Wednesday, 28 November 2018

How to Raise Righteous Children Course Review

Last year, I'd enrolled in the free online course 'Islamic Parenting: How to Raise Righteous Children' by Seeker's Hub. I started it and the first few lectures were great, but like all online courses, life's busy-ness gets in the way and it gets pushed aside. 

Alhamdulillah, this year I was able to pushed myself to finish the course and I'm so glad that I did. The remaining lectures were so great that I've learnt so many things. I've decided to do a little review or really a summary of the golden nuggets that I got from it. 

InshaAllah, it will convince you to enroll and finish the course yourself, or at least recommend it to someone who needs it. We need to spread the correct way to raise our children to be righteous Muslims.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Let Everyday Be World Kindness Day in Your Home

For Muslims, every day must be a day filled with kindness. We are commanded to be kind in the Quran and ahadith. Allah says,

Woe to those who pray, who are heedless of their prayer, who pray to be seen and withhold small acts of kindness. (Quran, Al-Ma’un 107:4-7)

We are reminded that Allah is Kind and our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is also kind. 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Welcoming An Intensive Care Newborn

Last week, by the Will of Allah, we had the first of the next generation added to our extended family. My niece had a baby so he's my great nephew (that makes me sound so old!). Praise be to Allah. 

When we visited the baby, we found him in the intensive care nursery, apparently he had trouble breathing on his own. It turned out that he had an under-developed larynx that we were assured should sort itself out with time. However, they wanted to do a brain scan to make sure that everything is alright. For this to happen, my nephew has been transferred to another hospital and has been in that hospital for about a week now waiting to have his scan. They wanted him to settled first before they do it.

Oh my poor little nephew! A week in hospital without his mother. Of course she visits him but it's not the same to have a newly born with you constantly. He needs his mother!

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Parenting with Patience

"How do you have patience with children?" I'm constantly asked this from mothers of young children whom I teach. Sometimes it's a rhetorical question but just this week, the mother waited for me to answer her.

This got me thinking because I didn't want to say the usual "don't get upset", "don't react" or "remain calm". These are things that people already know. It's what happens when you're in the midst of a situation - how do you remain calm, how do you not react? This mother, I'm sure, was looking for strategies to remain calm and to not react.