What did the Sahaba and Tabieen say about Music?


 Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّهِينٌ

“And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech to mislead [others] from the way of Allah without knowledge and who takes it in ridicule. Those will have a humiliating punishment”

(Surah Luqman Verse 6)

What does Lahwal Hadeeth mean in this verse?

Let see what the Scholar Sahaba had to say about this verse:

Abdullah bin Mas’ud (r) (One of the greatest Sahabi and amongst the most knowledge able of the Quran) was asked, ‘What does lahv al-hadith mean in this verse ?” He said thrice emphatically. ‘By God! it means singing.” (Ibn Jarir, Ibn Abi Shaibah. Hakim, Baihaqi).

The scholar of the ummah,Abdullah  Ibn ‘Abbaas (r)[ The son of the uncle of Rasool Allah ] said: this means singing.

Lets see what the Tabieen (the generation after the) had to say about Lahval Hadeeth.

Mujaahid ibn Jabr (a tabai, student of ibn Abbas and the earliest Scholar of the Ummah) said: this means playing the drum (tabl). (Tafseer al-Tabari, 21/40).

Al-Hasan al-Basri (a famous tabai and a great scholar ) said: this aayah was revealed concerning singing and musical instruments (lit. woodwind instruments). (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/451).

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The interpretation of the Sahaabah and Taabi’in, that ‘idle talk’ refers to singing, is sufficient.

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Among my ummah there will certainly be people who permit zinaa, silk, alcohol and musical instruments…” (Bukhari)

 

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Abdullah ibn Masood r

Abdullah ibn Abbas r

Mujahid ibn Jabr rh

Hasan Al Basri rh

Mushriks of Makkah used singing and story telling to distract people from the Quran.


Mushriks of Makkah used singing and story telling to distract people from the Quran.

When the disbelievers of Makkah could not stop the message of the Holy Prophet from spreading in spite of their best efforts, Nadr bin Harith said to the people of Quraish:  Look! I will tell you how to deal with him.”

Then he left Makkah for Iraq and managed to get from there legends and tales about the kings of Iran and Rustam and Isfandyar and started to arrange tale-telling parties to distract the people from the Qur’an and to absorb them in the tales.

And according to Ibn ‘Abbas, Nadr had bough singing girls also for the purpose. Whenever he heard that someone was coming under the Prophet’s influence, he would impose a singing girl on him with the instruction: “Feed him and entertain him with your songs so that he is absorbed in you and distracted from the other side(Quran/Islam).”

[This is narrated in the earliest written Seerah of Muhammad (s) Sirat ibn Hisham who wrote it from ibn Ishaq] See Tafheemul Quran by Maulana Modudi here

The movies, soaps, dramas, concerts, cinemas, singing, CDS of today is what Nadr did 1400 years ago. Is this not enough for us to stop indulging in Music Movies Dramas and soaps?

Story of Prophet Muhammad and the First Wahi for Young Children


Assalamu Alaykum,

This was one of the first stories I narrated to my daughter when she turned 3. I kept the story simple and to the point. My focus is on Allahs love and mercy therefore I refrained from mentioning death. After hearing this story a number of times, soon she memorized the names of all the important personalities in the life of our beloved Prophet Sallallahu alayhe wasallam and also the first few verses of Surah Alaq.

I wrote down what I narrate to her and this is for the parents to read and narrate in their own words. Add lots of emotions and voice variations to make the story interesting and capture the imagination of the young child. Make sure to recite the Quranic Ayahs with proper tajweed and soon your little one will memorize it too.

May Allah accept this small endeavour from me and make it beneficial to all Muslim parents out there.

Just for inspiration and some laughs (you will know why when you listen) I am sharing this voice clip of me narrating this story when Aaminah was 3 years old.

Wsalam,

Umm Aaminah
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Storyof Birth Of Prophet Muhammad and the First Wahi

Story of Ashaab e Kahf for Young Children


Bismillah

Assalamu Alaykum,
I have been narrating Stories from the Quran to my daughter since she was 3 years old. She is 4.5 now MashaAllah.

I used to narrate story of the Ashab e Kahf to her on fridays. I also love this Surah and tremendously enjoy its recitation by Mishari Rashid. I love to recite it as well.  Recently I started including actual verses of the Quran into the story of  Ashaab e Kahf.

She enjoyed the story tremendously MashaAllah and quickly memorized the dua of Ashab e Kahf. I decided to write down the story I narrate to her so other parents can benefit from it as well InshaAllah. May Allah accept from me.

Instead of the usual long long time ago beginning, i decided to narrate it as a Seerah event.How Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam was asked about Ashab e Kahf by the Makkans. This will  InshaAllah result in developing a strong attachment and love for Muhammad sallahualayhe wasallam.

This story is meant to be narrated by the parent. It would be best for the parent to read this story, memorize the verses and narrate them in their own words, full of emotions. If the child is young, some details can be skipped. I hope you will find the story beneficial.

UntitledDownload pdf: The Ashaab e Kahf

Wsalam,
Javeria.

