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Let Me Tell You about Hajar & Baby Ismail

Story for Kids

What are you doing under the bed, Yasseen?” Mommy asked.

I’m looking for my time machine! I need to go back in time! It’s VERY important!” Yasseen said, popping his head out from under the bed.

We have a project for school about a woman named ‘Hajar’. I must find out exactly what happened!

So you’re going to Mecca in Saudi Arabia! Cool! Can I come?” Mommy jumped happily.

And so Yasseen and his mom got inside the time machine and went back in time, thousands and thousands of years ago….

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Hey! It’s an empty desert! Where is the Ka’bah? Are we lost?” Yasseen asked.

“No, this is the right place, Yasseen! Look, Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hajar, and their baby Ismail are coming towards us! Shhhh, duck down!” Mommy whispered.

Don’t worry about us, Ibrahim. You can leave now. We will be okay!” Hajar said. “Oh Allah! I’m leaving my family here alone.

“I ask you, God, to please make lots of people come visit this empty place!” Prophet Ibrahim said this, then kissed his wife and son goodbye.

Oh my God!” Yasseen whispered. “How can he leave them here? There are no beds, bathrooms or stores to buy food! There’s no water or trees! Nothing!

Let Me Tell You about Hajar & Baby Ismail - About Islam

God asked him to do so,” Mommy said. “Prophet Ibrahim loves his family, but he loves Allah more!”

Why does God want Hajar and her baby to stay alone here? Imagine how scared they would be at night!” Yasseen panicked.

“Shhhhh, let’s wait and see!” Mommy said. “God does everything for a good reason!


Hajar didn’t have any food or water left. She was scared, hungry, and thirsty, but she knew God would take care of her and the baby.

Ismail was crying non-stop! He cried and cried and cried. He was very thirsty, too.

“Oh baby! Don’t cry!” Hajar hugged Ismail. “Wait here. I’ll try to find some water.”

Hajar put baby Ismail down on the ground and ran to the nearest mountain.

It’s called ‘Al Safa’ Mountain. She climbed it all the way to the top. She looked up and down, left and right, but there was no water or people in sight.

Hajar went down and ran all the way to the opposite mountain.

It’s called “Al Marwa’ Mountain. She climbed it all the way to the top.

She looked up and down, left and right, but there was no water and no people in sight.

The weather was super hot in the desert, and Hajar was getting very tired, yet she didn’t give up. She ran from the top of Al Safa Mountain to the top of Al Marwa Mountain seven times, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and back. This is when the most amazing thing happened…


A spring of water gushed out of the ground next to where she left baby Ismail crying. It was a miracle from the one and only God.

Thank you, Allah!” Hajar said. “I knew Allah would take care of us!

Hajar was very happy, and so was baby Ismail. They drank and drank and drank, but the water did not stop gushing out from the ground!

“Zoom, zoom,” Hajar said. She made a hole around the spring, and it became a well. A well that would never run dry!

Never ever?” Yasseen asked, confused.

Yes!” Mommy said. “And from the word ‘Zoom’ came the name ‘Zamzam’ water.

Look up! Where did all these birds come from?” Yasseen asked.

Birds are smart! They know how to find water in the middle of the dry desert!” Mommy replied.

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About Lilly S. Mohsen
Lilly S. Mohsen is the uprising author of “The Prophets To Islam” Series for children.Lilly studied Photographic Journalism at the American University in Cairo. She worked as a photographer, blogger and freelance author for a number of magazines and agencies around the world, until she finally decided to write her own books.After extensive studies and mastering in Psychology, she also started working as a part-time therapist and marriage counselor. Lilly currently lives in Egypt with her son and daughter, whom she proudly admits, are the main source of her inspiration.For more please check out her blog: