Success Stories (Family and Children)

Shakila Riaz – Family and Spouse

“Marriage is like a passenger train which has two tires – the husband and the wife. If they are aligned with each other, the journey will be pleasant and smooth. If not, then the marriage will be like most of the ones we see today – with unhappiness, fights, and stagnation. In our case, due to some wrong decisions, we made as a family, the priorities of our life changed, affecting our personal life immensely. I always wanted a balanced family life and the happiness which we had, as a couple, decided upon in our early years of marriage. However, after 8 years of being married, my husband decided to shift to Dubai and start his own business there. In a matter of 3 years, he experienced massive levels of success in his business, however, a few other changes started occurring as well due to the friends and lifestyle he was exposed to. The vision, the happiness, the family life we had decided upon and devoted our lives to creating in our early years together, had now started disappearing. He was now completely absorbed in the materialistic life Dubai had to offer, glitz and glamour, while I, on the other hand, had lost the happiness and peace I once felt with this family. I was incredibly worried and particularly concerned for my children who were not being given the ideal childhood I had planned for them. The compromised moral system, the captivating materialistic system and the gradual decline in our own family’s bonding and growth was extremely painful for me to see. In March, 2012, my husband attended one workshop in Verita – Live Free. It was a residential workshop so he got to interact with Sir Faiez and experience an entirely different lifestyle at the institute which is based in a natural environment. Those few days allowed him to ponder over how far we had wandered off from our ideal lifestyle and Alhumdulilah when he came back, he was a changed man. The simple life of Verita gifted us the opportunity to get in touch with our natural being again, away from the artificial life surrounding us and so, I thank you Verita for giving me back my husband and my family.”

 

Amna Imran

“Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived in her own dark, scary world. She was always sad and depressed, never willing to see the beauty in life. Known as “Little Ms. Nobody”, her shattered confidence and severely low self-esteem had left her feeling helpless. Her friends used her, made her feel inferior, insulted her, and she never ever stood up for herself against them. She had developed the perception that there was no one in this world who cared for her, who loved her and even began believing that she was just plain ugly (the worst she could possibly think of herself). Just to gain approval of others, she started copying them, even at bad things, and still, life gave her disappointment. She had changed herself for the world, but her world still hadn’t changed. Soon after, this young girl met few people in her life who changed her forever. These people showed her the mirror of her inner beauty and awakened her by gifting her ‘hope’. They taught her the understanding of religion and helped her view the world from a different lens. One day, a voice came from inside of her, “You see all those girls wearing Hijab, they are so beautiful! Their faces are glowing with ‘Noor’. People love to talk to them. They are independent of what others think of them and yet exhibit such peace from within. God must be so pleased with them.” She wondered, “Don’t you want such happiness? Do you want God to like you? You are a diamond, and a diamond is supposed to be protected and covered. Don’t you want that for yourself? Of course, you do! You deserve happiness. you deserve freedom. Live your life the way it is meant to be lived, before it gets too late”. And the next day, there she stood, with a piece of cloth draped over her head, and she looked exquisite. She had let go of her fears, unhappiness, and doubts, and now her life was perfect! Everyone loved her new found confidence and change and, most importantly, she loved herself, and that was all that mattered. So, who do you think this girl is? This is the story of my life. I transformed from a fragile little girl to a strong young woman. Now, no matter what people said to me, they couldn’t change my opinion about myself and nor could they make me feel inferior without my consent. I love my flaws and my imperfections because they make me ‘me’ and I think ‘me’ is pretty amazing! Thank you Verita for changing my life!”