Bedtime series - Idea 7: Morning routine

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To wrap this series up, we will take a look at what happens when the night ends!

This short but sweet dua for waking up can be stuck next to their beds so that they recite it when they wake up 🙂

A mum also said: “My sister taught me we should also say salam to Imam Zamana (atf) holding our heads and when we wake up. So I have taught my daughter the same and now sometimes I forget but she always says salam to her Imam which is a reminder to me too! This has so many benefits: it reminds us of the presence of our imam in his occulation, our responsibilities to him when it time for his arrival and it sets a standard for our behaviour for the rest of the day.”

God sent Me for You

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I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when I saw this initially. Not another person trying to get two minutes of fame by helping out the poor…
But then I started to think.

Yes, he says it a bit brazenly – “God sent me for you”, but in reality, Allah HAS actually placed us to help others. We are all here to do our bit in whatever way we can. He COULD have made everyone rich and equal, but he didn’t – he left that responsibility to us.

I also liked the way he gave to those who were out there selling things, even something as simple as water for 1 rupee. In a blog post from last year (http://buzzideazz.com/10812), we talked about how we don’t even usually give such people a glance as we don’t need anything they have – but they are out there, struggling to make a halal living and trying not to beg.

And the message at the end? Just beautiful…really makes one think. I won’t give you any more spoilers – do watch!

Jummah Mubarak!

Bedtime Series - Idea 6: Use that time to remember the family of the Prophet (saw)

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Bedtime can be a great time to help children remember the names of the Ahlul Bayt. If done informally, it will Inshallah not be so stressful on the child to try and memorise them and can be learnt in fun ways!

I just tell my daughter that it’s time to go to Ziyarat, and we can do all 14 ziyarats by simply saying Salaam to each one. Sometimes, we hush and try and listen out for their ‘Alaikum Salaams’.
Another thing we did was write out the names on small pieces of card and stick them all with blue tack on one of the slates of the bunk bed on top of her. This way when we said Salaam, she also had the visual cue in front of her. Sometimes we would mix them up and she would then put them back in order!

Rhymes are also great. There is one in Gujrati (pratham ali bija Hassan…) as recommended by a mum, but here is a link to an English one! It’s the second rhyme – do also check out the others!

http://www.qfatima.com/index.php/q-kids-audio?view=playlist&id=210

Bedtime Series - Idea 5: A short but sweet checklist

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Remember the first bedtime idea shared? The bedtime checklist with all the recommended acts included? Well, here is another one – perhaps more suitable for younger children, or when there isn’t enough time to do everything.

If you want the actual wording for praying for the believers it is: Allahummaghfir lil Mu’mineen wal Mu’minaat – O Allah! Please forgive all of the believing men and believing women.
And the Tasbeehate Arba is: Subhanallahi Walhamdulillahi wlaa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar – Glory be to God, and praise be to God; there is no god but Allah, and Allah is Greater.
P.S. This was my first attempt at actually make a meme myself – any tips – PM me!

Bedtime Series - Idea 4: Lullabies

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Lullabies are a timeless tradition at bedtime, with many books featuring nursery rhymes and the like to sing at bedtime to soothe a little one to sleep. Alhamdulillah, there are an increasing number of Islamic rhymes out there now too! These not only soothe and relax a child, but teach them basic Islamic concepts in easy to understand – and remember! – ways…

Check out the link below to access more rhymes. If you know of any that are not on the list, PLEASE do send them through to info@madressa.net. Happy lullaby-ing http://madressa.net/index.php/islamic-rhymes

Modesty - Stand firm for our beliefs!

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Love it.

‘The experience reminded me of a quote from Thomas S. Monson: “As we go about living from day to day, it is almost inevitable that our faith will be challenged. We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not. Do we have the moral courage to stand firm for our beliefs, even if by so doing we must stand alone?”’

Read the full article here: http://ldsliving.com/story/76839-lds-olympian-faced-with-modesty-dilemma-at-photo-shoot

Giving back to parents

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This really touched me. May we all be able to give back to our parents, not that we will be ever able to fully repay them or even come close!
“My Lord! bestow on them (parents) thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.” Sura Israa, verse 24

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