A story by an anonymous sister.
Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
All Praise be to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala.
This story is about my dear friend Sister Khadijah who is always smiling and very cheerful mashALLAH. She loves cats and is very fond of them. Cats remind me of how Prophet Muhammad SalAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam loved cats. They also remind of The Sahaba Abu Huraira RadiAllahu Anhu, how he was known as the “father of cats”.
I am on the other hand is afraid of cats. It so happened that our Umm Huraira, sister Khadijah’s father asked her to give one of her cats to her relative. Her relative really wanted it and her father gave his word for it. This made Khadijah very upset. She loved all her cats equally. She cannot give one away just like that. Upon her father’s request, she had to give one of her dear cats away. Tears fell from the eyes of Khadijah like pearls… Khadijah was very very upset. Myself and her other friends tried to cheer her up. The next day, Khadijah was smiling again. She became very patient now alhamdulillah. She thanked ALLAH Subhana Wa ta’ala for it. She told me that she still have seven cats Alhamdulillah, she will always miss her eighth cat. This was truly a great learning experience for Khadijah. This reminded her of the Mothers who lose their sons in the battle. The righteous women at the times of Prophet Muhammad SalAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and how they were patient. She told me how much of a greater pain and loss the mothers suffer when they lose their sons or daughters. Thinking of this made her realize how fortunate she was Alhamdulillah. Khadijah’s cat left a mark before she left. Khadijah’s cat will always be remembered and never forgotten. May Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala bless my dear friend Khadijah and keep her always smiling ameen
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“So, truly with every difficulty, there is relief: Truly, with every hardship there is relief. Therefore, when you are free (from your immediate task), still labor hard, And to your Lord turn (all) your attention.” (Surah Inshirah, 94:5-8)