Thoughtful Gift Ideas 17: Books!

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As the saying goes, when you learn something you get the ‘gift’ of knowledge – and what better means than a book!

Especially one that may not be commonly known about such as that featured in the main picture above  🙂

And here’s an example of a great gift for children – Islamic, educational, fun, and interactive as the children have to write in it themselves!

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How the Prophet and the companions raised the best of children

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“Shaykh Faraz Rabbani provides an excellent summary of how the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) raised their own children and the children around them, beginning first with how the blessed community of the time was set up to support the sound upbringing of the youth. In an ever-challenging world, when the gap between parents and their offspring appear wider than ever before, this reminder couldn’t have come soon enough.”

To access the podcast, click here: http://seekershub.org/podcast/2015/08/16/prophet-raised-children/

Ice-cream and Friday prayer

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I remember hearing many stories of ulema using this technique – buying a sweet for their kids on the way back from mosque, or waking their children up for Fajr with a sweet fruit… Lots of positive associations being made there!

“Simply put, if you want your child to love something, create happy memories and experiences around that thing and they will naturally gravitate towards it.”

Read the full article here: http://www.ruqayasbookshelf.com/ice-cream-and-friday-prayer-creating-positive-associations-in-childhood/

Let your actions be your child's teacher

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Lots of good advice…

“If we use our actions as teaching tools by consistently modeling and demonstrating behaviors we want our children to follow, it will not only benefit them, but it will also benefit our own personality and spirituality as well…

Rather than tell children what to do, he would show them through his own actions.  When teaching his young helper, Anas Ibn Malik radi Allahu ‘anhum (may Allah be pleased with them), the value of giving “salaam” (greeting of peace), the Prophet ﷺ made sure he was the first to give the “salaam” to Anas.  When he wanted to teach a young man to lower his gaze around a pretty girl, the Prophet ﷺ moved the boy’s head away from the view of the girl with his hand rather than say anything reprimanding or embarrassing.  When he wanted to teach children to be loving and kind, he would rub and kiss their heads and say a kind word to them. When he wanted to teach respect, he would stand up and give his seat to his daughter Fatima when she would visit him.  He actually said very little to the children around him.  He let them learn through his example as he knew that made a much greater impression on children than complicated words they may not quite understand or appreciate at their age.  The Prophetic model of guidance had a tremendous effect on the children around him.  Until the age of 103, Anas ibn Malik would still recall his time with the Prophet ﷺ, and made sure he practiced those lessons himself.”

http://www.virtualmosque.com/islam-studies/prophet-muhammad/let-your-actions-be-your-childs-teacher/

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