A story written by a student
Betool Al Zahrani 3/1 translation : t.Sarah
My name is Samar , I am in the thirde grade intermediate . I lave my balanced life : worshipping , studying and playing . I have many friends at school and family . I have a lot of dreams trying to fulfill them At school , I used to look at my friend . One of them attracted my attention . She was wonderful , kind , beautiful , smart and shy . She always smiles . But I was shocked because she has totally changed .
– Samar 😦 greeting the classroom ) Alssalam Alikm .
– Her friends : Wa3likm Alssalam .
– Sadeem : How are you today ?
– Samar :Fine Thanks to Allah .
– Sadeem : Did you see what happened yesterday ?
– Maha : Do we have a homework in the science ?
– Sadeem : Yes , it very long one You can’t copy it now the teacher is coming .
– Maha Oh , really . Give me your note , please , Sadeem
– Sadeem : Here you are .
– Samar : Sadeem .
– Sadeem : Yes .
– Samar : Do you know Nuha was absent yesterday , was’t she .
– Sadeem : Yes , she was . Why do you ask ?
– Samar : certainly, she didn’t know about the science homework , she is a good girl she shouldn’t be blame for the homework .
– ( nuha coming to class and quietly she said )
– Wa3likm Assalam ( going toward Nuha )
Nuha why were you absent yesterday ??
– Nuha : Oh , I had a cold Thanks for your care .
– Samar : You didn’t do the science homework Do you ? This the science notebook .
– Nuha : ( with a big smile ) Thanks a lot . I’ll try to copy it as fast as can thanks .
– Samar : never mind all friends should do that , I’ll go to my seat .
( the first three class had finished , It’s the break time . all students are getting out of the class , I saw Nuha still in her seat I went out with my friends , I fogot about her .
Nuha stayes alone in the classroom . till a student ( Muna )from the next class entered looking for one of her friends . She saw Nuha and get closer to her .
– Muna : Oh , Why are you her alone ?
– Nuha : Nothing , I was studing for the next exam .
– Muna : Oh, really . Which exam ?
– Nuha : ( hesitating ) Ah …..Ah…..
– Muna : ( quietly ) Are you here because you don’t want to see others ? Are you sad about something .
– Nuha : How do you know ?? Is it obvious . ?
– Muna : Yes ..Your eyes are sad as mine ….. It seems you have a lot of sorrows and sadness.
– Nuha : It seems you understands .
– Muna : sure , I also feel of sadness .
– Nuha : Why are you sad ?
– Muna : Are you going to listen to me ?
– Nuha : of course .
– Muna : You are the first one to talk to face to face . When I was four years old my mother died . I lived with my dad .
– Nuha : sorry to hear that .
– Muna : It is O.K. My father was kind with me . He replace my mother . But he died six months ago . I lived with my uncle and his family . They take care of me . But I missed my father’s tenderness , I need some one to tell about my feelings . I contact with friend on chatting in the internet , they were all sad and some one to express their feeling to .By the way , I can give you the site to go to .
– Nuha : I’ll try to inter today .
– Muna : I have to go now see you evening.
In the evening Nuha interred the site , She found a lot of boys and girls chatting about their sorrows . They all gathered to talk about their problem in life . soon she made a relation with some of them . She trusted them . She has been changed even in her appearance , she changed her style . every body noticed that .
A day after a day …
She has been totally changed .
Students says that a girl of the third grade disappeared , Some says that she had committed suicide .
Sadeem : girls , Did you hear the latest news ?
Maha : What ?
Sadeem : The girl who is absent for more than three weeks >> I mean Muna .
Maha : Oh , I knew her What happened to her .?
Sadeem : they say she had committed suicide .
Maha : That’s unbelievable !!
Samar : It must be a lie.why would she committed suicide .?
Sadeem : They say her father died and her uncle force her to marry an old man and to leave her study . All teachers knew about her , they don’t want to talk about her .
Maha ; leave her studying and get marry . I remember one day I was with her at the end of the day at school , she talked about how she loves school . That realy hurts , I feel I want to cry .
Sadeem : Look at Nuha she seems quiet although she was a close friend to Muna . I saw her so close to Muna .
I saw her eyes which has no emotions .
The bell of break rang .
