I hope you all had a lovely Eid. May Allah accept it from us & you!
حَدَّثَنَا إِسْحَاقُ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللهِ بْنُ الْوَلِيدِ، عَنْ سُفْيَانَ، عَنْ هِشَامٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ قَالَ: سَأَلْتُ عَائِشَةَ: مَا كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَصْنَعُ فِي بَيْتِهِ؟ قَالَتْ: مَا يَصْنَعُ أَحَدُكُمْ فِي بَيْتِهِ؟ قَالَتْ: مَا يَصْنَعُ أَحَدُكُمْ فِي بَيْتِهِ، يَخْصِفُ النَّعْلَ، وَيَرْقَعُ الثَّوْبَ، وَيَخِيطُ.
Hisham said, "I asked 'A'isha, 'What did the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, do in his house?' She replied, 'He did what one of you would do in his house. He mended sandals and patched garments and sewed."
Grade:: Sahih (Al-Albani)
Reference : Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 540In-book reference : Book 30, Hadith 3English translation : Book 30, Hadith 540
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We're planning to start basic hand sewing (before introducing the machine) this summer and here are some links we'll be using. I've included the above hadith to stress the importance of sewing for boys, just as it is for girls :)
Update: We just started using this book as a guide. It has step-by- step lessons with projects. I'll post pictures of our projects soon, insha Allah.
Alhamdulillah, the Muslimville 2014 Ramadan competition is here! We've participated in the past 3 years and found it very rewarding- kept the kids busy in Ramadan, learnt new things everyday and won cool prizes.
Check our Ramadan page for more Ramadan activities for kids.
What are your kids doing this summer?
I've been scouting the web for free to low cost educational camps for the kids and came across a couple of excellent resources in the DC metro Area as well as other national based ones:
Disclaimer: I'm in no way whatsoever affiliated with these companies (except Supercharged Science & All About Learning- optional) nor promoting direct ads by companies to children. Please use your own discretion. Thank you.
Note: since Ramadan will be smacked in the middle of Summer, we'll be mainly doing Ramadan related activities, Insha Allah.
Let's Read Program ($$$)
For those in the DMV area, there'll be a Summer Reading competition in August. See the flyer for details. Don't forget to take advantage of the Early Bird registration discount!
Summer Snacks Activities
Summer Reading Practice
Allah’s sacred month of ✦Muharram✦ is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
❝ Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…❞ [al-Tawbah 9:36]
Abu Bakrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The year is twelve months of which four are sacred, the three consecutive months of Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab Mudar which comes between Jumaada and Sha’baan.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2958).
Muharram is so called because it is a sacred (muharram) month and to confirm its sanctity.
Allaah’s words (interpretation of the meaning): ❝so wrong not yourselves therein…❞ mean do not wrong yourselves in these sacred months, because sin in these months is worse than in other months.
It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas said that this phrase (so wrong not yourselves therein…) referred to all the months, then these four were singled out and made sacred, so that sin in these months is more serious and good deeds bring a greater reward.
Qutaadah said concerning this phrase (so wrong not yourselves therein…) that wrongdoing during the sacred months is more serious and more sinful that wrongdoing at any other time. Wrongdoing at any time is a serious matter, but Allaah gives more weight to whichever of His commands He will. Allaah has chosen certain ones of His creation. He has chosen from among the angels Messengers and from among mankind Messengers. He chose from among speech the remembrance of Him (dhikr). He chose from among the earth the mosques, from among the months Ramadaan and the sacred months, from among the days Friday and from among the nights Laylat al-Qadr, so venerate that which Allaah has told us to venerate. People of understanding and wisdom venerate the things that Allaah has told us to venerate. (Summarized from the Tafseer of Ibn Katheer, may Allaah have mercy on him. Tafseer of Surat al-Tawbah, aayah 36).
★ The Virtue of observing more naafil fasts during Muharram ★
Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram.’” (reported by Muslim, 1982).
The phrase “Allaah’s month”, connecting the name of the month to the name of Allaah in a genitive grammatical structure, signifies the importance of the month. Al-Qaari said: “The apparent meaning is all of the month of Muharram.” But it was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never fasted any whole month apart from Ramadan, so this hadeeth is probably meant to encourage increasing one’s fasting during Muharram, without meaning that one should fast for the entire month.
It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast more in Sha’baan. It is likely that the virtue of Muharram was not revealed to him until the end of his life, before he was able to fast during this month. (Sharh al-Nawawi ‘ala Saheeh Muslim).
Taken from Saudilife.net
As we we enter the new hijri year 1434, I want to share this interesting article about relating the story of hijrah to our children:
Fall Nature Walking
Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the harvests, colorful changes, and appreciate the wonders of Allah’s creation. Walking out-of-doors with your children is a wonderful daily habit and an invigorating change of pace with many benefits.
