**”Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem”
-in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful-**
“Since tomorrows sunday, I just want to sleep in till late.I’m so exhausted.I can’t wait for after fajr salaah” hanazalah said.
“That sounds like a good idea. Maybe we all should sleep till a little late tomorrow..” Abdullah agreed.
they lazed around and spoke till around 10 before everyone retired to their rooms.
It was truly a long and tiring day for hazalah and abdullah.
when hanzalahs alarm went for fajr, he stretched a little and was up in no time. Just the thought that he’ll be able to climb back in bed today after fajr made him more excited to get up. Every other day he has to stay awake and get ready for school.
He rushed to the bathroom to perform his wudhu and slipped on his kurta before reading his 2 sunnah rakaats of fajr..
“Ready beta?” Abdullah called just after he had made his second salaam to the left.
“Jee” he replied as he followed his father out to the car hurriedly.
Hanzalah yawned non-stop all the way to the masjid. He couldn’t control his yawns.
“You really are tired today.. “His father joked.
Upon entering the masjid, hanzalah stopped to wash his face again. He needed to wash the sleepiness away.
He then joined his father and the rest of the congregation in the early morning prayer.
After the imam made salaam, it was abdullahs habit to remain sitting in his place and make extra dua. So in the meantime, hanzalah recited his surah yaaseen as was HIS habit.
“Assalamu alaykum hanzalah…” The imams voice was heard greeting next to him.
Hanzalah just completed his recitation, smiled and shook the imams hand. The imam held onto hanzalahs hand affectionately with both his hands.
“Have you made up your mind yet about next year?” He asked hanzalah.
“I did actually” hanzalah nodded.
“And?” The imam asked.
“We were actually going to speak to imam saheb sometime today. Inshallah I want to start as soon as I’m done with my final exams.” Hanzalah spoke respectfully.
“Alhamdulillah son! That’s very good news.” He patted hanzalah on the back. “You would just need to fill in the enrolment forms. I actually have them in my office. Maybe you can get one for me and you can take it home, have a look at the rules and fill them in. And then you can bring them back as soon as you’re done with them.”
hanzalah smiled with glee… “Jee jee.. Inshallah.”
“Let me just get my office keys for you.” Imam saheb said and got up.
Hanzalah waited excitedly. He had thought about what to do next year for quite some time. And while everyone else wanted to succeed academically, he wished to take a different path. Abdullah advised him accordingly and after they had consulted eachother a few times, hanzalah made the decision to do an aalim course here at the madressah next year along with the memorisation of the quraan.
“Here you go. Its on my desk. On the right hand corner you’ll find some enrolment forms. Just take one and you can lock up again for me please.” Imam saheb explained to hanzalah.
Hanzalah excitedly rushed to the office, forgetting all about how tired he was and forgetting all about sleeping after fajr. He dangled the keys as he strolled through the corridor and turned up the staircase.
The smile faded away and a little bit of fear gripped him as he heard some rushed footsteps on the second set of stairs.
Hanzalah closed his eyes and prayed ayatul kursi for protection. And then decided that maybe he was just imagining.
But as soon as he turned to go up the second set of stairs himself, his heart almost stopped beating at the terrible sight of a human being before him.
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