Exhausted as he could feel, he tried closing his eyes to sleep, but he could not. The airplane was going up and down and he felt that something was wrong with the normal turbulences. Slowly he looked to his left, Umar was smiling and nodding his head.
“How about tasmee’ in this middle turbulences?” Shaheed just laughed and nodded. In his chest, he felt slightly afraid. Just a tiny bit.
“I missed Uthman.” Umar suddenly said in the middle of the silence. He closed his eyes and shuddered.
Shaheed never met Utman ever in his life. He wanted to meet this young man he never met before. The only time he can meet him, if Allah Wills, is in paradise insh’Allah.
“Tell me about Uthman, ya Umar.” Shaheed never felt that close to anyone. He never met this person but he could already feel that connection. He wondered if it would be the same how he loved the Prophet s.a.w so much, and the desire to meet him.
“Nothing much akhi, before he passed away in the accident, he told me to always give my best. One of the most epic people I have met and he always wanted to get the best out of them.”
Shaheed stopped and thought. Giving the best. Getting out the best of the others. SubhanAllah. It’s easy said than done. We give our best yet we expect others to give their best. His thoughts ran to the Prophet s.a.w when He always identified his companions r.a. special qualities and always wanted them to give their very best. He never forsake anyone based on their weaknesses, but he always admire their strengths and aspire them to bloom more and give their best for the deen sake.
He s.a.w always gave the best advices in accordance to the person he meets, and he never gave general judgements to those who met him s.a.w. A rare quality indeed nowadays.
In today’s world, it’s so easy to pick up whether a person is genuinely interested in hearing or acknowledging. The genuineness can be depicted by the way you convey your words, your opinions and actions most importantly.
“Akhi, I’ve never met Uthman before, you think it’s possible for me to meet him in Jannah yea?” Shaheed asked, full of interest his eyes sparkled in the midst of the announcements in the airplane.
“Ya Shaheed , Allah Has Promised us in Quran, that we will be with whomever we love in Jannah insh’Allah! Do you remember this ayah,
“And whoso obeys Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqun (those followers of the Prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them, like Abu Bakr As-Siddiq), the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!”
(Al Quran : An Nisa : 69)
Umar smiled, feeling more convinced- deep in his heart, he knew, the road to Jannah is not easy thus he need to do extra extra work for that.
When Uthman passed away, his parents were amongst the calmest ones. They never complained of him going against them but he always pleased them in every way he could. SubhanAllah. Shaheed’s mind gazed through his parents, wondering how they were in midst of his busy schedule.
Ya Allah Grant them strength, and Grant my friend Uthman the highest levels of Jannah, and I want to meet him there one day insh’Allah.
Ibne `Abbas states:“I questioned the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family): Which deed is the most beloved in the eyes of Allah, the Mighty, the Glorious?” He (peace be upon him and his family) replied: “(Offering) prayers at their stipulated times.” I then asked: “Which is the next most beloved deed?” He (peace be upon him and his family) answered: “Goodness towards (one’s) parents.” I asked him again: “After this which is the most beloved act?” He (peace be upon him and his family) said: “Jihad in the way of Allah.”
The heart desires so much to go to some place but only Allah Knows best, that the time is not the best time for him. Shaheed accepted it with an open and hurtful heart inshAllah.
Allah Knows Best.