Stay away from usury

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Narrated Abu Juhaifa: The Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade the use of the price of blood and the price of a dog, the one who takes (eats) usury the one who gives usury, the woman who practices tattooing and the woman who gets herself tattooed.
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 72 Hadith 829

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Avoid the seven great destructive sins.” They (the people) asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What are they?” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah; to practice sorcery; to kill the life which Allah has forbidden except for a just cause (according to Islamic law); to eat up usury (Riba), to eat up the property of an orphan; to give one’s back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fighting and to accuse chaste women who never even think of anything touching chastity and are good believers.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 82 Hadith 840

Quran 18… The Cave 1-3

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In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful. [18:1]

All praise belongs to Allah Who has sent down the Book to His servant and has not put therein any crookedness. [18:2]

He has made it a guardian, that it may give warning of a grievous chastisement from Him, and that it may give the believers who do good deeds the glad tidings that they shall have a good reward. [18:3]

 

Forbearance: of the attributes of the servant of the most merciful

In The of Name of Allah, The Beneficient, The Merciful  

Text being the second sermon for the month of Jumadal Ula, 9TH J. ULA/1439AH (26/JAN/2018CE)

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, Who says: (وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا) “And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.” (25:63). We praise Him, thank Him, and we assert our belief in Him, and put in Him our trust. We seek refuge in Him from the evil of our souls, and deeds.

And we bear witness that there is no God but Allah alone, the compassionate, the merciful, the oft-forgiving, and I bear witness that our master Muhammad is His servant and messenger. May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be on him, his household, companions and whoever follow their guidance and footsteps till the day of accountability.

As to what follows:

Dear Muslims, I advise you all and myself to fear Allah, the Almighty in accordance with the words of Allah thus: (يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا (70) يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا) “O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. ( 71 ) He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” (33:70-71)

Dear brothers in faith, this is the second sermon in the month of Jumadal ula, and we shall be discussing- Forbearance, as the second in our list of the attributes of the servants of the Most Merciful.

Dear Muslim brothers, we have been discussing the attributes of the servant of the Most Merciful as mentioned in the latter part of Suratul Furqan, we have elucidated the first quality, which was- (are those who walk upon the earth easily,) ( 25: 63).

Then Allah mentioned the second attribute which is (وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا) (and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.) (25: 63)
Their peculiar character with themselves is humility. They are humble, soft, humble, they are not overbearing, nor arrogant. “… none will show humility before Allah except that he is elevated.” (Muslim). Narrated Abu hurairah: “Charity will not decrease of the wealth, and Allah will not increase a servant that overlooks except dignity, …”

And their second attribute is their situation with people, especially with the ignorant ones, (وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا) (and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.) (25: 63)
They utter statement that will free them from sins, blame, and bad consequences. They do not respond to evil affront with evil, even if this is their right. Even where they are capable of taking two measures on one, or when they are able of responding two slaps with just one.

However, they do not preoccupy themselves with replying the ignorant and the lowly. (وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا) (and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.) (25: 63). They say the truth as it befits their status before Allah, as it fits their status with the hereafter, and as it fits what they stand for in the effort to support the religion and establish the truth on earth. (they say [words of] peace).

They say to them: “Peace be upon you” as Allah has said about a group of believers thus: “And when they hear ill speech, they turn away from it and say, “For us are our deeds, and for you are your deeds. Peace will be upon you; we seek not the ignorant.” ( 28:55)

We have our way, and you have your, and we do not like go out of our way to walk in your way. This is the case of the servants of the Most Merciful. (وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلَامًا) (and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.) (25: 63). This kind of ignorance is not that ignorance which is the opposite of knowledge, but to a greater extent it is that kind of ignorance which is the opposite of forbearance.

The ignorant may have a high witness, he could be of high status, but he is ignorant in himself, of repugnant character. He may have a strong voice, or he might be a writer in the major newspapers, but he is ignorant and foolish, wagging his tongue and pen to soil dignity of the honorable people.

