Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jinnah, Father of the Nation

Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was Born on December 25, 1876, in a prominent mercantile family in Karachi. He received his early education at the Sindh Madrassat-ul-Islam, a renowned Islamic School and the Christian Mission School at his birth place. Jinnah went to London to join the Lincoln's Inn in 1893 to become the youngest Indian Barrister.

Jinnah being a good Muslim had the habit of reading history of Islamic rulers. Moreover he used to take guidance by Quran Recitation about setting up a pure Islamic society based on Islamic rules. Young Jinnah rose to prominence and became Bombay's most successful lawyer within a few years. Jinnah formally entered politics in 1905 from the platform of the Indian National Congress and at the Calcutta Congress session in December 1906, he also made his first political speech in support of the resolution on self-government. Mr. Montagu who was Secretary of State for India, once said "Jinnah is a very clever man, and such a man should have no chance of running the affairs of his own country”

For about three decades since his entry into politics in 1906, Jinnah passionately believed in Hindu-Muslim unity and he was responsible for the Congress-League Pact of 1916, known popularly as Lucknow Pact- the only pact ever signed between the two political organisations, the Congress and the All-India Muslim League, representing the two major communities in the subcontinent

Nehru Report in 1928 which represented the Congress-sponsored proposals for the future constitution of India, negated the minimum Muslim demands disappointed Jinnah and prompted him to migrate and settle down in London in the early thirties

He however returned to India in 1934, at the pleadings of few muslim leaders to organize muslim league and devoted himself for the purpose of organizing the Muslims on one platform. Under Jinnah's dynamic leadership, Muslim League was transformed into a mass organization, and made the spokesman of Indian Muslims as never before.

As a result of Jinnah's ceaseless efforts, the Muslims awakened from unreflective silence. The formulation of the Muslim demand for Pakistan in 1940 had a tremendous impact on the nature and course of Indian politics that lead to the the establishment of Pakistan in 14th of August 1947

Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was nominated by the Muslim League as the Governor-General of Pakistan. Jinnah told the nation in his last message on 14 August, 1948: "The foundations of your State have been laid and it is now for you to build and build as quickly and as well as you can"

In accomplishing the task he had taken upon himself on the morrow of Pakistan's birth, Jinnah had worked himself to death, but he had, to quote richard Symons, "contributed more than any other man to Pakistan's survivial". He died on 11 September, 1948. How true was Lord Lawrence, the former Secretary of State for India, when he said, "Gandhi died by the hands of an assassin; Jinnah died by his devotion to Pakistan"

Jinnah, fought for the inherent rights of his people all through his life which is a true guiding path for all Pakistanis.

Handmade Beginnings

This is a nice site, MashaALLAH! She's crafty like I think I am inside my head. :) Read More...

Tree of Prophets

Check it out.

Rules for Qur'an Recitation

Go Here.

Looking Forward to Getting Mail

Remember when the mail was full of letters from the people that you cared about instead of just bills and junk? These days, we send emails and talk on the phone and chat but we don't write real letters.

When I lived in Germany,(between 7 and 10), a friend of mine had a penpal from ALLAH knows where, and she used to show me her postcards and letters and I thought it was such a neat idea!

When I came back to the States, (Virginia), my cousin and I wrote to each other for years and it was nice to keep in touch that way because phone calls to Texas were expensive.

My daughter is six and I would like for her to continue developing her writing skills. She is very social and I think that she would enjoy meeting Muslim children who live outside of her community. She has already handwritten about six letters to her cousin and is using all of my envelopes so why not? LOL.

If you are interested, Email me at themuslimhomeschooler@gmail.com and we can exchange addresses. If your children can write to her in Arabic, that would be fine also. I think this would be great for our social studies and geography adventures, (we can put them on the map!) and a way to forge a lifetime of friendships, InshaALLAH.

Wherever in the world, (or GTA for that matter),you may be, we look forward to hearing from you, InshaALLAH. Read More...

English-Arabic Country Names

This is a list of country names in Arabic and English.

By the way, I have a lot of stuff in my drafts that I am just now posting, that's why there are so many posts today. Read More...

