“I know that Rasheed will do things that God has in store for him and with the help of his family to continue to build on his strengths, courage and purpose to fulfill these goals Rasheed will continue being blessed.” Marcia Ripley: Close family friend and former 1990s baby sitter for my sons Elijah and Tyquan. (family friend, since writing this in 2011 she has passed away)

Family Friend

“I know that Rasheed will do things that God has in store for him and with the help of his family to continue to build on his strengths, courage and purpose to fulfill these goals Rasheed will continue being blessed.” Marcia Ripley: Close family friend and former 1990s baby sitter for my sons Elijah and Tyquan. (family friend, since writing this in 2011 she has passed away)

Family Friend

“When I first heard about Bilal’s son getting hit by one vehicle and then another I immediately started supplicating for his safe recovery. My initial response was one of doubt that he would make it through but this goes to show what the power of prayer can do. When I visited Rasheed at the hospital I learned that he was modest and manner able. I took him some candy and gum and gave his father a small amount of money to buy something that he would like. When I read the article in the Spanish Journal which referred to his recovery as a miracle– I agreed and I am thankful and grateful to Allah Ta’ala for answering your prayers. I continue to pray for Bilal, Rasheed and the entire family for they will need to be strong and patient with the recovery process.” Fareeda


“Salaam Brother Markis and to your son, Rasheed. Now the task is to ask Allah why your son was spared? You must bond with him fervently in prayer and seek his purpose in life, his destiny. Ask every day and wait everyday and seek for signs every day. Search out his gifts and promote them and make certain he remains humble. Follow your wife’s advice regarding the boy, as mothers have a certain insight we men lack. All praise be to Allah. Regards and wasalaam.” Zaid


“You have an amazing family. May Allah always look over youand give you the strength to deal with what ever life throws at you. Your son has all the support he will need… Best of luck always.” Thuraya


“It is unbelievable! The time that Rasheed recovered in is miraculous;I believe this can only be attributed as a sign from the One and Only Creator of the universe (Allah S.W.T). After being hit by not one but two vehicles, losing most of his blood, surgery, and removal of internal organs you would expect Rasheed to still be in critical condition. I remember seeing him up and walking around his hospital room after a week or so-talking, laughing, playing video games, and EATING PIZZA! He was functioning fully participating in community events and celebrations only a week or so after that. If you Looked at him today you would not guess that he was just in a critical accident. Al-hamdulillah (All praise is due to Allah) The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, The Best Healer andThe Best Disposer of Affairs. Yaquba


“ALLAH is the Greatest and the Most Merciful, your son’s recovery is a sign to you that ALLAH loves you and does not wish bad things to you and your family, your son is lucky and he should always be grateful to ALLAH, may ALLAH bless him.” Asiya


“My name is José A. and I am the person Bilal Markis reports to at work everyday. The day I received the call from Mr. Markis informing me that he would be unable to report to work that day because his twelve year old son was struck by two trucks going in two different directions my heart stopped. I have children and the first thought I had was, what it would be like to lose a child. He went on to inform me that Rasheed had lost a large amount of blood, and that the doctors had to remove his kidney and half his liver, I thought then for sure he had lost his son. I asked the lord to help him and; amazingly he did it. It is absolutely incredible to see him walking around again, it is defiantly a miracle to see him up and at it again. Faith is an absolute power that we all posses, but this was a true example for me. José A

