Muslim Parents – Online Resources for the Upbringing of Children


Assalamu ‘Aliakum,

I hope and pray that you are all well.

I am in the process of compiling a list of websites and blogs that might be of benefit in regards to the upbringing of children. I will add to the list as I discover more, but below is what I have found useful so far (to be updated as I discover more).

If you know of any that may be of benefit to others, please share in the comments box below.

JazakAllahu Khair

Abu Zaynah

* Please note that Islamopedia can not be held responsible for the content of external sites. 

Links:

Muslim Mommy:

http://muslimommy.com/category/parenting/

Learning Roots, I want to be Like:

http://www.iwanttobelike.com/

Productive Muslim:

http://productivemuslim.com/tag/parenting/

Seekers Hub:

http://seekershub.org/blog/2010/04/raising-your-children-with-deen-dunya-radio-interview-with-hina-khan-mukhtar-seekersguidance-islamic-parenting-course/

Simple Tips 4 Moms: 

http://www.simpletips4mom.com/?cat=17

Read Little Muslims:

http://www.readlittlemuslims.com/free-resources/little-deen-explorers/

Islamic Playground:

http://www.islamicplayground.com/Scripts/default.asp

Muslim Kidz:

http://www.muslimkidz.com/

Al Islah Kids:

http://alislahkids.com/index.php

Sayyiduna Imam al-Nawawi’s Maqam Destroyed in Nawa


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La Hawla Wa La Quawwata illa Billah

Originally posted on Journey of a Seeker Of Sacred Knowledge:

Sayyiduna Imam al-Nawawi's Maqam Destroyed in Nawah

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.

The Maqam of The Erudite Scholar and Friend of Allah Sayyiduna Imam Abu Zakariyah Muhiy al-Din Yahya Ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi Radi Allah ‘anhu has been destroyed in Nawa.  La hawla wala quwatta illa billah.

تدمرت اليوم ضريح إمام من أبرز أئمة أهل السنة والجماعة الإمام النووي رحمه الله تعالى شارح صحيح الإمام مسلم على أيدي الإرهابيين. اللهم انصرنا على القوم الكافرين.

He is Yahya Ibn Sharaf , Muhiy al-Din Abu Zakariyah al-Nawawi (631–676 AH) the pious, ascetic, most learned, scrupulously Godwary, accomplished jurisprudent and Hadith Master, the impeccable Shaykh al-Islām by the unanimity of the people of the Sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), fearless before kings, lordly and chaste, who died young yet, in a short life of 45 years, produced works of…

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Wednesday Circle – New Years Action Plan for 2015


Wednesday Circle – New Years Action Plan for 2015:

Yesterday at the Wednesday Circle we discussed our collective plans for 2015 and came up with the action points below.

We shall be monitoring ourselves against the targets below on a monthly basis to check how we are progressing. May Allah give us the Tawfiq.

Action Plan:

  1. Regularly attend the Wednesday Circle 

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “There are no people who remember Allah without the angels surrounding them, mercy covering them, tranquillity descending on them, and Allah mentioning them to those who are with Him.” [Muslim, at-Tirmidhi] 

  1. Read at least 12 books (of all genres) in the year

Read: In the name of thy Lord Who createth, Createth man from a clot. Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous, Who teacheth by the pen, Teacheth man that which he knew not.

[Qur’an 96: 1-5]

  1. Pray the 5 daily prayers and make up later in the day any that are missed due to School or other reasons.

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said to Abu Dharr (RA): “Observe prayer at its prescribed time, then go (to meet) your needs, and if the Iqama is pronounced, and you are present in the mosque, then observe prayer (along with the congregation).” [Sahih Muslim]

  1. Complete the Recitation of the Qur’an at least once in 2015

Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace)saying, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.” [Muslim].

  1. Attend the Masjid regularly

The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Prayer in a group is twenty-seven times better than the prayer of a man by himself.” [Muwatta of Imam Malik]

  1. Give Da’wah to others

The Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Indeed, Allah, the angels, the denizens of the heavens and the earth, the ants in their burrows, and the fish in the sea pray for blessings to come upon those who teach good to people.” [At-Tirmidhi]

  1. Complete an act of Sadaqa Jaariyah (an action that has ongoing benefits to others, such as teaching someone to recite Al-Fatiha or teaching someone a skill that you have like riding a bike, tying shoe laces etc)

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Every right thing is Sadaqa (charity).” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

The youngsters also added their own individual targets to the list, such as getting good exam results, doing better at School etc

What are your aspirations for 2015 – share below.

A Mercy to Mankind – Muhammad: The Chosen One


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Reposting my poem from last year. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Islamopedia Blog:

As it is the month of Rabi’ Al Awwal, I would like to try and compose a poem/rhyme dedicated to Our Master Muhammad (Alayhis Salam).

I shall start with a few short verses, and then every day of the month, I shall try and add to it at least one line, in honour and praise of Our Messenger (Alayhis Salam).

Bismillah.

