Mohammed, an eight year old Islam boy, watched other children play outside together for the last three months. Mohammed was new to the neighbourhood and was shy. All the other kids went to a different school. Summer vacation was just around the corner and this was his opportunity to make new friends.
School is finally over. Mohammed sees the kids outside and knows that this is his chance. “Remember your midday prayer," his mom reminds him. He runs out and introduces himself. “Can I play?” He asks “Sure, do you have a stick?” asks one of the boys. Mohammed shakes his head no. Joseph, one of the other boys, offers him his extra stick.
While playing, he learns the other two kids names are Izabelle and Noah. While Mohammed is playing, he remembers that it was almost time for midday prayers. He tells his friends that he has to go home, but he does not tell them why. Joseph realizes it is almost lunch time and asks Mohammed if he can play later.
Mohammed replies “Maybe tomorrow?” He knows his midday prayer will take half an hour and he will not be able to play another game of ball hockey. He tells his friends that he has chores to do with his mom after lunch. His friends seem to understand.
Mohammed goes home to do his midday prayer alone in his clean room. After his prayer, he eats his lunch with his mom. His mom asks if he had fun. Mohammed replied “Yes and I made new friends.”
The next day, Mohammed goes out to play after Dhuhr, midday prayer. He joins his friends and sees that there are new faces this time. He is introduced to Sabrina, Michael, Sarah and Levi. They all welcomed him into the group.