Official Determined Like Hajar Pin
From our partnership with “We Been Here” comes the only official pin of the IFFB 2018, the ‘Determined Like Hajjar’ Pin.
Hajar, a Black, single mother, who was abandoned in the desert with her son Isma’il, was determined to find resources to care for her son, namely water. She ran from one end of the desert to the other, searching and praying. Soon, God opened a spring of water beneath their feet, and Hajar thanked God that she did not give up and named the well, Zam Zam. Our ancestor, Hajar, is in our DNA.
This Eid, we celebrate Hajar, the mother of Isma’il, and the ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad, during the ritual of Hajj. Her well of Zam Zam water still flows freely today and is considered very holy water for Muslims all over the world. Isma’il later returned with his father, Prophet Abraham, and built the Ka’abah in Mecca, long before his descendant, Muhammad, became the worldwide leader of the Muslim ummah. We remember Hajar’s determination and faith in God and carry her with us in our bones and in our spirit.
On a personal note, I have a very blessed connection with this pin and the story. I struggled and overcame several trials and challenges to provide care and resources for my son, Isma’il. He’s Autistic, and through my determination and prayers, my Isma’il has graduated from high school and attends college with the hopes of becoming an animator. I very much identify with my ancestor, Hajar, the mother of very special Isma’il, a prophet of God, who grew up to become something greater than anyone would have anticipated, as did my son.
Hajar, my ancestor, was the inspiration for this pin. She trusted in her Lord to provide for her and her son, in the desert. I know I can make it through anything, accomplish anything, because of her.
~Nia Malika Dixon
Owner of #BlackMuslimGirlFly®.
Executive Director of IFFB 2018