Written by Kiran Sharar aka @DrBaji.
“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”
Our children are an Amanah given to us. They are a blessing that Allah swt bestowed upon us and as Muslim parents we have an obligation to raise pious and righteous children. As their parents we have an obligation to educate, love and nurture them.
Homeschooling has many benefits and on top of the list would be the freedom to incorporate Islam into everyday learning. As we all know learning is always happening around us. You don’t need a set time to teach or be sitting in a school to learn. Believing in that notion greatly dishonors the way children actually develop and learn. Real education starts at home within us. Our desires to instill love for Islam should surpass any walls of a school. It starts at home with us. We are our children’s greatest role models and they will do what we do; not what we say. Therefore, we must lead by example.
MySalahMats Activity Booklet alongside the sisters creative way of memorising the suras.
I instill the love of Islam in our home by including my children in prayer, reading Quran together and listening to and reading the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). We teach them the importance of salah and embed the love and power of Allah swt in them.
I instill the love of Islam in our home by including my children in prayer, reading Quran together and listening to and reading the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
While many view this pandemic as negatively, I view it as a blessing! It is indeed a blessing as it has brought my family together. We have more time for reflection, to pray our salah on time and lead a life according to the ways of the Sunnah. We can all change our mindset and look at the situation on hand in a more positive light. We should use this opportunity as a means to grow closer to our Creator and work on ourselves as wholes.
The pandemic has given me the chance to incorporate more Islamic teaching into our schooling and that is greatly due to the wonderful resources that are readily accessible for our children. I have been using the activity books from My Salah Mat to teach my daughter. While the booklets are filled with wonderful knowledge and activities for children; I think they are more beneficial to children ages 5 and up. I have been using the Salah activity book to review the short surahs my three year old is memorizing. The books do a good job of incorporating different activates to engage a child. There are a variety of activities ranging from puzzles, matching games, crosswords, and table of prayer times, surahs, and coloring pages. I can definitely see us getting more use out of these books as my daughter grows older inshAllah as these booklets can certainly grow with the child.
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