Principal's Message

Message from the Principal: Brother Eric Ali-- When guiding our children toward proper Islamic character, we must remember that part of being a wise teacher or parent is being kind and gentle with our children. During the time of the Prophet (saw), a Bedouin urinated in the masjid. Immediately the Prophet’s companions rushed toward the man to beat him. But the Prophet (saw) told them to leave him alone. After the man finished urinating, the Prophet (saw) told him, “Verily, filth and urine are not permitted in these masjids. Indeed, it is for the remembrance of Allah.” The Messenger said to his companions, “I was sent to make things easy, and I was not sent to make things difficult.” And he poured a bucket of water over the urine. Even though our children were raised in Islam, eventually they will have to choose to be Muslims. Let’s help make the proper decision easy for them.-- Al-Madinah School: 1635 South Saint Andrews Place, Los Angeles, California 90019-- madina@pacbell.net (1-323) 296-5961

Friday, September 2, 2011

Speak to them Words of Kindness and Justice by: Grandma Jeddah

To those weak of understanding, give not your property which Allah has assigned to you to manage,  but feed and clothe them therewith, and speak to them words of kindness and justice (Sura An-Nisaa 4:5)
Some of us have children with learning disabilities, autism, mental retardation or other intellectual weaknesses.  According to Tafsir of Ibn Kathir1, the term “weak of understanding” can apply to our children with weak intellect.
Allah knows everything.  He knows how trying and challenging managing such children can be at times.  However, in this ayat, he tells us to “speak to them words of kindness and justice. “
The next time you are disciplining and growing impatient with your child that has some form of intellectual challenge, let Allah’s words be your guide: “. . . speak to them words of kindness and justice.”
1http://www.quran4u.com/Tafsir%20Ibn%20Kathir/004%20Nisa.htm

Grandma Jeddah is the author of Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline your Muslim Child—And Keep your Peace of Mind While at It. Subscribe to her free newsletter at www.grandmajeddah.com.

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