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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Muslim Child and no Less (By Grandma Jeddah)

A Muslim Child and no Less
By Grandma Jeddah

Without doubt, educating our young ones is an important part of our religion. For many, the most admired and respected academic skill to teach our children is reading. But what about the child who is dyslexic? What about the child that has a severe learning disability?  What about the child that will never be able to read beyond fourth grade because he has a cognitive disability?

For these children, we must first acknowledge that not all children are the same. Some excel in social skills, others in academics, and then others in creativity. We must remember to be sensitive to those of our children who are square pegs in a round environment. For some of us, certain of our children will not be able to earn higher-level degrees. And that is OK.

We must find other areas of interest and ability to build their self worth. As parents, this is our responsibility. Children with lower capacities to achieve academically are especially in need of nurturing, kindness, and direction in life.
Hadith and Quran frequently refer to lowering our wing for those who are less capable in society: orphans, widows, the poor.
Make a special effort today to let your square child know that you love him or  her and are proud of them because they are who they are—your Muslim child.

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