For My Kids · Ramadan

For my Kids: The Story of Ibrahim (Part 1)

After Saleh, there was a young man called Ibrahim (Abraham) peace be upon him in Babel (Iraq). He found the people around him worshipping statues, the planets .. everything but Allah (God).

His father used to order him to bow down to the statues. Ibrahim replied, talking logically and respectfully to his father:

“Father, why do you worship something that can’t hear or see .. or help you with anything.”

His father still ordered him to bow down to the statues. Ibrahim said:

“Father, I realize that I am very young. But Allah (God) taught me many things and I hope I can show you the right way too. Father please don’t follow AlShaitan (Satan) for he will only take you with him to hell.”

His father said if you don’t stop saying these things then leave my house and you are not a son to me anymore.

Ibrahim replied: “I wish on you all the peace and I will ask Allah (God) to forgive you for all your sins.”

(Note how respectful Ibrahim was to his father. He didn’t accuse him or talk to him harshly. And even after he kicked him out he said that he will pray for his forgiveness.)

Then Ibrahim saw all the people worshiping statues outside. He asked them: “What are these statues you are bowing down to?”

They replied: “We found our fathers and our fathers fathers doing so .. so we are doing the same.”

Ibrahim told them: “But your real God is the God of the skies and the earth. And by God, I will ruin these statues that you bow to.”

Then one day, he passed by the statues alone. He saw all the sacrifices from food to other things that people left at the legs of these statues. He asked them: “Why don’t you eat? Why don’t you reply?”

Then he had an idea. He took an ax and hit and broke down all the statues but one, the largest statue. He placed the ax next to it and left.

When all the people came and saw their statues broken, they cried and wailed: “Who did this to our gods?!” They screamed.

They all went angrily to question Ibrahim because they all heard him threaten the statues. They brought him and questioned him in front of everyone: “Did you do it?!”

He said: “There is an ax next to the biggest statue that is still standing .. go ask him if he did it. You can’t .. can you? Then how can you say this is a god capable of doing everything while he can’t even defend himself.”

Then they all started to chant: “Burn him and take revenge for our gods!!”

They built a huge wooden tower and set fire to it. The fire was so big and fierce that if a bird flew over it, the bird fell dead from the heat of the fire.

Everyone gathered around on that day. They couldn’t push Ibrahim in because the fire was too hot to get close to. So they tied him up and put him in a lever like machine to catapult him inside the fire.

Just then, Jebreel (Gabriel), the head of the angels, came down and asked Ibrahim: “Ibrahim, do you need anything from me?”

Ibrahim replied: “From you no thank you. But from Allah (God) yes I do.”

حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل (translation: God is enough for us and how excellent a guardian He is)

(Remember what I told you before in Hud’s story? If your safety net is the King of Kings Allah, why be scared? Ibrahim is faced with a huge fire and he has full faith that Allah will protect him.)

They catapulted him in the fire. Everyone saw him falling in. Then Allah (God) ordered the fire:

يا نار كوني برداً وسلاماً على ابراهيم

ordered the fire to be “cold” and “safe” around Ibrahim. Nothing got burnt except the rope that tied him up.

Ibrahim stood in the middle of the blazing fire, unharmed, and bowed down to Allah (God) thanking Him for saving him.

Ibrahim’s own father, standing with all the rest of the people and watching said: “Oh what a God you have Ibrahim!”

Ibrahim then walked out of the huge fire unharmed. You’d think people would believe in Allah (God) after witnessing this miracle. But no, they were only scared of him and ran away from him. The only two people who believed were his wife Sara and his nephew Lut.

Babel’s powerful king, Nimrod, heard of Ibrahim’s story and called him. He asked Ibrahim: “I heard what happened. Do you really claim you have a god?”

Ibrahim replied: “Yes, my God is Allah (God). He created me and you and everything around. Allah (God) gives life and takes it away. He created everything.”

Nimrod replied: “I too give life and take it away.” He then called a prisoner and ordered his guards to kill him.

