March 13, 2012 80

Najma – Garden of Peace

By in Ny Gani

Our sister Najma passed away on 10th March 2012 peacefully in hospital. Her Janaaza was performed the next day by Imam Suliman Gani who knew Najma during her time teaching and receiving treatment at St Georges Hospital. Najma was buried at the Garden of Peace Islamic burial ground the same day and now Inshallah paradise awaits her. Over time, Najma’s personal Facebook content as requested will be moved across to this website where we can mange this directly for her.

Please pray for Najma at every opportunity and for anyone that knew Najma personally, please leave a message. Thank you Osman and Sabina.

80 Responses to “Najma – Garden of Peace”

  1. Jason says:

    A truly inspirational lady who lit up the room with her presence, strength, compassion caring nature and her smile.

    Najma I’ll never forget the friendship, advice and support you gave my late Wife as she too battled with leukaemia. Rest in Peace

  2. Muminah says:

    I witnessed her beautiful words, energy,life, spirit and smile through facebook. I did not know her personally, but her life, in the short time of knowing of her and being facebook friends, touches me. May she live in the highest of jenna and be enjoying–peace, security, bliss, health, love, The pleasure of our Creator, and everything grand. Ameen.

  3. Safia says:

    Rahmatu ALLAH Alayki Habibti Najma..I Love You My Sister..

  4. Juwel Ali says:

    It was a re-tweet on the 10/03/12 for janaza prays I got to hear about the plight of this sister having never met her… intuitive that I am I started to read her web site and blogs the more I read the more intrigued I was. This sister fought courageously against cancer with all the odds her steadfastness with the lord was unwavering she was humble and gracious to her outcome this made her victorious insh-Allah.

    So today after many months I went to the gardens of peace to pray for my brother in-law who was taken away 6 years ago may Allah grant him the highest of Janna insha-Allah then remembered about sister Najma thought this is the perfect opportunity to offer my prays so off I went looking for her resting place it took good part of 30 minutes locating her greeted her with “Assalamalikum big sister” This triggered a blog she wrote IQRA (read) which I refer to this day to my friends that knowledge is power a truly inspirational piece sister. I recited couple dua’s  and asked the lord to forgive any short comings and place her to the highest of Janna insha-Allah.

    Reading Najmas journey through life made me re-flect on mine on how I conduct my self that life is to short and our lord can call upon us anytime so preparation in the deen is the best line of defence we live for the here after may Allah give us success in this life and in the here after ameen.

  5. Anon says:

    You are a true inspiration
    Rest in perfect peace.
    x

  6. Safia says:

    Assalam Aleikom Brothers and Sisters:

    Please keep our beloved sister Najma in your duas, insha’Allah, we miss you…

  7. sheema says:

    We meet a few years ago at my aunts barbaque and we were all touched by your story and I followed you on FB ever since. I was amazed of how strong you remained and never complained. I lost my mum to cancer too 11 days ago after fighting for it for 15 months and I make dua Allah (swt) has given you both a garden of paradise. May Allah forgive all our sins and may we all join you and my mum in jannah inshAllah.

  8. Zaynab says:

    I often think of Najma and become inspired, her words of strength teaches me to be strong and her constant appreciation of Allah makes me appreciate more, Subhan Allah She is the first person I’ve ever met that not only had Sabr but also had a degree higher, because she accepted Allah’s decree gracefully and even thanked him. I am sure that I will never forget her, and she will be remembered by many because of her true light that shone from deep inside her. May Allah grant her Jannah Ameeen

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  10. Safia says:

    Surah Al-Kahf
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    Say: Though the sea became ink for the Words of my Lord, verily the sea would be used up before the words of my Lord were exhausted, even though We brought the like thereof to help. (109) Say: I am only a mortal like you. My Lord inspireth in me that your God is only One God. And whoever hopeth for the meeting with his Lord, let him do righteous work, and make none sharer of the worship due unto his Lord. (110)

    Never forgotten, Allah Yarhmak my sister, love always..

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ive been sitting here reading eveyone elses messages and thinking of what to say, because wallahi this sister is beautiful inside and out and i just dont know where to start. The time first i came accross Ny was on facebook and the first thing that hit me was how beautiful she was and the inspirational words. Her statuses was always thanking Allah s.w.a, quran and sunnah or world events. She was such a pious and intelligent sister. I always had the intention to visit Ny in hospital, but it never happened (kadr). Allah knows best,but i pray Allah swa continues to give your family sabr, grant you Jannah and inshaAllah one day i, your family, friends will meet with you in Jannat. Ameeen. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  12. MJ says:

    Missed and loved always. I miss your friendship, our conversations and also our talks with your parents who share their wisdom about the world, faith and family – all these moments I cherish and remember. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers and so is the rest of your family. I hope that they are able to find solace and happiness and that allah provides them with all they need. Love to you & your family. MJ

  13. Sabina says:

    Every day that passes without you gets more difficult….
    I love you and miss u so much…
    I pray that we are reunited one day soon in Jannat…
    May Allah forgive us all our sins
    Ameen

  14. Amelia says:

    Truly a Star!
    Your Light even touched those that were far, Like me..

