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|10/01/00 at 21:14:09|
|Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,|
For those who are even remotely impressed by da man, Hakeem Olajuwon ... I had the honor of meeting the brother last night, for the first time in my life! Although I've lived 90 miles north of Houston for the last 8 years of my life, I never had the chance to meet him before. Yesterday, I did. And boy have I been missing something!
I had no idea he was gonna be there at the fundraiser. I was actually relaxing with my buddies when I looked up and saw him enter the room. I was just awe-stricken! What an amazing feeling. The man whose posters and autographed sports gear are spread all over my house was right there in front of my eyes, just a few feet across!
After I overcame the awe, I realized how tall the guy was. Subhan Allah, he's just huge! I got up and went and shook his hand, and I realized then how tall he was. I can't imagine hugging him. I would be under his armpits.
Masha Allah, he's very humble, extremely friendly and never makes you feel like you're talking to a superstar. When I told him where I was coming from, he even told me he had been here a long time ago, back when he was in UH, when he used to play against the Aggies.
During the lecture, he listened attentively, much more attentively than most Muslims there I must say! Before the prayer, he was sitting next to me in the second row (actually, [i]I[/i] was sitting next to [i]him[/i] in the second row :)), and right when the iqama was said, he got up and was eager to advance into the first row. He made it alright. I prayed right behind him, and again it occurred to him how big he was! Everyone on his right and on his left looked like migits compared to him.
After the prayer, he sat there and said the tasbeehaat, prayed the sunan, and then made his way back to the lecture hall.
No wonder people all over the world have attested to the grace of Olajuwon, the class he brings to the NBA and the pure professionalism and humbleness that he carries with him on and off the court. I had only heard about these things, but yesterday I was an eyewitness to all that.
When I was leaving the lecture hall, I wanted to shake his hand again and wish him luck for the rest of the season. I did, and he talked with me like he had known me for years! But then he heard the iqama for Ishaa, and he quickly said salaam to us and hurried towards the prayer hall ... we made our way to the car, having already prayed qasr during Maghrib.
May Allah bless him and continue to guide him. He is yet another example of someone who has studied under the close companionshipof a Shaikh - Shaikh Muhammad Rashad Khalil - a man who spent several years in the jails of Egypt, in the same cell as Imam Hasan al-Banna shaheed. He is a resident in Houston now.
Wassalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah.
|10/01/00 at 22:31:05|
So you like Hakeem, huh? Yeah he is huge. I went up to Jamal Badawi to say Salam and thought I should say it to him too since he was sitting right there and he looked right at me. So I mumbled out a salam-- i got scared. He looks HUGE sitting down too! I had to tilt my head to look at him and that made me nervous, I noticed I come up to his knees!
I was more excited about saying salam to Badawi than Hakeem though. I don't know--never much cared for meeting stars, unless they have written books or are sheiks or scholars.
|10/02/00 at 01:20:01|
I am a big fan of Hakeem. But you're right about scholars. I remember the first time I met Jamal Badawi I was also very nervous, and I felt so prestiged having met him. But I felt much more honored to meet and sit down with Shaikh Rashaad. The man, masha Allah, is extremely graceful. Actually Jamal Badawi calls himself a student of Shaikh Rashad also.
I guess the only 2 *big* speakers that I have yet to meet are Imaamayn Hamza Yusuf and Jamil al-Ameen. Almost everyone else I have met alhamdulillah at one point or another, and have actually had sittings with several of them in this small yet amazing community of ours :)
|10/02/00 at 01:56:26|
|As salaam alaykum,|
Ok now i know who u are Arsalan... U came early to the IMF thing and hesitated coming in... haha... thats cool alhamdulillah now i know u... Hakeem's cool an interesting guy... Shaikh Rashad is alhamdulillah knowledgeable. Houston is blessed with many ulema, now they have to be applied to this society.
its been a while since i was last here... insha Allah til later...
|10/02/00 at 02:09:55|
Harun, you saw me?? Man! You Houstonians are very sneaky people. Both you and Saleema saw me, and I didn't see any of you. Sheesh kabobs!!!
And we didn't come early, we came on time :) You Houstonians think we were early because you guys are always late at everything :p
|10/02/00 at 02:51:37|
|bro i said salam to u as u walked in... i walked i front of your group as u walked in... i was next to u while signing in.|
|10/02/00 at 23:26:44|
I'm the sneakest of all. I saw Harun but I don't think you saw me .I did see your sister though.
|10/05/00 at 07:49:26|
bro Arsalan i thought u were gonna add at the end
'and then i woke up and realised it was a dream' :D
|05/01/01 at 09:37:51|
yeah i met "da man" hakeem like 6 years ago i think in houston... it was at jummah prayer and we were visitng one of my uncles in houston... and he was there for jummah prayer... but afterwards everybody is crowding him for autographs... me and mah brotha got one :) hehe... we had him sign those mcdonald cards they were giving away longs time ago! o saleema... i wanna meet badawi! ahh thatd be the best inshaAllah :) :)
|05/01/01 at 11:06:55|
This was published on the day of the 2nd game between Portland and LA (last week).
O'Neal Will Try to Man-Handle the Opponent
By TIM BROWN
Shaquille O'Neal won't be entirely satisfied until he gets the ball again tonight. He has lived with missing 14 of 21 shots in Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers for four days, which is plenty.
"I won't be trying to miss those again," he said. "You guys know how I get when I have a game off. I come in the next game [ticked] off. And now they're talking, so I'm really [ticked] off now. So, I've got something for them."
He added that he'd play "a man's game."
"If I'm going to fight you, I'd rather just beat you," he said. "If I can't beat you, I'll be a man and say I can't beat you. I'm not going to [cry about it]. . . . I'm the first guy to say that somebody is better than me. I was the first guy to say Hakeem Olajuwon beat me in the  NBA finals. He killed me. He dominated me. I didn't go, 'Oh, he's traveling. They had experience. Wah-wah-wah.' I'm a man. Hakeem Olajuwon dusted my butt. These guys now are crying, 'Three seconds!' It's just funny to me."
It didn't sound as if anyone was interested in talking O'Neal down.
"I think Shaq plays well with an attitude," Laker Coach Phil Jackson said. "He plays behind his emotion well. He doesn't let it rule it and his determination."
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