Sunday, May 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Goals for Muslim Families to Strive Towards -
- Recognizing the Majesty of the Creator, Allah subhannahu wa ta'ala
- Recognizing pregnancy as an ayah (sign) of Allah's power and creation
- Recognizing that Allah subhannahu wa ta'ala has perfectly created women's bodies for childbearing and nursing
Recognizing pregnancy as a natural physical and spiritual phenomena given to women by our Creator
Making a commitment to a natural childbirth, drug free and invasive procedures, by following the example of Maryam (pbuh) in the Qur'an
Making a firm commitment to Ar Rada' (breastfeeding)
Recognizing that Ar Rada' is Allah's gift to children, and that it is the best way to feed and nurture a young infant
Following the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) in welcoming the newborn child
Using the "family bed" in order to promote sleep, nighttime nursing, and bonding between mother, father, and baby
Supporting the right of the Muslim mother to stay at home to nurture and educate her young children
Following the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) in gently disciplining children
Following the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) in playing and joking with our children
Following the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) in showing tenderness and mercy to our children
Making a firm commitment to raising our children in an environment free from toxic relationships, food and influences
- Making a commitment to ensure that our children receive the best education we can give them, without compromising their modesty, innocence and childhood
- Supporting educational programs, schools and Islamic homeschooling environments that honor Islam & The Big Picture of Tawhidic education
- Making a commitment to our family's health by promoting excercise and play, creating a balance with foods, activity, rest and work
- Teaching our children to pray & praying with them
- Giving our children the gift of understanding al Qur'an and the Deen
- Seperating older boys and girls from one another so that they can remain in a state of haya' (modesty, shyness) as commanded by Allah subhannahu wa ta'ala and His Messenger (PBUH)
- Teaching our children about the sanctity of marriage and marital relations by striving to be compassionate, moral, and by modeling partnership
- Encouraging young girls to wear the hijab and cover their adornments
- Encouraging young men to guard their modesty
- Recognizing that children are an Amana (trust) from Allah subhannahu wa ta'ala, born in a state of complete fitra, and that it is our duty, as Muslim adults, to protect, nurture, and educate them so that they can grow up as strong Muslim men and women.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
1. What is my vision for my children’s future?
2. What values are my children learning from my behavior?
3. Are all my actions worthy of imitation?
4. How can I improve my actions?
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Read any good math lately?
Why not use story books to present mathematical concepts? Many children need an authentic context for using mathematics. Books can be used as a nonthreatening vehicle for investigating a variety of mathematical concepts and relationships.
You may want to vistit this wonderful site:
"One of the earliest and most distinguished of the Arabic mathematicians was
the ninth century scholar Abu Ja'far Mohammed ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi, who was an
astronomer to the caliph at Baghdad. His name indicates that he was from the
town of Khwarizm (now Khiva), on the Amu Darya river, south of the Aral Sea in
what is now Uzbekistan. (Khwarizm was part of the Silk Route, a major trading
pathway between Europe and the East.) Al-Khwarizmi's full name can be translated
as "Father of Ja'far, Mohammed, son of Moses, native of the town of
Al-Khwarizmi wrote several books that were to be enormously influential. In
particular, his book describing how to write numbers and compute with them using
the place-value decimal system that came out of India would, when translated
into Latin three hundred years later, prove to be a major source for Europeans
who wanted to learn the new system.
In fact, Al-Khwarizmi's book on arithmetic with the Hindu-Arabic numbers was
so important, it appears to have been translated several times. Many
translations began with the phrase "dixit Algorismi" ("so says Al-Khwarizmi"), a
practice that led to the adoption in medieval times of the term
algorism to refer to the process of computing with the Hindu-Arabic
numerals. Our modern word "algorithm" is an obvious derivation from that
Another of Al-Khwarizmi's manuscripts was called Kitab al jabr
w'al-muqabala, which translates roughly as "restoration and compensation".
The book is essentially an algebra text. It starts off with a discussion of
quadratic equations, then goes on to some practical geometry, followed by simple
linear equations, and ending with a long section on how to apply mathematics to
solve inheritance problems. The Englishman Robert of Chester translated
Al-Khwarizmi's algebra book from Arabic into Latin in 1145. The part dealing
with quadratic equations eventually became famous. Such was the influence of
this work that the Arabic phrase al jabr in the book's title gave rise
to our modern word "algebra".
After Al-Khwarizmi, algebra became an important part of Arabic mathematics.
Arabic mathematicians learned to manipulate polynomials, to solve certain
algebraic equations, and more. For modern readers, used to thinking of algebra
as the manipulation of symbols, it is important to realize that the Arabic
mathematicians did not use symbols at all. Everything was done in words.
One of the most famous Arabic mathematicians was 'Umar Al-Khayammi, known in
the West as Omar Khayyam, who lived approximately from 1048 to 1131. Although
remembered today primarily as a poet, in his time he was also famous as a
mathematician, scientist, and philosopher, doing major work in all those
It was largely through translations of the Arabic texts into Latin that
western Europe, freshly emerged from the Dark Ages, kick-started its mathematics
in the tenth and subsequent centuries." - The Math Guy
Saturday, February 12, 2011
It is essential that parents understand basic child development concepts so they may better guide children appropriately. Our role is to keenly observe them and try our best to offer an environment that supports their growth.
Here are a few excellent video links -
Infants - One Year http://michaelolaf.net/BirthYearOne.html
Year 1 - 3 Stage http://michaelolaf.net/BirthOneToThree.html
Friday, February 11, 2011
(well and good); otherwise, there is no good in him.”
anything; not at all. The child is constantly influenced by the atmosphere in which he lives; he/she learns by observation and imitation; therefore, it is absolutely necessary for the parents to provide good examples by their own behaviour. The Prophet said, “Respect your children and teach them good
behaviour, Allah will forgive (your sins).
lāhu `ala Muhammadin wa āli Muhammad.
ruku` and sajdah.
education—it is very important that the child not only be educated but, at the same time, he or she should be raised with proper Islamic ethics. The Prophet emphasized that at this age the parents should be strict in disciplining their children.
education. For example, the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “It is the right of the male child on his father to...teach him the Book of Allah...and riding and swimming.” Girls require similar lessons.
girls in our ahadith. However, instead of physical education, the ahadith talk about those specific subjects which would help the girls in becoming good wives and educated mothers. The destiny of the future generations of the ummah, after all, depends on the mothers who are learned, informed, and aware of their role in establishing a society which is always conscious of Allah's presence.
for themselves. In mid- and late-teens, the child may start the specific training or education for the career that he/she intends to pursue.. It is also the time when the child is nearing the age of marriage.
If anyone brings up his children based on Islamic values, that child surely will be the apple of the parents' eyes and the delight of their hearts; and it is this child who, in his turn, may be hoped to fulfil his obligations towards his parents.
lesson is based on Allamah Rizvi's