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Children love stories, and good stories have valuable lessons in them. Thus a very easy way to instil morals and values in our children is through story-telling. In this section, we will be guided as to how to present stories to our children and how to follow them up with lessons.

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The Forefathers of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) - Part Three

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2020 07:33

Haashim

The great grandfather of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was named ‘Amr, but he was known as Haashim.

There was once a very bad drought in Makkah Mukarramah. This meant that there was very little rain for a long time, so no food could grow. The people were very hungry, and because they were starving, they became very thin and weak. When Haashim would see all the hungry people, he would feed them by crushing pieces of bread into a gravy and giving it to them to eat. In Arabic, the word ‘Haashim’ means ‘a person who crushes’, and that is why he was called Haashim.

Haashim was very, very generous. He was always ready to feed people, and he would help poor people who were travelling by giving them camels to use in their journey. When people would come to Makkah Mukarramah for hajj, Haashim would feed them with meat, bread and dates and would also give them Zamzam water to drink. When the haajis would go to Mina, Muzdalifah and ‘Arafaat, he would give them food and water in those places as well.

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The Forefathers of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) - Part Two

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2020 07:30

Ma‘add

Among the forefathers of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was a man named Ma‘add. He was a very strong warrior and would always win the battles that he fought.

Ma‘add was a young boy, just twelve years old, when the king Bukhtunasar was ruling. Bukhtunasar was going to attack the Arabs, so Allah Ta‘ala instructed the Nabi of the time, Nabi Armiyaa (‘alaihis salaam), to place Ma‘add on the buraaq and take him away to safety. A buraaq is a special animal, similar to a horse, that Allah Ta‘ala would allow the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) to ride. The buraaq gallops so fast that every step it takes is as far as a person can see!

Nabi Armiyaa (‘alaihis salaam) placed Ma‘add on the buraaq and took him to Syria. The reason for Allah Ta‘ala instructing Nabi Armiyaa (‘alaihis salaam) to keep Ma‘add safe is that he was the forefather of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He needed to stay safe so that many years later, from his children, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) could be born.

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The Forefathers of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) - Part One

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2020 07:26

Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam)

Our beloved Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came from the best of families. His father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and all the fathers before them, which we call forefathers, were all good people. When other people would do naughty and evil things, then the forefathers of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would not do naughty things with them.

Because Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came from the best family and had the best forefathers, we will talk about some of his forefathers and look at their good qualities.

The first person that we will look at is Nabi Ismaa‘eel (‘alaihis salaam), the son of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam), because he is one of the far forefathers of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

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Nazeer and the Neighbours

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2020 09:30

Ask our children:

1. Who is a neighbour?

2. How should we treat our neighbours?

Now tell them the story:

Nazeer was a little boy who was not just naughty – he was VERY NAUGHTY. He lived in a complex with lots and lots of neighbours, and he loved to trouble them and make them angry. When he would do something naughty and make the neighbours angry, then he would find it very funny and laugh. In fact, he would laugh so much that even his tummy would start to pain!

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Qaasim and Qurbaani

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 14:23

Ask our children:

1. Is it important to make qurbaani of animals in the days of ‘eid?

2. If we don’t have money to buy an animal, what can we do?

Now tell them the story:

Once, there was a little boy named Qaasim who loved qurbaani. In fact, the days of qurbaani were his favourite days in the whole year! He even had a small calendar stuck inside his cupboard, and every day, he would count the days left for Qurbaani.

One year, however, Qaasim was very sad and heartbroken. His father came home and said, “Qaasim! I’m so sorry! We can’t make qurbaani this year because we don’t have enough money. We can’t buy a sheep.” As he said this, tears came into Qaasim’s eyes. He was so sad and disappointed, that he didn’t even feel like playing with his toys.

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