelled Ya Seen, after two discrete Arabic letters, not Yasin as in the name. How about this translation instead, which actually makes sense? “You will be heeded only by those who uphold this message, and reverence the Most Gracious – even when alone in their privacy. Give them good news of forgiveness and a generous recompense.”.]

I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives around me always. I don’t want them to know about this development. With almighty Allah all things are possible.

As soon as I receive your reply I will direct you on how this vission will be realised. I want you and the Islamic institution to always pray for me because the almighty Allah is my shepherd.

[God as a shepherd – one of my favorite Christian analogies. I think Muna’s in-laws are influencing her metaphors.]

My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Muslim. Whoever that wants to serve the almighty Allah must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room to sourcing another Islamic institution or a good muslim for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

Your Sister in the Islam.

Mrs. Muna Habib

Technically, the word in Arabic is used in the definite: “al-Islam”. But just as in English we do not speak of “the Judaism” or “the Christianity”, we do not speak of “the Islam”.

But what a bad friend I am, correcting Muna’s grammar rather than replying to her email.  Guess I’ve gotten lazy ever since agreeing to help my Gazan-refugee-in-Spain friend, Princess Amira, and – of course – Ali Ibrahim from the 20th Armored Brigade 🙂 .


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