Fasting and Sports

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A recent conversation with my son about fasting sports people made me want to share this here… Maybe it will be a source of inspiration for your kids too!

England’s Moeen Ali: Ramadan fast makes me feel sharper: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33479503

And how about this:

‘“The first five days are difficult,” Kolo Touré, a Liverpool defender, told the club’s website last year. “After that, the body just starts to” adapt, he added, “and you feel really happy. You clean your body as well, and you feel even stronger after Ramadan.”’

An interesting article for the young world cup/footie fans in the house! May lead to a good discussion on “what would you do?”!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/sports/worldcup/ramadan-poses-test-to-muslim-players-at-world-cup.html?referrer&_r=1

The House of Allah

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Subhanallah, subhanallah!

“I love the house Allah because it is what Allah loves!”

I mentioned the doors of Jannah – another inscription is to visit the masjid – again, how many of us take that for granted? Or only visit when it suits us?!

Food for thought for us and our families!

Storm-proofing the worlds largest mud-building - a mosque

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This brought a lump to my throat. There are SO many lessons in this…

How lucky we are with the mosques that we have and take for granted, how they are totally submitted to the will of Allah in terms of the preparation of the mud, how they all RUSHED to help build the mosque, how it is the centre of their village, how everyone seems to work as one efficient team despite the sheer amount of people, and so on!

It is said that there are 8 doors of Jannah, and on the 6th one the inscription reads: Build a Masjid, Visit a Masjid, Clean a Masjid, Lay Covering on the Floor of a Masjid. Subhanallah, they get the opportunity to enter Jannah through this door every year!

Laylatul Qadr 13: Remembering the Masumeen

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One of the main amaal that is done on this night is taking the names of the Masumeen with the Quran on our heads. What better way to help our children understand why they are doing this than by helping them learn a characteristic of theirs?

There are different ways of doing this, Alhamd!

A mum has kindly written up the notes for the 14 Masumeen, for children who would like to learn about the personalities – especially when we take their names when holding the Quran on our heads during the big nights of Laylatul Qadr:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12898635/Masumeen.pdf

A lot of the information was taken from Meet The Masumeen (http://www.sunbehindthecloud.com/masumeen.html), which I would HIGHLY recommend as a book for children to read tonight if they want to stay awake but don’t want to do any more amaals.

Another resource i came across is: The Twelve Imams – An interactive and educational coloring book. This is great for younger children, has a little bit on information alongside the pictures. However, i cannot find any info on it on the internet so if you know more about it, please do message, so people know where to get it Inshallah!

And here is another overview that is downloadable from: http://www.islamfromthestart.com/2015/07/amaal-of-quran.html

“The 14 Masumeen taught us how to live by the Qur’an.
They are the best examples for us to copy and follow.

O Allah Help us to be like the Masumeen who You love the most
Like Muhammad (SAW) Give us the most excellent manners 
Like Ali (as) Make us brave and ready to do what makes You happy 
Like Fatema (as) Let us be kind and caring towards our parents 
Like Hassan (as) Help us to be calm and forgiving
Like Husayn (as) Keep us with the truthful 
Like Ali Zain Ul Abideen (as) Keep us busy in remembering You 
Like Muhammad al Baqir (as) Give us knowledge that is useful 
Like Jaffer As Sadiq (as) Make us appreciate the amazing world You have created 
Like Musa Al Kadhim (as) Help us to control our anger
Like Ali Ar Ridha (as) Make us pleased with whatever You have planned for us 
Like Muhammad At Taqi (as) Make us of those who have taqwa 
Like Ali Un Naqi (as) Help us to lead the Muslims towards good
Like Hasan Al Askari (as) Help us to use our time in preparing for the 12th Imam
Like Your Hujjat Al Mahdi (ATF) 
May we bring peace by acting on the teachings of the Quran and the Ahlulbayt.”

How Parents Push Their Children Away From Islam

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“Can my child see the beauty of Islam in me?”

I love this!

“At the risk of being misunderstood, I’ll say this: A beard and hijab won’t make your child Muslim. I don’t say this to dismiss the rituals of the religion, but to put the emphasis (first) on something greater.  Just as early revelation focused on the beauty and mercy of Allah, we, too, should impart the good. Then, upon that foundation, we ladle the specifics of worship, the rules and regulations that guide us on this journey. But only in love, we must do it all in love. You’d think that would be a given, but how often do we see children turned away from Islam because of harsh, unbalanced parents?”

Read the whole artice here: http://muslimobserver.com/how-parents-push-their-children-away-from-islam/

 

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