3d-landscape_f7364d61When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learnt that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learnt that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learnt to trust in Allah, the All-Mighty.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learnt that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learnt that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learnt we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learnt that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw tears come from your eyes and I learnt that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I learnt most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive Muslim when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking,

I looked at you and wanted to say:

"May Allaah, the Mighty and Glorious, reward you my beloved Mother,
for all the things I saw, when you thought I wasn't looking."