We were on our way home from work. We boarded the double deck bus near to the SMU bus stop. We went up to the second storey. We found the seats near to the staircase. I took the seat near to the window. About few seconds later, I started to smell an awful scent like rotten eggs or vomit alike. I breathed in and out. It was totally horrendous. I looked at my husband who had settled down beside me and began to hook at his ‘girlfriend’. He was busy reading news on Liverpool FC.
‘’Do you smell something awful? It is like rotten egg or vomit kind of smell,’’ I asked him. He looked at me and replied no. The terrible smell continued to add headache upon me. I told my husband that I wanted to change seat. He looked around to see for any available seats. Too bad, all seats had taken up. I grumbled and covered my nose with my coat. My husband began to laugh at me. I looked at him at the corner of my eyes.
‘’Laugh, laugh, laugh. You think it is funny? Now, can I change seat with you?”
He chuckled and said, ‘’I do not smell anything funny. Just sit there.’’ I was really pissed off with him.
‘’Do you have a perfume, then?’’ He smiled and shook his head. He continued to enjoy at my agony of smelling the rotten scent. I searched my bag for perfume. Sigh, I did not have either. Oh how? The journey was 45 minutes away from reaching home.
In my heart, I asked Allah for guidance. All of a sudden, something knocked on my head. Istighfar.
I began to recite the verses “Astagfirullah Hal Azhim” many times in hoping of something from Allah. In a speed of lightning, an image of orange appeared in my mind. Yeah! Orange! I remembered the fruit that was given by my colleague. I quickly ransacked my entire bag. I grabbed the orange and put it close to my nose. Heavenly scent! Alhamdulillah! The natural scent helped to minimise the awful smell throughout the journey. My husband was almost jaw dropping when he saw what I was doing. I peeled off a bit of the orange skin and covered my nose with it. I totally did not bother with my surrounding. I looked at my husband and smiled at my relief. He laughed and as he held my hand, he said, ‘’ you are totally nonsensical!’’ This is his favourite phrase whenever my action appears bizarre in his eyes. The power of Istighfar is absolutely very powerful.
I decided to share this personal encounter because I felt something good about the entire journey. From the moment I received the orange, I felt something nice about it. Strange, as you might say, I have to agree on that. I held the orange and looked at it as though I never see before. While I was preparing to get ready to leave office for the day, I saw the orange on my table. The orange was as if saying to me, ‘’ carry me home with you.’’ I grabbed the orange and put in my bag without much hesitation. Indeed, there was blessing in disguise. I thanked Allah for His Graciousness. He had given me the opportunity to experience a miracle through the recitation of the verses Istighfar. Wallahu ‘alam biss sawab.
Here, I would like to share the benefits of reciting Istighfar:
- The gateway of relief and happiness.
- Removes anxiety, depression and sadness. Duas are answered
- Opens the door of sustenance
- Opens the door of mercy
- Opens the door of knowledge
- Gateway of wealth
- Gateway of productivity
In one hadith which was narrated by Abdullah Bin Abbas, Rasulullah said:
“The one who (regularly) says Istighfar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’ala for sins committed, Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”
Rasulullah recited Istighar at least 100 times daily. We know Rasulullah is the confirmed occupant of Heaven and did not commit sin but why he is still reciting Istighfar? Rasulullah is known for his beautiful character as described in the Surah Ahzab verse 21:
“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”
If you love Rasulullah, follow his sunnah. Reciting 100 times daily of Istighfar is his sunnah!
About the writer: Aidah Ahmad
Her interest in writing begun when she was in primary school. It all started with a malay composition. It was a homework given by her malay teacher by the name of Ms Naziha. She gave Aidah a good comment which had spurred her interest further in exploring the art of writing. Aidah’s hobbies include reading, cycling, bowling and travelling. Her aspiration is to become a writer one day!
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