We also went to our local library, and found this great Eid book that we read together as a family! Continue reading
Whether you are a parent, caregiver, grandparent, teacher, aunt, uncle, or an older sibling, you will want to explore different methods of teaching children about the significance of Eid Al-Adha.
The most obvious method is talking to children about the importance of Eid Al-Adha; to make this discussion more interesting, you can use the ‘Kaaba Box of Knowledge’:
Here are 10 other ways to teach children about Eid Al-Adha: Continue reading
Journal Entry 1
It is the night before Ramadan. Just a few minutes ago, I was sitting with my three children, and we discussed the importance and the blessing of the holy month that was going to start in the next few hours. In the middle of our discussion, my 3 year old daughter spoke up and exclaimed, “I want to go to Ramadan too mama, can you take me there?” Smiling from my heart, I explained to her that Ramadan is not a place we can go to, but it is a month in which there are many blessings. Obviously, I didn’t do a good job explaining because her next question was, ” Okay then, can I have a Ramadan, I really want it!” Continue reading
As I kiss my child’s forehead, I can’t help it but think of those mothers that are unable to- The Palestinian mothers who have buried their dead children as a result of war, the mothers of Burma who have no children due to starvation. And what about those Syrian orphans who have no mother to kiss them, for their mothers have been brutally taken away from this world. On this blessed day of Eid, I thank Allah for everything, and I pray for those families that are grieving. Ya Allah, please give these families sabr and strength, Ameen.
As Muslimah mothers we all lead busy lives, thus making it difficult to take care of our children and to fulfill all of our Islamic duties; however, although it can be a challenge, it is certainly not impossible. What makes it possible to fulfill all of our duties is the assistance from the one and only Allah (Subḥānahu Wa Ta’Ala), for it is Allah (Subḥānahu Wa Ta’Ala) that gives us mothers Sabr (patience).
“And Your Lord said: Call on Me, I will answer you” Quran 40:60
“Remember Me, and I will remember you, give thanks to Me, and reject Me not” Quran 2:152
SET REALISTIC GOALS:
We have to keep in mind that we all are living different lives from one another under different circumstances. Some of us may be mom’s working full or part-time outside of the house, while some of us are stay at home mom’s taking care of young children or even children with special needs. The number of children we have and their ages vary, as do how much help we have from family and friends. For these very reasons, it is important to never compare yourself with others.
When I say we should never compare ourselves to others, I mean in every aspect; including our Ibadaat during Ramadan. For instance, just because you hear of a sister’s goal to complete the Quran twice during Ramadan, this doesn’t mean that you now have to do the same. Of course, doing so would benefit you and you will get rewarded immensely, however you have to consider your personal situation. Perhaps this sister has older children, or has extra help to take care of the household, while you may have young children with little or no help at all. Continue reading