Oumed was listening to music in his room.
Today he couldn’t go out with his friends because it was storming outside. He turned on the music really loudly and Salim in the next room couldn’t concentrate on his project.
His mom yelled out, “Oumed, turn off the radio!”
Oumed turns it on even louder. His father stormed into his room. “What do you think you’re doing?!” His dad had never been this angry before. “I’m your father and I need to shape you up okay? Now turn it off I say!”
Oumed said, “Dad, I’m like bored.”
His dad said, “Then go and recite the Quran.”
Oumed lied, “But I recited all day from Fajr.”
His dad was mad. He got Oumed’s boom box and smashed it on the floor.
Oumed was shocked. He had never seen his dad like this. He thought he was the one who ruled the house.
His dad said, “Son, if you don’t listen to me, this is what’s going to be happening. I hope you’ve learnt your lesson. Why can’t you follow the example of you brother?”
“Coz I’m not him!” He shouted at his dad who had already left his room.
Oumed was so angry. So angry. He tore off his shirt and started punching his pillow.
Salim had quietly come into Oumed’s room and was watching his brother madly punching pillows. “So what did the pillow do to you?”
“Whaaaaaaaa!” Oumed got scared. “Why do you always sneak up on me?!”
Then Salim noticed something on Oumed’s left arm.
“Nothing!” Oumed said while covering his arm.
“Why should I? Get lost!” Oumed was furious. Every one was bothering him.
Salim caught Oumed quickly and Oumed couldn’t get free. Then he saw what he had on his arm. It was a tattoo. It was a skull with spiders around it.
“Why did you do this, bro?” Salim asked. He couldn’t understand why Oumed had done this to himself. It was like Shaytan stuff. He was scared.
Oumed shrugged.“Coz it’s our trademark.”
“Trademark?!” Salim was praying Oumed hadn’t joined some evil gang organization.
“Yeah, our trademark. We’re like in partnership with Shaytan.”
Salim was shocked right to the bottom of his toes. He was always calm and composed but this time, it was too much. He quickly let go of Oumed. His face was full of a mixture of fear and confusion.
Suddenly Oumed started laughing out loud. “Hahahah!!”
His elder brother’s face was making him crack up. “It was a joke, man. Hahhaahhha!” Tears were coming out of his eyes from laughing too much.
Salim had no words. He just walked out of Oumed’s room. “Audhubillah!” He was just the tiniest bit angry.