Jumah Mubarak (Happy Friday!) I hope you all had a lovely day.
In every Mosque, around the world in the Afternoon people gather for Salat Al-Dhuhr. Despite the significance of a Friday in Islam… the Imam also holds a lecture to help us learn more about our religion.
Today’s Lesson was a true story that happened around 100 years ago – but still the most valuable lesson to be learned today:
It was about a man from Egypt, he had heart problems and he had to travel to London to seek professional help. The Doctor told him he needs an operation straight away because his arteries were blocked, the man knew it was really risky (especially 100 years ago) so he told the Dr I have to see my family & settle things with them incase I die. The Dr. advised him not to but he insisted. The Dr. gave him some medicine for the flight and let him go.
The man arrived back home in Egypt and as he was leaving his family to return to Egypt he saw a woman collecting bones from the meat left in the rubbish in the street…
So he asked her, “What are you doing?”
She told him, “I’m collecting the meat leftover as we never can afford meat so I collect little bits and make soup with it.”
He was gobsmacked but decided to help in the only way he knew how. The man asked her to come with him. They entered the shop to buy meat and the man told the shopkeeper this lady will come to you once a week, let her order whatever she wants and the bill is on me.
He flew back to London to do the heart operation but Allah had other plans. His disease was cured – he no longer needed a heart operation. He couldn’t believe it, nor could the doctors.
The Dr. asked him what Dr. did he see in Egypt (thinking he’s really good) but he didn’t see anyone.
Subhan’Allah he was cured by Allah subhana wa’tala.
Subhan’Allah. If you have never been ill you won’t fully understand the Trial of losing your health. Health is a crown only the healthy wear, and only the sick can see it. Nothing you do for Allah’s sake is ever lost.
Prophet Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam said, ‘Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah (charity).’
This is exactly what the Egyptian man done – he gave charity for the sake of Allah and his good deed was returned to him by Allah.
If you wake up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who won’t survive this week.
If you are heedless to the healthiness of your body, the integrity of your organs, and the perfection of your faculties… wake up quickly.
If you still feel ungrateful, I advise you to visit a sick person, visit a children’s ward in the nearest hospital, visit a funeral and remember the Blessing of being alive, healthy and able.
Prophet Muhammad Sall Allāhu ʿalay-hi wa-sallam advised, take care of 5 before 5:
Youth before old age;
Health before sickness;
Wealth before poverty;
Free time before preoccupation;
Life before Death.
How very very true. It is said, Steve Jobs who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, said, ‘What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed… You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you.’
If you are perfectly healthy, remember our bodies do not last forever. They are designed to become weak with old age. “To Allah we belong and to Allah we return.” Do good always. Help others, even if they don’t deserve it, you do!