An Enchanting Prayer
By: Dania Rashid
In the fog of February, my teacher, Ms. Yan, announced that we would be working on a project based on Canadian history. At first, I thought the project would be hard because I did not know that much about Canadian history, but I was still excited to learn. I knew I wanted to do my project on peace, because our Jamaat has been working on peace initiatives by holding peace conferences and interfaith symposium. In the end, I chose to do my project on Lester B Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada. I chose Lester B Pearson because he is a really special Canadian, who stopped a major war from happening. He kept the world safe from war, and this is very important to me as a Waqf-e-Nau girl. In Waqf-e-Nau class, we learn that before we start anything we should always pray to God, and ask him for help. Therefore, before beginning my project I said the following prayer: “My Lord, Increase me in Knowledge”
God helped me and I was able to make my project fun and interesting. I chose to do my project in comic form because we read comics about superman and batman and I thought it would be cool to make a comic from the life of a real superhero. I titled my comic: Lest we Forget Lester B Pearson – I did this because we shouldn’t forget such a brave peacekeeper. As a symbol I made a papier-mâché globe and I painted it like an earth surrounded by peace doves to symbolise the world of peace Lester B Pearson dreamed of and I made the Nobel peace prize medal around the globe to show that Lester B Pearson played an important role in our path to peace.
On March 7th, I woke up before my alarm, because I was extremely nervous. Because, it was the day we would present our Heritage Fair projects to the school. I started the day by reading Namaz, and I prayed to God that my project would go well. I also prayed for confidence in presenting my project. Before presenting my project, I started feeling confident and I knew it was because of God. At the end of my presentation, everyone was very happy and I was thankful to God for giving me success. At the end of the day, my teacher announced the names of ten students who would go to the regional levels. By the Grace of God, I was one of the ten students who got chosen.
On May 2nd, I was to present my project at the regional levels and again I prayed to God, even more, for help and guidance. Every time, I would pray for this project I would feel more confident and would always know that God would help me. The Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon, had come to visit, but because she was busy she could only see five of the 100+ projects. I was one of the five. When she came over, I was petrified, but I took a deep breath and somehow found the courage to speak.
In the closing ceremony, one lucky student was to receive the: “lieutenant governor’s literacy award” and I knew it wasn’t me, because I saw some really good presentations. When I saw a glimpse of the award my heart stopped, because I thought I saw my name. My heart began pounding as the host began saying “the award is presented to…. DANIA RASHID”. I could not believe what I was hearing, but as my friend pushed me forward I began walking towards the stage. This was my proudest moment of the year and I could not have done it without God’s help.
After that, I went off to the provincial levels, which was held in Kamloops, BC. I enjoyed the bus ride very much and did Tabligh by telling Faye, my chaperone, about Ramadhan, and also by wearing my hijab. I was so ecstatic, when we arrived at the beautiful Thomson River University (TRU). This was to be our home for the next five days. On the day of the presentations, many visitors came. I told them that my project was on peace and how the Ahmadiyya Muslim Communities motto is “love for all hatred for none” The visitors liked the motto very much and also complimented my project. The five days I spent at TRU were very fun and were the best days of my life.
I am thankful to God, for giving me the guidance during all of the three competitions. The most important thing I learned was to always pray to God before doing anything, because God will always help you.
In the end I would like to share my favorite quote of Lester B Pearson which is “Of all our dreams today there is none more important – or so hard to realise – than that of peace in the world. May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to do everything that can be done to convert it one day into reality.” I think this is a very important quote because it tells you to never lose faith in peace and to keep working towards it because it CAN be achieved!