Jazanaa Wa Iyyak!
As I was doing my late afternoon prayers in the musolla of a local shopping mall, I saw that it was already occupied by another sister performing her duties too. Her prayer garment was all messed up, and with one look, I just had the urge to iron it out for her.
Maybe because it was something that Mom would always do for me. At times I do not realise that I have not worn the prayer garment properly to fully cover my aurah, but has already proceeded with the solah.
Hence, it was only natural that I went up to her as she stood there in khusyu’-ness and tidy her prayer garment for her before I started mine.
By the time I was into my 3rd rak’ah, she was already done with her prayers, and soon I was joined by other sisters. Little did I know that the beautiful sister had stuck a little note on my bag saying – Jazakallah (May Allah’s reward be upon you)
MasyaAllah! What a du’a from an unknown sister over such a simple act!
Jazanaa wa iyyak, ukhti!
It totally made my day! It’s so rare for the Muslim community here to be warm to another unknown Muslim. I am not sure why, but it’s like that.
I really missed those time spent while I was in Perth, Australia.
As I walk down the streets, random unknown Muslim brothers/sisters who walked past me would take the time to smile and greet me with the Salaam.
How nice! The greeting As-salaamu’alaikum has a greater meaning beyond just being a customary Muslim greeting. We do not just say Salaam – which means Peace – but instead, we say As-Salaam! Allah! That means The Peace. And we all know The Peace canonly come from Allah SWT.
Therefore by greeting another Muslim the Salaam; You are, in another words, telling them that I am your brother/sister and have come with Allah’s will, in peace. I intend to inflict no harm upon you and you can trust me. How beautiful is Islam!
However, it is not a scene here in Singapore for Muslims to greet another unknown Muslims whom they see on the streets. I did try to emulate that atmosphere here by starting with something small – my very own Project Smile. After a while I was put off, because people gave me the do-i-know-you-and-what-do-you-want-from-me look. LOL!
So this little note really warms me up. It reminded me of how rich the love for fellow Muslim brothers and sisters is. If only we make that little effort to bother ourselves to show the love to them first. 😀
I end off with a hadeeth as a reminder;
The Obligation of Loving All Muslims
عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه, عن النبي صلي الله عليه و سلام قال: لا يؤمن أحدكم حتى يحب لأخيه ما يحب لنفسه
From Anas Bin Malik ra, reported that Prophet saw said; None of you are truly believers until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
Life is Awesome!