Relief after hardship
Muslims are informed in the Qur’an (Islam’s Holy Book) and the Hadith (Deeds and sayings of Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him, that there is relief after every problem.
Some of the numerous expressions and information and advice on this issue are:
• “Verily, with hardship there is relief.” (Qur’an 94:6)
• “O you who believe! Seek help in patience and the prayer…” (Qur’an 2:153)
• “…Bear with patience whatever befalls you….” (Qur’an 31:17) and “Be not sad, surely Allah is with us.” (Qur’an 9:40)
• “Verily, if Allah loves a people, He makes them go through trials. Whoever is satisfied, for him is contentment…” (Hadith, Tirmidhi)
I am going through a trial, and now, after a week, there is relief. And I thank Allah for it. I must say, with the “fright” I faced and now that the “fright” is abated, I feel that I am a renewed and a very happier person: I would be able to go for my 13-day Umrah trip next week. My wife and I are among some 40 people in the group that will be leaving for Medina first on Wednesday, 28 February 2018.
The “fright” that assailed me started on Friday, 16 February – just 12 days to my Umrah journey: My knee suddenly jammed when I hurried down some steps of a staircase towards the bus-stop right in front of my flat to go for my Friday prayers. I could not place my right leg on the floor to take another step – the pain on the knee and on the thigh was excruciating. I leaned on the handrail, thinking to return home by taking a little step at a time a couple of minutes later. But 5 minutes passed and I could not take another step. I began to perspire.
A man, also going to the mosque, saw my agony and stopped to enquire. When I pointed that I live in the block about 20 metres away, he offered to help me walk to my block by holding my shoulder. I tried but I could not touch my foot on the floor of the covered walkway. A minute later, another man, who was also going to the mosque, stopped. Then both men, who were not young but around 60, carried me all the way into the lift and to my unit without putting me down. I do not know their names but I hope to thank them again for their good deed if I were to meet them again in the future.
In my home, I called my son, who lives with his wife and daughter about 5 minutes’ drive away. He said he would come to see me after his Friday prayer. Later, he took me and my wife in his car to the A&E of Changi General Hospital where an x-ray showed that my leg-bones were injury-free but there was a muscle tear in my thigh. I am using crutches since then.
Yesterday, Thursday, 22 February, an examination of my injury with CGH’s orthopaedic doctor gave me the green light to travel but with the advice that I must ensure that I don’t strain my leg by walking without any supporting aid. I am now a happier person as I would be able to go to the Holy Land where wheelchairs are available on hire to perform the rituals of the Umrah. Alhamdullilah.
I am very thankful to Hj Nuddeen, our Umrah Guide from TM Fouzy Travel and Tours, who came to my home to see me yesterday afternoon, 22 February. A few days earlier when I informed Hj Nuddeen in a personal WhatsApp about my leg injury, he, with all good intention, mentioned that I was “unwell” in the Umrah group chat platform and many, though they did not know me, responded with get-well messages and doa for my recovery before the Umrah trip. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
I also greatly value the doa of a number of my former students who I taught in Primary 5A (in 1967) and the same batch in Primary 6A (1968) at Kaki Bukit Primary School. They “discovered” me only some eight years ago and since then they have created a chat group to keep in touch with one another and who always greet me with the salam every morning. So, I informed them of my ailment a couple of days ago, and they poured their doa as follows:
• “Mudah2an cepat sembuh Sir Kadir . Amin ya rab.” – Jamal Rahim
• “Salam Sir SK. Dgn doa dari anak2 murid, cik gu akan cepat sembuh utk menunaikan umrah di tanah suci. InsyAllah.” – Khadijah Kareem
• “Semoga Sir SK cepat sembuh n dapat melaksanakan ibadah umrah dgn mudah n sempurna. aamiin ya Rabbal ‘aalamiin” – Hj Mohd Nasir
• “Semoga Allah memberi kesembuhan & kesehatan buat Sir SK dan mempermudahkan beliau untuk mengerjakan umrah nye. My prayers to u Sir SK & take care!” – Junainah Hassan
• “Semoga Allah menganugrahi kesembuhan pada guru kami sir Kadir dan mudah beliau menunaikan ibadah umrohnya tanpa halangan..ln sya Allah.” – Iskandar Sabirin
• “Semoga Allah memberi cikgu kekuatan kesehatan kesembuhan dan umrah mabrur…amiin.” – Suhaimi Bari
• “May Allah bless you & have a speedy recovery. Selamat berangkat to you & wife semoga semua urusan di permudahkan. Pulang dgn Umrah yg mabrur. Aamiin.” – Zainab Marican
• “Waalaikumsalam Sir. Thank you for keeping me in the loop – much appreciated! I will DUA for your speedy recovery and InsyaAllah you would be able to join the group to perform Umrah together with your beloved wife. Do take good care Sir. I will be thinking of you and please keep me updated.” – Rohani A Rahim
• “InsyaAllah dengan berkat Doa dari kami … di permudahkah segala urusan dan sembuhkan segala macam peyakit dan musibah … GET WELL SOON, SIR. Amin.” – Isa Adam
I value the doa of everyone, verbal or written. With your doa and the blessing from Allah, I am able to go for my Umrah. Thank you.
23 February 2018