Schedule a regular daily walk together in your neighborhood or once a week in a nearby area of nature. As the days get shorter, it is very beneficial to be in daylight and get some sun on your face. (Vitamin D)
Remember to take the following along to make your walk comfortable:
• Your curiosity. On the way, talk about things you might see and raise questions about them.
• Snacks and water.
• First aid kit.
• Magnifying glass for a closer look at details. The large size is handier to use for small things like bugs.
• Binoculars for long-distance objects like birds.
• Camera to capture images of nature.
• Plastic jar with mesh lid for insects.
• Plastic bags to collect items such as small rocks, shells, leaves, pine cones, or sticks.
• Sketch book or small notebook for notes.
• Regular pencil, colored pencils and a good eraser.
• Nature field guide(s) of trees, birds, insects, animals, plants, wildflowers, rocks, shells, etc. Look for those that specialize in species found in your state or region.
Start with Creation:
-Teach your children about creation directly from the Qur'an. (See my Curriculum page for Qur’an Reference for Science.)
-Teach your children to appreciate and wonder at God's creation as you drive, walk, view videos, or look at books. Notice its Beauty, Complexity, Order, Incredible dimensions, both large and small.
-Include Worship: Don't stop with appreciation and wonder; go on to express praise and thank Him for His creation. Praising Allah for Himself and the wonders of the world He has created (Dhikr) is an act of worship.
-Help your children see Allah's attributes in creation. Some examples include:
• Power, Majesty and Might- (Al-Jabbar- The Powerful; Al-Qadeer- The All-Powerful; Al-‘Azeez- The Mighty; Al-‘Adheem- The Exalted)
• Love, Mercy and Care- for the smallest bird (Ar-Rahmaan- The Compassionate; Ar-Raheem- The Merciful; Ar-Razzaq- The Continuous Provider; Al-Haafidh- The Guardian & Protector; Al-Qayyum- The Sustainer)
• Beauty, Design and Creativity- in scenery, flowers, leaves, sunsets, The variety and order of things in nature, etc. (Al-Moosawwir- The Fashioner, Al-Khaliq- The Creator, Al-Baaree’- The Originator)
• Infiniteness- in the expanse of the universe (As-Samad- The Eternal; Al-Hayy- The Ever-Living; Al-Awwal- The First; Al-Aakhir- The Last)
Finally, walking along, removed from the scene of your daily life, you can get a different perspective and a unique opportunity to visit with, and teach, your children in an informal setting.
Having this time to talk things through in a non-stressful time and place can greatly benefit your relationship with your child.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year (the other one is spring). The beauty in the colors and shapes of the leaves really captivates me.
With Him (Allah) are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that no one knows except Him. He knows whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a single leaf falls except by His knowledge. There is not a grain in the darkness (or deepest part) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (written) in a clear record. (Surah Al-An'am, Verse 59).
Most importantly, it's a season of reflection of our finiteness as human beings-
Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: It is like the rain which we send down from the skies: the earth's vegetation absorbs it (In Spring), but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter (In Fall): it is (only) Allah who prevails over all things. (Surah Al-Kahf, 45).
Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and leads it through springs in the earth? Then He causes to grow, therewith, produce of various colors (in the spring) then it withers; you will see it grow yellow; then He makes it dry up and crumble away (in the fall). Truly, in this, is a Message of remembrance to men of understanding. (Surah Az-Zumar, 21)
Fall is also a time of harvest, a time to share:
It is He (Allah) Who produces gardens, with and without trellises, and dates, and farmland with fruits and vegetables of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in variety). Eat of their fruit in their season, but give the dues that are proper (give a portion to the poor) on the day that the harvest is gathered. But do not waste by excess, for Allah does not love those who waste. (Surah Al-An'am, 141).
Truly these are signs for those who reflect!
The blessed first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are here. Our Ramadan/Hajj page has links to fun activities and information for kids:
The first 10 days of Zul Hijjah are considered blessed in Islam. Zul Hijjah is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. Prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him, said: "There aren't any days greater, nor any days in which deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah Most High, than these ten days. So, increase in them the saying of Tahleel (La ilaha illa Allah), and Takbeer (Allahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdu lillah)." (Reported by Imam Ahmad).
Below is a sample schedule of activities you and your family can do together in these blessed days.
Daily Show what people making Hajj are doing that specific day on a blackboard. This way, you and the family will feel connected to the pilgrimage.
Day 1: Make Hajj come to life in your home What can you do with a square-sized cardboard box, some black paint and a line of gold fringe material? Make a model of the Kaba!
