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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Effective Discipline Techniques

Effective Discipline Techniques
There are many simple and effective discipline methods a mother may use as an alternative to hitting.  In order to effectively use them, she must first educate herself regarding the purpose of misbehavior.  She must also discipline herself to be patient and proactive rather than reactive to her child’s behavior.  This is why understanding why your child misbehaves or acts as he does and knowing what you can do to help change his behavior is crucial if you want to effectively discipline your child. If you lack the understanding that you must develop a loving, nurturing and cooperative relationship between you and your child, discipline will be less successful.  In fact, it may become counterproductive in your efforts to manage and change your child’s behavior.  Your child may become more combative and unruly. In addition, he may seek out opportunities to become vindictive. This is why I strongly advise reading Secret II of this book prior to beginning this section. Along with the above knowledge, parents need to be aware that some children have certain conditions that make compliance more difficult for their child than normal functioning children.  Some of these disabilities were mentioned in Secret III.  With all of this information under your belt, the following discipline techniques will be much easier to apply and more effective.  And, Insha’Allah, you will be a more peaceful parent.

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Grandma Jeddah is the mother of 11 children and 13 grandchildren. She has taught hundreds of students for over 30 years at an Islamic school in Los Angeles, California.This is an excerpt from her book, 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 --

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