• Aug
  • 10
  • 2008

Stories of the Prophet – Part 2

This is episode 2 of the stories of the Prophets. This series is set in a very good environment for teaching children. Yusuf Estes sits down with a gathering of about 10 children and explains to the children in a very easy to understand way mashaAllah.




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Categories: Video / Audio
  • Aug
  • 09
  • 2008

Has Your Home Become a Hotel?

The Importance of Spending Quality Time with Your Children

By Abu Atiyyah, South Africa

Bismilllah

Has your home become like a hotel? Has the concept of family become a fond memory?

The home of today has become very much like a hotel. Strangers stumble in and out at odd hours, each one doing his own little thing. “The family” has now almost become just a fond memory. “The family” having meals together is a rare occasion. Just sitting together and chatting is even more rare. Part of the blame can be apportioned to the fast, demanding pace of life in the modern and “advanced” world we are living in. The other part can be attributed to the lack of will and the apathy on the part of members of the family to




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Categories: Home
  • Aug
  • 09
  • 2008

The Goal is to Please Allah

At about the age of about 5 or 6 of a child’s life, more of the concepts of Islam can begin to be taught in greater detail. Young children may know the name of Allah and his attributes and be happy to say them, but they cannot really comprehend the idea of an Omnipotent, All-Encompassing God that takes care of them and loves them.

As they mature, children will begin to understand this and realize the importance of their relationship with their Unseen Creator. It is necessary as parents to teach them about the significance of pleasing Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, in all that they do. This is, in fact, the goal of Islam, which is submission to Allah’s plan and guidance. It should also be emphasized that doing this is to their benefit as well because it is through this obedience that they receive Allah’s grace and blessings. Connected with this are the rewards that


  • Aug
  • 09
  • 2008

The Effect of the Qur’an on a Child

Below is an example of a child hearing the words of Allah and being instantly moved by them. It is narrated by Ibn al-Jawzi and is as follows:

There was a king who had a lot of wealth, and he had a daughter and no other children. He loved her very much, and he used to let her enjoy all kinds of entertainment. This went on for a long time. Beside the king there lived a devoted worshipper, and whilst he was reciting one night, he raised his voice saying,

“O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones ” [al-Tahreem 66:6 – interpretation of the meaning].

The girl heard his recitation and said to her servants, “Stop!” But they did not stop. The worshipper started to repeat the verse, and the girl kept telling them to stop, but they did not stop.




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Categories: General Upbringing
  • Aug
  • 08
  • 2008

Building Muslim Character in the West

Today we’ll be looking at the all-important topic of imparting Islamic identity to our children in the West. Obviously, the parents themselves should have a strong Muslim identity but there are additional important points to be kept in mind.

In developing their Muslim identity we have to naturally impress upon our children that our ways are quite different from those of the rest of the western society. But this should not be done in such a way as to create hostility towards the western society as a whole. This can create emotional conflict in a child. The Holy Qur’an says of the people of the book that “they are not all alike” (3:113) and it praises some of their good qualities along with condemnation of what is wrong with them (5:85-87, 57:27, etc.).




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Categories: General Upbringing
  • Aug
  • 06
  • 2008

Disobedience to Parents: A Major Sin

While this site mainly deals with how to raise children and the responsibilities of parents, we thought it would it also be useful to also have a category about the rights and status of parents in Islam. So in this post, we want to briefly mention the major sin of disobeying parents. As parents, this is something we should teach our children – not only for our personal gain, but to avoid children from committing a major sin.

We shouldn’t raise our children to be “scared of us” and that’s the only reason they don’t disobey us. Rather we should instil the fear of Allah in their hearts and as part of this, they should know that Allah does not like them to be disobedient to us. A child’s fear of their parents will eventually reduce as they get older, but the fear of Allah should always be there, and this is what we should base our teachings on in this regard.

In Islam, it is the right of parents that their children should treat them with kindness, obedience, and honor. Devotion to parents is a natural instinct which must be strengthened by deliberate actions.


  • Aug
  • 05
  • 2008

A Little Boy and his Mother

A little boy came up to her mother in the kitchen one evening while she was making some food, and he handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his mum finished what she was doing , she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: .50




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Categories: Treatment of Parents
  • Aug
  • 05
  • 2008

Holding Children when Praying

It is a good idea to pray in front of your small children. This will get them used to the actions and the regularity in which it is done. Many times, children will imitate their parents when they pray and other times they might playfully climb on their parents. So what should we do when children are climbing on us during prayer?

Below is a fatwa from Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid which explains the situation. SubhanaAllah, it also demonstrates the gentle and compassionate nature of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The question is as follows, Is there a sunnah of the holy prophet regarding him allowing children to climb upon him during prayer and


  • Aug
  • 03
  • 2008

Tell your Children about Allah

As Muslims, we should take the Prophets as our example in everything that we do. This includes parenting. One of the best examples of parenting mentioned in the Qur’an is that of the advice given by Luqman (peace be upon him) to his son. Many articles have been written about this advice but today we want to focus on one aspect. Insha Allah we will discuss others in later posts.

In the below verse, we see Luqman describing some of Allah’s Might:

“O my son! If it be equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed, and tough it be as a rock, or in the Heavens or the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Verily Allah is subtle in bringing out that grain, well aware of its place.” [Qur’an 31:16]

We should keep in mind that the knowledge of Allah is the most excellent


  • Jul
  • 31
  • 2008

Free Online Children TV

Below is the free online TV station – Al Jazeera Children Channel (JCC). It focuses on the 3-15 year age group. It is completely in Arabic so it is a good method for teaching you’re children the language of the Qu’ran – especially for parents living in the west.

Please note however that this channel is not strictly an Islam-based channel. In general however, the programming is family friendly insha Allah. A lot of the cartoons however, contain music.

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) is a Pan-Arabic Youth Television Channel funded by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Click here for more information about the Qatar Foundation.

The channel is powered by Islam Box. It is a new and exciting way to watch Islamic Television without purchasing and installing big satellites. In addition to this channel, they have many others – in English, Urdu, Arabic and languages (e.g. channels dedicated to dawah, Islamic lectures, Arab news etc).



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