Wednesday

Muhammad (pbuh) said...

I was receiving so many mails regarding the protest against the film, “Innocence of Muslims”, which speaks badly about our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassalm. People were asking my opinion about this shameful act and what Muslim should do about it. So, I felt like sharing my thoughts and response.

Here is my response.
http://www.muhammadsaid.org/

The best defense of our Prophet sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam and the best way to honor him is to follow his teachings, apply them in our lives and instill them within others through our speech, actions, conduct and dealings and this is the sign of one who truly loves the Prophet sallalahu 'alayhi wa sallam.

Every day of our life is a test. Allah tests each one of us. Take it as a test. We need to take lessons from what we face. Indeed, we will get a lesson, if we ponder the meaning of the test!

We say ' I love Islam' ' I love Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassallam, 'I love Allah' Alhamdlillah; it is in words; it is in our hearts. Is it in ACTION?

How many of us are really showing it in ACTION?

Very few!!

You don’t need to be a scholar or wait to finish your Islamic course, and you don’t have to go miles away to seek knowledge, Alhamdulillah everything is at your desktop.

I have been working on a project in defense of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam and am very excited to share it with you today.

Our new project is “Muhammadsaid.org." We have put together the ahadith from authentic books of ahadith, in a series of posters about the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihe wassallam. Please share it on your Facebook pages, Google+, twitter and on your websites to spread the awareness about his sallallahu alahei wassallam’s character and teachings.

http://www.muhammadsaid.org

Our hearts are filled with love for our Prophet Muhammad may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him and this love of the Messenger of Allah is an asset for us. Love and respect for a person depends upon the benefits we get from him. As the Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam is the greatest benefactor of humanity, every Muslim has the deepest love for him therefore, every deed during his life is to be followed by every individual of the Muslim Ummah by learing about it, acting upon it and spreading the knowledge to others.

Please share these posters with others and help us to spread the teaching of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alaihe wassallam.

We ask Allah to give us strength and means to work on other projects in the cause of Islam. Amin!

Wassalam
Zakia Usmani
Founder, Believer’s Path Institute
http://www.muhammadsaid.org

“Muhammadsaid.org" is the project of Believer’s Path Institute.

Thursday

Positive and Negative Parental Behaviours - Part 2


Islam promotes respect in all relationships; it is very important part of the Muslim personality. However, our children are surrounded by a culture that does not promote respect. Our children are affected by this culture and may sometimes respond to their parents and to other elders in the community in a disrespectful way. Parents have to correct this behaviour. If they correct it in the proper way, using a positive parenting behaviours it will have a positive effect on their children.

Parenting takes a lot of patience and fortitude. We must make positive comments in response to positive behaviours or actions from our children. We should not simply praise our children continuously if the child has not made any effort. We must take advantage of specific events or actions that our children do.

If you want to work with your 4-12 year old child so that they become a happy, healthy, well-adjusted teenager or young adult, start early in their life to apply these parenting tips. It's never too late to start applying positive parenting techniques.  
  • Keep a positive attitude - When our children have behaved, spoken, or decided something that we did not like, we must check our attitude at that time. For example suppose your son is helping you set the table and he accidentally drops a glass, and you say, “You are always clumsy like that.” This is a negative behaviour. In order to have the greatest influence with our kids, we should be thinking good things about them in order to project our love and concern for them at all times (Yes, even when we have to hold them accountable, we want to make sure they know that we still love them).
  • Remember to say please and thank you - Treating our kids politely is the best way to encourage them to behave politely with us and others. Using "please" and "thank-you" with them will get them into habit of using these words with us, with each other, and with people outside the family. Remember modeling "good" behaviour is much better than just talking about it.
  • Talk about what you want rather than what you don't want - For example instead of saying: ‘Don't spill that milk!’ use ‘Please be careful with that glass’ or ‘Don't forget to do your homework.’ Replace it with ‘Remember to do your homework’.  ‘Don't slam the door!’ replace it with ‘Please close the door rather than slam it.’ Using positive statements get much better results.
  • Replace "but" with "and" -  Rather than say "You've done a great job with vacuuming the carpet, but you missed this spot." Try this: "You've done a great job vacuuming the carpet, and there's one little spot over here that needs some more attention." "But" negates everything before it, and it usually precedes a critical or negative comment. "And" ties two thoughts together without the negative connotation.  
  • Be clear about your real objective - Be careful to focus your disciplinary approach on teaching the lesson you want your child to learn and not on expressing the depth of your hurt or anger. If you focus too much on your feelings, you run a major risk of having them miss the whole point of your disciplinary choice. They might take your efforts as evidence of you "punishing" them rather than "holding them accountable" or "teaching them a valuable lesson."

