Cookie Monster

A story by a sister who wishes to remain anonymous.

This is the story of a little six year old girl. Her name is Sana. She has one big brother who is much older than her. They both love each other very much. There is one thing they have in common more than anything; they both love chocolate chip cookies. They share and enjoy eating cookies together. Sana calls her big brother “the cookie monster”. His name is Suleiman. Every time Sana and Suleiman play hide and seek together, sana gets upset because she likes to win. To make Sana happy, Suleiman makes cookie monster noise for her to find him.

Suleiman always spends lots of time with Sana. Sans never feels lonely and neither does Suleiman when Sana is with him. Suleiman is like a friend, a brother, a father, a teacher to Sana. When Suleiman is around, Sana leaves all her friends just to be with him. They goof around so much together and sometimes make pranks on their cousins just for fun. Everyone in the family admires their relationship. Suleiman gets everything Sana asks him for. Anything Sana wants, Suleiman gets it for her.

Sana is in First Grade and Suleiman is a College Student. One day, Sana gets very upset because her best friend doesn’t want to be her friend anymore. Sana comes home from school to find Suleiman. She knocks and knocks at Suleiman’s door but there is no response. Suddenly, she realizes the door was open. Sana walks in the room and finds Suleiman praying. She rushes to her room, puts on her hijab upside down. She brings her kid size Prayer rug and starts praying next to him. After following Suleiman’s actions in prayer, she waits patiently until Suleiman is done praying. She sits on his lap and tells him about her problem. She starts crying. She says, “no one wants to be my friend anymore”. Suleiman looks at her and asks her to first make du’a to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. After they were done making du’a together, Suleiman takes Sana outside for a walk. They both get cookie ice cream. Suleiman cheers up Sana and asks her calmly, “why is it that your best friend doesn’t want to be your friend anymore?”

Sana says, “that is because I didn’t want to share my cookies with her. You know how much I love cookies!”

Suleiman: “Yeah but don’t you always tell me “Sharing is caring” what happened?
Sana gets more upset.

Suleiman smiles,

He tells her, “You know, I used to be like you when I was about your age.”

Sana: Really?

Suleiman: yeah! But later on I realized one thing. When we eat something delicious, it’s only a matter of few seconds. One we put it in our mouth and taste it. Then it’s no more. It goes inside out stomach. If we share the same thing, we feel happy and we also make the other person happy. For a taste of few seconds, we shouldn’t become selfish. Islam teaches us to be caring and sharing towards one another. If you share then Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala will reward us with so much more. Sharing is caring and you will make much more friends. Also, if you share for the sake of Allah Subhana Wa ta’ala, Allah will reward you greatly. Which means more cookies, Suleiman tickles Sana. They both laugh.

Sana learns her lesson and the next day, she takes a pack of cookies for her best friend. Sana tells her best friend that she really wants to be her friend. Sana’a friend, Samira smiles and shares the same pack of cookies with Sana. They both hug each other and start playing.

The Prophet Muhammad SalAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, “The best of you is the one who offers food freely and returns the greeting of salaam.” A hasan Hadith narrated by Ahmad, 6/16.