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S2: Episode 3: The Whispers

The Whispers

“Idris, is disgusting he eats ants!” the children whispered at lunchtime.
Zara heard the whispers and her heart sank. The other children told her that she could only play with them if she passed the whisper onto the next person.
Zara felt sad for Idris, he was such a kind boy and she knew he didn’t eat ants! He just loved Za’tar and the kids didn’t know what Za’tar was! 
But she desperately wanted to play with them, so she leaned over to Yusuf and started to whisper….At first she couldn’t find her words ..umm..ummm.. “What are you saying said Yusuf? Just tell me quickly!”
Zara felt embarassed, she went bright red. 
She then quickly passed the whisper on to Yusuf and at that very moment she wished she could take it back!
“Hahaha, Idris is disgusting he eats ants and has ants in his pants tooo! “
Laughed Yusuf! That’s so funny!
Idris had a look of sadness in his eyes. He lived just across the road from Zara and they often played together. 
She was so disappointed that she’d hurt his feelings, Will he forgive her or play with her again??
After school, Idris’ mum told the teacher that she was going to pick up Zara because her mum was going to be late from work.
Oh no, Zara felt a tight knot in her stomach! She was looking forward to seeing her Mum. 
Idris’ mum pulled Zara’s cheeks, “how are you sweetheart?” Zara quickly looked away with a shy smile.
She really didn’t want to go home with them today. As she looked over to Idris, he looked away. He was avoiding her.
“Is everything okay children? said Idris’ mum. You’re awfully quiet today!” 
Idris nodded quickly “everything is fine Mama!” lied Idris.
“I feel really unwell khala, can I please call my Mummy?” Zara said.
“Oh dear, Okay, let me call her for you.”
Khala Hiba tried to call but Zara’s mum didn’t pick up! 
“Don’t worry she said, I’m sure she will call us back soon. Let’s go straight to the doctor and check if everything’s okay with you. Look it’s on the way home anyway, and you and Idris both see Dr Smith she will be happy to help.”
Zara felt even worse! She not only hurt Idris’ feelings but she had now lied about feeling unwell.
Dr Smith was a such a lovely doctor. Zara usually enjoyed going to the clinic because she would give her stickers and sweets but what was she going to say to her this time? She didn’t want to lie anymore. She was trying to think really hard about what she could tell Dr Smith.
“Good afternoon everyone, what a lovely surprise!” Said Dr Smith.
“How can I help you all today?”
Khala hiba told Dr smith that Zara wasn’t feeling so good.
“We decided to come straight from school”.
“What’s wrong Zara?” Dr Smith smiled at her warmly.
“You do look a bit pale” she said.
Zara nodded, she couldn’t find the words.
Dr smith checked her temperature, then her ears, then her chest, then her stomach.
She even checked her eyes, but everything looked fine!
“Hmm…well the good news is, I can’t see anything.” Dr Smith looked puzzled.
“Where did you say you felt pain again?” Zara tried to think fast, she pointed at her leg. Her hands were shaking and even Khala Hiba looked a little confused. But you pointed to your stomach earlier Zara. Khala Hiba reminded her.
Dr Smith asked Khala Hiba and Idris to wait in the waiting room.
“Give us a sec will you Hiba?” 
“Sure” Khala Hiba replied. “Come on Idris, let’s wait outside” 
Idris gave a look to Zara as he walked out, and Zara’s eyes started to water.
Dr Smith closed the door and Zara burst into tears.
“What’s wrong sweetheart, are you okay?” 
“I did something really bad cried Zara!”
“But why do you say that?” asked Dr Smith as she held her hand and gave her a tissue. 
Zara explained everything. “I am not sick, I just want my Mum.”
Dr Smith reassured Zara, “You are very brave for telling the truth, and I would feel the same way you do. Sometimes we all make mistakes, but the best thing we can do is to say we are sorry and ask how we can make it better.” Zara nodded and blew her nose.
Dr Smith called Idris and his mum back in and Zara told them what was wrong.
She explained everything.
“It’s okay Zara”, said Idris.
“I know you have a kind heart and you didn’t mean it. I forgive you and you will always be my friend.”
Zara felt much better and was happy that Idris was such a kind friend. “I am so sorry, I will never do it again Idris and I will tell the children to stop whispering and hurting your feelings!”
“Well that’s wonderful!” Said Dr Smith and she gave them sparkly stickers they both said “Brave heart!”. “Now you both look after each other,” she said with a wink.
Idris and Zara put their stickers on their jumpers and thanked Dr Smith. 
The next day, Zara and Idris’ mum decided to bake Za’tar pizzas for all the children. 
At lunch time Miss Foster told all the children that they would be having a special lunch picnic. 
Zahra and Idris stood holding pizza boxes, “Hey everyone!” they said “Who would like delicious ant pizzas??” The kids all looked at each other confused!
Zara and Idris opened the boxes. A yummy smell of fresh dough and za’tar filled the air!
“Mmmm the children said as they raced to grab a slice. “This ant pizza smells scrumptious” said Joshua. We’re really sorry for making fun of you Idris.
Idris high fived Zara “Thank you Braveheart!”
Zara smiled 🙂
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S2: Episode 2: No more plastic