When these people address the servants of the Most Merciful they respond saying: (peace be upon you), they also say: Peace will be upon you; we seek not the ignorant.” ( 28:55) These are the ignorant as mentioned by one of the poets of the days of ignorance:
Ho one should act ignorantly against us, to make us react beyond the ignorance of the ignorant.
The ignorant, from the perspective of the Qur’an, is everyone who disobeys Allah- the Exalted, everyone whose desire prevails over the truth, everyone whose passion controls the mind.
Prophet Yusuf (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said when the women were to seduce him said about his soul: “… And if You do not avert from me their plan, I might incline toward them and [thus] be of the ignorant.” (12:33)
Prophet Musa, peace be upon him, said when he ordered his people to slaughter a cow: “ … They said, “Do you take us in ridicule?” He said, “I seek refuge in Allah from being among the ignorant.” (2:67).
That is, to mock in situation serious of matter, and to speak with ridicule in truthful matters, this is the case of the ignorant.
As said by the Salaf, the ignorant is everyone who disobeys Allah and everyone with bad moral.
The true servants of Allah do not occupy themselves in a permanent battle with the ignorant.

The entire world is full of ignorant persons, therefore if someone preoccupies himself with them, his life will not be upright, he will not be able to perform his duty, and he will not have rest of mind; he get tired, engage in vanity, therefore they distance themselves from responding to those, even where they have the right to respond bad affront with like terms, but they forgive and forgive and say only the true, surely the vessel with content exudes and sprinkles.

It was said that Prophet Eesa (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) passed by a group of Jews. They spoke evil to him but he said good things to them. And some said: ‘They spoke evil to you but you said good things to them’. And he said to them: “Everyone spends what he has”.

He who has had good spends the good, and those who do not have in their package but evil and filth spends evil and filth, and this is what the Arab poet said in ancient times:
We reign with pardon under our control, but when you reigned, blood flow with impunity.

This is the difference between us; the vessel with content exudes.
when the ignorant address the servants of the Most Merciful harshly they say word of peace. They purified their tongues from being contaminated vain speech. The tongue of the believer is worthy of being filled and connected with the remembrance of Allah, the Exalted by recitation of the Qur’an, praises and glorification.

As for the response to the ignorant, he purify their tongue from him, keen on his time .. so that his age is not lost in this falsehood.

Time is precious, it is like a sword, if you do not cut it, it cuts you, so it is worthy for the servants of the Most Merciful to engage their time with goodness, and to jettison vain talk.

Hence, it was one of the first descriptions of believers: ((1)Certainly will the believers have succeeded: (2) They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, ( 3 ) And they who turn away from ill speech) (23: 1-3)
They purify their tongues, they guard their times and lives, they guard their account of good deeds, their want it to be filled with good deeds, instead of incurring bad deeds.

They want to be among people of honour on the Day of Resurrection. In the hadeeth reported by al-Bayhaqi, Amr ibn Shu’ayb narrated from his father, from his grandfather: “When Allaah brings together the creations, a caller calls out: “Where are the people of honour? And the people gets up, they are few, and they move to the paradise. The angels meet them saying: “We see you in haste to the paradise, who are you? They say: “We are people of honour.” They say: “What is your honour? They say: “When we were wrong, we were patient, and when we were sinned against, we forgave, and when we were ignorantly affronted, we forbear. And it will be said to them : “Enter the Paradise, and excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers.” (Bayhaqi)
The servants of the Most Merciful Lord want to be among these people of virtue.
There are two ranks: the rank of justice and the rank of virtue or honour.

The rank of justice: To equate evil with its like. And the rank of honour: To be elevated above that, to equate evil with good, as Allah mentioned in the Qur’an thus: “And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.

( 35 ) But none is granted it except those who are patient, and none is granted it except one having a great portion [of good].” (41: 34-35)
If there are two ways: a good way and a better way, take the better way, and by the best means, with good word, beautiful action, and to provide service even to those who offended you: “Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.”

