2.

The Rash

Yaseera was in tears. She had a rash on her face which was itchy and uncomfortable. The doctor had said that it was an allergic reaction and if she used a cream and avoided certain foods, the rash would probably clear up in a few weeks. The worst part was that some unkind children teased her and made fun of her because of her rash.

Whenever the children insulted her,  Yaseera became angry and said nasty things back to them in return. This, however, only made them tease her more. The angrier she became, the more they enjoyed teasing her. One day, Yaseera went home sobbing. “I don’t want to go back to school, ” she said. “The children tease me.”

Her mother comforted her and told her to make dua for those children, so that Allah  may guide them and help them change their ways. Yaseera made dua for them and also made dua for herself that her rash may clear up quickly. She did this every night. Her mother also advised her to ignore those who teased her and not be rude to them in return. When they teased her, she should keep silent.

By making dua for those children, Yaseera began to feel stronger and better. She followed her mother’s advice and whenever the children teased her, she ignored them. When they made her really angry, she would recite ta’awuz or zikr instead of answering them back.

Soon they got bored of teasing her. It was no longer fun as she did not get angry anymore. Some of them even apologized to her for their bad behaviour. Her rash finally faded away and Yaseera realised that it is best to ask Allah’s help in every difficulty.

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1.

The Bismillah Reminder

Humaira was halfway through her meal when her mother asked her, “Did you recite the dua before eating?” (Bismillahi wa ala barkatillah-In the name of Allah and upon the blessings of Allah) “You do know that shaitaan eats from the food over which ‘Bismillah’ is not recited.”

Humaira frowned and said,” Oh no, Mummy! I forgot to recite ‘Bismillah’. Must I now recite ‘Bismillahi awwalahu wa aakhirahu’?” ( In the name of Allah, before and after.)

“Yes sweetheart! By doing so, shaitaan will vomit out the food he ate with you,” replied her mother.

Humaira immediately recited this dua because she really did not like shaitaan and she didn’t want him sharing her food. She then complained to her mother that she was always forgetting to say ‘Bismillah’. She asked her mother if there was something that could remind her to say ‘Bismillah’ always before she started doing anything. Her mother thought for a while and then said, “I have the perfect solution!”

“What is it?” asked Humaira, unable to contain her curiosity.

“Wait and see,” replied her mother.

A few minutes later Humaira’s mummy returned with a thin elastic band that was threaded with some colourful beads. She measured it around Humaira’s right wrist, cut it to fit and knotted it into a circle. She then slipped it onto Humaira’s right hand. Humaira was thrilled to have this lovely, colourful bracelet from her mother. “Jazakallahu Khairah (May Allah grant you a good return),” she thanked her mother.

Her mother smiled and said, “Let us call it your ‘Bismillah Reminder’. I am hoping it will remind you to recite ‘Bismillah’ before tasks like eating, drinking, reading, writing or entering the home. I also hope it will teach you which is your right hand.”

“Insha’Allah I shall always remember from now on,”  said Humaira, happily rushing off to show her five year old brother Khalid.

A few minutes later Khalid appeared quite sad and also complaining that he forgets to say ‘Bismillah’ often. He also wished to have something as a reminder. However, he did not want a bracelet, as bracelets were for girls. Once again his mother paused to think. Then she smiled and walked towards her cupboard. Opening it, she searched and came back with a small black watch. She gave it to Khalid saying, “Here, take this! I bought it for you as a gift, as you’ve been so kind and well behaved lately. We can see you are really trying to be a good Muslim.” She strapped the watch onto Khalid’s right wrist and said, “Let this be your ‘Bismillah Reminder’. Now, you also have something to remind you to say ‘Bismillah’ before you begin any task.”

The two children were so pleased with their gifts. They just couldn’t wait to show their friends at madrassah their ‘Bismillah Reminders’ and to tell them what purpose they served. Their friends were really impressed and very eager to get ‘Bismillah Reminders’ for themselves. Wouldn’t you like a ‘Bismillah Reminder’ too?

 

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25.