    May Allah reward you the highest ranks of Jannah & give patience to your family & dear ones. Ameen.

  15. abreen azad saika says:

    my dear beautiful khala…. i love u sooo much i miss u alot everytym i think about u i cry. May Allah give jannat to u as a gift. i really miss u najma khala. i was so forward to meet u bt aftr i heard my mum tellng dis sad news i got really sad. i loved u n love u alot. i pray for u 5 tyms a day. miss u khala. :'(

  16. Safia says:

    I love you Najma, miss you bad, always on my mind, Rahmatu Allah Alayki beautiful soul..

  17. Sabina says:

    Miss u so much… Every moment of every day…

  18. abdul halim says:

    inspired and never will forget her. rip najma

  19. Tasneem Tasbeehs says:

    Still think of you every day sis. Though I didn’t know you personally, I followed your story closely. I still think of you daily and send prayers and blessings your way wherever possible. I knew you were ill but never for a moment did I think you would go so soon. Such a patient, beautiful soul. Alhamdulillah.

    May Allah swt grant you Jannatul Firdaus and give your family/friends sabr.

    A true inspiration.

    You will never be forgotten and will remain in the hearts of many forever..

  20. Sultana Lotifa Rahman says:

    Subhanallah for all the good deeds sister najma has done in this world, i hope Allah has granted you a place in jannah. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments people have left for you. You have definately been an inspiration to the community thats why this has bern created for you so people can update with comments and messages. Thats the way we should be too have an unconditional love and bonding with friends and family you seem like a very honest humble person, i had an uncle who passed away at the age of 47 with prostate cancer Subhanallah its going to be 2 yrs next month and every single day he comes to my mind he was devoted to our religion and was such an inspiration in the community.
    He was one of a kind that would never be forgotton. Helped others whilst he was in trouble his self he use to encourage all aged people to gain knowledge in islam on a friday jummah he was the first to walk thru the masjid iv got tears in my eyes whilst writing this comment, i felt as if the whole world cried when they got his news.
    He had a 9lb tumour grown in between his bowel and bladder how amazing we couldnt even tell that there was something there, thats how much patience he had in himself i really make duas for him Sllah to place him in the highest level of Jannah, miss u n love you khalu we will never forget you. Xxx

  21. m muneer khandwalla says:

    assalamu alaikum

    don’t have much to say but even when death is inevitable, it is sudden
    even when we know it is the only relief, it is painful

    ·

    inna lilahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun

    · ·
    YA Allah give her an abode better than her previous abode, give her companions better than her previous companions, wash her from her sins like a white garment is washed from dirt, seperate her from her sins like how the east and the west are seperated, save her from the purnishment of the grave and protect her from the torment of hell fire
    ameen

    m muneer

  22. Halima says:

    AsalamuAlaykum,

    When I was in Mecca a few weeks a go, I remembered our sister Najma, and the first I looked up and saw was the Ka’baa. I made a big du’a for our sister. May Allah grant her the highest level of jannah. She went through a lot in this dunya. Love her loads.

  23. Ali Asghar says:

    An Inspirational sister. A very very moving account of NYG.
    Insha’Allah you’re in a better place now, hope your grave is peaceful and a relaxing place insha’Allah.
    I’m also sorry I never met you on Facebook or knew you in person but insha’Allah we may meet up
    one day in the next life. I Did dua for you during my lunch break during zuhr salaah. May Allah bless you and be merciful towards you and give your family sabar (patience) ameen.

  24. anon says:

    love you more than anything ..

  25. Safia says:

    Assalam Aleikom My dearest Najma..

    Un mois dejà est passé de ta disparition,reposes en paix, insha’Allah Le Tout Puissant nous reunira un jour, dans son paradis, ya rabb, je t’aime fort..Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilayhe Rajioon..

  26. Seema/Cousin says:

    Najma xxx
    My eyes fill up with tears,
    I find myself wishing that this wasn’t true,
    Every time i think about it,pain is all i feel.
    Tears fall from my eyes,i can barely see but my heart tells me
    she will always be with us.
    I’m glad she feels no pain and is gone to a better place. InshAllah.
    We will always love and miss u forever until the day we are reunited.
    One thing i know is that Allah swt broke our hearts only to take the best. Love u Najma xxxx

  27. Andlib says:

    Najma was one of my closest friends since school days..

    Not a day has gone where I haven’t missed u najma. You gave me support even when u needed it more than me.. You were and will remain a true inspiration to many people. You were brave in telling your closest friends and family when they were wrong and I miss your strong words and telling off! I wish I had been able to see you in your last days however in some ways I am glad I always saw you strong and beautiful as that is how I want to remember you. You lived as a star – bringing beauty and light and you have such an impact in this world in peoples hearts that u will continue to shine like a star in their lives ..

