(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Children Too Have Rights Over Their Father

Abu’ul Layth as- Samarqandi (ra) in his book, Tambih al- Ghafilin, relates that a man brought his son to Umar (ra) during his Khilafah and said; “My son does not obey me, he is very disobedient to me.”


Hearing this, Umar (ra) said “Boy don’t you know what rights a father has over his son?”, thereafter he narrated the rights of the father that are duties upon his children.
The boy after listening asked, “Commander of the faithful, do children also have rights over their father?”

Umar (ra) said, “Yes! The children too have rights over their father.”
“What are those rights?” asked the boy.

Umar (ra) replied, “First of all he should search for a good mother for his son. He should marry a virtuous, religious woman, and not any woman of questionable nature and doubtful character.
The second right is to name a child with a good name.

The third right of the child is that he should impart religious knowledge to him and teach him the Qur’an.”

The boy replied, “Commander of the faithful, my father has not discharged any of these duties. Firstly, the woman who is my mother is a slave woman that he had bought for 400 dirhams. She is a woman who is ignorant of religious education, Islamic social manners and morals. It is in her lap that I have passed my infancy. She has not given me any religious education. Who then could I learn from?

Secondly they have not named me with a good name. he has named me Ju’al (meaning an ugly man). I should have been given a good name which was my right, but my father did not discharge his responsibility towards me.

The third is the right of religious education, which they did not give me at all. Now whatever decision you give me I will accept it.”

At this Umar (ra) said to the boy’s father; “You first of all, have been neglectful regarding the boys rights which you did not discharge and now you tell me that your son does not obey you. Get out! It is you who has been disobedient and oppressive.”

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lots of Free Resources Here

Go to the Muslim Home Education Network and check out the free resources. There are lots.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Canon Ramadan Paper Craft Decorations

I plan to add some of these to the hallway leading to our classroom, InshaALLAH. If you would like them, choose your paper size and then print.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Need Quick Math Manipulatives?

Go to the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives site and take a look. I didn't sign up for the free trial but I was still able to use them.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

MashaALLAH! She's done it!



It's nice to be inspired/challenged by my children. They are young but they illustrate just how much time there is in a day and how much can be accomplished. They just sit down and do the work. Don't get me wrong, they know how to goof off and procrastinate, but sometimes they are so much better at focusing on their work.

My six year old has completed her task of reading 50 books in a year, mashaALLAH and she's done it in 11 months. Some of these books were easy to read and some were way beyond her scope - like Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, (or so I thought).  I'm thinking of getting her an ereader as her prize because as soon as she read the 50th book, she picked up an old favorite and started reading it again.


I started my own 50 books in a year back in January and I'm almost halfway through. This challenge is no joke! I've hit a brick wall and my motivation has faltered a bit. Still, I'm trying to regain my composure and get ahead of schedule (I'm on books 19, 20 and 21) but I'm sharing my time with other endeavors (trying to get in some exercise and Arabic/Islamic studies, homeschool planning, Ramadan planning - eek!).

What are some ways that you challenge yourselves?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Children's Literature - Resources for Teachers

There are lots of resources here and here, hopefully it's something that benefits you, InshaALLAH.