Hassan said the supplications after the Adhan and since he had already taken wudhu, he left for the masjid.
“Uncle Hassan!” it was Murad, his six year old nephew who was riding his bike in the compound.
“Asalam alykum big boy!” he tickled and caught him just as he was falling off his bike laughing.
“Can I come with you to the mosque?” he asked between giggles.
“In sha Allah,” Hassan told him. “Just put your bike close to the door and we can leave, tamam?”
“Tamam Amoh,” he rushed to do as advised.
Murad was his brother’s son and perhaps one of his favorite nephews because he loved Salah in spite of his understandable playful and forgetful age. What really amazed Hassan was how Murad always woke up at the Adhan for Fajr. At times he would be all jovial about praying but at other times he would just yawn, say he will take wudhu in a few minutes and immediately fall back to sleep; but he would still make it up when he got up.
He made a quick Dua for his brother, Murad’s father because TabarakAllah, he had imbued in all his children the importance of Salah.
“By the way how far are you on your Qur’an memorization?” Hassan asked Murad who was swinging on his right hand.
“MashAllah Alhamdulillah!” he rubbed his head. “Ehe, let me hear you recite it!”
“Tabaraka allathee biyadihi almulku wahuwa AAala kulli shay-in qadeer. Allathee khalaqa almawta waalhayata liyabluwakum ayyukum ahsanu AAamalan, wahuwa alAAazeezu alghafooru……”
It so happened that Suratul Mulk was Hassan’s favorite chapter in the Qur’an. It was a keen reminder that the reason why Allah (SWT) created death and life was to test amongst people who was the best in deeds.
And indeed everything was a test and the best person before Allah is the one who purifies his intention and does everything for the sole purpose of pleasing Allah (SWT).
He thought of the many blessings Allah had bestowed upon him- legs to walk, hands, all five senses, and above all the ultimate blessing of Islam. Unfortunate how Muslims did not seem to realize that they will be asked about these Ne’emas on the day of Qiyamah;
How they used their feet to rush to haraam things but found difficulty in heading to the Mosque for prayers.
How their hands held on to haraam and forbidden stuff while the same hands seldom touched the Qur’an or gave out Sadaqah.
Allathee khalaqa almawta waalhayata liyabluwakum ayyukum ahsanu AAamalan…….
The verse kept replaying itself in his mind, over and over again.
I wonder what I will have done with my life and the blessings bestowed upon me and what I will tell Allah (SWT) when meet him…….
“Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (You indulged in, in this world). ” ( Surat Al-Takathir, Verse 8)
May Allah (SWT) grant us the tawfiq to use the blessings He has so gracefully bestowed upon us and make us among the successful dwellers in Paradise.