Dear Children, Assalam Alaikum
This month we are remembering our Prophet, as the anniversary of his death falls on 28th November.
Our illustrator, Ghazaleh Kamrani, has drawn an image from a very important place in the Islamic World. You might have guessed it by now. Yes, it is Masjid-un-Nabi (the Mosque of the Prophet). This mosque was built over many centuries in the place where the humble and simple first mosque was built by the Prophet Muhammad(s).
Children, just imagine how sad the Prophet’s followers must have been when they heard 23 years after the start of the Prophet’s victorious mission to successfully bring Islam to people, enduring numerous difficulties and tribulations in the process , that their leader, mentor and guide was about to leave this world. From the early days of his mission the Prophet’s family and close companions stood by him in all circumstances including when they were expelled from Makka and made to live in a deserted valley where the Prophet lost his beloved wife Khadija and his uncle Abu Taleb. But neither the Prophet nor his followers lost hope. They just wanted to live in peace and be able to practise Islam, the religion that Muhammad(s), the messenger of God, had brought. It is very difficult for us today to understand how much the early Muslims had to fight to just be able to do this.
Nowadays there are people who do not believe in Islam nor in the Prophet Muhammad(s) but you should not think bad of them. They just don’t know our Prophet nor do they know our religion. We should be kind to them and try to explain how kind, considerate and sincere our Prophet was.
The Prophet Muhammad’s death in the early days of Islam created a great hole in people’s hearts. But God has promised never to leave His creation without guidance.
So the Prophet’s empty space was soon filled by a special leadership which started with the Imamate of his son in law and cousin, the first Imam of the Shi’a, Imam Ali ibn abi Taleb(a).
Naturally, on the day of the Prophet’s death we should be sad, but we should also remember that although he was chosen by God to receive and deliver His message he was a human being like all of us, although a special one, and on account of these special qualities his life is even more important for us.
As we said before we should keep the memories of our Prophet and our Imams alive. So try to learn a few stories of the Prophet by heart and just as you learn and tell the stories of Ashura and Imam Husayn(a) to your friends and classmates, tell them the Prophet’s stories too.
This month Ghazaleh has drawn you two images, 1 and 2 and left some differences in these images so you can have fun finding them. Check your findings with the answer in image 3. Enjoy!
“O God send blessings to Muhammad(s) and his family”