    May Allah forgive u, give u peace and enter u in paradise. Ameen.

    I hope everyone who knew her will always remember her in their prayers as that is what she wanted most .

  28. Fudgie-cousin says:

    A Poem for you Appa…….

    Not a day passes when I open my eyes,
    I see you shining bright in the sky

    Our sweet, beautiful, loving Najma bringing light to everyone’s life.
    You have left behind such greatness,
    You will always be remembered!

    A beautiful person inside n out and always giving the best advice.
    So many people have you in their duas, its so lovely to see.

    You meant so much to me, an amazing cousin,
    I am so proud that you were my family. xxx

  29. Anon says:

    There is none more Merciful than Allah, and in her suffering we are full of hope that Allah will forgive Najma and raise her ranks

    But we do not know our destination or the destination of others- it is incorrect to say ‘We all know Najma is in Paradise’

    May Allah forgive our sister and raise her ranks, ameen

  30. Fudgie-cousin says:

    Appa I miss you……. This poem I wrote for the Family xxx

    May our hardship be eased
    Allah(swt) help us through these lonely times,

    My eyes want to cry
    I feel the need to scream
    My heart is aching
    This is how I feel…….

    Please give us the strength to Grieve
    We all know our Queen is at Peace
    I pray that we all find ease through these lonely times,
    we must unite be there for one another….

    We all know Najma is in Paradise
    and we will all see her again when our time arrives. xxx

  31. Anon says:

    Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

    To the family of Sister Najma (may Allaah have mercy on her)

    I never met this siter, nor heard from her until reading the article by Br Babar and it was very moving

    Your pain is great, but never forget that Allah is the Most Merciful

    The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: “He whom Allah intends good, He makes him to suffer from some affliction”.
    [Al-Bukhari]

    Many of us live lives devoid of the remembrance of our Creator, full of comfort and ease, and have left little or nothing for our own Hereafter. But trials and difficulties are a means by which Allah removes sins

    Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I visited the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) when he was suffering fever. I said, “You seem to be suffering greatly, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Yes, I suffer as much as two persons.” I said, “Is that because you have a double reward?” He replied that that was so and then said, “No Muslim is afflicted by a harm, be it the pricking of a thorn or something more (painful than that), but Allah thereby causes his sins to fall away just as a tree sheds its leaves”.
    [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

    Whn I read of the immense suffering of our Sister, I am filled with hope that she is one of those Allah intends good for

    Even in her death, her example has been bright to many, including myself

    May Allah give you all patience, ameen

    `Ata’ bin Abu Rabah reported: Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) asked him whether he would like that he should show him a woman who is from the people Jannah. When he replied that he certainly would, he said, “This black woman, who came to the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and said, `I suffer from epilepsy and during fits my body is exposed, so make supplication to Allah for me.’ He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied: ‘If you wish you endure it patiently and you be rewarded with Jannah, or if you wish, I shall make supplication to Allah to cure you?’ She said, ‘I shall endure it.’ Then she added: `But my body is exposed, so pray to Allah that it may not happen.’ He (Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)) then supplicated for her”.
    [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

    May Allah the Most Merciful have mercy on Sister Najma and her family, Ameen

  32. Shazia says:

    I just read Najma’s story. What an inspiration! Najma, May Allah grant you a house in the neighbourhood of the Prophet S.A.W in the highest level of jannah, where you will be reunited with your family and loved ones. Ameen

    Allah has caused many people to make dua for you, people that you have never met, like myself, mashallah, Allah is causing you to live on in people’s prayers and hearts.

    May you forver be smiling :) Ameen x

  33. Sabina says:

    Sister, my brother and I will try our best to complete her book insh’Allah and then get it published.
    Jazakallah khair

  34. Mina says:

    Times flies…but I can’t stop thinking about you Najma. You were not the kind of whining, but rather a fighter, a tough cookie in the face of adversity. We talked a few times. We did not agree on everything, but still you were inspiring. I intended to visit you, on my next trip to Europe, but that was not meant to happen.
    What comforts me is that you are finally at peace, near your Lord, freed from sufferance. And as for your loved ones, you’ll meet them in Jannah for a blissful eternity. May Allah bless them with sabr meanwhile.
    Sabina Gani, will Najma’s book be published ?

  35. Usman says:

    Oh Najma your life brought great delight and joy to your family, great and unique inspirations to your friends and insha Allah Allah’s Angel will be happy with your return and i wept in prayers to Allah Ghafurur Raheem to accept you in peace and unite you with His pious slaves. Ameen. Kullu nafsin za-ikatul mautu.

  36. Abdullaah says:

    Indeed to Allah we belong and to Him we return.

    May Allah accept her into jannah and forgive her all her sins. I have been reading her story for a few months as I am going through the same procedures and treatment.

