Poem for the Day: Be Thankful!

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also

thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they

can become your blessings.

 - Anonymous

 

SOURCE: Jannah.org (Some Islamic Poems)

Poem for the Day: One Big Family

Children's hands together

photo by muslimpage

 

One Big Family

by Rukhsana Khan 

Everyone walking on the face of the earth 

Came from one woman and man 

So why should we fight, we should be making peace 

And doing all the good that we can. 

One big family, 

One big family, 

Let’s live together in harmony, 

We’re one big family. 

Whether we’re from the north or south 

From the east or west or in between 

We all know what love is about 

And it hurts when people are mean. 

One big family, 

One big family, 

Let’s live together in harmony, 

We’re one big family. 

SOURCE: Muslim Child. A Collection of Short Stories and Poems by Rukhsana Khan. Napolean Publishng, 1999. 72 pages. 0929145161X.

Muslim American Girls Magazine [Magazine Review]

Very recently I came across the Muslim American Girls Magazine and I was quite impressed with the content and layout of it. It is an online magazine geared toward girls and young women up to age 16. The website contains excerpts from articles in the magazine and information about how the magazine began. To read the magazine you have to subscribe to it by sending an email to the editor (subscription is free).

The magazine’s founder and editor is a young woman in the United States who started the writing articles when she was only ten years of age. For several years she published monthly issues online but this is the first “magazines format” being issued. According to the editor, “the goal of the magazine is to promote reading and writing among Muslim girls.” In addition, she writes that “Muslim girls have a fun, informative and halal magazine to read.”

The March/April issue is filled with everything that would appeal to a preteen and teenage girl (maybe because many of the contributors are themselves preteens and teens). The features and columns range from recipes and crafts to book reviews and a page for fashions. Readers are shown how to live an Islamic life by being conscious of those less well off than themselves, by learning the fears and hopes of someone adopting the hijab for the first time and through various inspirational Islamic quotes. Also included are a beauty/health column, a fun corner (with riddles and challenges) and information on adopting a hobby. These are all interspersed with beautiful photography and poetry. This magazine is not only professionally done but it is relevant and eye-catching.

Talking Points: Young girls may find reassurance in reading about the views and experiences of others like themselves in this magazine. Schools can benefit from a subscription to this magazine in the classroom or library and use the ideas as a starting point for discussions and to encourage writing projects among their students (which could then be submitted to the magazine for publication).

Now what I would like to see is a magazine for Muslim boys and teens! Anyone up to the challenge? Anyone knows of such a magazine?

My Mum is a Wonder (Book Review)

To honour our mothers today for International Women’s Day, I present this delightful book that young children  (2 – 4 years) will enjoying reading with an adult or on their own for children 4½ and up.

 

Every morning when I arise,
It always comes as a surprise
To see my mum dressed and ready,
Reading Qur’an by the baby.


 In My Mum is a Wonder, a little boy describes the wonderful things his mother does for him, his family and their community. As he grows he learns to appreciate what his mother does and embraces the opportunity to do the same for her when he grows up. The narrative is told is simple rhyme with beautiful, clear illustrations that match the text appropriately.

The book opens with the boy awakening to find his mom reading the Qur’an, setting the tone for a peaceful day. Upon returning from school the boy and his mom share moments together from watering the flowers in the garden to memorizing Qur’an; showing the close bond that develops between parent and child. Mum looks after the little boy when he is ill. But Mum does makes a difference in the world too. The little boy sees her giving charity, visiting the sick and elderly and hosting family, neighbours and friends for Eid. The book concludes with the little boy, now grown into a man, taking care of his mother.

From eating together to praying together we see how eman (faith), love and peace fills the home of this family. Generosity, kindness and patience are some of the virtues of motherhood that are highlighted in this delightful picture book.  

Talking points: This book is an excellent resource for reading and discussion in the classroom or home as it shows the child why s/he must respect and honour his mother. When reading aloud, stop and discuss what can be seen in the pictures (look for the cat hiding on some pages!). Encourage older children to make a list of the things that their mothers do for them and what they could do to show their appreciation to her at present and in the future. Discuss how important it is to respect our elders and take care of them.

 Title: My Mum is a Wonder

Author: Michele Messaoudi

Illustrator: Rukiah Peckham

Publisher: The Islamic Foundation

Date: 2002

ISBN: 0860372987

Age Group: 2 – 4 years (Read Aloud); 4½ – 6 years (Read on own)