3rd Place Hikmeh AbuHamda

Dear Beloved ﷺ,

To begin, I’d like to thank you. Thank you for conveying the message. Thank you for your perseverance, your compassion, your love. Thank you for being the Messenger. Thank you for everything.

And then I want to say that I wish I could have seen your face. Your face which resembles the moon. Your smile, brighter than the light of day. I want to hear your laugh. I want to meet you one day.

Sometimes I wonder what the world would be without you. What my world would be.

And then I don’t.

Because I don’t think they would be something to call a world. Not without you. Not without guidance.So again, I just want to say, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, because we would all be nothing without you.

And I want to say that I love you.

2nd Place Rija Ishaq

Dear Prophet Muhammad (as),
Assalam -o-alikum

My name is Rija and I am 10 yrs old. I have a younger brother, Ibrahim who is 7 yrs old.

Ever since I was a little girl my grandmother used to tell me and my brother stories about you . She is the one who inspired me to start researching and learning all about your life.

The reason I am writing this letter to you is because I wanted to tell you how much I like you and your city Medina. When I was in Medina, I wished that I could have talked to you more (like while praying). I would have asked you if you were proud of your city because you should be!

There were lots and lots of nice people who were always smiling. Even though it was really crowded people were always being helpful.

One lady shared her iftar with us when we couldn’t find a spot to sit at the masjid. Even the water tasted better at your masjid. We saw a lot of cats too. They were really cute and not scary at all.

One thing that I most admire about you is that you are trustworthy and honest. You never tell lies and people trust you with their belongings. People don’t even need to ask you to show proof that you are telling the truth. I also like that you are calm and patient and that you don’t give up. You will be happy to know that lots of people follow your character traits and pass them down to their kids. A lot of people help others in need like my grandmother who runs a free school in Pakistan for kids that don’t have enough money.

My other grandmother teaches children for free too and helps them with reading and understanding the Quran. When I grow up I want to become a teacher and help children and adults in need and teach them to read and understand Quran and Hadeeth like sister Aisha, my Quran teacher.

My goal for 2019 is to be patient with people around me and honest all the time just like you were. I also want to make the world a better place for everyone.

While I was researching about you I had came up with some questions to ask you and hope that you can answer them:
· How do you handle it when people said mean things to you without getting angry or upset?
· How did you feel growing up without a father?
· How did you feel when you became a prophet?

I hope you enjoyed reading my letter and wish that I could meet you one day. Your life is very inspirational and I aspire to be just like you.

Rija Ishaq