This Week's Riddle #31
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Birth of Joseph
Jacob ran for his life as his brother Esau was looking to kill him.
He came to his uncle Laban's house where he got married with Rachel
but they had no kids. Many
years later Joseph was born as a result of Rachel's prayers. She said, "The LORD shall add to me another son."
When Joseph was born, Jacob asked Laban "Send me away, that I
may go to my own place and to my country."
But Laban did not allow him to go.
He made his life miserable by changing his wages many times.
Jacob heard false accusations about him from Laban's sons and he
saw that Laban was not much favorable toward him as before.
Then God told Jacob to return to his homeland and He also told,
"I will be with you."
called his wives Rachel and Leah and told them about his plan to leave
that place. Both Rachel and
Leah agreed and said, "Whatever God has said to you, do it." So Jacob took his sons, daughters, wives and live stocks and
departed in the early morning when Laban was not at home.
Jacob fled from that place with all his belongings and crossed the
river. He was headed toward
Gilead to go to his father Isaac's house. On the third day, Laban was told about Jacob's departure.
He took his brethren and pursued him for seven days journey.
Finally he overtook him on the mountains of Gilead.
Laban told him, "It is in my power to do you harm, but the God
of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Be careful that you speak
to Jacob neither good nor bad.' So
Laban could not harm Jacob.
went from there and met Esau his elder brother.
Though Jacob was very much afraid, but God protected him and helped
him to return safely after meeting his brother.
From there Jacob and family went to Bethel then from there they
were on the way to Ephrath where Binyamin the brother of Joseph was born
and their mother Rachel died.
Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me - 6
this time you have read that, Gulshan Fatima was paralyzed at her left side
when she was only 6 months old. Her mother died when she was an infant. Her
father loved her so much that he took her to England for treatment but when
they heard the disappointing words of doctor, "it has no cure",
their hearts broke down. Her father encouraged her and said, "We will
go to Mecca and knock the door of Allah, and he will heal you." So they
went to Mecca and visited Ka'aba - the house of Allah. Even she kissed the
cubical shape of ka'aba but to their utter despair nothing happened. To
avoid her father's troubled look, she kept her face down. Then they visited
Safa and Marva from where they bought Zamzam water. She bathed with that
water but nothing happened. She and her father returned home heart broken.
Next blow for her was, her beloved father's death!! But while she was so
disturbed, she heard a low, gentle voice telling her to read about Jesus in
Quran Sura Maryam.
Aunt has just gone out of the Gulshan's room after spending little time with
her and silence wrapped around her. She opened her Urdu Quran and started
reading from Sura "The Imrans" as she was searching more about
Jesus and His healing power. She read in there, "By Allah's leave I
shall give sight to the blind man, heal the leaper, and raise the dead to
life." Many of the things said in those Suras she could not
understand. Whether Jesus was a mere prophet, a created thing, made like
Adam but still he could perform all these miracles by Allah's power? She
thought, "but who is this prophet who knew about my need and spoke to
me like a living person out of heaven?"
She lost her best friend and father in this young age and she knew that a
lonely future is ahead of her but she was seeing a ray of hope that somehow
one day she could be able to unveil the unknown and mysterious prophet from
the pages of Quran.
Days were passing though the blue Mercedes of father stood in the garage and
driver Majid came regularly and polished it very often. Brothers and sisters
had their own lives to live but they faithfully followed the commandment of
their father about Gulshan. One day Samina her sister asked about her
troubles seeing her sad face. She told about being burden for them then
Samina said, "no you are not a burden for us, we love you very
much." So whenever she had those feelings of disappointment, she told
herself the encouraging words saying, "I have so much luck that father
left this much property for me. I am not born in a poor home. My sisters and
brothers care about me." She also remembered the words of her father
saying, "God will one day heal you." And more than that she
remembered the voice about, Jesus the healer. Everyday she repeated these
thoughts until she came out of her despair. Still she was in the grip of
fear thinking about the uncertainty of her healing.
Her whole day was scheduled on the basis of five-prayer times of Muslims.
Everyday she woke up in the morning to prepare herself for dawn prayer (Fazr
ke Namaz). Till the morning she would read Arabic Quran then four more
prayer time in whole day. Though she was doing all these prayers, still she
had the growing fear in her heart about Allah who was so far away from her
that she could not approach him in anyway. She had a drastic change in her
heart and life during the three years after her father's death that was
hidden from others even from her two maids. She reserved the night time for
reading the Urdu Quran when other go to bed. She was surprised and puzzled
thinking that, if Jesus is such a powerful healer then why Quran talks about
him so little? One day she asked her Aunt about Jesus. Aunt told her that,
"He is the only prophet in the Holy Quan who gives eyes to the blind
and raised the dead and who is coming again. I do not remember at which Sura
it is written, she said." When Gulshan tried to show her from the Urdu
Quran, she felt that her thoughts were not accepted there.
"By Allah's leave I shall give sight to the blind man, heal the leaper,
and raise the dead to life." these words seemed echoing on her ears
every time. It seems Aunt told about it to other members of the family
because when Safdar Shah, her brother came, he asked her about her faith and
about reading the Arabic Quran. Gulshan told him that she read both Arabic
and Urdu Quran and she did not give up her faith. He left her room satisfied
and thinking that his sister is deeply rooted in her faith. For years she
read the Quran with great respect but gradually she was losing her faith in
Allah and Quran but still she believed that what was written about Jesus is
true and that he could heal her. She started praying, "O Jesus, Son
of Mary it says in the Holy Quran that you have healed the leaper and raised
the dead and done miracles. So heal me too." As she prayed this
prayer again and again she felt new hope of healing which she never felt in
Muslim prayers. She took her string of beads which she bought from Mecca,
rolled every bead and after that she said Bismillah. And with every bead
rolling she prayed, "Oh Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me".
Her prayers changed even between the five-prayer times, after every prayer
and every bead, she prayed, "Oh Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me."
The more she prayed the more she felt attracted toward this secondary
prophet who had amazing power of healing which Mohammed the greatest prophet
of Islam never claimed of. She kept on praying this prayer for three long
years after her father's death.
This week's Riddle
He was told, "Look to the stars and if you can, count them. So
shall your descendants be." Who said this to whom?
Kids, who will be able to answer correctly, their names will be published
here. While answering please do not forget to write your "name" and "age" To send your answers click here
of Riddle #30 and Winner
She was a widow and was not an
Israelite, still she promised to accept the God of Israel. God honored her and she became the
great, great, great, great, great.... great grandmother of Jesus.
Riddle was taken from:
Bincy A Thomas, 13 yrs, Kuwait.
Bevin A. Thomas, 12 yrs, Kuwait, Bryan A. Thomas, 8 yrs, Kuwait. were successful in sending the correct answer.
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