Kid's Good News
Vol 1-issue 29-  Sep-05 -2002


From Sherly's Desk
Story time
This Week's Riddle #28
Answer of Riddle #27 and Winner
Change of Email Addresses


From Sherly's Desk  

Ducky duck returned home but his mischievous habits did not leave him.  He was as mischievous as before.  New teacher had to come in his class next day.  Ducky duck and his friends carefully planned to do some mischievous things in his classroom.  They removed one leg of chair and fixed it carefully so that it may not look like broken legs. 

New teacher was not aware of Ducky duck's mischievous behavior.  After introduction and taking class, he gave some exercise to students.  And he himself sat in chair, as soon as he sat in chair he fell to the floor.  Whole class was filled with laughter.  But to the surprise of all the students, the new teacher did not shout at them.  He calmly stood up and started teaching them again.  It was a strange thing for not only whole class but also for Ducky duck.  After the class was over, Ducky duck waited for new teacher and asked him why he did not shout at the students.  He smiled and said, "Once I was also a very mischievous student in my class.  I made trouble for every person whether they were my fellow students or my teachers."  He took a long breath and kept on saying about his deeds.  Ducky duck was listening very carefully, he asked then what happened? 

"Well, one day I invited Jesus in my life and my life changed, I stopped doing all the wrong things and started walking with God," said teacher further.  Your life changed... you started walking with God... Ducky could not understand anything.  OK, sir, thank you!, by saying he went home, but all these things were echoing in his mind but he really could not understand how the life of new teacher was changed?

At night he was so afraid to sleep alone because he remembered the night in wilderness where he heard all kinds of horrifying noises.  He could not sleep alone at his bedroom.  Every half an hour or so he screamed and ran toward the bedroom of his parents.  What happened to you Ducky, his father asked.  The..there... is my room... black colored.... he could not speak any further, his voice chocked and he started crying.  OK, let me see, his father said and took him in his arms and went to his room.  Where is it?  There.. Ducky duck showed with his finger, still trembling with fear.  Oh, it is black shirt which you wore yesterday, said dad.  Mmm ummm.. he had no words to say.  Dad made him to sleep but he repeated the same thing after a few moments. 

Oh, poor boy, he is frightened... I will take him to the prayer meeting so that Jesus could break his fear, his mother said.  Ah, Jesus.. yea, I remember this name.. my new teacher used this name... but he did not say anything.  Next day, she took her to a prayer meeting where he was prayed over.  His fear broke by the mighty power of Jesus.  He came back home and slept peacefully.

Story time....

O Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me - 3

Till this time you have read that, Gulshan Fatima was paralyzed at her left side when she was only 6 months old. Her mother died when she was an infant. Her father loved her so much that he took her to England for treatment but when they heard the disappointing words of doctor, "it has no cure", their hearts broke down. Her father encouraged her and said, "We will go to Mecca and knock the door of Allah, and he will heal you." So they went to Mecca and visited Ka'aba - the house of Allah. Even she kissed the cubical shape of ka'aba but to their utter despair nothing happened. To avoid her father's troubled look, she kept her face down...

After visiting "Ka'aba" and "praying place of Abraham's", next they had to run between Safa and Marva. She laughed in her heart and thought, it is a good game. As others were taking it very seriously, she kept silence and did not say anything about it to others. Safa and Marva are two small hills, Muslims believe that Hagar and Ishmael were buried in this place. Muslims also believe that Hagar ran for help between these two hills when Abraham sent her away and water of skin was used up. Hadith also says that, "At that place Allah opened a spring of water, Abb﷓a-Zamzarn (the water of Life).

Gulshan went between these two hills for seven times on her wheelchair. Her father ordered a skin of water to be delivered in Hajj-camp. Some of the water was taken to Pakistan, her homeland and the rest of that was for her to bathe in. All these rituals took whole day. They returned to Hajj-camp without food and without rest and from there they had to go to , "Walk to Arafat". It was a place about which Muslims believe that Abraham went to offer his first born son as a sacrifice to God, but later he found a ram in the midst of bush. He offered ram instead of his son. This place was seven miles away from Mecca.

