Eternal Success Syllabus

Arafah with the Rescuers

Fatimah woke up, said her duaa for waking and reached for her diary. Inside, she had written a detailed plan for the day ahead of them. But this wasn’t going to be any ordinary day. This was a day in which many will be saved from Jahannam, the day on which our beloved Rasul sallaAllahu alayhiwassallam gave his farewell khutbah from Mount ‘Arafat to the sahaba radiAllahu anhum. It is the day when Allah revealed the verse in surah al Maa’idah saying that Islam is complete and perfect. It is the day when every second should be filled with worship and seeking forgiveness and for this reason Fatimah had made a plan and written it down so she would not get distracted or forget to make the most of this precious day.

Listen carefully and see how many good deeds you can count…maybe you can try to do the same number of good deeds as her…or more!

She had already woken up to have suhoor so that she could fast because the Prophet sallaAllahu alayhi wassallam said : “It (fasting on the day of ‘Arafah) expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year,” which means sins we have committed in the past and sins we haven’t even committed yet are forgiven subhanAllah.

After Fatimah got out of bed she brushed her hair, made wudhu and cleaned her teeth with a miswaak stick just like the Prophet sallaAllahu alayhi wassallam used to. Then she went downstairs and opened her Qur’an on Surah al Buruj. She read the first three verses because the third verse is talking about the Day of ‘Arafah.

وَالسَّمَاءِ ذَاتِ الْبُرُوجِ

وَالْيَوْمِ الْمَوْعُودِ

وَشَاهِدٍ وَمَشْهُودٍ

‘By the sky containing constellations. And (by) the promised day. And (by) a witness and one witnessed’. [Qur’an, 85:1-3]

Then her Mama and Baba came to join her and together they read surah al Kahf because it was also the day of Jumu’ah. Just as they got to the last two pages, her tummy started to make funny noises and she realised she was feeling very hungry. She decided to distract herself by focussing on her plan, so she got out a pen and ticked off what she had already done.

As she had finishing ticking, her little brother Eesa and sister Maryam came into the room as they had woken up. Fatimah and Eesa did their Qur’an memorisation together while Maryam climbed on top of their shoulders and played with their hair.

Just then there was a tap tap tap on the window, they all looked up and saw a tayr (bird) looking expectantly at them. They ran outside and watched as it flew towards the forest. After checking with their mother, they picked up their explorer bags and ran after it.

When they got to the forest  another tayr (bird) was waiting for them on the stump of a chopped down tree. She flew up and down and flapped her wings but the children were confused as to what she was trying to tell them. They came closer, inspecting the  fallen trunk of the tree which had been chopped down and there they saw a nest with tiny baby birds whose tweeting was so faint they had to come incredibly close to hear it.

“La hawla wa laa quwatta illah billah!” exclaimed Eesa, “we must help these birds.” But just as he took another step towards the nest Fatimah called out,

“No Eesa! Their mother might be nearby and if we touch them or their nest she will smell us and she may leave and not come back. We need to have patience, watch and wait.”

They moved a few metres away to where there was a large bush and they hid behind it, while taking turns to watch the nest. Fatimah pulled out her diary, trying to see which other good deeds she could do while they were sat there. She found the supplication she had written down which is the best supplication for the day of Arafah and she read it several times before it was her turn to watch the nest.

Laa Ilaaha ’Illa Allah, Wahdahu laa Shareeka Lahu, Lahulmulku walahul-Hamdu, wahuwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer (There is no god worthy of worship except Allah Alone with no partners besides Him. His is the sovereignty and praise and He is over all things Powerful).

Suddenly Eesa jumped up and ran towards the nest. “Get away! Get away!” he cried, waving his arms around. Fatimah and Maryam ran after him just in time to see a huge crow turning around and flying away.

“The nest is too exposed here, it’s easy for predators to find them,” said Eesa, concerned.

“You’re right, but we must not touch it,” replied Fatimah.

“Yet we must do something Baji!” replied Eesa fervently.

At that moment they heard the woodpecker pecking on a tree nearby and they noticed something familiar about the tree’s huge trunk. Eesa reached out, pulled on the handle which had been carved into the bark and opened a hidden door to reveal a phone. He picked it up and heard the voice of his Mama on the other end.

“Eesa, do those baby birds have feathers?”

“No,” replied Eesa, confused as to what this had to do with their mission.

“Then they are nestlings which means they are very young and very vulnerable. Do not touch them and only touch the nest with gloves. You need to make a new nest and put them up in a tree as close to their previous home as possible. May Allah help you on your mission.”

Eesa explained the solution to his siblings and they worked together. Maryam wandered around gathering twigs and fallen leaves for the nest, Eesa looked in his bag for his gloves and Fatimah tried to see which tree was closeby and easy for them to climb. Eventually everyone was ready and Fatimah climbed up a tree that was just next to the one that had been chopped down. Eesa and Maryam used dry grass to tie the twigs together and they passed their makeshift nest up to Fatimah.

Fatimah was worried she might break the fragile creation as she climbed further up the tree, so she kept saying the special duaa for Arafah as she climbed.

Laa Ilaaha ’Illa Allah, Wahdahu laa Shareeka Lahu, Lahulmulku walahul-Hamdu, wahuwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer (There is no god worthy of worship except Allah Alone with no partners besides Him. His is the sovereignty and praise and He is over all things Powerful).

Then came the hardest part, Eesa put on his gloves and very gently, very slowly, said bismillah and picked up the nest with the nestlings in. Then he passed this up to Fatimah.

This time Fatimah was terrified as she saw the tiny creatures in her care and she put her trust in Allah as she climbed up and put it into their nest base in the new tree. As she moved she kept saying quietly

Laa Ilaaha ’Illa Allah, Wahdahu laa Shareeka Lahu, Lahulmulku walahul-Hamdu, wahuwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer (There is no god worthy of worship except Allah Alone with no partners besides Him. His is the sovereignty and praise and He is over all things Powerful).

“Alhammdulillah,” she exclaimed as she landed on the ground. “That was an unexpected opportunity for ajar on this Day of Arafah alhammdulillah.”

As they walked back home, Eesa noticed another opportunity for ajar on the pavement. “Look,” he said, “this plastic bag could blow away and hurt an animal or disrupt someone driving a car.” He took his rubbish pickers out of his bag, unfolded them, picked up the bag and put it in the nearest bin. They then spent the next few minutes trying to spot any more rubbish to put in the bin.

It was time for Dhuhr when the children arrived home and they made wudhu and prayed salaah together. When they had finished praying they heard their Baba arriving home in the car. They ran outside to help him bring the shopping in.

As Maryam grabbed the last bag, she noticed another opportunity for ajar. She ran inside, pulling at her Bhai and Baji’s sleeves and then led them back outside. She pointed to the car and then made a noise “juuuu juuuu juuuu.” Fatimah and Eesa looked at her, confused. She ran back inside and came back with a cleaning cloth, then she mimed wiping and hoovering.

“Oh!” exclaimed Fatimah. “Juuuu juuuu is your hoover sound. You want us to clean the car together?”

Maryam nodded and proceeded to the take the mats out of the car and wipe them down with the cloth she had brought. Fatimah and Eesa then set to work hoovering and wiping down the car.

The children were tired after all their efforts and they decided to sit on the sofa with some books and read about the story of the Prophet Ibrahim alayhisSalaam and Eid al Adha. Fatimah was tired so she closed her eyes for a short while, saying again and again :

Laa Ilaaha ’Illa Allah, Wahdahu laa Shareeka Lahu, Lahulmulku walahul-Hamdu, wahuwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer (There is no god worthy of worship except Allah Alone with no partners besides Him. His is the sovereignty and praise and He is over all things Powerful).

Before they knew it, it was time for Asr. They made wudhu which helped to wake them up and then when they had prayed they all rushed to get their duaa lists and they sat and made duaa and asked Allah for forgiveness.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said of the Day of ’Arafah, ‘In it, there is an hour in which no believing worshipper makes a supplication to Allah for good, except that Allah answers it for him, and he does not seek Allah’s protection from evil, except that He protects him from it’. [Tirmidhi]

Once they had read their duaas and asked each other and their parents for forgiveness also, for any mistakes they had made and might make in the future, they set to work preparing iftar.

As Eesa chopped fruit, Maryam arranged dates on a plate and Fatimah peeled and sliced some garlic to put in the daal her mother had prepared they kept saying together

Laa Ilaaha ’Illa Allah, Wahdahu laa Shareeka Lahu, Lahulmulku walahul-Hamdu, wahuwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer (There is no god worthy of worship except Allah Alone with no partners besides Him. His is the sovereignty and praise and He is over all things Powerful).

Then they washed their hands and sat down with their parents to break their fast together. Fatimah could not believe Allah had gifted them such a beautiful day as the day of Arafah and she was so glad she had tried to make the most of it. As she heated up the naan to go with the daal, she thought about how blessed she was to have such delicious and nutritious food to break her fast with, when so many people all over the world don’t have anything to eat some days.

“Baba,” she asked, as she handed out the naan to everyone. “Have you organised our Qurbani?” He smiled and nodded in the affirmative as they sat down to eat and Fatimah’s tummy felt a bit warmer knowing that their Qurbani would inshaAllah provide food to some one who really needed it.

It felt right, as she, Eesa and Maryam cleared the table and began to wash and put away the plates in the kitchen, to say together one last time.

Laa Ilaaha ’Illa Allah, Wahdahu laa Shareeka Lahu, Lahulmulku walahul-Hamdu, wahuwa ‘ala kulli shay’in Qadeer (There is no god worthy of worship except Allah Alone with no partners besides Him. His is the sovereignty and praise and He is over all things Powerful).