'Īd Mubarak to all the kids out there! We hope everyone had a great 'Īd.
All the kids who participated in the Ramadan competition did a great job, and it is obvious that you learned a lot from the sunnah of our Prophet Muḥammad . You're all probably really excited to find out who the winners are. Well, here's the moment you've been waiting for!
The Grand Prize winner for the Category 1 competition is…
Umar Ahmad Syed from Irving, Texas
Umar made a great poster showing how he follows a hadith in his own life.
“When any one of you eats, let him eat with his right hand, and when he drinks, let him drink with his right hand, because the Shaytaan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.” [Muslim]
The 1st place winner for the Category 2 competition is…
Zaynab Khan from Plano, Texas
Zaynab wrote a wonderful essay describing how she followed a certain hadith in her life.
The Surprise Package
One day my Grandfather sent us a surprise package from California. In the package, there were many surprises for me and my three year old sister. I got a book called 'du‘ā’ the Weapon of the Believer' and she got the book '21 du‘ā’ for Children'. We were SOO excited when we opened up our books! My little sister thought it was a storybook and got very happy and started jumping with excitement. I thought she would be disappointed, but surprisingly, she was happy to get a du‘ā’ book!
A little while later, I got a thought in my mind, an idea…my idea was to teach my sister a new du‘ā’ from her book every week, and have her practice the du‘ā’ she learned every day. I wanted to do this for the great reward of teaching someone a good thing. If you teach someone something good, and they learn from you and follow it, they get rewarded and you get rewarded too.
So that day, I taught my sister the first du‘ā’ in her book which was the du‘ā’ for knowledge: 'Rabbi zidni 'ilma'. I read the du‘ā’ to her word by word and she repeated after me. We read the du‘ā’ together about ten times. She learned it and practiced it every day for about half a week. I used to randomly ask her to recite the du‘ā’ to me, and within a few days she started to recite the du‘ā’ to herself while she was playing. Māshā'Allāh, I was astonished when she recited the du‘ā’ to herself. alḥamdulillāh, my idea really worked and she learned the du‘ā’ very well.
As you can see, Allāh is so Merciful that when we teach someone something good and they follow it, He will reward both of us, and when we do something bad and someone else learns it from us, He will punish both of us. Why don't you start teaching good things to others and stop doing bad things so that people don't copy you? I'm sure that you all want some good deeds so that you can enter Jannah inshā'Allāh and enjoy it, so why not teach others something good today!
Jareer ibn 'Abdullaah al-Bajali (may Allāh be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: 'Whoever starts a good thing and is followed by others, will have his own reward and a reward equal to that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their reward in any way. Whoever starts a bad thing and is followed by others, will bear the burden of his own sin and a burden equal to that of those who follow him, without it detracting from their burden in any way.'” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2675. He said, This is a saheeh hasan hadeeth)
The 2nd place winner for the Category 2 competition is…
Hana Sabrine Hubert from Wilmington, Delaware
Hana wrote an awesome story about a Muslim character who learns to follow the Prophet's example in her life.
Big Difference from a Small Hadith
Hafsa Abdu Rahman was a kind, and patient 12 year old girl. She was kind and patient about everything BUT dealing with her brother, Ahmad who is 6. He was nothing but trouble. Hafsa couldn't bear being in the same room with him for more than 5 minutes. Unfortunately, their house was small so they had to share a room, and Hafsa found that unbearable. Every morning, she woke up to find her bed covered in paint, the rug snipped and torn, or her Barbie's faces covered in black marker. The worst part was, Ahmed never got in trouble. Every time Hafsa's face turned red and her fists balled, Ahmed would laugh and run to their mother, Fatima. Whenever Hafsa told Fatima about Ahmed, Fatima would just sigh and shake her head. Hafsa was feeling quite miserable indeed as she plopped down on the couch, lost in her thoughts.
“Hafsa, please do your work now, in your Islamic Workbook,” called Fatima from the kitchen. Sighing, Hafsa scooped up the worn book that had once belonged to her mother, and flipped to her current page. The activity was on a Hadith about controlling anger, but Hafsa knew nothing about that. She read it, and it said
Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu 'anhu, reported that a man said to the Prophet, Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam: “Advise me! “The Prophet said, “Do not become angry and furious.” The man asked (the same) again and again, and the Prophet said in each case, “Do not become angry and furious.”
“Do not become angry or furious.” Hafsa repeated slowly to herself. Then she grinned and skipped away. She opened the door to the kitchen, but as soon as she did, a cup of water came crashing down, and drenched her, the cup just missing her head. Instead of screaming and raving, Hafsa took a deep breath, and relaxed.
“Ahmed, that wasn't a very nice thing to do.” Said Hafsa simply, wringing the water out of her hair. Ahmed frowned, not having received the reaction he wanted, and slipped away. She encountered Ahmed again, and this time he held a pair of scissors. In his other hand, he held Hafsa's favorite slippers, which was tattered and shredded. Hafsa was horrified, but kept control over her quivering body.
“Ahmed.” She managed.
“That was not a good thing. I'm sorry, but I'm not going to share my DS with you anymore, Ahmed.” Then Hafsa gently took the scissors from Ahmed, and her slippers, then walked away. By the next day, Ahmed had improved. He hadn't played a single trick on her, and by the end of the week, he was actually helping Hafsa with her chores. Hafsa grinned. What a big difference such a small Hadith had made!”