What is Jannah (heaven) like?
“Allah has promised to the believers, men and women, Gardens in which flow rivers, to stay in them, and good homes in Gardens that are theirs forever. And greatest of all is Allah‟s goodly pleasure. That is the grand achievement.” Surah 9 verse 72.
This is a beautiful verse of the Quran that tells us how Allah has planned to reward those people who follow the rules of Allah and lead a good life. The Quran tells us many things to help us learn more about Jannah. Allah has also kept many details about Jannah as a secret and a great surprise.
What would you like to have in Jannah if you could have anything? Allah tells us that the best part of Jannah, is the feeling that Allah is happy with us. When we love someone, it makes us happy to know that they are pleased with us. The lucky people of Jannah will love Allah more than anything. To make it to Jannah, we need to become people who love Allah more than anything and
Let us all try to be forgiving people, who live peacefully with one another in this big green planet we call home.
Every day let us try to
Be kind to someone
Smile at a stranger
Pray for the world
According to the Islamic calendar, the New Year will begin on
10th January, 2008. The first month of the Islamic calendar is
Muharram. It means „The Sacred Month‟. It is one of the four
months of the year in which fighting is prohibited. The
th10 of Muharram is a special day for Muslims. It is also known as Ashura. The word Ashura, means "tenth" in Arabic.
Muslims around the world remember this day as the
anniversary of the martyrdom of the grandson of the
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Hazrat Imam Hussein
(RA- Allah be pleased with him). Hazrat Imam
Hussein (RA) was martyred in Karbala in Iraq, after
bravely facing the enemy forces. He chose to
sacrifice his life because he wanted Islam to remain
pure and beautiful. Many brave Muslims, including
little children, were martyred and they all sacrificed
their lives so that the religion of truth may grow
In the holy month of Muharram we should all remember the
great sacrifice of those wonderful Muslims, and pray for
them. They taught us that being good is never easy but it is
always the right choice to make, even if we have to make
Ashura is the day when Prophet Moses and his nation were
delivered from the cruel Pharoah. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
advised us to fast on the day of Ashura, as well as on the
day before it, or the day after it.
Try some of these brain jigglers:
Uzma and Saira are spending the day together. At zuhar (afternoon prayer)
they pray quickly but afterwards Saira remembers that she forgot to spit out
her gum during the salat. For asr (late afternoon prayer) they both forget to
do wudhu (washing up before prayer) and at maghrib (evening prayer) they
both get the giggles. How many salat (prayers) do you think they actually
Aafia and Humna go to the swimming pool for their lessons. Afterwards
they cannot find a private place to change. Humna thinks it is ok to change
in front of other people as they are all girls. Aafia thinks it is not ok. What
would you tell the girls if you could pop out of a locker?
Nosheen is not allowed to go to her friends‟ sleepover. When all the girls ask
her why she cannot come, it embarrasses her to tell them that she did not get
permission. So she tells them her mother is sick. Later on when a friend tells
her that they all watched a scary movie that gave her nightmares, she is glad
she did not go. What do you think would have happened if she had just told
them the truth?
Can you find out the names of all the 12 Islamic months? Could you make
up a song or rhyme to help you remember them? Ask your parents if you can
find a calendar that shows the Islamic months as well.
Can you find a good book about Islam that your family can read together in
the evening? It will be fun to take turns reading out loud and then discussing
what you read. It is interesting to see how people in the same family can
have different opinions about things.
If you could do one thing to help needy people in the world
what would you do? Think about it and plan as if it were
really in your power. Do you know that Allah rewards us
for a good deed even when we simply intend to do
something? It is important to have good intentions all the
Samia had a problem, a giant, ugly, purple, spotted problem, and it made her sad. After what happened at the Lexington Mosque Eid ceremony, she felt she needed to do something about it.
