This is to record my appreciation for the wonderful friendships Allah has granted through this virtual space. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah. A special thanks to Brother WF and his lovely siblings and family in Singapore for their kind gesture. Whenever I read the precious booklet, I would surely be reminded of our shared experience, of being in the same majlis together, countless majlis, Alhamdulillah. And that we all share the same warm feelings towards the habaib in concordance to the title of the book by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Jaafar al-Kattani 'On the Duty of Loving the Noble Family of the Prophet Muhammad'. And that we all received the same ijaza for his collection of 40 hadith on the same subject. Alhamdulillah wa shukru lillah.
Your generous gesture came at the time when I needed it most, I needed the reassurance that I actually have many well mannered and respectable friends whom I should be grateful for and upon whom I should be making du'a as a sign of my gratitude for this blessing from Allah. Indeed, it is a duty of loving people who are of good influence to us. In fact there was a relevant lesson learned in the majlis we both attended tonight. Habib Ali Zainal Abidin said we should make istighfar 27 times for mukminin and mukminat, twice a day, once before dawn and once before dusk - Astaghfirullah lil mukminina wal mukminat.
I think someone who truly understands her/his duty of loving her/his brethren in religion would do that without fail. Surely we can imagine Habib Ali doing that without fail. Oh...the things mashaikh and habaib do which we take for granted! But I must say lessons coming from Habib Ali always find their place in the heart and stay there, Insh'Allah. And when I practise that, I will have you, your siblings and family, and all the other good friends of mine, in my mind Insh'Allah.
Once again, thank you for reminding me on the duty of loving all those who deserve to be loved.