Dhikr Rewards Chart

Blog at AbdurRahman has a Rewards for Dhikr Chart. InshaALLAH it is beneficial to you and they are rewarded by ALLAH every time we use it, so check it out if you don't have it. Read More...

Online Tajweed Courses

I just found these today and I can't give an opinion on them. It looks like some of them are free and the others have free trials. Take a look, InshaALLAH.

About Tajweed

Tajweed in English there's a tajweed podcast here.

Bayyinah - my husband recommends this one, he's met one of the brothers behind it.

Al Quran wa Sunnah

Bayyinah Sessions

E-Aalim: has Qur'an and Arabic courses. The Qur'an course runs from March 20-June 5 and it'll cost you about $300 (149 British Pounds).

Al Quran Academy offers courses that are broken down into 30 minute lessons:
5 days/30 mins $80 a month
3 days/ $50
2 days - weekdays $35
2 days - weekends $30

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Common Mistakes in Tajweed That Non Arabs Make

Go to About Tajweed.

JazakILLAH Khairin For The Question

A sister recently sent me an email and May ALLAH make things easy for her (AMEEN) and may she be rewarded for her question (AMEEN).

She asks: "I was just wondering after reading your blog how you are able to teach your kids all those surahs as you are a convert like me. Do you know all those surahs? Have you studied arabic? Or do they learn from someone else? Or are you learning together? I don't feel confident to teach my kids too many surahs as I can barely even read arabic and I only know 5 surahs myself. I have no one to teach me quran."

To her and those who are wondering:

Wa 'alaikum as salaam wa RahmatULLAHI wa Barakatuhu,

I have taken three Arabic classes so I can read Arabic and I've memorized some of the surahs and I learned Ayatul Kursi on my own by listening to audio online. I don't know Suratul Balad yet so my husband is working with my daughter on that one until I catch up. I taught her the beginning surahs and he taught her the longer surahs. I am a revert but my husband isn't - he knows quite a bit more Arabic and Qur'an than I do.

Go to the link for Hussary that I put on the blog and listen to the shorter surahs for five minutes each day and do half an hour of Arabic study every day. You must be consistent.

Also, get a book with the transliteration and use it to follow along if you need to - but don't make it a crutch.

The one I received when I took shahada has Juz Amma,
ISBN 1-881963-56-X

It takes a great amount of patience but don't be discouraged. When I took my first Arabic course, I didn't even know the Arabic alphabet and I sat nervously and quietly (it was online through shariahprogram.ca) until I could keep up.

Under that pressure, AlhamduLILLAH, I learned the alphabet quickly, even though my husband tried to teach me before I started. You can do it! InshaALLAH, do like my daughter is doing, write the letters down over and over and they will sink in.

You can buy the dvd Alif is for Asad - that is excellent. My son learned the alphabet just by listening to that a few times (there's a catchy little song and the brother sings it fast but you catch on quickly). Even when you learn to read Arabic or learn the grammar rules like I did, there's still all of the vocabulary to learn.

Take your time and don't be discouraged, Ukhti. Also, go to Talibiddeen Jr. and look around. She has things on her site that I haven't even thought of yet. She's been homeschooling since 1998!

If your children see you doing it, it encourages them to jump in and get involved. My daughter teaches me what she knows and I memorize it that way because she's competitive and it gets me going, lol. Then, we perfect the tajweed and away we go!

Another thing I wish to point out, is that learning and memorization of Qur-an is THE foundational science for Islam. You cannot pursue any other field in the Islamic Sciences, if you do not have Qur-an under your belt. It's that simple.

In the past, classical scholars would not even allow you to sit in their study circles if you had not memorized the Qur-an. Think of this as your ABC's for this religion.

Also, scholars like Ibn Taymiyyah regretted delving into fields of study like debating the greek philosophers, and felt that they should have spent more time instead on tafsir.

