Ilham or Inspire

The Sad Stump

“He was a goodly stump with the softest heart,
who loved his job very much
But the thing about it he loved the most
was the Prophet’s gentle touch!”


I keep saying this and will probably forever say it: I want to make the Prophet (saw) as real as possible for me and the kids. Only by doing that, can we love and follow him like we’re meant to.

This book by Razana Noor does just that. Using her usual and catchy rhyming style, the author has been able to capture a beautiful story from the seerah, in an engaging and apt way for a child’s mind. That’s why we love her.

This new book of hers ‘The Sad Stump’ made my heart smile, because we all know this story but I hadn’t realised how it serves as a beautiful lesson for little hearts.

We got this yesterday and have read it over and over again. And for us its been a little journey back into the seerah where we see

🔹the Prophet’s (saw) gentleness
🔹how his care was for humans, animals and trees
🔹that every good has an end in Jannah


Just from reading this book we discussed the simplicity of the Prophet’s masjid (see above picture of tree stump holding masjid roof), the early Muslim community of Medinah and how we should too want to be loved and hugged by the Prophet (saw) just as the stump did.

I love how a book did all this for us, because I wouldn’t even attempt to have the same conversations with my daughter in any other way, knowing too well it would last less than 30 seconds.

So a big thumbs up from me and my daughter for this book, she especially likes the stump crying out “boo hoo hoo!” She loved the details of the illustrations too..


And in true Umm Y² spirit we even painted our own little stump – if you know me, you know I love bringing the books to life, because I believe it makes children love their books more.

Book available on Amazon *

You can follow Razana on her Facebook page too

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2 thoughts on “The Sad Stump”

  1. Assalamualaikum sister.
    Jazakallahu khairan for all your efforts and most importantly for sharing your journey with us. I don’t know how else to say it, but I can only be very straight about what am about to write. You are a God sent to me literally, I have long and prayed for so long on how to achieve or at least strive as you are doing but it’s has been extremely challenging as I am a mother of 2 young ones and I happen to be very far away from home i.e. With very little support on how to bring up my babies on the path of the deen. One blessed day Allah guided me and I stumbled on ur Instagram page and since been following you and ur tips but I still feel it’s not enough so I plead if only I can have a chart so we can talk on specific areas that I find extremely difficult. Please sister help in the name of Allah, as all I want is to have the love of The deen, Allah and the prophet in the heart of my children. Thank you


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