This story is one of those which will give you
goosebumps and at the same time boost your faith in awliya.
As we were ending our stay in Lamu (an island which is a world
heritage by UN and famous for its Mawlid which is attended by
thousands of people every year), the trip back to Nairobi was
scheduled for Saturday 12th of March. But Thursday night, before
going to sleep, Mawlana Shaykh Hisham (Mawlana Shaykh Hisham)
advised our host, Muhammad Jamil, to try to change our tickets so we
can return to Nairobi on Friday the 11th.
Subhanallah, by 10:00AM Friday morning, the change was done and all
the 40+ people travelling with Mawlana Shaykh Hisham were able to
change their tickets without a penalty. We arrived at the small bush
airport by speed boats. When we arrived our plane was sitting on the
tarmac. The engines were already warming up and the propeller on the
right wing was already spinning while the one on the left was not.
At the time of boarding we all followed Mawlana Shaykh Hisham as our
shaykh and leader and when he was about to board the plane, the
airport supervisor asked Mawlana Shaykh Hisham for a blessing and
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham prayed on him (see attached pictures) and gave
him two taweez for protection. Mawlana Shaykh Hisham proceeded to
take his seat then started praying with his tasbeeh (prayer beads)
very very fast, reciting the travel tasbeeh 300 times of
bismillahi-rahmani ’r-raheem, dhaalika taqdeeru ’l-`azeezi ’l-`aleem.
The rest of the mureeds continued to board. A child of one of
the mureeds, was crossing the tarmac to board. He was wearing
a turban on which was a pin of the footstep of the Holy Prophet
and at the very top the Naqshbandi Taweez. As he was passing
the right wing, suddenly a gust of wind from the propeller tore the
boarding card out of his hand and pulled it under the wing. The boy,
not thinking, ran under the plane to get the card not seeing the
propeller on the right wing spinning at high speed. Everyone on the
ground shouted to the boy to stop, but he didn’t realize the danger.
He ran forward and was apparently, hit by the propeller and his mother screamed
with all her might witnessing this horrific scene unfolding before
The supervisor, who had just got the two taweez from Mawlana
Shaykh Hisham minutes earlier, like out of a scene of a Hollywood
action movie, dove immediately towards the propeller and grabbed the
child. Somehow both miraculously bounced back, away from the
propeller and were thrown hard on the ground. The supervisor had his
pants torn down from the knee and the mother and the other mureeds,
with one voice shouted to the captain to turn off the engine on the
right propeller. The scene was surreal. Mother, relatives of the
child and other mureeds were all in tears fearing the worst,
and picturing a bitter end to this first African trip of Mawlana
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham, who was sitting in the first row, heard the
screaming and inquired what has happened. When he was told what has
happened, he answered: “NO! The propeller did not hit the child; if
it would have hit him, he would have died."
The child was brought on board for assessment. He was crying and
shivering. There was big swollen area on the back of his head like a
hematoma. Mawlana Shaykh Hisham looked into his eyes then put his
hand on his head and prayed for him, then said: "Insha-Allah He will be ok." Still,
people around were afraid that the child might collapse at any
moment. One brother, a nurse by profession, asked the child to close
his left eye and count the fingers shown to him and the same was
done with the right to ensure the child’s mental status was alright.
Then A medical doctor among the tourists the rushed into the plane to
assess the child and was astonished to find him to be in good
condition. The doctor was shocked and amazed. The same question ran
through his mind, as was running through the minds of everyone
present: how was it possible the child had survived? We were all
requested to disembark except Mawlana Shaykh Hisham and the child.
The crew then inspected the propeller. Mawlana Shaykh Hisham, the
child and Mawlana Shaykh Hisham’s host were placed on another plane
and rushed to Nairobi, the capital where an ambulance was awaiting
While the other 40 mureeds were waiting words from the crew,
we were surprised to notice that two tires of the aircraft were
being changed. After inquiry, we were told both tires had punctures.
So one question arises: What would have happened when taking off or
landing with two tires punctured? Did this accident with the child
prevented a bigger accident in the horizon? Mawlana Shaykh Hisham
was sitting in the plane on the side of the left wing where the
propeller was not turning when the accident happened, so why did
Mawlana Shaykh Hisham say: "the propeller did not touch the child’s
First of all, the cone (cap on which the turban is wrapped around)
of the turban the child was wearing was hit right on the metal pin
of the Naqshbandi Taweez bearing the holy words “Allahu
Haqq”, an apparent miracle by itself. Then after communicating
with his master Sultan al-Awliya Mawlana Shaykh Nazim, world leader
of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Tariqah, Shaykh Hisham said that a miracle
had occurred, through the blessing of Mawlana ShaykhNazim, to push
the child away from the propeller and prevent him from being decapitated by its blades and Shaykh Hisham sitting in the plane could see the hand of his master
behind the saving of the child and the airport supervisor. That
is why before even anybody had said anything, he said: "NO, the
propeller did not hit the child."
The child was monitored that night in the hospital. He was then was
released the following morning. Incredibly, a CT-Scan revealed no
fracture nor any intracranial bleeding. The swelling had disappeared
and the child returned home with his family, healthy, as if nothing
had happened at all. Shaykh Hisham came to their home, prayed once again on the child
and offered him a gift.
That child’s name is Hassan and he is beloved to his family more
than ever before. The family is endlessly thankful to Allah (swt) to
the Holy Prophet (saw) that he was saved from certain death, with
the baraka of the Holy Prophet
and by the power and intercession of our master Sultan al-Awliya
Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani, and the prayers, physical
presence and baraka of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham. May Allah give
Hassan and all his family the most generous rewards for their
service and patience through this unexpected ordeal, ameen.
W ’alhamdulillahi Rabbi’l-`alameen, All
praise is to Allah, Lord of all creation.