No more plastic

“Wohoooo” screamed omar as he put his head out of the bus window. His year 4 class were on the way to the waterlife park for a school excursion. Omar and his friends were having somuch fun laughing, playing, and eating. “Pass me the chips packet” shouted Omar. “It’s finished!” Issa said. “Alright give it to me I’ll throw it”
“Here throw the water bottle too.” Omar opened the window a little more and threw the chips packet and water bottle out of the window. The boys all laughed.
“4 orange please clean up the area around you, we’ll be getting off the bus in a couple of minutes.” Said miss Mathews. Issa said here take this and throw it out of the window too.” “Good cleaning up” scoffed Omar.
Omar and his friends got off the bus one by one excited to see the marine animals. “I’m gonna go see the crocodiles first” shouted Issa. “They’re boring said Omar I’m going to see the great white sharks! Most dangerous animal in the ocean as they raced through the gates.
“Slow down boys” said miss Mathews. We will all go together to the “unseen marine” presentation and then we will split into groups. “Miss what’s the presentation about? I hope it’s not boring. “Well omar you’re just going to have to wait and find out.”
The children all gathered in the presentation hall that was dark with a bright spotlight at the front. “Ladies and gentlemen please take your seats we’re about to start”.
The lights were all off, not a sound. Then a faded sound of the crashing waves of the ocean began. Imagine an ocean with no animals a voice said quietly. No sea turtles, no fish, no sharks, no octopus, no jellyfish. No dolphins. Just water.” Maybe some dry, broken coral. You put your snorkels on excitedly to see the colorful fish and sea animals below. To find nothing. Quiet. nothing.”
This could be our oceans in the future. The lights turned on suddenly. Omar, Issa and 4 orange all stared in shock. Lucy the presenter standing at the front asked does anyone know why our oceans could be empty? What is killing our marine animals?
Everyone was quiet. One little hand popped up at the back. Yes, the girl at the back. “Plastic?” Maryam said unsure of her answer. “Yes!” Said Lucy. “That is one of the main reasons and the reason I wanted to talk about today. Did you all know that 8 million tons of plastic rubbish is thrown into our oceans each year? Some animals that are hungry don’t know that plastic is not food and eat the plastic. It kills them because it hurts their stomachs so much. Imagine if you ate all the plastic rubbish in your bin. Your stomach would be very upset wouldn’t it? Said Lucy.
“My mummy said that sometimes plastic can get caught on ducks heads and choke them” said mariam confidently. That’s right said Lucy. Just last month a whale in Spain died because it ate 30 kg of rubbish that humans had thrown in the ocean.
Omar and isa were shocked. They didn’t want sea animals to get hurt or die. Omar thought about all the fun times he had gone snorkeling with his uncle on their holiday in egypt. He loved the rainbow colours of the parrot fish, the beautiful dolphins jumping in and out of the ocean, and the turtles that swam ever so happily in pairs.
Issa thought about going to the beach and not finding any hermit crabs to play with or any jiggly jellyfish to admire. He thought of all the amazing sea animals in finding Nemo and was sad to think an ocean without them.
It is sad to think our sea animals are dying and could not exist one day …but we can all help. Does anyone have any ideas how?
Omar remembered his mum asking him to bring the recyclable bags when they went shopping. She said she doesn’t like to use plastics bags because it ends up in the ocean hurting our marine life. So he put his hand up and said “ummm not using plastic bags”.
Lucy was impressed. “Yes young man you’re right”. Not just plastic bags but all plastics can harm our
Marine life. Instead of using plastic bottles you can use a glass bottle or reuse your plastic bottles, containers and plastic spoons again and again.
“Any other ideas?” asked Lucy
Mariam from 4 orange said “put your rubbish in the bin?” Yes! Exclaimed Lucy. Throwing rubbish on the floor can harm our animals on land like birds, cats, and dogs. It can also harm sea animals if the wind pushes the rubbish into the ocean.
Omar and Issa looked at each other and deep down they were a little sad they had thrown their rubbish out of the bus window and onto the ground. They hoped it didn’t hurt any animals. At lunch time they both made sure they put their rubbish in the bin and cleaned up the area around them so no animals would get hurt.
Keeping our environment clean is part islam. If we harm animals Allah will ask us “ why did you hurt this animal?”. Allah loves us to be gentle and kind in everything we do. So remember to put your rubbish in the bin, use less plastic and look after the world around you or else it may just disappear!
written by Amatullah Kadous.
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S2: Episode 1: Gifted


