in a little village in India with her family. India
is a country in
is the hot season and there are a lot of delicious mangoes to eat.
Rashida goes to madrassah in a bullock cart with her little brother,
On her way back
she sees the vendors shouting, "Delicious mangoes for sale, come
and buy them."
There are many
types of mangoes; Rashida loves to eat mangoes.
is very excited. She has learnt something new in class and wants
to teach her mum.
Her mum has
told her, " Rashida you must teach me all that you learn in the
madrasah. Sometimes I can forget to practice what I have learnt.
If you remind me I will earn Allah s.w.t. pleasure and you will
earn a reward for teaching me. Remember Rashida, we must learn our
deen, practice it and teach it to others."
to teach her mum. They have a lot of fun learning and helping each
other to practice what they have learnt.
into the house and can smell the 'ras' (mango pulp) that her mum
has made for lunch. She will eat it with 'chapati' (flat whole meal
I am home. Assalamulaikum ," says Rashida as she salaams her
mum and gets a big hug and a kiss."
Her mum says,"Wa
I have something new to teach you today," says Rashida excitedly.
mum says. ' Wash your hands and eat your 'ras', then we can talk.'
Rashida is very
hungry and quickly washes her hands and sits down. Her little brother
starts eating and Rashida says, "What do we say before we eat?"
Her little brother,
Lukman, quickly stops eating and replies, 'Bismillah.'
And Lukman are relishing the delicious 'ras' and slurping it down
with 'chapati' and 'dhal' curry [lentil curry].
Soon lunch is
over and Rahida says her doa and starts helping her mum clear the
table and wash the dishes. Rashida always likes to help her mum.
Mum is always very busy with cooking, cleaning, washing clothes
and looking after Lukman and the baby. Mum looks very tired and
Rashida likes to help her mum so that her mum does not have to do
so much work and can take a short rest.
As she is washing
the dishes very carefully, she tells her mum about her school day,
"Today we learnt two names of Allah SWT."
says her mum. "Will you teach them to me.'
replies Rashida excitedly. She loves to share with her mum.
"Al Baseer and Al Waduud'' 'These are the two names I have learnt."
Her mum repeats,
"Al Baseer, Al Waduud; Al Baseer, Al Waduud," "Rashida what
does Al Baseer mean."
"Al Baseer means,
The All Seeing and Al Waduud, means The Loving."
"Oh! That is
beautiful." Mum repeats again, " Al Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud
The Loving; Al Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud The Loving."
Soon even Lukman
is saying," Al Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud, The Loving; Al
Baseer, The All Seeing; Al Waduud The Loving ."
Mum looks at
Rashida and winks at her and whispers, " See how teaching me also
teaches your brother the names of Allah s.w.t.. Isn't that great,
Alhamdulillah. You will get a reward from Allah s.w.t. for teaching
me as well as Lukman." Mum gives Rashida a big hug and a kiss.
Mum said, "Today
you were a tilmeezah [a student] and an ustazah [a teacher], alhamdulillah.
Allah will be pleased with you."