My Story with Cancer and Faith

Salam Aliekom,

I’m a Palestinian Brazilian hybrid and although born to Muslim parents I didn’t understand or love Islam until later in my life. At 15 I learned to pray and have been praying since alhamdulilah. Even though, I’d not miss a prayer it wasn’t until a few years ago that I felt that my faith was absolute.

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the tender age of 36 and my life was put into perspective. Till this day I feel that it was the best thing that had happened to me. Instead of falling into depression (very tempting) I prayed that Allah would give me strength and patience to overcome it as a dignified slave of Allah. I felt absolute submission to him and understood what absolute submission meant.

Well, Alhamdulilah I am now three years cancer free. But wait, not only that. Last year I was blessed with being pregnant with twins (no help from medicine). I absolutely believe that the Cancer was a purification and a test, figurateively a death sentence.

The reward? Two new souls, two new lives. Just like that ayat 28 of Surat Al-Baqara says: “How can you reject faith in Allah? - seeing that you were without life, and He gave you life; then He will cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him you will return.” My twins are a miracle I must share for if you have faith it is so you can reinforce it and if you are in doubt do believe for ALLAH is great.

Lulu Abura A Muslim sister living in BigApple in America