A Miraculous Help

Ella hardly saved her life, but now she was lost, standing in the middle of a jungle!

Ella was a 6 years old, jolly and lovely girl. She was the only daughter of her parents.

Her father, Kalmin was a lawyer. He was handling the case of a poor vendor who was killed in a car accident by a bureaucrat. The fault was entirely of the latter, but his connections and money were proving a hurdle for the vendor’s family who were fighting for justice.

On Thursday morning, Ella requested her dad to take her out at night to buy her favourite chocolate chip ice-cream. Kalmin loved his daughter very much and never refused her demands. So, he told Ella to be ready when he returns from the court.

Ella was very excited. She asked her mom to take out her favourite baby pink frock from the closet. She paired it with matching stockings and got ready before her father arrived.

Kalmin was happy to see her ready. He advised his wife not to open the door until he called and left with Ella.

Just as they were returning from the ice-cream shop, there was a sound of firing. Suddenly, a bullet hit Kalmin and he fell on the ground. The sound of firing stopped.

Ella screamed with grief and fear. She kneeled down to hold her father and started crying.

Her father insisted her to run away as she could be the next target. Ella didn’t want to leave her father alone, but Kalmin pleaded. Right, at that moment, Ella saw two men wearing masks running towards her. She had no choice but to run away.

Ella kept on running until the sound of footsteps behind her could no more be heard. She was successful in dodging the men.

Ella was exhausted running continuously. She stopped and
looked around. It was quite dark and the trees were looking terrifying, spreading it’s branches.

She just realized, that she lost her way and she was in a jungle. She had no idea of the way back. Also, she could not take a risk. So, she decided to keep moving forward.

Suddenly, she stopped. A strange creature had appeared from behind the bushes and it was extending it’s hand towards her. She was terrified at first, but then she saw a friendly look on the creature’s face.She extended her hand for a handshake and asked: “Who are you?”

“A Jinn.” He replied.

Ella pulled her hand back in fear.

“Don’t worry. I am your friend.” The Jinn replied with a soft tone and Ella felt much better.

“I know. Your father has been shot by the killers hired by a bureaucrat. But don’t worry, he is safe and taken to hospital in an ambulance. Come with me, I’ll take you out of the jungle safely.”

Ella’s tears started to flow in gratitude. She was thankful to the Jinn and especially to God, for helping her in a miraculous way.

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– Stoori

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Book Review: Paradise Is Oh So Nice

“Paradise Is Oh So Nice” is a children’s book written by Halimah Bashir and published by Prolance publishing.

This book describes the bounties of Paradise in a poetic way. As the mother is about to put her children to sleep, they insists to describe Paradise (jannah) in detail to them. The mother then begins to tell them that it will be a place where there will be no grief with gardens of milk & honey rivers.

The children innocently inquires about their weird fantasies that whether they can get trees of kebabs or giant strawberry milkshakes if they wish? And the mother answers with a smile that they may get WHATEVER they wish in the Paradise.

The beauty of this book is that it will instill the love of gaining Paradise in the hearts of children, they will abstain from doing bad deeds and strive to do every good deed that will clear their path to Paradise.

This book is available in two versions i.e. an Islamic version which includes a Quranic verses finding activity at the end and a general version. Also, a concise song (poem) further describing the importance of Paradise.

It’s a really good book for the moral development of children and a must to be added in the book collection.

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– Stoori

Beauty Around Me

They say: “Beauty is in the eye of beholder.”

The definition of “beauty” totally depends upon the perspective of an individual that how a person “finds” beauty in a particular human being, object or surroundings.

Where some people may describe beauty as physical traits like big eyes, blushing cheeks, silky hair, lean waist and gazelle’s gait, on the other hand, another person may dive deep into the nature and call a person beautiful irrespective of their looks simply by being impressed by their honesty, kind & caring nature, loyalty, polite way of talking, sacrifice and helping others etc.

Beauty according to me is a pure and loveable heart. Beauty is the sacrifice of personal desires of the parents for the peace and fulfilment of their children. Beauty is in the love of siblings who grow up together, understand each other and stand by each other through every thick and thin. Beauty is in the relationship of spouses who respect each other, who are a source of comfort and peace for each other. Beauty is in every relationship which is based upon trust, loyalty and being selfless.

