At the weekend, Bilal went to visit his grandfather. The two days passed very quickly, and before Bilal knew it his father had arrived to take him home. Asad said goodbye to his grandfather and went to sit in the car. He was looking out of the window as he waited for his father to collect his things. A butterfly sitting on a flower a short distance away fluttered its wings and flew to the car window.
"You're going home, aren't you, Bilal?" asked the butterfly in a tiny voice.
Bilal was astonished "Do you know me?" he asked.
"Of course I do," smiled the butterfly. "I've heard your grandfather telling the neighbors about you."
"Why didn't you come and talk to me before?" Bilal inquired.
"I couldn't, because I was in a cocoon up a tree in the garden," explained the butterfly.
"A cocoon? What's that?" asked Bilal, who was always a curious boy.
"Let me explain from the beginning," said the butterfly as it took a deep breath. "We butterflies hatch out of the egg as tiny caterpillars. We feed ourselves by nibbling leaves. Later we use a liquid which comes out of our bodies like thread and wrap ourselves up in it. That little package we weave is called a cocoon. We spend a while inside that package as we wait to grow. When we wake up and come out of the cocoon we have brightly colored wings. We spend the rest of our lives flying and feeding ourselves from flowers."
Bilal nodded thoughtfully "You mean all those colorful butterflies were once caterpillars before they grew wings?"
"Can you see the green caterpillar on that branch?" asked the butterfly.
"Yes, I see it. It's nibbling away hungrily at a leaf."
"That's my little brother," smiled the caterpillar "In a while he'll weave a cocoon too, and one day he'll be a butterfly like me."
Bilal had lots of questions to ask his new friend. "How do you plan this change? I mean, when do you come out of the egg, how long do you stay as a caterpillar and how do you make the thread to weave your cocoons?"
"I don't plan any of it at all," explained the butterfly patiently. "Allah has taught us what we need to do and when we need to do it. We just act in the way our Lord wills."
Bilal was really impressed. "The patterns on your wings are wonderful. And all butterflies have different patterns, don't they? They are really colorful and eye-catching!"
Everything in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah... (Surat al-Hadid, 1)
Do you not see that Allah sends down water from the sky and by it We bring forth fruits of varying colors? And in the mountains there are streaks of white and red, of varying shades, and rocks of deep jet black. And mankind and beasts and livestock are likewise of varying colors. Only those of His servants with knowledge have fear of Allah. Allah is Almighty, Ever-Forgiving. (Surah Fatir: 27-28)
"That's a proof of Allah's incomparable artistry. He created us one by one in the most beautiful way possible," explained his friend.
Bilal agreed enthusiastically: "It's impossible not to see the beautiful things Allah has created. There are hundreds of examples all round us!"
The butterfly agreed: "You're right Bilal. We need to give thanks to Allah for all these blessings."
Bilal looked over his shoulder: "My father's coming. It looks like we're about to set off. It was really great to meet you. Can we talk again when I come next week?"
"Of course," nodded the butterfly. "Have a safe journey home."
In the Qur’aan, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) reminds us that if we are grateful for what he gives us, then He will increase our blessings. On the other hand, if we ungrateful, and act as if Allah owes us something, His favours and blessing will be taken away and we will suffer a severe punishment:
‘And Remember when your Lord announced: If you give thanks, I will give you more, but if you are thankless, then my punishment is indeed severe.’ (Ibraheem 14:7)
If we begin to be ungrateful, Allah (subhana wa TA’ALA) often is still merciful with us in order to test us. This kind of test may affect someone in one of the following two ways. First, these tests may show us the true nature of our behaviour, which we may have been too ignorant or proud about to even see. Secondly, we may feel sorry for being ungrateful and repent to Allah (subhana wa TA’ALA) and obey His Messenger (sallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
In the following authentic hadeeth, the Messenger of Allah (sallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) tells a story about the children of Israel that shows us the importance of the connection between trials, and being thankful and grateful to Allah (subhana wa TA’ALA) and obeying His Messenger (sallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). Imam al-Bukhari reported from Abu Huraryah (radhi ‘Allahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
Once there were three men from the children of Israel, a leper, a blind man and a bald man; whom Allah wanted to test, so He sent an angel to them. The angel asked the leper, ‘What would you most like to have?’ the leper said, ‘Good complexion and good skin, because the people consider me to be filthy.’ Then the angel touched him and he was cured. He was given a good complexion and good skin. Then the angel said, ‘Which property would you most like to have?’ The leper said, ‘Camels.’ So he was given a pregnant camel, and the angel said, ‘May Allah bless you with it.’
