Muslim Apple Slightly Concussed

I don’t know if my concussion yesterday was slight, mild, or severe but I just like the way “slightly concussed” sounds and where else except on my blog would I get to use the term.

I went to Jiffy Lube to have one the bulbs in my car’s headlight replaced and then I left to go home. I had to make a U-turn on the main street to go in the direction I wanted, I remember getting into the left-turn lane and then darkness.

I woke up and although my eyes were closed I could hear voices and the scissors as they cut off my jilbab. Then more darkness. Later, a police officer came to hand me my paperwork from the accident. He said that the other driver said he hit me while I was making the U-turn and that pushed my car up an embankment and into a light pole.

The police brought me my bag but said they did not see my glasses or my cell phone. My mother came to pick me up and then as we drove to the place where they towed my car we passed by the scene of the accident and we saw my blue bumper on the ground next to the light pole. The towing place was closed so we’ll try again this morning in sha Allah. I mainly want my cell phone, glasses, Quran and Fiqh of Love CD set.

The doctor at the hospital wrote me three prescriptions, two for pain and one muscle relaxer. Alhamdulillah, I’m alive and nothing is broken except for my car. And I have more than 180 hours sick leave that I almost never use so I intend in sha Allah to use at least 80 of them over the next two weeks.

Any and all duas are appreciated.


  1. Oh my God, subhanallah – your equanimity is amazing – I’m so glad you’re okay. Friday evening crazy driving … I’m so glad you’re ok. Subhanallah. Many duas for you.

  2. subanaAllah. what an ordeal. alhamdulillah you are ok and recovering well. may Allah make it easy for you. ameen.

  3. assalaamu’alaykum,

    may Allaah make the discomfort an expiation and a means of raising ranks…I hope you feel better soon!

    many duaas,

  4. Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    Ameen to all of the duas.

    Koonj: Best wishes and many thanks for the dua. I have no recollection of the accident but a vague image of a white pickup truck speeding towards me but I won’t know until I read the police report whether or not that is a figment of my imagination or what actually happened.

    Amad: Ameen. I’m glad this happened after the AlMaghrib weekends and the thought of sins falling off is an added benefit.

    Shaz: I would like to do that bazaar thing for Nisaa when I’m feeling a bit stronger, we’ll work out the details in sha Allah.

    Hood: Ameen, thanks.

    R: Ameen, thanks for the duas.

  5. Alhamdulillah, I went to see my car yesterday and it was barely recognizable, u-shaped, the front and passenger side are completely damaged most likely will be a total loss.

    I found my cell phone, the Fiqh of Love CD set intact, some of my Quran CD’s but I have to go back to look for Suratul Kahf & Maryam by Haroon Baqai.

    I definitely feel like Allah and the angels are over me protecting me from harms.

    My insurance is paying for a rental car but Zaynab over at Patience & Gratitude and my mother are refusing to let me drive.

  6. SubhanAllah, Apple. Refusing to let you drive? I think that’s a slight exaggeration. You just totaled your car and are pumped full of painkillers (remember the Codeine?). The nurse and the warning label both advise against driving while taking these meds. I’m just trying to take care of you.

  7. As-salaamu ‘alikum wa rahmatullah, may Allah grant you a swift shifaa and accept this as expiation for your sins (ameen).

    Just a quick reminder inshaAllah that the difference between a test and a punishment is your reaction! So if you are patient with this, alhamdulillah, you pass!

  8. Assalaamu alaykum Apple,

    May Allah grant you a full and speedy recovery, and use this as a purification for your sins. Ameen.

    SubhanAllah, sometimes it takes something like this to make us realize that Allah truly is the One who Controls all of our affairs.

    I’m glad you’re ok ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Assalamualaikum Ukthi,

    Subhanallah. Alhamdulilah I am thankful to Allah that you are still alive and recovering I pray that Allah will lessen your pains and I pray for a swift recovery for you, insya-Allah.

    Never is a believer stricken with discomfort, hardship, illness, grief or even with mental worry except that his/her sins are expiated thereby” The above Hadith was related in Sahih Muslim, Book 032, Number 6242

    Take care ya ukhti, do keep us update with your health.

    Fi Aman Allah.

  10. May Allah provide you peace and tranquility. May this moment of relaxation be time for you to comfort your soul and increase your imaan. May Allah set you free from your sins and raise your darjah because of this test.

    Peace and blesing upon you, sister.

    Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullah… ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Asalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

    Ameen to the continuing duas.

    Zaynab: Ok, thanks for looking out for me and taking care of me.

    Ilm Seeker: I agree. I don’t see any reason not to be patient with this test. It’s quite humbling to think that it was not yet time for me to die and so I have another chance to repent, make amends, and come closer to Allah azza wa jal.

    Alhamdulillah, I guess when next we meet up in sha Allah, I’ll be on new wheels.

    Ruth: Alhamdulillah I feel a bit better with each passing day.

    Anneesa: You’re so gentle. I love that hadeeth, thanks for reminding me of it. I pray that some of my sins and mistakes are being wiped from my slate.

    YeopMayuru: Very sweet, ameen to the duas, and the same for you and your family.

  12. as-Salaamu `alaykum ukhti

    I’m glad you are okay. May Allaah replace what was lost with something better and may He keep you healthy, aameen

  13. Asalamu alaykum,

    Ameen thumma ameen to the duas and alhamdulillah I am feeling better day by day.

