Helping children understand the Ramadan dua

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Inspired by the video below, here is what someone came up with to help even young children understand what they are reciting…

“For our Ramadhan classes we created a child friendly adaptation of the beautiful Ramadhan dua ‘Allahuma adkhil’. It helps our children learn the meaning simply by associating it with pictures.

If you would like the printable link it can be found here.”

5 Du’a-Making Times To Share With Your Kids

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“The greatest and most noble form of worship is du’a. Our young Muslim kids take time to learn how to read Salaah properly, or perform other acts of worship, but learning when and how to make du’a is one of the easier things to teach them.

Allah has favoured certain times for du’a. This makes us look forward to those times, because we know our du’as are more likely to be answered then. There is great wisdom in this – if all the timings were the same, we wouldn’t approach these more blessed times with added enthusiasm.

We can share this enthusiasm with our children by making them aware of these special times that Allah has mentioned. Below are just 5 of many mentioned times for du’a. These five are simple times that children can easily remember.”

To read the tips, see:

5 Du’a-Making Times To Share With Your Kids

Motherhood – An Answered Dua

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Just beautiful.

Pls read, whether you are going through a trial or not!

“Alhamdhulillah, Allah showered His Mercy upon me and granted me a child but it doesn’t mean I am no longer tested. We must know that until the last breath we take, we will be tested. We may be tested in all kinds of ways in life, but we will be tested. Some of us are tested in matters of money, others with health and sadly many of our ummah are tested with the severity of absolute tyrant rulers.

If you’re a sister experiencing anything similar to what I did, then please know my dearest sister, you’re not alone. Know that many before us were tested in the same way and know that others who may have been blessed with children are being tested in different ways. What brings comfort is knowing that it is not what befalls us that shapes who we are, but that it is a Decree of our Creator subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) that helps us turn to Him in our time of need.

Don’t lose hope, know that the real reward is with Allah. We might be given what our heart desires in the dunya, but what awaits us insha’Allah is much more superior. Imagine how lovingly Allah looks down at His servant when the servant shows sabr when facing a calamity.”

Read the full article here: http://muslimmatters.org/2016/01/28/motherhood-an-answered-dua/

The Power of the Quran, Dua, Salaah and Layl!

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One after another, these two stories cropped up about the power of our prayers, in the different forms that Allah tells us to perform them – the recitation of the Quran, Salaat-ul-layl and Dua. Subhanallah!

“Assalamu alaikum everyone. I am an American Muslim convert and I wanted to share a personal story of never losing hope in God’s mercy. I had a very difficult pregnancy with my youngest daughter Laila, Alhumdulillah. I started showing signs of a miscarriage at 14 or 16 weeks after starting to recover from severe morning sickness in my first trimester. At 18 weeks my placenta ruptured and I almost lost my baby. Then at 24 weeks I went into pre-term labor. I was on bedrest for most of my pregnancy, I was in and out of the hospital a lot, I could barely walk during my second and third trimester, and I was frequently in a lot of pain. The doctors and nurses told me that I needed to prepare for the worst and that my baby most likely wouldn’t make it. However I refused to lose hope and lose my optimism. I told them that God can make the impossible possible. He says “be” and it is. I had my family and some of the best Muslims in the world praying for my baby and me Alhumduillah. No matter how much pain I was in or had been in, I would sit up every night and pray Qiam Al-Lail (the Night Prayer), and would ask God to save my baby girl and ask that she be born health and at full term. SubhanAllah she lasted 37 weeks of this difficult pregnancy and was born healthy via an emergency c-section. To this day I wake up every night, no matter how tired or sleep deprived I am, just to pray Qiam Al-Lail prayer. It’s almost like it has become a part of me, and I couldn’t imagine living a life without it. I named my daughter Laila. Her named is derived from the Arabic word Lail which means “Night.” And with the extra letter on the end, her name means “extreme happiness”.” – Erica

Project #2!

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The mother and daughter team are at it again!

“We recently worked on this activity for Show and Tell at madressa. We built up a scene of Prophet Ibrahim as and Prophet Ismaeel as praying to Allah to accept their efforts in building the Kaaba, using different cut out pictures on card, layered in front of one another. We even put in a pretty musalla for them to sit on using a cut out from some Arabic perfume packaging!

FZ added on star and flower stickers to represent Allah’s revelations and blessings pouring down and a silhouette of herself raising her hands in prayer too.

The focus of this craft was to serve as a visual reminder for FZ to always strive to do her best to please Allah swt with her actions and choices, and to memorise, recite and apply the dua of Prophet Ibrahim as mentioned in Suratul Baqarah 2:127 – ‘O our Lord, accept this from us, surely You are the All-Hearing and All-Knowing…'”

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