Last night, it was time for my husband to go.
Before he opened the car door, he turned and looked intently into my eyes.
The words he uttered caused tears to well up. I felt my heart quiver.
He had to go.
But only after entrusting me into God’s care with these words:
*”أستودعكم الله الذي لا تضيع ودائعه”
“I entrust you to God, The One Who does not lose what He has been entrusted with.”
Through this simple sentence, I felt his care, and his concern for me while he is away.
It conveys to me that he sees himself as my protector in life, that I am under his care; his responsibility. While he is away and always, there is no greater protector than the One who has power over all things, so my husband asked Him to safeguard me.
I feel treasured and loved.
These are the beautiful manners taught to us by the prophet Muhammad.
Does this prayer guarantee that I won’t get hurt, or that nothing undesirable will happen?
No, it’s not that…
What it means, is that as we part, we remind ourselves to put our trust in God. We remember not to fear, that which we have no control over, but to place into God’s hands our affairs and our lives. Whatever happens only occurs with His ultimate wisdom.
I found the moment my husband left, so beautiful; so moving.
Though I yearn for his return, the peace inspired by his words; by our way of life – Islam – makes me feel at ease.
Likewise, I entrust my husband, my partner who gives so much of himself to provide me and our children with a happy and comfortable life, my guardian, my noble knight, into God’s care with these words:
**”أَسْتَوْدِعُ اللَّهَ دِينَكَ وَأَمَانَتَكَ وَخَوَاتِيمَ عَمَلِكَ”
“I place your religion, your faithfulness and the ends of your deeds in the trust of God”
***”زَوَّدَكَ اللَّهُ التَّقْوَى وَغَفَرَ لَكَ ذَنْبَكَ وَيَسَّرَ الْخَيْرَ لَكَ حَيْثُمَا كُنْتَ “
“May God bless you with righteousness and forgive your sins and make goodness easy for you wherever you are”
I thank God for guiding me to this beautiful way of life, so rich and so profound, and for all the love in my life. I thank Him for all those who care for me, and all those I love and care for. I thank our Maker for a husband who remembers Him and whose actions and words are guided by that remembrance.
A beach with palm trees is not the closest thing to paradise on Earth. For me, it is life lived in Islam that delivers a taste of bliss.
Authentic sources of the prayers mentioned here:
*Saheeh Ibn Majah 2/133
**Saheeh At-Tirmidhi 2/155
***Sahih At-Tirmidhi, 3/155