Monday, October 14, 2013

The Importance of Tarbiyah and Islamic Education

Alhamdulillah I've always taught my children at home and they have never been in the public school system. At times, like most homeschooling parents, I have my doubts about keeping them at home. I wonder are they receiving the amount of knowledge at home that they would in public school? Are they learning enough? And then we always compare our they know as much as so-and-so, etc. This is natural, I'm sure, to want our children to be better than others or more successful. Alhamdulillah then, after all the questions of self-doubt, the reason kicks in. I remember my intention, my vision for them, my hope for them. It's one thing and one thing only. Jannah. I remember that it's not about the secular education. It's about learning how to be and practicing to be good Muslims. Alhamdulillah, I always tell my children to rack up on their good deeds during this "practice" time Allah has given them.  Allah has so much rahma and He knows His creations so well that He knows they need practice to be good at anything. That is why He does not punish them for their sins yet but still rewards them for their good deeds manifold. They love it when I say they have a head start collecting their good deeds, mashaAllah. And it makes them feel secure when they feel bad about an action that Allah is going to forgive them for it because He is Al-Ghafoor, the All-Forgiving and He knows they are still learning, Allahu Akbar!

I want to raise my children to have strong hope and faith in Allah yet fear Allah's punishment. I want them to have good Muslim character and manners, to become teachers and offer guidance to their own family, to enjoin others to do good and forbid evil. Of course, I still make du'a for my children to be successful in the dunya but even more so for the akhirah. I am constantly remind myself of this when I feel the frustrations of educating my children. Allah has entrusted me with my children. They are my flock, my responsibility. I couldn't possibly pass them to someone else to take on this responsibility for me. I'm not saying that those who send their children to public school are merely passing on their children and releasing all responsibility, but I know for sure that when any one of us, let alone a child, spends 40+ hours with anyone, we better believe that we will be influenced by this person as the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam told us about the seller of musk, subhanAllah. To me, sending my children to public school is like gambling. You will never know the end result until it happens and when it does, it may be too late to get your money back!

Perhaps all this is innate and I'm just protective because I'm a mother. Maybe because I'm a Muslim mother but definitely because I grew up in the public school system and I was once a lost, misguided soul. Bad combination I would say. Alhamdulillah for Allah's Guidance!

Wellllllll, with all this rambling, what I wanted to really do is share with you this video. My eldest is 10 and I have never studied Tarbiyah in Islam. I think I've always had a good idea of tarbiyah--cultivating the love for Islam in our children throughout our daily life, but I never actually studied it. Just recently, I have taken on a role as part of the administration of our local Islamic Sunday School, Alhamdulillah. So I have all these great teacher workshop ideas and then I think...tarbiyah. I have to learn this to implement it and teach it. So, as I'm doing my own research, I realize that I should've studied this a long time when I had one child and not four LOL. Every parent should know and understand tarbiyah in raising our children, inshaAllah. May Allah aid us and guide us with the knowledge to teach and raise our children firmly upon the Qur'an and Sunnah and what is pleasing to Him. Ameen!

Please watch this video. MashaAllah, this sister has some valid points that is making me reconsider at 4 in the morning some of my parenting strategies! YIKES!! Astaghfirullah!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah Activity Book

Alhamdulillah, I'm so excited that we are in the month of Dhul Hijjah!! This year some dear sister friends of mine are performing their Hajj and I'm truly happy for them! May Allah protect them and accept their worship. Ameen. And may Allah grant all of us the means of fulfilling this part of our deen. Ameen!

I've been working on this activity book for my children for a few days now. I hope you all like it inshaAllah. I would love to get your feedback and suggestions for future activity books inshaAllah!!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

FREEBIE* Printable Daily Vocabulary Worksheet

Enjoy this printable Daily Vocab Worksheet! We will use it with our Evan Moor's A Word a Day book.

Click on the image to get the worksheet!