Safiyyah got back to university after returning to the UK from home, Egypt. ‘Hey, where is Hafsa?’, asked Kate.
‘She went home. Allah called her back home’, replied Safiyyah. The ink spread through the notepad as Safiyyah’s tears dropped down.
‘Hafsa and I were the best of friends. The best of sisters. Though she being a few years older than me. One day she gave me a gift. And it was the best gift anybody ever gave me, and anybody can ever give me. Her gift to me was Islam. She introduced me to my life, Islam. She helped me learn about my Lord, without Whom I was in total darkness. She helped me love and live Islam. And our friendship grew even stronger.
However, as we both started to practice on the same *level*, a lot of issues started to arise. Shaytan started to take advantage. There were times I was upset at her. And I at times burst out at her and at other times I fell into the sin of backbiting, deceiving myself into thinking that I was only resolving an issue of the community. I deceived myself thinking I was only bringing good to the community. And things went worse. Worse.
Until she was diagnosed with cancer when we both went home to Egypt. And then I realized something profound. If we maintain our relationships in this world with the focus of the hereafter, we can maintain a healthier relationship, inshaAllah. I regret all those days I wasted and could have benefited a lot more from a friend like her. I wish I would remember, we were friends only for a few days in this world, and that there would be a day when we would have to part. Forgiving each other would have been so much easier. However, I learnt from her, never to lose hope. So, even after her departure I do not lose hope. I shall embed this lesson in my future relationships, in sha Allah.’ (A fiction story)
So many times in our lives we let shaytan get in our relationships with some of our most beloved people. Only, if we would remember that these relationships will end one day. Only, if we would cherish the good times and overlook the bad times. Only, if we knew how to make these relationships hereafter oriented. Only, if we knew how to love for the sake of Allah, and forgive for His sake, and maintain unity for His sake. Only, if we knew.
But, we can. We can know. Can’t we?
In sha Allah. Before it gets too late.
Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.