“See?” he said. “I took away life.”

Then he called someone on death row and let him go.

“See?” he said. “I gave him life.”

Ibrahim then said: “Do you see the sun? Everyday it comes from the east and sets in the west. Allah (God) is the one who brings it from the east. Bring it from the west if you can.”

Nimrod was shocked and stumped and couldn’t reply. As resentment and anger started to increase in Babel towards Ibrahim, Allah (God) ordered Ibrahim to leave and relocate for his safety.

So Ibrahim left .. with his wife Sara and his nephew Lut and headed to Palestine.

To be continued …

For My Kids · Ramadan

For my Kids: The Story of Saleh

Today’s story is another short one, but an interesting one because you can still see the land that Saleh (peace be upon him) lived in and the people’s houses still standing till this day.

Again, Iblees (Satan) and the sheyateen succeeded in steering people off track. People started forgetting Allah (God) and started worshipping other things.

So Allah (God) sent Saleh to remind them and bring them back to the right direction.

Like all prophet’s and messengers before and after him, he asked his people to first and foremost believe and worship Allah (God), the only god there is.

And like all prophets and messengers before him and after him, they laughed at him and called him crazy.

They said: What happened to you? You used to be such a wise and trustworthy man and now you are talking nonsense. Just like all the messengers before him, only the poor believed in him.

So one day all the powerful people asked the people who believed Saleh: Why did you believe? Did you see any proof?

Then they told Saleh: We need proof. We need to see something with our own eyes so we can believe.

They said: Ask your God to bring out a camel from this huge rock over there. And not any camel, but a camel who is pregnant with a baby in the 10th month.

Saleh then asked them: And if that happened, will you believe?

They said that they need to see the miracle with their own eyes then they will believe.

After Saleh prayed and asked Allah (God) for numerous days, the miracle finally came.

The big rock moved and shivered, and out of it came a magnificent camel. And just like they asked for, the camel was pregnant with a baby 10 months old.

Saleh said: There you go. This is the miracle you asked for. Do not let any harm come to this camel or its baby. Take care of it as it is a miracle from Allah (God).

Did they believe after seeing the very miracle they asked for? No.

(Just wanted to take a sec her to point out that you will meet a lot of people like these in your life. People who you would like to be sold on a certain idea for example, or people who you wish will accept you, or love you back. There are some people in life that even if you bring upon a miracle, it won’t move them.

There’s a saying in Arabic that says: Even if you give them the sun in one hand and the moon in the other, it won’t work. What I want you to remember is: don’t waste your time with these types of people. You are much better than that and deserve much more.)

So Allah (God) put them through a test to see if they really believed or no.

Saleh told his people: Look at this well we drink from. There has to be one day dedicated for only the camel to drink, and the next day we can drink, alternatively.

They said: How about the day dedicated for the camel, where we drink from then?

He said: From the milk of the camel. It will be satisfying and enough for all.

The people got angry. How dare he tell us what we can and can’t do? How dare he stop us from drinking from our own well?

Two women came forward, one with a lot of money and one who has beautiful girls. They said that they prepared a prize, plenty of money and beautiful girls to anyone who would kill the camel.

Two men stepped up and said that they will do it. Seven more said that they will help them. Now remember that they were the ones who asked for this miracle, they were the ones who asked for the camel and now they wanted to kill it.

They cornered the camel in between mountains and killed it with a bow to her neck. The camel made a deafening sound. Then they went to Saleh laughing and saying: we killed your precious camel. Now what? Show us what you can do or the consequences for our actions that you claim.

Saleh started to cry because he knew what will happen and what will become of them. He then told them: you have 3 days, at then end of each day the colors of your faces will change and darken, then “it’ will start.

True to his word, after each passing day, the colors of the people’s faces began to change. They became scared. Then the same 9 men got together and decided to kill Saleh and get rid of him once and for all.

They decided to kill him and his family in the middle of the night so no one will be able to see them. So they got together in front of his house while he was inside praying.

