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
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.