  37. Kay says:

    What a beautiful sister. May Allah have mercy on her soul and may she have a place in Jannah. After 6 years of struggling with the devastating effects of Acute Pro Myeloid Leukaemia, Najma Yasmin Gani returned to Allah on March 10th, 2012. I was Facebook friends with Najma. I chatted with her a few times, left duaa on her page and shared my own stories. Though we never physically met, I loved this sister for her fearlessness and the courage she displayed in each detailed post. She spent her last days sharing the details of her pain, her laughter, her life reflection, and her pleads to Allah, with her Facbook family. She called on Allah, often, for his mercy, for relief, for his forgiveness and for strength. I will truly miss Najma’s inspirational stories and daily reminders of how fragile life truly is. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon

  38. Fudgie-cousin says:

    Apps I love you, I wrote this poem for you….xxxx

    I see you lying there in so much pain
    Drips and Drugs pumping in your veins
    I wish I could take it all away
    I have brilliant memories of us all together
    I just wish we all could live forever

    All the machines and all the pumping is a painful site to see but you’re so strong you’re a Beautiful Fighting Queen

    You had a good life but you been struggling for a while
    Why does cancer have to come in and destroy lives?
    Because imaging life without us all together is something too hard to think about but when the time comes I will have to put my bullet proof jacket on

    As being strong for everyone is what I’ll have to be….
    All I know is that the time will come when we all will be laid to rest at the Garden of Peace. xxx

  39. Oseni Al-hussain says:

    May Allah have mercy on her Ameen.

  40. Tasfiyah says:

    I love you and i will always miss you, but you are now in a better place where one day i will join you.

    She is and always will be my inspiration in life.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Such an inspiration! Will be missed! X

  42. Jinia Amee says:

    I only knew of Najma through Facebook yet it was as though she was always so close to everyone,no matter how far we lived from her.Her courage was and is an inspiration.Her love for others,her strength,her endurance during such difficult times.Najma is a special person I shall always remember FOREVER.

  43. Babar Ahmad says:

    How Najma Taught Us How To Live
    by Babar Ahmad
    [Science lecturer Najma Yasmin Gani from South London passed away at the age of 34 on 10 March 2012 after a six-year battle with leukaemia (blood cancer). Babar Ahmad writes about the correspondence he exchanged with her from prison during the final months of her life.]

    The first letter I received from Najma was in October 2010. Enclosed with the letter was some money and words of encouragement for me. At the end of her letter were a couple of lines requesting that I pray for her, since she was in the final stages of acute myeloid leukaemia.

    I wrote back to Najma thereby starting a cycle of correspondence that was to last until shortly before her death. Sometimes she would reply promptly; at other times she would reply after several weeks apologising for the delay due to her being in hospital. She told me the story of her battle against leukaemia since February 2006, describing in detail the types of treatment she was undergoing. One thing that struck me about her letters was the matter-of-fact, at times even humorous, way in which she would describe horrendously painful medical procedures.

    Recounting a four-month course of arsenic chemotherapy whose “side- effects are worse than the actual cancer, ” she wrote, “Due to the known damage arsenic has on the heart, I spent a lot of time on the Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Care Unit … The heavy-metal constitution of arsenic meant that lumps of it, painful hard lumps, accumulated on my skin which had to be surgically cut away. ”

    She went on to detail her past week of treatment involving six-inch needles into her pelvic bone and bone marrow, three intravenous lines in her hand, “the removal of my Hickman line (attached to my jugular vein, requiring seven stitches and a lumbar puncture – spinal cord injection), ” and daily blood tests. At the end of this passage she wrote, “I am still smiling though.”

    Despite all these medical procedures, her letters would be full of concern for other people. She would tell me about her work with Desidonors.org, a charity seeking bone marrow donors for sick children in the Asian community. I was particularly touched by the story of Amun Ali, a cute and chubby 10-year old boy from Birmingham with a bone marrow disorder that had already claimed the life of his 4-year old brother. I would ask Najma for regular updates on his situation. On 19 June 2011 Najma replied,
    “Before I update you about my health, let me inform you that Amun Ali passed away in March this year. We found a bone marrow donor for him. However, the entire process is very aggressive and his young body couldn’t it…Truly devastating for all of us.”

    Her concern for others began with her own parents before anyone else, especially her mother. She wrote,
    “But perhaps the worst thing about my cancer is the effect it has on my parents. I don’t know what it feels like to be a parent, so cannot fathom how my mother stops her own life just to put some comfort into mine … She has never left my side since the first day I was diagnosed … She is so firmly committed to my care, she never stops smiling and praying for me every time I catch a glimpse of her. Parents are such a mercy, even at my age I need her. I feel so humble as I promised I would always look after her, and be there for her, but it seems to be the other way round.”

