Ramadan Daily Reflections

One of my favourite quotes from the Quran stems from the friendship of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and his companion and best friend Abu Bakr (radiallaahu anhu) when they were drove out of Makkah and were hiding in the caves.

Allah (subhanahu wa taala) mentions  Abu Bakr (radiallaahu anhu) clearly in the Quran, Allah (subhanahu wa taala) says:

 إِلاَّ تَنصُرُوهُ فَقَدْ نَصَرَهُ اللّهُ إِذْ أَخْرَجَهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ ثَانِيَ اثْنَيْنِ إِذْ هُمَا فِي الْغَارِ إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لاَ تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَنَا فَأَنزَلَ اللّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَيَّدَهُ بِجُنُودٍ لَّمْ تَرَوْهَا وَجَعَلَ كَلِمَةَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ السُّفْلَى وَكَلِمَةُ اللّهِ هِيَ الْعُلْيَا وَاللّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ 

 If you help him (Muhammad) not (it does not matter), for Allah did indeed help him when the disbelievers drove him out, the second of two, when they both [Muhammad and Abu Bakr] were in the cave, and he said to his companion [Abu Bakr]: “Be not sad (or afraid), surely Allah is with us.” Then Allah sent down His calmness upon him, and strengthened him with forces which you saw not, and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowermost, while it was the Word of Allah that became the uppermost, and Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” (At-Tawbah 9:40) 

The beauty of this story is that before the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) left Makkah he made a plan, he planned to leave at a certain time, he planned to travel with his certain companion and he planned at the last minute to hide in the cave. Despite his life being at risk he did not improvise, he ultimately made a plan and then put his complete faith and trust in Allah (subhanahu wa taala) although his companion was scared he had full firm belief in Allah (subhanahu wa taala).

Another example of this is in a hadith, Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2517

The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) was the perfect creation out of mankind and was sent to us as an example. We can learn a lot from the Quran, the Sunnah and the Hadith about being organised, prepared and planning because as a Muslim it our responsibility to be productive and make the most of the time that is given to us but ultimately…

“And Allah is the best of planners” – QURAN 8:30

Every single day is a gift from Allah and to witness Ramadan is even a greater blessing.

To make the most of this blessed month, I personally use a Ramadan Booster Journal by Siratt which I find really helpful and motivating. I’ve created a daily Ramadan Planner for you to print out and try out at home. Inshallah it helps you stay organised and motivated throughout Ramadan making this your most productive one yet!

To download the Daily Planner click this link: Ramadan Daily Reflections

If you want to read more about the biography of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) I would recommend one of my favourites “Muhammad: His life based on Earliest Sources” by Martin Lings.

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Islamic Learning for the Early Years

One of the most important duties of being a Muslim mother is to instill Islamic values and teaching into our children from a young age. It can be overwhelming when you may already have a lot to do but trying to fit in some dedicated time for Islamic learning  doesn’t have to be difficult at all.

You can begin with a few minutes each day or an hour once a week whatever works around your schedule. Be realistic but be dedicated.

“Mothers are great for activating the curiosity of young children. A mother is a child’s first creative teacher.”- Reed Markham, American Educator

Regardless of which stage you are at in your own Islamic learning it does not matter (as many of us are still learning and trying to improve as Muslims too). Just begin with something small each week and build it up.

Here are some recommendations what children under 5 could be learning:

  1. Understanding Allah: Mentioning and Remembering Allah
  2. Listening to Quran: Put Quran Tilawat and Nasheeds .
  3. Understanding Islamic Words: Bismillah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar etc.
  4. Understanding Duas: Reading Duas aloud and encouraging participation to talk to Allah through Duas.
  5. Prayer: Participating in the five daily prayers (salah) just by following movements.
  6. Arabic Alphabet: Learning the Arabic alphabet – this will help them recognise the letters when they progress onto the Noorani Qaida at Madrasah.
  7. Arabic Numbers: Learning the Arabic numbers – this will help them recognise the number in the Quran and verses etc.
  8. Arabic Vocabulary: Learning the Arabic vocabulary can be useful as children can then recognise the words from the stories in the Quran as they progress.
  9. Islamic Art: Using Islamic inspired art to encourage children in drawing, painting and colouring.
  10. Introduction to Juz Amma: This is more advanced to help prepare your child into Madrasah they should learn Surah Fatiha and the Four Quls.

Some Useful Links with Free Printables:

Arab proverb:

الأم مدرسة إذا أعددتها أعددت شعباً طيب الأعراق

“A mother is a school, preparing her is like preparing a good nation.”