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A little girl stood with her Mom and some of us under the awning just inside the store. It was pouring outside. We waited. The little girl’s voice broke the hypnotic trance we were all in. ‘Mom, let's run through the rain,’ she said.

‘What?’ Mom asked. ‘Let's run through the rain!’ she repeated. ‘No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.
The child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let's run through the rain.’ ‘We'll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said. ‘No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said. ‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?’ ‘Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!’
The entire crowd became silent. The mother paused. Some would laugh it off and scold the little girl for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said, but this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.
‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,’ Mom said. Then off they ran. Everyone stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.
And yes, I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.
Use the opportunities presented to us to plant the seed of faith in Allah, especially in our young ones.
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