    Every now and then, however, Najma would reveal the true extent of what she was going through:
    “I’m tired and exhausted and in pain most days … My dreams are a respite from the painful, invasive, draining and toxic treatment I have to endure daily… Sadly my bones remain in agony and I refuse morphine simply because I feel numb and emotional … I have had a 6-inch needle into my spinal cord. It really hurts, in fact it burns. It’s a level of pain I never knew existed … I don’t know why I am still alive…”

    Najma’s unshakeable faith in God and the After-life is what fuelled her determination to bear her ordeal with dignity: “I know my Creator is a Merciful One and I know I shall be rewarded for my struggles and that fact alone makes my journey bearable … When I think of Allah’s love, it makes some of this pain bearable… In the blood cancer unit, I see tragedy, pain, helplessness and misery most of the time. But there is something very special about believers: they never complain, not to others anyway. Their resolve comes from knowing that we shall only be transient in this world … And Allah knows best. ”

    Najma’s last letter to me was written on 20 November 2011, from her hospital bed, where she had been for several weeks by then. Unlike all her previous letters, this one was written in poor handwriting with disjointed line structure. “I wrote this letter from my room in the ward. I can barely lift my head up; it might even be incoherent… The chemotherapy has damaged my eyes so I can barely see on some days … I am still vomiting from the chemotherapy and most of my hair has fallen out … ”

    Despite her condition she still enclosed some money for me and went on to congratulate me for receiving 140,000 signatures in the e-petition campaign: “We are all praying for relief from your hardship. Nothing can remain the same. Things will change. ”
    She continued, “Sickness teaches you so much: humility, mercy, obedience, the list is endless… Patience is a hard lesson, but very beneficial indeed. I was always impatient and in a hurry, rushing around wasting my life away until sickness entered my life and I was forced to reflect … Some days I think I won’t make it through but those days are the ones that I forget that Allah has already written it down for me …”

    During Najma’s final weeks and days my family visited her in hospital many times. As her condition deteriorated I sent her one final card in which I encouraged her to look forward to the reward that God had prepared for her in Paradise. My mother told me that Najma spent a long time reading and re-reading the card.

    The next day, on 05 March 2012, she was taken to the Intensive Care Unit and she passed away a few days later, on the Saturday afternoon of 10 March 2012. All those present testified to the look of extreme peace and serenity on her face after she died. After a funeral attended by hundreds of people, she was buried in the Gardens of Peace cemetery in Ilford, Essex. May God have mercy on her and reward her for her patience through suffering.

    I have learnt from my journey through life that there is rich inspiration to be gained by sharing the living moments of those who, for whatever reason, have been deprived of life. Whenever I have met cancer sufferers, the crippled, prisoners in indefinite detention, the blind and the dying, I have seen them attach a value to life, people and friendship that is unseen in others. To pass objective judgement on something, one must be external to it. Since they live in the twilight between life and death, they are able to see life for what it really is. They value every second of their existence and the people around them because they know that everything in life is temporary. In doing so, they increase the value of their own lives and the lives of those whom they touch.

    The name ‘Najma’ in Arabic means ‘star’. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once said that one of the reasons God created the stars was to act as beacons for those who want to find their way. Najma’s life was a beacon to any of us who have lost our way. Her life (and death) was the inspiration to many people, most of whom had never met her, even though she never realised it.

    Through her six years of hell, Najma taught us how to be pleased with God’s destiny and how to confront hardships with dignified patience. She taught us how to cherish everything you have and how to value people because you don’t know how long you will be with them. She taught us how to smile in the face of suffering and how reaching out and helping others in pain can relieve our own pain. Through her life, Najma taught us how to die. And through her death, she taught us how to live.

    Babar Ahmad
    14 March 2012

  44. JONATHAN S. says:

    My deepest condolences to all the Gani family. Najma i can say that i will truly miss you, you were an inspiration to me and always encouraged me. I will truly cherish the friendship that we had. You always had time for everyone that you came into contact with and always comforted them when they were down, there were times when you would tell me off and we would end up laughing all the time. You were very glamorous and full of syle. I would like to take this time to say to Mr/Mrs Gani although Najma is in the Garden of Paradise she will always be with us.

  45. Aisha Zanfourya says:

    Assalam alaykoum warahmato allahi wabarakatuh, I never got to meet this sister in reality but i feel like i have already met her. she just my friend on facebook but when i needed her she was there for me, she was very helpful on islam, she seen me thru good times and bad, love you najma miss you forever rest in peace sweety

  46. Imran says:

    Been almost a week since your sister NYG but i know inshallah you are smiling and pain free see you in the next life inshallah

  47. Essraa says:

    Asalamu Alikum, I never got a chance to meet the sister, and actually learned about her after she had passed away. I must say I was touched by her posts, because I had a dear friend of mine pass away from Cancer a yr and a half ago and she was fighting it for 5 yrs. I really believe that Allah (SWT) gives people what they can handle. When I was reading the posts made by our sister Najma I realized how strong she was and I’m sure there were times of question, she would remind herself of Allah.
    For this sister to have such a sickness it has opened a door of education for others, and also allowed others to speak about their loved ones who lost their fight to cancer. We have to keep in mind that alhamdulillah that when Allah gives a sickness to His slave it’s out of love for them to cleanse them from their sins, and what a blessing that is to be in front of your Creator cleaned from sin. Yes it’s hard to have a loved one pass away but alhamdulillah the sister left behind her knowledge, which every single person she educates concerning this illness and helps she will receive the reward for it. I make dua for all those who are sick and are fighting May Allah give you strength and keep you going ameen. And I pray for the sister that Allah gives her Jannat farwadas ameen. And I also pray for her family that she left behind that Allah puts their heart at ease, do not forget that her door for sins have been closed, all she can receive now are good deeds,we are the ones to worry at what state shall we die on.
    Asalamu Alikum your sister in Islam Essraa from Chicago

  48. Idris Ibrahim says:

    Inna lil Lahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji’oon.

