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June 2019

Hajj Mubarak Free Printables

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So, I have compiled a list of Hajj Mubarak free printables just for you. Inshallah they will help you teach your kids all about Hajj. As we try to do our very best to take advantage of the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah it’s also important to either start or continue teaching our little ones about this amazing time of year for Muslims.

What is the Hajj Pilgrimage?

Every year, millions of Muslims travel from around the world to Saudi Arabia to complete the Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. The journey is seen as one of the five pillars of Islam, central to the faith. Pilgrims spend five days praying – both in Mecca and the surrounding desert. It is a spiritual pilgrimage that every adult Muslim must perform at least once in their lives if they can afford it and are physically able. In order to be closer to Allah, they wear simple clothes, aren’t allowed to argue and perform rituals such as throwing stones at pillars to symbolise rejecting evil.

Hajj Mubarak Free Printables

There will be over 3 and a half million Muslims visiting Makkah during Hajj and even though many of us will not be able to go, we still have many opportunities to benefit. With this list of free hajj worksheets, hajj books and hajj activities for kids ages, it will make teaching them about Hajj/Eid-ul -Adha fun and easy.

 

Muslim Mommy What is the Hajj Book

The month of Dhul Hijjah is a special month because it is the month of the Hajj. Children will learn all about this special pilgrimage to Makkah and includes a quiz section to test their knowledge after learning. This is an ebook in PDF format available for Muslimommy subscribers for free with a coupon code.

 

MyDeen Magazine FREE Hajj Printables

At MyDeen children’s magazine, the theme of their September 2017 edition revolved around the 10 days of Dhul-Hijja, Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha. They wanted to share some of the pages from their magazines so that you and your kids can benefit. They include detailed lessons, fun crafts and many activities.

Ink & Ocean: Going To Hajj Free Printable

Instantly download your, free going to hajj role play printable including hajj terminal signs and hajj road signs. Perfect for pretend play activities. Just click on the image for the free PDF.

 

Hajj Activity Book for Little Kids

A thoughtfully designed free Hajj printable book written by Jameela Ho from Ilma Education

 

Hajj Mubarak Decorations

If you have a loved one returning from Hajj then you may want to have a look at our luxury range of Hajj Mubarak Decorations. From Hajj Mubarak cards, Hajj Mubarak balloons to Hajj Mubarak gifts. Farhat Amin’s Luxury Hajj Collection has everything you need to make the Hajj party you’re throwing everything you want it to be! Inshallah enjoy browsing through our gorgeous, sparkling, gold, Luxury Hajj Collection.

Prom Night – Is it really OK for Muslims to go to the Prom?

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For some Muslims, prom night and dating are complicated topics — there is  dancing between genders, the implication of alcohol and sex, and revealing dresses. For others, it’s not so big of a deal. What’s your view? I want to take a deeper look at the whole issue and what effect, going to “The Prom” has on our kids education and their Islam.

The Prom Distraction

Is your child having a stressful final year at high school? Working hard? Spending hours researching subjects. It seems like they’ve got their priorities straight and you should be very pleased with them. But what if, they aren’t trawling through quadratic equations or researching genetic engineering and rather they’re agonising over what prom dress/suit to buy or spending hours on Pinterest looking at hairstyles. Are you OK with that? As a high school teacher and Muslim parent I am livid about it!

Why are our kids, who will be sitting their GCSEs this year, dedicating so much time and energy to a frivolous party? Unfortunately, our children have been duped into thinking prom is this magical evening- the night when geeks become beauty queens and 16-year-old girls feel like Kylie Jenner sauntering down the red carpet with all eyes on them! That’s how the movies tell it to them. Unheard of in Britain 15 years ago, the prom is now the glamorous ‘highlight’ of the year for thousands of school-leavers. Over the top ‘passing out’ celebrations for Year 11 students (aged 15-16) and Year 13 (aged 17-18) have become the norm causing an untold amount of anxiety to students and financial difficulty for parents. More than 85% of schools in Britain now hold school proms, which range from boat parties to tailor made extravaganzas!

The Average cost of Prom Night

is it allowed for muslims to go to the prom

Naïve teens get enveloped in this extravagant fantasy, and for the sake of their kid’s happiness, gullible parents are quite happy to pay for it. The cost of one night of prom ‘fun’ are shocking. A recent Visa survey showed that in 2015 the average American family spent $919 per attendee on prom night Promaholics.com, a site devoted to “all things prom,” states, “Choosing a dress for prom is up there with choosing a wedding dress.”. According to Go-Compare the average cost for a UK parent in 2015 was £190 – up 23% from 2013.

