Resilient of the Month

Br. Ali Beshnak

وَٱلَّذِينَ جَـٰهَدُوا۟ فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَمَعَ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ
As for those who struggle in Our cause, We will surely guide them along Our Way. And Allah is certainly with the good-doers. [29:69]
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This ayah highlights a promise from Allah (SWT) to al-Muhsineen (the good-doers) that He will guide, aid, and open the path to those who sincerely strive in His Cause. Those who strive painstakingly even at the risk of a conflict with the entire world, Allah (SWT) teaches them at every step of the way and shows them the light at every turning point. In our community, we have very special people who demonstrate this level of ihsan and trust as they strive for the sake of Allah (SWT).

One such special couple is Ali Beshnak and his wife Raghdah Taha.

You will find them at the Tafseerah program (along with their sweet daughters), helping with our region’s refugee assistance programs, leading various projects, serving as Chaplains, always ready to help with any mission they are given and continuing students of knowledge as members in Imam Sherif's adult brothers and sisters halaqas. The most inspiring aspect of their relationship is that they support one another in this blessed work.

Recently, through our Chaplaincy efforts, Br. Ali worked with Br. Bernard Brooks through the process of converting to Islam [watch the Shahada].

ٱهْدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٰطَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمَ
The day Br. Bernie took his shahada, Br. Ali said a few words and touched the hearts of many as he shared his journey and his work to remain steadfast on the straight path.

Br. Ali was born in Syria, lived a comfortable life, but moved here at the age of 19. Despite the many hardships that come with leaving behind one’s home country, we are inspired by Br. Ali and Sr. Raghdah's gratitude and the constant drive to uplift those in our community in need.

May Allah (SWT) continue to bless the Beshnak family with His endless blessings, and keep them healthy, in body, mind and heart. Please take a moment and make du’aa for your resilient brother and sister. May Allah (SWT) bless our community with the himmah to practice His deen and do His work.

Author: Navera Rehimtoola
Categories: Tarbiya Stories