39. Game point.

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

I’ve managed to keep the lead so far. The score is currently Khawla:10 and Sumayyah:9. One more point to go for me to win this game.’Sumayyah is good but I’m better,’ I thought smugly. “Learn from the Master,” I said condescendingly. Just as those words left my mouth I hit the ball straight at the net.

DEUCE : Khawla:10 & Sumayyah:10

Sumayyah began doubling over in laughter as she gasped out, “What master?”

Taking full opportunity of her distraction I quickly smashed the ball towards her. My mouth dropped open in shock. She simply held her bat up and the ball went straight towards her bat and came bouncing back.

I wasn’t expecting her to block so I wasn’t ready for it and only dived for it at the last second. Alas! I was too late. Even though I managed to hit it, it had already doubled bounced. I had hit it back towards Sumayyah and it was now her serve anyway but she didn’t even bother to catch it. Here I was running to fetch the ball again! Khawla:10 & Sumayyyah:11.

Sumayyah’s objective of this game seemed to be making me run. I know I said I like running but not like this. This isn’t so much running, it’s more bending and searching for that little ball that seemed to find its way to the worst of places.

The ball had rolled under an old sofa that was in one corner of the garage. I went down flat on my tummy squinting under the sofa, trying to feel for the ball. Sumayyah calmly seated herself down on the opposite couch, arms folded as she watched the show.

“Got it, got it,” I mumbled as I felt my fingers touch the ball only for it to roll even further.

Sumayyah finally decided to help me out by saying, “You do know its much easier to just pull the couch forward a little?”

“Now why didn’t I think of that?!” I exclaimed smacking my forehead.

I took a deep breath to focus better. I am determined to win this game. I need to get this point in order to get it to deuce again. If I don’t get this point then Sumayyah wins and I lose.

You should know by now that I hate losing so I decided to try distracting her yet again. “As soon as I get home I need to head straight for the shower. I’m really smelling like…..MONKEY! Look, it just ran behind you!”

Uswatul Muslimah

Recreation within Limits

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) narrates:

I once went with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on one of his journeys when I was still a young girl and light in weight. During the journey, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) saying, “Proceed ahead.” After the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had proceeded ahead (and we were now in seclusion), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, “Come! Let me race with you!” We therefore raced and I beat the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the race. On this occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not say anything.

Some time later, when I picked up some weight, and I had forgotten (the previous race), I went with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on one of his journeys. During the journey, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) saying, “Proceed ahead.” After they had proceeded ahead (and we were in seclusion), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, “Come! Let me race with you!” We therefore raced and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) beat me. On beating me, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) began to smile and said, “This is in return for that (i.e. I beat you on this occasion, whereas you beat me on the previous occasion).” (Musnad Ahmad #26277)


1. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had no need for racing and other forms of recreation. Hence, one of the reasons for which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) engaged in racing on this occasion was to show the Ummah that recreation, provided that it is in moderation and kept within the parameters of Deen, is allowed in Islam.

2. When our respected mother, ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), raced with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), it was done in complete privacy and seclusion, thereby maintaining the highest levels of hayaa and hijaab and not violating any command of Allah Ta‘ala in the process. It is thus clear that before engaging in recreation, be it in the form of exercising, cycling, swimming, etc., it is necessary for us to first ensure that no law of Allah Ta‘ala will be broken. If the activity will inevitably lead to the law of Allah Ta‘ala being broken then the activity will have to be abandoned. Similarly, when going on holiday, care and precaution has to be taken to ensure that we do not go to places which are not in keeping with the demands of hayaa.

3. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) bore a responsibility to which no other responsibility can possibly compare in importance and the dedication required – the responsibility of imparting Deen to the Ummah. Despite this grave responsibility, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made the time for his respected family, ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), and ensured that he gave her attention and quality time. Unfortunately, there are many people who become so obsessed with recreation and entertainment that over and above neglecting the rights of Allah Ta‘ala,  they neglect the rights of their wives and children and fail to give them adequate quality time.



Just aspiring to inspire through the pen, or should I say, keyboard. May Allah Ta’ala accept my efforts and make it a source of Hidayah for the Ummah.

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