From Aisha (May ALLAH be pleased with her) who said, "The Messenger of ALLAH SAW said: 'The one who recites the Qur-an and is proficient in it, will be with the noble scribes (the angels). And the one who stutters when reciting the Qur-an due to difficulty, then he will have two rewards.' " Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, An-Nasa'i in Al-Sughra, Ibn Hibban, and Saheeh At-Targheeb.

The Messenger of ALLAH SAW said, "Whoever recites a letter from the Book of ALLAH - The Most High - then it will be considered as a good deed he did. And a good deed is qual to ten good deeds like it. I do not mean that Alif Laam Meem is a letter; rather Alif is considered a letter, Laam is considered a letter, and Meem is considered a letter." Related by Tirmidhi, Al-Bayhaqq in Shu'b al-Eeman, authenticated by Imaam Al-Albaanee.

Take care and don't give up - I'm almost 35 and it's not too late.
Wa salaam,
Nakia

Sunday, December 27, 2009

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Is It Just Me Or Is Velcro Kind of Expensive?

So now that I'm feeling better, we can get back to setting up the workboxes, right?

I have been all over the net gathering schedule strips, tags and grids so that we can get started.

I found a lot on Christian homeschool blogs that I tweaked in Photoshop. For example, if the cards say, "Bible", I just replace it with "Qur'an". I am also pretty excited because I finally learned how to remove the faces on photos - I am on the bottom of the Photoshop learning curve, lol.

FYI, Ummi Homeschools Me has a weekly workbox planning sheet if you need it. Read More...

Tackling Homework for the First Time

Since the kids started going to Islamic School for three hours in the morning, we've been super busy at home too.

It's funny how I thought this would give me more time to worry about the other two - the baby is usually sleeping and the toddler doesn't want anything to do with school until the others are around, lol. Oh well.

When they get home, it's time for lunch but the good new is that I usually have plenty of time to get the house cleaned (that wasn't happening before, lol) and then it's time for school.

The first day that they started going out for school, my son came home with a fever (it was not swine flu - we got our shots for that). He immediately gave it to the oldest and they were out of commission for a few days. So, they went to school one day that week and so we tried again the next week. Then, the rest of us got sick about two weeks later and we are just now recovering, AlhamduLILLAH.

Once they got into a rhythm, they started bringing home all of this homework! We were NOT used to that, lol. We pick up where we leave off around here so there's no homework. Gone are the leisurely evenings for those two, lol.

Arabic Writing I & II

My daughter is using book II and my son is using book I.

They are required to work on their Arabic penmanship which is fine, but it's a little tough on my daughter to write all 28 of the Arabic letters like this for the next day:

Practice Makes Perfect

Still, she persevered and finished it all, mashaALLAH. She's also memorizing Surah Balad and listening to Sheikh Hussary mp3s at our listening station. She's doing well, MashaALLAH. I personally like Sheikh Mishary Rashed Alafasy's recitation but for tajweed, we use Hussary. Read More...

Technology Advice for Teachers

You can find it here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Top Ten Forms of Halal Entertainment

At Muslim Matters.

Star Size Comparison HD

AlhamduLILLAH, This Looks So Amazing!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Islam and the Concept of Poetry

According to William Wordsworth “poetry is intermittent inspiration and overflow of powerful emotions expressed in tranquility”. A poet is the man of consciousness and wisdom. In past whenever disbelievers listen Quran Recitation, they claimed that it is as poetic book but actually Quranic verses and poetry are two different things. Here the question arises that is poetry allowed in Islam or not?

There are two main verses dealing with the subject of poets. In Sura Yasin in verse 69 the Qur’an says: “We have not instructed the (Prophet) in poetry, not is it meet for him; this is no less than a message and a Quran making things clear.” Why this verse was revealed to the Prophet? Simply because the Quranic idiom, language and style are so unique that none can excel it.

In few Islamic Schools poetry is being taught to praise the creator and his Prophet (PBUH) which is called Hamd and Naat. Similarly during the period of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) the poets used to paste or hang their writings on the walls of Kaaba and prove their excellence. “Saba Moalleqat” were very much popular writings hung on the walls of Kaaba.

