Children believe that Tarzan can talk to animals. Muslims believe that Sulaiman could talk to animals; he could even hear ants talking miles away.
Children believe that all animals of the world can behave like humans and can follow orders given by humans. Muslims believe that all animals of the world can behave like humans and follow orders given by humans as they followed Noah’s order to come take a ride with him in his ark.
Children think that stars are small playthings and a tall enough person can reach up, grab and throw them at any one. Muslims believe that stars are small enough for god to reach down, grab, and throw them at mischievous satans and jins trying to listen to higher assembly.
Children believe that earth is flat, sun and moon are lamps, which go around the earth, and stars are decorations on a solid blue sky, which is a canopy on earth, Muslims also believe the same.
Children believe in beautiful fairies. Muslims believe in beautiful houris.
Children believe that fairies come and place money under their pillows when they are asleep. Muslims believe that houries come and share their pillows when they are dead.
Children believe in ghosts and monsters. Muslims believe in jins and satans.
Children believe that ghosts and monsters hide under their beds during the night. Muslims believe that jins and satans hide in their noses and their bathrooms during the night.
Children believe in magic kingdom with all the goodies and hope to live in it some day. Muslim believe in heaven with all the goodies and hope to live in it some day.
Children dream of visiting disney land one day, and when this dream comes true it is the happiest time of their lives. Muslims dream of visiting mecca one day, and when this dream comes true, it is the happiest time of their lives.
When in Disneyland, children wear Disney character T-shirts and Mickey mouse caps and very excitedly follow big crowds to different points of fascination. When in Mecca Muslims wear special clothes, shave their heads/wear hijab and very excitedly follow big crowds to different points of fascination.
Children pretend to beat the imaginary monster with a real stick, Muslims pretend to beat the imaginary satan by throwing real stones.
Children believe that their all-powerful hero Superman can fly, Muslims believe that their all-powerful hero Mohammed could fly on a winged horse.
Children love rituals and talk to their imaginary friends. Muslims love rituals and say salam to imaginary angels.
Children think that their imaginary friends are with them all the time even when they are asleep at night, Muslims think that their imaginary angels are with them all the time, even when they are making love at night or on a camels back during the day.
Children believe that all the good kids will be rewarded with candy and all the bad kids will be punished by spanking, Muslims believe that all the Muslims will be rewarded with houries and all the non-Muslims will be punished with hellfire.
However, children grow out of their childhood one day, but Muslims don’t.
By Ayesha Ahmed