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Review – Khadijah: Mother of History’s Greatest Nation


khadijah_hardback-booksmall2_1024x1024Khadijah: Mother of History’s Greatest Nation

By Fatima Barkatulla

Published by Learning Roots

‘Khadijah: Mother of History’s Greatest Nation’ retells the story of one the greatest women in the history of Islam, and by extension probably one of the greatest women in the history of humanity.

She was the mother of the believers and the first wife of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). She was the first to accept Islam and supported the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) during the difficult early years of Islam under the persecution of the Makkans and the Quraysh. Continue reading Review – Khadijah: Mother of History’s Greatest Nation

What my child is NOT missing out on by NOT being in School


 

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Dear non-home schooling parents,

What my child is NOT missing out on by NOT being in School

Despite the evidence to suggest that later schooling is better for children than starting school early and the evidence to show that home educated children do better in their studies compared to their school attending counterparts, as a home schooling parent we still encounter the odd remark from fellow parents asking “is your child not missing out on [fill in your own blanks] by not going to school?”

To those non-home schooling parents: Thank you for taking an interest in my child’s education. Please find below a list of things that my child is not missing out on by not being in school.

  • My child is not missing out on the widespread bullying that is currently plaguing inner city schools, to the point that it is beginning to cost young people their lives.
  • My child is not missing out on the immense pressure placed on young children to learn complex spelling and arithmetic at such a young age, when they’re little brains are still developing.
  • My child is not missing out on the factory style teaching that is focused solely on test results and league tables that it takes away the human element of teaching good character, a moral outlook and the passing down of knowledge as opposed to just teaching information
  • My child is not subjected to the immense peer pressure in schools to look and dress a certain way, to take up smoking / drugs, to have the latest gadgets and games, and to be part of a clique or a gang, to name just a few.
  • My child is not missing out on the extraordinary amount of homework that young children are given even after having spent a full day of learning in school.
  • My child is not missing out on having to learn at a set pace set by the curriculum and the teachers. My child is able to learn and develop at their own pace, which is much better for their over all development.
  • My child is not missing out on socialisation. Socialisation happens everywhere, not just in schools.
  • My child is not missing out on not being able to see their Mum and Dad for long hours of the day, sometimes ranging from 8:30am – 6:30pm for households where both parents have full time jobs.
  • My child is not missing out on having to take holidays in peak holiday seasons when holiday prices are rocket high, only because their school will not allow them discretionary leave for family holidays during term time.
  • Most of important of all, my child is not missing out on being just that … a child. Children are meant to be children. These days children are not given the chance to be themselves. Let them be their own little person. Let them enjoy their childhood before they enter the high pressured environment of schools.

homeschooling-will-my-kids-miss-outThere are many good reasons why some parents choose not to send their children to school ranging from medical reasons to religious / cultural reasons. Please try to understand those reasons before you decide to judge us.

There are well over 36,000 children in the UK that are home educated and this number is steadily rising as people realise the benefits of home education verses conventional schooling.

Just as it is you prerogative to send your child to a mainstream school or a private school, it is our prerogative to home educate our child.

Wishing you all the best.

Yours Truly,

 

Umm and Abu Zaynah

Home Schooling Parents

Ayeina’s #Alhamdulillah For Series Gratitude Journal


Ayeina’s #Alhamdulillah For Series Gratitude Journal

(Recall the time) when your Lord declared, “If you express gratitude, I shall certainly give you more, and if you are ungrateful, then My punishment is severe.” – [Qur’an 14:7]

Many months ago as I was searching through Instagram for artists to collaborate with me on my book the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah, I came across the @Ayeina_Official Instagram page. The illustrations that they did captured my imagination but what impressed me even more were the captions that went with it, so much so that I asked them to do some illustrations for my book to which they kindly agreed.

I loved the way that they turned every day things that we take for granted and converted them into an #Alhamdulilahforseries teaching us to be grateful for each and every blessing that we have, big or small.

As the caption suggestions continued to pour in, so did the number of illustrations and before you knew it there were almost 100 illustrations and captions to enjoy, each with their own unique artwork to go with it. Some of my favourite captions include

‘Alhamdu Lillah for Fatherhood’

‘Alhamdu Lillah for Chai or Biskut’Alhamdu Lillah

‘Alhamdu Lillah for Halal Meat Anywhere Anytime’

‘Alhamdu Lillah for Mosque at a Walking Distance’

I am pleased to know that Ayeina are currently working on releasing the #Alhamdulilahforseries as a book / journal and look forward to its formal release.