Then the angel came to the bald man and said, ‘What would you most like to have?’ He said, "Nice hair, and I wish to be cured from this disease because people find me repulsive.’ The angel touched him, and he was given nice hair.’ Then the angel said, ‘Which property would you most like to have/’ He said, ‘Cows.’ So the angel gave him a pregnant cow that had plenty of milk. The angel said to him, ‘May Allah bless you with it.’
The angel came to the blind man and said, ‘What would you most like to have?’ He said, ‘I wish Allah would restore my sight so I can see the people.’ He touched his eyes and Allah gave him his sight back. The angel said, ‘Which property would you most like to have?’ He said, ‘Sheep.’ So the angel gave him a pregnant sheep. The angel said to him, ‘May Allah bless you with it.’
Later, all three pregnant animals gave birth to their young. They multiplied and brought forth so many (animals) that one of the men had a herd of camels filling a valley, one had a herd of cows fillings a valley, and the other one had a flock of sheep filling a valley.
Then the angel, disguised to appear as a leper, visited the leper and said, ‘I am a poor man, who has lost all means of livelihood while on a journey. So none will satisfy my need except Allah and then you. In the Name of Him Who has given you such nice complexion, such beautiful skin, and so much property, I ask you to give me a camel so that I may reach my destination.’
The man replied, ‘I have many obligations (so I cannot give any to you).’ The angel said, ‘I think I know you, were you not a leper who the people shunned? Weren’t you a poor man and then Allah gave this to you?’ He replied, ‘I inherited this from my family.’ The angel said, ‘If you are lying, then let Allah make you as you were before.’
Then the angel, disguised as a bald man, went to the bald man and dais the same as he had the leper. He too answered the same way. The angel told him, ‘If you are lying, then let Allah make you as you were before.’
Then the angel, disguised as a blind man, visited the blind man and said, ‘I am a poor man and a traveller, whose means of livelihood have been exhausted while on a journey. I have nobody to help me except Allah, and after Him, you yourself. I ask you in the name of Him who has given you back your eyesight to give me a sheep, so that with its help, I may complete my journey.’ The man said, ‘I was once blind, and Allah returned my sight to me, I was once poor and Allah made me rich. So take anything you like from what I have. By Allah, I will not praise you for leaving anything (you need) of my property which you may take for Allah’s sake.’ The angel replied, ‘Keep your property. You (three men) have been tested. Allah is pleased with you, but He is angry with your two companions.
(Originally published in Al-Mumin us-Sagheer Volume 1, Issue 5&6)
It was a beautiful spring day, and Yasmeen was playing outside with some other children at the park. Yasmeen was homeschooled, and she had a Muslim friend named Hala. They were both on the swing, when Yasmeen noticed some of the kids crawling in the grass. They looked like cats searching for mice! Thinking that they were picking flowers, Yasmeen said, "Hala, why don't we pick some pretty flowers for our moms?" Hala noticed the other kids too, and then without a word they ran to join the others.
When they reached the
other kids, they found out that the children weren't picking flowers. They were
in a bed of clovers looking for four-leaf clovers. "What do you want with those?
Those aren't flowers!" remarked Yasmeen in confusion. But one of the boys
laughed and said, " Yasmeen, don't you know how hard it is to find a four-leaf
clover? If you do they bring you good luck!" "Wow, how neat! Yasmeen then
exclaimed. She too began to crawl with the others. Hala just frowned and said, "Yasmeen...
you really shouldn't..." but her friend cut her off before she could finish what
she had to say. "I found one! Now I'm going to have good luck!" Yasmeen shouted.
The next week all sorts of good things started to happen to Yasmeen. She found her favorite sweater, she got a new dress from her mother, and she won a math contest at school. Yet she gave the credit to the four-leaf clover, rather than Allah (SWT) and her own hard work.