Samia and her family had arrived in good time for the Eid salat, even though she felt half asleep, it was so early. Samia had promised Jameela Aunty to help out with the Eid breakfast and goodies that were served after the prayer. She thought it was a good deed and a fun one too. She imagined herself carrying a tray of donuts or chocolates, wearing her pretty blue shiny new dress and the golden shoes with high heels. All the children would gather around her and follow her to the table, where she would arrange her treats and quickly grab the first donut!
Things happened quite differently.
First she forgot to tie her sparkly prayer shawl around her, which came loose at just the wrong moment, tripping her up. The chocolate milk spilled everywhere. She could still feel all those people glaring at her. “Oops”, she had said, smiling a sickish sort of smile. No one smiled back, but Aunty Jameela did help her wipe up the mess. Then the donut disaster happened. Three boys pounced on her and she began to run with the tray of donuts. It was so crowded she bumped into an elderly gentleman with nice white clothes. He didn‟t seem very happy to have three chocolate donuts
sticking to his shirt. Still it was Eid and everyone tried to be nice and forgiving. Even Mama opened her mouth and then closed it without saying a word, remembering it was Eid.
But Samia got the message. She knew that if she had tied her shawl properly, she would not have tripped and if she had listened to aunty Jameela about walking instead of running, the donuts would have been saved. She tried to listen better for the rest of the day.
It wasn‟t that she meant to make trouble. She just got these ideas in her brain
and then found it very hard to remember what she had been told. But recently Samia had been in trouble too much. There was the missing lunch money, the homework with raspberry jam on it, the important message she forgot to give her father and the many, many times she had just forgotten to pray salat. Samia decided to consult an expert about it: Big Baba, her
grandfather. He seemed to know everything and kept mentioning this
Shaitan person when something was wrong. When he missed his morning
prayer, he would say,
“Oh that horrible shaitan made me miss my prayer time. He gave me lazy
Or when Samia‟s sister Sahar did her homework really sloppy or rushed
through her Quran recitation, he would say,
“Sahar dear, watch for the shaitan, he wants us to be in a hurry”.
Samia skipped upstairs to find him.
“Big Baba,” she said, “Can I come with you on your walk please?”
“Oh sure my little princess”, he said smiling a big smile. “Ask your mama
and get ready quick.”
Soon Samia and her grandfather were outside, heading towards the walking
trail in the park. Samia walked patiently beside her dear big Baba, taking
small steps to match his. He always started out going slow, but would soon
speed up and walk so fast that Samia almost had to jog to keep up with him.
“Big Baba, I wanted to ask you more about the Shaitan. I think he is the one
who is getting me into trouble all the time.” Big Baba laughed and patted Samia‟s head gently.
“Why do you think that?” he asked. “I don‟t really know for sure, but I wanted you to help me figure out.
Something must be wrong. I get into so much trouble, even though I want to
do the right thing.”
Big Baba stopped and rubbed hands together. He always did that when he
was thinking hard.
“It does sound like the Shaitan‟s work. That horrible jinn likes to get sweet
people like you into trouble by making you forget what you were supposed
“But Big Baba,” said Samia getting worried, “how did he get inside my
mind. I thought only Allah can know my thoughts.”
“Allah has created the Shaitan, to make this world a test. If you listen hard to
the voices inside your head you can usually make out different ones. Like
when your mama reminds you that it is time to pray. One voice will tell you
to get ready and leave whatever you were doing, and the other one will try to
distract you. That one is the Shaitan. He always tells you to pray later on, to
finish what you are doing first, or to rush though salat quickly as if your time
is being wasted.”
“Oh I see,” said Samia, “I think Shaitan likes to tell us to do things that are the opposite of what our parents tell us.”
