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The sun rose brighter that morning and the chirping of the birds was so much sweeter. It was the day of the ‘Id, a day of great rejoicing and celebration. There was an air of festivity in the streets of Madinah with all the people, both young and old, dressed in their best clothes. Many of the children were wearing new clothes which they had been given especially for that day.

As the time for the ‘Id salah approached, everyone made their way to the place of prayer, which was a pretty open piece of land on the outskirts of the city, with tall date trees that swayed every time a gentle breeze blew.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad [s] arrived and led the salah while the morning was still cool. After the prayer was over, he spoke to the assembled people, his words filling their hearts with fresh knowledge and understanding.

When he had finished, the people walked back into the city to enjoy the delicious food prepared at home. Friends and relatives went from one house to the next, enjoying the sweet and happy things each had to offer, with the little children running and playing here and there in excitement, smiling and laughing as they played, without a care in the world.

As he walked back, the Holy Prophet [s] was suddenly aware of a little boy sitting all by himself on the side of the path. The little boy was crying and looked very sad indeed.

Nabi Muhammad [s] bent down and patted him on the shoulders. “Why are you crying?” he asked.

“Please just leave me alone,” sobbed the little boy, without even looking up to see who was talking to him.

The Prophet [s] ran his fingers through the boy’s hair and very gently and kindly asked him again , “Why are you crying?”

This time the boy answered his question, although he still did not look up, “My father was martyred fighting for Allah’s religion, and now that my mother has married again, my stepfather does not want me to live at home any more. Today is ‘Id and everyone is happy. All the children have new clothes and nice things to eat, but I don’t have any clothes except the old, tattered ones I am wearing, and I have no food. I don’t even have somewhere to live.”

Tears of compassion came to the Prophet’s [s] blessed eyes, but he smiled and said, “I know how you feel. When I was a little boy I lost both my father and my mother.”

The boy was surprised to hear that it was an orphan who was comforting him, and for the first time he looked up to see who it was.

To his great surprise and joy, he saw that it was Nabi Muhammad [s] and he immediately jumped to his feet out of love and respect.

“If I were to become your new father, and ‘A’ishah your new mother, and Fatimah your new sister,” said the Prophet [s] with a big smile, “Would that make you feel a little better?”

“Oh yes, indeed!” said the little boy, smiling through his tears, “That would be the best thing in the world!”

The Holy Prophet [s] held the little boy’s hand in his own and took him home.

“This is our new son,” he said to Sayyidatuna ‘A’ishah [r] who gave the boy’s tear-stained face a good wipe before bathing him. The beautiful Lady ‘A’ishah [r] then dressed him in new clothes and after giving him a tasty meal, she tickled him playfully on the back and pointed outside.

“Now you can go and play with the other children,” she said.

When the other little children saw him, they were amazed to see how he had changed. They crowded around him, asking what had happened.

After he had explained about the kindness of the Prophet [s] one of the children said to the others, “You are the luckiest boy in the whole wide world. But if any child’s parents had died, then Nabi Muhammad [s] would have loved and cared for them too, just as he loves and cares for you.”

Vocabulary

Stepfather

Tattered

Compassion

Orphan

Stained

Amazed

Crowded

Explained