Author Archives: Umm Maryam

About Umm Maryam

I am an American Muslim homeschooling mom of four who is living in Canada and trying to become stronger on the deen as each day passes, InshaAllah.

A New Game!

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Eid Mubarak

From our family to yours, Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fasts and good deeds, ameen.

Eid Mubarak

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Free Math Worksheets

Dollar Billy AlexanderAs salaamu alaykum,

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Very Nice Ipad Apps

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Are Men really from Mars and Women from Venus?

As-Salamu’alaikum:

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.

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What’s your story?

As-Salamu’alaikum:

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.

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Repetition helps, Repetition helps.

As-Salamu’alaikum:

Below is an interesting article I came across that could be quite beneficial to Muslim parents, except in our case, rather than reading the same book, one could easily replace this with reciting Surah’s from the Qur’an, thus giving the child a head start in memorization 🙂  In addition, one can of course do as the study suggests and read aloud children’s books just to improve their vocabulary! (more…)

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“No Fruit From Visitors!”

As-Salamu’alaikum:

This honestly is an amazing article on making du’a that removes a lot of misconceptions that we have about how we are to call on ALLAH in our times of need.  Truly, a must read:

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Computer Programming for children…YES, CHILDREN!

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Here is a very nice article on how some very young children are able to learn computer programming, and develop their own games.  I honestly believe that with the right teachers, and with proper support, our children are capable of much more than we give them credit for, and this is further proof.  Subjects like mathematics (including Algebra), programming, physics, biology, chemistry may be intimidating to us, but we should not let our bias’ be an obstacle for our children.  Foster a love of learning, give them the right tools, explain the subject matter to them in a way that they can comprehend, motivate them, give them the freedom to experiment, and explore, as well as reward them for their hard work and efforts.  The results will surprise you!

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

As-Salamu’alaikum:

This article by Sheikh Abu Eesa Niamatullah in my opinion is a must read for both brothers and sisters on the reality of marriage in Islam in our time.  Unfortunately, the blog that this article was posted on is down but here is the full text of the article that I managed to find elsewhere on the web AlhamduLILLAH.  The insight from the people of knowledge is always beneficial, and I honestly hope that it benefits us all.  In my humble opinion, as the trend of feminism has grown in the western culture, so has this trend among the speakers and Imam’s that are popular as well.  The problem is that Islam does not need any changes, or “re-interpretation”.  From its inception, this Deen is perfect, is universal, and is relevant until the Day of Judgment.  AlhamduLILLAH, it is good to see that there are some people of knowledge (few as they are), who are able to present Islam in an unapologetic way, and call a spade a spade.  Islam is a middle path, that is neither feminist, nor chauvinist.

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