When Yasmeen noticed the green plant was gone the next week she became very upset. She began to search everywhere but it wasn't anywhere to be found. That wasn't the end of her troubles though. She broke a crystal glass and some plates. She tripped over her book bag and stubbed her toe. She even lost her new sweater. Devastated, she called Hala and told her of her bad day.
"Oh Yasmeen! Haven't
you learned your lesson yet?" was her friends reply to her awful day. "Yeah, you
should put your four-leaf clover in a treasure chest." Yasmeen said, despite her
tears. "Anyway, I was trying to tell you that clovers don't give you luck. There
is no such thing! Everything happens through Allah's (SWT) will. Did you know
luck charms are haraam?" Yasmeen gasped in reply, so Hala continued saying, "You
should not believe in luck charms, and that they can bring you good or bad luck.
Everything really only happen through Allah's (SWT) will! Believing in luck
charms is like not believing in Allah (SWT)! Yasmeen just gasped again.
"Then she ended the phone call by saying, "I didn't realize it was that serious! Well, from now on I'll work hard and never use a luck charm again!" And she kept her promise after that.
Amina is not feeling very well today. She has caught a cold and she coughs. Mummy tells her: “What you need is a nice hot drink with honey. Let’s go and buy some honey, and you’ll see your cough will get better insha Allah.”
Amina and her mother go out to the supermarket. They stop in front of the shelf where the honey is.
“Oh, Mummy, there are all sorts of different colours!”Amina says excitedly. “Look, this honey is almost white, and this one is golden, and that one over there is brownish.”
“Yes, Amina”, her mum answers. “They are different sorts of honey. There’s clover honey, lavender honey, eucalyptus honey... and mixed wildflower honey.”
“But then, does honey come from flowers?”Amina asks.
“Come on, you know it doesn’t!” her Mum answers. “You know bees make honey. The bees fly from flower to flower to collect a fine powder called pollen and a liquid called nectar. And then they make the honey with their bodies. Since there are different sorts of flowers with different colours and smells, this produces different sorts of honey.
If the bees have been only on clover flowers, they make clover honey, which is almost white, like the one in this jar.
If the bees have been on lavender, as in the South of France, you get this nice golden colour. And if the bees go about on all sorts of wild flowers, they produce mixed wildflower honey.”
Amina asks: “And what colour is mixed wildflower honey?”
“Well, it depends on the flowers!" Mummy answers,. “Look, the honey in this jar is yellow, this one is brownish, and yet they’re both mixed wildflower honey.”
Amina thinks for a while and then she asks: “But who has taught the bees how to make honey?”
“Allah has taught them, darling”, Mummy explains. “When the bees make honey, they obey Allah.
Do you know Allah tells us about bees in the Quran? Listen to what He says.”
And then Amina's Mum recites for her the verses from
And your Lord inspired the bees, saying ‘Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord.’ There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying colours wherein is healing for men.”
(Qur'an - Surah Nahl l, 68-69).
One day, Amar was reading one of his favorite stories, "The Hare and the Tortoise." He laughed at what happened to the hare and learned from the tortoise how important it is to use one's head and that cleverness is more than a match for physical superiority. While he was thinking about these things, he suddenly realized that the tortoise in the book had come alive on the page and had started talking to him:
The tortoise began by saying: "Hi Amar! It's great that you are so young and clever enough to learn a lesson from the story about the hare and me."
Amar asked "How old are you?"
The tortoise replied: "I'm not as young as I look; I am actually 45 years old. Tortoises live for about 60 years; and there's even one kind of tortoise called the 'Testudo' that can live as long as 189 years."
Everything in the heavens and everything in the Earth belongs to Him. Allah is the Rich Beyond Need, the Praiseworthy. (Surat al-Hajj: 64)
What's your favorite season?" asked Amar.
The tortoise replied: "Warm weather is very important for our survival. Our body temperature changes with the temperature of the air around us and is usually between 32.2 and 32.4 Fahrenheit (0.1 and 0.2 degrees Celcius) lower than that of the air. Our digestive system speeds up as the temperature becomes hotter. When Allah created us, He gave us this characteristic to make it easier for us to survive when it is very hot. We need all the gifts that Allah gives us, but He is Rich Beyond Need."
