Mum, I do not want to eat. I am a big boy and I can fast,"
Thabit told his mother.
"But you are fasting,
Thabit. 7-year-old children eat in the morning and a little
in the afternoon and then they don't eat anything else till
"But you do not fast like that, Mum,"
the little boy insisted.
"I am older, Thabit.
Grownups fast that way."
The young gentleman sat deep
in thought and then asked, "Mum, why do we
"That's a good question, Thabit."
She got up and went to the kitchen cupboard. She removed
something from it.
"Do you know what this is,
"It's a blender."
you know what it is supposed to do?"
passion fruit for juice." His mother laughed. "Yes, it
does blend. Our body does the same thing. It grinds the food
we eat; it takes what it needs and removes the rest. It does
this everyday - day in day out."
the body get tired, Mum?"
"It does. Just like
the blender. When we have blended juice for too long, it
refuses to work. Then it needs fixing. So we have to give our
body a rest so it can work better for us. That's why we fast in
Ramadan and some other days in the year."
everybody fast, Mummy?"
"Not everybody. If you
are ill or expecting a baby or if you are old and weak like
Daddy's grandpa or if you are 7 years old then you don't
The little boy thought some more. He ate the food
his mother had set before him without much fuss. "What
if you don't want to fast?"
"What is your sister
Nur's favourite colour?" "Pink".
what is the colour of her uniform for Madrassa?"
But she says she'd like to wear her pink
hijab when she goes."
"And why doesn't
"She is afraid Ustaadh will punish
"You see, she was afraid Ustaadh would
punish her. Ustaadh will punish her because she has broken
the rule of the madrassa by wearing pink.
Thabit, Allah knows what is good for us and so we have to do as
He commands, because He sees and knows everything. We love Him
and fear Him and we don't want Him to be displeased with
"But don't you get hungry, Mum?"
course we do. But we keep ourselves busy on other important
things to take our mind away from the food. We read the
Qur'an, or we visit the sick people or we go to the mosque
and listen to dars. You see there's plenty to do and before
you know it - it's time to eat!"
another reason why Muslims fast?"
"Yes. You are
lucky, Thabit, because you have food everyday. Not everyone
has food to eat."
"Like the poor people at
"Yes, like them. If we go hungry
like them, we will be able to understand that they need
The little boy seemed satisfied with the
answers, his mother had given him. "Mum, can I go with
you and Daddy to help the poor?" "By the Grace of
Allah, you can."