    Sister Najma, your news of death came to me as a great shock and I will forever miss you.
    We love you but Allaah loves you the most.

    You were a worthwhile sister in Islam, a religious, humble and patient person.
    You were patient with your burden in this transient life [which gave us great inspiration] and the reward for patient is Jannah. Allah Ta’ala declares, He is with the patient one.
    I am confident you are in a better place free from all your cares Insha Allaah.
    May we all merrily meet together in Jannah to our everlasting salvation.

    I also pray that Allah grant Najma’s family the fortitude to bear such a great loss.
    Wa Salaatu Was Salaamu Ala Rasoolil Lah.

  49. Sumaiya Umm Imran says:

    Dear Najma, you are indeed an amazing star mashallah! You are named Najma which comes from the arabic word Najm meaning star. You are definitely a star my dearest sis. You have inspired us so much with your amazing personality. During all the hardship, you didn’t forget the ummah of our beloved prophet sallallahu alaihe wa sallam. You were involved in promoting good causes such as Desidonors and other projects. You used your time to write and inspire others to get more active and lead better lives, lives filled with love and fear of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. We all will be missing you my dear sis! May Allah subhana ta’ala bless your family and friends and give them strength and sabr to endure your absence and work hard to unite with you in jannah, ameen!
    ( N.B I have done a post in loving memory of beloved sis Najma http://sumaiyasreflection.blogspot.com/2012/03/deathjourney-towards-hereafter.html?spref=fb )

  50. Ayla says:

    You was an amazing person, and so inspiring! Your family was very lucky to have you in their lives. I pray you are in a better place and you are at peace. Will always remember you, and your brave story.. xxx

  51. ANNETTE (HDCU) says:

    So so sad I only heard of Najma’s death today.It is with great shock that i did not get a chance to say goodbye to Najma.I will always remember you sweet sister I can see your lovely smile, your beautiful eyes and not to mention the long wavy hair that you lost and worried so much about.

    Najma was a great inspiration to all she met along life road, she encouraged those that we also sick just like herself to never give up and if you felt really down she would sit and talk with you and when she finished you knew straight away you felt better.

    My condolences goes out to all the Gani Family, especially Mrs Gani.

  52. k.m says:

    Indeed to Allah subhaane wa ta’ala we belong and to Him is our return…. Allaah yirhama,May Allah reward her for her good deeds and May Allah have mercy on her soul and grant her Jannah ,ameen ya Allah…

  53. Daba says:

    Aslamalikum,
    I never knew sister Najma but this story has really touched me emotionally. I have spent the last couple of days weeping and feeling the sorrow. She seemed to be a very strong willed lady and definitely a inspiration. May Allah swt swiftly take you into the beautiful gardens of Jannah and reward you for all your sufferings. My eyes are filled with tears wish I could have nursed you. Xx

  54. Sabina (Sister) says:

    You complain that you haven’t got the latest gadget, that you haven’t got the latest designer bag.

    You get upset because you’ve gained some weight or because you can’t find the right man.

    But when your time comes to an end, your good deeds are counted not your number of friends.

    Allah will not weigh you before you can enter paradise. Allah will not allow you in because you are fair and beautiful…
    Instead open your heart and realise

    We all end up the same…
    Don’t let the first time you want to follow Islam be when the Angel of death calls your name….

    By Sabina
    I wrote this after Appa died…
    First and foremost a reminder to myself..

  55. Dennis Gyamfi says:

    Still thinking about you and the wonderful conversations we shared together, you was one of a kind. I brought to you most of my issues and you was able to help me calm down and focus.. I truly do and will forever miss you until we meet again.. MAD LOVE DENNIS

  56. Shireen Huusein says:

    Najma, you will be missed. I know that you are in a better place and you have been relieved of all your pain. I will never forget you and pray that we meet again. Everytime i see a star, I will think of you and how your light will shine forever.

  57. siti jamaliah says:

    Always miss u…Al-fatihah… :'(

  58. Maria Kordowicz says:

    I studied with Najma at Birkbeck. What struck me most about her was the way she was such an open, inclusive person, who made everyone feel like they had been friends with her for years. So easy-going and cheerful in the face of adversity. I know that Najma took great pride in her appearance, it was perhaps part of her fight against cancer, and she was beautiful, inside and out. I remember her passion for education and her first hand insight into the management of schooling. She believed in the power of education to transform not only the individual, but communities and global problems beyond that. One thing that will be her lasting legacy would be for all of us to continue our search for objective truth through learning and personal development, and to impart her message onto our children.

