Eternal Success Syllabus

Mechanic Ali

Vrrrrrm vrrrrrrm vrrrrrrm. Ali pressed down on the accelerator and listened to the engine roar but the car still wasn’t starting. He turned off the engine and sat thoughtfully for a moment. When his friend had called him to see what was wrong with this Aston Martin Superleggera he had assumed it would be an easy job. However, it was turned out to be far more complicated than he had imagined and he tapped his fingers on the steering wheel as he tried to figure out what to try next.

He had spent the past hour checking the engine and now his only option would probably be to start taking some parts out so he could inspect them more carefully.  

“It’s a lost cause,” he heard a voice behind him say. He turned around to see his friend coming towards him. “I know it’s not going to work. It’s ok I will call the orphanage and tell then I can’t do free fun rides for the children today. I was supposed to take three of the children and one of the adults who looks after them on a ride around Hollingworth Lake before dropping them at the special Eid meal we have been preparing for them all. But this car probably won’t get fixed today so I’ll call and let them know we’ll have to leave it.”

“Hang on!” replied Ali. “We can’t just give up like that. Let me take a few things out of the engine to take a closer look. With Allah’s help inshaAllah we can fix it but I’m not stopping till I’ve tried anything I can.”

His friend shrugged and took a seat on the wall nearby as Ali opened the engine and began taking a closer look inside.

Half an hour later there was a cry of “alhammdulillah I’ve got it!” and Ali emerged from the bonnet sweating and smiling. “It was the Distributor that was faulty! Let me go back to my garage to grab a new one.”

He went out into the car park to get into his Toyota Land Cruiser and drive back to his mechanic garage. Five minutes after he had set off the engine starting to groan and then the car just turned off completely.

As Ali got out of the car, he saw his cousin Umar running towards him and together they pushed the car to the side of the road.

Panting, Ali turned to look at Umar.

“Alhammdulillah, look how perfect Allah’s planning is,” he said. “I had just figured out how to fix another car and now I have a new challenge to solve but with Allah’s help I can fix this car too inshaAllah.”

“I don’t know…” responded Umar. “It’s seems pretty gone to me.”

“Who can bring something to life after it is dead?” asked Ali.

Umar paused for a second, surprised by the question.

“Allah of course,” he said.

“Then I will trust in Allah and try everything I can. And I will expect the best from Allah because Allah says

أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي

I am as my servant thinks of Me.”

Following this, Ali set to work figuring out what had caused the engine to stop. Sure enough, he found the problem within a few minutes and was sorted and ready to drive to the garage again.

“Remember if you think good of Allah and do good then good will come to you,” he told Umar, before driving off.

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Three orphans sat looking out of the window together. They been incredibly excited to sit in an Aston Martin Superleggera to go for a drive and attend an Eid celebration as they had no family to celebrate with. However, the car was not here yet and when Mrs Chaudry had spoken to the driver half an hour ago he had said that the mechanic was delayed and may not get back in time to fix the car today.

“Shall we play a game while we are waiting?” the eldest boy, who was called Benyameen, asked his siblings.

“Let’s play eye spy,” replied his sister Leena.

“Ok…” began Benyameen. “I spy with my little eye something beginning with H.”

“Hmm…” pondered Leena. “House? Hat? Hippopotamus?”

Both children burst into fits of laughter while their youngest brother Imran looked out of the window.

“Hook,” he guessed. “Like the one of the back of the door.”

“Yes! Well done!” Benyameen congratulated him.

“Ok, I spy with my little eye something that begins with A,” said Imran quickly.

Benyameen and Leena looked all around the room.

“Apple? Ant? Ark?” they guessed.

Imran shook his head with a cheeky smile.

“No,” he told them. “But if you open the window and listen really well I think you will be able to guess it.”

Confused, Leena went to open the window and the second the air hit her face she heard the roar of a powerful super-engine.

Jumping up and down, she and Benyameen both started to shout “Aston Martin Superleggera alhammdulillah! Aston Martin Superleggera alhammdulillah!”

After they had an exciting ride in the incredible car around the lake, they were dropped off at the Eid meal. When they arrived, the table was covered with their favourite food. They were especially excited to see Butter Chicken and Lamb Chops because it had been several months since they had been able to buy any meat. It was also wonderful to have some of their other favourite foods because the choice they had from the food bank was often limited and most days they either had toast or jacket potatoes and beans.

After some games they sat with very full tummies, putting on their shoes ready to leave. Just then the Aston Martin Superleggera turned up and they went outside ready to go home. However, this time they were interested to see the car being driven by someone new. It was Ali the mechanic sat at the wheel this time. When they arrived home with their foster carer, Ali got out of the car and took two huge boxes out of the boot.

“These are for you,” he told them before driving away.

The children stared in amazed at the range of food that was in the boxes. Chocolate biscuits and orange juice! Watermelon and cheese strings! So many wonderful foods they very rarely got to have. All there for them!

When Ali dropped the car back off with it’s owner, his friend called out to him.

“Ali, I didn’t see your Toyota Land Cruiser in the car park. How did you get here and how are getting home?”

“He sold his Toyota Land Cruiser,” said a voice behind him. He turned to see Umar sat on the wall. “He has used the money to pay for food and electricity for the orphanage for the next five years inshaAllah.”

“Oh that’s wonderful mashaAllah. But what will he do without a car now?”

Umar smiled. “He will figure something out inshaAllah. Allah says

أَنَا عِنْدَ ظَنِّ عَبْدِي بِي

I am as my servant thinks of Me.”

“If we trust in Allah to find us a way, He will provide a way and if we expect good from Him we will do good and find good around us.”