Sadeem : Oh, what is the next class ?
Samar : I think it is Arabic class , literature
Sadeem : Don’t say that the teacher is going to recite the last poems. I didn’t memories any of them because of the mess in the previous class I didn’t hear what she says ,.
Samar : Start studying them right now .
My be Nuha didn’t hear the teacher like me I went to her .
Samar : Hello Nuha .
Nuha : What’s up .
Samar : the teacher will recite the lat poems that we studied last time .
Nuha ; So what ?
Samar : a a a a a You should memories them to gain marks .
Nuha : What ever … Go away now .
Samar : You have been changed Why ?
Nuha : What do you mean ??
Samar : I mean you have been changed , your appearance your manner , you erer kind , happy why did you change like this ?
Nuha : I am happy the way I am now . This is not your business ,
Samar Sorry , But I thought we were friends .
Nuha : Friends …… I have no friends go away.
( I couldn’t believe that people chane like this . Time has passed quickly . I didn’t talk to Nuha . Nuha didn’t come to school for a week . I couldn’t stop my self to ask about her . I asked the teacher.
Samar : Can I ask you a question ?
Teacher : Go ahead .
Samar : Why was Nuha absent last week ?
You must asked her parents .
Teacher : Yes , But I can’t tell you , it is personal issues .
Samar : Please teacher tell me I am her friend , I will not tell any body .
The teacher agreed to tell me , She said that Nuha is in the hospital , she committed suicide . but she failed . Why did she do this great sin , I talk to my father to take me to the hospital , I asked the nurse about her she guide me to Nuha’s room .
Samar : Can I come in ?
Nuha : Who is there ?Samar !! What are you doing here ?
Samar : I came to see my friend .
Nuha : sit down .
Samar : How are now ? How do you feel ?
Nuha : Fine …
( silence for a period )
Samar : Why did you do that ? Do you hate life ?
Nuha : Yes . I hate my life .
Samar : Why ???
Nuha : I fade up .. my life has no meaning . I don’t know why I am alive .
Samar : What has changed < did discover that your life is useless or you want to do what Muna did when she committed suicide .
Nuha : Why do you shout at me now >> it is not my fault My parents are responsible , they were separated , If they stay together . You don’t know anything about my problems .Samar : I know , the teacher told me , Your parents are not responcible for that did they ask you to commit suicide . , Do you think that will solve the problem . don’t exaggerate .
Nuha : They said that .
Samar : Who are they ?
Nuha : Some guys I knew them in the internet .
Samar : What did they tell you . to commit suicide
Nuha : They said the best way to get red of your sorrows and sadness is to kill yourself .
Samar : If it is the only way no one will stay alive . everybody has his own sorrows .
Nuha ; But my problems are different .
Samar : How ? Don’t you sleep on a comfortable bed ?
Nuha : Yes , that’s right .
Samar : Others don’t find it , Did feel of hunger and thirst . .
Nuha : No .
Samar : Some people don’t have the gifts that you have , but they hold the life with all its pain . Nuha , do you pray ? Do you ask Allah to help you ? You have to ask Allah to help you to overcome this problem . instead you make Allah angry and you tried to kill your self . You have to thank Allah who keep you alive . this is a good chance to ask Allah to forgive you . pray .. pay charity … Ask Allah to help you … He is the only one can help you … .. I have to leave now my parents are waiting for me . see you soon .
Nuha : I’ll try .
Samar: Goodbye .
( After a month Nuha come back to school with her first appearance and a big smile )
Nuha : Samar Assalam alikm
Samar : wa alikkom Assalam wellcomeback
How are you .
Nuha : I am fine Thank to Allah and then thanks to Samar . After you leave me I made ablution and pray . I asked Allah to forgive all my sins … I felt of relief , then my mother came to me . Al Hamdo lilah .
Samar : I am happy for you .
Nuha : Thank you .
Sorrows …. Worries …. Problems …. And every thing faces us in our life may make us loose hope … But if we recognize the purpose of our being in life .. all what happened is a test from Allah .. we are the ones who make success or failure . ..
We should try to make our happeness out of our sadness . Faith is a mix of patience and thanks . patience in grief and thanks for gifts .
Bettol Al – Zahrani 3/1