As written on April 14, 2007
Alhumdulillaah was salaatu wa salaam ‘alaa rasulillaah
SubhanAllaah! Allaah verily protects those who believe in Him and call unto Him for protection!
Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in the Holy Quraan:
[Surah Muhammad: 11]
On Thursday night, our neighbourhood electricity was shut down. This is like the fifth time since the beginning of this year!
And it’s just our street: the front and our row houses.
Now alhumdulillaah, we have things prepared just in case they decide to shut things down :D
So, the other day when this similar load shading happened, everyone at home was sleeping besides Imran and me.
I was walking around with a candle in my hand thinking of ways to light it. Imran came upstairs with a lighter from his room to see if anyone needed anything. I lit the candle and went upstairs to knock on my parent’s room. Imran told me to not wake them up. It was like past 11 at night.
So, I made wudhu and came downstairs to pray. I was just thinking of leaving the candle on for the whole night, in case it lits off, not knowing it’s not permissible to do so. But all of a sudden, the candle just unlits. Now I am just wondering what to do. I didn’t want to pray and read in dark. I tried searching for something to light the candle with, but to no avail.
I just left the candle on the kitchen table and came back to my room and left the door open. The sky was bright that day so it wasn’t too dark.
And yeah, I ended up using my cell phone to read.
But this is the funny thing I found on islam-qa related to mice/rats.
Ibn ‘Abbaas said: a mouse (or rat) came and started dragging the wick (of the lamp). It threw it in front of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), onto the mat on which he was sitting, and it burnt a hole the size of a dirham. He said,
“When you go to sleep, extinguish your lamps, for the Shaytaan will tell creatures like this (the mice) to do something like this (trip the fire) so that you will be burned.”
Narrated by Abu Dawood, 5427.
Al- Bukhaari and Muslim narrated in their Saheehs that Abu Moosa al-Asha’ari said: A house in Madeenah burned down with its people inside. When the Messenger of Allaah salAllaahu alayhi wasallam heard about this, he said:
“This fire is an enemy to you, so when you go to sleep, extinguish it.”
Something similar was narrated by Muslim, in which he says: “For the fuwaysiqah may start a fire and burn the house and its occupants.”
Now that we know Islam calls mice and rats fuwaysiqah (evil) and allows us to kill them even in Makkah, and that they are a means which the Shaytaan tried to use to burn down the house of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and we know that they are one of the main reasons of damaging food and spreading the plague, we find it very strange that the foolish people in the west seek to make their children like mice and rats by propagating the character of Mickey Mouse in games, comics and funfair. Go figure!!