“Joud was nervous. It was her first day of school and she didn’t know what it was going to be like. 
“Come on sweetheart, you really need to go to bed now.” said her Mum.
“Mama what if the kids make fun of me?” Joud whispered as tears rolled down her cheeks.
Mama wiped away her tears and held her tightly in her arms. “Oh my baby, you’ve grown so much and it’s normal, we all get nervous about the first day of school. I was also nervous when I was your age about starting school, but you are going to make lots of friends, do you know why?”
“Why?” asked Joud.
“Well because you have such a big heart, a heart of gold. You’re kind, and thoughtful and that is what makes you beautiful.” 
“But my eyes… ” sulked Joud
Mum wiped over her eyes and said, “Allah loves those beautiful eyes of yours, He gave you special gifts other than sight Joud. And if nobody sees that then they are the ones who are blind not you” 
Joud smiled and wiped away her tears.
Early next morning, Joud decided to wear her special glasses to school. She held her stick which helped her feel her surroundings and turned to her mum who was proudly looking at her beautiful little girl.
“I feel good Mama, just a teeny bit nervous, but I think I’m mostly excited!” she said
“Good! I am super excited for you my beautiful lady. Now let’s go!”
School was a 5 minute walk from home and as they walked along Joud heard some other children chattering away. She wondered if they too felt a little nervous.
“Here we are! said Joud’s mum. Take a right here… Joud used her stick to feel the sidewalk and she could now hear lots of children. Joud straightened her back and clutched on to her mother’s hand tightly. 
“Mama, Joud whispered.. How does my school look?” 
“Wonderful said her mum, just like you painted it.”
Joud smiled as she felt butterflies fluttering in her stomach.
“Bismillah” she whispered to herself. Joud, quietly in her heart asked Allah to help her find new friends. She always liked to talk to Allah in her heart.  It always helped keep her calm and happy.
“Good morning Miss Honey”, said Joud’s mum.. as they walked into her new classroom. Joud could feel that they were inside now and she heard the voice of her new teacher, she sounded very kind. 
“Good morning wonderful Joud. Welcome to Butterflies class, we are so excited to have you with us.”
Miss Honey took Joud by the hand. Joud smiled nervously. She imagined Miss Honey’s face, kind and smiley. 
Joud’s imagination was her special power. She would imagine everyone and as soon as she heard their voices. It’s like she had a paintbrush in her head and it would help her paint what she thought they looked like.
Joud then heard a boy and a girl run up to her 
“Hello” said Tom excitedly! I love your glasses, they look so cool! Can I try them on? My name is Thomas by the way! and I’m Amal said the girl.
Joud quickly started to paint a picture of Thomas in her head. He definitely had a cheeky grin, that’s for sure. She giggled a bit.
“Sure, Joud said, you can try them on!” She handed them over to Thomas and then felt all the children gather around her – could we play with your stick. They all asked. 
Miss Honey came to see what was going on, 
“Now now children, let’s quieten down and sit on the carpet.” she called Joud and asked her to share with the curious children why she was wearing glasses and holding a stick.
The children were amazed to learn that Joud couldn’t see them, she was blind. 
so you can’t see us?! They said
“Not really” whispered Joud reluctantly. Her cheeks went pink.
“But I can see your faces in my mind.” she carried on..
“Wow, so what do we look like?” Asked the children all at once! 
Miss Honey asked them to quieten down and wait their turn.
If Joud agrees you can ask her to paint for you.
The children were extremely excited! Miss Honey handed Joud a Paintbrush and some paint. 
“You would need to tell me a bit about yourself and then I can paint your picture.” Said Joud..
Mussa raised his hand “my turn my turn…please let me go first” he said-  I have brown spiky hair and small green eyes and I’m very handsome he held up his arms and showed off his muscles.” 
Joud giggled and painted away with black strokes and yellow strokes, green and white. This is taking ages said Mussa!!!!! almost there she said, you are going to 
love this. Ready… 1 – 2 – 3! 
What?! The children all laughed one of Joud’s paintings fell from her folder! A gorilla! I’m not a Gorilla! Or maybe I am! Mussa ran around the class beating on his chest and the kids all rolled around in laughter. 
“Oops! said Joud! Wrong painting that’s a painting that I did earlier! how about this one Mussa? Does this one look like you?” Joud handed over the right painting to Mussa!
The children all gasped woaaah that’s amazing
“Fabuloustasticwastic” Mussa shouted!
The children loved it – Joud, clearly had a special gift.
“You really are gifted Joud!” Amal shouted!
Miss Honey, then asked who would like to be Joud’s partner and help to show her around the school.
“Me ..me ..me …Pleass Miss Honey choose me!” They all pleaded.
Joud giggled and in her heart she whispered “Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah”
Everybody wanted to be her friend. What a brilliant first day of school it was! “
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Episode 5: The Happy Curls