Poets in to two classes; The evil ones and the righteous ones. The poets who spread evil are condemned. The poets who preach nobility are praised. Here one question arises. Is it only for poets? Is it not for prose writers? Or is it not for all humans? If somebody preaches profanity in prose will he be appreciated? Sacrilegious ideas or deeds have to be condemned.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Free Dental Care For Kids in Toronto

The program provides FREE dental services to low income teens (under 18 years), kids and babies who urgently need care and includes:

* fillings and extractions
* preventive dental care, including cleaning and fluoride
* dental health support and information

Click here for the number.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers

If you are interested in attending organized field trips and other social events with Muslim homeschooling families in the Greater Toronto Area, feel free to contact the Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers at torontomuslimhomeschoolers@yahoo.com.

This group is run by three sisters, mashaALLAH and they've been around for a while now.

The meetings are on the first Saturday of each month and they shift across the East and West ends of the GTA. The membership is $25 per family and only mothers and nursing babies are permitted to attend the monthly meetings at 9AM.

The next meeting is in January, InshaALLAH and I am going to do my best to make it there because I have wanted to meet everyone there Read More...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Have You Been to Yamli?

It's a search engine that retypes your words in Arabic if you prefer. Read More...

Influence of Islam on Science

Muslims had made immense leaps forward in the area of Science ever since Islam was born. Cities having modern and scientific Islamic Schools like Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo and Cordoba were the centers of civilization and were flourishing and Muslim scientists made tremendous progress in applied as well as theoretical Science and Technology.

The idea of the college was a concept which was borrowed from Muslims. The first colleges appeared in the Muslim world in the late 600’s and early 700’s. Where, Muslims were taught Quran Recitation as well as the relation of science with the religion and the concepts of creation of this world. In Europe, some of the earliest colleges are those under the University of Paris and Oxford they were founded around the thirteenth century.

Islamic contributions to Science were now rapidly being translated and transferred from Spain to the rest of Europe. Ibnul Hairham’s works on Optics, (in which he deals with 50 Optical questions put to Muslim Scholars by the Franks), was translated widely. The Muslims discovered the Principle of Pendulum, which was used to measure time. Many of the principles of Isaac Newton were derived from former Islamic scientific contributions. In the field of Chemistry numerous Islamic works were translated into Latin.

All of this knowledge transferred from the Muslims to the Europeans was the vital raw material for the Scientific Revolution. Muslims not only passed on Greek classical works but also introduced new scientific theories, without which the European Renaissance could not have occurred.


The Totally Free Kids Learning Network

Go to Kids Know It and check it out for yourself. :) Read More...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mosque, As a Center of Education

The Mosque is a center of almost all activities of an Islamic Society. It is used as a place of worship, as an Islamic School for education, a judicial court with Islamic laws, and a government center for making political and administrative decisions.

It is not only a symbol of their identity but also a refuge to protect them from evil. The Muslim community has always been attached to the mosque throughout history in some way or another. Mosques gained a special place due to a distinctive character of the Islamic faith, that is, Islam requires that its followers shape their lives on the principle of obedience to Allah.

As a center of education, Mosque is a place where all forms of educational activities take place. Muslims are taught Quran Recitation and Qur'anic verses are explained by the Islamic scholars. In past, Islamic education was delivered by informal method of teaching, but later on it was organized into a systemized method. Grand mosques in Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, and Nishapur, remained famous as centers of learning.

The Companions used to memorize and record the sayings of the Prophet within the mosque. In one of the corners of the Prophet's mosque, there was a raised platform that served as a central place of student activity for those interested to know about faith, worship, and other matters.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Going to Qur'an Studies

Our family received a real blessing recently, in the form of some very patient and giving sisters at a local mosque, AlhamduLILLAH. They have volunteered to teach Qur'an to the older children in the mornings for three hours for free while I give my little ones some extra mommy time.

Don't Let Go

This means that I can focus on the preschooler for once without feeling like I am just giving her some busy work. With her, I'm looking more towards creative play and gentle learning since she's only two but she can certainly learn a surah or two and du'a as well. I'm in the process of developing some sort of plan, InshaALLAH, so we'll see how it goes.