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As part of the release Ayeina will be holding a contest with prizes from collaborators from all around the world. I am pleased to announce that Islamopedia are one of the collaborators and we shall be offering a copy of our forthcoming title the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah, which features artwork from Ayeina, as a prize to the lucky winners of this competition.

Please visit Ayeina’s website and social media sites to keep up to date with their posts and entry details for the competition.

http://ayeina.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ayeina.online/

Intagram: @Ayeina_Official

I hope that you will enjoy the #Alhamdulilahforseries as much as I have.

Ayeina Official – Gratitude Art Contest (in partnership with MiniExchange)


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Ayeina Official are holding a FREE to enter Gratitude Art Contest (in partnership with MiniExchange). This is an extension of our Instagram exclusive ‘AlhamdulillahForSeries‘.

Alhamdulillah is a phrase Muslims use to show gratitude towards their Creator. Creator of everything and everyone. The main purpose behind this series is to instill the attitude of gratitude and promote joy in general. Happiness is contagious so spread it far with your art. Continue reading Ayeina Official – Gratitude Art Contest (in partnership with MiniExchange)

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/

http://seekershub.org/blog/2015/05/video-playlist-prophetic-advice-for-raising-righteous-children/

http://seekershub.org/blog/2015/05/parenting-planting-the-seeds-of-prayer-in-our-young-ones-by-hina-mukhtar/

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

Our Prophet Muhammad (SAW)


Our Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

© By Mahboob Roshid (Age 7), from the Wednesday Circle, edited and arranged by Abu Zaynah

Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
Was a Messenger
He wasn’t a bad person
He was the best Believer

He worshipped Allah
He was the best drawrer
He was a very strong man
He was a forgiver

He is not a changer
He was the first to say Bismillah
He is a role model
He always prayed to Allah

He was the last Prophet
He was the best of Prophets
He battled his way through in Makkah
Then he lived in Madina

He was our Prophet
He prayed in the Night
He taught us
Not to fuss and fight

Poem: You were sent by Allah


You were sent by Allah

© By Hamza Hussain (Age 10), edited and arranged by Abu Zaynah

You were sent by Allah
You were named Al Amin
You were born in Makkah
In the year of Al Fil

You are the last Messenger
Who was sent from Heaven
You lived a tough life
With no blood brethren

You learnt the Qur’an
At 40 years old
And through the Angel
The Qur’an was told

You taught mankind
How to live right
You are a guide for us all
In how to live life

A poem about the Prophet


A Poem About the Prophet (peace be upon him)

© By Mamun Roshid (Age 10) from the Wednesday Circle

Muhammad (SAW) is our role model
Not Messi, not Ronaldo
Live your life as a Muslim
Not like a troll

He was born in Makkah
Battled his was through
He was very smart
For him knowledge was easy
Like one plus one which is two

The Qur’an was revealed to him
When he was forty
In Mount Jabal Nur
Through the Arch Angel Gibril
And during the Hijra
He hid in Mount Thur

He came with Islam
His enemy was Shaytan
He taught people from far far lands
And walked on the very hot sand

His face was like a gem
His companions were women and men
He always did his best
And never did he rest

So let this be an example
And a lesson to you
Follow him (SAW)
And be nobody’s fool

Agent Max and the Epic Bomb By Imran Hussain©


“Tim and Tom are one of the worst criminals ever!” Bob shouted, infuriated. “Forget that! They’re probably coming back, we’ll hide, and if we see them we’ll catch them!” I explained. So that’s what we did. It was eight o’clock when we started our – rather my – fantastic plan! We waited two hours but there was no sign of Tim and Tom, then, just when we were about to give up, we heard footsteps. “Can I lift it up this time?” someone said. Then I saw them. “No.” Tom answered. Tim had green eyes and cropped brown hair, he had a very long nose and epic ears. Tom was identical except he had blue eyes and black cropped hair. I guessed they were brothers. Bob was shivering again, but not with excitement, but fear! “What’s wrong?” I whispered. A pale Bob pointed at Tim and Tom. They were both wearing green shirts and green trousers, and then I saw what Bob was really pointing at. It was Tim’s pocket; inside his pocket was a gun!

 

Read the full story at: http://wednesdaycircle.pandamian.com/agent-max-and-the-epic-bomb-by-imran-hussain/

 

Was Salam

 

Jashim

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