As he is a devoted friend, this is because man is enslaved by kindness. If you are kind to a person, your kindness makes him attached and closer to you as said thus:
Be kind to people, you enslave their hearts, usually, kindness enslaves a person.

A man came to Abdullah bin Abbas- may Allah be pleased with him and abused and trespassed against him, and Ibn Abbas looked at his grandson IkrIma and said: “O ikrima, see whether the man have a need to take care of for him? Then the man shook his head and went away.

A man attacked Ali Zaynul-Abideen ibn al-Husayn ibn Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, and he had his shirt on and he gave it to him, and ordered he be given a thousand dirhams. This is how the honorable and righteous people engage bad acts with good.

We ask Allaah to guide us in our religion, and to make us among the servants of the Beneficent: ” Who listen to speech and follow the best of it. Those are the ones Allah has guided, and those are people of understanding..” (39:18)

The policy of Islam in fighting poverty

Text been Jumu’ah Khutbah Translation, 27th Rabi-Al-Awwal 1439AH, equivalent to 15th December, 2017, delivered at AL – Noor Masjid, ICICE, Wuse II, Abuja

All praise is due to Allah. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship but Him and prophet Muhammad is His final emissary.

Fear Allah servants of Allah.

Few months back the discussion was on the FGN intervention for fighting poverty and the effort being done to make them devoid of elements (Riba, interest etc.) that make them not applicable or accessible by Muslims. I understand that lot of efforts are being put in to make that a reality. There is need commend and encourage all those who are sparing no effort to achieve that aim. May Allah reward them in abundance.

The discussion today is on the strategies put up by Islam to fight poverty. The strategies are theoretical and practical. Theoretical by shaping the mindset to abhor poverty. Muslims are enjoined to seek refuge in Allah from poverty. Prophet Muhammad used to say: “O Allah I ask You guidance, piety, chastity and final independence.” Muslim: 4898. He also says: “O Allah I ask you useful knowledge, good provision and good and acceptable deed.” Bukhari: 5859.

Practical by:
1. Compelling members of society to be productive.

2. Awareness and orientation. 3. Social responsibility.

The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) issued a research paper last month (Safar 1439, November 2017) titled: Islamic Finance Tools and Mechanisms to Alleviate Poverty.

The research contained horrible statistics about number of people deprived of food, clean water, shelter and education as well the gap between poor and rich people is getting wider on an unprecedented scale.

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The research states that Islam cured poverty from two dimensions: 1. Productivity: through economic development. Qur’an 67: 15.

2. Redistribution: through institution of Zakah among others. The tools and mechanisms proposed by the research are:

1. Zakah: (Compulsory alms giving) The research estimates annual Zakah due on wealth owned by Muslims worldwide is about: $137.5b.

It also mentioned that the World Bank have started considering studying Zakah and other poverty fighting instruments of Islam in order to put strategies for fighting poverty worldwide as stated by John Martin Page, Jr, Director, Poverty Reduction and Senior Advisor, Development Policy, 2000-2004.

2. Waqf (Enwoment Fund)
3. Sadaqah (Voluntry alms giving)
4.Al-Qard Al-Hasan: (Good Loan.) Examples are Al-Birr

Cooperative of Makkah who gives loan to the needy since 1419 H.

Another example is Akhwat of Pakistan, established in 2001.
5. Fighting extravagancy, food waste (especially in Ramadhan),

financial mismanagement

Vision 1440H/2020CE of the Islamic Development Bank focusses on Zakah and Waqf for reduction of poverty. Both institutions if well explored and harnessed could serve as social and national safety network. Microfinance is no less important.

Ambode urges Muslims to pray for national progress during Eid-el-Maulud

By Abolaji Adebayo

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged the Muslims across the nation to continue to offer prayers for greater peace, unity and continuous progress of Nigeria as they celebrate Eid-el-Maulud on Friday.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, particularly enjoined Muslims to follow the exemplary leadership of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by promoting peaceful co-existence and uphold his legacies of unity, integrity and love for their neighbours.