Sama has curly hair that she loves. But when she goes to school some kids in her class make fun of her because of her curls. Sama goes home upset and tries to cut her curls. She just wants to be normal like everyone else.

Listen to the podcast to find out what happens next.

Episode 4: Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

Noura & Yusuf have moved into their new house. They’re excited to make new friends. However, when they first meet their neighbor he is very rude to them. They are upset and tell their parents that they don’t like their neighbor. But their parents tell teach them an important lesson, two wrongs don’t make a right. Listen to the episode to find out what happens next.

Episode 3: Spidey’s Eid Shoes

Spidey is looking forward to attending his Eid party with all his friends. Before the party, Spidey goes shopping for shoes, but is saddened when Hen doesn’t have eight pairs of shoes for his eight feet. When he visits his friends Froggie the frog & Elie the elephant he realises that they all have shoes for the Eid party. Spidey decides not to go because he is upset that he will be the only person without shoes at the party. So his friends come together to surprise him with the best present he’s ever received. Listen to find out what happens next.

Episode 2: 7 Stories – Sarah & Adam

On episode 2 of 7 stories, Sarah is excited for her first day of school. She has a new rainbow bag with matching rainbow shoes that she can’t wait to show all her friends. Adam is also excited, he likes rainbows as well but loves giraffes even more. Join Sarah & Adam on their first day of school. It’s plenty of fun and there’s a great lesson to learn about always being truthful as well.

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Listen to Episode 1 with Ayaa & Sammy in Istanbul


Episode 1: 7 Stories – An Unexpected Adventure!

On episode 1 of 7 stories, Ayaa and Sammy fly to London to visit their families. Upon arriving in transit to Istanbul, Ayaa and Sammy’s family discover that their flight has been cancelled. So their trip takes an unexpected turn, where they spend their day discovering Istanbul instead, eating amazing food, visiting beautiful masjids and meeting new faces. Join Ayaa and Sammy for an episode filled with fun, prayer, adventure and excitement.

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