Posted March 8, 2012on:
Patience has many synonyms like endurance, serenity, tolerance, acceptance, lenience, easiness, stamina etc etc
I know a lady who is resting in eternal peace in heavens above now who had all the qualities in her persona. I feel proud to admit that she was my cousin. She was not my cousin only but very dear to heart too.
She was Allah’s chosen one.
Let me share with you to make you believe my words.
Her name was Mumtaz. She was the only sister of her five brothers. Hence was dear and adored by every member of the family.
She always carried innocent smile on her lips no matter what situation she was in. Her smile was her distinctiveness.
She was whitish having attractive features with black long hair neatly tied in braids. She was middle height. I am writing all these details to enable the reader to visualize her character. She was a shy maiden. She always covered her head with her dupatta being an honest practicing muslima physically and spiritually.
She got married to one of my other cousin. Both husband and wife had very sound relationship. She got same love and respect from her husband like her own family. She gave birth to 3 sons and one daughter.
The eldest son was diagnosed brain tumor when he was just a teen age. Both husband wife got him the best they could from medication to brain surgery from time to time. The boy had to go through many painful and critical phases of his life but the patience was commendable. None of them ever complained. They got their sons married at early age to give their son as much happiness as possible. I salute to the parents of the girl too who knowing the tragic end of the boy gave their daughter’s hand.
Mumtaz Apa developed cancer herself due to the grief seeing her son in agony. She endured cancer with same smile on her lips. Both husband and wife kept it secret of her ailment to them selves. No body knew that she was a cancer patient herself. She greeted the guests with same angelic smile, carried out all her duties without a single word of complaint. Despite all efforts her son died.
She got weaker with every passing day enduring the grief and loss of her son. Nobody knew she carried cancer in her chest.
All her brothers loved her but the eldest one had special feeling of love and admiration for her. He felt very grieved to see her getting so ill so he also got ill. The strange thing about all this is that since the brother could not bear to her die so he breathed his last the same night where as Mumtaz Apa died in the morning. The sky shed tears too on the sad parting of the souls in form of heavy rain that night inKarachiwhere brother died and inIslamabadwhere the great lady passed away bearing the same angelic smile on her face.
Her husband visits her grave very often to pray for his beloved wife. I never experienced such height of patience in my life like my dear cousin’s. May she rest in the highest position of heaven and Allah be pleased with her. Amen