While imploring Nigerians to shun ethnic, political and religious differences and work towards building a safer and better Nigeria, Ambode said that the celebration of the birth of the Prophet should renew the faith and bond of unity as one people and one nation irrespective of diversity.

“I want to seize this occasion to urge all Nigerians to commit themselves to making a greater effort to imbibe these qualities and values as they celebrate the Prophet’s birth.

“Let me therefore on behalf of all the good people of Lagos State wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration,” he said.

Hijab: Open letter to Lagos governor, Akinwunmi Ambode,

By Mutiat Orolu-Balogun

We write to draw your attention to the continuous harassment of Muslim girls in many secondary schools across Lagos State. As Your Excellency has shown commitment to uphold the human right of every Lagosian and, indeed, every Nigerian as guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The Court of Appeal in a Judgment delivered by a full Constitutional Panel (coram A. B Gumel, M Fasanmi, A. Jauro, J. S Ikeygh, and C .I. Jumbo- Ofo, JJCA) in the Lagos Division of the Court on 21st July, 2016 upheld unequivocally, absolutely and without qualifications, declared the rights of willing Muslim female students in secondary schools to use the Hijab on their School Uniform and forbade the victimization and abuse of children due the use of the Hijab, and perpetually restrained the officials of the State from further discrimination based on the use of the Hijab.

It is disturbing that this ABUSE, STIGMATIZATION, VICTIMATION and, in many cases, the PUNISHMENT of our children who choose to live within their God-given and Constitutional rights happen daily in schools across Lagos State. Even sometimes, extending to higher institutions. This harassment is usually carried out by teachers, Principals, Inspectors and in some cases Tutor-Generals; who are meant to stand in Loco Parentis for our children.

To reiterate our point, we will mention a few cases: In September 2017, a student of Jakande Estate Comprehensive College, Abesan, Lagos was slapped and punished by one Mrs. Toke Olatunji and another Mrs Ola Olohun; her Government and English Teachers because she wore her Hijab with her school uniform.

On Friday, 22nd September, 2017, Mrs O. O. Dada, a.k.a. ‘Aya Dada’; the Yoruba Teacher, who is notorious for calling the Hijab ‘Akisa’ (rags in the Yoruba language), met two students on their way home after the Friday prayers outside the school, asked them to remove their Hijab and dropped them in the gutter! She also slapped one of them for failing to comply with her instruction.

On the 15th of November, 2017, in Ilogbo High school, Otto Awori, Ijaniki Lagos, Mrs Onkwocha; Mrs Oladipupo-George  and Mrs Akinbolade, with impunity, went round the school to remove Hijab from students whom, prior to this time have been peacefully wearing their Hijabs.

Ogunyemi; wife to Honourable Ogunyemi; Chairman, House Committee on Education, Lagos State House of Assembly who was hitherto a class teacher and recently moved to the Inspectorate, has turned herself into a self-acclaimed Task Force who goes around classes to personally remove Hijab from students anytime she comes around for inspection in any of the schools and, specifically, giving instruction to teachers to do the same. She does this with the brazen audacity that her husband is in charge and no law can challenge her authority.

Adewunmi, a Primary Six teacher at Sabo-Oniba Nursery and Primary School 2, Ajangbadi-Sabo, Ojo Lagos has also made it a duty to remove and flog any child wearing the Hijab.

Some Teachers and Principals of the following Lagos State Secondary Schools: Iba Housing Estate School, Iba, Lagos; Jakande Estate Comprehesive College Abesan, Lagos; Kadara Grammar School, Ebute-Meta, Lagos and St. George Primary School, Epe, Lagos, to mention a few, have equally taken the Laws into their hands by beating, harassing and humiliating female students who wear the Hijab in compliance with their religious Faith and in compliance with the Judgment of the Court.

