بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Dedicated to sister/in/Islam and Ummi Israa (nawaal) for the lovely comments and duas.
Sayyidunā Anas narrates that the Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) said, “The person in whose presence I am mentioned should confer blessings upon me. Whoever confers blessings upon me once, Allāh confers ten blessings upon him.” In one narration, the Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) said, “Whoever confers one blessing upon me, Allāh confers ten blessings upon him, forgives ten of his sins and elevates his status tenfold.”
Sayyidunā Abdurraḥmān bin Awf (radhiyallahu anhu) says, “From amongst four or five of us, at least one of us would always remain with the Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) to attend to his needs. One day the Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) went into a garden and I followed him. The Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) performed ṣalāh therein and prostrated for such a long time that I feared the Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) had passed away. I began crying due to this fear and went close to the Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi 20 Wassalam) to observe him. After the Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) arose from prostration, he asked, ‘O Abdurraḥmān, what is the matter?’ I replied, ‘O Messenger of Allāh, you performed such a long prostration that I feared you had passed away.’ The Noble Prophet(Sallallahu A’lihi Wassalam) replied, ‘Allāh has bestowed a favour upon me with regards to my followers. In gratitude for this favour, I prostrated for so long. Allāh has informed me that whoever confers one blessing upon me, He will record ten good deeds for him and forgive ten of his sins.’”
Mummy made us recite the dua when leaving a gathering after her, as she closed the Fadhaail-e-A’maal. Ever since her fall, mummy made sure that when we all came to camp out in her room during the evening, she would have ta’leem with us. Hey, the lounge feels so lonely with mummy missing so now her room was currently our new lounge.
What mummy read to us today made me realise how much we take for granted. We don’t even realise that the ability to do Ibadah and to be rewarded for it is a favour from Allah that we should be grateful for. We often feel certain commands of Allah as a burden be it Salaah, Hijaab, Halaal and Haraam etc. and little do we realise what a great favour these things are.
After we had completed our ta’leem, nani sent me to fetch the cake I had baked this morning. Alhamdulillah, it didn’t flop. Infact it came out really nice, not that I’m boasting. As I walked to the kitchen, I pondered over what mummy had read to us from the Fadhail, today.
Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم was not putting himself through so much, out of gratitude for himself but out of gratitude for us, on our behalf. His sajdah out of gratefulness for the favour which Allah had bestowed upon us was soo long that the sahabi thought he had passed away. This is a favour that we have been bestowed with, so have we even thanked Allah by saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ leave alone hours of prostration crying before Him. We should take heed and realise how much more grateful we need to be to Allah for giving us this opportunity and make the most of it. Insha Allah I’m going to complete a 1000 durood this friday excluding the 40 salaat and salam and the 80 durood after Asr, I resolved.
I served the cake and stared expectantly at everyone, scrutinising their expressions. The first peson to dig in was Khalid; he is a hongra after all, “Mmm, this is lekker! Not that I was expecting anything different, Nani, your chows are always tops.” I smirked at Khalid, “Glad to know you like it. Plus it’s so amzing to see you eating your own words, pun intended. I mean you were the one that said that I can’t be trusted not to burn noodles.”
“Ha Ha,” Khalid said sarcastically, “Khawla, stop trying to take credit for Nani’s hard work. You probably just read the recipe or cleaned the bowl. That doesn’t mean you made it.” Nani replied for me and I just looked on with a smirk as she scolded Khalid, “Actually she did make it. See I told you my grand daughter is very clever. Stop insulting her. No wonder she doesn’t like to do anything. She’s still learning. You think I was just born and knew how to cook so well? No, I made mistakes and blunders and I learnt from them. I don’t want to hear you insulting your sister again.”