Storytime With Unaisah Episode 12 Shownotes

Nusayba and The Fifth Grade Bullies

By Asmaa Hussain

Illustrated by Zul Lee

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Quran Aya:

O you who believe! no group of people should ridicule another group of people, it may be that the latter are better than the former.

Surah Al-Ĥujurāt

49:1

Hadith:

Remember! Bullying isn’t just physical. Words can hurt too. As Muslims we are accountable for our words as well as our deeds.

Our Beloved Messenger ﷺ said: “Oppression will turn into darkness on the Day of Resurrection.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

Our Beloved Messenger ﷺ said: “A [true] Muslim is he from whose tongue and hand other believers remain safe.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

Our Beloved Messenger ﷺ said: “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! You will not enter Jannah until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another. May I inform you of something, if you do, you love each other. Promote greeting amongst you (by saying As-salamu ‘alaikum to one another).”

Sahih Muslim

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Book Recommendations:

Unsettled

By Reem Faruqi

When her family moves from Pakistan to Peachtree City, all Nurah wants is to blend in, yet she stands out for all the wrong reasons.

Nurahs accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts.

And in the water Nurah doesnt want to blend in. She wants to win medals like her star athlete brother, Owaiswho is going through struggles of his own in the U.S. Yet when sibling rivalry gets in the way, she makes a split-second decision of betrayal that changes their fates.

Ultimately Nurah slowly gains confidence in the form of strong swimming arms, and also gains the courage to stand up to bullies, fight for what she believes in, and find her place.

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The Night Bus Hero

By Onjali Rauf

A brilliantly written and totally engrossing story that will help children understand and think deeply about the real human beings whose lives are impacted by homelessness – and also more generally about the power of kindness, friendship, empathy and how everyone has the potential to change for the better. Onjali Q Rauf (winner of the Blue Peter Book Award and Waterstones book prize for The Boy at the Back of the Class) has written a gripping, realistic, and relatable tale with a strong moral at its heart, perfect for children aged seven and up. (Source – https://www.booktrust.org.uk/book/t/the-night-bus-hero/)

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Nusaiba Bint Ka’ab

The author of our book today said she chose the name “Nusaiba” because it has such a strong history in our faith. Nusaiba bint Ka’b was an important part of Islamic history.

She was a part of the Banu Najjar tribe who lived in Madinah. She was the sister of Abdullah bin Ka’ab, and the mother of Abdullah and Habib ibn Zayd al-Ansari. She believed that a woman has the same duty in defending Islam. Many consider her as the most successful woman who took part in the battle of Uhud.

At the beginning of the battle, she was bringing water to the thirsty fighters and tending the wounded, as the other women were doing. When the battle was going in favour of the Muslims and the archers disobeyed the command of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) this turned the victory into defeat.

At that moment Nusaybah went forward, with her sword unsheathed and her bow in her hand, to join the small group who were standing firm with the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), acting as a human shield to protect him from the arrows of the non-believers. Every time danger approached the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) she hastened to protect him. Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) noticed this, and later said, “Wherever I turned, to the left or the right, I saw her fighting for me.”

Nusaybah’s participation in battles did not end there. She lived through the rule of Abu Bakr R.A and Umar R.A. She was respected by both who continuously praised her struggle and courage. Nusaybah died in the 13th Hijri year and was buried in Makkah. Her legacy is proof of the strength and courage of Muslim women as Islam spread throughout the region. These stories also removethe idea that Islam is oppressive or disrespectful of women.

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