Storytime With Unaisah Episode 3

Basirah the Basketball Player Says Insha Allah
By Hafsah Dabiri

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Allah tells us in the Qur’an in Surah al-Baqara verse 216
“And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.”


In verses 23 and 24 of Surah al Kahf Allah tells us
And never say about anything: ‘I shall certainly do this tomorrow unless Allah should will it. And should you forget (and make such a statement), remember your Lord and say: ‘I expect my Lord to guide me to what is nearer to righteousness than this.’

Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” Bukhari and Muslim

Here are the tips that you shared with us about what you do to feel better when you’re feeling down.

“Go to the gym, eat food, sleep” (In that order 🤷🏾‍♂️) Zain

“I play with my little brother, he is 3 years old very cute. He always makes me feel better.” Nusaybah (age 10)

“I think of some happy memories instead and go back in time in my head.” Aaminah (age 8)

“When my mood is down, I get comfort from my mum. Her hugs make everything feel better.” Zayyan Moti @wafa.v

“To calm myself down, I recite Qura’n or be alone for a while.” Umayrah

“I go completely silent and do not speak to anyone until my anger or annoyance has completely disappeared.” Zimraan

“I like to read because reading a story calms my mind. Sometimes I think of happy things.” Saarah

“I make dua when I’m sad. I play or read.” Muhammad

And this is the winning entry. Thank you for sharing with us all. It’s truly beautiful.

When my mood is low and I’m feeling down,
It’s so easy to express it with an apparent frown.
But I dig deep within and look far beyond,
As I muster the courage to avoid actions that correspond.
Instead I open the book of my beloved Creator,
You just wont believe that sooner or later…
I find myself on a page from amongst its pages,
With a message in the verses that absolutely engages-
My mind, my soul and my heart,
As though my Creator is beautifully reaching out!
Then suddenly I become an embodiment of ease and peace,
As though I feel an immediate release.
When feeling down and extremely sad,
Some get frustrated or do something bad,
Some scream out loud whilst others go to sleep,
Some share it with others whilst many silently weep,
But try this one day and see how you feel,
Perhaps you will agree its unbelievably real,
The words of my Creator are amazingly soothing,
Maybe it’ll be the method you’ll always be choosing!


• 2 cups sugar
• 1 ¾ cups Plain flour
• ¾ cup Cocoa Powder
• 1 ½ tsps baking powder
• 1 ½ tsps bicarbonate of soda
• ½ tsp salt
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup milk
• ½ cup vegetable oil
• 2 tsps vanilla extract
• 1 cup boiling water

1. Line two 9” cake tins.
2. Sift together all the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt) in large bowl.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the boiling water. Mix it really well.
4. Add the boiling water. Mix it well again (batter will be thin).
5. Pour the batter into the prepared tins.
6. Bake it at 130 degrees Celsius for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into the center of the cake.

½ cup melted butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ½ sifted icing sugar (adjust to taste)
1/3 cup milk with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Melt the butter, add the cocoa and mix well.
2. Gradually add the sugar and milk, beating well between each addition until the frosting is a nice spreading consistency.

Allow the cakes to cool completely and sandwich them together with some frosting.
Spread the rest of the frosting on the sides and top of the cake. You can dust the cake with icing sugar or use sprinkles or fresh strawberries to decorate. Slice it up and ENJOY!

Colour your own Printable Recipe Card

Colouring Sheets


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