How often do we catch ourselves being overwhelmed by life? I mean, so overwhelmed that we forget the purpose of why we are living? And what is the purpose of living, you ask: to worship Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala), to follow the Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), and to pass this life’s test so that we can reach Jannah with our families Insha’Allah!
If we have time for social media, social gatherings, and socializing, then why don’t we make time for Islam? No really, why don’t we? Now, I know it’s hard- especially if you are a parent. But, you know what? It’s not impossible to teach Islam within your household on a daily basis…all it takes is 10 minutes each day!
Here’s a challenge to all of you (and for myself): Take 10 minutes out of your day, and teach your family about Islam. Here are some simple tips to help you out:
Select an appropriate time of day: Select a time where you can spend 10 minutes of the day with your family. This can be after Fajr prayer, during the car ride from school, after school, during supper, before bed, or even while you are making dinner and your children are in the kitchen with you….really, any time of day that works for you and your family!
Choose a topic: More often than not, individuals (especially children) will not learn much from an hour-long discussion due to boredom and distractions, therefore select a topic that you can spend 10 minutes on each day. Below are some examples on what you and your family can discuss:
10 Minute Islamic Topics:
1.Go over one step of Salaah with your children
2.Recite one ayah of a Surah together
3.Go over the pronunciation and writing of one arabic letter
4.Recite a dua together- dua for going to the washroom, waking up, going to bed, etc.
5.Go over one of the attributes of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)
6.Memorize the meaning of one of the 99 names of Allah
7.Memorize the name of one Islamic month
8.Talk about the significance of one Islamic event (Islamic new year, Eid, Ramadan, Hajj, Umrah etc.)
9.Memorize and discuss one of the pillars of Islam
10.Talk about the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) i.e sitting down and drinking with your right hand, sleeping on your right side
If you prefer, feel free to choose a theme for each week. For example, in week one your family can learn seven names of Allah and the meanings of those names, and in week two your family can learn about the attributes of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), and so forth.
Keep a journal: Keeping a journal will help with reviewing the topics covered. Have your children write down the date and what they learned each day; they can also draw pictures, if appropriate.
I want to emphasize that if we really care about something we WILL find the time for it, will we not? Just like we are able to find the time for helping our children with their homework and science projects, surely we can find the time to teach them the most important lessons of this life- the lessons of Islam.
Please share this challenge with your families and friends and help them to reach Jannah too, Insha’Allah!