Fatimah

Mahdi:

“Father, when my classmate Masoud came here this afternoon, he was angry. I asked why he was angry and he said that he wanted to go to the cinema this afternoon, but his father didn’t let him. His father said that the film was not suitable for children and was harmful for them.”

I told him that a father’s and mother’s wisdom are greater than one’s own, and that he must respect and obey his parents.

Masoud replied, “Parents sometimes say things that kids don’t like to listen to. I love the cinema and I really want to go.”

Father:

“In your opinion, does your mother love your younger sister, Fatimah?”

Mahdi:

“Yes, she loves her very much.”

Father:

“How do you know she loves her?”

Mahdi:

“Because I see that whenever Fatimah is ill, mother feels sad. A few days ago, when she was sick, my mother was crying for her.

Father:

“Have you seen you mother quarrel with her and prevent her from doing something?”

Mahdi:

“Yes, during Fatimah’s illness, the doctor advised mother not to give Fatimah a particular bread that she liked. Mother did not give her the bread, telling Fatimah that if she ate it, her illness would get worse. But Fatimah didn’t listen and she began to cry.”

Father:

“In your opinion, what does Fatimah think? Does she think mother is not good to her because she did not give her bread? Don’t you think she would say that that was nonsense?”

Mahdi:

“Yes, Fatimah might think mother was not good to her, but she would be wrong. It would in fact be the opposite. It is because mother loves her so much that she does not want her to eat the bread, as it will make her illness worse.”

Father:

“Parents’ actions towards their children are like the refusal to give bread to Fatimah in her illness. You understand that eating bread is harmful for Fatimah, but Masoud does not understand that films for adults are harmful for children.”

“Tomorrow in school, tell Masoud that parents stay awake at night to look after their children, and feel terrible sorrow at their uneasiness during illness. They try hard day and night to make them comfortable, so how could they say something to their children which is not based on benevolence or sympathy towards them?”