Both my parents took in a sibling of brother and sister who had been orphans about 40 years ago. Now the orphan is taking care of my mother. SubhanAllah.
This is how the story goes…. One fine day in the 1970s, the brother came to my father’s office for educational advice. So my father adviced him what and where to head.
After the brief meeting with my father, he left my father’s office. It was a friday and nearing the weekend. My father found him later that he was still there not knowing where to go and where to stay. It so happened that he came from another state which takes about a days journey. SubhanAllah.
My father later invited him to our home (this is a time when people were trustworthy and there were not many conned people around then).
My father later got to know that he has another sibling sister back in his hometown. Both my parents invited them to stay with us. As the brother is bright, and after a few months staying with us, he went to futher his studies in America. The sibling sister stayed with my mother happily.
She stayed with my parents and became my nanny after i was born. After many years of of staying with us, she is family and especially a few years later she became a real family member for all of us, when the brother came back from the US and married my cousin.
She still stayed on and took care of me, my late grandmother who also stayed with us and the rest of the family. She stayed on until i went to university and had my own family. She remained unmarried and decided to take a new challenge and found another employer but we still kept in touch.
20 years passed, how fast it went by! One day her employer called me and said she had fallen very ill. Took her to the hospital and was diagnosed with breast cancer. So i took her in and it was my time to repay how she took care me when I was a child, as she had been my nanny.
Alhamdulilllah, after 5 years of continuous treatment she was given shifa by Allah swt, and seems to be back to her usual self, SubhanAllah.
At the present time, my mother’s helper went back to her hometown, now she is accompanying my mother as we were all “close contact” and had to remain a distance and be quarantined away from our dear mother. “How the tables have turned” as the saying goes with its reflections….
Once up on a time, both my parents had helped two orphans, little do we know that one of these orphans is the one who is taking care of my mother now. Allahu Akbar.
Our beloved Nabi Muhammd (saw) said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he (saw) held his two fingers together to illustrate’. [Bukhari].
Allah swt. is the best planner, He has planned all these happenings along with His hikmah … in these taqdirs of Allah swt. certainly there is a clear lesson for myself and for all my dear readers, such as :
1. Never look down on any another person because we do not know when the tables can be turned
2. When we ease another person, Allah will ease us in the time of need
3. Do not turn away from those who are in need, just try to solve their problems by any means within your capacity atleast with a smile and that becomes a charity
4. Whatever good things we do sincerely, certainly we would be rewarded abundantly in dunia and akhirat
Our beloved Nabi Muhammad (saw) reported to have said,
A Muslim is a brother of (another) Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong. If anyone fulfills his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfill his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and if anyone covers up a Muslim (his sins), Allah will cover him up (his sins) on the Resurrection Day”.
[Bukhari and Muslim].
Ya Allah, please forgive us and please make our hearts feel humbled towards any yateem and those who are in need.
Ya Allah we beg You to grant us more thoufeeq to assist and support others sincerely for You ya Allah.
Ameen ameen ameen Ya Allah.