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-- (1-323) 296-5961

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wait a Minute—A true Story By: Grandma Jeddah

This  is a true story.  The names and details have been changed.
            Umm Ibraheem just couldn’t understand it.  When she asked her 5-year-old son Ibraheem to get out his pajamas for bed, he said, “Wait a minute,”  and ran off to pet the baby kitten.  When she told him to sit down to eat dinner, he said “Wait a minute,” and dashed into the bedroom to search for his lost ball.  When she told him to put on his shoes to get ready to go outside, he said, “Wait a minute,” and trotted over to his dresser to pick out a new shirt to slip on.
            One day while Umm Ibraheem was in the kitchen washing dishes Ibraheem thumped into the kitchen, glanced up at his mom and said, “Can you fix me some oatmeal, “Wait a minute,” said his mother, “I’m washing dishes.“
             Later that day when  Umm Ibraheem was on the computer typing, Ibraheem clutched his mother’s dress and said, “Can I sit on your lap?”
            “Wait a minute,” said his mother, “I’m busy right now.”
              That night when it was almost time for Ibraheem to go to sleep, he leaned over the bed where his mother was resting with her book in her hands and asked, “Can you read me a story?”
            “Wait a minute, I’m reading right now,” replied his mother.
            “Why do you always say ‘wait a minute?’” asked Ibraheem, with a scowl.
            Umm Ibraheem shifted her eyes from the page and stared at her son.
            The room was silent.
            Umm Ibraheem rolled over and swung her legs off the bed.  She walked into the kitchen, reached for a cup from the cabinet, got out a carton of milk from the refrigerator and poured the milk half way into the cup.  Then she gently leaned over and handed the cup of milk to her son with a warm smile. 
            From that day on, Umm Ibraheem replaced the words “Wait a minute” with the word “Okay,” more often.  And guess what . . . So did her son Ibraheem.

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  1. This is such a cute story! I like the message about modeled behavior.--Yaleh umm Julaibeeb

  2. WOW! Mashallah, when they say your children are a mini version you, it's so true! Allahul Mustaan!

  3. Assalamu Alaikum Sister Yaleh,
    Jazakalakhair for your thoughtful comments.

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  5. Assalamu Alaikum Umm Abdullah,
    Masha'Allah, I agree with your point on our little ones being a mini version of us. May Allah bless us all to be good examples for our children.
    Jazakalakhair for your post.


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