Beauty is in the changing of seasons. Where in hot weather, enjoying ice-creams and cold beverages is an ultimate source of pleasure, there hot beverages and warm desserts are yummy ways to beat the cold.

Beauty is in nature, the voice of melodious birds in the morning, the sight of sun setting in the evening, the scene of waterfall in a lake, the appealing smell of soil after rainfall, the blooming flowers in the spring, all these things add beauty and attraction to the life of a person.

Hence, as I feel and look around myself, I find beauty in each and everything of this universe. Indeed, the creation of God is marvelous and perfect.

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– Stoori

THE END

Check out my new short story (fiction) written exclusively for the competition of Write Right. Your comments and feedback regarding it will be highly appreciated 🙂

Write Right

It was a dark night of winter. The sky was full of stars. Despite of the cool breeze blowing, Harith was sitting on the grass in front of his house, as gloomy and cold as the night!

He was reading the last text sent by his fiancee again and again, who eventually announced to break their engagement due to his habits.

When Ghazala got engaged to Harith, she had no idea about his habits, except that he was a good looking and rich guy who was chosen by her parents for her bright future. Being a handsome guy, she was attracted to him the moment she saw his photo while Harith saw Ghazala at a relative’s wedding and he was smitten by her personality; a mixture of being confident, shy, bubbly and pretty.

Ghazala trusted her parents’ decision, so there was no hurdle in this engagement.

As soon as they…

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Book Review: Believe

“Believe” is a concise self-development book published by Prolance publishing.

The author “A.E” who chose to remain anonymous compiled the do’s and don’ts from the 114 chapters of the Holy Quran for personal use, but then thought to publish a book for others to benefit from it.

The book is divided into four chapters, extracting the do’s and don’ts of worship, character, giving & taking, relationships, and eating & dressing, along with notebook pages for making your own notes.

This book is ideal for everyone, but specially children and teenagers for learning the etiquettes of living mentioned in the Holy Quran as it is precise and easily understandable. I would totally recommend this book to be added to your reading list.

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– Stoori

Book Review: I’m Full Truth, I’m Half Truth, I’m All Lie

“I’m full truth, I’m half truth, I’m all lie” is a children’s book written by Ayesha Marfani and published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

The story is about 3 cousins Saad, Hassan & Talha whose fathers had abandoned city life and live in a forest, far from the people’s eye because of their strange & weird looks.

The three cousins have a bad habit. Saad being used to lie in every situation, Hassan habitual of mixing truths with lies while Talha is brutally honest.

They are proud of their habits until one day, they face a huge problem due to their habits.

Moreover, being cut out from social life, the three cousins have no idea how to respond and act in a certain situation and this make their fathers realize their mistake.

I really liked the messages that this story conveys.

Firstly, people should not cast weird glances and gossip about someone’s look as all creatures are created by God and this type of behavior is against social etiquettes.

Secondly, it has an advice to the victims that they shouldn’t abandon their normal lives due to the sick mentality of some people as it may really negatively affect their family life.

Thirdly, it teaches the children that one should never tell a lie or merge truth with lies. One must be honest, but care should be taken that their truth and honesty doesn’t contain un-necessary blame & shame which may result in hurting other feelings.

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– Stoori

E-Book: The Sealed Fate

Blogged by Zara!

What would you do if the most handsome guy of your university asks for your hand in marriage? Will you feel elated and say yes? Or will you hold back due to your doubts of his piousness? Ajlal opted for the latter choice. Zaafir’s intelligence or looks weren’t sufficient to impress her as the young Muslimah sought someone who took religion seriously. But, a few years down the road, her heart softened towards him. Want to know what was it that sealed their fates? Read this short story by Stoori to find out!

It is beautifully scripted around a young muslim woman who is headstrong in her approach towards her religion, leaving everyone astounded with her rejection to befriend the most desireable boy in university. It also depicts how what meets the eye in terms of a person’s character, may not be entirely true. You may not pay heed to…

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