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The Nurse and the Muslim Patient – A True Story from the United Kingdom PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:18

My name is Cassie, I am 23 years old. I graduated as a qualified nurse this year and was given my first position as a home nurse.

My patient was an English gentleman in his early 80s who suffered from Alzheimer’s. In the first meeting, the patient was given his record and from it I could see that he was a convert to the religion of Islam, therefore he was a Muslim.


I knew from this that I would need to take into account some modes of treatment that may go against his faith, and therefore try to adapt my care to meet his needs. I brought in some ‘halal’ meat to cook for him and ensured that there was no pork or alcohol in the premises as I did some research which showed that these were forbidden in Islam.

My patient was in a very advanced stage of his condition so a lot of my colleagues could not understand why I was going through so much effort for him. But I understood that a person who commits to a faith deserves that commitment to be respected, even if they are not in a position to understand.

Anyway after a few weeks with my patient I began to notice some patterns of movement.

At first I thought it was some copied motions he’s seen someone doing, but I saw him repeat the movement at particular time; morning, afternoon, evening.

The movements were to raise his hands, bow and then put his head to the ground. I could not understand it. He was also repeating sentences in another language, I couldn’t figure out what language it was as his speech was slurred but I know the same verses were repeated daily.

Also there was something strange, he didn’t allow me to feed him with my left hand (I am left-handed).

Somehow I knew this linked to his religion but didn’t know how.

One of my colleagues told me about paltalk as a place for debates and discussions and as I did not know any Muslims except for my patient I thought it would be good to speak to someone live and ask questions. I went on the Islam section and entered the room ‘True Message’.

Here I asked questions regarding the repeated movements and was told that these were the actions of prayer. I did not really believe it until someone posted a link of the Islamic prayer on youtube.

I was shocked.

A man who has lost all memory of his children, of his occupation, and could barely eat and drink was able to remember not only actions of prayer but verses that were in another language.

This was nothing short of incredible and I knew that this man was devout in his faith, which made me want to learn more in order to care for him the best I could.

I came into the paltalk room as often as I could and was given a link to read the translation of the Quran and listen to it.

The chapter of the ‘Bee’ gave me chills and I repeated it several times a day.

I saved a recording of the Quran on my iPod and gave it to my patient to listen to, he was smiling and crying, and in reading the translation I could see why.

I applied what I gained from paltalk to care for my patient but gradually found myself coming to the room to find answers for myself.

I never really took the time to look at my life; I never knew my father, my mother died when I was 3, me and my brother were raised by our grandparents who died 4 years ago, so now its just the two of us.

But despite all this loss, I always thought I was happy, content.

It was only after spending time with my patient that felt like I was missing something. I was missing that sense of peace and tranquility my patient, even through suffering felt.

I wanted that sense of belonging and a part of something that he felt, even with no one around him.

I was given a list of mosques in my area by a lady on paltalk and went down to visit one. I watched the prayer and could not hold back my tears.

I felt drawn to the mosque every day and the imam and his wife would give me books and tapes and welcome any questions I had.

Every question I asked at the mosque and on paltalk was answered with such clarity and depth that could do nothing but accept them.

I have never practiced a faith but always believed that there was a God; I just did not know how to worship Him.

One evening I came on paltalk and one of the speakers on the mic addressed me. He asked me if I have any questions, I said no. He asked if I was happy with the answers I was given, I said yes.

He asked then what was stopping me accepting Islam, I could not answer.

I went to the mosque to watch the dawn prayer. The imam asked me the same question, I could not answer.

I then went to tend to my patient, I was feeding him and as I looked in his eyes I just realized, he was brought to me for a reason and the only thing stopping me from accepting was fear.... not fear in the sense of something bad, but fear of accepting something good, and thinking that I was not worthy like this man.

That afternoon I went to the mosque and asked the imam if I could say my declaration of faith, the Shahadah.: lā ilāha illà al-Lāh, Muhammadun rasūlu Al-Lāh.  There is no god except Allah, Muhammad is Allah’s messenger.

He helped me through it and guided me through what I would need to do next.

I cannot explain the feeling I felt when I said it.

It was like someone woke me up from sleep and sees everything more clearly.

The feeling was overwhelming joy, clarity and most of all.... peace.

The first person I told was not my brother but my patient.

I went to him, and before I even opened my mouth he cried and smiled at me.

I broke down in front of him, I owed him so much.

I came home logged on to paltalk and repeated the shahadah for the room.

