Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Material Things and Eternity

“You have indeed come with something most monstrous, of which the skies almost burst, the earth split asunder, and the mountains fall down in utter ruin. All this because of their attributing a child to Allah".

A common question asked by the atheists is that why the God of the universe not in front of his eyes. Why is there a need of a God in this world? Why can’t things be eternal without the existence of an eternal God? There are issues that play the function of the initial and supreme origin of temporal things, thus we can say that eternity of reality logically suggests everlastingness. This is factual because, if certain thing is eternal then it does not count for its reality on anything out-of-doors itself. If this is so then it cannot ever overtake away, because only those things overtake away that misplace some of the external situation on which they count for their existence. If the supreme origin of temporal things is eternal and everlasting, it should of necessity be self-sufficient. As said in the Quran:

“God never had a child, nor have there been any gods beside him. [Had there been any], each of them would have appropriated to himself what he created, and some would have overcome others.”


Wrapping Up Earlier Than Expected

Without intentionally planning to, we've almost finished our school work for the year, AlhamduLILLAH. My daughter has finished her math book and is just about done with language arts. Science will be continued throughout the summer, InshaALLAH and Islamic Studies is ongoing as well. This has given us some extra time and she has finally learned to crochet, AlhamduLILLAH.

She still has eight books left to read from her list of fifty, but she says that she's run out of reading materials. I checked her shelf and saw that there are quite a few books left, but I think that they may be a little too advanced for her, so I might have to run over to the library soon, InshaALLAH.

I am planning to give her a gift for completing the list of 50 books - she started in August and was given a full year to finish, so I figured that I had lots more time to think of something. She's 6 and pretty easy to please but I want something inexpensive and just for her. Any ideas? Read More...

I Waited All Month To Shoot The Moon

The full moon is on the 28th of April, InshaALLAH. I have been waiting all month to get outside in the dark and attempt to get pictures of it. I am terrible with night shots but I was determined to get out there and try. This is manual focus with no tripod. I have one but found it was better to just hold the camera and deal with the shakes. I was pleased and I might try it again. :)

Here, you can see how cloudy it was. This is one of the mistake pictures - the moon is way too bright, but it was the only way to get the clouds. Read More...

Monday, April 26, 2010

AlhamduLILLAH, Check Out These Images of the Sun

Click this link.

Tauheed And Shirk

Man has been so ungrateful to Allah in all the times for the blessings that are provided to him. That the blessings provided to him are those that man cannot create, control or handle. All the operation of the world is handled by Allah alone. Here a question arises in the minds of both the believers and non-believers that what is the mankind here for then? Allah has replied in the Quran in the following way:

"And I created not the Jinns and men except that they should worship Me (Alone)." [51: 56]

Another question that arises is that if we are here to worship then is just saying Namaz the method to worship in Islam or is the word worship meant for something else.

Ibn Taymiyyah has defined worship as: "a term which comprises everything that Allah loves and approves of from the apparent and hidden sayings and deeds."

Therefore worship is the word solely meant for the sake of pleasing Allah and has nothing to do with polytheism. This is actually the acceptance of man from his heart and his actions to believe in the oneness of Allah. The opposite of this concept is shirk or polytheism.

Allah Says: "If you call upon them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them" [35: 14]

Therefore in several places in Quran Allah has said about different types of shirks man commits. On the judgment day man would not find the ones who he has been calling in for help.

"When our Messengers (the angels) come to them to take their souls, they will say: 'Where are those whom you used to invoke and worship besides Allah, 'they will reply, 'They have vanished and deserted us. 'And they will bear witness against themselves, that they were disbelievers." [7: 37].

Be Out There - National Wildlife Federation

Be Out There - National Wildlife Federation

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Books for Kids That Every Business Student Should Read

Interesting list.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What Every Muslim Should Know about Islam

Saying of the Prophet (PBUH) is: “He who travels in the search of knowledge, to him God shows the way of Paradise.”

Going into paradise is the fantasy for every Muslim, but everyone wants it in an easy way. God has made our Deen very simple for us to follow. Though we are not fully able to follow it according to what we are asked. The ways are simple and elegant. To consider yourself as a true Muslim one must have enough knowledge about his religion so that he can make his mind up from where to start, how to follow.

Holy Quran is the first step to take a start. But reciting Holy Quran is not enough, you must understand the meaning of every word written there. Most of the Muslims pray five times a day but don’t even know the meaning of what they say while praying. Arabic is a blessed language and we must learn it to understand Quran in the true manner.

