Who remembers R and her question about toilets in jannah? If you do remember it, then you are a veteran ummihomeschoolsme reader lol!
About a month ago, my Zuzu began to understand that Allah is the Creator, our Lord, the One we worship. He had heard Allah’s name but didn’t link it to who Allah is. MashAllah, since we started to really talk to him about Allah – he doesn’t stop looking ‘up’ – talking about Allah making the trees, us, the birds. He says ‘Sorry’ to Allah and thanks to Allah.
Today, he asked me where Allah lives. I told him Allah is above the seven heavens. He said, ‘No, he lives in a house.’ I corrected him and he defiantly said, ‘But Ummi, the Kaaba is the House of Allah’. I said, yes it is called that but He doesn’t live there. He was somewhat confused but finally accepted that Allah azza wa jaal is not like us.
Then tonight over dinner, I don’t know how we got on to the topic but we began to speak about death! Zuzu was very upset that people have to die and said ‘But if Allah made us and we die, why can’t He just make us again’. R jumped in and said Allah does so on the Day of Judgment. But Zuzu was really very upset. The discussion then led on to jannah and jahannam.
Those of you who have been reading the blog know how much my Zuzu loves firemen and fire engines. So when we mentioned jahannam and fire he was off on one! I think he must have asked me 20 questions in 2 minutes! Some of them were:
Why do people go to jahannam? Why are people bad? Why don’t people pray? So, if we don’t pray do we go to jahannam? What will the fire do to us? Where is the fire? Where is jahannam? I answered his questions as best as I could to his level of understanding.
I tried to focus on jannah and he was quite happy with hearing that you could have anything you want. He has decided he wants a huge Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story) and a tiny Buzz Lightyear (!)
Then he drifted back to the topic of fire and was quite adamant that (audhu billah) jahannam is in our home because there is fire in our kitchen (cooking hob). By that point R was in stitches and I was trying to tell her not to laugh as he was dead serious.
In the end, he said that he wants to be lovely to Allah, to Ummi and to Abi so that he can go to jannah. He advised us all that it is very important to listen to Allah but he has a problem. He very seriously said, ‘But Ummi, I want to listen to Allah but I can’t hear him (at this point he cupped his ear and strained very seriously to try and ‘hear’). R was almost crying and just couldn’t stop laughing. I looked at my nearly four year old son and just felt so much love for this innocent bundle of fitrah subhanAllah and told him that we ‘hear’ Allah through the words in the Quran.
At that, he smiled and said ‘After I finish eating, I want to read the Quran.’ He took my English/Arabic Quran sat on the Sofa said Bismillah and pretended to read. He was so serious!
After that, he said ‘Ummi, I want to read like R does.’ I replied, ‘Zuzu, don’t worry, we’ll start teaching you now!’ MashaAllah, love that boy!