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al quran fi ramadhan – thoughts on quran and taraweeh


“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you may attain taqwaa [in general, it means ‘God consciousness,’ ‘God awareness,’ ‘fear of God,’ and so on].” [Soorah al-Baqarah (2):183]

Ask your son or daughter, what can we do during this month to attain taqwaa? We will fast insha’Allah, recite Quran, memorize Quran, give in charity, increase our salah, pray taraweeh… etc.

Then tell them the beauty of what Allah subhana wa t’ala says, “.. and when my servants ask you [oh Muhammad] concerning me, tell them I am near. I will respond to the supplicant when he calls upon me. So let them respond to me [by obedience] and believe in me so that they may be [rightly] guided. [Soorah al-Baqarah (2):186]

Following this is a good time to teach them some dua’a they use in supplications. If they are older, take them to taraweeh with you (or have your husband take them insha’Allah). If your first language with your children is not arabic, make sure to go over the Quran that was recited in taraweeh so they can understand what was said. It is good mashaAllah to get through the whole Quran in a month, but there is more reward if you know the meaning behind it inshaAllah.

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nature walk and sensory bin

Asalaamu alaikum sisters,

Today my son took the bag I made for him and we went together on a nature walk. He collected soo many things such as berries, acorns, leaves, twigs, walnuts, etc. Afterwards we made a sensory bin and talk about the texture… is it bumpy, prickly, smooth or rough? Then I printed out the leaf sheet to classify leaves… we also made a chain of berries, and spoke about how Allah is our creator and created everything for us mashaAllah, it was a productive science and art homeschooling/unschooling afternoon!



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MashaAllah, seven year old imam

Asalaamu alaikum ramahtullah wa barakatu

InshaAllah at seven, my son will memorize Quran and recite like this boy from Houstan inshaAllah…Allah protect, and lead and guide him, as with my son and all the other young Quran students who are learning inshaAllah, ameen.

And of course my favourite child reciting online mashaAllah… Surah Ya’Sin…

edit:This boy, Mohammed Taha, has beautiful recitation too mashaAllah….

“Time runs out and people pass away. But the Quran stays untouched, and continues to color our lives.”

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Asalaamu alaikum sisters
This is a repost of points from a sister’s post which you can find here inshaAllah… I felt the same way after my son was one year old and could not sit still during taraweeh or lectures subhanAllah. I read this and I think astughfiruallah….

“When I had my first child, I was really frustrated that my husband would enjoy taraweeh in the masjid whilst I either stayed at home or went to the masjid only to be surrounded by loads of screaming babies and kids! In a way I silently resented the fact that he was having this amazing Ramadan and I wasn’t. When I had my second child, it was almost impossible for me to even think about attending taraweeh! Until, a sister gave a beautiful talk that I attended. In it she advised us that Ramadan should not be about ‘who can get to the masjid and pray’, but rather we should make Ramadan as pleasant and as easy as possible for our husbands. Something like this, if the intention is correct, could mean a lot of reward. I don’t know about you, but I am unable to make it to taraweeh in the masjid with 3 young children and I used to feel that the loss of that type of ibaadah was so great. And whilst it is, we need to choose other ways to gain reward in this blessed month.”

Seriously, making Ramadan as easy as possible for our husbands will not only make them happy but is a simple way of gaining that ajr that we so need. So, yes, why not place a glass of water to their mouth as the Prophet (saw) used to do to Aisha (RA). Why not, iron their clothes ready for taraweeh and eid? Why not run them a nice bath to make ghusl in on yawmul jumuah?