Furthermore, it is also advised for a learner to spread his knowledge, “The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.” We also have to develop a strong faith in God, Prophet Muhammad PBUH and our religion. Plus one must have enough knowledge to answer all the questions raised by the people of other religions. Follow the life style of Prophet Muhammad PBUH is the important part for all the Muslims. Finally, Islam is broad but simple religion to follow but being a Muslim, it’s the responsibility for everyone to study Islam thoroughly.

Curriculum Planning

I'm planning next year's curriculum and need to figure out what materials I have and what must be purchased, which is probably not a lot, InshaALLAH. My daughter is about 40 pages shy of finishing her grade 2 math (we finally got through multiplication and she breezed through fractions like she learned it years ago). I think the biggest need will be math and possibly something for science and geography.

I like Singapore Math a lot, AlhamduLILLAH. It's not for everyone but it is a good fit for us. I'd like to once and for all figure out what I'm trying to teach in science, lol. We are pretty eclectic for now.

I'm thinking about using Singapore's Science and Art books but I will have to think about it, InshaALLAH.

The younger kids are easy because I have built the foundation of curriculum with the oldest, AlhamduLILLAH.

For Islamic studies, InshaALLAH, we will cover the 10 people promised Jannah next, InshaALLAH.

I would also like to focus on reading Arabic a little more. We still have to get through the Arabic books from Scholastic that my husband purchased and we are working steadily on Rosetta Stone as well, so we definitely don't need anything for Arabic. Read More...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hijab Exchange Canada - If you are in Ottawa - check it out.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sufis and their love for Quran

Quran is a miracle that has caught the attention of the mankind and made them love it the most. It is an undeniable miracle of Allah like no other publication in this world been. There are numerous inspiring tales of people’s love of Quran. We need not advance in the distinct past; a look at the biographies of our Ulama who passed away verify this statement of their love for Quran.

Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari (rahimahulla) said that,” In my life, there is only one thing that I love and only one thing that I hate. It is Quran that I love and it is the British that I hate.”

Similarly we cantleave behind the love of Hazrat Maulana Qari Fateh Muhammadabout him Mufti Taqi Usmani rightly says: “Qari Fateh Muhammad was a living miracle of Quran. His tongue was all the time busy reciting the Quran. He was always engrossed in thinking the best ways of spreading Quran education. He was at home in different accents of recitation. During Ramadan, he would lead the prayer of traveeh and recite seven to ten parts of Quran in one night. In this way he would complete the Quran in three or four days. Then he would again recite the whole Quran in some other accent. By the end of Ramadan he would recite the Quran for about ten times in traveeh alone”.

The names of Sheikh-ul-Hadith Maulana Zakariya (rahimahullah), Hazrat Mufti Rasheed Ahmad (rahimahullah), and Hazrat Qari Raheem Bukhsh can’t be left behind in the list of love of Quran. They were blessed with such immense love of Quran that except for natural human yearns, they would not spend a lone instant in which they were not teaching or reciting the Quran.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

And The Winners Are....

The names written, du'a said....

The bag....

Choosing #1....

Choosing #2 - by the way, eyes were closed....

Choosing #3....the toddler managed to stay dressed long enough!

Choosing #4....Even the chocolate and ketchup covered baby chose - don't ask.

AlhamduLILLAH, Zawjna, Emma, C and Shameema! Mabrook Sisters! Email me with your addresses and InshaALLAH we will get those books out to you.

JazakILLAH Khairin to all of the sisters who participated. InshaALLAH we can do this again some time in the near future and have even more participants. Read More...

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I go to the thrift shop once in a while and look for things like old Scrabble games so that we can use the letter tiles.

If I really need to focus on my oldest for a few minutes, I have my son make words with the letter tiles. It usually takes him a while to sort through the pile of letters to find the right one so it's a good way to keep him busy, yet productive.


Busy Box for the Older Toddler

I think I forgot to show this earlier. This is a plastic box filled with aquarium gravel that I sometimes bring out for the three-year-old. She likes to feel as if she is having school alongside her older siblings but she can't sit still long enough when we are having a little one-on-one time. We've used ocean animals, cars, and plastic cups so far and she's very focused and quiet when she plays with it.

Sometimes, the older kids tell me that she needs "help" and that she's "not doing it right" and that's why you see the extra hands, lol. Read More...

Last Day to Have Your Name Included for the Giveaway

Okay, so this is the last day InshaALLAH for you to post to the Giveaway post or the Socialization post - a number of you commented on either so I'm including all the names from those two highlighted posts.

