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An Act of Sadaqah Jariyah

An Act of Sadaqah Jariyah

Author Malaja Owens by

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Malaja Owens

My name is Malaja Owens and I am looking to publish my 1st book— an Islamic children's book titled My Brand New Shoes. Insha'Allah this is to be the first of what I pray will be a series of character building books where in each story, a hadith of our beloved Prophet (saw) is shared. In this particular story we experience with little Asiyah the joy she finds in giving charity and wanting for her Sister what she wants for herself.

I originally wrote this story back in 1992, pre-Shahada, when I was in high school. I researched getting it published then, but it was too expensive at the time. Now, almost twenty years later and post reversion to Islam, I realize that I didn't pursue publishing then not just because of the cost, but also because it was not the right time.

There is a sense of community that I've experienced from being a part of the Atlanta Muslim Jama'ah that I try to subliminally convey in the story. I channeled my family's after Jumu'ah walks around the Atlantic Station shops and how I've watched families leave the Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam for a quick stop through the market and Ummat Café.

The primary message of this story, however, is the message of the joy in giving Sadaqah in hopes of pleasing Allah (swt) and being a true believer as described by the Prophet Muhammad (saw)—the best example of character. As Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an Surah 33 Ayah 21:

'You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day, and who remembers Allah much.'

It is my prayer that little readers of this story will internalize this message and find great joy in giving charity. Thus the character building process begins.

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