There are several other cases which time and space will not permit to be cited here. It is no doubt that while this Government is working hard to make Lagos State a Mega City; where peace, unity, mutual trust and respect thrives, the harassment and victimization of a section of society; especially children, is antithetical to this Vision. The narrative that: ‘If you want your children in Hijab, let them attend Muslim schools.’ does us all no good; it only breeds a more fractured and segmented society.

It becomes more disturbing with the uncontested fact that the Muslims in Lagos are the bulk of the taxpayers, have the highest number of votes at elections, yet there will be attempts by officials of the State to deny them their right to attend Government schools.

The education of the Girl-child is paramount in our hearts. To tell a Muslim girl to choose between her Faith and education should not even be a question she has to answer. Never! She definitely has a right to both as they are not mutually exclusive rights!

We at Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative volunteer to assist in educating and sensitizing everyone in this regard, as well as help to design  School Uniforms and Sports Wears that will incorporate the use of the Hijab, as expected of any Muslim female who has attained the age of puberty and chooses to if need be.

We ask you to look into this matter urgently and, for the avoidance of doubt, restate your Government’s commitment to the Rule of Law by addressing this issue as quickly as possible in favour of Human Rights and the Girl-child.

Mutiat Orolu-Balogun is Executive Director of Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative

My first trip to Makkah

By Melissa Lucas

In 2013, I was a member of Hadith of The Day and the online platform  shared a hadith about mothers and there was also a competition to enter.

HOTD was donating Umrah flights and accommodation to 5 people who had limited funds to take their mothers along with them to do the Umrah Pilgrimage. You had to write why you thought you should win. When I saw it I thought of my mum.

She was an Australian revert and in her 50’s that had never been to see the house of Allah. I was a new revert that had never been as well and was having a hard time in life and needed an iman boost. I told my mother about it and she convinced me to enter the competition. I didnt think I would ever win the competition but to my amazement I did.

My mother and I were going to spend 5 days in Mecca and 5 days in Medina and I was so thrilled. The best part was telling my mother. We were on a high all day. I took my brother along too, being our mahram. The flight was long and hard but once we got there, that was all forgotten.

First we went to Medina. The place was nothing like I had ever seen before. No greenery was there like Australia but Medina had a sense of tranquility and I was in absolute awe.fb_img_1466590807759 The prophet Muhammed SAW masjid was just divine.

A place I would never forget. I loved spending time there in worship and just reflecting and taking in my surroundings. My mother and I were able to enter the rawdah and it was such a memorable experience.

The shopping was also a lovely experience and I enjoyed connecting with my mother there. Everything about the trip was wonderful. Once we arrived in Mecca, we completed our Umrah at night. It wasnt easy to do as I remember my feet getting sore after a few hours it took to complete the pilgrimage.

fb_img_1466590936221I loved every minute of it though and just reflecting on this now, I remember the feeling being amongst all my brothers and sisters in Islam making dua after dua to Allah SWT.

It was an amazing experience. I must say one of duas was asking for a husband and not only that, a specific person I had in mind if he were to be my husband. When I went back home, life went back to normal and I had the wonderful memories and my connection with Allah was more closer than ever.

A few months later I got a proposal from the same man I made dua to Allah swt to grant me a husband. It was amazing. When you truelly make dua and try your best, Allah does listen and if he wills, he grants your duas true. Alhumdulillah.

I am now a happily married woman of almost 2 years and I look forward to returning to the house of Allah for my Hajj pilgrimage with my husband and daughter in the future, InshaAllah.

I want to thank HOTD for their generosity and also to the donor who made the journey possible for my family and I. Truly the blessings come from Allah SWT and may Allah SWT grant us all Jannatul Firdous Ameen Allahumma Ameen.

 

Surah Al-Kahf: 110… God is one

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Say (O Muhammad ): “I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (God i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.”

Quran 18:110

My companion and I

By Waseelah Kabiawu

I have this friend who has been amazing and loving, she’s a Christian but she’s been one of those few that have realised the fact that there’s more beneath the Hijab. She saw the real me and decided difference in religion wasn’t a problem so she stuck with me.

