Every morning after the men leave for work, I set up my little mobile office consisting of my laptop, diary and two cell phones on the dining room table. I flip channels on the TV for my one-and-a-half-year old so that we might stumble upon one of her favorite ads so that she may be engrossed for a while and I might get to meet one of my looming writing deadlines.
I choose this space because it helps me keep an eye on the maids, keep my ears perked for the doorbell, answer to my little one’s needs of snacks, milk and pamper change. (Multitasking-thy name is woman!) And in this hum drum of activity I try to let my grey cells churn out words and cast them into soft copy with a clickity clatter of my laptop keys.
Yesterday as I was seated on my dining table with my laptop, trying to distract my one and a half year old daughter into playing with her toys or by watching one of her favorite advertisements on TV, I happened to stumble upon one of the rambling morning shows. I usually have no patience for them-courtesy of the over-excited and over-dressed hosts who seem to be on a constant high and the mundane topics being discussed.
But this morning the topic under discussion caught my fancy. A name analyst had been called and a few guest celebs, callers and audience quizzed him on whether the names they had were right.
“My name is Henna,” one woman said. “I have heard that those with this name are always down trodden. Just like the plant henna is crushed to make mehndi. Is it true?”
The name analyst agreed.
As people threw their names at him, he told them whether their names were ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. He claimed that in the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet, there are letters of water, fire, air and land. If a name has a perfect balance between all these four elements, the name is ‘positive’ otherwise ones name can have a negative effect on ones personality, success or relationships. Arguments raged about how names affect destinies and personalities.
I watched in awe as mothers asked if they should change their infant’s names because of some ailment. And all I could think about was how lucky we were– being blessed with a Maula TUS who has made naming a child so simple and so utterly perfect. When Maula TUS bestows a new born’s name, imagine the fortune of that child! When Haq na Dai is the first to utter his/her name it is sure to herald the best of good fortune for his/her life in this world and the hereafter.
It always amuses people that there is a repetition of names in my family. My sister and I–our first born’s name bestowed by Maula RA is Alefiya. My younger daughter’s name is Jumana-which is my sister’s name as well as my sister-in-law’s name! My husband’s name is Murtaza while my sister-in-law is also married to a Murtaza. So many namesakes! My sister Jumana is here for a few weeks and the confusion reaches its crescendo when someone hollers the name ‘Jumana’! But so blessed are we. Our destinies are shaped by Maula’s words–shaped by Maula’s TUS vision.
May our names always have the precursor ‘Amate/Abde Syedna TUS’–for undoubtedly, that title is the true worth of our name!
Amate Syedna TUS