SOMETHING I LEARNED THIS RAMADAN FROM A 60 YEAR OLD SISTER :)
So recently I have been busy with the charity work and have met a lot of women I did not know. Women who were in need of food and clothes. After gifting them with one of our charity bags an elderly aunty started crying and she said she wished she could give me something in return.
As robotic as this sounds I am used to people receiving charity and crying. It is moving the first few times but when you have a line of people to distribute things to and the time is running away you quickly want to distribute, collect their identity proof and signature and move onto the next sister in line.
I smiled and replied the best gift she could give me was to never lose hope in Allah and to believe that this was from Allah and a lot of other generous people and I was just a mediator.
I told her I had to finish distributing all the these things since everyone in line has traveled long distances and they need to collect their things and head back home. To my surprise she understood and said she would wait till I was done. She was nearly 60. I told her there was no need and that she should take her gifts and head back home and reach their safely.
She was adamant and I had to complete my job of distributing the amanah.
I did my job and then had tea with her.
She asked me if I prayed 5 times a day. I told her I do and I also told her I sometimes fail at fajr and sometimes delay isha till tahajjud or just before fajr and that 85% of the time I do pray and on time. She asked me to sincerely start praying on time and to never miss a single salaah.
I said inshaAllah I will try aunty.
I was knackered and I wanted to eat and sleep.
I asked her what gift did she wants to give me? And she said its an advise.
She advised me to do the following.
She asked me to recite the shahada "La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah" after every salaah and after reciting the shahada with as much sincerity as I can she asked me to talk to Allah and tell Allah that this is my amanah with you ya Allah, give it back to me when I am about to die. And since Allah is AL WAKEEL - THE MOST AND ULTIMATE TRUSTWORTHY AND DISPOSER OF AFFAIRS. He azza jal will keep your amanah intact and give it back to you when you want it.
She said Allah kabhi bhi apki amanat mein khayanat nahi karega - Allah will never breach the trust you have placed with him.
I was so humbled by this advise and have been doing this since.
People thank me and praise me so much for the charitable work I do but this has by far been the best reward Alalh has given me in this duniya.
For those who did not understand. In Islam we believe the one who recites shahada before dying with sincerity will be granted jannah. And not everyone gets this opportunity. Only a blessed few may Allah make us all amongst those who recite kalimah before journeying back to HIM.
Mu`adh bin Jabal (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "He whose last words are: `La ilaha illallah' (There is no true god except Allah) will enter Jannah.''
[Abu Dawud - ]
This is something beneficial we can all do atleast once and not necessarily 5 times a day after each salaah.
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