The benefit of beards!

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Subhanallah!

Check out what this study found about the benefits of beards (despite going in with thinking the opposite!).

“Well, the researchers were surprised to find that it was the clean-shaven staff, and not the beardies, who were more likely to be carrying something unpleasant on their faces.

The beardless group were more than three times as likely to be harbouring a species known as methicillin-resistant staph aureus on their freshly shaven cheeks. MRSA is a particularly common and troublesome source of hospital-acquired infections because it is resistant to so many of our current antibiotics.”

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35350886)

And what does Islam say?!

It is reported in Bihar al-Anwar in the chapter concerning the beard (Kitab al-Mahasin) in which Imam Musa b. Ja’far, al-Kazim (as) was asked: “Is it recommended to wear the beard?” he said: “Yes”, then he was asked: “Is it permissible for one to shave one’s beard?”, Imam (as) replied: “It is permissible to shave the sides of the face where the beard grows, however, to shave the front (chin) is not permissible.”

Am sure there are many other reasons and links, but perhaps this is one of them!

 

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/

 

Kindness to Animals

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So I’ve come across quite a few inspiring videos recently, that I’ve been sharing with the kids or bookmarking to share with them. I have posted some on my personal timeline but thought I would also love to share them with all of you too 

So maybe a Friday Inspiration kinda thing? 

How about this one to start off with? Reminds me of the importance Islam has placed on looking after animals – but is especially inspiring given the fact that this man has nothing himself! I found this story which I thought would be nice to share with the kids as well:

“The Prophet of Islam was once performing ablution (Wudhu) for prayers from a pot of water. A cat passed there and turned its eyes at the pot of water with a thirsty look. The Prophet realised at once that the cat was very thirsty, so he stopped the ablution (Wudhu) and placed the pot before the cat. Only after the cat had fully quenched its thirst, did the Prophet resume the ablution (Wudhu).

By this action, the Prophet has shown that quenching the thirst of even a small dumb animal is a noble act full of virtue and should be given first attention before one prepares for offering prayers to God.”

Jummah Mubarak!

Awesome lecture on parenting in Islam!

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This is one the BEST lectures I have heard on parenting in Islam so far.

Sheikh Salim Yusufali gives an indepth look on what the 7-7-7 hadith that we always hear about actually means, where the Prophet said: “A child is a master for seven years, a servant for seven years, and a deputy for seven years.”

Coincidentally, he talked about some practical tips to help our children love Salaat which resonated a lot with our recent series!

It was awesome hearing how what Islam has to say about bringing up children also resonates with the Parenting by Connection philosophy (www.facebook.com/parentingbyconnectionwithshaheenmerali), of which the essence is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

I really hope you will take some time out to listen! He covers the next two stages also on the next day.

Let Them See You...

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Inspired by a similar secular post (link below), we were inspired to create a list especially for Muslims! Let your children see you…

1. Pray on time
2. Say Salaam Alaikum first
3. Make a niyyat out loud
4. Do Sajda for Shukr when something good happens
5. Say Salaam Alaikum to fellow Muslims when out and about
6. Say Bismillah before starting things
7. Pray a two Rakat Salah when you need help
8. Do wudhoo
9. Do wudhoo when you’re getting angry
10. Say Innallaha Ma’as Saabireen when you’re low on patience
11. Cut your nails on a Friday
12. Go to mosque with a smile
13. Head to do ghusl on a Friday
14. Recite Quran out loud
15. Recite Azaan and Iqamah before Salah
16. Recite Sura Fatiha aloud when you pass a cemetery
17. Give sadqa – in the form of money, help or otherwise

Thank you to readers for sending the ones below!:

18. Using examples from the lives of the Masumeen in our daily routine
19. Thanking Allah on the go (e.g. when it rains)
20. Saying Salaam to the 12th Imam every morning
21. Recite Salawat when you need something (e.g. to find something lost, get parking)
22. Make time for family and friends – whether visiting them or having them over
23. Recite Sura Yasin on a Thursday night
24. Cover your food and save it for later
25. Write a letter (ariza) to Imam Mahdi when in need
26. Look up an ayah/Jawshane Kabeer verse to be recited for specific ailments (as well as normal medicine!)
27. Make an effort to look presentable even if you’re going to be wearing hijab/chadar on top
28. Recite Namaaz Jamaat at any opportunity


Can you think of any more to add to the list?

