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, November 16, 2014

Grandma Jeddah's Book Reveiw: Everyday Islam: an Easy and Peaceful Way of Life

Grandma Jeddah Reviews 
Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi's new Book

Grandma Jeddah's Book Reveiw: Everyday Islam: an Easy and Peaceful Way of Life 

Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi’s Everyday Islam: an Easy and Peaceful Way of Life
You’ve heard it said many times before: Islam is a way of life. Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi presents a fitting display of this phrase in her new book, Everyday Islam:  An Easy and Peaceful Way of Life.

Everyday Islam gives examples of how every act we perform in our daily lives from sun up to sundown can be done in accordance with the teachings of Quran and our Prophet Muhammad (saw). The book covers useful practices we should instill in our lives starting with getting up in the morning until it’s time to retire in the evening.  Sister Shumaysa reminds us of helpful du’a we should make throughout the day such as when entering the bathroom, leaving the home, and returning back to our dwellings.

The book is clear, precise and easy reading—nothing challenging, just a simple reminder of how to place Islam first in our lives throughout the day. Shumaysa uses an easy going and warm style throughout the book. You feel like a friend is guiding you with gentle and kind reassurance that the Islamic way is indeed the best way to live your life, and it can be done simply.

I especially like her sections on childrearing and marriage. She emphasizes the importance of spending quality time with your family. She explains how time with family not only strengthens the bond of love, but it makes for a healthier family in general.  Indeed, those closest to us deserve our love, caring and affection most. She reminds us that having a family is one of the greatest blessings one can have, as many in the world have lost theirs.

A reflective hadith she includes in the book says that the one who maintains the ties of kinship is the one who does so when his relatives cut off ties from him—an admirable practice to remember.
Regarding the importance of marriage, she emphasizes what many of us already know but need constant reminders of— in order to have a healthy society, we need healthy family units which foster strong values. This is the type of environment which will nurture our children to become the”torch bearers of Islamic ethics and ideology”, she explains.

Everyday Islam stresses the importance of instilling good habits and manners in our children while they are young.  As we know, habits formed during childhood are often the ones that remain with us into adulthood. Reading Shumaysa’s  book Everyday Islam and using it’s reminders of how  to make Islam a part of our daily lives is a helpful guide in our endeavor to impri an Islamic way of life in our children’s hearts.

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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.She 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.  Order her e-book or Subscribe to her free newsletter at --  and

1 comment:

  1. Jazak Allahu Khairan for the wonderful review, it brings a clear view about what the book is all about and what the author is trying to convey. :)


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