The Runaway Sheep

A baby boy was born and his parents were so filled with joy. For the next few days they searched for a good, suitable name to give their son. On the seventh day they named him, as this is sunnah. They named their son Ahmad.

Two more sunnahs performed that day were Ahmad’s hair was shaved off and aqeeqa done. Aqeeqa is a means of thanking Allah SWT. Two goats or sheep are slaughtered for a boy OR one goat or sheep for a girl. Aqeeqa is also a form of sadaqah that safeguards a child against misfortune. Ahmad’s dad bought and brought home two sheep for his son’s aqeeqa.

Before the sheep could be slaughtered in the backyard that day for aqeeqa, something unexpected happened!

Can you guess what???

Well, one naughty sheep got free and started to run towards the open gate of the yard. It then ran out of the yard, crossed a road and ran off towards some hills.

Family and friends that were there, were startled to see it running away and ran and chased after it. They were however, not able to catch it. Finally, they lost sight of the sheep. They searched for it a little more but couldn’t find it and returned without it.

Since Ahmad’s father could afford to buy another sheep, he did do. He then sacrificed the two sheep (as was sunnah) for his son. The runaway sheep was never found by them and till this day the family still wonder what happened to it.

THE END OF LITTLE BLESSINGS: ONE

24.

The Sandwich

Farhaan was a cute chubby boy. He loved food and he really loved eating the polony slices his father bought each week. He could eat and eat until he felt stuffed. His parents often scolded him and told him not to make a meal out of the polony, as they were for lunch sandwiches. He was allowed to take a slice or two for a snack but was advised to eat it with bread, as this is more filling.

Farhaan however, loved to eat it plain and would eat slice after slice until they were all finished. It was the final straw when his mother began making polony sandwiches one morning, only to discover that he had once again eaten up all the polony. She decided to teach him a lesson.

During the lunch break, Farhaan and his friend Irshaad sat together on one of the school benches. Irshaad opened his lunch first and exclaimed,  “I’ve got steak sandwiches today, my favourite!” Farhaan then opened his lunch box to see what his mother had packed for him. He couldn’t believe his eyes!!!

His mother had only packed for him two slices of plain bread. He lifted the bread to check properly and found a little note tucked between the bread. It read: ‘This could have been a polony sandwich, however a greedy boy ate and finished all the polony. I hope this teaches him a lesson.’  Farhaan and Irshaad stared in astonishment at the note.

Irshaad then exclaimed, “Your mum must be really cross to have done a thing like that!” Farhaad replied, “I deserve it. She has often scolded me about this bad habit. I feel really ashamed today and Insha-Allah I wont ever be so greedy again.”

Irshaad then offered, “Here,  share my lunch with me.” Farhaad refused and said that he would eat the plain bread as his mother meant him to. In this way, he would never forget this lesson. He learnt his lesson the hard way but he learnt it well.

23.

Dust Your Shoes Before Wearing!

One cold morning, Anisa awoke and jumped out of bed. She needed to go to the toilet, so she put on her scarf and searched for shoes to wear. She knew that it is sunnah to wear shoes and cover the head when going to the toilet.

In the corner of her room, she spied her fluffy bedroom slippers. Hurriedly, she went to slip them on, wearing first her right slipper, as it’s sunnah to wear the right shoe first, then the left. She jerked when her toes felt something cold, soft and slimy in it. What could it be? A lump of wet tissue? Who could have been so unkind to stuff dirt into her slipper? she wondered. She quickly pulled out her foot, feeling cross and disgusted.

It serves me right,  she thought to herself. It is also sunnah to dust ones shoes before wearing them and I have not done so. She then began to dust out her shoes. She screamed and jumped, when she saw what fell out, as it was simply not wet tissue!!!

It was a baby frog, which is known as a froglet. The little frog was just as alarmed as she was, when it found itself dusted out of its cozy bed. It quickly hopped away in fright and hid behind some furniture.

As for Anisa, she felt so creepy that she didn’t even go search for the froglet. She has never forgotten that incident. Remember, it is always wise to follow the sunnah.

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22.