José A

“I remember when I first heard about a young boy who had been hit by a truck and was at Children’s Hospital. I only had limited information, but was told it didn’t look good for him. I began to make Du’a (pray) for him and then I had to go to the hospital.All I knew was that he was in a coma. I left the Masjid heading for the hospital, quietly making Du’a. When I arrived and was able to see Rasheed, it brought back so many memories of my own son, who had been in a similar situation years prior. And all I wanted to do was to be there for this young boy and his family. My heart was aching terribly bad for them. I walked into the ICU and saw Rasheed lying there lifeless, as it seemed, tubes, neck brace, monitors all around him. I took his hand and touched his head and made Du’a to Allah asking him to take care of Rasheed. I cried. I sat by his side and whispered Allahu Ahkbar (God is the Greatest) in his ear. I asked the nurse about his condition and she said it was a waiting game but I knew Allah’s will would be done, whatever that would be. I was hurting so bad inside.I stepped out to talk with his parents. His dad told me about the accident and that Rasheed had lost most of his liver and one of his kidneys. I tried to offer them words of comfort, but I knew from my own experience, that there were no words one could say at a time like that, that could really comfort them, but I tried anyways.From that day on, I spent everyday and most nights by Rasheed’s side. I couldn’t leave him. I knew his parents had other children to care for/jobs to go to and could not be there all the time. I understood this. I just wanted Rasheed to see a familiar face if and when he woke up. So each day as his mother and father, sister, brothers and others came to be at his side, we all would sit, talk and wait for a change in his condition. Praying for the best. With each passing day and surgeries he had to have, sometimes we were panicked, maybe even afraid. He was so small, so frail. He was totally dependant on others for everything. He couldn’t walk, sit up, feed himself or use the bathroom alone. This child had been through a lot. It would be a long road back for him. Everyday I would talk to Rasheed, telling him how much he was loved, reading Qur’an to him and making Du’a for him. I recall the nurse telling me that it wouldn’t do any good to talk to him, because he couldn’t hear me. I responded with “Only Allah knows if he can hear me”.Then one day me, his dad and Yasmeen were in the room, me on one side his bed, his dad and Yasmeen on the other. I asked Rasheed to squeeze my hand if he could. At first, there was no response. I asked again and then there was a slight movement in his fingers. Alhumdulilah!!! His dad didn’t see it but I felt it. So then I asked Rasheed if he could open his eyes for me. I didn’t have to ask twice. He opened his eyes and I said look Bilal!!! he opened his eyes. It was the most beautiful moment. Our hopes were lifted. I went to go get the nurse to tell her he had just opened his eyes. She came in to check him. It was amazing. Bilal and I stayed in there talking to him although he couldn’t talk back. I’m sure he heard us, he just couldn’t respond. Eventually Rasheed woke up and stayed awake. As the days passed, the tubes began to come out one by one. He still wasn’t able to eat by himself yet. I fed him and washed him up. We watched TV and he slept A LOT!!. He was constantly in pain and there was nothing I could do for him except pray that Allah would ease it for him. I began to keep a day by day log of Rasheed’s progress so he could see what he had come through by Allah’s grace. The neurologist had said that he may be able to remember some things for awhile and that some things may never come back to him. So I thought as he got older, one day he might want to know and whenever that time came, at least he would have my notes to read. One day after leaving to go home to change clothes, I came back to find him not in his room. His dad was there and said he was taken into surgery unexpectedly. He had been having pain in his stomach, and the Doctors realized that a prior surgery to reconstruct his intestines wasn’t done right. So he had to go back into surgery to have it corrected. From then on, it was a long slow waiting process to see how he would come along. Eventually, it was time for Rasheed to begin physical therapy. I remember his first step. Each step was painstakingly hard for him, but he worked hard and managed to come along quite well. His appetite increased and slowly he was able to feed himself. I watched as he became more interactive with others and his attention span grew longer. Before long Rasheed was sitting up on his own, walking without help and was ready to come home. Everyone was concerned about his care at home. Allah is most merciful. Sister Alimatu was able to provide that help. Alhumdulilah. I see Rasheed now and think back to when I first saw him in the hospital, I thank Allah for His blessings. Today Rasheed is running around, laughing, and playing just like every other child. One would never know what he has been through unless they knew first hand. Because he’s so young, I don’t know he’s able to grasp how to be grateful to Allah for His blessings on him. But inshAllah (God Willing) as he gets older I pray that he learns and I’m sure he will. I make Du’a that Allah will continue to bless Rasheed in his recovery and bless his family. Ameen” Sister Afriqua

Sister Afriqua

“As for your son, I know it must have been devastating and heart breaking for you to endure so much sadness and sorrow, but surely Allah FAVORED you. Praise be to ALLAH! Surely HE is the possessor of Power over all things. With HIM, we have no friends nor any helpers! Thank you for teaching me your experience.” -Quali-


