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Have your kids ever asked you:
Why is everything haram?
Why is Islam so strict?
Is this something that you have heard?
Let’s explore why Muslim youth can view Islam as a burden. Where are these ideas coming from? We need to understand the source, then we can address them and provide a convincing answer and help our teenagers who are feeling disgruntled.
“Not alike are the dwellers of the Fire and the dwellers of the Paradise. It is the dwellers of Paradise that will be successful.” (Quran 59:20)
As a Muslim parent, we teach our kids about their deen. We do the best we can to create an Islamic atmosphere in our home. We send them to madrasah or Masjid to learn Quran. Things generally are ok until they become teenagers: that’s when the problems start. We don’t expect them to have doubts about Islam.
What is Aqiqah?
‘Aqiqah is a means of expressing gratitude to God. The birth of a child, male or female, is a cause for great celebration. In Islam, certain etiquettes and rituals from the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad (saw) are recommended as a family welcomes a newborn child to the world. These include: choosing a pleasant name for the newborn. Reciting the Adhan (call to prayer) in the baby’s right ear and iqamah in the left ear. Tahnik (inserting something sweet such as dates or honey into the baby’s mouth), shaving the newborn’s head and doing ‘aqiqah.
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.