16.

Zaahid Loses His Shoes

One afternoon, Zaahid went to Madrassah. There he took off his shoes and placed them on the shoe rack, next to the other children’s shoes. He then entered his classroom, made salaam to his Muallimah and friends and sat down at his place to learn.

Zaahid enjoyed learning his lessons and during the break, had fun  playing with his friends. Time passed swiftly and soon the lessons were over and it was time to go home. He once again made salaam to everyone and left the classroom.

Zaahid became worried when he searched for his shoes and didn’t find them there. He waited till all the children collected their shoes, then checked the rack once more . They were nowhere to be found. Zaahid now knew for sure that they were missing.

He burst into tears, wondering how he was going to go home barefoot. He went back into the classroom, to inform his Muallimah that his shoes were missing. His Muallimah reminded him to recite: “Inna lilaahi wa inna ilaihi rawjioon”. This dua is read when a loss occurs. It means: ‘To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.’

His Muallimah then told him she would lend him a pair of spare shoes, that she kept for emergencies. She went to her cupboard and took out the pair, which she lent to him. He was so relieved to have shoes to walk home in. He returned the shoes to his Muallimah the next day.

A day or two later, his parents bought him another pair of shoes. Zaahid was so pleased to get them. He realised that he had been patient upon his loss and had recited his dua too . Allah Ta’ala had now granted him a new pair of shoes, that were much better than the ones he had lost.

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