‘Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created-‘
(Surah Al Alaq, verse 1, the first Revelation)
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
A few days ago, Daniel came hurriedly to me, saying, ‘Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! Mummy, come quick! There’s a fire in the kitchen!’
An electrical appliance had caught fire and Alhamdulillah, I managed to put out the flames using a small fire extinguisher that we kept in the kitchen ( Every one should have one in their own kitchen).
Adam was playing ‘Battlefield’ on his Playstation when he suddenly shouted, ‘Alhamdulillah! I made Sergeant!’. He used to play ‘Call of Duty’ but we collectively decided that the influences and language in the game was too inappropriate. Insha’Allah, I would like to share how we wisely made this decision together in another post.
It occurred to me earlier that these two simple Islamic phrases expresses the internal world view of a child, externally. When Daniel cried ‘Astaghfirullah’ after seeing the fire, he was reflecting the fear and chaos that was going on inside him. The term ‘Astaghfirullah’ means ‘I seek forgiveness from Allah’. What a simple yet powerful way to be sorry for our actions or that of other situations and to remember Allah during those times.
Even our blessed Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wassalam used to make istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah) more than seventy (70) times a day yet he, Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wassalam, had been chosen to be the best example of conduct for us. In Surah Al Azhab, verse 21, ‘ Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of Allah.’ Just imagine how much more we have to do…
I’ve taught my sons and my students to say Alhamdulillah every time they receive something they like, when they feel happy or when they receive good news. ‘Daniel! Mummy’s taking us to Sushi King for lunch!’ (‘What do you say, Adam..?’) ‘Alhamdulillah!’
At the end of my training sessions, I will end my program with these words, ‘If you feel you have learnt something useful or good today, please say Alhamdulillah. Don’t thank me because all good knowledge comes from Allah Almighty.’
These two simple yet powerful words is just another way for us to remember that Allah Almighty is the Disposer of All Affairs and that we have to thank Him for His Blessings and Mercy (Alhamdulillah…) or ask forgiveness from Him for the mistakes we have done to ourselves and to others (Astaghfirullah). Allah knows best.