During school days, we stayed together for a while. Tokunbo will run to the door to quickly block whoever was approaching so I could quickly cover up in case it was a man (even if the door was locked). One time she left the door open and a female neighbor entered my room without knocking. Tokunbo kept on apologising for the fact that it could have been a man that entered and also because I wasn’t really comfortable with the nature of the person that barged in. I smiled and told her it was OK. Yes she’s that amazing and understanding.

So she once asked me if I would even remember my hijab in a case of emergency, perhaps fire or something. She said she was sure I would run for my life without remembering my hijab. Honestly, I didn’t know if I would remember my hijab. I imagined such happening but I wasn’t sure if my hijab will be the next thing on my mind when I actually have to dash out from danger. Something then happened which answered her question and even my own uncertainty.

One night, I saw a thin and not so long thing crawling near me, although our eyes were focused on the laptop, I could sense there was something beside me. I told myself it was the laptop charger, but sincerely I knew it wasn’t. So I decided to turn and confirm what I thought it was. I was right, It was a snake!

“Tokunbo, Tokunbo! snake!”. I called her attention to it.
“Snake? Ah, are you serious. Ah Ayam dead” Tokunbo said.
I was like “wait, just calm down”.

What do we do next? we wondered, killing it wasn’t an option then we decided to run outside and by Allah the next thing I did was to look for my jilbab. With my hands shivering I wore it and then we both dashed out screaming. (I can’t forget that night).

We ran pass some guys and they were like “come back, what happened.” So they followed us to look for the snake but it had also run away when we screamed. We saw it run but we didn’t see it leave the room. They didn’t find it and for that reason we couldn’t sleep in the room for that night.

Later on I told Tokunbo that she got the answer to her question “will you even remember your hijab when something happens?”

During NYSC camp, one midnight almost all the girls in my hostel suddenly started running. I woke up to the sound of feet stamping so heavily on the ground as though giants were at war. I sat up and stretched my neck to see what was up but I didn’t see anything, I didn’t see fire which could have been the case.

However, I was really scared. I decided whatever it was will come and meet me there as I wasn’t ready to start running for what I didn’t know, besides I thought they could probably be running into the danger itself. While those thoughts were on, I started looking for my hijab, it was just the next thing on my mind.

Every where was dark and my eyes weren’t quite clear yet so I was searching with my hands, I just wanted to cover up just in case I needed to run too or if it were thieves or rapists invading. I didn’t find the hijab anyway. Not long did someone shout “ki lo nle yin gan?” (what exactly is chasing you?) only then did we realise there was nothing dangerous actually happening. The racers turned back.

In the morning I learnt that someone actually screamed ‘Jesus’ from sleep and that was it. Perhaps the innocent lady was only having a nightmare and then someone decided to run which caused commotion, who knows.

A lady sprained her Ankle because she hopped from her bunk on two more bunks and then jumped down.

I learnt some lessons that night; first, there’s need to develop shock absorbers in us. We need to learn how to control panic because most times, panic itself kills rather than the danger we are faced with.

Secondly, sometimes you just have to know what the problem is in order to know the right solution. Be sure you need to run before you actually run so you don’t run into death itself.

Also, never should a lady sleep stark naked. That night some ladies were naked and still ran off like that. Say thieves invaded and didn’t even plan to rape but there you are, all naked. Their plans might just change. Or say your house was on fire and you couldn’t pick a pin. You run out naked, that’s embarrassing.

So there, I got another answer; my hijab will always be my companion in shaa Allah. If snake and false alarm didn’t take it away from me, your judgmental looks, your hatred towards me, your condemnation, side comments and insults won’t separate us, with Allah’s help.

PS: please don’t stay in a burning building or a dangerous place because you’re not with your hijab. If you can, grab it. If not please run for your life! Only the living can wear hijab.

My hijab, my companion, my soul mate, my life!