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I was in a deep sleep one thursday night when my phone started to ring on my bedside…I don’t usually keep my phone on silent as I don’t ever get calls or messages at odd hours….I got up with a shock trying to process what was actually happening..that’s when I realised that my phone was ringing..I picked it up and looked at the time…it was just past 11pm…and salmas number showed on the screen….in all this time I was half dazed, the call had already ended before I could pick it up….
Ismail also woke up with the ringing of my phone…
“Who was that baby?(Sleepy voice)”
Ismail:”what does she want this time of the night?(Concerned)”
Me:”I don’t know, I didn’t get to answer in time…it cut before I could answer it..I wonder why she’d be calling this late?”
I was turning to go back to sleep when ismail suggested:
“Call her back babes..I’m sure its urgent..no-one will call this late at night just to make chit chat…”
So I picked my phone up from the pedestal and redialled salmas number…she picked up almost immediately..
“Fay??!!!are you sleeping?I’m so sorry…”(Panting)
Me:”sal?don’t stress..I’m up now..what’s up?what happened?you sound terrible!”
Salma:”we just got a call a while ago…..its goolam!”
Me:”oh no…what happened now?he changed his mind and called off the wedding?”
Salma:”no no fay..its worse..his mum, dad and him were doing some last minute invites and they were hijacked…”
Me:”wHAT??oh my word..are they okay?”
Salma:”his mum and dad managed to get away and get help…but they took goolam and the car…and they haven’t found him as yet…”
Me:(sitting up properly)…”Oh my god sal…that’s crazy….just stay calm and make lots of dua….it is thursday night..jumu’ah after all…just make dua that he’s safe where ever he is and that he’s returned safely to his family inshallah…”
Salma:”oh my god fay..I can’t believe this..there’s just a week left for the nikaah and this had to happen…”
Me:”Allah know best sweety…please don’t stress yourself out…inshallah they’ll find him soon and everything will go as planned inshallah…why don’t you calm yourself down and get some rest..we’ll see what happens early in the morning…I’ll try my best to come over as soon as the kids have left for school okay….?”
Salma:”thanks so much fay…sorry for waking you”
Me:”are you crazy?I’m glad you did..its something so important…we’ll be making dua inshallah…just hang in there and call me if you need to talk or if there’s any progress on his whereabouts ok?please…no matter what time it is…”
Salma:”thanks so much…will see you in the morning…”
And she cut the call…I filled ismail in on what had happened..the 2 of us tossed and turned the entire night…we were terribly restless…
This country is just getting from bad to worse..people are being hijacked and killed and families are losing near and dear ones like no mans business…
Before we were able to sleep with our doors wide open…now unfortunately even in broad daylight we have to have all doors and gates safely locked up…
People can’t live in south africa without burglar bars, trellidoors, electric fencing and all the extra security that there is available…we can’t even leave our homes to go down the road without the fear of being hijacked or robbed…
Even when walking in shopping malls we have to be so careful and hold onto our handbags for dear life…why do we need to live in so much of fear?
Look at the countries where the islamic rule is established! A person won’t dare to even pick up a sock left on the road…for fear that their hands will be cut off….
the next morning I was done early and jumped in with ismail when he was going to drop the kids off..he dropped me off at salmas house…she was like a sister to me and she needed me right now…
The entire friday went by and there was still no news about goolam….there were bbm messages, whatsapp messages,it was even all over facebook…but no-one had spotted him or the car…
By Saturday afternoon! The car was found..almost all its parts had been stripped, but was identified by the number plate..and still no news of goolam….his phone was off and couldn’t be traced….
The wedding had to obviously be postponed until further notice…..salma was so unsettled….she had no idea where she stood…
Goolams family was quite strong…but ofcourse they must have felt it a lot….aunty saabira kept on saying that Allah knows what’s best for all of them and her trust is completely in Allah….whatever He wishes only will happen….
Finally on wednesday afternoon the call came from goolams family……