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A Party - by Tehseen Khatib (QI 2015)

Come up with a theme’ the staff members said. So I did. The suggestions varied over a variety of topics which were promptly rejected! Animal theme? Jungle theme? Flower theme?!! Snow theme?

No wait, I know, Jannah theme! Yes, that’s right!! Because in this way we can combine the lessons with the fun! And so it was finalized, that our end of term party would have a Jannah (Paradise) theme.

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiAllahu anhu), The Prophet (salAllahu alaihi wa sallam), said, “Allah said, ‘I have prepared for My pious worshipers such things as no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard of, and nobody has ever thought of. All that is reserved, besides which, all that you have seen, is nothing.” Then he recited:– ‘No soul knows what is kept hidden (in reserve) for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.’ (Qur’an – Surat as-Sajdah – 32:17){Sahih al Bukhari}

Now, there is no way we could do any real justice to that theme because Jannah is beyond our imagination, but we decided to try.

We made teams, drew out plans, sketched the design, collected materials weeks before hand and finally set about converting our humble classroom and corridor into a garden of Paradise. Everything was top secret of course with the final work detail starting two days prior to the party day and going well into the late hours. Alhamdulillah, with our borrowed resources and efficient budget, we managed to pull off something quite splendid and beautiful, aching body parts aside!

We had converted the corridor outside the main classroom into a ‘Walkway through Jannah’, with arches of flowers at the entrance and exit, and golden and silver bedazzled trees flanking the sides, crystals  and fruits hanging from the ceiling and lush cushioned couches to sit on lining one wall, right opposite the tree with the golden butterflies. Brightly coloured lanterns and shiny bling décor leaped off the walls, dazzlingly lit with twinkling and laser lights.

Ayaat from the Quran describing Jannah, written in beautiful handwriting adorned the walls, reminding of the true Jannah waiting for believers who do righteous deeds and earn the pleasure of Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala.

Indeed, Allah will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearl, and their garments therein will be silk.[Surah al Haj – 22:23]

At the very end of the corridor, a fruit stand was set up, next to a water fountain, with a welcome drink and bowl of fruit salad awaiting each and every guest. The classroom itself had a faux waterfall installed in the back with blinking lights to simulate the look of flowing water, and crystals hanging from the ceiling. All in all, a beautiful setting for an end of term party that we all thoroughly enjoyed alhamdulillah.

he next day, two of the staff members gave their reflections on the event itself which I found rounded off my experience nicely. What they said made me think deeper into the limited nature of our lives in this world. I’m going to share them with you here in the hopes that you too can take lesson from their words, in sha Allah.

The first point was on the deconstruction process that followed right after the party was over. All the things we had painstakingly put up, designed and built over the past two days were taken down unceremoniously and swiftly.

We yanked, we ripped, we pulled, we tore,

Till all the decorations were piled up on the floor.

All of that effort for something so temporary;

All of that thought put into something that we couldn’t keep…

It was almost painful to watch all those beautiful things get taken down. But it threw light upon the reality of our lives in dunya (this world). Our life here is not permanent and no matter what we build, make, or get attached to emotionally or physically, we can’t own it forever. We can keep it, it’s not our wirasah (inheritance / property). Whether with time, or our own demise, the things we hold dear will either pass on to another person or be destroyed. We don’t have a say in the matter because we are only here for a little time. Just like the Jannah party decorations which served their purpose for a few hours, and then we had to take them down.

The second point came just as I sat there cradling my shoulder. My entire body was aching with the mad effort put in to pull off the party décor. In that very moment, the staff head asked us all to consider the amount of effort we had put into the party planning and execution. The set-up, the design, the late nights… I didn’t need to think long, my aches and pains were witness enough to how tired I was. And then she said: ‘This was the amount of effort you had to put in to make a fake Jannah, now imagine how much effort you have to put in for the real one’.

Wow, just wow… This revelation hit me like a truck. So that’s how tired I needed to be… that’s how much effort I needed to put in. When my mind is completely tired, and my body is close to breaking, that’s when I’ll be close to achieving even a bit of Jannah. Not reclining on the sofa, dreaming about it, but actually working for it and working very hard indeed.

For the first time, I had a sense of the physical and mental effort needed, and I realized that I had never been that tired purely for the sake of Allah. Not for a party, or a wedding, or a fun day out, but sincerely, solely for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala. Do we even think like this? We should.

To sum it all up, the party was a fun experience but the lessons learned we’re far better. So ask yourself, how hard are you willing to work for the Jannah which will last forever, the Jannah which will be your property, and which no one can take away from you or destroy? How tired are you willing to get for this Jannah?

And if you haven’t started thinking about your home in Jannah yet, what are you waiting for?

Start now.

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