May 20, 2020

As we are now in the final days of sawm in Ramadhaan (may Allaah accept it  from us and you) many families have begun the process of brainstorming and planning ways to celebrate the big day while in lockdown. We’ve come up with a few things which you can do with your children at home to make ‘Eid just as festive as we typically do!

Why Make ‘Eid Big?

Eid Al-Fitr and ‘Eid Al-Adha are our days of celebration legislated by Allaah, ‘Azza wa Jal. They are for us to glorify Him and engage in permissible festivities. It is only befitting that we make them as special and fun as we can, especially for our children who are exposed to countless non-Muslim holidays throughout the year. 

Ustaadh Moosaa Richardson (حفظه الله), the Educational Director of First Muslim Mosque of Pittsburgh, PA, summed this up best in a past tweet;

“When we do not truly honor ‘Eid al-Adhaa & ‘Eid al-Fitr in our lives and homes, non-Muslims holidays can become attractive to our children!”

Unfortunately, this is something tha...

May 8, 2020

Being a parent of a teenager isn’t an easy task. It often comes with a lot of challenges. Dealing with hormones, attitudes, and their fight for autonomy is a common experience across many households. Allaah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful says, “Do people think that they will be left alone because they say, ‘we believe,’ and will not be tested?” (29: 2)

This ayah reminds us as parents why it is imperative to ask Allaah (azza wa jal) to protect our children from harm, kufr, and an inclination towards jahil actions. We must also keep in mind that the behaviors we see from our children is a manifestation of what was already written by Allaah. Therefore, although we plan, Allaah is the best of planners.

In Surah Al-Anfal, Allaah, the Exalted says, “And know that your children are but a trial and that surely with Allaah is a mighty reward.” (8: 28) 

As parents, we do the best we can in order to circumvent the trials that we seek protection from. However, the best measure that we can take...

April 27, 2020

By now, we are aware that this month appears like it may be different from the typical ways that we are used to executing our ibaadah and celebrating the completion of our fasts this Ramadhaan. Simultaneously, many youth and children have questions or concerns about how Ramadhaan can be observed.   

In homes around the world many of the same questions are being asked. How will we make Tawareeah prayer? Will we be able to have iftar like we are used to doing with family and friends? Does the masjid plan to open during Ramadhaan? Will there be an Eid celebration? And if not, what will we do to celebrate Eid at home?

If your child hasn’t begun asking these questions you can begin figuring out ways to circumvent any feelings of frustration or lack of understanding they may experience. Masjid As-Sunnah An-Nabawiyyah in Germantown, Philadelphia is providing weekly Q&A by Ustadh Hassan Somali to answer questions like these for families and individuals in order to help alleviate some o...

In my last post for Everyday Ibaadah, I mentioned that listening is the first step in building a fluent Arabic home. Reading comes much later.

Listening to Arabic books is a great way to combine these two skills. It can help you get used to the forms and sounds of Arabic and lay a strong foundation for your reading.

At Fusha House, we have started weekly read alouds to help families get in more practice with listening and connecting listening to reading. We will be holding these read aloud sessions for as long as the world is stuck at home, insha Allaah.

While videos are a nice way to practice listening, they often don’t have the written text included. Listening to written Arabic books allows you to get all of the benefits of listening while building your word recognition skills. 

During our read-alouds, we also go over the grammar involved in the sentences. This allows you to be able to use the words that are in the book in your everyday life. Speaking the words from a book is a wonderful...

April 9, 2020

The latest discussion in many homes around the world with our children is how will we spend our Ramadan? Will the stay at home orders lift, and our daily affairs return to normal, or will we be subjected to enjoin the usual practices of this special month at home. 

For some of us, we can find the beauty that this opportunity presents. We may have been wanting to spend more quality time together as a family—but because of work, school, and other outside obligations have been unable t