“That is usually true,” said Big Baba. “Parents tell us the right way to do
things and how to make good choices and Shaitan tries to talk us out of
“Then the Shaitan should be the one getting in trouble all the time Big Baba,
not me,” grumbled Samia. “And sometimes I just get confused about what to
do, there are so many ideas in my head all spinning around like a washing
“Listen to your heart little princess. Learn to think a little bit before you do
something. And there are always people to help you out. I get confused
sometimes too and then I open up my Quran and read and read till I find an
Samia came back home, with her mind whizzing and whirling with bright
ideas. She did not have to wait long before she put them to the test
Her homework journal was nowhere to be seen and she felt sure that Somi,
her little sister, must have taken it. She liked to do her pretend homework by
scribbling on Samia‟s journal. But before she stomped away to find Somi
and whack her, she took a deep breath and thought, just like Big Baba had
said. Hmm Shaitan probably wants me to fight with Somi and get into
trouble, but I won’t let him. I will look for my journal in other places before
I ask Somi. And I will ask her nicely instead of yelling at her and snatching
It turned out that the journal was under her bed!
Samia rushed to tell Big Baba what had happened.
“Samia, you have captured your runaway Shaitan! That was a big thing to do.
The Shaitan is the worst enemy we have, even uglier than all those weird
villains you see in your cartoon shows. Keep it up and remember that each
time you say „Aoodhobillah‟ you are asking Allah to protect you from the Shaitan.”
Samia tied Big Baba‟s prayer rug around her shoulders and flexed her
“Super Samia,” she yelled as she ran out of his room and headed for the stairs. “Aoodhobillah, watch out Shaitan, here I come.”
“Watch out Samia, go slowly,” Big Baba called out behind her.
A bang and a crash told him that he had been too late. He smiled to
himself. The way to learn is to make many, many mistakes and even
superheroes trip up sometimes
I do not like
my stinky scratchy sweater
and my clunky, chunky coat,
or my big, bossy boots,
or my grabbing, nabbing gloves.
They make me feel like a poofy, doofy monster.
Who is bubbling and boiling in his bundles of stuff.
So the other day, when no one was looking,
I went outside
into the snow,
in my normal clothes
and guess what?
I lasted about two minutes
then I rushed back inside
shivering and trembling
so so happy
sweet, soft sweater
and my cozy, comfy coat
and my brave, bouncy boots
and my glorious gloves
and I was thankful to Allah for giving me warm
things, when so many children are cold and shivering.
And I learned a lesson:
before your grumble and bumble
think how life would be without the thing you are
You might end up feeling grateful instead
just like me!
By Hajira Ahmed, Ohio, USA.
Who are angels?
They are noble servants of Allah, Obedient, selfless, and pure; Spiritual creatures
Seen only through the mind's eye, In visions and dreams;
Messengers between Heaven and Earth, They carry out Allah's will,
Bringing revelation and wisdom, Making the world go round,
Working the miracles of nature, Recording every deed ever done;
Inspiring those who hear
their guiding whispers;
And striking fear
In hearts filled by evil;
Angels are guardians,
Comforters who bring great strength And hope to righteous souls;
Living in places unseen,
Beings made from light
Health is wealth…..really it is. The blessed Prophet (pbuh) said,
Wow! Faith is the most important thing for us Muslims, and to
think that cleanliness is half of that! What do you think that means?
Does it simple mean that if we take a bath now and then, our faith
is squeaky clean?
Actually it means much more than that. It means that health is a
blessing from Allah and we should do all that we can to take care
of our body. Our body is where our soul lives in this world, and it
needs a good, clean house to grow stronger.
Take this quiz to find out how much you know about health
1. The correct way of hand-washing is
a. wet hands, dab soap on and rinse off quickly
b. just do wudhu (washing up before prayer) instead
c. wet hands, scrub well with soap and then rinse off while
d. quickly wet and dry hands and say Bismillah (reciting the
name of Allah) to kill germs
2. Wudhu is required before salat ( the 5 daily prayers) because
a. its one of those things you do to be good
b. it wakes you up so you don‟t fall asleep in sajda (bowing
down during prayer)
c. it was very dusty in the deserts of Arabia, in the time of
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
d. it cleans and freshens all of us and keeps us healthy, plus
makes us presentable before Allah
3. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would use miswak (a
toothbrush made from a tree branch) before every salat
a. he ate a lot of garlic