“Salamualykum, Abubakar said as he entered the apartment. He was home early because his Dad was around.
“Walaykumsalam waramotullah, Abubakar, how are you?” his father said and watched him sit.
“Hope you have eaten?” Abubakar asked his dad who nodded and told him how his housekeeper had prepared something delicious for him.
“Yes, he is a very hard working young man and a devoted Muslim too. His name is Muslim.” Abubakar told his father who nodded.
“It is very late, let me go and sleep , we can talk tomorrow ins sha Allah, since it’s weekend.” his father said and left for his room.
“Salamualykum sir, Abubakar’s heard his housekeeper’s voice and replied his greetings, he looked up and saw the young man standing in front of him. He is in his late twenties.
“How was your day sir?” Muslim asked still on his feet.
“Alihamdulilah, I told you to stop calling me sir, it make me look older than I really am.” Abubakar said, he just turn thirty and yet people look at him with so much respect and regard, probably because of his wealth but he didn’t really like it.
“Let me continue with that Sir. You are the boss. I just come over to say Salam, I want to go and sleep. ” Muslim said and left to go in.
The next morning, Alhaji Ahmed woke up, and looked at the time, it was ten in the morning, he then remembered he had slept off again immediately after Subhi prayer. He was so tired. He stood up and went out of his room, he was surpise to see Barbara, a lady he had warned his son against. The young lady was surprise to see him.
“What ”s up pa?” Barbara said smiling, she know how much the man dislike her, but he is going to become her father in law after all, and she is quite aware how much Abubakar loves his father.
“I don’t know you are around, I think I should better get going.” Barbara said immediately she saw the hard stare on Alhaji’s face.
Abubakar entered the living room and was surprised not to see Barbara.
“Where is she? ” Abubakar asked and just looking at his Dad, he understood it all.
“Dad, why do you send her away again? She is going to be my wife Dad.” Abubakar said and sat down looking at his father.
“Abubakar! Have you learn nothing from the Quran and Sunnah?” he asked his son.
“Barbara is gradually understanding Islam and will be a Muslim very soon. It is just a gradual process.”
“She will be a Muslim very soon? Is she going to be a Muslim because of you or for the sake of Allah?” he asked his son.
“Sea Abubakar, you are my son and I want your happiness. I am not against you marrying her because of her colour or race. If you must marry a non Muslim, there are a lot of things that have to be considered. Even if she become a Muslim, her intention has to be considered as well. I am not asking you to get married tomorrow. I want you to be happy, you need to get married to a very good woman not just any random woman.” his father explained
“So, what are you getting at Dad!” Abubakar asked and listened to his father who explained to him about finding a girl for him back home.
“Her father is my friend and she is a very nice girl, you will surely like her.” his father explained
“Hummmm, so Dad, that is why you don’t want me to marry Barbara right? Because of your Hausa girl isn’t it?” Abubakar asked amused.
“Not that son. You can marry anyone Allah wishes for you. This girl is going to graduate from the university soon. She is a very good and devoted Muslimah. She has every qualities a man want in a woman. Just think it over son. I will like to go out for a walk.” he said and left without saying a word.
As much as Abubakar loves obeying his father but he find it very difficult to take in. Having been in the United states for almost fifteen years, he has come to understand and appreciated independence. How can he obey his father and go ahead to marry a woman he did not want just because his father told him so?
“Auzubillahi minas shaitini rojim.” he said under his breath, he knows what exactly what he must do.
How will Halimah take this issue as well especially now that she is in love.
Aisha looked at the time and wondered where her friend had gone to. She only told her she will be back before Asr and yet she hadn’t come back home. Her number wasn’t even going through.
“May Allah keep her safe. “Aisha prayed and went on to pack her clothes. They will be travelling back home for a semester break the following day. Her nikkah is in two weeks and she is so excited.
She heard a knock and eaved a sigh as she walked to opened the door, Halimah let herself in and Aisha closed the door and watched Halimah entered their room. She looked so tired and Aisha wondered where she has been since morning.
“I have to pray, ” Halimah muttered to herself and went to perform Ablution. Aisha had finished parking by the time she finished and they sat down for dinner, the two girls ate silently each with her own thoughts.
After the food, Halimah cleaned up the dishes. She was about to go into the room to sleep when Aisha entered with her.
“Where have you been too since morning?” Aisha asked, Halimah sighed and sat down on the bed looking at her friend who was standing by the door.
“I travelled with Ade to meet his parents. ” Halimah replied after a long silence from her.