Here is everyone that I have. Let me know if you don't see your name or leave a comment on either of the above posts. You have until midnight.

Shameema of Homeschooling With an Islamic Twist

Umm Tafari

of River City Homeschoolers --she graciously declined so that gives you sisters less competition. ;)

Sarah Plain and Short of SOS~Save Our Sunnah

Umm Ibraheem of Footprints in the Sand

Lubna of Finding Truth

Umm Omar of Just Another Day

Muslim Family (no blog)

C of The Old Woman in the Shoe

Zawjna of An Honoured Muslim Woman

Emma Apple of Gifted Muslim

Renee of Simply Me - I'll add you since you thought it was over, lol.

Muneera of From the Perspective of a New Muslim

Umm Raiyaan of Ummi Homeschools Me

Since this is my first Giveaway, remember that I have no idea what I am doing, lol. I feel sad that I don't have enough books for everyone!

The winners will be chosen and announced tomorrow, InshaALLAH. Read More...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Publish Your Books for Children

"How to Publish a Children’s Book with StoryJumper".

I know that a lot of you write/have written books for children, so InshaALLAH you find this helpful. Read More...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Have You Heard of Treasure Baskets?

I stumbled across Treasure Baskets while reading a blog and thought it was a good way to keep my little one busy.

I added a sachet pillow; three walnuts; a paper bag; two wooden peg dolls; a ribbon; some rainbow colored felts; a rock; a stick; foil; a leather coaster; toilet paper roll; a piece of green wool yarn; a spice jar full of buttons and tiny paper flowers; wax paper; and I just added some cotton balls. It's like a sensory table in a basket. To keep it interesting, I only give it to her once in a while and I will probably have to change out the items soon, InshaALLAH.

Check out these posts on A Muslim Child is Born and Chasing Cheerios

Apparently, this works with older kids too. ;)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

52 Totally Awesome Science Experiments You Can Do At Home

Courtesy of the Phlebotomy Technician Schools blog.

In the Footsteps of Ahlul Bayt - Bilal Ismaaeel


Saturday, April 3, 2010


I'm so excited, lol. My first ever giveaway....

If you leave or have left comments on the blog post from Friday, you are/will be automatically entered in a drawing for one of these four books.

The book is Understanding Islam, by Fanar, the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center.

To be eligible, the comments must be in by midnight on Friday, April 9, 2010, PST., InshaALLAH.

The names will be randomly chosen by the children, on Saturday, April 10, 2010, InshaALLAH. Read More...

Springtime Calls for...Bubbles!

Since it was so nice on Thursday, we spent the majority of the day outside blowing bubbles.

We did get in a little nature study though.

The kids got a kick out of exploring the pine trees in the neighborhood. I can't wait for everything else to start blossoming, InshaALLAH.


Socialization Question

Umm Fatima said...
Assalaamu alaykumI'm a mother of one living in the US and I am seriously considering homeschooling... my girl is still an infant but every time I remember my public school experiences I cringe and swear I could never subject my daughter to that.I am concerned about socialization, though. How do you get your kids to play and learn with other children their ages when you live in a non-Muslim country and are so selective about their playmates (they have to be Muslim, good adab, etc)? I have no question that the quality of education would be better, but what about the socialization factor?jazaku Allah khayr

Wa 'alaikum as salaam, Sis.
May ALLAH make things easy for you and your family, AMEEN.

For me, socialization is really not an issue. Because we get out and about in the world, my children understand how to converse with their elders, they feel comfortable around various ages and they are more inclined to play with any aged child, (they love babies and sometimes don't realize that they are not as old as the older kids, lol.

One of the things that I hear often is how well behaved my children are, AlhamduLILLAH. That is because they are learning how to socialize from me, other family members, friends and their children, etc. I've heard this from Muslims and non-Muslims alike - even at the Islamic school.

We recently went to the doctor's office and they quietly waited for me. A woman in the waiting room remarked that they were extremely well-behaved.

One of the things that public school children learn is socialization... from their peers. They learn to socialize from each other. They learn what is proper behavior, language and values from their friends, e.g. swearing, bullying, fighting. They learn to value clothing labels and choose pop icons as their role models. What about when they get older? Will they retain their fitrah in a non-segregated environment? Will they go to school dances, date or feel that you've cheated them at their chance at happiness and social acceptance when you won't let them go? They will learn to socialize from their peers, five days a week for eight hours a day, ten months of the year.

If you're concerned about socializing, find a play group, a preschool group, a small program through the zoo, local park, library, homeschool co-op, take them to the houses of like-minded friends, relatives, etc. 

As far as being in a non-Muslim country, I understand your concerns but it does not mean that you have to cut off all interaction with non-Muslims. For example, our kids do go to the playground (supervised) and I will let them play with non-Muslim children. My side of the family is non-Muslim and their cousin comes to visit in the summer. If he does or says something that they know is naughty, they gently correct him ;)

He goes to public school and I can tell. He's an intelligent, straight A kid but his mother is dealing with some behavior issues. He likes to be the center of attention and he likes to please the crowd.

He knows the consequences and yet it is his peers that he is trying to please, not his family.

MashaALLAH that you are willing to pursue homeschooling and I hope that ALLAH makes things easy for you, AMEEN. Read More...

The Muslim Reservation Debate

The Muslim Reservation Debate

As several government-appointed teams--the Sachar Committee and the Ranganath Mishra Commission being the two most prominent among them--have themselves pointed out, India's Muslims, the country's largest minority, are, on various socio-economic indices, at the lowest rung of Indian society. Among the Muslims, the conditions of groups of 'low' caste background, who account for more than eighty percent of the Muslim population, are particularly pathetic. Neglect, and even discrimination, by the state, is one of the factors for this state of affairs. Given this, the rationale for positive discrimination or affirmative action by the state in favour of Dalit and OBC Muslims should be obvious.

Lamentably, however, this proposal has met with stiff opposition. America is today the model for India's elites to blindly follow, but while seeking to ape everything American it is curious why and how our ruling caste-class combine turns a blind eye to the American state's affirmative action policies for its minorities. And not just that. It relentlessly opposes any policy, no matter how symbolic, in favour of the marginalised sections of Indian society, including the country's almost 200 million Muslims.

One argument against affirmative action for Muslims is that the Constitution does not allow for reservations on the basis of religion. If that is the case, one might counter, why is it that, till recently, only Dalits who professed to be Hindus could avail of Scheduled Caste reservation benefits? Such benefits were later extended to include Dalit Sikhs and Dalit Buddhists, but Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians continue to be denied the same status and accompanying benefits. Is this not reservation, and discrimination, by the state on the basis of religion?

In this regard, the demand by some 'upper' caste Muslim politicians and Islamic organisations for reservations for Muslims as a whole is equally dubious. As numerous 'low' caste Muslim activists point out, this demand, if acceded to, would benefit only 'upper' caste Muslims, who are educationally and politically much stronger than Dalit and OBC Muslims. They forcefully critique the argument that affirmative action for Dalit and OBC Muslims, instead of for Muslims as a whole, would divide the Muslims, equating it as equally specious as the argument of ardent anti-reservationists who believe that any sort of affirmative action for any marginalised group is divisive and, therefore, 'anti-national'.

An oft-heard argument against affirmative action for OBC Muslims is that they do not need a separate quota as they are already covered by the existing OBC quota. The fct of the matter, however, is that OBC Muslims continue to lag far behind OBC Hindus, who, being numerically, politically and economically much more powerful, have garnered the lion's share of the benefits set apart by the state for OBCs, leaving precious little for their Muslim counterparts. Widespread anti-Muslim discrimination within the state apparatus has made it even more difficult for Muslim OBCs to benefit from the existing provisions for OBCs. Hence, the need for separate provision for Muslim OBCs.

As the relentless waves of privatisation, 'liberalisation' and 'globalisation' overwhelm the Indian economy, scores of traditional caste-based occupations--such as pottery, tanning, weaving, metal-work and so on, in which Muslim Dalits and OBCs were heavily over-represented, are being ruthlessly decimated, rendering millions of families destitute. In such a scenario, the need for affirmative action for Muslim Dalits and OBCs, as indeed for other such marginalised groups, becomes even more imperative. This should not be restricted simply to jobs in a rapidly shrinking public sector, but should also include adequate and proportional representation in educational institutions, elected bodies and in budgetary allocation for developmental projects and infrastructural development.

Alienation, demonisation and violence against vulnerable groups have, as the historical experience globally suggests, been a principal cause for resentment on the part of such groups that can sometimes even take overtly violent forms. Hence, from the point of view of the good of the larger society itself--and not just of that of marginalised groups alone--it is essential that the state undertake adequate measures to promote genuine inclusion and empowerment of these sections of society. The welfare of the entire society crucially depends on this--and this applies with equal validity to the Indian Muslim case--particularly with regard to the Dalits andOBCs among them. Read More...