A little long but oh-so-worth the watch… Bathed in God’s love – a feeling perfect for the Laylatul Qadr nights also!
“Then if there was a delay (in Your anser),
I would blame You, due to my ignorance,
and perhaps the delay was best for me,…
for You know the outcome of all affairs.”
Talk about truly spreading the love – watch the video!
“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/
Wednesday – Nouman Ali Khan Day!
I love this gem which shows us a little snippet from the Quran on what it means to show love to children…
From Bayyinah Institute: “Surah Yusuf highlights the love between a father and his son when Prophet Ya’qoob shows his love by being an attentive and caring listener. In Surah Al-Qasas, the mother of Prophet Musa shows her love by holding and feeding her baby. Between the two accounts, you find a complete picture of what it means to show love to children. On one hand you’ve got to make them so comfortable around you that they will tell you anything, even a dream. On the other hand, you’ve got to show them your love through physical affection (holding them and hugging them).”
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
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!
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 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
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!
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.