Typically, at my daughter’s school, girls (I mean their parents) are splashing out £150 on a dress, £120 each to share a 5 seater limousine, £35 on makeup and a thrifty £30 on shoes! No wonder the UK high school prom industry is now worth a cool £90m a year. Ever more extravagant proms create a cycle of teenagers continuously trying to outdo each other, making the evenings more and more expensive. Personally, I refuse to be pestered into paying £120 an hour for a limousine that I won’t get the pleasure of sitting in myself.

The Prom Fantasy

muslim promThe allure and characteristic red carpet look -long frocks and limousines- that are synonymous with proms comes not only from a lifelong diet of banal Hollywood teen movies and soaps, but also from a money-oriented world where schoolgirls/schoolboys measure themselves against film stars and football players. Proms, are an incitement to celebrity-fantasy they disingenuously give our kids the chance to be a movie star for the evening. However, I don’t want my teenage daughter to aspire to being a superficial, self-absorbed, celeb! Do you?

As we know, exam stress is a necessary evil; prom stress is a headache that our kids should not have to deal with. As I mentioned I’m a high school teacher, GCSEs have now become more difficult to pass so naturally students need to focus more time and energy, studying. Therefore, it makes no sense for schools to encourage students to waste, yes waste, their lunchtimes organising bake sales for their prom.

It’s no wonder that UK students are stuck in educational doldrums, according to the influential PISA report. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is undertaken once every three years and tests 15-year-olds’ abilities in the core academic disciplines of reading, maths and science. Launched in 2000, around 540,000 students from 72 countries took part in PISA in 2015. The UK results were abysmal: Science 15th place, Reading, 21st and Maths 27th. Do you think the parents of high school students in Singapore, China or Finland (these countries were in the top 10 rankings) would let their kids squander their time a few months before their GCSE exams?

Is Prom allowed in Islam?

You may have guessed that my daughter will not be going to her school prom – her older brother didn’t go either. And it’s not because I’m a penny pinching, kill joy. Having taken the time to study the ayah and hadith relating to socialising in Islam. I can’t find any Islamic evidence to say teenagers (who no longer see themselves as ‘school kids’), can go to a mixed party, looking absolutely gorgeous (with or without hijab) where couples will be dancing, flirting and kissing. Every Muslim know that having a girlfriend or boyfriend or prom date, (even just for one night) is haram.

As we all know Islam is a way of life and therefore it has comprehensive social laws that regulate the relationship between men and women, which aim to direct and restrict the fulfilment of desires to marriage alone. These social rules also include the Islamic dress code, the prohibition of an unrelated man and woman being alone together, as well as the prohibition of the free-mixing of the genders and intimate relationships outside marriage. These laws have a tangible, positive outcome upon society of protecting the family unit and the rights of children, as well as ensuring healthy interaction between men and women that is productive and not cheapened nor hindered by romantic distractions.

Are mixed school dances allowed in Islam?

When the Prophet (saw) saw men and women mingling when they were leaving the mosque, he ordered them to separate and even made different entrances for the genders in the mosque to ensure separation. He (saw) also organised separate classes to teach men and women about Islam. For the prayers, the Messenger (saw) arranged the men and women into separate lines and the women would leave the mosque before the men in order to prevent their mixing.

Umm Salamah, the wife of the Prophet (saw) narrated, “Whenever Allah’s Apostle completed the prayer with Taslim, the women used to get up immediately and Allah’s Apostle would remain at his place and so would the men who prayed with him.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari].

These evidences establish the general norm in Islam is that men and women are obliged to be separate but there are clear exceptions prescribed by the Qur’an and Sunnah of where they are permitted to meet and interact for a clearly defined purpose – for example in education, seeking of medical care, trade, accounting the ruler, raising their political opinions within society, and so on. Hence, gender separation is a well-known and important Islamic tradition that is part of everyday life within Muslim communities, practiced in mosques, Islamic weddings, Muslim schools, and homes.

Advice for Muslim Parents regarding Prom Night

As parents we have to take our responsibilities seriously. Abdullah bin ‘Umar narrated:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as saying: “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The amir (ruler) who is over the people is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock; a man is a shepherd in charge of the inhabitants of his household and he is responsible for his flock; a woman is a shepherdess in charge of her husband’s house and children and she is responsible for them; and a man’s slave is a shepherd in charge of his master’s property and he is responsible for it. So each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.”