Amar then wondered: "What's your favorite food?"
We love yellow squash. Our eyes are very sharp, and they see yellows best. That means we can easily find our favorite food," responded the tortoise.
Amar had another question for the tortoise: "Do you hibernate in winter?"
The tortoise explained: "Yes. When the weather gets colder, from October on, and food becomes harder to find, our bodies slow down and we protect ourselves by going to sleep for several months. Our heartbeat and our breathing slow down. We hibernate between October and March. Because Allah created us in this way, we don't have to stay awake in winter with nothing to eat, which would be fatal to us. Allah has protected us for generations by sending us to sleep at just the right time."
Amar had more to ask: "I know you live on dry land, but I also think some of you live in the water. Can you tell me about them?"
The tortoise smiled: "You're right, Amar. There are tortoises, fresh water turtles and sea turtles among us. I live on dry land, for example. I prefer fields, soft soil and grapevines. Fresh water turtles, the kind you keep in aquariums, like lakes and river banks. Sea turtles live in the warm seas and come onto land to lay their eggs. Let me tell you something interesting about the Caretta sea turtle:
Caretta go to warm beaches to lay their eggs. Allah inspires the young turtles that hatch from the eggs to head toward the light reflected off the sea, in other words, to go straight toward where they will live. How do these baby turtles know that the sea is the best place for them to live in? It must be because our Lord inspires that knowledge in them."Amar said: "You're right. Everyone with a mind to think with must know that the world is full of Allah's wonders. We must always remember that you and I, all animals and trees and everything else are a sign of Him. It was nice to talk to you. Thanks for telling me so much. Bye-bye."
"Good-bye, you clever boy," said the tortoise.
“I want toys. I need money to buy them.” “Sorry, but I do not have money… but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.” The boy was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.
One day, the boy who now turned into a man returned and the tree was excited “Come and play with me” the tree said. “I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?” “ Sorry, but I do not have any house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house.” So the man cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the man never came back since then. The tree was again lonely and sad.
One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted. "Come and play with me!” the tree said. “I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?” said the man. "Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy.” So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.
Finally, the man
returned after many years. "Sorry, my boy. But I do not have anything for you
anymore. No more apples for you …” the tree said. "No problem, I do not
have any teeth to bite" the man replied. "No more trunk for you to climb
on” “I am too old for that now” the man said. "I really cannot give you
anything... the only thing left is my dying roots” the tree said with tears.
"I do not need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these
years” the man replied. "Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean
on and rest, Come, come sit down with me and rest.” The man sat down and the
tree was glad and smiled with tears…
This is a story of everyone.
The tree is like our parents
were young, we loved to play with our Mum and Dad...
When we grow up, we leave them…only come to them
when we need something or when we are in trouble.
No matter what,
parents will always be there and
give everything they could
just to make you happy.
You may think the boy is cruel to the tree, but that is how all of us treat our parents.
We take them 4 granted we don't appreciate all they do 4 us, UNTIL it's 2 late.
Wallahi May Allah 4 give us of our shortcommings and may He Guide us,
Insha'allah w Ameen Ya rub.
Please enlighten all your friends and your families by telling them this story,
Love your Parents
And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.
And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small."
As soon as Idrees got home from school, he ran to his grandfather to ask him about something that was on his mind.
"Grandpa," he said, "I want to ask you something."
"What is it, Idrees?" asked Grandpa Uthman.
"Grandpa, on the bus, a lady was telling her friend how important patience is, and how true patience should be as it is described in the Qur'an. Can you tell me what that means, Grandpa?"
Grandpa Uthman nodded: "Most people don't know what real patience is, or how a patient person should behave. Some people think that patience just means confronting the difficulties and frustrations of life and putting up with them. But Allah teaches us in the Qur'an that real patience is very different from just putting up with something."
Idrees asked another question: "So, Grandpa, what's the source of this patience in the Qur'an?"
