“‘If we had fed ourselves, we would not have caught the fish,’ the sheikh said.”
— Iman Abdallah Al-Qaisi, “A Cup of Mint Tea: Volume Four”
I believe reading is an important component of a child’s growth. Exposing them to books at an early age does not simply enhance their linguistic skills. As they grow and begin to understand what is being read to them, it stimulates their imagination, challenges their thought-process, helps them develop a sense of morality from differing themes, and more. What better way is there to do this than with anecdotes about the prophets, sahaba, and more?
The fourth volume in the “A Cup of Mint Tea” series addresses topics such as compassion, brotherhood, sacrifice, and more. This collection of short stories, along with the three books that precede it, are a great read for your children. In fact, these anecdotes can be used as bed time stories. Each story is only a few pages long and the book itself is less than one hundred pages. Even if your child cannot read the book on their own, read it too them, or help them read it with you. At the end of each story is a list of the lessons that can be learned, which is why it is great for kids.
My personal favorite is a story titled, “Catching the Fish.” One particular line made me pause and mull over it for a few minutes: “If we had fed ourselves, we would not have caught the fish.” Now I don’t want to spoil the story, but the idea that doing things for other people is what results in success is beautiful and resonates in this story. And that is just one lesson out many that this collection of stories has to offer.