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1. Teach them about Allah Almighty using His Names and Attributes. Be sure to make them _experience_ this knowledge, and avoid making their relationship with their Lord a body of _theoretical knowledge_ void of any understanding and action.
2. Frequent the following dua:
رَبَّنَا هَبۡ لَنَا مِنۡ أَزۡوَ ٰجِنَا وَذُرِّیَّـٰتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعۡیُنࣲ وَٱجۡعَلۡنَا لِلۡمُتَّقِینَ إِمَامًا
“Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.”
3. Strategically place them in efforts/projects that are beloved to Allah Almighty, for this will make them from the righteous, and Allah Almighty protects and takes care of the pious and righteous.
The pious before us would say: “We made our children work for Allah, and Allah took care of their dunya (worldly life) and their aakirah (hereafter)”.
May Allah preserve us and our children in His obedience, and gather us with our children in the Highest paradise. Ameen.
Shaikh Sajid Umar
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*Collapse of Parenting…..*
Yesterday we attended an event that changed my perspective on raising kids completely. I will try to summarize the key points as it will be helpful to all. The speaker was Dr. Leonard Sax; a known Psychologist and author of a famous book call Collapse of Parenting. He had a lot of statistical information and tips to raise kids in America.
Even though it was more focused on American Kids, it applies to bringing up Kids in the Age of Internet and Social Media, the evils of which have spread like an epidemic in the whole world. I can tell you that this was probably the best 3 hour workshop we attended. I have summarized the points below.
1) Statistically the biggest indicator of success at 32 years is having self-control when a kid is 12 years old. Success is determined by a lot of factors namely no drug , no criminal violation, having a stable job, good citizenship etc
2) Make your kids speak their native language at home and with you. Reduce generation gap by involving their grandparents in their lives. If possible try to convince their grand-parents to move in with you.
3) Make them feel proud of their heritage. Kids nowadays are ashamed to talk their language or wear their cultural attire. In a quest to fit in and assimilate they want to no longer associate with their roots.
4) Have a friend circle with folks whose kids also are able to communicate in the same mother tongue. This way the kids can talk the language among themselves.
5) Do not give them smart phones until you know they are responsible. Buy them a dumb phone if required. This phone will fulfill the needs.
Assalamualaikum everyone. Please find attached a presentation on the morning and evening athkaar as completed by one of my students from a 2 day course I taught in the subject.
I’ve asked her to plan a version 2 which will list a transliteration of the supplications along with some of the lessons we shared related to each supplication.
May Allah reward her and us all. Ameen.
Shaikh Sajid Umar
Today, we’ve lost sight of common sense.
We place our trust in things and other people.
We feel that if we have contact with such and such a person or prominent figure; our work will be sorted, or problem solved. We end up relying on the “means” rather than the One behind the “means”.
Ponder over your life and think about how Allah Almighty, time and time again, has taught you how haqeer (worthless) the “means” are without Him.
He teaches us that we cannot do anything by ourselves, and that it is not in the creation’s power to do so by themselves.
Rather; its a case of laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billah! (There is no power nor might except for Allah alone).
Allah can take us out of our miseries. He will send us the help we crave, in the right way, and at the right time.
Imam asSuyooti (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) mentioned that there are 5
characteristics found in children; that if present in adults; would make them (the adults) saints.
The 5 special characteristics of children that adults should adopt are as follows:
1. They do not worry about their provisions (sustenance).
2. When sick; they do not complain about their Creator.
3. They eat their meals as a group (not alone).
4. When they are in fear; their eyes flow with tears.
5. When they quarrel; they rush to make peace.
Shaikh Sajid Umar
The most powerful, heart striking recitation of the last aayaat from Surah alFurqan I have ever heard. MaShaAllah.
The Imam’s name is Sh. Hasan Ramadan الشيخ حسن رمضان
Allah bless him.
May Allah make us from the family of alQur’an. Ameen.
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Shaikh Sajid Umar
Assalamualaikum everyone. A year ago I shared with you all a video of a World War 1 Project completed by Abdullah, an 8 year old member of the Ummah of the final Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
Alhamdulillah a year later, I’ve managed to take physical pictures of the actual display, and even though it has aged; I felt it could be beneficial to young learners.
Abdullah physically planned and executed the display, along with its lessons. He also
typed out all the information on the display with his little hands and fingers, with some phrasing help from his teacher.
Please find the pictures which I recently took of the display which is a year old now, and benefit from it.
By the way, our producer is now 9 years old and about to release his presentation on World War 2 inShaAllah. Please look out for it on our young learners corner.
Assalamualaikum Sheikh. I wanted some clarity on an ongoing debate unfolding especially on social media with regards to the messages of praise being showered upon the leadership in New Zealand in light of their handling of the Christchurch tragedy. Some are disputing this practice as incorrect based on past actions and statements of the same leadership.
باسم الله، والحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه…
Wa’alaykums Salaam, waRahmatullahi, waBarakaatuh –
May Allah bless you for writing in.
Islam, Alhamdulillah, is a religion of balance, with all guidance being firmly upon that which constitutes the ‘middle way’.
Allah Almighty says in His book (2: 143):
“Thus We have made a just nation (upon the middle way, with no extremes), that you be witnesses over mankind, and the Messenger (Muhammad) be a witness over you”.
Imam alBaghawi, (may Allah shower His mercy upon him), narrated in his commentary of this verse, that al-Kalbi said: ‘Wasatan’ means the followers of the middle religion; one that represents a middle path between exaggeration and negligence, because both are blameworthy in the matter of religion” (Sourse: Tafseer alBaghawi (1/122).