"You know, Idrees," answered his grandfather, "that the way to gain Allah's favor, love and pleasure is to fully obey His laws and commands in the Qur'an. Allah wants His servants to practice the morality of the Qur'an fully until the end of their lives. And the secret that enables them to obey this command, come what may, lies in the perfect patience that comes from faith. A person who learns the real meaning of patience can behave in the way that Allah desires from him and be regular in performing his prayers. A person of faith knows that Allah's knowledge and wisdom is in everything, nothing happens without His permission and that, behind every event, lie the purpose and all the countless good things that He has created."
"In that case, a person shouldn't be upset at the things that happen to him, but should always have patience," said Idrees.
Grandpa Uthman smiled: "Very true, Idrees. Allah is the friend, protector and helper of a believer. So, even if some don't appear so at first sight, all the things that happen to us are for our own good. For this reason, for a believer, being patient does not mean being forced to follow a moral command; on the contrary, it is an act of worship that he performs with joy and sincere pleasure. Believers know that whatever happens to them has been created by Allah and that something good will certainly come out of it. Because they know that Allah has determined the best fate for them, they face every event with enormous pleasure and inner content. In the Qur'an, Allah says:
'[Believers are] those who are steadfast and put their trust in their Lord.' (Surat al-'Ankabut: 59)"
"In that case, a believer's patience can't wear out!" exclaimed Idrees excitedly. "Now I understand what the lady on the bus was saying."
Grandpa Uthman answered: "Yes, my boy. Human beings show patience because it is a command from Allah, and so they will never be in a situation where they will lose it. Throughout their whole lives they will perform this act of worship with pleasure and eagerness."
"Thanks Grandpa," said Idrees. "Now I understand that patience is very important, and, if Allah so wills it, a person's patience will never come to an end."
Nabil looks into the padi field and watches the tadpoles swimming. It is the planting season and the padi field is flooded. Farmers are going to remove the seedlings from the seed beds and transplant them into the flooded fields. The warm, wet climate in the tropics is ideal for growing padi. Meantime the tadpoles are having fun swimming in the empty field.
Nabil is waiting for his father to take him to the masjid. He can hear his father calling him, "Nabil, where are you?" (Aina anta, ya Nabil?) Nabil replies, "I am coming, Ayah." He rushes to the road to meet his father.
As they start walking they hear a sound, squiissh, squiissh, squiissh, squiissh. "What is that noise?" asks Nabil. They stop to listen, but the noise stops as well. As they start walking again, they hear the noise again, squiissh, squiissh, squiissh, squiissh. Again they stop to listen. Again the noise stops. They are very puzzled. " Is someone following us?" asks Nabil, as he looks back. But there is no one there. What could the noise be? Is it a bird in the sky or an insect in the padi field? Again as they start walking they hear the noise.
Nabil looks down at his shoes and squeals in delight. "Its my shoes, they are wet and are making this squiisshing sound." They both laugh gleefully. His father looks at Nabil's shoes and exclaims, "Nabil, there is a hole in your shoe. We need to buy you a new pair of shoes. Next week when I get some money, insha Allah, I will put aside some money for your shoes first."
Nabil is very excited. Shopping for new shoes will be fun.
On Monday after school, Nabil asks his father, "Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says, "Sabar (be patient), Nabil." Then Nabil says to his father, "Ayah, today I saw my friend Azman wearing a nice pair of black shoes." His father says, "Alhamdulillah, that is what Allah s.w.t has given to him."
On Tuesday after school, Nabil asks his father again, "Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says the same thing, " Sabar, Nabil." Then Nabil says to his father, "Ayah, today I saw Ustaz Marwan wearing a new pair of white shoes." His father says, "Alhamdulillah, that is what Allah s.w.t has given to him."
On Wednesday after school, Nabil asks his father again, "Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says, "Sabar, Nabil." "Nabil, today I saw the postman wearing smart blue shoes." This time Nabil says, "Alhamdulillah, that is what Allah s.w.t has given to him."
On Sunday again Nabil says, "Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says, "Yes, today after salatul Zohor, insha Allah, we will go and buy your shoes." Nabil performs his salatul Zohor and quickly gets ready to go out shopping.
