Category Archives: Duaa

Dua challenge

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There are some Muslims who without fail will always say their morning and evening adhkar. There are others who cannot simply pray the fardh salah. They must pray the 12 rawatib. And others cannot leave or enter the home without saying the relevant dua.

All of the above feel out of place should they miss any of the above. They feel like something is missing and almost perform the above as though they were obligatory acts of ibadah.

As a revert, sadly, those who were around me during those early few weeks and months did not show me the importance of adopting the above. And so trying to get into the ‘habit’ of never missing some of the above acts of worship have been an uphill struggle. It’s taken me many years to reach a point where some of them become habitual… others I still need to push myself that bit more.

With children, especially when they’re young, are like sponges. They are clean slates and what we engrave on them will inshaAllah always remain.

This is why I feel it is essential that whilst they’re young that they get into the habit of doing certain things so that when they’re adults it is so second nature they do it without thinking. My hope is that by working on developing these habits that they will be a means of ajr for them when they are adults.

So I’ve begun to think of ways to get them into these habits. We’re working on getting into the habits of saying our situational duas.

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As adults we choose to do acts of ibadah because we want reward and we want Allah to love us and be pleased with us. For very young children, it is difficult for them to have the same motivation.

So I sat with the children and spoke about the importance of saying our situational duas. I told them that all of us need to get into the habit of saying our duas. So the challenge is to remember to say the duas we already know, to remind one another to say them, to learn new ones and to help one another in learning them. For every dua they say, they get to choose a sweet. For the boys I further explained that just as I’m rewarding them, Allah rewards us with hasanat and stores them for us. And we’ll see all the stored hasanat in Jannah inshaAllah.

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As a reminder, I created the above poster as a reminder for them and replaced certain dua posters in different positions around the house. Some posters have been up for years so changing the position slightly has made them take more notice.

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They made bags to store their sweets and the dua  challenge jar is placed on our main table to serve as a motivation.
This past week they’ve really gone for it mashaAllah and they’ve been saying most of their duas and learning new ones. But what has been so nice to see is them encouraging and reminding each other mashaAllah.

I’ve even withheld from giving them sweets as rewards for a few days to see if they’d still say their duas and masha’Allah they did.

It’s also been good for me to get back into saying certain ones.

I think I’ll carry on with this until the sweetie jar is empty and then hopefully they’ll have got into the habit.

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Family News!!!

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I am under shock and my hands are slightly shaking as I type this.

My little 25 year old brother announced today that he has become a Muslim and is getting married in a few weeks! Am totally under shock. I can’t believe it. I always said I would shout it from the rooftops if someone in my family embraced Islam.

Well, here I am SHOUUUUUUUUUUTING it! lol

Takbeer! Allah Akbar!

We’re back…

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Assalamu alaikum,

Ummihomeschoolsme has been closed for some time. I can’t go into details but I had to make it private for some time. I apologise for not replying to everyone individually who emailed to ask for access or to ask that it be reopened etc. I ask Allah (Swt) to accept this blog as a means to attain nearness to Him, to help others along this home ed journey and to protect, guide and nurture myself and my family along the way. Ameen.

We’re back! 🙂

During Ramadan, I have been planning for next year inshaAllah and we are going to be trying out some new methods, curricula and so stay tuned for more ummihomeschoolsme posts.

A request please: I hope that I will not have to make this blog private again and so I ask you all to make dua for me and my family.

JazakhaAllahu khairan,

Umm Raiyaan

SOLACE for revert sisters in difficulty – please spread the word!

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Please support this email to your contacts – especially those that want to gain some reward from Allah and volunteer for the project. And revert sisters in difficulty who would benefit (it doesn’t matter how small or big the difficulty is).

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

May this meet you in the best of health, happiness and imaan.

Here is some really exciting news, Masha’Allah.

SOLACE, a new voluntary organisation has been set up to help revert sisters in difficulty.  www.solaceuk.org

At some point, you have most likely received a forward in your inbox or a text asking you if you know of anyone who can house a revert sister who has been thrown out of their home or asking you to donate money for a revert single mother who is unable to pay the rent and has been threatened with eviction.

How often do you think that these sisters get the help they need?  And after their immediate problem is solved, who is there to follow up with the sister on a regular basis, just to see if she is okay?

What most people forget is that many revert sisters may have been rejected by their families and don’t always receive the support they need from the Muslim community either. Sadly, we are not in a position where mosques or Muslim community centres can offer lasting assistance to these sisters and they are often left to fend for themselves.

SOLACE, with the help of Allah, aims to provide comfort, companionship and practical assistance to these revert sisters.

Here is a taster of the kinds of support SOLACE will provide, bi idhnillah;

  • Listening service through the support scheme, by trained SOLACE volunteers
  • Household help for revert sisters who have no family support
  • Counselling by qualified counsellors and life coaches
  • Parenting workshops
  • Coffee mornings and day trips
  • Much more, insha’Allah

By the grace of Allah, we have the support and full backing of Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, who has given us his time and advice to help establish SOLACE.  May Allah reward him for his generosity.

