We removed the old carpets and realised that there were floorboards that need nailing down as well as replacing due to being rotten or loose. Therefore, we put someone on the simple task of removing the old floorboards and nailing down the new ones.
After handing over this ‘simple’ task we sat down to eat our lunch. Within minutes we heard panic and saw house members rushing from here to there. In order to find out what the commotion was we also rushed to have a look at what had taken place, only to see that the ceiling was like a fountain, abundantly pouring down water through the entire ceiling including the light bulb.
To cut a long story short, one of the pipes had taken a good ‘beating’ in the process of changing the floorboards and a simple fifteen minute job took a good three to four hours to correct.
In addition to the extension of time, we also suffered the loss of water for a period of an hour or so as we had to turn off the mains tap to fix the leakage and damaged pipe.
There are a few things I learnt from this incident that took place at our house. Some only whilst I was writing this post.
1. The carpets of a house are exposed to a lot of wear and tear due to continuous strain upon it and due to that they need replacing. Similarly, a believer continuously experiences the strain of this world upon his soul and though we can’t ‘replace’ our soul we can sure get it cleaned and reformed in order for it to remain in pristine condition and achieve its purpose.
2. Like the floorboards, we also tend to ‘loosen up’ a little over a period of time and, Allah forbid, we sometimes also reach a stage when we ‘rot’ also. However, it is necessary to ensure that we don’t slack and loosen up in our A’maal (acts of worship) if it that happens, it is essential to refer to a ‘professional’ to ‘tighten’ and heighten our spirits.
3. As mentioned above, we need to refer to the professionals to ensure that we are doing the correct things and that we receive the correct treatment. When we don’t have the knowledge of something then that ‘simple’ task can become complicated. Similarly, when we make efforts to seek Allah through A’maal, it is essential that we also have knowledge to ascertain what we are doing is right. One can understand this in another manner, a person who walks on a path to seek Allah, without a guide (Shaykh), will take a hundred years for a two day journey.
4. The blessings of Allah should always be remembered and His mercy also. At times we tend to forget his blessings because we are so accustomed and used to them. For this reason we tend to overlook it and become appreciative towards it. When the house was without water we realised how this blessing of Allah was so important and essential for a ‘normal’ daily life. But if we divert our attention to those who do not have water to quench their thirst then we will realise how fortunate we are.
5. Finally, as mentioned above, we should be grateful to Allah for sending reminders to us from time to time. Like above, we showed us the value of water by depriving us from it for an hour or so. If He so wished, He could have taken this blessing away for ever due to our ungratefulness.
May Allah Ta’ala give us all inclination to act upon that which we learn and to thank Allah for His infinite blessings and reminders and for not punishing us for our ungratefulness and ingorance. Aameen.