“I had the opportunity to speak to Rasheed and Bilal about the bike accident. I am amazed by Rasheed’s story and it proves that miracles really do happen, especially when prayer is involved. I think it is comm-endable that Rasheed and his family have used his experience and turned it into something positive to help others. I look forward to staying in touch with this family to see the great things they continue to accomplish – God definitely has a plan for this family!” Danielle


“Hey my name is Illy. When I first met Rasheed Ali he was talkitive in turkish class. Thats the class we had together. He seemed like a nice boy. I didnt really know him or I didnt talk to him. Until one time he wrote to me on facebook and we started talking about how he was the loudest in the classroom when he first got there. He was funny most of the time. He was a smart kid but sometimes he just didnt want to act like it. We had our times we got along and our times when we didnt. I always told him when he wants to talk to someone about something im here to listen. I use to help him do his homework when he needed help. And he seemed happy to be around me because I was always there to help him. Sometimes I wondered why he will stay quiet and stay thinking to much sometimes. Until I found out his story of what happened to him. I wanted to cry so bad because that story touched my heart. I was happy to see him alive. I just wanted to go up to him and give him a big hug. I didnt really know nothing about what was happening to him. But now that I know alot about him. I see who he really is and that real Rasheed Ali is a smart, funny, friendly, sweet person. He should know that he gots a family that loves him and cares about him alot. No matter we will always have him in our hearts. Thanks to god that he protected him. When I first met Rasheeds sister Yasmeen. She was super nice to me. I met her at Wisconsin Career Academy. Thats the school I met Rasheed at also. Yasmeen would talk to me when she felt down. She already knew I would give her good advice. She is one of my closes friends. We always got along and always had our good times. When she told me how much she cares about Rasheed. I told her, ‘he cares about u too and he always talked to me good things about you’. She had the biggest smile on her face. That made her day. She looked like she wanted to cry but in happy tears. Yasmeen is really smart and a good person to talk to. I will always be here for her when she needs me. This family is a good family. They love eachother and care about eachother. God will always be here for them. I will never forget about them. Ill always be here. Im a really close friend to this family and they should all know i really care. God Bless them.” Illy


“I am amazed by this miracle, I am friends with Rasheeds brother Elijah Markis since the begining of my Sophomore school year and when Eli first introduced me to Rasheed I would had never guessed that he had been in such a tragic accident. He walks, talks and his mind is in the right place. It’s definetly a miracle if anyone was to meet him and to see the pictures of the accident in the past they would be amazed.” Arun


“My name is Bianca (Muslim name Cala), I’m born Christian, but was researching Islam with intent to probably convert, when I came across your website. It brought me to tears, and it assured me that I am making the right choice! I just want to thank you for broadcasting the miracle God gave to you, for it has changed my life!”

Salaams Cala

“I’ve had the fortune to meet Rasheed and his dad, Bilal, back in 2009. We first met about six months after Rasheed’s horrific bicycle accident. He and his dad attended the Wheel & Sprocket Bike Expo in Milwaukee to share his story (over 11,000 cyclists attend) and to help others learn from his experience. Since our initial meeting, Rasheed unknowingly helped create a very effective bicycle safety program with an age of children that aren’t always open to hearing “a lecture” from adults about safety…Rasheed reached these middle schoolers from Bruce-Guadalupe Community school. Once they heard his story, from that point you could hear a pin drop in the overfilled room. These children left with not only bicycle safety knowledge but the strong reminder that his accident could happen to anyone in a split second, changing lives forever. I’m glad that Bilal, Rasheed, his brother & sister have joined fellow cyclist each year since 2010 in the Ride of Silence. This short and completely quiet Ride is an international event on the same day and time each year remembering cyclists that have been killed or injured while riding. In Rasheed’s case, he was a fortunate one, but he carries his message to help others. We all have a better appreciation for our daily lives by having met Rasheed and his family.” Liza


“Long time friend of the Markis family, and a first hand witness of the accident, that inspired the Miracle Comeback Foundation. I now reside in California, but still remain close to Rasheed and Bilal. The future of MCB and myself consists of spreading awareness and empathizing with others with our social media platform. I am excited for all our future endeavors and all MCB is becoming.” Justin Dumbar

