“O you who possess Eemaan (faith), save yourselves and your families from the Fire.” [Sooratut-Tahreem (66): 6]

“…Flee unto Allah…” [Surah Ath-Thaariyaat 51:50]

onsdag 25. juli 2012

First five days of Ramadan 1433

Assalaamu alaikum,

The first five days of ramadan has passed, subhan Allah.

We have reviewed from last year and made new coloring books together as the old ones got lost in our shifting, alhamdulillah. And we did this activity from the ramadan activity book for young children from a muslim child is born wih the dua for opening the fast.

On the second day they we learned more about a fasting day. Using the sequencing cards from umm abdul basir, we cut them out together and discussed each one and their possible order. Then we agreed on the order and glued the correct numbers on the back of each card. Then they practiced to put the cards in order looking at the pictures and self correcting by turning over and check with the numbers. Alhamdulillah, a very nice practice for several skills! We also put up the fasting day wheel from the islamic bulletin board resources at our board.

On day three we learned about some nullifiers of the fast and we made ourselves a new mobile as last years also did not come with us qadr Allah.

On day four we read the book about doing good deeds from dar ul kitab and discussed each one and how we can implement it, then we cut out good deeds trees from the Smart ark/Umm Maimoonah Ramadan pack and made ready the batches for good deeds, they started competing in good deeds from that very minute, Allahumma baarik.

On day five I encouraged them for the first time to make a visual journal entry about their experiences so far in ramadan, inspired from Maimoonahs enries last year, tabarakillah, and from Umm Tafaris blog from last year, that is no longer accessable qadrAllah.
First they painted one piece of paper with water colors of their choice (they chooed the same) and left it to dry while they worked on a new sheet of paper. Here they draw and colored things they remembered from the last few days masha Allah while we discussed, after we cut it out and glued the drawings on the painted paper and then they decorated some with glitter glue. Masha Allah, they had a good time and we did a fun an nice review while doing this alhamdulillah.

Here you see many things, from amongst them the hilal with stars, and an ice cream with a not allowd sign on it as its not allowed when fasting. A sun as the weather has been sunny everyday, a bicycle as they ride their bicycles in the garden after Asr, someone making salah and a plate of suhoor and the writings about breaking the fast and suhoor beneath it and a plus sign for additional things.. children has many things in their minds masha Allah. There is also a heart, a car and a boat that is there for some reasons Im not sure.

Here is stars, sun, a cloud with rain as has been the weather were we used to live, dates, and M for mama, someone waking up for suhoor, heart, circles, squares and the like as she is learning the shapes in english these days I guess.

torsdag 19. juli 2012

First ramadan in a muslim country

This is the moon of shabaan, maybe 4 days old above our building, subhan Allah. We are hoping to go out and try to sight the ramadan moon inshaa Allah, even if we does not see it I hope it will be a special event and a joyus time for the children inshaa Allah.

We also have lots of date palms here, masha Allah. Now we see the dates are being all green and fresh masha  Allah. Most of the dates sold here a local, subhan Allah, I love that. It was actually the kids who noticed the dates first, and they remembered last years ramadan date three craft. Hands on learning really stick bifadlillah.

Here is our garden which children from our group of buildings have collected a small amount of money to get decorated masha Allah. I have only seen our garden being decorated like this and it has sure made my children even more aware that here everyone looks forward too and prepares for ramadan masha Allah. In the evenings when they turn the ligths for magrib there are also blinking lights subhan Allah

We have already made a ramadan decoration for our door, pictures are coming inshaa Allah. And we have made a big bulletion board were we will stick many of our ramadan activities and calendar inshaa Allah.
Hope to share with you some of our acitivities soon bidnillah.

tirsdag 3. juli 2012

Fatwa on how to teach the muslim children

Question: Could you please tell us the ruling on young children learning about Islaam and Ramadaan through nasheeds, videos, cartoons and the like?

Answer: Wallaahi this issue has spread in the Muslim world today. It started as a means of teaching but now it is a form of material enjoyment. They are not able to do without it and this is really bad as it will lead to the days of the Sufis – where they used to worship Allaah by anaasheed and they called it Islaamic songs. There are no Islaamic songs.