 

In addition, Allah (swt) says: “O you who believe! save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones; over it are angels stern and strong, they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them, and do as they are commanded.” (66:6)

Muslim prom dress?

muslim prom dress

We know Muslim teenagers face immense peer-pressure to follow the crowd and it doesn’t help (girls in particular) when fame-hungry, Muslim YouTubers misguide them with “How to hijabify your prom dress” and “Get ready with me for Prom: turban tutorial”. But parents shouldn’t give in to emotional blackmail that contradicts Islam either. Our kids may not have enough life experience to appreciate the wisdom of ayah:

“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (2:216)

But we do so it’s our duty to explain why going to a mixed prom is haram. Our kids will plead “It’s just a harmless school party? It’s the last time I will see my classmates. There won’t be any alcohol and the food will be halal.” But that mind-set shows that our kids think Islam is just a bunch of dietary rules? We have to spend time talking about our core beliefs, why we believe in Allah, why the Quran is the word of Allah and the Prophet (saw) life is the example we follow. We don’t want our kids to be like the people mentioned in the ayah:

And leave alone those who take their religion as play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But remind (them) with it (the Quran) lest a person be given up to destruction for that which he has earned, when he will find for himself no protector or intercessor besides Allah, and even if he offers every ransom, it will not be accepted from him. Such are they who are given up to destruction because of that which they have earned (6:70

Prom Night – Is it really OK for Muslims to go to the Prom?

 

You have to be frank with your child that you know exactly what goes on at proms and the after parties where the alcohol, drugs and god know what else happens. The dilemma you face is, if you let your teenager go to this party, then they will expect to go to the next party and the next party and the even worse party. You’re opening the floodgates and won’t have a leg to stand on. Moreover, it’s vital you practice what you preach so if you are going to mixed weddings and social gatherings then you need to stop too.

When our kids leave high school they are at a crossroads, they are moving from the restrictions of school to the freedom of college. It’s a delicate time, they’re at the cusp of adulthood and to make the right choices they need Islamic guidance. Inshallah, while prom may seem like the be-all, end-all of events for your teen at the moment, you and I know that soon it will become a distant memory….

 

Farhat Amin

Need more advice on how to persuade your kids to not go to the prom? Read this article

 

Daily Duas Sticker Book Review by Muslim Mummy

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Fozia who has a lovely blog Muslim Mummy was kind enough to take the time to review three of my books: Daily Duas Sticker Book, My A-Z Sticker Book of Islam and Shapes Sticker Activity Book. Read the review here.

My girls love stickers; I think Bee would sticker the whole house if she could. However, I get extremely excited when I find products that have an Islamic theme to them, so I was pleased to be sent some products from The Muslim Sticker Company – 2019 renamed to Farhat Amin – to have a look at.

The girls were sent 3 books to share:

 

My A-Z Sticker Book of Islam

This book has over 80 stickers and isn’t just about stickers. Children can practice writing the letters and can colour in the pictures on each page. However I do feel some of the pictures are slightly complicated for the younger ones to colour, as generally they prefer bigger pictures when colouring.

a is for Allah the one and only God. Allah loves and cares for us the most. He wants us to be the best people. When we are kind and caring to others, we are good muslims. We should praise and thank Allah for everything he has given us.

A simple but affective sticker book to help teach your child about Islam in a fun and engaging way, while also helping teach how to write the English alphabet.

My Daily Dua Sticker Activity Book

This contains 26 everyday daily duas. This is a useful aid in helping young children to learn the most commonly used duas. To make the learning of the duas more exciting, each page has a picture to colour. In addition to this there is often a question or a further activity to do. For example, on the page for the Dua when you enter your house, questions are asked at the end:

What do you have outside your house. Do you have a car? Are there flowers or bushes? Add them to the picture of the house.

The book has over 100 stickers and what I particularly like about it is that there is a Dua Star chart at the end where once you have memorised the dua you can add a sticker next to it to show it has been completed.

What I love about all 3 sticker books is that at the start there are some basic guidelines on how to help your child make the most of the activities and the learning potential. In particular I felt it was important to remind both children and parents the importance of remember Allah in the Daily Duas Sticker book:

And for men and women who engage much in Allah’s remembrance, for them Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.

Surah Al Azhaab: 35