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Monday, 17 Safar 1434H / 31 December 2012

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THE MESSAGE
PAYING ATTENTION TO CHILDREN AT HOME

By Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

There is nothing more beautiful than a father and his children coming together to read Qur’aan, with a simple commentary, offering rewards for memorizing passages. Young children have memorized Soorat al-Kahf from hearing it recited repeatedly by their fathers every Friday. You can teach children the basics of Islamic Aqeedah, for example as mentioned in the Hadeeth, “Heed Allaah’s commandments and He will protect you.” You can teach children good manners and the Adhkaar prescribed by Islam, for example for eating, sleeping, sneezing, greeting and asking permission to enter.

There is nothing more attractive or effective for children than telling them Islamic stories, such as the story of Nooh (peace be upon him) and the Flood; the story of Ibraaheem (peace be upon him), and how he broke the idols and was thrown into the fire; the story of Moosa (peace be upon him) being saved from Pharaoh, who was drowned; the story of Yoonus (peace be upon him) in the belly of the whale; the story of Yoosuf (peace be upon him) in brief; the biography of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), such as the beginning of his mission and his Hijrah; some of the Islamic battles such as Badr and al-Khandaq; other stories from the Prophet’s life such as the story of the man and the camel which he did not feed properly but abused it by making it work too hard; stories of righteous people, such as the story of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) and the woman and her hungry children in the tent; the story of the people of al-Ukhdood (the ditch); the story of the people of the garden in Soorat al-Qalam [68], and the three companions of the cave. There are many good stories which you can tell in a brief and simple manner, with a few comments. These are better for us and we have no need of the many stories that go against Aqeedah, or frightening myths that distort children’s concept of reality and make them cowardly and afraid.

Beware of letting your children go out with just anybody, lest they come back home uttering bad words and behaving badly. Be selective when choosing children of relatives and neighbours to invite to come and play with your children at home.

Make sure that your children’s play is both entertaining and purposeful. Give them a special playroom, or at least a cupboard for their toys, where they can keep their toys tidy. Avoid toys that go against Sharee’ah, like musical instruments, or toys that have crosses or them, or games containing dice.

It is also a good idea to make a corner where children can practice hobbies such as carpentry, electronics and mechanics, or play some permissible computer games. With regard to the latter, we should be alert to the fact that some computer games show the worst types of pictures of women on the screen, and other games have crosses in them; one person has even told me that there is a game that involves gambling against the computer – the player chooses one of four girls whose pictures appear on the screen to represent the other player, and if he wins, his prize is to see the worst kind of picture of the girl.

Separating boys and girls in their beds or sleeping arrangements. This is one of the things that distinguish those who are committed to their religion from those who do not care.

Joking and showing affection. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to play with children and pat their heads; he would speak to them in a kind and gentle manner, giving the littlest one the first fruit, and even letting them ride on his back sometimes. There follow two examples of how he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) played with al-Hasan and al-Husayn:

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to stick his tongue out at Hasan ibn ‘Ali, and the child would see the redness of his tongue, and would like it and come running to him.” (Reported by Abu’l-Shaykh in Akhlaaq al-Nabi (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wa Aadaabuhu; see al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, no. 70). Ya’laa ibn Murrah said: “We went out with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and we were called to eat, when we saw Husayn playing in the street. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) rushed ahead of the people, holding out his arms, and the child was running hither and thither; the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was laughing with him until he caught him, then he put one of the child’s hands under his chin and other other on top of his head, and kissed him.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari in al-Adab al-Mufrad, no. 364; Saheeh Ibn Maajah, 1/29)..

 

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* Zuma has SA barking mad - President Jacob Zuma rushed to defend his statements about dogs and hair straightening after a frenzied debate – plus a lot of light-hearted banter – erupted among South Africans on social networking sites and radio stations on Thursday.

* Armed robbers stop to play with baby - A Botha’s Hill family experienced a different kind of goodwill on December 26 when their house was broken into by armed burglars who took time to play with their six-month-old son.

* Refinery man nabbed with stolen gold - An employee of a gold refinery in Germiston has been arrested after being found with one kilogram of stolen gold nuggets, the Hawks said on Thursday.

* Egypt probes alleged incitement to oust Morsi - Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow President Mohammed Morsi.

* Obama set to launch last-chance budget talks - US President Barack Obama and legislators are set to launch a last-chance round of budget talks, days before a New Year's deadline to reach a deal or watch the economy go off a "fiscal cliff."

RECIPE
Coffee Cake

cup butter
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
1 cups self rising flour
tsp baking powder
2 tsp coffee dissolved in 2 Tbsp boiling water.
cup chopped walnuts/ pecan nuts

Method:
Beat butter until and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat mixture till fluffy. Sift flour and baking powder and add to above. Lastly add in coffee mixture and nuts, pour into 2 sand which tins and bake at 180 for 20 to 25 min.

Icing:
Icing sugar
100ml cold water
1 Tbsp coffee dissolved in 2 Tbsp boiling water
125g butter

Place sugar and water in a saucepan mix well and allow to boil until it thickens. Cool slightly. In separate bowl add egg yolks and sugar syrup and beat well together. Add dissolved coffee to above mixture and beat again. Add butter to icing mixture and beat again. Add butter to icing mixture. Lastly ice cakes with the coffee icing and decorate as desired.

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