I start in the name of The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful; all praise and glory be to Him. And I continue with salutations upon salutations to His Most Beloved, The Leader of all The Prophets, Our Master and Our Intercessor on the Day of Judgement Muhammad (saw). And I forward his greetings of glad tidings to all those who strive to adopt perfection in following this most noble path of his, till time draws to a close and Yawmul Qiyamah dawns upon us…
Asalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh,
It was an average Summer’s day. The sun was high in the sky and there was not a whisper of a cloud in sight. I had left the house to purchase some groceries from the local shop. If I remember correctly, it was the day of Jumu’ah, so virtue and blessings were in abundance.
As everyone knows, it is during the summer when many flowers begin to bloom and display their beautiful artistry of colours and emanate their most sweet fragrances. I’m not exactly a ‘flowery’ person, so all that about the flowers blooming etc. doesn’t really apply to me. However, little did I know that in a matter of a few minutes I would witness such a virtuous flower, not from the flower gardens of this world, but from a garden which our eyes have never seen and our minds could never conjure nor comprehend.
So I walked into the shop and set about my business collecting the groceries I needed to buy. A little girl donning a hijab was stood next to me, no older than 7 or 8 years old. She stood for a while, staring up at the various drinks held in the drink’s fridge. A little girl looking for which drink to buy on a summer’s day; I thought nothing of it. I glanced at this little girl a couple of times. She seemed slightly worried and perplexed for some reason or another.
She grabbed a fizzy drink’s can and turns to the shopkeeper asking ‘Is this Halaal?’. I assumed that her mother was close at hand, and that she wanted to know if this was drinkable before putting it into her shopping basket. The shopkeeper was not a muslim, so he replied saying that he wasn’t sure. Again, this little girl picked up another can and repeats the question. ‘Excuse me, is this Halaal?’. The shop keeper again replied ‘Errr, I’m not sure’.
I looked at the face of this little girl again. I could see she was becoming overwhelmed by the worry that she may be purchasing and consuming something which is potentially not permissible. Never before have I seen an adult, let alone a child, look so worried about differentiating between Halal and Haraam.
The girl turned to me noticing that I was Muslim and began to ask me the same question.
So I decided to intervene. I explained to the shop keeper that Halaal basically is a religious condition for Muslims where the foodstuffs are prepared as prescribed by Muslim Law. The shopkeeper was glad that I explained to him and said that he was glad to have learnt something new. Now I turned to the girl and told her that the drink she had selected was halaal, and that the drinks in this fridge are all Halaal, since they don’t contain any forms of Alcohol or impermissible substances.
Relieved, she happily paid for her drink and skipped out the shop to continue with her innocent childhood, perhaps never to remember this spectacle again. On the other hand, I have not forgotten and can not forget this beautiful scenario. A scenario which made my heart melt in awe and admiration.
An 8 year old girl, who has such a level of awe and fear of God that she questions each drink she holds in her hand, and that there’s a possibility that by consuming this drink I may be violating a command of God. This form of abstinence is a Principle of Islam and a common trait of those who have little concern about this Dunya or in other words; the ascetics. Never have I seen even among the pious adults in our community, such behaviour. It could be naivety or paranoia, I don’t know and I don’t care. To see such noble and virtuous disposition in someone so fair in the year…nothing but a Prophetic Narration springs to mind:
‘A virtuous child is a flower from among the flowers of Paradise’
Indeed I had witnessed and smelt the fragrance of Paradise emanate from the piety of that flower in that grocery store.
I pray that Allah rewards the parents of this girl for teaching her such admirable etiquettes, and may He raise their ranks in Jannah. I pray that Allah keeps this girl steadfast upon the Religion and increases her in her piety. May she be her parents reward on Yawmul Qiyamah, and may she become a forerunner and an example for the Muslims of today and tomorrow.
Ameen Ya Rabb…