بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
Hearing the bell ring for break, I quickly caught hold of Basheera’s hand and held it tight. There is no way she’s going to escape. I need to know whats going on and I know that Basheera holds the answers.”I won’t let go until I know what’s going on.”
Basheera tried her best to free her hand from mine but I didn’t let go until she promised not to run away and that she’ll tell me everything. Basheera sure knows how to build the suspense. She took her time going to the bathroom to wash her hands then she walked slowly like an old lady towards our usual spot and began to slowly eat her lunch. She had a small piece left of her sandwhich but to stall for time she she was very slowly nibbling away at it until I couldn’t take it any more and grabbed it from her before shoving it in my mouth and quickly gobbling it down.
Basheera narrowed her eyes at me and before she could say anything I blurted out, “Sorry, sorry, I’ll buy you something else to eat. Now please just tell me already!” Basheera answered, “I didn’t get mad at you for eating my lunch so you can’t get mad at me for this. Remember when you suddenly ran away to who knows where, on the entrepreneurs day?” I nodded my head trying to hurry her on.
“Khaalid was looking for you and was beginning to get worried when he couldn’t find you. When he asked me where you are, I told I don’t know, maybe you went back to your house. After the whole thing was over and we all went home I suddenly got a call from Khaalid who was totally freaking out, asking me to tell him everything about the last time I saw you. I was worried about you okay, so I told him everything. I don’t really know what Khalid did to him but it seems as if he really scared the shit out of him. I mean a few weeks have already passed and he generally doesn’t fright for girls but he looked really afraid today. So yeah that’s it. It’s not only the niqaab that’s keeping him away from you.” Basheera ended with a laugh.
“What is wrong with Khalid! Can’t he understand that I can fight my own battles. I’m not a helpless thing that always needs protection. Does he have to always intefere and poke his nose into everyone’s business. And Basheera don’t you dare say it’s cute and sweet, it’s downright anoying. Brothers are pests!” I exclaimed.
Hafsa calmed me down by saying, “You shouldn’t be mad at him because a Muslim man is supposed to be protective over the women in his family. In fact a man who does not have protective jealousy over the women in his family will not enter Jannah. What Khalid did doesn’t show that he thinks you can’t handle yourself and need protection all the time but it shows he cares about you and worries about you, not just physically but about your honour and reputation too. The fact that he was happy you went into niqaab is a sign of this too.”
I guess she is right and Khalid can be sweet and caring when he wants to be, but over my dead body will I admit that to anyone. As far as everyone knows the only thing I think of Khalid is that, ‘He is a pest!’
The prophet Muhammad saw said ‘A Dayooth will not enter Jannah.’
Ibn al-Qayyim, rahimahullaah, said, “And the Dayyooth (the man with no jealousy over the women in his family) is the most vile of Allah’s creation, and Jannah is forbidden for him, (because of his lack of Ghayrah – protective jealousy).