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Raiyan wants to know the location of fairyland!

Published Feb 26, 2006
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As soon as the last page was complete, Raiyan closed the book and went out of his room in search of the telephone. Although he had decided what he would say to Ali, he was unhappy with his answer. Grabbing the phone in his hand, he started towards his room to indulge in a private tête-à-tête with his bosom friend when he eyed his mother sitting in her bedroom and knitting a sweater. He stood eyeing her for a minute, while the question of "should I or should I not" raced through his mind.

His mother noticed her son's hesitant behavior and invited him to spill his troubles. Raiyan agreed to do so, simultaneously explaining that he and Ali had decided not to consult anyone on this topic, and to solve the mystery using their own wits.

Nevertheless, he blurted out, "Mom, where is fairyland?" as lines of confusion visibly marked his tiny forehead. Upon hearing his question and observing the seriousness on her son's face, his mother tried hard not to laugh, and with tremendous effort, she managed to hide her actual sentiments with a smile, lest her son thought she was making fun of him. She explained to him that Muslims don't believe in the existence of fairies. She then asked Raiyan why he had thought otherwise. Raiyan was surprised but not convinced, and so he objected to his mother's statement by explaining his logic. "Don't we believe in angels and jinns while only having read about it without ever seeing them in physical form?" asked Raiyan to which his mother answered in the affirmative. "Well, then shouldn't it be the same with fairies? I agree that I have never seen them with my eyes but I have read about them in many books."

"My dear, though we have not seen angels with our own eyes, Muslims believe in them only because Allah has commanded them to do so and because they are mentioned in the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith narrated from the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Angels are that part of the Unseen that we humans cannot comprehend except what has been made known to us from the Qur'an and Hadith.

In contrast to this, fairies and ghosts are all bogus fiction which have nothing to do with reality and are not mentioned in the Qur'an and Hadith. A crucial point that I hope you are not missing is that Muslims only believe the knowledge about the angels that has been conveyed to them by the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) based on what Allah had revealed to him (PBUH). Let me tell you some of the things that Allah has made known to us through the Qur'an and His Messenger Mohammad (PBUH). We are told that unlike us humans who are made of clay, angels are creatures made of light. They are always obedient to Allah and never disobey Him in executing the commands they receive. Unlike humans, they do not eat or drink and are never slacken in glorifying Allah." At this point, Raiyan interrupted his mother with a series of inquiries, "But mom, how and when were they created? And how many are they and what do they look like?" She explained that since Muslims do not know about the unseen, except what Allah has made known to them in the Qur'an and through His Prophet, the question of "how and when" they were created cannot be answered and that information lies alone with Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala). However, it is known from the Qur'an that angels were already in existence before the creation of the first man and prophet, Adam (alayhis salaam). So though we do not know how and when they were created, we know that angels were created before humans. Regarding his last question about the description of angels, she explained that it is known from the Qur'an that angels are creatures with wings. She then paused for a moment and carried on to remind of a fundamental point. "Raiyan, belief in angels is one of the six articles of faith which every Muslim must believe in. The six articles of faith are Belief in Allah, His Angels, His Messengers, His Books, The Day of Judgment and in Al-Qadr (predestination and belief in that both good and bad comes from Allah). Whoever does not believe in any of these six pillars is not a Mu'min (believer)."

Having heard all this, Raiyan attested to his belief in angels as being part of the Unseen and believing in angels only through which has been made known through the Qur'an and Hadith of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Simultaneously, he rejected the belief that he had in the existence of fairies. He then left the room to share all his recently acquired information with Ali. Departing the room he said to his mother "Would you believe it? Ali and I spent hours and hours debating which part of the world could be inhabited by these so called fairies. We both had different ideas about their appearance and we checked so many books in the library to find out who was correct. And after all that, I find out that there are no such thing as fairies." Nodding his head in disapproval, he exclaimed "La haoola wa la qoowata illa billah (There is Might or Power except Allah)! What a waste of my precious energy and time!"

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