بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
My parents had come from India to spend some time with me.
One day we were in the kitchen together preparing a dish. Over the years, I have developed my own style of cooking which is different from my mother’s. She wanted me to add a particular ingredient to the dish that I did not.
I could feel the pressure build up and I finally said, “Mummy, this is how I do this, so please don‘t disturb.” I thought to myself, “I know what I am doing. She does not need to tell me especially when I am all grown up!”
She remained quiet for the rest of the evening looking very hurt. I did not even realize what I had said to my mother in anger. How easily I forgot the time when I couldn’t even eat my own food without her help, and now I was trying to teach her!
قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَغَفَرَ لَهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
“He said, “My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, so forgive me,” and He forgave him. Indeed, He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”
[Al-Quran: Surah Al-Qasas (The Stories): 16]
I said. “Inni zalamtu nafsi fagh firli” (Indeed I’ve wronged myself, so forgive me),” and went into sajdah (prostration) seeking Allah (سبحانه وتعالى )’s forgiveness.