The owner of the company was a man, maybe in his fifties; white hair, but still youthful. He came over to give us an estimate for some work we need done. He seemed nice enough. He smiled, greeted our children, and appeared to have our best interests in mind.
While we were walking him through the job, his cell phone began ringing.
“Probably my wife.” He said, slightly shaking his head as he silenced the phone.
Within several minutes the phone rang twice more. We assured him we didn’t mind if he answered the call.
“Hello? I’m still on a job estimate.” He paused and listened.
His lips tightened and his voice hardened. “I told you, they’re in the back.” he said, somewhat exasperated.
He wrapped up the call. To me, he had not done anything out of the ordinary. He completed the rest of the estimate kindly and left.
But, as I would learn later, my husband was disturbed by what he witnessed.
In fact, my husband chose another company, in spite of getting the lowest estimate from this man, simply because he didn’t like the way he had spoken to his wife.
My husband grew up in a Muslim family. When he reached college, his interest in Islam and religions intensified. He began studying Islam as well as Christianity and comparative religion. After completing his bachelor’s, he travelled overseas to study Islam and the Arabic language. While away, he benefitted from many scholars of Islam. Upon returning, he has been dedicated to teaching Islam to Muslims, founding several institutions to that end.
His days and nights are usually spent studying, teaching or working for Islam.
He’s also gentle and even tempered.
I often insist on asking him, “Are you mad?” and he always responds, “Do I ever get mad?”
The truth is, my husband implements the teachings of Islam and follows the prophet Muhammad who was asked repeatedly by a man for advice and responded each time simply, “Do not get angry.” (Narrated in Sahih Bukhari)
This is the power of Islam, to overcome even strong emotions such as anger. In fact, as indicated in the advice of the prophet Muhammad above, Islam has the power to prevent those emotions from boiling up in the first place. When it is the guidance for everyday life, the results are beautiful.
I’m so fortunate and grateful to have a companion who is concerned with living in a way pleasing to his Maker, and that my Creator has guided His creation to “Be kind to women.” as explained and emphasised by His last messenger, Muhammad.