Illnesses are a part of our lives, and for some of us, they pose great challenges. What matters is being patient in the face of these trials and constantly remembering that our life is temporary, so we should live accordingly. This news is about a Muslim who was inspired by his nephew’s battle with cancer and is organizing a running event for children with cancer in Bolton.
Ibrahim Abbas, who resides in Bolton, is organizing a running event for children with cancer. His nephew, Muhammad Eesa Ibrahim, underwent successful surgery to remove a tumor in his brain and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. The experiences of Eesa and his family inspired Abbas to launch a fundraising campaign. The diagnosis of cancer at the age of 7 marked the beginning of a challenging journey for his nephew and the entire family. Abbas expressed his motivation for the event as follows:
“It has been a tough year for my nephew, and as his role model, I wanted to do something for him and other sick children. Since my nephew loves the Ironman character, I decided to name the event Ironman Race, and I will give him the medal I win.”
Abbas also sees this race as an opportunity to thank the NHS staff at The Christie and Manchester Children’s Hospital who have been treating Eesa.
“I want to thank all the hospital staff who have supported him and done so much for him.“
Through this news, we are reminded of how we should approach those going through difficult times as Muslims. We are also reminded of the verse and hadith that promise immeasurable rewards to those who exercise patience. How fortunate are those who are patient and advise others to be patient!
And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, who, when faced with a disaster, say, ‘Surely to Allah we belong and to Him we will all return. (Quran 2:155)