“What? You travelled to meet his parents? ” Aisha asked. She couldn’t believe her friend can take such a step without letting her know.
“It was his idea, I wasn’t aware of it until we were out of the state and besides it is just a four hours journey, he is planning come over to meet my father during the break.” Halimah explained
“Halimah,….. I don’t know what to say? What about the religious differences? Were his parents aware of it? What were their reaction? ” Aisha asked and lowered herself to sit beside her friend.
” they were happy to see me. Ade had told them about me. ” Halimah explained and looked at her friend who has disapproval on her face.
” Aisha, I love him so mulch, I have never had this type of feeling in my life. Ade is a very nice man. He and his family are okay with me being a Muslim. I have told them, I have no plan to change my religion to theirs. There isn’t going to be any problem, Ins sha Allah. I did istikharah on this issue.” Halimah explained to her friend.
“What can I say again. Hmmm but Halimah have you forgotten that Allah said in holy Quran
*Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 120:*
_ ﻭَﻟَﻦ ﺗَﺮْﺿَﻰٰ ﻋَﻨﻚَ ﺍﻟْﻴَﻬُﻮﺩُ ﻭَﻟَﺎ ﺍﻟﻨَّﺼَﺎﺭَﻯٰ ﺣَﺘَّﻰٰ ﺗَﺘَّﺒِﻊَ ﻣِﻠَّﺘَﻬُﻢْ ﻗُﻞْ ﺇِﻥَّ ﻫُﺪَﻯ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﻫُﻮَ ﺍﻟْﻬُﺪَﻯٰ ﻭَﻟَﺌِﻦِ ﺍﺗَّﺒَﻌْﺖَ ﺃَﻫْﻮَﺍﺀَﻫُﻢ ﺑَﻌْﺪَ ﺍﻟَّﺬِﻱ ﺟَﺎﺀَﻙَ ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟْﻌِﻠْﻢِ ﻣَﺎ ﻟَﻚَ ﻣِﻦَ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪِ ﻣِﻦ ﻭَﻟِﻲٍّ ﻭَﻟَﺎ ﻧَﺼِﻴﺮٍ _
*And the Jews will not be pleased with you, nor the Christians until you follow their religion. Say: Surely Allah’s guidance, that is the (true) guidance. And if you follow their desires after the knowledge that has come to you, you shall have no guardian from Allah, nor any helper.*
With this verse I’m assuring you that is a misery love because Allah has said they can never be pleased with us until we follow their path and like your mind is made up but I pray may Allah show us the right path.” Aisha said and say no more.
Halimah looked at her parents and wondered why they had invited her into their room. It is five days after her arrival from school and Ade just arrived kano an hour before and planned to see her parents the next day. She hoped Aisha had not tell them anything.
“Halimah, please seat, ” her Dad said to her fondly and she obeyed, she sat on a sofa opposite her parents. She always pray for such joy and happiness that exist between the two couples that even after twenty five years of marriage, they still adore each other.
“So in a few months time, you will be through with your degree education. What is it that you want after this, marriage or further studies?” her dad asked her, he know how intelligent his daughter is and her plans of becoming a lecturer.
“Why can’t she combine the two? Have you forgotten I was in my first year when we got married?” her mother said, she was just an eighteen years old girl at the time and now in her early forties, she never regretted her actions.
“Of course, she can but we have to know her plans first then we can give her our advise.” her father said.
“I am okay with both. ” she said and her father nodded.
“Did you know Alhaji Ahmed, my friend who stays in GRA?” her father asked and she nodded. Everyone know him. He is a very influential man.
“He want his son Abubakar to marry you. ” her father pointed out and her heart missed a bit.
“Abubakar? ” she asked with surprise.
“Yes, he is the only son of Alhaji Ahmed and he lives in United states, that is probably why you have never met. He do come home every year for Eid. He is a very responsible man with a very strong Islamic background and I very sure you will like each other.” He explained and watched his daughter frowned and stared at the ground. He exchanged glance with his wife.
“Halimah, we are not forcing you to get married to him. We as a parents want nothing but your happiness and we feel we know a lot about Abubakar background which formed a strong personality of a person. ” her mother explained.
“Or is there someone? ” her father suddenly asked and she smiled.
“Yes and he is already in Kano to meet you. He is a yoruba and he is from Oyo state.” Halimah explained and her father nodded.
“Ma sha Allah, let me meet the young man tomorrow then. ” her father said and she nodded feeling excited.