Blessed With Brothers

A Muslimah’s Day to Day Life

Choosing Our Friends April 23, 2009

Filed under: Islam — blessedwithbrothers @ 12:22 am
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As you might know, Emad Al-Mansary is one of my favorite recitors. Mash’Allah he has just amazingly awesome qirat! 🙂 I have his Surah Al-Furqan on my IPOD, for some reason I can’t find it online anywhere, or I so would have put the link up! :/

Surah Al-Furqaan has one distinct verse which always stands out when Emad Al-Mansary recites it; he just emphasizes the verse so much in his recitation. This would be ayah number 28 and continuing on to ayah 29:

ayah28“Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a Khalil (close friend!)”

ayah29“He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Quran) after it had come to me And Shaytan is to man ever a deserter in the hour of need.”


These two ayahs talk about the Day of Judgment and when the Zalim, or wrongdoer, will regret what they did in this dunya. They will regret making friends with people who led them astray from the truth. It’s true that friends can have a major impact on the decisions you make in life everyday. I was actually teaching this concept to my second graders a few classes ago and we even talked about how having no friends is better than having bad friends.

In fact, one day in my developmental psychology class we were discussing about middle school students. Did you know that if a child begins to act delinquent during their middle school years, it’s because of the friends they have? Interesting.

It’s really amazing how much is jam packed into the Quran, but we are too “busy” to open it and see what Allah has to say to us. Try your best to open, read, study and memorize the Quran every single day. After all, shouldn’t we all be companions of the Quran?

 

Do You Know Allah? April 10, 2009

Filed under: Islam — blessedwithbrothers @ 7:14 am
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Our relationship with the Creator of the universe is kinda sorta, really super duper important! One way to improve our relationship with Allah, is by learning as much as we can about Him. This way,  we can help to protect our Aqeedah (aka beliefs) and of course expand our knowledge of the deen.

While I was surfing the AlMaghrib forums one day, I came across this handy little project created by Qabeelat Nurayn. (yea, my qabeelah!) It’s a compilation of the 99 Names of Allah according to Shaykh Uthaymeen.

DOWNLOAD

*Interesting: The word ‘duper’ is not underlined as misspelled.*

 

Weekend Learning April 3, 2009

Filed under: Islam,Weekend School — blessedwithbrothers @ 10:55 pm
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Any weekend Islamic school teacher can tell you that teaching kids once a week is difficult. You have them in your class for such a short period of time and you have SO much to teach. Absences are common, homework is not done, lots of parents don’t take it seriously and plenty of teachers don’t take it seriously. My friend found this one textbook, for grades K-12, which might be of some use to weekend school teachers. Mash’Allah they’re textbooks are so concise and have homework sheets included. Also they are amazingly cheap! Only $11! So if you or someone you know is looking for a good text for teaching weekend Islamic school, I would suggest: Weekend Learning

I haven’t bought one yet, because the school year is almost over. Most likely I’ll buy one next year when I have my grade finalized. 🙂 Here’s some sample pages

 

Studying April 1, 2009

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So I had an exam today at 10:30. I didn’t study last night and had planned on studying after Fajr. I woke up late, with enough time to get ready and leave for my 9:30 class. I decided to skip my 9:30 class and study for my exam. So I’m sitting there in my room reading over my notes, when all of a sudden my janoo comes into the room with dadijaan. Of course, how can you study with cute little Hasan in the room!??! You have to keep him entertained, so you put him in front of the Mac with photobooth open…studying…huh, studying, for what??