At the shoe shop, Nabil sees a nice pair of black shoes. "Ayah, these shoes look very smart," says Nabil. His father says, "Yes, they look great, Nabil." His father looks at the price. "Nabil, we can only spend $25 for your shoes. These shoes cost $55. It would be a waste to buy these expensive shoes. This is an extravagance. We would be spending an extra $30. Allah (swt) does not want us to be extravagant, Nabil. What do you think we can use the $30 for?"
Nabil's father then reads a verse of the Qur'an.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Walaa Tusri fuu
Innahu La yuhibbul Musrifeen
And waste not [laa Tusri fuu] by
Verily, He (Allah) loves not those who
waste by extravagance (excess).
Surah 6 Verse 141
"Okay, Ayah," Nabil says. We will not be extravagant." Nabil always obeys his father, he is a soleh child.
Then Nabil sees a pair of brown shoes that look very nice. "Ayah, these shoes are $27 only, can I buy them," asks Nabil. His father looks at the shoes and says, "Yes, Nabil, these shoes are just right for you."
As the salesman looks for the right size of shoes, Nabil wanders around the shop and soon sees a pair of white shoes that cost $17 only. He likes the shoelaces on them. There are little bells dangling at the end of the shoelaces.
"Ayah, Ayah," Nabil calls as he runs to the other side of the shop in excitement. "Can I buy these pair of white shoes with the little bells on them. They are cheaper than the brown shoes; we will save money too. Do you know how much money we will save Ayah?"
"Are you sure you want these shoes Nabil. I don't mind paying $27 for the brown shoes, if you want them," his father says. "No, I don't want the expensive brown shoes. I want these white shoes which are cheaper. Ayah, we must not waste money. Remember what Allah (swt) says," Nabil reminds his father by reading the verse from the Qur'an.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Wa laa Tusri fuu
Innahu La yuhibbul Musrifeen
And waste not [laa Tusri] by extravagance
Verily, He (Allah) loves not [ La
yuhibbu] those who waste by extravagance (excess).
Surah 6 Verse 141
His father smiles when Nabil finishes reading the verse. He says, "Well, Nabil, now you have a new pair of white shoes." Nabil replies, "Alhamdulillah, this is what Allah (swt) has given to me."
Nabil is very happy. He keeps looking at his new white shoes, smiles and keeps saying, "Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah."
On the way back, Nabil's father says, "Nabil you can have the $10 we saved by buying these white shoes. You can do what you want with it, but remember to do only those things that will earn you the pleasure of Allah (swt) When Allah (swt) brings rezeki to us He also waits to see what we do with it. This $10 comes to you from Allah (swt)"
Nabil's father reads a verse of the Qur'an.
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Wama bikum min ni'matin faminallah
And whatever of blessings [ ni'matin]
and good things you have, it is from Allah.
Surah An-Nahl 16:53
The next day Nabil is thinking of what he would like to do with all that money. It is a lot of money and he has never had so much before. At first he thinks he would like to spend all the money on ice cream or chocolates or even buy that toy car he has seen at the supermarket. Just the thought of it makes him very excited. But then he asks himself, "Will Allah (swt) be pleased with me if I spend all the money on myself?"
Next day after school he sits down with his father and starts writing down his ideas. Nabil decides to use the money in five different ways. Nabil starts think, "How much money is there for me to use for each way if I divide $10 into five ways?" Nabil sees that he has $2 to give his mother, whom he loves very much. He can spend $2 for himself, he can use $2 to buy treats for his brothers and sisters, he can save $2 and the last $2 he can give to the poor family who lives near the masjid. He says to himself, " Allah (swt) will be pleased with me if I use the money in this way rather than if I spend it all on myself."
Next day he goes with his mum to visit the poor family. When they reach the house they hear some children crying. Nabil and his mum say, "Assalamu Alaikum, Makcik Meriam." Makcik comes out and replies, "Wa alaikumus Salam." One little girl follows makcik and keeps saying, "I am hungry, mak. I am hungry, mak. Give me some food?" (Ana jaw'an. Ana jaw'an. A'tinee ba'dha toa'am.)
Nabil's mother gives some old clothes to makcik. Nabil gives his $2. Makcik is very happy and says, "Alhamdulillah." She immediately wispers to her son to go and buy a packet of rice so that she can cook it for his little sister. There is nothing in the house to eat. Even though she speaks very softly Nabil and his mother can hear.
