It was raining, so Lisa and Amal’s picnic was cancelled. While Lisa wondered what to do to cure her boredom, Amal remembered that it was good to make a du'a to Allah when it rained, so she asked Allah for a fun day, even if it was raining.
The mailman delivered a package for Lisa. She thought she'd take it over to Amal's house, since they weren't going to the park.
"My grandma sent me this in the mail." Lisa said, ripping one end of the packing paper. The two girls sat on the couch and opened the package together. While they sat, Lisa's mother also came to visit, and both of the mothers went into the kitchen for some tea.
"Oh! Great! A book of all the stories from the storybook princesses! Right from Snow White! Let's read them!" said Lisa, her eyes bright. Her fingers quickly flipped open the first page.
"Okay," Amal said, bored. Amal had heard about these princesses, but her mother always read her true stories: from the Qur'an, and from the life of the Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him). Even though the dresses were pretty, and everyone seemed to have those movies, Amal didn't really think much of those storybook princesses.
The first story started with the death of the girl's father. The only one left looking after the girl was her stepmother, who happened to be a witch.
"Yuck! She's a witch?" Amal said.
"Yeah, she's a bad witch. There are good witches, though, like in 'The Wizard of Oz'", Lisa explained.
"There's no such thing as a good witch. Witches do evil things and they don't worship Allah, they worship the shaytan!" Amal said seriously. Just then the words got bigger. The pictures got bigger. And then, Amal found herself right inside the book, standing beside the first princess, Snow White.
"Who are you?" Snow White said, surprised.
"My name is Amal." She said, looking around. "Listen, before anything else happens; I wanted to tell you that your stepmother is actually a witch!"
"Oh, I know," Snow White replied, "But what can we do? If she casts a spell on me, I'm helpless!"
"Did you ever read the Qur'an?" Amal asked. Snow White shook her head.
"Well, Allah says in the Qur'an to ask help from Him from the evil of the witches. Do you want me to read that part for you?" Amal suggested.
"Please do." Snow White said, folding her hands on her lap.
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the rejected
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the daybreak
From the evil of what He has created
And from the evil of the darkening as it comes with its darkness
And from the evil of those who practice witchcraft when they blow in knots
And from the evil of the envier when he envies.
"Oh. I like that prayer. Is that what we say if we feel afraid of witches and other bad things?" Snow White asked.
"Yes. It's really important to remember that good things and bad things both come from Allah, and all the shaytan does is whisper. But Allah has created things that do evil, and that's why He gave us prayers to say to ask Him for help against those evil things," Amal said. Snow White was listening carefully.
"Thank you Amal! I feel safer somehow." Snow White said, "I need to learn about Allah so I won't ever be afraid of anything else again." Amal left her Qur'an for Snow White to read.
Then suddenly, Amal felt herself back on the couch, sitting beside Lisa. Lisa was just turning the last page of the Snow White story.
"That was weird," Amal said to herself.
"I know. I like the next story better," Lisa said. Amal didn't know what to think. Did she fall asleep and dream about her conversation with Snow White?
What do you think happened? Wait and see, and read all about it in the next part of Amal's rainy day adventure in the next part!