Just then, stones came down from the sky and striked them all and killed the 9 men.

The next morning, Allah (God) saved Saleh and all those who believed, and all the rest perished.

Lessons we take from this:

  1.  Allah (God) can do any miracle you can think of.
  2. There are people in this world that no matter what you do, even if you bring upon a miracle, they will never change their mind. Don’t waste your time on them.

And above all, always remember, Allah (God) loves you and cherishes you .. no matter what.

For My Kids · Ramadan

For my Kids: The Story of Hud

Today’s story is a short one but has a very powerful and important lesson. It is about Prophet Hud (pronounced Hoood), who was sent to the people of a clan called Aad (believed to be between today’s Yemen and Oman).

Aad were said to be very rich and powerful people. They had a very strong army and were feared from everyone around them. And they are a tribe who have, sadly, forgotten about Allah (God) and created statues as their gods instead.

Hud came from a good family within Aad that everyone respected. Everyone knew him really well. But when he asked his relatives and people to believe in Allah (God) and to remember what happened to Noah and his people .. they all laughed at him.

At first, just like they did to Noah, they asked him if he is doing this only to get money and tried to buy him off. Then they called him crazy, like almost every messenger and prophet after him.

After a while of Hud trying with them, they were bothered with him and threatened him. (Now remember these people were very powerful people. They were feared by the strongest army all around them. But was Hud scared? Not at all. Why?)

اني توكلت على الله

(This is the most important lesson in Hud’s story, to believe. When you truly believe and leave your fate within Allah’s (God’s) hands, what do you have to worry about? You did not leave your fate up to a human king or a prince or any other person, you are fully depending on the Greatest and most Merciful, the most powerful Allah (God), then why worry?

There is no despair with a true believer, because we know without a doubt that Allah (God) is with us. He will help us if we stumble, protect us if we are scared, and do what is best for us.

Imagine someone who is in the protection of a king or president,  he/she feels like nothing can touch them. When you fully believe that you are in the protection of the King of kings, why worry?

This is the secret ingredient, and the most powerful: faith .. belief. When you believe, when you have faith that you will get through, when you really believe, miracles can happen and you can do anything. When you know that Allah (God) and his angels are carrying you, taking care of you, how can you ever be afraid? Have faith, believe, and Allah (God) will see you through.)

And just like the people asked Noah before to bring on the “bad consequences”, so did Hud’s clan. They said: show us what you’ve been threatening us with if you are really saying the truth.

It all started with a drought. The drought lasted for 3 years. For a place that was so dependent on agriculture, it was devastating. They all went asking their gods and statues to send them rain and save them. They kept sacrificing things for their gods until one day, a booming voice came from the sky.

The voice asked them: Which type of cloud would you like? A white one, a red one, or a black one? They all said black because they knew a black cloud is full of rain.

Then they all rejoiced. They thought that their gods finally answered their pleas and they will finally be saved. Little did they know …

The big black cloud came and covered the sky. It came with strong freezing wind and none were spared, except for Hud and the people who believed. They all perished and there was nothing their gods could do for them now. As being mere statues, they too flew in the wind and crashed with all the rest.

Lessons to Remember:

  • Always believe, Allah (God) is your safety net. No matter what, always have faith and believe that Allah (God) will see you through. Leave everything in Allah’s (God’s) hands, for what better security do you need than the creator of the world, walking side by side with you. If you truly believe, you will never be lost.

And always remember, Allah (God) cherishes and loves you .. no matter what!


For My Kids · Ramadan

For my Kids: The Story of Noah

After Adam passed away, and many years passed, Iblees (Satan) and his clan got their ways again. People started forgetting about Allah (God) and the ways of AlShaitan (Satan) took over.

So Allah (God) sent a Rasool (prophet) to teach them the good ways again: Noah (peace be upon him)

Noah went to his people and tried to help them. He tried to make them see and understand and believe in Allah (God) and get back to the righteous path. He told them that he is worried for them, that if they stay like this they will face bad things, for whoever follows Iblees (Satan) always loses in the end.