They all helped me so much and even though I had never seen a single one of them, they felt closer to me than my own brother.

I did eventually call my brother to tell him and although he wasn’t happy, he supported me and said he would be there, I couldn’t ask for any more.

After my first week as a Muslim my patient passed away in his sleep while I was caring for him. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

He died a peaceful death and I was the only person with him.

He was like the father I never had and he was my doorway to Islam.

From the day of my Shahadah to this very day and for every day for as long as I live, I will pray that Allah shows mercy on him and grant him every good deed I perform in the tenfold.

I loved him for the sake of Allah and I pray each night to become an atoms weight of the Muslim he was.

Islam is a religion with an open door; it is there for those who want to enter it.... Verily Allah is the Most Merciful, Most Kind.

* Note * Our sister Cassie passed away October 2010 Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon, after she gave da’wa to her brother, who had accepted Islam Alhamdulillah.

 

[Source: a da’wa organization in the UK]

Comments (35)
  • Ahure Ismael  - The Nurse and the Muslim Patient
    Assalamu aleikum I have just finished reading the story of the "Nurse and the Muslim Patient" from the July 13th/July 26th 2012 edition and was amazed by it. My jaw literally dropped when I found out that the nurse actually died in October 2010. I ask Allah that He forgives her sins and admit her and the Muslim patient to Jannah (Ameen). This story proves that daw'ah has many folds, and the "silent" dawah is one of the strongest. That patient could not talk, but the strength of his faith that he kept was enough to convince the nurse to take the straight path. This is a very moving story and should be an encouragement for all of us Muslims to have faith and to behave positively in front of Allah so that the people who do not know what the true Islam is could be attracted naturally to it. Wa salaamu aleikum
  • ametullah
    Subhan Allah, a very touchy story. Its really gives me a goosebumps. May Allah subhanahutaala grant both of them janatul firdause.
  • Salim Shaikh
    What an inspirational story which brought tears has it was reading this. May Allah SWT gives us all Hidayat and too understand how our actions have a big influence too others. We may not know this but Allah works in mysterious ways and to follow this simple ways of our religions and too show respect for others is wonderful gift we have. May Allah SWT grants Sister Cassie and the Muslim patient the highest place in heaven (Jannat-ul-Firdous).
  • zoro  - Allah loves his creations
    al salam 3alekom brothers and sisters , allah gives us many many messages to wakeup. Allah creats us to janah and creats jannah for us. why should we choose jahanam? why should'nt we choose what allah creats for us , the janah, Oh allah accept us ameen Allah forgives our sister,patient and ourselves ameen
  • Farzana  - An amazing muslim
    Just out of curiosity how did the nurse pass away, may Allah grant her jannah ameen
  • Dr Azizuddin Kamaruddin  - So fortunate Ms Cassie Abdullah on her Shahadah
    Alhamdulillah what a beautiful inspiring story of a sincere and dedicated English Nurse and her journey towards ALLAH and Life Hereafter. Her means were her job caring for infirmed patients and the piety of the Muslim patient were Maqbool to ALLAH leading towards her discovery of Islam and being granted Hidayat from the Almighty. May ALLAH continue granting this Ummat the responsibility to learn about Islam ourselves, putting it into practice and ultimately to take time off to actually spread and convey the Message all over the world. Ameen. TQVM for Bro Mustafa of NTU Singapore for sharing this story with me and all my family. Azizuddin, Kuala Lumpur
  • Faiza  - An amazing story
    Subhanallah wat a heart touching story may Allah grant both dem jannah Ameen
  • Anonymous
    Alhamdulilah may Allah SWT inspire us all. Ameen.
  • Arfan
    Jazakallah for sharing this beatiful story. Allah SWT gives hidaayat in different ways. May Allah SWT grant these revert brothers and sister jannat al firdous.
  • Siphons khan  - Beautiful subhanallah
    What's beautiful true story. Subhanallah, Allah gives his mercy and showers it in us, we just need to open our eyes to it. I am a nurse ya elf and have come across this so many times.. It's a blessing to work in the sector we are in, so rewarding. I pray for jannah for the patient and cassie and her brother in shaa Allah.. May Allah guide is all :)
  • shamsuddeen Ahmad Bawa