I'm sort of reacquainting myself with the IQRA Preschool Curriculum

Preschool Curriculum

There are also many sisters out there that are doing a phenomenal job of developing ideas for implementing Islam into the lives of the younger kids - just take a look at any of the links on the left side of the blog for an exhaustive list. Read More...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Relation of Muslim Parents and Children

In a pure Islamic family, parents are responsible for the best possible growth of their children and offer an unconditional love that compensates for the weaknesses of their children. The character of parents is a role model for children through which they learn the basic values and principles which they will carry with them throughout life.

Allah says in Qur’an "We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the child to his weaning is thirty months. At length, when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years, he says, "O my Lord! Grant me that I may be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me, and upon both my parents, and that I may work righteousness such as You may approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to You and truly do I bow to You in Islam."

The Muslim father is also responsible for his child's training and education. Before traditional education, parents are responsible to teach their children Quran Recitation with translation. Concerning this, the Prophet (S) said: A father gives his child nothing better than a good education. (Mishkat, 4977, transmitted by Tirmidhi and Baihaqi)

It the responsibility of parents to choose right Islamic School for their Children for better education. The children, in turn, respect their parents as the source of their very being, as their teachers, and as the ones who have labored and sacrificed for their sakes. When they are grown, they should be responsible to care for their parents in their old age. These relative responsibilities should not be undertaken as a matter of duty, but rather emerge from the spontaneous promptings of parental love and the children's gratitude and respect.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Book Review: Reformist Voices of Islam—Mediating Islam and Modernity

Name of the Book: Reformist Voices of Islam—Mediating Islam and Modernity

Edited by: Shireen Hunter

Publisher: Pentagon Press, New Delhi (www.pentagon-press.com)

Year: 2009

Pages: 322

Price: Rs. 995

ISBN: 978-81-8274-3

Reviewed by: Yoginder Sikand

‘Reformist Islam’, today an oft-heard slogan, is notoriously difficult to define, for it can mean different things to different people. Recent years have witnessed the sudden burgeoning of volumes on the subject, but this book is not just a repetition of what has already been written before. Ambitiously global in its scope, it brings together writings by well-known Islamic scholars and activists, each of who provides a broad survey of ‘reformist’ Muslim voices in the part of the world that they are most familiar with—Shireen Hunter, editor of this book, on Iran, the noted Egyptian scholar Hasan Hanafi on North Africa, Riffat Hasan on South Asia, Martin van Bruinessen on Indonesia, Farish Noor on Malaysia, Recep Senturk on Turkey, Farhad Khosrokhavar on Europe, and Tamara Sonn on the United States.

These writers deal with a number of other contemporary Muslim scholars and scholar-activists, outlining their own and varied approaches to the question of reform in Islamic thought. These are simply too numerous to name, leave alone discuss, here, but they all share certain common methodologies and, to an extent, goals.

Firstly, these scholars all insist that what they are engaged in reforming is not Islam itself, but, rather, certain aspects of commonly-held human understandings of Islam. They see their task as seeking to revive what they regard as more authentic understandings on these issues. Secondly, they are profoundly dissatisfied with the approach of the traditionalist ulema, wedded to the doctrine of taqlid or imitation of jurisprudential precedent, of the ulema allied with state authorities (who generally do their bidding) and of radical Islamists. Thirdly, they all advocate ijtihad or creative reflection on the primary sources of the Islamic faith—the Quran and Hadith or Prophetic traditions, although they differ as to the extent they believe ijtihad is permissible and on the qualifications needed to engage in this exercise. Fourthly, they stress the crucial distinction—often ignored by many traditionalist ulema as well as doctrinaire Islamists—between the shariah, as the divine path, which they regard as God-given and, therefore, perfect, and fiqh, human efforts to understand the shariah and express it in the form of rules, which, being a human effort, is fallible. Unlike the shariah, which is eternal, fiqh can, and indeed, should, change in response to new conditions as well as the expanding body of human knowledge, they unanimously insist. Fifthly, many of them claim (an argument many other Muslims would differ with) that certain aspects of the Quran and the Hadith, mainly dealing with legal matters, are context-specific, and hence may not be applicable, at least in the same way, in today’s vastly different context. These include, for instance, certain injunctions related to women and non-Muslims or to criminals. Sixthly, several of them argue for what could be called a ‘values-based’ reading of the Islamic scriptural tradition, stressing the relative importance of the spirit over the letter of these texts.