However, SOLACE needs YOUR help.

Here’s what you can do…

1. First of all, please spread the word to revert sisters you know who may be facing difficulties. They may be coping alone with health problems, suffering depression, isolation or loneliness. Or suffering marital problems or physical/emotional abuse, or needing help dealing with non-Muslim relatives? They may even be considering leaving their Deen.

If so, please pass on the SOLACE website address to them: http://www.solaceuk.org

 2. SOLACE is a voluntary organisation that relies solely on fundraising and donations.  It is still in urgent need of an extra £5000 funding. 

–          If you would like to host a fundraising event in your area please contact info@solaceuk.org

–          If you would like to make a donation, then visit the website where donations can be made via Paypal or direct bank transfer, (to be safe and secure.)

–          If you know of any companies that would like to sponsor SOLACE, forward this email to them and ask them to contact donations@solaceuk.org

100% DONATION PROMISE

You can be confident that 100% of the money you donate goes towards assisting reverts in difficulty.  No money is taken from your donation for our administration costs. 

  1. SOLACE needs volunteers.

Do you know of any sisters based in London who have 1-2 hours a week to spare, to listen and provide support to a revert sister in difficulty? (full training will be provided free of charge).                                                        

Do you, or anyone you know have skills that you think SOLACE could benefit from?

eg. administrative, fundraising, counselling skills etc

SOLACE needs your support to make this a beneficial service for revert sisters in difficulty.

Please make du’a for this project.

JazakAllahu Khairun

Wasalamu alaikum

SOLACE Team

www.solaceuk.org

info@solaceuk.org

(Solace is supported by MRDF: Muslim Research and Development Foundation)

Changing Education Paradigms

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Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
 
This is just absolutely brilliant. I would really recommend that everyone watches this short video about education. Its why I and many others home educate!
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=player_embedded#!
 
Wasalamuu alaikum
Umm Raiyaan xx

Dua Bulletin Board and New Science Project

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We had a busy weekend. Spent Saturday with a lovely sister and her son. Her own sister then invited us and my kids enjoyed being kids with her 5 children masahAllah. I really felt very welcomed by her family. Sometimes, I feel that not having muslim family is a real vital ingredient to my life and my kids life that is missing. Sometimes it feels a little lonely and visits like this make a huge difference.

Yesterday was quite a busy day. In the morning, we took Z to the local Muslim playgroup. He had fun, threw a few tantrums (am so not used to these!) and we came home. Had lunch, put him down for a nap and R and I began our schedule.

Started off with Quran. Alhamdulillah, she is improving mashaAllah. I leave her with this site for her to revisit the surahs she has already memorised. Seems to be working very well for her, alhamdulillah.

http://www.quranicsciences.com/QuranReciter.asp?visitormonid=464759

We then began a new Islamic Studies Project. We are making the fantastic Duaa Bulletin Board that the sisters at this site designed, mashAllah. We have started it and whilst R coloured and decorated the different parts, we discussed the importance of dua, the best times to make dua etc. I like having conversations with R like this.

Here is our bulletin board so far (hubby even let us stick it up in the corridor. Alhamdulillah!):

R colouring in whilst we talked about Allah (Swt) being the Only One who can truly helps u.

Filling in this section of the board with glitter per letter. She was intrigued by the different times that Allah (swt) responds to our dua. She kept looking outside of the window to see if it was raining!

Its important for things like this to be seen by the kids as a reminder. So, managed to persuade hubby to let me stick it up in the corridor hall!

After that, we started on our new Science Project from Science A-Z. The project is about animals. What I like about this curriculum is that it is based around reading and literacy skills. So, basically the child learns about science topics whilst improving in all skills related to literacy.

This is what we did yesterday:

We started off the project by making a T chart discussing and R writing down the way in which animals are alike and different. We later added to this once we had read the main book that is supplied with the project.

Each science project comes with a main non-fiction book. They have different levels of the book: low, mid and high. I printed off the high level to try and challenge her. MashaAllah, she read it fine. We paused as she was reading it to discuss what she was reading and added points to the T chart.

I then tested her comprehension, reading, knowledge and analysis skills using these discussion cards. This wasn't written work. It was oral. Underneath each card it states what part of literacy the child is being tested on. All of the questions are related to the Non fiction book. We had quite an interesting discussion masahAllah. And she told me facts about some animals that I didn't even know about!

One of the new vocabulary words that she learnt was 'habitat'. We discussed different habitats for different animals. She mentioned that our garden has become a sort of 'habitat' for a few animals that visit us a few times in one day. So using card, tissue paper, pens and some print outs, she made this picture.

This science curriculum is from grades Kindergarten to Grade 6 which is age 6 to 12 (I think). You can find more information here:

http://www.sciencea-z.com/scienceweb/home.do

I shared the cost for the year’s subscription with another sister which made it worth it. Alhamdulillah. So far, I like what we are doing. We have a few experiments, more oral work and some written work to come up. Will post some more on this as we carry on with the project inshaAllah.