    Subhanallah may Almighty Allah grant All of them Jannatul Firdausi & if ours come may we end with kaleematu shahadad. Amin
  • Sajid khan
    Subhan Allah
  • Hajra  - There is still hope
    I was in tears when I read this story , it is true actions speak louder than words . May Allah grant this lady the highest abode is heaven . And for all Muslims out there we need to take a leaf out of there book .ameen
  • Iqbal shah  - The duty of every Muslim
    I fell in tears after reading the story SUBHANALLAH what we are doing we are loosing the benefit every single second to convince the people about Islam which guarantees the jannah to the mankind is only oh Muslim come forward and tell them if you are looking for a peaceful life than embrace Islam Islam is the only solution for us here and life hereafter
  • Aisha
    Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!! Allahu Akbar!!! You need to be sincere in your day to day activities, and always do ur job with a lot of sincerity, Allah will see you through all hardship and difficulty, and He the exalted will reward you abundantly. Our sister from the story above got devoted to her job n did it sincerely, at the end of the day, Allah rewarded her with the greatest of rewards Islam. So the lesson we all learn from this story is to always be truthful in our day to day activities and wait for Allah's reward either in this world or the hereafter. Jazakallahu khairan.
  • Imtiaz Patel
    Masaallah
  • Imtiaz Patel
    Subhanallah
  • Seraj Islam
    Allah always shows the path in a mysterious way. May Allah Bless very one.
  • FIROZ KHAN  - Sis Casey.
    What a lovely and inspiring story. It is He who guides and give taufiq o anyone. May the souls of sis Cassey and the old faithful rest inpeace. May Allah forgive any of thier sins, mistakes and grant them the best place in jannah. Aamee. Firoz Khan Toronto, Canada.
  • yusuf shaikh/canada
    I was in tears while reading this inspiring beautiful story, may thy mercy be showered upon both of them and us all....ameen
  • faizel
    Masha-Allah whiles me reading this story of this wonderful lady not only in what she has done but what she became a Muslim ;who has taken care of a man who was ill; frail and gave her wisdom through his actions in prayer and who was like a father to her; tears rolled down my face . today many of us tends to disrespect our parents where they then placed in a home and we don't want to take care of them ( when it's to late we say if only i) . may the words of this remarkable lady through the grace of Allah enter our hearts we ask Allah subahana-wuta-Allah to grant them both Jannatul Firdaus Ameen .
  • Imtiaz  - Mr
    A wonderful story. Inspirational. Hope I have the 'guts' to share this with my non-muslim colleagues at work. They need this. Religion seems to divide us? As Cassie states: Why be scared of something good?
  • Latif Hussain  - May Allah Subhnawatallah bless them all.....
    Asalamwalaikum brothers & sisters....... MASHALLAH what an inspiring waqia.....i was in tears while was reading it.
  • Tajul Islam Khan  - Alhamdulillah
    I was really amazing when i read this. Allah is great. My dua from my heart for my sister cassie and the old main who's faith form ISLAM
  • Nurfarhah Azman  - Islam is always the best :)
    Ameen , may you become one of the best Muslim on Earth . I am pretty sure that this story will open the eyes of many Muslims out there to appreciate the gift from Allah on the gift He blessed us , this beautiful Islam . Finally, may Jannah be the "resting place" to all of us together by His side and our beloved Prophet , Muhammad S.A.W :)
  • Anonymous
    Allahu Akbar:-)
  • Shamas Ali  - Mashallah
    Islam is great Mashallah the most powerfull true religion in this world
  • aisyah  - sharee :)
    salam, can i have your permission to share this stories. it's very inspiring~ than you. may Allah bless you.
  • Nabilah Azwar
    ISLAM is The TRUE RELIGION from Allah SWT..
  • Anonymous
    Subhanallah
  • Shaikh Fakhr-ul-Islam  - A JUST LESSON FOR THE DISBELIEVERS
    THE ABOVE FACTS HAVE MADE ME IMPRESSED ME SO MUCH THAT WHEN I REACHED LAST BUT 7TH PARAS MY EYES BECAME FULL OF TEARS AND WHEN I WIPED THEM WITH MY HANDKERCHIEF THE SAME BECAME WET. MAY ALLAH SHOWER HIS ALL TIME BLESSINGS ONTO THE DEPARTED SACRED LIVES OF THE PATIENT AND THE INNOCENT NURSE. AAMEEN SUMMA AAMEEN.
  • Bahja Dahir  - THE RELIGION BEFORE ALLAH IS ISLAM
    Alhamdulilah alaa nicmatul Islam. Iwas amazed this story it began happily and end up tear. Allahuma Ajcalna khatuma khayr. AAMEEN ALLAHUMA AAMEEN AAMEEN. Wa salaamu aleykum warahmatulaahi wabarakaat
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