Using these methodological tools, these ‘reformist’ Muslim scholars revisit traditional Islamic as well as modern Islamist thought, dealing with a wide range of issues: women’s rights and status, relations between Muslims and people of other faiths, madrasa education, international relations, economic and political institutions, secularism, democracy, citizenship in a modern state, war and peace, and so on. In the process, they articulate alternate Islamic understandings on these subjects that depart considerably from traditionalist as well as Islamist positions, and that appear much more socially-engaged and contextually-relevant.

For those eager to hear ‘progressive’ Muslim voices on a whole host of issues of contemporary import (and strategic interest), this thoroughly engaging and immaculately-researched book simply cannot afford to be missed. Read More...

Film Review: On Tamil Muslim Women's Struggle

Name of the Film: Shifting Prophecy
Director: Merajur Rahman Baruah
Produced by: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Duration: 30 minutes
Reviewed by: Yoginder Sikand

Countering the stereotypical image of Muslim women as silent victims of patriarchy, the award-winning film ‘Shifting Prophecy’ highlights the struggle launched by a group of Tamil Muslim women, led by the charismatic Daud Shareefa Khanum, to have their muffled voices heard and to fight misogyny in the name of Islam.

The film traces the origins of STEPS, a women’s group based in the town of Puddukotai in Tamil Nadu, and goes on to detail its remarkable efforts in mobilizing Muslim women for their rights. It focuses in particular on Khanum and her own story—the daughter of a Tamil Muslim couple who got separated soon after her birth, who, defying all odds, went on to study at the Aligarh Muslim University and then, on her return to Tamil Nadu, immersed herself wholeheartedly in seeking to redress and protest against the grievances of her fellow Muslim women.

Footage of public rallies bringing together large numbers of these women, burkha-clad or demurely dressed in dupattas wound round their heads, depict the traumas that many of them have undergone. Breaking the veil of silence that has been sought to be imposed on them and defying deeply-rooted patriarchal customs, these women boldly relate their heart-rending tales—of being married off to drunkards, drug-addicts, womanizers and even, in one case, a murderer, against their will, of suffering beatings, demands for exorbitant dowries and brutal torture, and off being cast away by the mere pronouncement of the word talaq—now, thanks to new technology, even through email and SMS. A common theme runs through their tragic stories—the total indifference to their plight, simply on account of them being women, of jamaat committees, consisting entirely of males and based in local mosques, that generally arbitrate in cases of marital dispute.

The film then shifts to outlining the story of the origins of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Women’s Jamaat, led by the redoubtable Khanum, who has received numerous awards for her work. Khanum describes how the failure of the mosque-based jamaat committees to sensitively respond to women’s issues forced her and her colleagues to set up their own all-women’s jamaat some years ago. Their jamaat meets once a month, where women collectively study the Quran themselves (free from patriarchal misinterpretations), and deal with cases of marital disputes and other such problems that women face. So far, Khanum and her colleagues have taken up some 10,000 petitions, trying to solve them through mutual consultation or, if that fails, through the police and the courts.

To galvanise their work, Khanum and her team are now in the process of setting up their own women’s mosque, where they can pray (in contrast to other mosques, where, contrary to the practice at the time of the Prophet Muhammad, women are generally debarred from worshipping), and discuss their own issues and problems. At the same time, the group carries on with its demand that existing mosque jamaat committees should also have women’s representatives, something that is totally absent today.