No one believed him. The most stubborn were the kings, princes, and rich who are so set in their ways. The only people who believed him were the very poor.

They told Noah: we see you as human just like any of us, and we only see the poor and insignificant follow you. So why should we? They asked him what he really wanted. Does he want money? They tried to buy him off.

Noah spent 950 years (yes 950) trying to teach his people, day and night, he never gave up.

They had a king who forbade his people to even listen to Noah. Whenever Noah talked, people would cover their ears or cover their faces and turn away.

Then his people jeered at him: For 950 years your telling us that if we live this way, that we will face consequences, that something “bad” will happen to us. Where are those consequences you claimed?

At this point, the doors of forgiveness in Heaven closed. And Allah (God) told Noah he can stop trying to convince people, because no one else will believe. Some say that between 30 and 80 people only followed him. And no one else will do anymore.

Then .. Allah (God) asked Noah to start doing a different thing. He asked him to build a ship .. a HUGE ship. So Noah dropped everything and straight away did what Allah (God) asked him to do.
People couldn’t believe it. “What are you thinking?!” they said. “Building a ship in the middle of the desert!” They called him crazy. Others said “What happened? You used to call us to the right ways and now you gave up everything .. and started building a ship on a land where no water can be seen!” They thought he lost it.

(So you see? It doesn’t matter what other people think or say about you. If you truly believe that you are doing the right thing, stick to it. Never change who you really are or what you believe the right thing to do is. It doesn’t matter if people think it is uncool or crazy. Stay true to yourself and never change.)

Then Allah (God) told Noah that there will be a sign. And when you see this sign, when you see water pouring out of the oven in your house instead of fire, tell the people who believe to be ready and get on the ship.

And take with you a male and female from all species of animals on earth with you on the ship. As God will kill and clean the earth from all evil doers and bad things.

The sign came, and Noah, his followers, and all the animals boarded the ship.

Everyone was laughing at the image. Why are you boarding a ship in the middle of a desert? And with animals too? You must’ve lost your mind.

Then Allah (God) describes that the skies opened and water came pouring down. The land ruptured and water came flooding up. Then.. in front of everyone, Noah’s arc began to float.

People started running around but no shelter can hide them. No amount of money can help them now. Now they will see Allah’s (God’s) strength and glory. Now they will see the consequences they laughed at.

While on the ship, Noah was looking around for his son. One of his sons was a non believer and did not board the arc with them. Noah saw his son running, his heart hurt for him and he pleaded with him one more time: Son, please come ride the ship with us.

His son replied: I will climb on a high mountain and be safe there. His father warned: no mountain can help you now .. there is no hiding today.

(See here Noah’s own son was not a believer. This shows you a very important point. If you believe in something, you can’t force other people to believe in the same thing. You can try to convince them, but you can never force anyone to believe in something they don’t. Noah’s own son didn’t believe in his message. His father didn’t beat him or forced him to go with him on the boat, he gave his son the choice. It’s the same with everyone in this world. Everyone has a choice, and no one has the right to force another person to do something they don’t want it or believe in.)

The entire world turned into a huge sea. No one knows how long Noah’s arc stayed roaming at sea. Till one day Noah saw a bird with a branch in his feet, and he knew that its a sign that the water is receding and the trees are showing again.

Then he saw the same bird with mud on his feet, and he knew that land is showing again from under all the water.

Noah’s arc finally docked on land. One by one the animals came down along with Noah and his followers, and they all built a new life on earth.

Lessons we take from this is:

  1.  You can never force anyone to do, think, or believe in anything they don’t want to. Noah’s son didn’t believe in his own father’s message and his dad didn’t beat him or force him to do so. 
  2.  You should do and stick to whatever you believe in and whatever your heart tells you is right .. no matter what others think or so. Even if someone thinks it’s uncool to do something that you really want to do, or thinks it’s cool to do something that you’re not comfortable in doing, always be true to yourself and do what you think is right.

