Lessons from a Curry stain!

So the other day on Sunday 28th August 2016 I was invited to the Walima of a good brother (May Allah bless the couple in this life and the hereafter, Aameen). Its sort of standard for me to wear a white thobe, but there is always a fear to it too. What if I drop curry on it… it’s going to stain!

After tucking into a really delicious chicken curry with pilau rice and daal my fear had become a reality! I discovered a small curry stain on the upper part of my thobe! How it got there I have no idea.

It wasn’t a big stain, just a small one. But the thought of walking around with a curry stain clearly visible on a white thobe was quite embarassing. Thankfully I wore my jacket which hid the stain!

Just one little stain made me think of how it looks, what would people say, would I get laughed at etc… A small stain made me have alot of thougts. And then I remembered a hadith which follows:

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (?) said:

“When the believer commits sin, a black spot appears on his heart. If he repents and gives up that sin and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished. But if (the sin) increases, (the black spot) increases. That is the Ran that Allah mentions in His Book: “Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.” [83:14] (ibn Majah).

With the curry stain, I got a bit of soap powder and cleaned it away (Alhamdulillah). Imagine if there was more than one stain it would have been even more embarassing. Similarly when we sin, a black dot appears on our heart. If we repent it cleans away. Having a curry stain is embarassing especially when people can see it. Having a black dot on our heart should be even more embarassing, because Allah can see it. Just like using soap powder can clean away the stain, similarly repenting to Allah can clean away the black dot from our hearts. It would be even more embarassing if the black dot was to increase, just like if there was more curry stain on my thobe.

May Allah give me the tawfiq to act upon what has been mentioned and allow you to take whatever good that has been presented, Aameen.