By Allah, before I became Muslim I would never have seen myself doing these things, but you know what it is all about the intention behind deeds. In a book called ‘Winning the hearts of your husband’, the author narrates a story of one of the pious predecessors in which she was advising her daughter before she got married. She advises her ‘Be like a slave to him and he will become your slave’. Couldn’t agree more. And look at it this way too. Not only will you be gaining the pleasure of Allah and an easy way to gain extra good deeds which will also make your husband happy but it will unite the hearts between your husband and you.

from this sister’s wisdom masha’Allah, we learn:
– that we should be patient with our situation and only khair (what is good) comes from Allah subhana wa t’ala.
– if we do things with the right intention then we too, insha’Allah can gain ajer equal to what our husbands do to please Allah, and Allah subhana wa t’ala knows best.
– this month can not only bring us closer to Allah, but also to our husbands. The intention during the month of ramadhan is to please Allah and come close to Him, though through those intentions, we inadvertently make our relationship with our husband closer and more loving, Allahu alem.

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What is a Juz?

asalaamu alaikum rahmatullah wa barakatu, recently another sister asked me the meaning of a “Juz of al-Qur’an”. Here is the best explaination insha’Allah, as follows…

juz’ Arabic: جزء‎, plural اجزاء ajza’ ) literally means “part.” It is one of thirty parts of roughly equal length into which the Qur’an is sometimes divided. This division facilitates recitation of the Qur’an in a month, especially during Ramadan when the entire Qur’an is recited in the Tarawih salat; reciting approximately one juz’ a night. A juz’ is further divided into two ahzab (groups), and each hizb (group) is in turn subdivided into four quarters. The most commonly referred and memorized juz’ is “juz’ Amma‘,” which is the 30th juz’ and contains Surahs 78 through 114, most of the shortest suras in the Qur’an; these are the suras typically read during regular prayer, and ‘Amma is generally taught first to our sons/daughters.

Juz Hizb Sura
1 1 (1:1) – (2:74)
2 (2:75) – (2:141)
2 3 (2:142) – (2:202)
4 (2:203) – (2:252)
3 5 (2:253) – (3:14)
6 (3:15) – (3:91)
4 7 (3:92) – (3:170)
8 (3:171) – (4:23)
5 9 (4:24) – (4:87)
10 (4:88) – (4:147)
6 11 (4:148) – (5:26)
12 (5:27) – (5:82)
7 13 (5:83) – (6:35)
14 (6:36) – (6:110)
8 15 (6:111) – (6:165)
16 (7:1) – (7:87)
9 17 (7:88) – (7:170)
18 (7:171) – (8:40)
10 19 (8:41) – (9:33)
20 (9:34) – (9:93)
11 21 (9:94) – (10:25)
22 (10:26) – (11:5)
12 23 (11:6) – (11:83)
24 (11:84) – (12:52)
13 25 (12:53) – (13:18)
26 (13:19) – (15:1)
14 27 (15:2) – (16:50)
28 (16:51) – (16:128)
15 29 (17:1) – (17:98)
30 (17:99) – (18:74)
16 31 (18:75) – (19:98)
32 (20:1) – (20:135)
17 33 (21:1) – (21:112)
34 (22:1) – (22:78)
18 35 (23:1) – (24:20)
36 (24:21) – (25:20)
19 37 (25:21) – (26:110)
38 (26:111) – (27:59)
20 39 (27:60) – (28:50)
40 (28:51) – (29:44)
21 41 (29:45) – (31:21)
42 (31:22) – (33:30)
22 43 (33:31) – (34:23)
44 (34:24) – (36:21)
23 45 (36:22) – (37:144)
46 (37:145) – (39:31)
24 47 (39:32) – (40:40)
48 (40:41) – (41:46)
25 49 (41:47) – (43:23)
50 (43:24) – (45:37)
26 51 (46:1) – (48:17)
52 (48:18) – (51:30)
27 53 (51:31) – (54:55)
54 (55:1) – (57:29)
28 55 (58:1) – (61:14)
56 (62:1) – (66:12)
29 57 (67:1) – (71:28)
58 (72:1) – (77:50)
30 59 (78:1) – (86:17)
60 (87:1) – (114:6)

references: Ali, Abdullah Yusuf (1999). The Meaning of the Holy Quran. Amana Publications. ISBN 0915957329

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