“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”
Reported from The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him by An-Nu’man ibn Basheer reported:, Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5665, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2586
(Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
In this day and age as everyone is engrossed in their selfies and selfish ways we, as educators always try to think of ways to promote brotherhood and empathy.
Although our kids are in what is commonly known as the “ Me me ” phase and tend to have a hard time sharing or putting themselves in someone else’s shoes, we often witness moments of genuine altruism when a child wipes one of his friend’s tears or shares his snack.
Recently we have however experienced something of another magnitude and it has been heartwarming to see our little ones and their parents come as one to help our fellow brother.
Here’s what happened:
A few weeks ago brother Yusuf, the nursery gardener; a caring, soft-spoken and kind “Uncle” encountered a serious road accident.
Yusuf’s frail frame and fragile health couldn’t bear the strong blow and ended up in the emergency room.
After all the due diligences it was decided that Yusuf had to undergo an elbow surgery and will not be able to work for 40 days leaving him in a very delicate predicament.
Brother Yusuf was understandably distraught but that was without counting on the generosity and kindness of the nursery’s children and their families.
After informing our British Islamic Nursery parents of Brother Yusuf’s situation we have been inundated by what one can only qualify as a torrent of solidarity.
Duas’ and Prayers
Everyday during circle time our students prayed for brother’s Yusuf’s fast recovery.
Our dear parents also sent their Duas and well wishes in waves
“ May Allah give him complete Shifa and a speedy recovery” Maryam K. parents
“ May Allah Bless him with good health and a speedy recovery Yusra K. parents
“ باذن الله اسال الله العظيم رب العرش العظيم ان يشفيه” Mohamed Z. parents
“ Sad to learn about his accident, May The Almighty give him the best Cure” Muhammed S. parents
“ May Allah Bless him and Give him the best of health” Kareema’s Parents
In an effort to teach our little ones about the Sunnah of caring for those of us who are suffering we had planned a family initiative.
Our students went shopping for healthy treats to help brother Yusuf get back in shape.
Masha’Allah we were truly amazed by the incredible response we’ve received.
All the beautiful gift baskets, the fruit arrangements and all sort of other delicacies.
The most gratifying part was to witness the delight our brother, felt knowing that he had a community of brothers, sisters and grand-children standing up for him.
But it was equally overwhelming to see how happy our little British Islamic Nursery children were to be involved in such an initiative.
The silver lining in a story which started in an unfortunate way, is that there’s is so much solidarity, love, compassion, and generosity in our Umma and that’s a beautiful thing to have.