    I think that the fact that she was tiressly public about her condition and her fight against it with her religion as her rock, has helped so many to gain perspective into their own lives. Her words show what it means to be human and the resolve and power we have in the face of adversity.

    Although I am not religious, there is a sense for me of her suffering being over and her being at peace.

    I hope that her work will go on and continue to lighten the burden of other leukaemia sufferers.

    With my sincere condolences to Najma’s family. It was an honour to know her.

  59. Brian Semmens says:

    Dearest Sister Najma, I was sorry to hear of your passing. Rest in Peace Dear Sister, the pain cannot hurt you now, you lived a short but brave and inspirational life

    Go now to spend your time in paradise, you were tested and you were not found to be wanting

  60. Safia says:

    Assalam Aleikom..

    Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilayhe Rajioon, love you Najma..

  61. Maya Schulz - Friend of Family says:

    A poem below:

    Allah looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
    He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
    Allah saw you getting tired and when a cure was not to be.
    He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain.
    And knew that you would never get well on earth again.
    He saw your path was difficult, he closed you tired eyes,
    Allah’s garden is beautiful, the almighty only takes the best.
    He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
    With tearful eyes we watched you as you slowly passed away.
    And though we loved you dearly we could wish you stay.
    When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain,
    We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again.
    You’ve left us precious memories, your love will be our guide,
    You live on through your family and friends, you’re always by our side.
    Many times we’ve needed you so many times we’ve cried.
    If only love could have saved you never would have died.

  62. Anonymous says:

    My duas for Najma and all her family and friends, May Allah SWT bless Najma a beautiful place in Jannat, and sabr for Najma’s family and freinds……..I know the feeling because I lost my sister to cancer aswell……She used to say “Its not the Illness that is fatal, Its the Treatment that kills……
    MAY ALLAH SWT BLESS NAJMA AND BAJI NOREEN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN JANNAT, AMEEN!!!

  63. Hajra Yusuf Issa says:

    I never knew Najma but on my facebook wall one of my friends had posted a link up of Najma’s wall so last week I began reading her entries and was overwhelmed by the support and work she put into so many charities even though she was fighting cancer herself she was thinking of others,what a remarkable lady,I lost someone very close to me through cancer 9 years ago and till today when I think about her it hurts so deeply,never a day goes by that I don’t think about her but she is at peace and not in pain and suffering anymore and so are you Najma,in the gardens of paradise no more pain and suffering may allah grant you the highest rank in jannah and may you be a example to others,Najma Yasmin Gani a name I will always remember and never forget you are in my thoughts and duas xx

  64. Maya Schulz - Friend of Family says:

    Dear Sister Najma, we will miss you you will always remain in our hearts and will be in our prayers. May Allah bless you. We pray for etenal happiness.

  65. Avid Facebook follower/friend says:

    Innalillahi wainnailayhi raji’un

    Najma’s passing has affected me so deeply, although I have never met her, I feel like i knew her and checked her status updates daily.

    During labour, I forgot to pray for many, but not Najma and my son serves as a reminder of her bravery.

    May Allah swt grant u Jannatul firdaus. U were beatiful in every way. I see your face in my mind daily.

    Lets all pray for Najma, 3 times surah ikhlas, surah baqarah – anything we can.

    Miss u sis.

    xxx

  66. Facebook sister says:

    now you areat rest from all the pain, Allah tested you greatly and you stayed strong your a true inspiration to all muslims i hope one day to be as strong as you were , may your soul be at peace , sleep well angel may allah keep ypu blessed and with a place in jaanah xx ameen

  67. Dennis Gyamfi says:

    The best a boy like me could haver ever had, you encouraged me and supported me with your positive comment, In tears as I’m writing this Najma I love you and will most definitely speak to you again.. I’m lost for words but I know you are at a better place .. Love Dennis

  68. Amir (Maya and Evan's Son) says:

    Dear beloved sister, words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel. Our hearts are with you at this time of sorrow and through the memories we have shared we will remember you always. Inshallah, Allah (S.W.T) will grant you with the highest of ranks in Jannah, Ameen.

  69. Abu Ibrahim says:

    I only knew my dear sister through facebook for less than a year. However, her determination, courage, sincerity and kindness were enough to leave a lasting impression. I often discuss with my wife and daughter about Najma as a reminder to ourselves that we are blessed with health. She was also an inspiration that no matter what difficulty we face, we need to keep striving to seek the pleasure of Allah as Najma did.

