‘Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem’
(In the name of Allah, the Most kind, The Most Merciful)
After we had supper that night, I quickly got up and asked everyone to remain seated….
I had the fadhaail-e-a’maal ready on the side unit in the dining room and I was extremely nervous about everyones reaction…
Why is it that we become so afraid and nervous to do good deeds?I was actually shaking and feeling scared…but why?
Why when we do evil things and violate the command of Allah then we don’t have the same amount of fear or nervousness?we happily commit the sin and feel proud after doing it….is this what has become of us today….totally upside down…
Get a hold of yourself faaiza…this is something good that you’re starting..what can anyone do to you for wanting to revise the lives of our beloved nabi(S.A.W) and his illustrious sahabah(R.A)?
Ismail was about to get up for his habitual smoke after supper…
Me:”umm……babes just a few minutes please?…..then you can go..I promise I won’t be long…”(Gesturing to the kitaab)
He looked at me weirdly…..
Me:”I just thought it would be really good to have abit of kitaab reading everyday after supper if everyone doesn’t mind?its the only time that we all are together and not rushing to go anywhere”
Dada:”that’s an excellent idea beti….its always good to remember Allah…the whole day we are so caught up in our own affairs, so this reminder every evening will do us all good..especially myself and dadi as we’re getting old you know….soon to kick the bucket…(Giggle)”
Me:”no dada….anyone of us can go at anytime…not only the old go…….look at mum and dad!(Awkward pause)….anyway….bismillahir rahmaanir raheem…..”
I began reciting randomly from the kitaab…I decided to read something really short as I didn’t want ismail losing interest….everyone else wasn’t a problem..but I had to be so careful with him…even the kids were excited….and listened attentively…
It was the story of hazrat anas(R.A) and what he used to do when a storm appeared…page 37 of fadhaail-e-a’maal…it was a story regarding the fear of Allah that the sahabah(R.A) had…
Hazrat nadhr bin abdullah(R.A) relates:
“Oneday while hazrat anas(R.A) was alive, it became very dark during the day time. I went to him and said, “did you ever see much a thing in the prophet(S.A.W)’s time?” He replied:”I seek refuge in Allah! In those days if the breeze got a little stronger than normal, we would hasten towards the musjid, fearing the approach of the last day.”
Hazrat abu darda(R.A) narrates:
“Whenever there was a storm, the prophet(S.A.W) would get perturbed and would go to the masjid.”
Who thinks of going to musjid, now-a-days, even at the time of the worst of calamities? Leave aside the common people, even those who regard themselves as good and practising Muslims do not practise this Sunnat. What a deterioration!
Me:”subhaanallaahi wa bihamdihi subhaanakallaahumma wa bihamdika nash hadu allaa ilaaha illaa anta nastaghfiruka wa natoobu ilayk”
(Glory be to Allah and praise unto him….glory be to you..oh Allah and praise be to you….we bear witness that there is no deity beside you…we seek forgiveness and we repent to you)
Its so true….even though Allah promised that Allah would not send a punishment down as long as nabi(S.A.W) was with them, nabi(S.A.W) would still turn to Allah in times like these…
And in our times, we are experiencing the greater signs of qiyaamah such as an increase in earthquakes, music and dancing has become so common, disobedience to parents are the order of the day and zina has taken over every corner of the world….yet we don’t fear the punishment of Allah..
Forget resorting to salaah when calamities befall, we are not even turning to Allah when we are commanded to…
Riyaad:”daddy, please can we go for esha to the masjid today?”
It was awkward…ismail hasn’t been very often to the masjid lately..the few salaahs that he did manage to perform was at home….besides for jumu’ah….
Ismail:”don’t you have school tomorrow kiddo?”
Riyaad:”jee but daddy, I finished all my homework already…please?”
Ismail looked at me, I was hoping that he doesn’t flip but somehow I remembered what a blessing it was to have kids…if I had to tell him to go to the masjid, he would snap at me and tell me to mind my own business…but kids are different….
Alhamdulillah he agreed and riyaad excitedly rushed upstairs to wash up and get ready for salaah…….