یُضِلُّ مَن یَشَاۤءُ وَیَهۡدِی مَن یَشَاۤءُۚ
He lets go astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills.
– an-Nahl (The Bee) 16:93
Anthony Wainwright (pictured) worked at Morrisons, Small Heath, for many years. Sadly, he had no family around, but the Muslim staff at Morrisons became his family.
Earlier this week, he was told he only had a few days to live as he had stage 4 cancer in various parts of his body.
He told his Muslim colleagues that he didn’t want his funeral in a church but wanted it to be held at Green Lane Masjid. However, he was still a non-Muslim, so we advised his colleagues to encourage him to take his shahadah before it was too late.
Alhamdulilah, on Thursday afternoon, after receiving dawah from his close colleagues, Anthony took his shahadah!
Only 24 hours later, Anthony returned to Allah on the day of Jummah, SubhanAllah.
What a beautiful ending and a powerful reminder that Allah guides who He wills when He wills.
May Allah grant our brother Anthony Jannatul Firdaus. Ameen
Brother Anthony Mark Wainwright’s Janazah (funeral prayer) was performed on Saturday 29th July at Green Lane Masjid. His grave is at Sutton New Hall Cemetery.
إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيْهِ رَٰجِعُونَ
“Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return”