Leyla the Sparrow

Leyla the Sparrow

  • Running time: 14 minutes
  • Age: 5+
  • Released 2 April 2013
Leyla sings the sweetest song of all the sparrows. But when her two chicks are born she has to stop her star performances in the ‘Dawn Chorus’ and concentrate on being a Mum. It’s hard teaching our young ones to fly for themselves and stay out of danger. And we’re not just talking about hungry cats with sharp claws. A dramatic encounter between Leyla's chicks and followers of the Messenger of Allah teaches listeners to this story who the Prophet is ... and why he is so special.
My two daughters, aged 22 months and nearly four, enjoyed listening to 'Leyla the Sparrow'. The little one loved the sparrow-singing, while the elder one was captivated by the entire story. As a mother I was pleased that this story taught my children about how kind the holy Prophet Muhammad was to animals. (Aziza, Delhi, India)

From 'Kitab al-Jihad', book 15 of Sunan abi Dawood. 

Abdullah ibn Mas'ud (ra) reports: “We were travelling with the Messenger of Allah (saws). He went to relieve himself. We saw a bird (humarah) with her two young chicks and we captured her chicks. The bird came and began to flap her wings in distress. Then the Messenger of Allah (saws) came and said, ‘Who has made this bird upset by snatching her chicks? Return her chicks to her.’ He also saw an ant village that we had burnt. He asked: ‘Who has burnt this?’ We replied, ‘We did it.’ He said, ‘It is not right for anyone but the Lord of fire to punish with fire.”

Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)

Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud 2675

In-book reference: Book 15, Hadith 199

English translation: Book 14, Hadith 2669

Source: Sunnah.com