But don't stop there. Make it the centerpiece of your living room for the next 10 days. Discuss Hajj by describing exactly how it is performed. If possible, get some dolls or action figures to demonstrate.
Also, get one of the male family members to "model" Ihram, the clothing men wear during Hajj and Umra, using two big bath towels.
In addition to talking about how Hajj is performed, you can give details about the Kaba in terms of its construction and its reparations.
Day 2: Invite a Hajji, dim the lights and ..... What better way to learn about Hajj than to hear it from someone who's done it?
If you have a Haji (a person who has performed Hajj) in your home great! Otherwise invite one over, preferably someone skilled in storytelling.
Dim the lights and ask people to close their eyes. Then the Haji should recount the story from A to Z, from when he or she first thought about Hajj to how the whole journey took place. At the end of this activity, everyone should make Dua (supplication) to Allah to be blessed with the opportunity to perform Hajj if they haven‘t.
Day 3: "Take me, take me, take me to the Kaba!" It’s tempting to think traveling to Hajj is as simple as booking a plane ticket and flying to Makkah. But this is still a luxury most Muslims worldwide can't afford, which is why you and the family should discuss how people of today and the past traveled to make the journey of a lifetime.
If five-year-old Ammar, the baby of the family, is a car, plane, ship or train fan, use this to your advantage. Use his beloved toy(s)to show how so many people use different means of transportation to get to the Kaba, and how long it takes to get to Makkah using these various methods. Transport is a key point because Hajj becomes compulsory on an adult Muslim if the means of transportation are available.
It would also be interesting to look up Mecca online and see satellite images. Here’s a nice one.
Finally, end this activity with everyone singing the song Take me to the Kaba. The song is on the Allah Helps You Grow CD.
Day 4: Tell it like it is: the story of Prophet Ibrahim Forego family movie night and replace it with storytelling hour so you can share the incredible story of Prophet Ibrahim. Make it as exciting and interactive as you can, adding sound effects, movement, and awesome narrative.
What was it like when this great Prophet was thrown into the fire? What was it like when he built the Kaba with his son Ismail?
At the end of sharing his story, also discuss how Jews and Christians revere Prophet Ibrahim. End with a Dua asking Allah to guide all of us to the life of commitment to God and sacrifice that he exemplified.
Day 5: Hajj film night In the last 20 years, Hajj has been caught on film through various documentaries, and more recently, an IMAX film. For kids, they can check out Adam's discussion of Hajj in Adam's World 4: Take me to the Kaba.
Pop that popcorn, get comfy, and don’t forget to follow up with a discussion of what you’ve just seen.
Day 6: Share what you know- prepare a school presentation Contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to arrange a class presentation on Hajj. This is a great way to share what you’ve learned these last few days about the fifth pillar of Islam and bring a different aspect of the faith to your son or daughter’s classmates.
Day 7: Engage your tongue in the remembrance of Allah Every person, individually, should regularly remember Allah by saying La ilaha illa Allah (there is no god but Allah), Allahu Akbar (Allah is great), and Alhamdu lillah (Praise be to Allah).
Also, talk about the Talbiya (what pilgrims recite during Hajj) and everyone should recite the Takbir of Eid!
Finally, don't forget to make Dua for those who are suffering, whether that is sickness, abuse, as well as injustice of any sort. Ask for Guidance, and ask Allah to guide humanity.
Day 8: Planning for the big day Did seven-year-old Yassin wear different colored socks to prayers last Eid? Did Daddy forget to bring change for parking at the stadium where prayers took place?
Planning and Dua are the keys to ensure that disasters like those mentioned above don't happen. Eid can be stressful and rushed. Reduce this by planning properly. Call a family meeting and discuss logistics, menu, where the family will go or who will be invited for Eid, for instance.
Day 9: Fast & read aloud the Last Sermon of the Prophet Muslims are recommended to fast on this day. The Prophet said, “fasting the Day of Arafa (the ninth day of Zul Hijjah) will be credited with Allah by forgiving one's sins of the previous year and the following year.”
As well, we should sincerely ask Allah for forgiveness for mistakes on this day as the Prophet said: Allah sets more people free from Hell on the Day of Arafa than on any other day (Muslim).
Have a big family Iftar. The 9th of Zul Hijjah is going to be on a weekday, so everyone should try to get home from work or school early to enjoy Iftar together.
Also, read the Prophet’s last Sermon that day, since it was on the 9th of Zul Hijjah that it was delivered. There are so many lessons it offer. You can designate specific parts for presentation to one member of the family. For instance, Sara, 15, can discuss what the Khutba says about women. Ali, 12, can talk about what it says about racism and prejudice.
By Sound Vision Staff Writer
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