Storytime with Unaisah Episode 5

Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud
by Helal Musleh

Design an ‘Anti-Littering‘ Poster – and send pictures to this Instagram account @storytime.with.unaisah

Challenges, trials and tribulations are unavoidable to an extent. We have to recognise that it’s normal to feel pain and disappointment and to shed tears even. But the one thing we can never do is complain about the circumstances, instead we should keep our tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah and exercise patience so that we don’t lose the reward.

Undoubtedly, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest (peace)

ar -Ra’ad 13 :28

Suhayb ibn Sinan says that the Prophet, Peace be upon him, said “Truly excellent is the situation of the believer! Everything is to his advantage and this is enjoyed by none except him. When he experiences happiness, he is grateful and it is to his advantage. When he experiences distress he is patient, and it is to his advantage.” (Muslim 2999)


How to deal with negative emotions

The Ten Keys To Relief

Help Yourself Overcome Anxiety

Information for parents:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce means we should try to make as little waste as possible.
Reuse means using items more than one time – like a bag for life that you get in the U.K. supermarkets. Recycle means putting an item to another use instead of chucking it away.
In Leicester, we have a roadside recycling scheme that collects plastic and glass bottles and jars.

How to reduce your waste
How to Make Fast Compost at Home 

Buy less clothes and buy clothes that are long lasting. Cheap, fast fashion has many issues with it, one of the issues being clothes getting thrown away after just a few weeks of being worn. Recycle your old clothes.

Shop local and shop the foods that are in season. Farm shops have fresh vegetables and charity shops have items like used books at bargain prices. You can also donate your good quality items and help them raise money.

Book Recommendation
The Book of Rubbish Ideas: An interactive, room-by-room, guide to reducing household waste.
Tracey Smith

Green Guardians Leicester is an organisation that is doing a lot of environmental work. They have a lot of information and many resources on their website. Check them out.

Here’s a clip about the work that The Green Guardians do –

Now here’s a fun word. Have you ever heard about plogging?
Plogging is a combination of Jogging and picking up litter. The word comes from combining the Swedish verbs plocka upp (pick up) and jogga (jog) and we get a whole new verb plogga, from which the word plogging comes. It started as an group activity in Sweden around 2016 and has now spread to other places as well. We can start our own activities and invite others to come. We can walk instead of jog if we want!

Now let’s read about a project started by 12 year old Saadiya. Well done Saadiya – you’re an inspiration!

My story is that my gardening project started in April lock-down 2020 when I planted some bulbs not sure if they would bloom or not as it was my first time. As the months went by I forgot about them but when spring came this year I was amazed and overjoyed that my flowers made an appearance and grew. I also prayed to Allah daily for this to be successful. I wanted to know kind of flowers they were so I download an app called Plant Snap and took a pic and it told me they were called hyacinths. They were very beautiful in colours pink purple and white.

I was really excited when I saw bees pollinating on my flowers and I knew I was doing a good deed to help the environment and the insect world. This was an amazing experience as it reminded constantly about Allah wonderful creation .Al Khaaliq.
My late granddad has recently passed away and he was a fantastic gardener and taught me many beneficial advice . As you can see that inspired me a lot to grow many more plants consisting of potatoes mint berries tomatoes salads and so many more flowers I cant wait till they bloom. And I can eat yummy wholesome organic food.

My mum would buy compost from the shop which was expensive and heavy and came in not recyclable packaging so I thought more how I can help the environment and my mum encourage to start a compost a bin at home. I have added photos.
We started off by buying compost bags that decompose and put fruit and veg peels or fruit and veg that had gone bad and added it to some mud stirring every few days. We used a recycled old box.
We were very happy with our project but the compost started to smell bad and we did research and found out that the cause was too much nitrogen materials and needed more carbon materials.
So we shredded some paper that was scrap just sitting at home and this neutralized the smell. All the family members were helping out in some way of the other which was great and very beneficial for us and the environment.

We also made a homemade watering can out of milk gallon making holes in the blue lid and we reused chocolate plastic boxes as plant pots drilling holes in the bottom of it


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