What does it mean to truly win?
Scary, but important to know and do…
“Ali had two young children. While he was playing baseball one day, a ball hit his chest. A few days later, he was gone at the age of 33. Three years later, his widow, Firdaus, died in a car accident. Someone else was now needed to raise their two children, but who would that be?
Many Muslim parents have no idea what would happen if they were to be put in the place of this hypothetical couple. Complete strangers or unsuitable family members being named guardians are so common that it is not worthy of making the news. You may already know that a busy legal system exists all over the United States to address this recurring problem.
If you are a Muslim, and hope that your child is raised Muslim if you are not around to do so yourself, judges will usually not go far out of their way to honor that hope unless it was followed by action on your part. This is not Islamophobia. Why should busy judges care if the parents evidently did not? Naming a guardian for your minor child in a legal document is easier than changing diapers. You just need to make a few decisions.”
Read the full article here: http://muslimmatters.org/2015/11/25/how-to-raise-your-children-when-youre-dead/
By Ahmed Shaikh
Just WOW. The power of prayer 🙂
I had mentioned last week that there were some very cool ideas out there in terms of interactive ways of teaching.
Here is another one which I think is SUPER – I’m sure you’ve heard of Story Bags, well this is a Sura Bag!
Each Sura has it’s own bag, and within are little bits and bobs related to what the Sura is all about, the lessons within, and even the benefits of reciting it.
For an example, check out the different objects in the Suras pictured in more detail. You can write what it exactly is on the back to allow the children to explore and learn on their own, or choose to do it in circle time also!
This was done by the same blogger I shared with you some time ago:https://buzzideazz.com/islamic-montessori-material-blog/
Here’s another one to add to the fundraising with children list… as I’m sure you’ll agree, it is very much needed at the moment. The idea is: Sleep Without A Blanket – not only will this give children a tiny glimpse into what it is like to be a child sleeping without a blanket in the winter, but also raise awareness of the struggles that other children are facing at the moment.
Here is one example of someone doing this challenge, although I know there are many out there. Do donate if you can!
“My name is Sakinah Sumar and I am 5 years old. Me, mummy and pappa will be sleeping without a blanket for one night to remember the Syrian people who have to do this every night. They are facing a really cold winter and need blankets to keep them warm and alive. Please sponsor me so that the money can be used to buy them the blankets they desperately need.”
Just WOW. The lessons being learnt!
“How did you spend your eighth birthday? The day likely didn’t involve leaving winter coats out for the homeless to protect themselves against the cold weather. CBC reports Tara Smith-Atkins, a resident of Nova Scotia mobilized her daughter and young friends to do just that.
Smith-Atkins requested donations from her local community of the course of a few weeks. Then, for her daughter’s birthday, she took a party of parents and kids to Halifax where they wrapped coats around lamp poles, street signs and trees.”
Here is an important clip to show them on what is modesty and true hijab…
A lovely message to our hijab-wearing girls during these times…
“Show them your roar!”
The first ten minutes are what is most pertinent to us, and it relates to the different ways that people around the world do Azadari.
The poppy example is a good one to explain the symbols we use to commemorate Ashura to our children…
Muharram rituals can save our children:
A beautiful beautiful article on helping our children through the effects of the horrific recent events…a must read!
‘“You should probably think about what you’re gonna say to kids when you go back to school on Monday,” I told my son Shaan this weekend.
He raised his eyebrows quizzically.
“About Paris … and Muslims.”
He suddenly looked irritated. “I’ve done the drill before. Every year of my high school life, I’ve had to deal with what to say and how to react. In freshman year, it was the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. The next year, it was the Boston marathon bombing. Last year, it was Charlie Hebdo. Now I’m a senior and its 127 dead in Paris. I’m a pro at this now.”
He walked away, a signal that he didn’t want me to continue with further advice or suggestions. But before I could say anything more, he turned back to me and I saw the anger on his face replaced instead with sorrow. “Isn’t that sad, Mama? Isn’t it sad that I’ve become a pro?”’
Read the rest of the article here: http://muslimobserver.com/helping-our-children-find-the-light-in-dark-times/