My Sister, Samiah

My sister, Samiah, (from left to right, Hana, Aurelia, Anna and Samiah (in red)) is going through one of her life’s most challenging ordeals. I have shared some of her journey via Instagram posts, which you may read below. She has written her own words as well. And I am honored to share here what she has written.

Salamualaikum and Peace and blessings upon you

This year has been Epic in so many ways. My story, and my life took a whole new turn and in a way I did not see coming. Due to the global changes in our world, we decided to move to Alaska and in a moment’s notice we uprooted our entire life and moved away from everyone we love: our family, neighbors, friends, community, mosque, and even my loyal business team. We arrived in Anchorage on October 31: Brian, Logan, myself and our cat and bird, waiting for our new home in Talkeetna to close,  But found ourselves in a holding position. Each step had to be redirected until, finally we resolved to settle in Anchorage until December 15th, reluctantly unloading our 40 foot container into a storage unit and parking ourselves in a studio apartment…

Once that was settled, I started to have neck pain, recurring and intensifying headaches, and unusual symptoms progressively worsening. My sweet husband Brian responded to every need, taking me to the chiropractor, then the acupuncturist only suspecting a kink in my neck due to the heavy stress and muscle tension from moving.

On Sunday December 6th my pain shifted sides and I felt my life force failing. We went to ER and discovered what was ailing me: to everyone’s shock, it was a brain tumor. I had one day to tell my family, one day to meet the brain surgeon, Dr. James Bales, and the following day, Wednesday December 9th, 2020 I was slowly walking into the hospital to face the next chapter. 

As you know, I am the one writing this, so you know how that day went, Alhamdulillah!  Allah not only gave me life anew, he showered me with gifts: A peace I never felt before, a feeling I had been cleansed from the inside out and a sanctuary far removed from toxic pollutants so that I may heal. This battle was won! Allah hu Akbar. 

But wait, there’s more! I’ve come to understand that Allah is the Writer and we each play a character; and He chose for me a grand and dramatic “take your breath away” next chapter… a good story always has danger!  We found out that the tumor was the fastest growing, most aggressive type, although I suspect it is very old in its original design. So this brings us to the unfolding, unwritten chapters ahead. 

I have a battle ahead, and I suspect it won’t be easy, but I put my trust in Allah and with His Will I will rise to the occasion and have myself the most awesome fight.  Allah gave each of us life and purpose and gave each the adaptations necessary for us to fulfill our purpose. In this adventure I feel like I’m Frodo with the ring, or Rocky with his boxing gloves. Whatever the story, I’m going to wish for some cheering and support from you. So let us find strength in numbers and strength in our Deen. 

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Here are three ways to send your love and support. It is important to understand how special Allah made all of us, and how deeply connected we are, increasing this bond exponentially through this unexpected journey.

I have experienced the deepest peace and am honored to have experienced this trial. Allah is the greatest and He gave me a most beautiful gift: The bond to all who I love and all who love me. Every single person touched by this shockwave, this thunderbolt has felt pain and sadness. My message to you is to feel peace and celebrate as we have successfully won the first battle. You may express this joy by hand writing a card to Dr. James Bales and his team for accepting such a task and performing brain surgery in a most successful manner. 

Many of you have asked to help in other ways. Having left my California home, meal trains and physical support are sadly no longer an option. However we would be delighted to receive your love via post. Sending your love in other special ways can be with gifts that warm the heart, each held in your hands, each special to you, each wrapped in colorful paper (bows and details included) would be most cherished by our family. What makes you happy, makes us happy. 

Each of us has a specific purpose and ability. You may be the type who finds great joy in supporting us financially;  a most noble and generous quality and a powerful contribution to facilitate healing. For you, an account is set up so we may purchase supplies and accommodate those who come to help. I have one request to add: Others are suffering so much more than I am, so I would like a portion to be redirected towards those in far greater needs.

May all your duas, prayers and well wishes be answered and may I rise to the occasion and face my next battles with a mighty spirit, and may our Creator heal me and leave no ailment behind, and may he do the same for all who are suffering. Celebrate this moment’s victory and spread hope and gratitude. 

My deepest gratitude to Allah for giving me such incredible friends. Allah is the Greatest. I love the character He chose for me in this story of mankind, truly epic!

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-Samiah Hinton, December 2020

Sending cards of gratitude to medical team

James Bales, MD and Team

Providence Health & Services

3831 Piper St, Ste S 450

Anchorage, AK 99508

Sending gifts and cards to Hinton family

Brian and Samiah Hinton #710

2521 E. Mountain Village Drive, Ste B

Wasilla, AK 99654

Sending financial support

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6 thoughts on “My Sister, Samiah

  1. I am so grateful to read these words over and over again from Samiah. Thank you Hana for making a space for her words as I pray there are more beautiful reminders to come!

  2. My heart and duas are with you Hana, Samiah and your family. SubhanAllah, such inspiring, gentle lines by Samiah. It made me reflect on my own life and its challenges.
    It’s such a blessing to be provided with the kind of love that’s unrestrained by earthly distance nor lack of kinship.You don’t know who I am nor did we ever meet, and we might never meet in this life, but still. We’re sisters!
    Here’re words I love from our Beloved Teacher, who taught us the essence of hope:
    Abu Sa’id and Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
    “Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience”.
    And the shortest, most gentle ayat:
    (( 5 ) For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. ( 6 ) Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.)
    Alhamdulillah. Love and duas.

  3. What beautiful touching words from such an amazing and brave character. May Allah keep her and the family always in the shade of His Mercy and grant her 100% shifa. She is in our duas.

  4. Our sincerest duas for our dear friend Samiah. May Allah swt give her a full & complete recovery inshaAllah. Sending Samiah & all your family our love ❤️

  5. I stayed away from reading the post that was made on social media as I was in denial
    My dear friend and sister who I a big part of my daughter and my life
    I have never met such and amazing sister before Your strength and faith will get you through this Inshallah
    Your amazing husband Brian and wonderful son is with you and the love from all your family and friends are behind you.
    The friends we share is over 12 yrs and inshallah we will continue to add more years to our family togetherness
    May Allah swt continue to lift your spirits and duas will be made for you near and far.

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