And above all else, always remember that Allah (God) cherishes and loves you!


For My Kids · Ramadan

For my Kids: The Story of Adam & Eve

We will start today with the story of Adam (peace be upon him), the father of the human race.

After creating the earth, skies, and world, Allah (God) decided to create man. He asked the angels to bring Him different types of sand from all over the earth, some white, some black, some yellow, and some red .. and this is how mankind started.

(Notice how the sand is all different colors? That’s how people are too and we need to always remember to respect all different colors as Allah (God) created us all equally and all colors/races come from the same father.)

Allah (God) then combined the sand with water and molded Adam from mud. When the mold was ready, Allah (God) started to blow soul into him starting from the top of his head.

As soon as Adam’s soul reached his eyes, he opened them and looked around at all the wonderful things in Heaven.

When Adam’s soul reached his nose, he sneezed. The angels asked him to say: ilhimdila. When he did they replied: yerhemek allah (translated as God bless you).

(We need to always remember to say ilhimdila after sneezing and yerhemek allah (God bless you) to others who sneeze.)

Then when his soul reached his tummy, he felt very hungry and tried to take a step towards the many delicious fruits he can see. But his soul still didn’t reach his legs and he stumbled forward.

(Notice how impatient Adam was? See it’s human nature to always be in a hurry. So it is ok if you can’t wait to get or do something but be careful not to be too impatient or you will stumble and fall just like Adam did.)

As soon as Adam’s soul entered his entire body, he walked around Heaven admiring everything around.

(Because Heaven is such an amazing place no one can even imagine how it looks like)

Then Allah (God) asked the angels to bow down to Adam out of respect to His creation. They all bowed down except for one: Iblees (Satan).

Allah (God) then asked him: Why didn’t you bow down when I asked you to?

Iblees (Satan) replied defiantly: I wouldn’t bow down to a man made from mud. For I am better than him, I am created from fire and he is created from mud.

(Just wanted to point out that all angels are created from light, except Iblees (Satan) was created from fire)

Allah (God) then kicked him out of heaven because he didn’t deserve to be there.

(This is the first time ever that Allah (God) was disobeyed by one of His creations. And what do you think the reason was? Was it because Iblees (Satan) didn’t believe in Allah (God)? No. He was a very good servant before. 

It was because of arrogance.

The first sin ever was because of arrogance and pride. Now by pride I don’t mean when you feel proud that you got an A on your test after studying hard. That is a good thing to be proud of your hard work.

By pride I mean when somebody thinks he is better than someone else for whatever reason. It may be race, money, sex or anything. Never be arrogant and never ever think you are above or better than anyone else.

Remember this was the reason for the first sin ever committed, and for Iblees (Satan) to be kicked out of heaven.)

Now after Iblees (Satan) was kicked out, he didn’t ask for forgiveness for what he did. For if he asked genuinely to be forgiven, Allah (God) would’ve absolutely done so.

But Iblees (Satan) did ask Allah (God) one thing: to stay alive till the end of time. He vowed to prove that man wasn’t all that perfect, and that he is indeed better than all of them. He defiantly told Allah (God) that he will show Him who mankind really are, and that he won’t relent till Hell is filled with all of his followers.

And do you know what Allah (God) said? Allah (God) promises that no matter what happens, that even if Iblees (Satan) led people astray, if man repents and asks for forgiveness, He will forgive them. And that is a promise.

(How cool is that? To have a promise from Allah (God) himself that no matter what, no matter how badly you messed up, if you honestly ask for forgiveness and wont do it again, Allah (God) will forgive you).

So going back to Adam .. he woke up the next day and saw a woman next to him. He asked her why was she created? She said لتسكن لي . The literal translation is “so you can live to me” but the general meaning is so you can have a companion/solace in life.