    Nuqtah: Br. Haroon’s CD’s can be found easily at Sooq al-Huda or their online store or islamicbookstore in Baltimore.

    The CD with Kahf and Maryam was never sold but given away one day after jumu’ah. He has a lot of recitation as compilation taraweeh discs with Br. Muhammad Alshareef and some of the hifz school graduates. And another 3 cd-set called the Two Shining Ones which covers Baqarah and Ale Imran.

    Umm Layth: Ameen and the same for you.

    All these duas are great although they make me feel a little shy but utterly grateful.

  14. Subhanullah, I just read this and saw the picture. Alhamdulillah you made it because the car looks pretty bad. I pray that you recover quickly. Take care of yourself…Remember that the brain is an organ too

    I’m not trying to be alarmist here, and Insha Allah you should be fine, but I suggest you do some reading on the subject if you have not already. (I did when my son fractured his skull)

    Take a look at this article on sports concussions.

    Reading about these brain injuries made me so thankful that my son’s injury was not worse.

    It is a reminder we should all be thankful

  15. Looks like my response got trashed by the double left carets — so I’ll say it again, shorter —

    I am VERY glad you’re okay. Relax, be calm; and go buy a BIG honkin’ pickup truck.

  16. assalaamu`alaikum

    Alhamdulillah you are fine and may Allah keep you safe. and it would be good to follow up on your concussion.

  17. Salaamu aleykum warahmatulaah,

    Subhaanallah, alhamdulilaah all the best wishes I echo the wise words shared by our brothers and sisters

    May Allah restore you to an even better state than you were initially insha’allah

  18. Asalamu alaykum,

    Tariq: Alhamdulillah, each day I am progressing and feel that I’m on my way to a full recovery by the grace of Allah. I took a look at that article and some other material on concussions. Even though my body is healing I am concerned about my brain injury and do not feel that I am anywhere near 100% mentally.

    Bill: Thanks, it’s funny that you mention a pickup truck because in my mind after I woke up in the hospital the only image I had in my mind was a dark hazy image of a white pickup truck coming at me sideways and indeed my insurance claims agent said a white pickup truck hit me. I like small cars not so good for hard impacts but good on the mileage. That blue Honda and I went over 92,000 miles together in just about 3 years.

    Uthmaan: I saw my primary care physician and she recommended I change my painkiller regimen and take it easy so I took all of last week and in sha Allah the upcoming week off from work. I’m able to drive but still do not feel 100% comfortable driving up and down the Beltway like I’m used to doing on a daily basis. I still find some movements in salaah difficult but it’s improving slowly.

    Many thanks and sincere prayers for all those that inquired or are making dua for me.

  19. Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    Ihsaan-thestruggle: Ameen and may Allah azza wa jall grant you an easy life of good deeds that are pleasing to Him and an even better reward in the hereafter.

    I must say that I do sincerely believe in the power of dua and that each day that I feel better I remember all of you praying for my recovery and the kind words and ask Allah to bless you and your families with goodness.

  20. I know, the mileage stinks in those big pickups — but its like the old joke about the guy who bought a tank — the mileage may be rotten, but that gun barrel makes a heck of a turn signal (the driver behind you would have to be blind or three days dead not to see it) and if someone hits you, it might be days before you realize it.

    We just went out looking at the Toyota Prius (among others), the other day; I like the looks of it, but I guess I’m a little queasy about what happens when it gets hit. A friend in college had one of those little econobox-type cars — might have been a Yugo — and he said that the salesman told him that he would really save on insurance. Why, he asked, and was told, Because if someone hits you, you’re dead, so no worries.

    Gosh, that helps!

    If I’ve got the concept right, you have my duas (is that pronounced like doo-ahs, accent on the second syllable? Or perhaps dwahzz?)

    Anyway, take care of yourself.

  21. Asalamu alaykum,

    Al Hanbali: Alhamdulillah for everything, indeed.

    Tasbeeh & Asiya: SubhanAllah, when I reflect on the fact that I was hit so hard and my brain jarred to such an extent that it more or less shut down for several hours and I am still here alive and blogging, it’s incredibly humbling.

  22. SubahanAllah! I really haven’t been stopping by your blog! When I heard from Faiza about what happened to you, I was like, no way!
    But alhamdulillah you’re ok.. Alhamdulillah!
    Hey, this is some major expiation of sins man.. heh heh.
    I miss you, man.. I wanna see you soon insha’Allah!
    Love you!

  23. AsSalamu ‘Alaykum,

    Alhamdulillah you’re okay. May Allah (SWT) keep you safe in the future from such calamaties. Ameen ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Alhamdulillah, that you are well enough to write ๐Ÿ™‚ May Allah ease your pain and heal you quickly. I would have felt like swearing a little, but then I would be slightly cussing. haha.

    I am very glad you are alright, but use those sick days anyway.

    Ya Haqq!

  25. Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    Muslim Wife: May Allah reward you with goodness, I’m getting better day by day.

    Amatullah: In sha Allah, ameen.

    I love you for the sake of Allah. I miss our old Arabic class days and chillin at Noodles and Co.

    Nihal Khan:
    Ameen and you as well.

    Ameen and the same for you.

    Irving: Mentally, I do not feel that I am anywhere near where I was before the accident. Short term memory issues and a general feeling of my thoughts being disconnected or just a little slow on the uptake. I had to read that joke twice to get it and am thinking of using even more sick days. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes to you always.

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