From our family to yours, Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fasts and good deeds, ameen.
A very interesting article…
I turned my daughter into a genius… just by switching off the TV!
By Maggie Alderson
Such a beautiful, and profound Hadith that is ignored by so many today:
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Followers, and Readers of Pearls of Jannah:
As-Salamu’alaikum wa RahmatULLAHi Wa Barakatuh.
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an…” 2:185
This heart-warming video is a must watch for everyone, and hopefully it serves as a motivation for us to make that extra effort to learn, and memorize the Qur’an. Please show your children this video, as it will hopefully inspire them as well. May ALLAH Bless this child, and his parents, Ameen.
As-Salamu’alaikum, and Ramadan Mubarak to all friend and followers of this blog!
I want to apologize for the very long delay in posting here, but as my wife continues to deal with her health issues, I AlhamduLILLAH found a new job which has taken up quite a bit of my time. As a result, I haven’t had the opportunity to post as I did before. Now that my job is stabilizing, I hope InshaALLAH to begin posting regularly once more.
We are either married, or aspire to be. In any case, the challenge of getting to know who our (future) spouse really is, what they want, and how to deal with them is something that is debated, discussed, (and joked about) constantly. AlhamduLILLAH, we have the Messenger of ALLAH SAW as a guide in every aspect of our lives, and through His Sunnah, do we learn how the best of ALL creation was, how he treated his wives, and what he instructed the men and women of this Ummah to treat their respective spouses. Our noble brother, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi has been kind enough to do a series entitled, “Like A Garment” where he discusses the nature of men and women, and gives advice to each side how to behave, and how to treat the other. The naseehah he gives is excellent, and Sheikh Yasir gives insight that many of us will InshaALLAH appreciate, and benefit from. May ALLAH reward Sheikh Yasir, have Mercy on his family, and make a path to Jannah easy for him, Ameen. The video series can be found here.
One thing we as parents know about raising children is that all children love stories (including many, if not most adults)! Reading is fundamental for a child’s development at every stage of their life, not just for developing their language skills, but also to develop their creative thinking. One of the challenges for Muslims living here in the west is to screen the content of these stories for their children. Some may consider us to be prudes for even discussing this topic, dismissing our concerns as being “fanatic”, “wahhabi”, “suffocating”, “overbearing”, but the truth of the matter is that quite a bit of children’s stories have content that are questionable by Islamic standards.
How so? Magic is a common staple of children’s stories for centuries (e.g. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio – which also happen to be standard Disney cartoons that most children watch), but the reality is that magic is HARAM in Islam, and should not be presented to children as being something that is glorified, or a path to immediate success. This is precisely what the allure of magic is for non-Muslims: It is a quick and easy way to become successful, no hard work, no du’a, and everything is for this present life (i.e. no concept of the Akhira). No du’a, no trust in ALLAH, no hard work, no patience. Nothing.
The problem with this, is that if our children are brainwashed with these false images, they will become disenchanted with Islam, and only focus on attaining worldly benefit. When we look at the stories of any of the Prophets, we see that there is a constant struggle against evil, their is a need for patience, and a requirement to have trust in ALLAH, and ALLAH alone. No wishing upon a star (which would be kufr), nor asking some phantom “fairy god mother” (also kufr, and who is neither a “fairy”, not a “god”, and nor your mother). As children get older, they read “The Wizard of Oz”, and when they get a little older, they come across “Hairy Potter”. The root of this problem is that we as parents first need to be aware of the magnitude of the concept of magic in Islam. If we are to be our children’s teachers, then we need to first and foremost become students ourselves, and learn the fundamentals of our beliefs. It is only by being proactive can we properly educate our children.