Justin Dumbar

“Who can deny the miracle of life? Even the most ardent atheist recognises the odds against life emerging on our planet. What are the odds of an Einstein, a Bach or Beethoven or a Rumi or Ghazalli emerging from the chaos that marks mankind’s own struggle to exist? To come forth and fill the world with such beauty? It is indeed a miracle! Is it any less so for one of our own? For one of our beloved children? The simple answer is no! We see miracles around us every day but we take them so much for granted, so when a treasured son is snatched away from the jaws of death (not by our efforts) we must celebrate it with all fervour and spirit! Rasheed is a prime example of a miracle in this day and age, played out before our very eyes. God, in His infinite Wisdom and Mercy, has given us this wonderful gift of life. We must embrace it, must recognise it and give thanks for it. So as I add my voice to the many who bare witness to this miracle. I would also like to celebrate and salute Bilal and his family for their courage and dedication. They have taken God’s gift as a rallying call to champion other miracles and initiatives that will, God-willing, affect the lives of so many! I would like to bear witness to the precious gift we have in Rasheed. So, from which every path of life you hail we urge you to spread the word and give thanks for miracles.” Khaleel


“Bilal and his family have been a pleasure to work with on the website. Rasheed’s story has touched the lives of many people and is such an inspiration for all of us to live our lives to the fullest, everyday. While working on the website, I have grown a great working relationship with Bilal and love to hear about the great progress of Rasheed, and how he has grown from this experience in such a positive way. I hope for Rasheed to continue his success and for him to have a great future. I hope this website can continue to grow and touch all of it’s visitors. I am thankful to meet such an inspirational family and again, such a pleasure to work with. Thanks for the opportunity.” Josh


“After viewing miraclecomeback.com, I was very touched by the whole incident, and I remember us talking in person about it. I am truly thankful to Allah for Rasheed’s complete recovery despite of his conditions at the time of the accident. I believe this is truly a miracle from Allah and we should all be thankful to the one responsible for Rasheed being with us today, and that is the one and only Allah Almighty. This is truly a very touching experience and anyone who is aware of Rasheed’s miracle should also be aware of the fact that every day that we are alive is truly a miracle. On behalf of everyone who is aware of this miracle including myself, we are all truly thankful for Rasheed and his miracle. May the grace of Allah be with Rasheed and all of us. Ameen. Thank you. Salaam.” -Zain-


When I met Bilal and he told me about his son’s accident; I sat in total awe. I had goosebumps and tears flowing, a mere child having to endure so much pain was heartbreaking to me.

Rasheed’s second chance in life leaves you with little to say but, “Allah is Great”. The accident has not only brought the family closer together, but it also inspired Bilal to start the blood drive initiative. There’s always a silver lining. Subhan’Allah.

My wish for Rasheed is that he always grabs life by the horns, that he and Bilal continue to work towards paying it forward through Miracle Come Back and stay motivated to keep on doing what you doing. Never give up and keep up the great work!

Najma Terblanche Cape Town South Africa

I donated blood occasionally since my twenties… mostly when someone asked. I worked with Bilal and learned about the Miracle Comeback. Bilal asked me to donate blood… and he set up a small blood drive that got me started.

I donated again. From the Blood Center, I found out that I can give platelets and it will benefit more people. Im lucky. I can usually give three units of platelets at a time and as often as every two weeks. One unit of platelets has six times more platelets than in whole blood.  Platelets are used to help cancer and accident victims..   It doesnt take long and the people — other donors and staff — are great, and a lot of other good people are helped by the donation.

Thanks Miracle. You started something that is an important part of my life.

Don Adams Milwaukee

I met Rasheed and Bilal a few years after the “Miracle” happened, at a time where Rasheed was struggling in school and at home and Bilal was trying to get the help that the family needed to get through a difficult time.  Bilal has always been one to do all that he can to make things better.  He has done it for his family and is doing it for the community (and now and international community) through MCB.  Rasheed has been through innumerable challenges, starting at a very young age.  He has struggled to the point where it was unknown if he could get through adversity and eventually, every time, has come out better on the other side.  With the support of his family, especially Bilal, Rasheed has met, struggled with, and persevered through immense trials and has grown into a decent and determined young man as well as a loving father.  Bilal and Rasheed are truly an inspiration!

Josh Delahan
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