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Ustaz Qais Faryadi ( Shariah, International Islamic University Malaysia)

Nabil's White Shoes

Nabil looks into the
padi field and watches the tadpoles swimming. It is the planting season and the padi field is flooded. Farmers are going to remove the seedlings from the seed beds and transplant them into the flooded fields. The warm, wet climate in the tropics is ideal for growing padi. Meantime the tadpoles are having fun swimming in the empty field.

Nabil is waiting for his father to take him to the
masjid. He can hear his father calling him, "Nabil, where are are?"  (Aina anta, ya Nabil?) Nabil replies, "I am coming, Ayah."  He rushes to the road to meet his father.

As they start walking they hear a sound,  squiissh, squiissh, squiissh, squiissh. "What is that noise?" asks Nabil. They stop to listen, but the noise stops as well. As they start walking again, they hear the noise again, squiissh, squiissh, squiissh, squiissh. Again they stop to listen. Again the noise stops. They are very puzzled. " Is someone following us?" asks Nabil, as he looks back. But there is no one there. What could the noise be? Is it a bird in the sky or an insect in the padi field? Again as they start walking they hear the noise.

Nabil looks down at his shoes and squeals in delight. "Its my shoes, they are wet and are making this squiisshing sound." They both laugh gleefully. His father looks at Nabil's shoes and exclaims, "Nabil, there is a hole in your shoe. We need to buy you a new pair of shoes. Next week when I get some money,
insha Allah, I will put aside some money for your shoes first."

Nabil is very excited. Shopping for new shoes will be fun.

On Monday after school, Nabil asks his father, "
Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says, "Sabar (be patient), Nabil." Then Nabil says to his father, "Ayah, today I saw my friend Azman wearing a nice pair of black shoes."  His father says, "Alhamdulillah, that is what Allah s.w.t has given to him."

On Tuesday after school, Nabil asks his father again, "
Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says the same thing, " Sabar, Nabil." Then Nabil says to his father, "Ayah, today I saw Ustaz Marwan wearing a new pair of white shoes."  His father says, "Alhamdulillah, that is what Allah s.w.t has given to him."

On Wednesday after school, Nabil asks his father again, "
Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says, "Sabar, Nabil." "Nabil, today I saw the postman wearing smart blue shoes." This time Nabil says, "Alhamdulillah, that is what Allah s.w.t has given to him."

On Sunday again Nabil says, "
Ayah, can we go shopping for my shoes?" His father says, "Yes, today after salatul Zohor, insha Allah, we will go and buy your shoes."  Nabil performs his salatul  Zohor and quickly gets ready to go out shopping.

At the shoe shop, Nabil sees a nice pair of black shoes. "
Ayah, these shoes look very smart," says Nabil. His father says, "Yes, they look great, Nabil." His father looks at the price. "Nabil, we can only spend $25 for your shoes. These shoes cost $55. It would be a waste to buy these expensive shoes. This is an extravagance. We would be spending an extra $30. Allah s.w.t. does  not want us to be extravagant, Nabil. What do you think we can use the $30 for?"

Nabil's father then reads a verse of the Qur'an.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Walaa Tusri fuu
Innahu La yuhibbul Musrifeen

And waste not by extravagance (excess).
Verily, He (Allah) loves not those who waste by extravagance (excess).
Surah 6 Verse 141

"Okay,
Ayah," Nabil says. We will not be extravagant."  Nabil always obeys his father, he is a soleh child.

Then Nabil sees a pair of brown shoes that look very nice. "
Ayah, these shoes are $27 only, can I buy them," asks Nabil. His father looks at the shoes and says, "Yes, Nabil,  these shoes are just right for you."

As the salesman looks for the right size of shoes, Nabil wanders around the shop and soon sees a pair of white shoes that cost $17 only. He likes the shoelaces on them. There are little bells dangling at the end of the shoelaces.


"
Ayah, Ayah," Nabil calls as he runs to the other side of the shop in excitement. "Can I buy these pair of white shoes with the little bells on them. They are cheaper than the brown shoes; we will save money too. Do you know how much money we will save Ayah?"