After that they went to the place where lambs were slaughtered for sacrifice. They stood in line and when their number came she put her hand on the lamb and one butcher killed the lamb, the other skinned it and sent it for sacrifice later. They had not to stay there until all the lambs were killed because of long line of people.

Second day everyone wished each other, "Happy Hajj". These were the days of feasting with friends and reconciliation with others. Because of her inability they did not stay at Mina but returned to Hajj-camp. As soon as they returned to Hajj-camp, she sat on a stool at bathroom. Sema supported her and Salima poured Zamzam (the water of life) on her with a plastic bucket. She was in great expectation of her complete healing but nothing happened at all. Her heart was heavy as her maids lifted her and dried her and dressed her. Within a few moments her father who was waiting in the next room for good news of her walking with her own legs came to see her. But when he saw that nothing happened he said, "It was not the will of Allah today. But we will not give up hope, Allah is most great" and went out quietly.

Many Hajjis return to their respective places but many visit Medina where Mohammed lived for 10 years and where his tomb is. They paid homage at the tomb of Mohammed which is situated in magnificent Madni Mosque. Tomb was covered with glass where people went around it and kissed the tomb with flying kisses. As Gulshan's father was a religion leader, she was allowed to go near the tomb. They stood there 2-3 minutes and prayed. They also visited other tombs in that area and Fatima (daughter of Mohammed)'s date garden from where they purchased 15Kg. dates which was very expensive.

From Madina they flew for Bethel Mukkoudus in Jerusalem. This is the place where Prophet Jesus walked and taught. All people of three faiths Jews, Christians and Muslims visit this place. In this place they stayed only for one night at a hotel near the Dome of the rock. But Gulshan was so upset because of her unanswered prayers and non-recovery, that she did not visit the masque. After that they visited Karbala and prayed for her healing but nothing happened.

From one month they were on pilgrimage and it was time to return home. While waiting for the Karachi plane, her father told her, "Allah is testing you and me both, so don't be discouraged and don't lose your hope. Allah is great and may be he will heal you in some stage of your life." She said, "OK, I will not lose my hope and I will remain faithful to Allah and prophet Mohammed." By saying this she laughed to show that she is not worried about her physical health. Her father kissed her and said, "I expected this from you." Maids also whispered, "Bibiji (madam) please keep your trust in Allah." She was aware that she had to wait for the timings of Allah.

They flew back to Lahore via Karachi. All the family friends and servants came to receive them at airport. They touched them as touching a Hajji is considered as blessing. They looked at Gulshan who was still crippled but they did not make any comments. Father told her brothers and sisters that, "Allah is not unjust, we must have patience to wait for Allah's time." Brothers and sisters agreed with this thought. Next day they returned home where they were received by the rest of the family members. Next for many days, relatives came from far and near and people from the city. Relatives and special friends received the bottle of Zamzam water. Those who visited her, said, "God bless you". What they were expecting was the healing of Gulshan but it did not happen to her. Her family members sighed and kissed and said, "God will one day heal you, till that time we have to wait for his will."

She had real sadness in her heart but she was determined to kept away from those things which were contaminating her. Her prayers became more fervent than ever because she felt the real need of her healing. She bought a string of beads which she turned with her fingers and with every bead she repeated Bismillah (name of Allah). She felt as if her father was also saddened with her non-recovery.

To be continued...

  This week's Riddle #28

He died on the mountain, God Himself buried him in a valley but no one knows where his grave is till this time. Who he was?

Kids, who will be able to answer correctly, their names will be published
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Answer of Riddle #27 and Winner

Seven priests, on the seventh day went around the city seven times 
and blew the trumpets. When it happened people shouted and wall 
of the city came down. What was the name of the city and who was 
the leader of that army who went around the city?

City Name - Jericho
Leader - Joshua
Riddle was taken from:
Joshua 6th chapter.

Bincy A. Thomas age - 13 yrs from Kuwait was successful in sending 
the correct answer.

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