iESL lesson: Letter to my daughter

Task 1: Read the following poem and fill in the blanks using the correct form of the words given in brackets.

Task 2: Now watch the video or listen to the poem and check your answers.

LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER

By Boona Mohammed

 To my little baby girl Sakinah, I want to tell you so many things
See Baba has lived a long life, and ___________________ so many things     [experience]
So I pray that you will learn from my mistakes, and benefit from what I’ve seen
In hopes that you well become much _____________ than everything that I have been [good]

Oh my dear child, know that there is only one God,
And that He Subhanahu wa ta’ala is most ____________ of all your love [worth]
He _____________ everything and has knowledge of all things  [create]
So never assign for Him a partner, and be dutiful to Him
And know that when you sin, you must return to Him and remember
By _______________ onto the rope of your Lord, it will only lead you into Jannah [hold]
A place of every pleasure, where you shall remain and stay forever
In the company of the best people scales have ever measured

Oh my dear child, know that Allah has rights upon you and I
Firstly that you establish your salaah, and never let it go until you die
So pray every _________________ like it’s your last chance to say good bye  [pray]
And never be shy to raise your hands and call Him up on speed dial

Oh my baby girl, you are more __________________ than you will ever know [beauty]
And you don’t need anyone to tell you that because your Lord, He made you so
So respect this very gift that Allah He has ______________ [bestow]
And don’t expose what He enclosed except to those who He has chose

And know that this hijab that you will wear is so much more than just a cloth
It’s a ________________ to the world that you are so much more than what they watch [remind]
A mind, body and soul not _______________ by every little media box [control]
Before every friend and trend, you only have to worry about _____________ One God [impress]

And then after that your mother is most _____________ of all your love, [worth]
She carried you for 9 months and cared for you with _______________ love [gentleness]
So _____________ her with mercy and respect even when you think she’s wrong [treatment]
And I promise we will try our very best to raise you in a ___________ home [love]

I will tuck you in at night and read you ____________ till you sleep [story]
Share with you the chronicles of Musa and Bani Isreal
I’ll tell you about the whale who swallowed nabi Yunus whole
And the ant that ____________ to Suliman from deep inside the hole [speak]

We will learn all about the sahaba, and ________________ every single name [memorisation]
I’ll tell you about Bilal ibn Rabah, and show you that our ______________ is the same [ancestor]
We will fall in love with the story of our Prophet, again and again
And we will always cry every single time we get towards the end

I want to be your best friend, I want to be the one on whom you _____________ [dependent]
I want you to call me from school and tell me that you forgot your homework at home, again
I want to take you on trips, I want you to see the world
I want to hold your hand in front of the kaaba and show you what heaven looks like on earth
I want to teach you to __________ a bike, I want to teach you to drive a car [riding]
I want to teach you that chasing _________________ things will never get you very far [material]
Because some people are so poor the only thing they have is money,
I want to teach you to find _______________________ in Allah [content]                                                                  And I promise that you will always be happy
Because if the presidents, prime ministers, kings and all the queens
Knew the _______________ of Islam, Wahalli they would fight us for this deen [bless]
I want to be there for bad dreams; I want to tell you the truth about Halloween
Why we don’t dress up like shayateen, but I’ll still buy you more candy than you can eat

I want to teach you that you reap what you sow,
And that hard work and struggle will only help you to _____________ [growth]
I want to teach you to never back down from a challenge
And that ______________ is the only way to ever go [honest]
I want to teach you the Qu’ran, I want to make you love the Qu’ran
I want you to memorise, act upon and see the whole world through the Qu’ran
I want you to understand Allah’s ____________________ and his commands [prohibit]
And to follow the best of all examples, his messenger Alaihi salatu wasalaam

And one day, I pray that you will find true love, but not just to any man
But that you will _____________ a man whose first love is Al-Islam [marriage]
So if you want a man like Muhammad, be a woman like Khadija
The first _______________ of this cause and a mother to believers [support]
Have the courage of Nusaybah, never back down from what is true
__________________ what you believe even when the whole world is out for you [defence]
Have the _____________________ of Ayesha, become a scholar of this deen [know]
Cure the people of misconceptions because ignorance is a disease
Have the ____________ of Hafsa, always keep Allah upon your mind [pious]
Fast the days and pray the nights, to help your nafs stay in line
Have the honour of Bilqis, make the world treat you with dignity
When they see you on the streets, let them know that you’re a queen
Have the ________________ of Sumayya and the sabr of Hajar [strong]
Be steadfast like Maryam, with tawakkul like Musa’s mother
And when things get tough, be like the wife of Fir’aun
Attach your heart to Jannah, and never let it go
Cause sweetie you are to me, like Fatima to our Nabi
May Allah bless you with sakinah, from now until ______________. Ameen  [eternal]

My baby girl, I’ve _________________ you into a very crazy world [bring]
Where the truth can really hurt and _____________________ can shine like pearls [false]
This dunya is a paradise for those who have _______________ their souls [sell]
And a prison house for those who uphold this moral code
Baby girl, I promise you that while I’m alive I will strive to make you smile
I will go the extra mile for my child, but realise
That this world is ______________ of trials that you will just have to go through [fully]
So when you feel like you have no one but Allah,
Know that Allah is more than enough for you

I always pray for you, so please pray for me too,
Ask Allah to forgive me for my sins, make my grave filled with Noor
But I promise you, in Jannah we will _____________ our little game of pick a boo [continuation]
Just daddy and his little girl.
P.s. I love you

Task 3

Now make notes of five qualities that Boona Mohammed wants her daughter to have when she grows up.

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