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Advice to the Seekers – New Years Resolutions


Ustadha Anse Tamara Gray’s advice to the students at SeekersHub Toronto (Ayah and Hadith additions in italic below are mine and not of Ustadha Anse Tamara Gray):

  1. Be people of the Night Prayer (Tahajjud)

‘And during the night, wake up for Salāh of Tahajjud , an additional prayer for you. It is very likely that your Lord will place you at Praised Station.’ [Qur’an 17:79]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “The best prayer after the obligatory prayers is the night prayer.” [Muslim]

  1. Devote at least one hour per week to Seeking Knowledge (‘ilm)

‘So High above all is Allah, the True King! And do not hasten with (reciting) the Qur’ān before its revelation to you is concluded, and say, “My Lord, improve me in knowledge.”’ [Qur’an 20:114]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “He for whom Allâh desires great good, He grants him (superlative) understanding in the Religion.” [Part of a longer Hadith from Bukhari and Muslim]

  1. Spend at least one hour per week giving to the community (Khidmah)

‘The believers, male and female, are friends to each other. They bid virtue and forbid vice and establish Salāh and pay Zakāh and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those are the ones whom Allah will bless with mercy. Surely, Allah is Powerful, Wise.’ [Qur’an 9:71]

The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “Allah will relieve anyone who relieves a believer of one of the afflictions of this world, of one of the afflictions of the Day of Rising. Allah will give ease in this world and the Next to anyone who eases the hardship of another. Allah will veil anyone who veils another Muslim in this world and the Next. Allah will help His slave as long as His slave is helping his brother.” [Muslim]

What better way to start the New Year than to pledge to commit to each of the above. Imagine if we all made the small steps mentioned above, what difference it could make to our lives and the lives of those around us.

May Allah give us Tawfiq – Ameen

Abu Zaynah

Source: https://www.facebook.com/iffat.syed.10/posts/10101218911309487

Human-Kind


Human-Kind 

As 2014 ends and 2015 begins

I think to myself, where have I been?

What have I done? How have I grown?

What deeds were done? What seeds were sown?

 

In life there is no pause, rewind or forward,

Just continuous play, onwards and upward.

Treasure the moments, for once gone, won’t return.

Grow with the passing of time, as the clocks continue to turn.

 

What is our plan for the future?

What will we leave behind?

Not more of the same, I hope,

Let us be more Human-Kind.

 

© Abu Zaynah 29.12.2014

Places to Visit in Makkah – Mualla Cemetary


Jannat Al Mu’alla Cemetary

This is the famous grave yard in Makkah not to too far from Masjid Al Haram. Many of the Companions, their followers, scholars and the righteous are buried in this graveyard. One of the most famous graves is that of Lady Khadijah (the wife of the Prophet [SAW]). Continue reading Places to Visit in Makkah – Mualla Cemetary

Gems and Stars in the UK: Shaykha Safia Shahid


Shaykha Safia Shahid

Source: http://safiashahid.wordpress.com/about/

Born and raised in Glasgow, UK, Shaykha Safia Shahid travelled to Syria in 2003 to study sacred knowledge. She remained there for five years, studying Arabic at the University of Damascus and the Abu Nour Institute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0oERMlz0IY

Shaykha Safia attended the classes of several illustrious scholars of our time, such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish and received ijaza to teach tajwid from Shaykh Abul Hassan Al-Kurdi. She also benefited from the company of great gnostics such as Shaykh Ahmad al-Habbal and Shaykh Shukri al-Luhafi.

She studied numerous texts under the tutelage of the great erudite scholar Al-Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, and was gifted the honour of gaining teaching licenses in these texts as well as chains of transmission in other major books of hadith. She had the great honour of the company of Shaykh Muhammad, exposing her to an abundance of light, knowledge and wisdom.

Upon leaving Syria in 2008, Shaykha began teaching online classes, covering subjects such as tajwid and aqida (completing Al-Aqida Al-Tahawiya several times). In 2009 she moved to Birmingham where she serves as the Head of Education for women at the Jamatia Islamic Centre in Sparkhill. Her primary responsibilities there include teaching Islamic disciplines such as aqida, fiqh, tajwid, hadith and Arabic.

She also taught fiqh at Masjid Qamarul Islam and Arabic Language Intensive course at the Muath Centre. In 2012, she delivered ‘The Etiquette of the Believer’ UK Tour, covering 12 towns and cities nationwide. She has delivered talks at many Universities and continues to deliver talks and courses throughout the UK as well teaching online. In 2013 she moved to London and regularly commutes between London and Birmingham.

Gems and Stars in the UK: Professor Tariq Ramadan


Professor Tariq Ramadan (Hafizahullah)

Main Source: http://tariqramadan.com/english/biography/

Professor Tariq Ramadan was born in Geneva, Switzerland in August 1962. He is the son of Sa’id Ramadan and Wafa Al-Bana, who was the eldest daughter of Hassan al Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Gamal al-Banna, the liberal Muslim reformer is his great-uncle. His father was a prominent figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and was exiled by Gamal Abdul Nasser from Egypt to Switzerland, where Tariq was born. Continue reading Gems and Stars in the UK: Professor Tariq Ramadan

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