By Houda El Mouatassim Bilah
By Houda El Mouatassim Bilah
Morocco World News
Marrakesh, December 17, 2012
She was on the verge of dying, diagnosed suddenly by a cancer in its late stages, symptoms that matched a common disease she thought she had. But he wasn’t there with her. Lying in bed, barely able to move, she had her mother dial his number and inform him that his beloved one is dying and wishes to see him for the last time.
He took the first train back to their hometown, numb and unable to fathom the news he had just heard. Just days before, they were talking about Faith and how they believe that God will bring them together somehow, someday!
They apparently didn’t know that her end was just around the corner and that their two-year plan to be apart, in order to be financially ready for the responsibilities that come along marriage, hence ready to be together forever after that, will never see the light of day.
He hurried to the hospital where he found her waiting for him with a smile on her face and looks that gazed into his eyes full of tears falling down his cheeks. They were both in their early twenties, with plans of future matrimony that suddenly seem out of reach, as does a mirage to desert travelers.
She had asked to see him not only because she was “dying” to see him, but also because she had a favor to ask him: She didn’t give in to her fatal illness and wanted to make their dream come true by all means. Not only did she wish to become his wife in this life, but in the afterlife as well, as was their original plan all along.
And for that to happen, they need to be married in this life first, or so she believed. That is why, with all the strength she had left, she swallowed all the pride she could have held during the fifty more years she could have lived, and asked for his hand in marriage. For her, that was the only way she could guarantee that he is going to be the one with whom she will enjoy eternity in the hereafter.
However, she failed to think clearly of his situation after her death. Is he going to stay faithful to her until death brings him closer to her? Or, is he going to get over his love for her and move on with another person, thus making, the latter his wife in Paradise? After all, he’s still in his early twenties and for all he knows, he still has a long life ahead of him, too many days to spend lamenting over her heartbreaking yet unchangeable passing away.
He stood there as she proposed to him, shocked by her unprecedented behavior, confused by what he should give for an answer. He did love her with all his heart, that’s for sure, and he does want to spend the eternity of the hereafter with no one else but her. But, is he willing to sacrifice his years, if not decades, as a widower in this life for an eternity as a loving husband in the Afterlife? Or, is the idea of spending lonely nights repeatedly in a cold bed too shocking a reality?
Over thinking the matter brought both her and him to more sorrow. Luckily for them, it wasn’t long before he happily accepted her proposal, thinking of the current moment only and not considering any future repercussions to his act. What mattered the most was fulfilling her wish immediately; because she didn’t have enough time for hesitation or doubt, unlike him, who had a lifetime of second thoughts or even regrets perhaps. He knew that she couldn’t offer him any physical satisfaction as she was on her death bed. But their love was too divine to even let such superficial thoughts pierce its diamond shield.
And so they got married as soon as they could, and spent a couple of days together day and night, at the hospital in the Intensive Care Unit, before she passed away one morning at dawn, when she was doing her prayer silently in her bed, while he was doing his right next to hers.
Her family painfully mourned her death and so did he. But an inner peace soon took over him since he was able to grant his beloved her most wanted wish, one that helped her welcome death with a wide smile, believing that next time she will open her eyes, he is going to be there blissfully and eagerly waiting for her.
As for him, nobody knows what his upcoming days are going to offer him. He himself has no idea whatsoever about his future choices. All he knows is that he will do his best to stay faithful to her and to keep his promise to her, hoping he will never need anyone else but her, for as long as her undying love is satisfying his every emotion, he will never think of anyone else but her, until the day where they will meet again, and finally have their happily ever after.