The Train Set

One sunny day, Umar and his brother Hamza awoke early. After breakfast they had a bath, changed and began to recite the Quraan. Thereafter they put their quraans away and were free to play. “What shall we do today, Umar?” asked Hamza. We could play with our new train set,” replied Umar. Hamza smiled and said, “That’s a good idea!”

The train set had been an Eid gift from their parents. It had many small parts and provided them with hours of fun. They went and asked their mother, “Can we play with our train set today?” “Yes you may, but please remember to handle it with care,” replied their mother. She took it down from a high shelf and handed it to them.

The boys carried it carefully and set it down on the floor. With great care, they opened the box and began to fit all the little pieces together. A little while later, the track was assembled. They then slotted in the batteries and switched on the trains. The trains began to make such wonderful sounds and were soon racing along the tracks. Just then the buzzer rang out loudly. Their mother called out that Usama was at the gate and wanted to play with them.

Umar said to Hamza, “Tell him we are doing homework and can’t come out to play.” Hamza answered, “We cannot tell lies. Don’t be mean and selfish. Allow him to come play with us, Umar. He may be poor but he is our neighbour and our friend. Let’s bring him in to play!” They then went and called Usama in. Usama’s eyes lit up with joy when he saw their train set. He was fascinated by it and the boys began to praise how wonderful it was.

Their mother overheard them and said, “Say Ma-sha-Allah when praising your toys and thank Allah Ta’ala for his gifts.” The children did so and continued to play. Time passed swiftly and they had a wonderful time. Soon it was time for Usama to go. He thanked his friends for allowing him to play, saying that other friends were not so kind in sharing their toys.

Umar remained silent and was filled with shame. He was glad however that they had not lied to Usama. They had both really enjoyed playing with him.The boys thereafter all exchanged salaams and Usama left. Umar and Hamza then dismantled the train set and carefully packed all the little parts and batteries into the box.

As they were handing the box to their mother, to place in the cupboard, the Zuhr azaan went. They made wudhu and walked off to the musjid where they made their salaah with jamaah.

21.

The Miser

Zakiya and Azraa were in their bedroom, putting away their weeks savings into their money boxes. Zakiya had quite a few coins to put away but Azraa however had hardly anything. She almost always spent her whole weeks allowance on sweets, snacks and cooldrinks.

As Azraa gazed at the amount of money Zakiya had saved, she felt very jealous. So she blurted out spitefully, “You are such a miser, Zakiya! You always hoard your money and don’t spend it!”
Zakiya felt so bad upon hearing Azra’s words that she started tearing. Just then their mother entered the room and wanted to know why Zakiya was in tears.

“She called me a miser,” said Zakiya sadly.
“Azraa,” their mother chided, “how could you say that to your sister?”
“But it’s true,” replied Azraa. “She always hoards her money and doesn’t spend it all.”

Their mother then said to Azraa, “Don’t you know a miser is a very greedy person who hoards money, not even spending it when there is a need to do so. Zakiya doesn’t do that. She spends her money moderately, gives charity and still manages to save some money every week. You should also learn to be moderate in your spending Azraa, if you wish to save. Now go apologise to your sister for being so nasty!”

Azraa realised that their mother was right and quickly apologised to Zakiya. Her sister smiled warmly and accepted her apology. Their mother then asked them, “Do you know who  is the worst miser?”

“Who?” asked the children.
“The worst miser is the one who hears our Nabi Muhammed (saw)’s name mentioned and does not send any blessings on him.”
“How do we send blessings on Nabi (s.a.w)?” asked Azraa.

Their mother replied, “We do so by reciting durood, upon hearing Nabi Muhammed (s.a.w)’s name. Do you both know what’s the shortest form of durood one can send?”

“What is it? Teach us please!” said Zakiya.”We simply recite ‘Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam,” said their mother.

“And do you both know the reward for reciting one durood?” she asked them.
“What’s the reward?”  both wanted to know. Their mother replied, “One receives 10 blessings, 10 sins are forgiven and one’s rank is raised by 10 stages.”

The children were so amazed to learn how much reward there was for reciting just one durood. They decided to always recite abundant durood in future. It was so easy to recite durood, yet earned so much of reward.

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