Link to the inspiration of this post:http://thedizzymom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/let-them-see-you.html

App 13 - 40 Hadiths for Children with Stories

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So I was going to end it yesterday with the awesome number of 12 apps reviewed, when I was sent this one.

With the Prophet’s Birthday coming up, I think this is a perfect way to end this series…and hey, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that 13 is also a special number in Islam, right? 🙂

This app is also a perfect prelude to beginning the next lot of posts, which is to do with the Prophet (saw), of course! Stay tuned!

App No 13: 40 Hadiths for Children with Stories

Along with penned illustrations, this app has 40 stories that are short and easy to read, each one with a deeply embedded moral. At the end of each story is… you guessed it… a hadith from Prophet Muhammad (saw) that encompasses the moral succintly.

Again, the ahadith are from Ahle Sunnah sources – the moral stays the same though, and the stories are not the common ones that we’ve heard, and really bring the moral to life.

Overall? A lovely tool to teach our children values and morals, using the captivating medium of story telling.

Download for free on itunes: (sorry androiders)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/40-hadiths-for-children-stories/id393304538?mt=8

App 12 - Islamic Academy

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App No 12: Islamic Academy

So here is a high quality app with excellent graphics, exciting sound effects and smooth game play – and it combines many of the features that have been in the other apps, all in one!

Create up to 5 users, then enter the Academy, where you have the option to either answer quiz questions in many different modes – “Challenge” – answer x questions, “Speed” – answer as many as you can in the time allowed, and “Survivor” – answer until you get one wrong! The questions are randomised and constantly changing to keep you on your toes. (Again, please be aware that some of the questions are fron Ahle-Sunnah, although the majority seem to be relevant to both.)

If you’re tired of the quizzes, then why not click on a Puzzle, a Spot the Difference picture, or Match it (memory)?!

A really unique feature of this app is that it allows players to challenge each other and play multi-player games through the game centre. You can also win trophies and certificates!

A trial is available for free, and then you can upgrade to full membership for only 69p.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/islamic-academy/id532231639?mt=8

App 11 - Kids of the Ummah

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App No 11: Kids of the Ummah

Looking for a contemporary, fun app that has beautiful pictures that introduce your children to Muslims in different countries around the world from A-Z? Look no further…!

Kids of the Ummah was the brain child of Peter Gould, an Australian designer who wanted something fresh and different for his children.

Also a book, it is the first in a series of educational apps and books aimed at celebrating Muslim cultures around the world, encouraging exploration and understanding of the alphabet (English & Arabic) and Muslim names through colouring, puzzles and book mode.

Try a little out for free before you decide to buy (for £5.99).

This one’s only for Apple users I’m afraid –
thought it was only fair 🙂

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kids-ummah-exploring-global/id518246075?mt=8

App 10 - Islamic Quizzes

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App No 10: Islamic Quizzes on each of our Masumeen!

This (or should I say these) blew me away!

When someone recommended them, I checked them out and they are a wonderful, wonderful resource. They can be used for so many things it’s super exciting – at home with you and the kids on a khushali/wafat night or just like that, in Madressa to provide an alternative to just reading or testing (make it into a fun group competition), as something to fill the time while you’re waiting for the last few minutes of classes to finish…and so on!

The questions are not so hard to put you off, but not an easy ride either! There are between 10 and 20 questions and these just repeat every time you play, so the second time round you can test yourself on whether you have actually remembered something or not from the last time! It also times you so you and your children can try and beat the clock…

Overall? A MUST-HAVE, for us and for our children! Once you’ve downloaded one, check out all the others by the same developer – Husnain Kazmi.

Am so sorry but I haven’t seen it on itunes yet 🙁 – please check and let me know if you find it.

Android users, here is the link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.husnainkazmi.imamaliquiz&feature=more_from_developer#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwiY29tLmh1c25haW5rYXptaS5pbWFtYWxpcXVpeiJd

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