Nabil is very upset and shocked that
there is nothing to eat in Makcik Meriams house. At his house there is always
something to eat. He puts his hand in his pocket and feels the balance of the
money. He realizes that makcik needs the money to feed the family but he does
not need the extra money. He decides to give all the balance of $8 to Makcik.
He immediately sees her face light up even more as she keeps repeating,
"Alhamdulillah, Masha Allah." She tells her son to buy some more rice and
When they reach home, Nabil starts
crying as he remembers makcik's family who has no food in their house. His
mother consoles him and says, " Allah (swt) sends rezeki to whomever he
chooses. Allah (swt) gives more to some and waits to see whether they will
spend it all for themselves or they will share with those who are in need."
Nabil looks at his new shoes and says, "Alhamdulillah, I am glad I bought this pair of white shoes and saved $10 and therefore could give it to makcik's family."
Bullock Cart and Mangoes
Rashida stays in a little village in India with her family. India is a country in Asia. It is the hot season and there are a lot of delicious mangoes to eat. Rashida goes to madrassah in a bullock cart with her little brother, Lukman.
On her way back she sees the vendors shouting, "Delicious mangoes for sale, come and buy them."
There are many types of mangoes; Rashida loves to eat mangoes.
Today, Rashida is very excited. She has learnt something new in class and wants to teach her mum.
Her mum has told her, " Rashida you must teach me all that you learn in the madrasah. Sometimes I can forget to practice what I have learnt. If you remind me I will earn Allah s.w.t. pleasure and you will earn a reward for teaching me. Remember Rashida, we must learn our deen, practice it and teach it to others."
Rashida loves to teach her mum. They have a lot of fun learning and helping each other to practice what they have learnt.
Rashida runs into the house and can smell the 'ras' (mango pulp) that her mum has made for lunch. She will eat it with 'chapati' (flat whole meal bread) .
"Ammi, Ammi, I am home. Assalamulaikum ," says Rashida as she salaams her mum and gets a big hug and a kiss."
Her mum says,"Wa alaikumus Salam."
"Ammi, I have something new to teach you today," says Rashida excitedly.
"Calm down," mum says. ' Wash your hands and eat your 'ras', then we can talk.'
Rashida is very hungry and quickly washes her hands and sits down. Her little brother starts eating and Rashida says, "What do we say before we eat?"
Her little brother, Lukman, quickly stops eating and replies, 'Bismillah.'
Soon Rashida And Lukman are relishing the delicious 'ras' and slurping it down with 'chapati' and 'dhal' curry [lentil curry].
Soon lunch is over and Rahida says her doa and starts helping her mum clear the table and wash the dishes. Rashida always likes to help her mum. Mum is always very busy with cooking, cleaning, washing clothes and looking after Lukman and the baby. Mum looks very tired and Rashida likes to help her mum so that her mum does not have to do so much work and can take a short rest.
As she is washing the dishes very carefully, she tells her mum about her school day, "Today we learnt two names of Allah SWT."
" Alhamdulillah," says her mum. "Will you teach them to me.'
"Yes! yes!" replies Rashida excitedly. She loves to share with her mum. "Al Baseer and Al Waduud'' 'These are the two names I have learnt."
Her mum repeats, "Al Baseer, Al Waduud; Al Baseer, Al Waduud," "Rashida what does Al Baseer mean."
"Al Baseer means, The All Seeing and Al Waduud, means The Loving."
"Oh! That is beautiful." Mum repeats again, " Al Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud The Loving; Al Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud The Loving."
Soon even Lukman is saying," Al Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud, The Loving; Al Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud The Loving ."
Mum looks at Rashida and winks at her and whispers, " See how teaching me also teaches your brother the names of Allah s.w.t.. Isn't that great, Alhamdulillah. You will get a reward from Allah s.w.t. for teaching me as well as Lukman." Mum gives Rashida a big hug and a kiss.
Mum said, "Today you were a tilmeezah [a student] and an ustazah [a teacher], alhamdulillah. Allah will be pleased with you."
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