    Words cannot explain the sadness and shock that I felt when I heard that she has returned to her creator. I am confident that she is in a better place and I pray to Allah (SWT) that He showers her with His infinite mercy and raises her with the prophets and martyrs. I pray that Allah (SWT) grants sabr to Najma’s family and allows us all to benefit from our interaction with her – Ameen

    You will be missed my dear sister in Islam and may Allah (SWT) re-unite us in Jannah

  70. Anonymous says:

    Najma Yasmin Ny Gani,

    inna lillah rijain may ALLAH give her place in janna and floods his mercy on her and give her family sabr inshALLAH,what you passed wisdom to us all may ALLAH S.W give u better place in JANAT AMEEN

  71. Ambreen xx says:

    I have known Najma for alomost 17yrs ….back in burntwood secondary we both met… it was funny though how we use to have a little hatered for each other “WHY” lol on stupid and childish things!! …..but then only wen u met again…on facebook alomost 6yrs …our friendship grew and grew…it was very tragic indeed coming to know of ur cancer……U will be missed deeply Najma…..not only a good friend but u was a dear sister to me ……and my heart trembles to think u have gone even though i was their at ur funeral…..but u have gone to a better place….for all the sufferings u had carried…it was the best in ur case. May Allah forgive ur sins and give u the highest place in jannat ul firdous…and ur family and friends sabr……♥ xxx

  72. Kamran beig says:

    I will always miss my sister ny gani’s valuable messages ,post,article .i will miss her and always pray for her.INSHAALLAH may grant her jannah with all reward for her all good work.ameen

  73. Anonymous says:

    salam, its really great that there’s an official site, i miss hearing her words of passion, she really did teach us a lot from her facebook page especially to help the sick… May Allah be with her and i hope she has the highest rank of paradise Insha’Allah

  74. Anonymous says:

    I will Always miss my sister ny gani s Messages, post,my dua alway with her.Inshaallah she ll reciving her reward from Allah

  75. Mona Khala says:

    Dear Najma,
    I was so sorry and sad to see u go. I know we haven’t been close or kept intouch. But I can’t stop thinking about you and our childhood when u used to come to nani’s house. We all used to play upstairs for hours. I know you have gone to a better place where you are not suffering in pain. May Allah talla forgive your sins and give you the greatest reward of rewards. Will miss u Ameen xxxx

  76. Friend/N.M says:

    Najma Yasmin Gani….. A name that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
    Not a day passed when I didn’t sign into Facebook to see if Najma had posted anything, at times I use to cry out to my mum to pray for Najma. my heart ached each time I would think how she must be feeling with this cancer, with the pain and worry that she might have to leave her loved ones so soon.

    I use to pray to hear that she’s ok… But it would never happen.

    I have never seen Najma but how much I miss her I can’t explain, I look at her photos all the time and admire her beauty… Her faith was even beautiful, the trust she had in Allah was unreal, you don’t see faith like that very often.

    May Allah grant her the highest level in paradise.

    It was an honour to have known you Najma, your a very special person. You will always be remembered.

    xxx

  77. Humaira says:

    My dear Najma Yasmin Ny Gani, we will remember you fondly like so many others whose lives you have touched. The courage you displayed in fighting Cancer will help countless cancer victims, survivors and their families, the passion you portrayed in spreading awareness about human rights violations is exemplary, the faith you showed in Allah amidst your endless pain is truly inspiring , the empathy you showed towards all in spite of your own sorrows will be cherished in our hearts forever. May Allah preserve your role as an Angel in the Heavens as you were on the face of the earth -A True Angel to us all….Ameen.

  78. Friend & fellow Desi Donors Supporter says:

    Najma, it was a real pleasure to have known you, you were a real inspiration to me & many other people. Always had time to support Desi Donors & campaign for more donors to register aswell as fighting your illness. May you always Rest in Peace, gone but never forgotten.
    You shall always be a shining light in a sometimes dark world. x

  79. Facebook Friend says:

    Najma was one of my first friends on Facebook. When I opened my computer, the first thing that I did was to check her wall. There was always something new. She was either writing for her cause, fighting for the rights of the oppressed, telling us about her family and her beautiful nephew that she loved so much, and she told us about the horrible disease that she had to endure.
    She was often scolded for showing her pretty face on her wall. Some people didn’t understand that the reason was not to gain attention but to show other women going through chemothereapy that there was wa way that you could maintain your dignity and beauty.
    I know that there was no chance contact with Najma. I believe that there was a reason for everyone that knew her. She was one of those special people that are only here for a short time but make a difference in everyone’s life. She was an inspiration to everyone.
    I will miss Najma and I once messaged her and let her know what a difference she made in my life during a difficult time. I told that if we do not meet in this life that I pray that we both meet in Jinnah. I will miss her and always pray for her and her family. Her name was Najma and her light will shine forever.

  80. Friend / Sister says:

    Miss the peace I would experience when I would see you. I am sure you are in higher and better peace now inshallah. I learnt so much from your example and that of your family of dignified patience in the face of calamities.

    May Allah accept it from you all and Najma. May this test be a source of honour and elevation of ranks on the Day of Judgement for you all.
    May you all, and those who loved her, be reunited with Najma in the Gardens of Paradise where there is no pain, no sickness, no parting from loved ones; only joy, laughter and eternal bliss. Ameen x

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