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Meet Alhannah’s Founding Partner

– Ahmed Alomari shown with his favorite Arabian, is a founding partner of Alhannah Islamic Clothing.  When he is not chatting with customers or helping out in the alhannah.com warehouse, he spends much of his time caring for and training horses.  He is not only an avid horseman, but he is also an ardent animal lover.

How Ahmed and Waleed Became Partners

Ahmed and his horse, Waleed (shown) have been riding partners for over ten years and have developed a special bond that horsemen only dream of and we seldom see between man and animal.  Waleed is a 20 year old Arabian Bay gelding who Ahmed acquired from an auction barn for just a few hundred dollars because no one wanted him.  Their friendship began on a bright, sunny summer afternoon ten years ago, when Ahmed arrived late to a horse auction.  In fact, too late to bid on any of the horses as they were just taking the last horse away because nobody wanted him.  The horse being led away from the auction floor just happened to be Waleed, and if  Ahmed hadn’t purchased him that day it was likely that he would have been loaded up on a truck bound for some  horse slaughter house in Canada.  Waleed was extremely thin, unkempt and had a very frightened look in his eye.  But Ahmed looked past all of that and saw something special in that small terrified horse–something that no one else at the auction saw that day.  Amid the complete and utter chaos of the horse auction, Waleed just wanted someone who he could turn to and trust. Ahmed could see that Waleed was desperately looking for someone to soothe him and provide him with relief from the state of panic he was in.  Since it was too late to bid on Waleed, Ahmed sought out the person in charge of the auction and asked if he could purchase the horse that no one had wanted.  After some thought the man said, “Sure, as long as you give me as much as the slaughter house would give me.”  Ahmed took Waleed home that same day and they have been together ever since.

Over the years Ahmed has treated Waleed with nothing but kindness and patience.  Waleed is not the same frightened  horse that Ahmed bought at the auction barn ten years ago.  Ahmed has spent time caring for, grooming and training Waleed.  The two have spent many hours on the trail together and Waleed has proven to be a perfect mount for Ahmed.  When people learn that Waleed  was so close to going to the slaughter house, they are amazed.  As time passed, Waleed developed a special trust in Ahmed.  Similarly, Ahmed developed a special trust in Waleed and they have turned into the best of partners.  The treatment that Ahmed has given Waleed, is the same kindness towards animals that is taught in the Quran and Sunnah.  Islam is very specific about how  we are required to treat animals humanely and justly.  Anyone who spends time with animals will tell you that animals, like humans have very distinct personalities and are thinking, feeling creatures–precisely what the Quran explains.

Allah tells us in the Quran:

There is not a moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered.

(Al-An’am 6:38)

 

And in hadith it is mentioned:

If the prophet (s.a.w.) saw any animal over-burdened or ill-fed he would pull up alongside the owner and say, “Fear Allah in your treatment of animals.”

(Abu Dawud)

 

Ahmed often expresses how very blessed he has been to have partnered with Waleed and to have the Quran Kareem as a guidebook to teach him  what may have taken a lifetime or longer to learn on his own.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this article and if you would like to read more similar articles, please subscribe to Alhannah.com’s “Everything Islamic” Blog by following our RSS Feed at the top of the page, or by dropping us a note with “Subscribe to Blog” in the Subject line.

And of course, if you are ever in the area please visit our warehouse and meet Ahmed and Waleed  for yourself  when you are here.

Jazak Allah Khair – God Bless.

 

Products shown on this page can be purchased at the following locations:

The Smagh (also referred to as a ghutra) Ahmed is wearing can be purchased at Alhannah.com

The Kurta Shirt Ahmed is wearing can be purchased at Alhannah.com

The blue and white braided rope halter and lead rope Waleed is wearing can be purchased at the Tractor Supply Co.

August 30, 2017
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A mint garden is great in the summer. Its not only beautiful, subhan Allah, its fragrant and is easy to grow. You will always have extra for family and friends. Its great in salads, Middle Eastern and Pakistani dishes too! We started this huge mint garden from 1 plant a relative gave us some 30 years and three houses ago.  I  was so thankful to her because we didn’t have much money since I was still in college.  I don’t think she realized how much it meant to me when  she shared her beautiful mint with us.   Nowadays everyone who visits the alhannah.com warehouse is welcome to take some fresh mint home and start their own garden. How many mint gardens were started from that one mint plant I  wonder.  And every time I go out and cut some mint or smell the garden’s fragrant beauty, I think of that relative, silently thank her and wish her Allah’s blessings in my mind.  Just as Islam teaches us to give, we may never realize that such a seemingly small gesture could mean so much to so many people. If you are in our area please stop by our warehouse to visit and take some mint home with you.  We do warehouse visits by appointment.  For more information visit our site at Alhannah.com.   Jazak Allah khair.

July 5, 2017
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  السلام عليكم  It’s winter in Connecticut, and once again we are all trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves warm–especially those of us who somehow must survive outside, ie the horses.  We had our first real snowstorm last week and things are finally getting back to normal.  I really have to laugh when folks from Jordan (that’s where the family is from) say they love snow!  Brrrrrrrrr.  The cold snap we are having up here made me remember those toasty corduroy tunics we sell every winter.  We actually just got a restock of those fine waled winter corduroy tunics and just finished listing them on our site, Alhannah.com  right before we had the recent snowstorm up here in Connecticut.  I think I’ll be heading out to the warehouse to grab a nice toasty  warm corduroy tunic for myself!  Have a great day.  Jazak Allah Khairan.

December 21, 2016
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Ramadan Kareem! Ramadan’s almost here – and we have taken delivery of more restocks for Ramadan. Our new additions should be made available over this weekend. Restocks of other items are online now.

We also have special shipments planned throughout Ramadan, with new additions during the course of the month.

July 31, 2011
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While we were attending ICNA, we were visited by Bridges TV.   Bridges produced a video at our booth for use on their network – that video is available online for your viewing.   We would like to thank Bridges for the opportunity they offered us!  Take a look at the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFrJ2PiYtBo

June 19, 2011
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Our staff had a great time meeting everyone who attended the 2011 ICNA Convention.   It was great to meet our customers in-person, and present our merchandise to everyone.   Insha Allah, we look forward to next year’s convention.

Now that we’re done with the convention, we are working on adding more new arrivals to our catalog.   We expect a variety of new products to be made available over this coming week.   Further details will be presented as available here, and on our Facebook page as well.

Thank you for shopping with us!

June 7, 2011
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