This past weekend author Jamilah Kolocotronis (Innalillaahi wainna ilaihi roji’un) succumbed to a long suffering with cancer. If you aren’t familiar with her work, here is a recent review of her Islamic fiction books and also an interview. I especially liked how she said that following 9/11 “…it occurred to me that ‘life is too short.’ I wanted to be a novelist, so I should be a novelist.” Yep- she seized it.
Jamilah also suffered from a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) which can and often leaves people extremely isolated as they cannot tolerate exposure to a myriad of chemicals, including the kinds used in household cleaning and personal hygiene products, as well colognes and body oils. So you know that means no going to the mosque or many other functions for someone with MCS. Jamilah was the motivation by a recent article about MCS keystroked by Arwa Aburawa of the Green Prophet and SISTERS Magazine, although when it was written she was already too sick to be interviewed. MCS is something we all can either contribute directly to or discontinue contributing to based solely on our individual actions, maybe you as an individual can’t cure cancer, but you can stop contributing to the suffering of people with MCS. Please take a few minutes to read about how here.
And as author Umm Zakiyyah so eloquently said:
I just heard that the Muslim author Linda (Jamilah) Kolocotronis Jitmoud has returned to Allah. Anyone who reads this, please pray that Allah forgives her sins, makes her answer with firmness the questions of the grave, and allows her to enter Jannah without account. Yaa Rabb! Ameen!
When you pray for a fellow believer, the angels make the same prayer for you. So ask for her what you want the believers to ask for you when you are lowered beneath the ground.
For surely, to Allah we belong, and unto Him we will all return. And with every breath, we are closer to meeting Him…
Much Love and Peace