بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
I was lost. Lost as to what to think, what to say and how to react. I just could not take any more of this drama. Unable to come to a decision I found my legs reacting before my mind could. I ran and I ran trying to escape this nightmare only to find myself in a bigger nightmare. Where on earth was I?
I searched around me for landmarks, trying to figure out where I was and to my surprise, my surroundings were not as unknown and daunting as I thought. The closed doors and the empty road didn’t seem sinister any more. I didn’t find myself on the verge of a break down however I found myself experiencing déjà vu.
I realised that I was not lost. I know exactly where I am. I have been here before. My surroundings that I found formidable and scary before now filled me with happiness and relief. I walked up to a familiar door and knocked. The lady opened the door and didn’t seem to recognise me. I went forward to give her a hug and exclaimed, “Assalaamu Alaikum Aunty Sumayyah. Forgot me already? I know you didn’t recognise me in the niqaab. Yep it’s me, Khawla.”
You probably wondering who Aunty Sumayyah is. Remember the last time I got lost, she is the lady who helped me out. I seem to be making a habit of troubling this poor lady with my problems.”WaAlaikum Salaam. Khawla! I didn’t recognise you for sure. How are you and how’s your mummy?”
“Alhamdulillah, I’m fine. Mummy is much better also. She has to go for physio but she’s starting to walk again slowly but surely, Alhamdulillah.” I replied. “Allah must give her full and complete shifa, Ameen. Now let me teach you something,” She said holding out both her hands for me to shake. I shook them with both of my hands looking at her inquiringly. “Now say after me: يَغْفِرُ اللهُ لَنَا وَلَكُمُ .”
I did so before questioning, “Why?” She replied, “This is the way that Nabi ﷺ used to do it and it was the last thing left for us to do to when greeting in order to gain the forgiveness of Allah. We have completed all four things so Insha Allah, Allah will forgive all our sins.”
Allah grants forgiveness after shaking hands upon all of the following being fulfilled:
* greeting upon meeting.
* Shaking hands.
* Seeking dua for forgiveness: يَغْفِرُ اللهُ لَنَا وَلَكُمُ.
* Praising Allah-this occurs when one responds to the enquiry of the other’s health.
(Abu Dawud)- SUNNATS by E.M.H.Salejee.
“Oh sorry, I don’t even know where my mind is. Please come in. Isn’t it amazing! It’s like we barely did anything. We just did what we would normally do, adding in shaking hands and the dua and we gain the forgiveness of Allah. Allah is SO merciful and he looks for every opportunity to forgive us. It will be silly of us not to take this great opportunity.” She continued.
“I’m sorry for imposing on you Aunty Sumayyah. I know! When we really ponder over it, it’s mindblowing. Allah loves us even more than our mothers and is always ready to forgive us no matter how many sins we commit. All we need to do is turn back to him sincerely seeking his forgiveness.” I responded lifting up my niqaab.
“Masha Allah, I’m so proud of you. Your mummy must be very pleased with your decision to go into niqaab also. How many times must I tell you not to call me Aunty? I know I’m 10 years older than you but that only makes me 23. Aunty makes me sound old. So, what do I owe this honour to?” she teased.
“I don’t think you really want to know.” I laughed. “..but before I tell you anything I need to phone my mummy and tell her where I am before she starts panicking. I ran away from school again. I know I could have waited an hour more for school to be let out but I didn’t,” I said guiltily. “It’s fine I finish write my paper for today though so I won’t miss anything. I just needed to get out of there. Now please can I phone mummy first?”