10 and 20 years ago...


This year in 2018, celebrating 10 and 20 years of sad and happy moments…


20 years ago, in 1998, I experienced two life-changing events – one happy and one sad.

1998 was the year when I got married to my wonderful wife, my best friend, and the mother of my beautiful children. Getting married to her changed my life for good. I am forever grateful for having her in my life.

In the same year, I lost one of the most important persons in my life - my father, my friend, my mentor and my role model. I learnt a lot from him, both from what he said and from what he didn’t say. His whole life was a lesson to me. He thought me humility, honesty, kindness and how to be there and sacrifice for others. His memory lives on.

10 years ago, in 2008, I experienced another life-changing (sad) event.

I lost my mother. I can’t find the words to describe how I felt about her and the connection that we had. It was too deep to describe in words. All I can is that 10 years later, I still feel the urge to pick up the phone and call her and talk about everything and nothing. Then, I realize that she’s not there anymore.

May Allah grant them, and the faithful departed, eternal rest in Jannah. May He continue to guide us all.

In 2018, as we progress through the year, I’m happy to begin celebrating our wedding anniversary with my wonderful wife, Mariama. I love you!


We thank Allah for his blessings.

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