بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
now now, after the small 'publicity' in facebook, i think the story is worthy enough to be kept in here, right? for those who don't know, here goes:
so it was the day that i was finally heading back home to Dublin after spending my lonely week at Carlow for my GP placement. it was a beautiful sunny Friday, as i plugged in my earphones, listening to some songs in my beloved iPod while waiting for the designated train heading back to Houston Rail Station. It was a pretty Friday, i even snapped a picture!. :P
Anyways, so the train finally came and after hustling with my huge heavy bag, i took off my coat (cause it was boiling hot in the coach) and sat beside a smiling Indian uncle, who asked me that one-million-dollar question that goes: "Malaysian?" so straight away i removed the earphones, with the Ipod still in my coat, and i chit-chat away with the nice uncle from Melaka, all through the one-hour journey back to Dublin.
so what happened in between (in which i only deduced this when i was on my way back home on the bus) was that i heard a sudden clatter halfway through the journey in the train. i remembered checking my bag but i was too absorbed chatting away with the Uncle that i brushed it off; and that sound (i'm pretty sure) was actually my Ipod slipping out of the coat's pocket onto the floor, under my seat. heh.
When we reached Houston, i took my bags, and my coat, said goodbye to the Uncle, took one last look at my seat just to scan if i left anything and head straight out. it was when i was on the Dublin bus back home that i realized my iPod was missing. and almost instantly, i was sure of the whole 'clatter sound' incident in the train. my first thought: "hadoy. there goes my jodoh with the iPod." but i did what i had to do, i emailed the station's website and reported the missing item and prayed for the best. back home, I was having my usual post-travelling unilateral headache that i was more concerned with having a nap. =,=''
but interestingly i didn't feel sad or anything. a part of me felt that there's nothing much i can do about it, and another part of me thought that since this happened on a day of barakah, maybe Allah just wanted to take it away from me since it might do me more harm than good. so i dozed off with these thoughts only to be woken up later by my housemate: "ada orang post dalam facebook!" and i guess the rest is history. :)
the mystery guy's name is actually Mr David Cooke. he emailed me afterwards :) and truthfully, i find myself out of words while replying to his emails. cause thank you is really not enough. he was and is willing to go through all the hassle to give me back my iPod. apparently the driver didn't want to take the iPod, so David asked if i want it posted. in which i said yes, and i asked for his bank account to pay him back etc. and here's his reply; (terharu kuasa kuda~~~)
i guess the Likes that we can see from the status all came from the fact that it's definitely rare to find people like him back home. the same questions will definitely strike us all;
why didn't he take it?
was it because of the values he holds to?
how can those values be so strong for him to push him to do good deeds?and interestingly, it's much harder for these values to be practiced by us Muslims. not just the Malaysians, but Muslims everywhere, even in Makkah; where slippers can go missing at Masjidil Haram. =,=''
and the question comes back to us Muslims;
us, who knew that Allah is Watching,
us, who knew that we are never alone,
us, who knew that all our actions are accountable for,
why can't we uphold the values that Islam preaches?
tepuk dada, tanya iman.
i may have Lost my iPod for a while;
yes, it's been a tiny bit embarrassing.
yes, kakak sarcastically asked me:
"yan, do you have to let the world know you lost your iPod?"
yes, those RCSI girls even came up with their own version of story;
that i made that whole status up for some cheap limelight (haha);
but i think we all have Found the best of reminders from the kindness of a stranger.
and to anyone who reads this,
do help me thank this kind-hearted man by making a prayer with me;
semoga Allah kurniakan dia hidayah;
semoga Allah kembalikan dia ke fitrah,
semoga Allah temukan dia dengan Islam.
Aamiin ya Rabb.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَن تُؤَدُّوا الْأَمَانَاتِ إِلَىٰ أَهْلِهَا وَإِذَا حَكَمْتُم بَيْنَ النَّاسِ أَن تَحْكُمُوا بِالْعَدْلِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ نِعِمَّا يَعِظُكُم بِهِ
إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا
"Sesungguhnya Allah menyuruh kamu menyampaikan amanat kepada yang berhak menerimanya, dan (menyuruh kamu) apabila menetapkan hukum di antara manusia supaya kamu menetapkan dengan adil. Sesungguhnya Allah memberi pengajaran yang sebaik-baiknya kepadamu. Sesungguhnya Allah adalah Maha Mendengar lagi Maha Melihat."[4:58]