Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Studying the sunnah & some stuff we've been upto

As mentioned in the previous post, I've started to give the boys a page of ahaadeeth to copy each day (we used to do this before, using the Box of Manners from Learning Roots - I showed them a card and then gave them a narration relating to the picture, to read and then copy into their notebooks).
I wanted to post them here, together with the translation into English. But I've encountered some problems with this. When looking for narrations to print for the boys, I use the authentic collections (at the moment I'm only using Bukhari and Muslim) in Arabic, where every narration is numbered, of course. Finding the corresponding narrations translated into English is a headache! The numbers don't correlate, and many of the translations are inaccurate or mixed up!
Has anyone else encountered this?

I've found a great site, where you can download thousands of books for Arabic and Islamic studies, mashaa Allah (may Allah reward those behind the site immensely, ameen), there are books in English too, and a few other languages:
Maktabat Meshkat al-Islamiyah

DD age 23 months (born in Ramadan two years ago) peeling an onion for ummie, asking for a knife, because she "needs it" - !
Ramadan Is Special book and a leaf outline for a "Ramadan tree"

We've painted a tree, to stick leaves to, several sisters have done something similar, but when I did a search on the deed tree, I found it's a christian tradition, and I got quite put off... then I remembered the ayat:

[أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلاً كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِى السَّمَآءِ - تُؤْتِى أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ - وَمَثلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اجْتُثَّتْ مِن فَوْقِ الاٌّرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِن قَرَارٍ ]

(24. See you not how Allah sets forth a parable A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky.) (25. Giving its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord, and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.) (26. And the parable of an evil word is that of an evil tree uprooted from the surface of earth, having no stability.)

But according to tafsir, it's a palm tree, so our tree has been standing, without leaves for twenty days... alhamdu lillah... I think I'll cut those leaves out tonight, inshaa Allah, then we can write a good deed on each leaf. Inshaa Allah, I think I'll do it this way, instead of sticking leaves for actual deeds done, so we don't fall into showing off, etc.

This will have to do for now, I've got guests for iftar, and the boys are back to making trouble, ya Allah! give me patience and make us and our children amongst the muttaqun and saalihun, ameen.


Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

She is adorable, masha Allah.

Ramadan Mubarak!

umm Ahmad said...


i found the website you mentioned really beneficial. jazakillah for your efforts, and i liked your idea of modified deed tree also.


Umm Khadijah said...

Assalamu alaykum ukhti, I pray you and your family are well in high eemaan, ameen. Insha Allaah your having a great 'eid, alhamdulillaah our first day has been nice, Masha'Allaah.

Sis, Jazakillaahu khairan for leaving your comment on my blog, I'm realy sorry, but I just accidentally deleted it, I must have ticked the wrong box when I tried to publish it, Qadr Allaah.

With regards to the homeschooling group, I have been wanting to come, insha Allaah maybe I'll come to the next one, would be nice to meet you, bi idhnillaah.

Tk care sis, wa salaamu 'alaykum.

Oum Anas said...

Wa aleikum salaam sisters

Sis Umm Khadijah, my comment seems to show up just fine now :)

Maybe just a glitch that made it take a while to show in your browser.

Looking forward to meeting you too, inshaa Allah. Take care you too.

Wa aleikum salaam