"Are you sure you want these shoes Nabil.  I don't mind paying $27 for the brown shoes, if you want them," his father says. "No, I don't want the expensive brown shoes. I want these white shoes which are cheaper.  
Ayah, we must not waste money. Remember what Allah s.w.t. says," Nabil reminds his father by reading the verse from the Qur'an.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Walaa Tusri fuu
Innahu La yuhibbul Musrifeen
And waste not by extravagance (excess).
Verily, He (Allah) loves not those who waste by extravagance (excess).
Surah 6 Verse 141

His father smiles when Nabil finishes reading the verse. He says, "Well, Nabil, now you have a new pair of white shoes."  Nabil replies, "
Alhamdulillah, this is what Allah s.w.t. has given to me."

Nabil is very happy. He keeps looking at his new  white shoes, smiles and keeps saying, "
Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah."

On the way back, Nabil's father says, "Nabil you can have the $10 we saved by buying these white shoes. You can do what you want with it, but remember to do only those things that will earn you the pleasure of
Allah s.w.t. When Allah s.w.t. brings rezeki to us He also waits to see what we do with it. This $10 comes to you from Allah s.w.t."

Nabil's father reads a verse of the Qur'an.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Wama bikum min ni'matin faminallah
And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah.
Surah An-Nahl 16:53

The next day Nabil is thinking of what he would like to do with all that money. It is a lot of money and he has never had so much before. At first he thinks he would like to spend all the money on ice cream or choclotates or even buy that toy car he has seen at the supermarket. Just the thought of it makes him very excited. But then he asks himself, "Will
Allah s.w.t. be pleased with me if I spend all the money on myself?"

Next day after school he sits down with his father and starts writing down his ideas. Nabil decides to use the money in five different ways. Nabil starts think, "How much money is there for me to use for each way if I divide $10 into five ways?" Nabil sees that he has $2 to give his mother, whom he loves very much. He can spend $2 for himself, he can use $2 to buy treats for his brothers and sisters, he can save $2 and the last $2 he can give to the poor family who lives near the
masjid.  He says to himself, "Allah will be pleased with me if I use the money in this way rather than if I spend it all on myself."


Next day he goes with his mum to visit the poor family. When they reach the house they hear some children crying. Nabil and his mum say, "
Assalamu Alaikum, Makchik Meriam."  Makchik comes out and replies, "Wa alaikumus Salam." One little girl follows makchik and keeps saying, "I am hungry, mak. I am hungry, mak. Give me some food?"  (Ana jaw'an. Ana jaw'an. A'tinee ba'dha  toa'am.)

Nabil's mother gives some old clothes to
makchik. Nabil gives his $2. Makchik is very happy and says, "Alhamdulillah." She immediately wispers to her son to go and buy a packet of rice so that she can cook it for his little sister. There is nothing in the house to eat. Even though she speaks very softly Nabil and his mother can hear.

Nabil is very upset and shocked that there is nothing to eat in
Makchik  Meriams house.  At his house there is always something to eat. He puts his hand in his pocket and feels the balance of the money. He realizes that makchik needs the money to feed the family but he does not need the extra money. He decides to give all the balance of  $8 to Makchik.  He immediately sees her face light up even more as she keeps repeating, "Alhamdulillah, Masha Allah." She tells her son to buy some more rice and dried fish.

When they reach home, Nabil starts crying as he remembers
makchik's family who has no food in their house. His mother consoles him and says, "Allah s.w.t. sends rezeki to whomever he chooses. Allah gives more to some and waits to see whether they will spend it all for themselves or they will share with those who are in need."

Nabil looks at his new shoes and says, "
Alhamdulillah, I am glad I bought this pair of white shoes and saved $10 and therefore could give it to makchik's family."


Vocabulary Arabic vocabulary Quranic Arabic vocabulary
padi rice
Ayah father
Mak mother
Makchik aunt
rezeki sustenance
aina where
anta you
ana I
jaw'an hungry
a'tinee give me
ba'dha some
toa'am food
Wa and
Laa not
Tusrifuu waste
Innahu verily
La not
Yuhibbu love
Musrifeen those who waste
Ma whatever
Bikum for you
Min from
Ni'matin blessings
Faminallah from Allah

By:  Sis. Shamima Rasoolbhoy (author, teacher and mother)
      Ustaz Qais Faryadi  (Shariah, International Islamic University Malaysia)
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Ya Allah ! All that is correct in this story comes from you all the mistakes are from me, Ya Allah! forgive me and protect me from the whisperings of the Shaitan.
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