‘Check your bag. It has to be there’, I exclaimed. ‘Or maybe it fell at the entrance, while shifting luggage.’ Our excitement had faded. We were searching for my lost wallet which had our identity cards required to exit our home country. We had set out on our ‘Umrah’ (pilgrimage to Makkah) trip which was interrupted due to this unforeseen circumstance.
‘It was in your hand when we arrived at the airport, right? Maybe it fell while shifting luggage?’, I inquired with my husband. ‘We walked directly to the check-in counter from the parking lot. So, it has to be somewhere between these two points.’
It was surprising how the wallet went missing in just 5 minutes!
If it fell from his hand, it was bound to make some noise, as it fell on marble tiles or atleast I would have seen it fall. I was walking right behind him, so if he missed it, I should have been able to detect it. We spent an hour searching for it, enquiring with the airport authorities and also with those in the vicinity.
The more we thought about it, the more it felt like the wallet had disappeared – in thin air. After about an hour at the airport, when we still couldn’t find it, I knew it was Allah’s plan in practice. He made this happen because He didn’t want us to go ahead with this trip. ‘Let’s leave the airport and head home,’ I advised my husband with deep sorrow and despair. Yet another endeavour left incomplete.
‘Never lose hope in the Mercy of Allah.’ (Surah Zumar, Verse 53)
For few years now, everything I planned ended in complete disaster. It was either taken away from me or I was unable to pursue it altogether. It was a test, I was well aware, but still had a long way towards developing the patience required to deal with Allah’s plan. And here I was again – stuck and uncertain. After all that planning – not just the hotel bookings or the flight tickets – but also the preparations to perform all acts of worship at the ‘Masjid Al Haram’, all brought to a halt.
Once we got home, we decided to re-apply for the lost identity cards and all other important belongings that were misplaced. ‘I will re-schedule our hotel booking. Let’s postpone it to the day we were supposed to check-out,’ my husband said. ‘Sure, but it will only happen if Allah wants it to happen,’ I was disheartened. We were in a mess, I thought. I was behaving like I knew what Allah had planned. As if that was possible.
“We have given you good tidings in truth, so do not be of the despairing [Surah Hijr, Verse 55]
I was still speculating Allah’s plan, when my infant – one year old – started developing fever. She fell sick due to a fungal infection and had to be taken to a paediatrician. This was on the second day, after our trip was cancelled.
That entire week, I was busy taking care of her. I kept wondering what would I have done, had I been on the trip right now. Surely, I wouldn’t be able to perform any acts of worship and we would be visiting the doctor and getting stressed.
‘But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.’ (Surah Baqarah, Verse 216)
By the end of one week, she was all well, healthy and running around the house with her sister. Surprisingly, in the same duration, all the documents we had lost, which included my identity card, bank card, etc., were remade. Even more surprisingly, the department which issued identity cards wasn’t issuing new ones to anyone due to a technical error. So, we were among the few who got our cards and now we were ready to resume our trip. In just 10 days, we were re-booked, healthy and dragging our bags towards the check-in counter, again.
‘And, behold, with every hardship comes ease’ – (Surah Al-Inshirah, Verse 5)
‘All important documents stay with me. Won’t trust you with them again.’ I joked to my husband. ‘It was Allah’s plan and you know that. He wanted to bless us with a safe and fruitful trip,’ he stated confidently. It was true! Allah surely wanted to accept a ‘dua’ I was making for months. ‘Ya Allah! Make this Umrah trip better than what we have planned. Ameen’.
‘Our Lord, pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims [in submission to You]’. (Surah Al Araf, Verse 126)