Venting your hurt, fear, or anger can do relational damage that you'll have a difficult time overcoming.

Train your children frequently practice the correct behaviour in the proper way, with your guidance. Do not expect that, by following these steps once, the child will behave appropriately all the time and not repeat the mistake. You need to repeat the process each time the child repeats the mistakes or behaves in an unacceptable way. And remember training and practice make things perfect.

Wednesday

Effective Relationship with your children – Part 1

Most of us spend a lot of time talking only about a few things with" our children. "Wash your hands." "Stop teasing your sister." "Do your homework." "Stop that." "Go to bed."

Often our relationships with our children center on control and correction. When parents control their children, they are trying to get the children to do things the children don't want to do. Or they are trying to keep the children from doing things they want to do.

Parents generally have more power than children. We are bigger and stronger. But it's hard to force people to do something they don't want to do. We can spend all of our time yelling at children and trying to bribe, convince, or force them to do what we want them to do. That's the trouble with control. It takes over the relationship. It can be the only thing that parents and their children seem to talk about. And it's not a very good basis for a relationship.

Sometimes our relationships with our children are based on correction. As parents, we spend a lot of time telling our children what they do wrong. Sometimes our correction even becomes insulting. "How can you be so dumb?" "Why can't you do anything right?" "Can't you think?"

Insults are damaging. They do not give children useful information. They only make them feel bad. Even when we avoid insults, too much correction can be bad. Correction should not be the main part of our relationship with our children. There are better things to talk about.

Everyone realized that raising children is a very important task for many reasons.  Our children are a trust from Allah SWT. Allah entrusted us with them and we will be held accountable for how we carried out and whether we fulfilled this trust. The Prophet SAW sakid : “It is enough sin for a person to let those who depend on him go astray.”

Children are a product of the influence that their parents have on them and Allah is going to ask parents about that influence on Judgment Day. How do we influence our children so that they can possess certain important qualities that are essential to make them good Muslims?

The first step is to evaluate our actions and deeds. Umar Ibn Khattab radiallahu anhu used to say, “Review, evaluate, and assess yourself before you are assessed. Weight your deeds before they are weighted against you, and prepare yourself for the day where you will be fully exposed.”

Ask yourself the following questions with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and acknowledge your findings and categorized them as either positive or negative behaviours.  Acknowledging our strengths and weaknesses is the first step in improving our parental behaviour.  After that put your trust in Allah SWT and make a commitment to positive change. Changing unhealthy habits is the key to success.

Here are the questions and be truthful when you answer them.

1.       I feel that I had little experience with my first child. This causes me to be too strict or too lenient with him or her.

2.       I expect perfection of myself when I am with my children and I often feel like a failure when I can’t do the perfect thing.

3.       I feel that cleaning the house and preparing the food is more important than playing with my children or taking them to the park.

4.       I don’t often let my children try certain things that I think are difficult, because I wasn’t able to do them when I was a child.

5.       I feel that I’m raising my children in the same way that my parents raised me, despite the difference in time and place. This is because I don’t know of a better way to raise them.

6.       The way I treat my children shows that I don’t have confidence in their ability to do things.

7.       I let my children make simple decisions that are specific to them and reasonable for their age.

Reinforce the positive parental behaviours and keep practicing them with your children. Change the negative behaviours and replace them with the positive ones.

Wassalam

Zakia Usmani

Source: Parenting skills

Tuesday

Let's do the right thing!

Do you ever wish to make a plan that gets you from where you are to where you want to be?
When you make a goal and you have good intentions to achieve it, then you must plan HOW you will do it. We make such beautiful goals and have such pure intentions, yet…day after day nothing changes.

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  • make sincere repentance
  • discharge outstanding obligatory duties
  • seek knowledge
  • recognize your shortcomings in acts of worship
  • recognize your shortcomings in persisting sins, whims, and desires
  • avoid major and minor sins
  • effectively make yourself aware of your shortcomings
  • set goals and learn how to achieve your personal and spiritual goals
  • make your life more goal directed
  • develop good habits

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