I want to write you this letter– thanking you for all the blessings, guidance, and love you have given in my life, and how you helped me become the man I am today:
You taught me everything I know
You taught me all the morals, virtues, and the love I have now.
You taught me the importance of opening up your heart to anybody you meet. You taught me to not judge people based on their appearances. You taught me how to trust others, with an open heart— without fear.
You taught me to follow my dreams. You kindled my inner-creative spirit when I was a child. You encouraged me. You helped me grow, and guided me along the path into becoming a man — just like guiding a young plant. You gave me support, strength, water, sunlight, air, and love.
I couldn’t have made it this far without you
You taught me to love those who cursed me. You taught me to forgive. You taught me to show mercy unto others.
You taught me to have faith in God, and to have faith in myself.
You taught me that I had an inner-light, and that I needed to share that light with others.
You taught me to have inner-confidence; and that I could be anybody I wanted to become, and that I was born for a greater destiny than myself— to uplift, help, encourage, and empower others.
I know you will always be with me
You’re always in my heart, and in my soul. Even when you pass away, your spirit will never die. You will always be part of me, guiding me like an angel. Helping me make the right decisions. Helping me to not fear the future.
Your legacy will live on forever
Thank you for overcoming all the obstacles you faced in life. All the hard nights you worked late. All those 12-hour work days. Those 7-day work weeks.
I know sometimes you feel guilty for not helping me more — but you truly gave me the best riches, the riches of the soul.
Even now, you inspire me to be generous with others. That will be your legacy, umma — your generosity and love for all.
I will continue to carry on your legacy umma. Today, tomorrow, and until the day I die.