The Adventures of Jamila and Bilal
It was the day before
Eid Al-Fitr. Jamila, Bilal and their parents were sitting down for a delicious
dinner, because the fast had ended. It was the twins favorite-cheese pizza.
Their parents got it as a special treat for completing their first fast. At
first, they gobbled their pizza and gulped their soda because they were hungry,
but Mother told them that this was un-Islamic. So, they tried to use their best
manners to please Allah. After their yummy dinner, they prayed and then jumped
into their beds. Jamila made it to the bed first, so Bilal fell on her. If you
were in the room all you would see was a tangle of arms and legs! Mother and
Father kissed them goodnight and then they read a sur'ah from the Qur'an. They
desperately tried to make themselves sleepy. They counted sheep, rabbits,
camels, and even elephants! But, they were too excited about Eid.
Suddenly, there was a
burst of white light in the room. The light glowed so bright that it hurt their
eyes. Then, suddenly there was a strange creature right by their bed! "Assalam
Alaikum! My name is Assad and I'm a jinn." Bilal and Jamila were very surprised
to see a jinn! They were so surprised that they almost fell off their beds! "Why
are you here?" Bilal bravely asked. "I have come to tell you about the purpose
of Ramadan and Eid," Assad said. And, right after that they were whisked away.
You see, jinns travel very fast- before you even blink they can go around the
world! So, it was very much like a roller-coaster ride to the two twins. Assad
took them to a street in which poor people lived. The two twins almost cried
(although Bilal didn't like to admit it) to see that many of the people were
starved! "See, one reason why Muslims fast is so that they can appreciate the
food that Allah has given them and to know what it feels like for less
unfortunate people," Assad stated.
Then, before you could
even say "Hi" , the friendly jinn took them to a mosque. The people were praying
to Allah and thanking Him. "We also fast, because it purifies ourselves and
helps us to become better Muslims." Assad said. "Then we can go to heaven,
INSHALLAH!" Jamila said with a dreamy look. That is the best reward that Muslims
should work hard for. Then, Assad asked them, " Can one of you think of another
reason why we're supposed to fast?" "I know! I know! It's healthy for us!,
Bilal said jumping up and down. Jamila then looked at him with a warning glance
because he was jumping around like a kangaroo! "You are correct, Bilal. It's
good for our bodies instead of always stuffing our faces with food!" Jamila then
started giggling about them stuffing their food in their mouths at dinnertime.
Did Assad know about that? "And of course, we celebrate Eid Al-Fitr to mark the
end of Ramadan. People give presents to each other on this day, pray at the
mosque, and spend time with friends and family." Jamila and Bilal then started
thinking and eagerly waiting for the next day. It was so hard to wait!
"Well, this was the
purpose of your trip. I will now take you back to your beds so you can get a
good night's sleep before Eid!" In an instant, the two twins were taken to their
room and they yawned sleepily. They promised to each other to keep this
adventure a secret.