How one should define a best day? I’m sure everyone will have a different answer. Some may point out to adventurous trip…someone will say relaxation…and the list is longgg.
Well if you will ask me that how would I define a best day….then my answer would be this- sitting calmly, relaxing your mind, no tensions surrounding you and thinking about the loved companion or surrounded by the same. I know many people would agree with my idea. But do you think in this ruthless world you can get peace anywhere. A place where you can give time only to yourself and come back fully satisfied. I will say “YES” …You can…No no you don’t have to think about any far away place…just a simple solution..devote yourself to your Almighty. Yes just devote your whole day to your almighty…talk, eat , offer prayers… everything you do as per his teachings…your soul will be satisfied, happy and relaxed.
I experienced the same when I attended 5 day ijtema (Muslim congregation) and those 5 days became the best days of my life. It was not only the ijtema…it was like teaching each and every member the routine of daily life as per Sunnah and Quran.
Apart from the lectures what I enjoyed most was- sharing my plates with other sisters…I enjoyed giving and taking bites of food from other sisters…I enjoyed offering namaz together…I enjoyed crying together…I enjoyed sharing mercy of Allah swt on me in front of others…I enjoyed the environment filled with simplicity…I enjoyed making dua together…I enjoyed even the hot weather in a small room…I enjoyed helping other sisters…Oh Allah I enjoyed each and every movement. Could you just think of a trip where you enjoyed so many things together?
Our ijtema used to start from 10 AM and used to finish before maghrib (i.e around 6 PM). After that we use to return to our home and again use to gather next day. So in this 10-6 adventurous trip we used to listen stories of sahaba’s, stories of Prophet Muhammed saaw, teachings of Quran and discussion over sweet love of Allah swt. We used to have food with our friends whom with love we say “Sisters in Ummah”. So our friend group was full of different age group sisters from different places and color. But we all use to sit together irrespective of our differences. Such a small gathering for Allah swt proves that he does not discriminate anybody, we create discrimination.
One more interesting thing I observed was that we used to have food once (i.e. lunch) and that too comparatively less than our routine days but we never use to feel hungry. Whereas at home I want something to eat after every 2 hrs…Hahaha. You know friends why? The answer is simple “the environment full of love because of the Sunnah of our beloved prophet (saaw)”. Sunnah like sharing of one plate with others and exchanging bites of food really use to make our tummy full. There was no need to have special food item. We use to have simple food…yet it tasted so delicious. We never took tea breaks because we never felt its need. There I felt how sahabas used to live without food or with minimum food or only on dates and chapatti Subhan Allah. Our group use to just starve for one thing “the dhikr of Allah”.
From that ijtema I learnt many beautiful things like “dhikr of Allah” is the food for angels…Wow. So whenever you talk about Allah, angels surround you. Isn’t this the best environment which we could dream of? One more thing they taught us that always use My Allah, the way you say for somebody you love like your husband, wife, father, mother…whose love you can’t share with anybody. Few more I have mentioned below:
- I learnt that it’s Sunnah to offer namaz after having your meal (i.e. lunch, dinner).
- I learnt to have little bit of salt before and after food. Some scholars say its mustahab i.e. not a good deed nor its a bad deed.So its not compulsory but scientifically also its good.
- When you are having your meal with group then have it in one plate. It increases love. For example within a family you can share your plate with your children/husband/ mother/father.
- Share bites of food between each other. It also increases love between Ummah.
- If you have completed your food then take permission from the person sitting at right side of you and then get up.
- It’s Sunnah to eat dates and chapatti.
- Its sunnah that after offering your Zuhr namaz take a small nap. Its called Qailula. (For more information check out this link- https://habibbobat.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/qailula-afternoon-nap/
- Its Sunnah to eat from what is (placed) in front of the eater.
- Also its sunnah to use three fingers in eating: (he (PBUH) used to eat using three fingers) narrated by Muslim. This is what he (PBUH) often did and this is better, except when necessary.
There are more teachings but will discuss those in some other posts In sha Allah. Its very true friends that when you are with pious people your brain and heart just wander between good things but once you are out in this hopeless world you just lose every charm of it. Same happened with me. Those 5 days had effected me a lot but after few months its charm evepourated somewhere in this materialistic world. Well as I’m writing this post its encouraging me to take up all Sunnah again and I pray to almighty Allah swt that it insipires you too…Ameen. I end up this post with this dua that Allah blesses us with pious company and let us to make each our day as best day of our life… Ameen.