Dua = Love

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Another great post from Busy Mummys!

Did you know that if you trace around hands raised in Dua, the outline will make a heart  shape?

It was a lovely way of showing the kids that hands raised in Dua is the PERFECT way to tell Allah: We Love Him

Note: for those very meticulous little eyes who need things done perfectly:
– tuck the thumbs in real nice and tight
– make a generous arc around the top of the hands instead of closely tracing around the tips of the fingers
– You’ll need to draw in the gap created by the wrists.

So we traced around our hands in dua, drew and decorated perfect hearts to say we Love Allah!

But does Allah love us back??

Of course He does!
He says in the Holy Qur’an:
(85:14) و هوالغفورالودود
He is Forgiving and Loving 

Spreading the Love - Idea 3

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This year we found some really cool heart balloons (FYI Londoners – only £1 at Tesco for a pack!) and we are planning on handing these out to people that we come across today, or simply those that pass by our front door!

Would love to hear more ideas so please send them in 🙂

Spreading the Love - Idea 2

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Last year we took these post it notes with us and gave them to teachers (some we just wrote Happy Valentine’s Day, and where we knew them, we wrote a note on the other side as to why we appreciated them), and then when we went out we gave them to everyone we could – the children’s swimming instructors, the guy at the till at the shop, friends we ran into, and lastly the kids stuck them on random car windows as a pleasant surprise for when they got back!

All in all an amazing feel-good day, with lots of smiles and Awwws 🙂

Spreading the Love - Idea 1

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We have previously covered good deeds and the benefits, as well as random acts of kindness. So this year, why not use Valentine’s day as a fun excuse to go out and spread love in the neighbourhood?!

A few ideas coming up 🙂

One year we drew a heart wishing everyone a Happy V day and with a message to spread the love with chalk on the pavement outside our house, and watched from behind the window as people walked by, stopped and smiled 🙂

Happy Valentine's Day!

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So just to add an important point on the topic of love languages, of which as we have seen there are plenty of examples in Islam too…

I am sure if you have gone through the different ones, there will have been one that may have stood out for you as being one you love receiving! Now…put that one aside! No really, because the reason why there are so called ‘communication’ breakdowns is because what tends to happen is that we tend to give to our loved ones the love language WE love to receive! But they may be speaking another love language altogether!

So the key here is to figure out which one you think THEY appreciate the most – do they seem to really respond to when you tell them how much you appreciate them, or when you go out of your way to make them a thoughtful gift? Do they really connect with you when you spend time with them, or when you do the small everyday acts of service for them?

We all need all of them, so don’t feel like if you’ve covered one, that’s it But do try and think which one your spouse, child, friend, etc may like the most, and go out of your way to do it for them!

P.S. Then take a minute or two to be cheeky – explain love languages to them and tell them what YOU really like receiving 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What is Love - lessons from Ali and Fatima

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Sharing a lovely post from Busy Mummys – link is at the bottom:

Since L.O.V.E is in the air, here’s the ultimate prequel to Valentines day, a post from a few months ago….

Love is…

Love is the shyness of Ali in asking for Faatima’s hand in marriage

Love is Faatima’s whispers to her Lord to choose for her from among the best of His creatures

Love is Faatima’s modesty in the approval to marriage which was just too good for speech

Love is Ali’s minimal material wealth consisting of a sword, a shield and a camel, which was all that he had to give

Read more: http://www.busymummys.co.uk/archives/what-is-love

Words of Affirmation Idea - Love Books!

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Continuing on the theme of the Love Language: Words of Affirmation, why not try this at home from this Valentine’s Day…

These are Love Books! They are just four little note books which we covered with funky paper and hearts – each one of us has our own book.

Every time we want to appreciate something the other person has done, we write it in the book! As we do tend to forget to do this over time, we now make it a point to do it at least once weekly – we start our weekly family meeting by telling each other what we appreciated and write it down.

Nowadays we don’t even need the books to remind us to do this…even if we’re out and about and have some time with the four of us together, we will do our round of appreciations – and I can tell it really means a lot to the kids! They start getting offended if we seem to be taking too long to think of one 🙂

We started it around last Valentine’s day and Alhamd it is still going strong. I hope this book – and the tons of Words of Affirmation that are in them – will be something they will treasure when they’re older.

Am also thinking of making another little notebook but purely for Allah and things we are grateful for that He has blessed us with. This will help us all to consciously think of the different things He has given to us over the week, and be grateful for them!

Love Language #5: Words of Affirmation

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This fifth love language is not only about the words you use in your relationships with other halves/children, but also how you say it.

Everyone knows the boost a kind word or compliment can give, so why not increase the ones we dish out to the people around us?

Allah even talks about the long lasting fruitful effects of these words: “Have you not considered how Allah sets forth a parable of a good word (being) like a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches are in heaven.”

In Kerbala, the most poignant of examples of using words of affirmation is when Jon bin Huway – a freed black slave whose love for Imam Husayn (as) knew no bounds – was fatally wounded. Imam took him in his lap, affirmed him and prayed for him, and a sweet fragrance began to emit from the blood-soaked body straight away as the Imam’s supplication was granted.

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