Accused by traditionalist clerics (some of who appear in the film) of being ‘anti-Islamic’, Khanum repeatedly clarifies that she and her colleagues are all acting within the Islamic framework, demanding the rights that Islam has given women but which Muslim men, impelled by a distorted interpretation of the faith, have snatched from them. ‘Many Muslim women are even denied the right to their own identity, the freedom to express themselves, their self-respect, all this based on wrong interpretations of Islam,’ she stresses. Dowry, forced marriage, arbitrary divorce, wife-beating and denying women the right to worship in mosques—all of these, she points out, have no sanction in Islam. The film reinforces this claim with a short interview with the noted Mumbai-based Islamic scholar, Asghar Ali Engineer, who expresses his solidarity with Khanum and her group.

Since her group’s demands are all perfectly Islamically-legitimate, Khanum insists, the issue is not a religious one, unlike what her detractors argue, Khanum insists. ‘Its simply about power’, she claims—some men, who have for long misused Islam for their own power, just don’t fancy the idea of power slipping out of their hands. That, in short, is the crux of this extremely inspiring film. Read More...

Desk Solution

So, it has been super busy around here lately and I don't know where to begin.

First off, we found a solution to our desk situation. I was having a hard time finding suitable seating in our classroom and almost spent a little money to solve the problem. Instead, my brother-in-law called us to say that a local school was throwing out old tables. Don't you know, we snatched up two of them and now we have this table and another one for our listening station. ALLAH provides! Now, we have some tables for seating and we have a table for a listening station, AlhamduLILLAH. We have some books on CD and some audio tapes and headphones for everyone, so that will help me to space out the activities of the kids, InshaALLAH.

Desk Problem Solved

Listening Station

At the Eid bazaar, I picked up two new components for the homeschool. There were puzzles for sale ($5 for the whole lot), so I jumped at those right away. They are all unique and I hope that they are a challenge for my daughter because she's really good with puzzles, mashaALLAH.


There was also a set of Arabic blocks that fit together to form words - with the first, initial and final positions of the letters on either side of the blocks.

Arabic Word Blocks

Arabic Word Blocks

Arabic Word Blocks

May we derive benefit from these (AMEEN).

My oldest is also a bookworm so we have started tracking her progress. I saw this on a blog some time ago and thought it was cute, so I printed a picture of an airplane (can't remember where) and now when she reads a chapter book, we add a cloud behind the plane. It encourages her to read more and I'm hoping that we make it to at least 50, InshaALLAH before our school year concludes. We started in August and so far, she's read 11 chapter books. She reads books written for 8-12 year old children, mashaALLAH.

Books in the Clouds

Finally, we are implementing Sue Patrick's Workbox System into our homeschool agenda.

We're Using Workboxes

For me, it just makes things easier and my daughter doesn't have to constantly wait for me to get things together and she can go on with her assignments while I work with the others, InshaALLAH. Read More...

Let's Pretend I Posted This On Time

Eid Mubarak everyone! LOL, what a busy time it was for us. We had the usual decorations and ice cream cake for the kids and I think Eid gets better and better for them, AlhamduLILLAH.

Belated Eid Mubarak

Eid al Adha

Eid al Adha

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Scientific Miracles of Quran

Qur’an miraculously predicted many inventions of modern science 1429 years ago and all those Qur’anic predictions are flawless. What scientists are proving in modern world is exactly what was told in Qur’an. The miraculous aspects of the Holy Book reflect its credibility and uniqueness.
God has said in the Quran:

“And He has set firm mountains in the earth so that it would not shake with you” (Quran, 16:15)
The modern theory of plate tectonics holds that mountains work as stabilizers for the earth. This knowledge about the role of mountains as stabilizers for the earth has just begun to be understood in the framework of plate tectonics since the late 1960’s.

Science has proved that the earth and the heavens were one connected entity. Then out of this homogeneous ‘smoke,’ they formed and separated from each other. Through Quran Recitation we come to know that Allah said “Have not those who disbelieved known that the heavens and the earth were one connected entity, then We separated them?”

Modern science has proved that all stars have a life cycle. They first lose their shine and then become totally dim. When all stars die or become dim, it means the end of the world, Who taught the Holy Prophet these recently discovered, fascinating and scientific facts? He is the One, God Almighty.

There are many other scientific proofs revealed by Quran which explain Islamic Schools of thought about the mysteries of universe which are still to be found.