These tears never seem to dry when reading the stories of the victims in the Christchurch shooting. But what’s so profoundly moving for me are the stories behind the young ones like Mucaad Ibrahim, an aspiring imam and Sayyad Milne, an aspiring footballer.
It was heartbreaking to learn that Mucaad was only three years old and the fact that he had already memorised surah al-Baqarah at that age. A little boy with a big, big heart that loves the masjid. He would dress up and plead his dad to dress like the imaam. The mosque was a place that gave him happiness. The mosque was his home. The mosque also saw his short-lived yet meaningful life go.
Sayyad Milne is a typical teenager when it comes to his love for football. But he is something special. Unlike many teenagers, his strong connection with Allah was evident in his concern to get prayers done in school. At that age, to understand and live this responsibility as a Muslim is extremely commendable.
Upon reading their stories, I immediately remembered the following hadith.
It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“There are seven whom Allaah will shade with His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His: the just ruler; a young man who grows up worshipping his Lord; a man whose heart is attached to the mosque; two men who love one another for the sake of Allaah and meet and part on that basis; a man who is called by a woman of rank and beauty and says ‘I fear Allaah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it to such an extent that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives; and a man who remembers Allaah when he is alone, and his eyes fill up.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 620; Muslim, no. 1712; and others).
Subhanallah. How beautiful it is to be honoured like this. These young one’s stories were an eye-opener. Such gems of the community. They should shift our perspective and get us into our reflective mode: Are we utilising our youth to the best of our abilities? I feel a sort of jealousy reading their stories; to be able to please Allah at an age where most adults would think “It’s okay, they’re still children” when it comes to learning the religion, is something I envy. Indeed, they were the chosen ones. They were ready to meet their Lord. Are we?
May Allah grant us all His shade.