Yaa Ikhwan, its best to teach the children whether today or twenty thousand (20,000) years from now, in the way which fourteen (14) centuries ago, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to deal with the children. For example, he صلى الله عليه وسلم told ‘Umar ibn Abi Salamah, his step child [24]:

يا غلام، سمِّ الله، وكل بيمينك، وكل مما يليك
He taught him something which was good for him. He did not make him sing nor did he صلى الله عليه وسلم sing for him. Also, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم told ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abbas:

يا غلام إني أعلمك كلمات احفظ الله يحفظك احفظ الله تجده تجاهك

…until the end of the hadith.[25] This hadith today, (words unclear it sounds like: “degrees of speech are being done on it. Teach Deen.”) Notice how this hadith is given to a little boy – why? So that he would grow up with this understanding; let them (our children) grow up with Qur’aan, recitation and du’aa – teach them what will benefit them.

These things – anasheed and cartoons will make them happy because they don’t differentiate between good and bad, but they will love it and they will live with it until they die. These things will remain (in their minds). As Shaykh Muhammad Mukhtar ash-Shanqiti حفظه الله said in a lecture when he was asked about the anasheed for the students of tahfeez (memorization), he said “No, don’t make it a hobby for them because what will happen is whenever anasheed is found they will come and when anasheed is stopped they will turn away from Qur’aan” – they turn away from tahfeez (memorization), they turn away from religion. That’s what we observe.

Look to the ‘Ulamaa. Do you want your child to be from amongst the ‘Ulamaa? Okay, take the biography of Shaykh Ibn Baaz and the biography of Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen and see how they grew up. I challenge anyone to show me that Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, Shaykh al-Albaani, Shaykh Muqbil, Shaykh Fawzaan, Shaykh Luhaydaan grew up listening to anasheed or cartoons. No! they grew up in a serious manner. They were in the halaqah (circles, sittings) of the shuyuukh; and in the house their mother reviewed what they studied and encouraged them in increasing in memorizing the Qur’aan and studying the Sunnah. They gave them sweet etc. (as an incentive) because they wanted to encourage them, and that is why when they became adults they became more serious than others. Shaykh Ibn Baaz said that when the children used to play he always used to stay with the Qur’aan. Akhi, Subhanallaah, who are the children who were with the Shaykh? We don’t know them; he didn’t mention any of the scholars of today who were his friends in boyhood. He did not mention them and this means that all those children went only to the dunya (got caught up in worldly affairs), but by staying with the Qur’aan he رحمه الله became the noble ‘Aalim, the noble Imaam of his time. This also pertains to the other great and grand ‘Ulamaa.

You will see some old People of Knowledge today encouraging anasheed and when you go back to their childhood you find them with anasheed. They used to watch cartoons and that’s why even now with their white beards, grey hair, bent back, holding the stick and speaking very broken they are still saying anasheed. Subhanallaah! This is because they grew up with it and they lived with it; but the other scholars are always saying “Qur’aan, Qur’aan” and “hadeeth, hadeeth”. So decide what you want your child to be like when he becomes a man or a woman and then work from now to achieve this, as they say:

يشب فتى الفتيان فينا على ما كان عوده أبوه
The young will become young (grow into adolescence) as he was raised by his father (upon what his father got him accustomed to) when he was a boy. If he was left to anasheed and cartoons he will love it and grow up with it and live with it. Wallaahi, I saw brothers in the Jaami’ah (University) and some of them were in the Faculty of Hadeeth playing games on the mobile phone or on the computer. Subhanallaah, is this what they are created for, they are Taalibul ‘Ilm (Students of Knowledge). When I asked them why, I found out that from their boyhood days they lived with that.

However, notice that those people who are always involved in seeking knowledge, teaching knowledge and busy in Qur’aan recitation – you always see when they become adults – men or women, and when they become old you always see them in those fields and people will have a need for them. But people of anasheed nobody needs them. Yaa Ikhwaan we have to realize the difference between what Allaah تعالى created us for and work towards it, and what is to be found from enjoyment. Wallaahu A’lam.

Answered by: Shaykh Muhammad al-Maliki

Title of Lecture: Ramadaan 1427 = 2006

Date of the Lecture: Saturday, October 14th, 2006

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[1] “O boy! Mention the Name of Allaah and eat with your right hand, and eat of the dish what is nearer to you.”
Reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Kitaab at-At’imah (#5061) and Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab al-Ashribah (#2022)

“Young man, I shall teach you some words (of advice): be mindful of Allaah, and Allaah will protect you. Be mindful of Allaah and you will find Him in front of you…”
Reported as part of a longer hadith. Shaykh al-Albaani
رحمه الله says Saheeh in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (#7957). Also found in an-Nawawi’s 40 Hadeeth as hadeeth #19.
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