(Let’s stop for a sec and think about how Hawa (Eve) was created. She was created from Adam’s limbs. This is to show you that woman will always stand by and support man. It is also to say that woman are equal. She wasn’t created from his head (above) or his thighs/legs (under), she was created from his side. Men and women, side by side.)

So Adam and Hawa (Eve) lived happily in Heaven.

Allah (God) then told them: You can eat and roam around anywhere in Heaven, except that tree over there, do not go near it.

Iblees (Satan) saw his opportunity here and started scheming right away. He told Adam: Do you know why Allah (God) told you not to eat from that tree? It’s because whoever eats from that tree turns into an angel. Don’t you want to be an immortal angel living in Heaven forever?

Years pass and Adam didn’t go next to the tree even with Iblees (Satan) trying. Then Iblees (Satan) started a new way. He swore in Allah’s (God’s) name that what he was saying is true and that he only wants the best for Adam and his wife.

Adam now believed him and Iblees (Satan) happily showed them the way to the forbidden tree. Hawa (Eve) first had a bite then Adam ate one. As soon as they ate the fruit, their private parts developed and could be seen. Adam and Hawa (Eve) ran to find some leaves to cover themselves.

Allah (God) then asked them: Didn’t I warn you about this tree and about your enemy Iblees (Satan)?

Then Allah (God) ordered them to get out of Heaven and go down to earth. All 3 of them: Adam, Hawa (Eve) and Iblees (Satan).

Adam and Hawa (Eve) cried and asked Allah (God) for forgiveness. Of course, Allah being so full of mercy, forgave them.

And this is where it all started, the never ending battle: between good and evil, right and wrong, heaven and hell, Man vs. Satan.

Lessons we can take from this is:

  1. Everyone makes mistakes. Even prophets did so obviously so will you.
  2.  And it is OK! As long as you learn from your mistakes and ask for forgiveness, you will be forgiven.
  3. Iblees (Satan) made a promise infront of Allah (God) and all the angels that he is out to get mankind and his sole purpose is to drag them with him to hell.

So be careful of his whispers, but always remember that Allah (God) will forgive you if you do stumble. You just need to genuinely ask for forgiveness.

And above all else, always remember, Allah (God) cherishes and loves you!


For My Kids · Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem

So I started this blog over 3 years ago, mostly to have an outlet for anything that comes to mind. It mostly follows updates from the 100 book reading challenge I took on (got to the 30 book mark so YAY!) and some snippets of parenting ideas and frustrations here and there.

BUT I did leave out a very big part of our lives. I started this blog anonymously for many reasons. One of the reasons is because I didn’t want the conversation on this blog to turn racial, political, or religious.

Because I started this blog to document things that I did not want to write down in a journal and lose, and that tends to happen a lot with 4 kids, I need now to document and share our journey in this Holy month of Ramadan.

First, let me introduce myself properly. I am a 36 year old Muslim mom of 4 from Bahrain.

And now that my older two are 10 and 8 years old, I really want them to value and understand our religion. And, sadly to say, as they understand English and the local dialect of Arabic much more than the traditional Arabic used in stories and novels, I have prepared for them these easy lessons that hopefully they will learn from.

They will be like bedtime stories for my older two almost every night in this Holy month of Ramadan. I will be using both our local Arabic dialect and English while story telling but will type them up here in English as I need them as a reference for when my younger 2 grow up, and maybe someone will read them and benefit/like them too.

So here goes, I will start a “For my kids” series about قصص الأنبياء , a story a night of God’s prophets and messengers that I know of.

Now of course, I am not a scholar, things might not be perfect and things might be missing. They might not be the same as the stories that you know of. I do not mean to offend or preach to anyone. All I want to do is teach my kids different lessons and values through these stories.

So please, I would like to ask anyone who would like to comment on any of the posts I write to keep it respectful.

Thank you and happy Ramadan.



Note: I am using the YouTube video’s of Sh. Nabeel AlAwadhi to help me with writing the stories. If anyone is interested they can be found on sobhanAllahChannel (videos are in Arabic)