Friday, October 28, 2005

The Sweetness of Ukhuwah fillah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم



The Sweetness of UKHUWAH FILLAH
By Nadia Hanim AbdurRahman


قال الله تعالى: (وألف بين قلوبهم لو أنفقت ما في الأرض جميعا ما ألفت بين قلوبهم ولكن الله ألف بينهم) – الأنفال 63
قال ابن مسعودرضي الله عنه: هم المتحابون في الله

“Banat.. Awrad!”, the usual common call could be heard every time the prayers have been performed. The girls of DaruzZahra in Tarim Hadramaut would read the awrad together in similar pace and there were no excuses for them to skip it. Only those who were not feeling well would be given exception and be left in their rooms. “Hanna, let us join the awrad with the others”, said Nur while pulling Hanna out from under the cover. Hanna has no energy to get up but she couldn’t refuse Nur. Nur had no idea that her sister was ill. She was only doing her duty as a sister to Hanna and Hanna understood that. That was why she obliged without complaining. She stood up, followed Nur and fell to the ground. “Ya Allah, what’s the matter with you Hanna?” Nur ran to her sister’s aid.

Both Hanna and Nur were sisters but not in blood. They were sisters at heart and Iman. They loved each other for the sake of Allah and with this, they have tasted the sweetness of Iman. They had vowed to do good deeds and to remind each other in doing so while refraining oneself and another from bad deeds. When they were together, they would make sure that their time was not being filled with unnecessary activities. Their conversations only revolved around knowledge and other useful topics. If either one of both was ill or in trouble, the other would be by her side. If either one of both was crying, the other would cry along with her and later then she would ask the reason of her sister’s grief. They have never been seen wasting time and never did both eat at the same time for when one was eating, the other would be reading a book to her and vice-versa. That was their sisterhood. Their love for Allah and Rasulullah came first though. Only that, they wanted to be together journeying in the path of righteousness; the path towards Allah.

Hanna has been ill for quite some time and might be sent home for treatment. Both sisters knew that they would soon part but they were strong in handling emotions. How could they refute fate and so, in the state of redha they were. The moment has come for Hanna to leave for her country and Nur was joining her, not her body but her heart and soul.

Few months have passed and Hanna was well again after treatment and Nur was already at her country. Both came from different countries. They kept in contact with phone calls, consoling one another with advices and words of wisdoms.

Hanna had received another call from Nur in another country which was not her own. "وصيني بالنصيحة" , Nur asked her sister for advice. "عليك بالصدق بينك وبين الله" ,advised Hanna. “Indeed I have to be truthful. I am happy at this moment”, the line cut of as soon as Nur finished her sentence. Another few months went by without any phone calls from Nur. Hanna was feeling restless. She didn’t know where Nur was and how to contact her. Then, the long-awaited call came with Nur online in another different country. Hanna was excited and began to ask for news. “But first, وصيني بالنصيحة ”, Nur asked for advice again. "إن الله يملك كل شيئ فارجعي أليه بقلب صدق", advised Hanna. “Indeed I have to be truthful. I am happy at this moment”, said Nur. “I am glad to hear that you are fine and happy but please tell me where are you and when can we meet?” Asked Hanna. “I will write to you soon InsyaAllah”, Nur said and their conversation ended.

A week later, Nur’s letter did arrive. In it, she wrote.

Dearest Ukhti fillah,
I should be thankful for your advices. Just as you have been my strength in my journey in this life, those advices have also been my strength throughout the final days of my life. I am very ill at this moment my dear and I don’t know how much longer can I last. I’ve been sent to one country after another to receive treatments but none was successful. When I was at the verge of breaking down, I called you for advice and you said that I have to be truthful in whatever comes between me and Allah. I was being truthful when I mentioned that I was in a state of happiness. Why wouldn’t I be when I was given the attention by Allah (إذا أحب الله عبدا ابتلاه). Then I called for advice again and you said that Allah owns everything and so return to Him with a truthful heart. I was being truthful again when saying that I was happy. Why wouldn’t I be when I will be returning to Him soon in a state of redha with His imtihan upon me. This doa اللهم أحب لقائك فأحب لقائي was read by Abu Hurairah before he breathed his last and I’ve the same hope as he once had but who am I to compare myself with him. May Allah forgive us and May His Rahmah be bestowed upon us all. He is indeed the Most Merciful. Ya Allah please gather us in the hereafter with our beloved Prophet Muhammad and among the solihin.

You had asked me on when could we meet. Aren’t we not akhawat fillah? Arent we not love each other for Allah’s sake?. If all this while we have been truthful towards Allah and each other, we will surely meet again in a good state in the hereafter InsyaAllah. Before I end this letter, please be known of THE SWEETNESS OF IMAN as was said by our beloved Prophet.
قال رسول الله صلى اله عليه وسلم : ثلاث من كن فيه وجد حلاوة الايمان, أن يكون الله ورسوله أحب اليه مما سواهما وأن يحب المرء لا يحبه إلا لله وأن يكره أن يعود في الكفر كما يكره أن يقذف في النار
إذن يا أختي الغالية, أحبك في الله ولله تعالى.

الفقيرة إلى الله, راجية لمغفرته ورحمته:

نور Nur


Hanna was speechless. She read the letter over and over again, not wanting to believe. The phone rang and she was hoping that Nur’s voice would be at the other end laughing and saying gleefully that her letter was a jest. But Nur never lie and she always say that a mu’min never lie. “Yes Hanna speaking”, she answered. The voice sounded like Nur’s but it was not hers. It was Nur’s mother. She didn’t need to tell for Hanna already knew. “ إن لله وإن إليه راجعون , may Allah reward you and your family for all the patience and let us not forget her in our prayers”, said Hanna to Nur’s mother.

Nur was a treasure. If she was to be alive, her good words and deeds will surely move many hearts but she was taken away so soon and Allah knows best. “My boyfriend left me and I love him still”, said a friend consulting Hanna. “Your love is not for your friend. That is pure evil. Your love is only for Allah and Rasulullah. You should love nothing else or no one else except loving them in the cause of Allah, only for His sake and for righteousness”, Hanna advised and continued, “be known of THE SWEETNESS OF IMAN…..”. Nur was in Hanna’s mind again.
(أحبك الذي أحببتني له) May He for whom you have loved me, love you.

وبهذه المحبة أيضا التي أظلتهم يظلهم الله تعالى تحت ظل عرشه يوم القيامة. عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن الله تعالى يوم القيامة يقول: أين المتحابون بجلالي, اليوم أظلهم في ظلي, يوم لا ظل إلا ظلي

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