No sooner did little Zubair and his sister Zaynab lay down in their beds, all of a sudden a loud sound was heard and electricity went off at once in the whole area. When darkness prevailed everywhere, Zaynab became nervous and clung to her mother, and said out of fear: “Dear mother! Ghost! Ghost!”
Mr. Naveed reached home after a while when Zaynab saw her father, she immediately clung to her father.
Though Zaynab got some satisfaction upon the arrival of her father, she was still fearful. Observing her unusual state, Zaynab’s father became concerned too. Upon Mr. Naveed’s asking, Zaynab’s mother informed that she had told a horror story to the children the day before; it was probably the reason, why she perhaps got scared due to the power outage.
Mr. Naveed said to Zaynab: Dear daughter: We are Muslims and Muslims are brave people. They do not fear anyone except Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. Our Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was also very brave. One night, people of Madinah heard a horrible sound. People rushed to that sound and saw the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم coming from the direction of that horrible sound (because the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is the bravest of all in the universe. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم had reached there before people did). At that time, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was saying: “Don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid!” (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 284, Hadees 2908)
The blessed companions رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُم of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم were also very brave, once a lion was sitting on their way and it had blocked the way of people. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Umar رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ went near it and said: “Leave the path”. After getting this scolding, lion left the place wagging its tail and ran away. (Hujjatullahi ‘alal ‘Aalameen, pp. 616)
After listening to these parables, Zaynab felt very relaxed and satisfied.
Parents! Pay attention
Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat ‘Allamah Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qaadiri دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه said: “Tales of ghosts and fairies make children coward. Our children should be brave like a lion.” Therefore we should adopt the character of Mr. Naveed performed by him in this fictional story and tell the parables of pious predecessors رَحِمَهُمُ اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰی to the children instead of horror stories.
May Allah Almighty bestow our children with bravery.
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم