Bedtime: Upgraded

Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

It has been a long time. Alhamdulillah. It is a well known fact that, when one is blessed to be pregnant, her circumference is inversely proportional to her levels of energy. Hence, bedtime had become somewhat rushed and “utilitarian” around here … But not anymore!

Alhmadulillah we gave our bedtime a makeover with the stories of the prophets as summarized at the end of most chapters in the wonderful book “Fasting from Alif to Yaa“, compiled by my teacher Umm Mujaahid Khadijah bint Lacina al-Amrikiyah (may Allah preserve her).

Fasting A-Y

(Amazon sells it, but – if you can – do support a Muslim’s business and/or get it straight from the author HERE, Insha’Allah)

We have now gone through this book for 3 Ramadaans in Umm Mujaahid’s lessons and, although it is still a long time before the next Ramadaan comes along, this book is a must have even just for the stories of the prophet the whole family can benefit from, masha’Allah.

I don’t know about you, but I am forever hunting for good Islamic books I can use with my children; and by good I mean from authentic sources, without some crazy concepts in them, without haram images to have to sort out, written with care not only with regards to the English language, but especially to the contents of those story (i.e. you want to be careful what you say about a prophet and his story).  Books like these for children are hard to come by but, once again, I am questioning whether we really need them when we can adapt books written for adults  by adding some explanations and adjusting the vocabulary so that your 4 year old will get it.

Umm Mujaahid uses plenty of ayaat and if there is one thing I have learned about her is that she is very precise and cautious in the way she speaks – masha’Allah. She included plenty of comments to help a child reflect and relate to what is being narrated, as well as listing points of benefit and suggesting related activities.

Alhamdulillah for a better quality bedtime reading!

The battle of Tabuk (and link to the WHOLE WORKBOOK)

Assalamo ‘aleykum.

Alhamdulillah! I finally got around to finish the workbook Battles of the Prophet! This is the last battle: the battle of Tabuk. May Allah benefit my children and those who use this resource and accept it from me. Ameen.

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You can find all the chapters of the workbook (including the cover and the 2 parts introduction) in THIS FOLDER, Insha’Allah. Please note they are not in chronological order but in the order I made/uploaded them.

Conditions of Jihad : Apply what you have learned

Assalamo ‘aleykum.

As I was growing up, the chart of irregular verbs at the back of the English books always said “to learn – learnt – learnt” but apparently now “learned” is more common (verbs have a tendency to “regularise” themselves over time, it is a normal process of language change. How interesting is that?).

Anyway, I put together a little sheet to check that the main points of Jihad and its conditions have been understood, as part of the introduction to the workbook Battles of the Prophet. Alhamdulillah.

It looks obvious to me, but just to be very very clear on where I stand, the answers are: NO, YES, NO.

May Allah accept our efforts this Ramadan.

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The battle of Hunayn

Assalamo ‘aleykum.

Alhamdulillah, here is the chapter of the workbook Battles of the Prophet about the battle of Hunayn. Only one more chapter to come soon Insha’Allah.

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The Conquest of Makkah

Assalamo ‘aleykum.

Here is the chapter of the workbook Battles of the Prophet about the conquest of Makkah. Alhamdulillah.

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Battles of the Prophet – INTRODUCTION

Assalamo ‘aleykum.

If you take one things from this workbook, let it be this one. In our day and age there is so much confusion among the Muslims regarding Jihad … and we wouldn’t want any of our children to get too excited and get the wrong understanding!

The information on Jihad I used was taken from HERE. I am aware that this site is not free of problems, but I remember reading this fatwa a long time ago and it clarified it for me. Plus it is a collection of quotes from great scholars, from Ibn al-Qayyim to shaykh Bin Baz (raheemahuma Allah) and I needed something very brief. In my search I came across a wonderfully thorough explanation on the guidelines of Jihad by shaykh Ubayd al-Jabiree (hafeedhahullah) (scroll until the end of the page) which I recommend (to myself) and everyone before starting this workbook with our kids, Insha’Allah.

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The Battle of Mu’tah

Assalamo ‘aleykum.

Here’s the chapter about the battle of Mu’tah (and the apostrophe is a hamza, not a 3ayn!), part of the Battles of the Prophet workbook. Alhamdulillah.

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