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Simple Moon Phases for Kids


Bismillah.

I wanted to teach Aaminah about the Moon Phases last Ramadan, but I could not find anything simple and age appropriate.  She was 3 and a half last Ramadan. So I made the Moon Phases myself.  and I updated the file this year  and we did the moon phases again. Aaminah really enjoyed the activity. She now knows the names of a few phases of the moon MashaAllah. She explained the moon phases to her father after we did the chart. At night we also used a torch and balls to understand why the moon has phases.

These are the pics from last year.

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Here are the pics from this year.

You can download the pdf file for the Moon Phases  here :SimpleMoonPhasesChart

You have the option to print out a colorful Earth or a black and white one  to color in. You can also skip printing the sun and make one large sized one  yourself.

MOON PHASES CARDS

Will be doing an activity soon using these Moon Phases Cards

MoonPhasesCardsDownload pdf:MoonCards

Stories from the Quran for 3 -5 year olds


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After Aaminah turned 3, I started narrating to her bed time stories of the the Prophets. I did not use any book, but just made it up myself to make it age appropriate. In the beginning I would keep it very short with minimum details and then add more and more details considering her age . She is 4.6 now Masha Allah and she knows the basics of the stories of Adam,Nooh,Younus,Ibrahim,Yaqoob and Yusuf ,Musa, Haroon,, Esa alayhim salam and Muhammad (sallalahu alayhe wasallam). I plan to add more and more details as she grows up and introduce other Quranic stories and stories of the Sahaba later.

Before I started narrating the stories, she was already aware of Who and Where Allah SubhanaWatala is. Allah is our Rabb..Who created us, who gave us eyes and hands and feet, who provides us with food and water and all delicious things to eat, Allah makes us grow big, from being a little baby to a big girl. He is our creator, provider and sustainer.

I began with the story of creation of how Allah created everything out of nothing and he created the angels from light and jinns from fire then he created Adam from clay. Then how iblees did not bow down and then how they all were sent down to earth.

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Islamic Learning at home…


A few days ago, while we were eating , I was telling Aaminah some story and we were discussing Jannah and how all the Prophets will be there and we will see Allah InshaAllah.. all of a sudden Aaminah blurted out… I am shy. I asked her shy of what…she said “shy of going up!”

While a few  Fridays back ..Aminah came to me and said “Mama….can I have the Quran?” Why…I ask. “I want to teach huzaifah” comes the reply.

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While just this Friday while reading Surah Kahf, she came up to me and said I also want to see,so I recited Surah Kahf for her and then tried to simply explain to her what it meant. I pointed out various words… Kahf, she already knows the story of the people of the cave, so I recited the ayahs explained that to her again. When I reached the part about DhulQarnain, I told her that he was a King, but he was a Muslim who did good deeds so he helped  others. So explained that some people called Yajuj Majuj would come down the mountains and destroy everything so DhulQarnain built a very very big strong wall. SubhanAllah.. she said they can break it with a hammer! I then explained to her that when night comes they would get tired and say we will do it tomorrow, but they did nott say InshaAllah.. so Allah covers up the hole in t he wall and so the next day they have to try and break it all over again.

Story of Ashab e Kahf in Arabic (Flash) here

Story of the Seven Sleepers on Kids Land

 

House Rules


This Ramadan I wanted to focus on good behaviour and the Quran. For the Good Behaviour I made some simple basic house rules  for every day reminder. I wanted positive reinforcement and not a bad behaviour list…I used symbols to illustrate the good behaviour since Aaminah is just beginning to read and can not read a lot of text. I  printed and stuck them to a house shaped construction paper. The text in blue is the mafhoom of hadiths or ayahs. Since ramadan is coming up, it will give us ample opportunities to practice.

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I cut out the rules and Aaminah put the glue and all this while I explained to her what we were doing. I explained what is Darul ul Islam.. a house of peace a house of Salam, where everyone is happy and peaceful and lives according to the teaching of Islam. Dar ul Taqwa – house of Allah conciousness –  a house where we are aware that Allah is always watching us. Darul Quran – A house of Quran.. where we read, listen and live by the Quran.. so on and so forth. Then went on to explain each rule. I am making a seperate ‘bad behavior chart’ which will illustrate the bad behaviour which will not be tolerated in this house.

This is not just a reminder for the children , but for me as well.. to remember to be kind and forgiving when the kids wreck up the house! 🙂

If you would like to use these in your home, here is a pdf file for you to print out. Please use and share and remember me in your duas.

House Rules

Bob books are here!


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However much to my dismay,Aaminh is still not very keen to read and kept asking me to read out the book to her.she read a few words from a few pages,but not much interested in reading the whole book. I am not going to force her as I don’t want her to ‘hate’ reading and i don’t want her to use her sight memory as well.

When we push young children to read and they only have access to their right hemisphere for reading, we create learning problems for them in the future.

Read about the dangers of forcing children to read .. before their brain is fully developed..here

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I Have been trying to do various reading activities with aminah but she does not seem to be  too interested in reading and at times deliberately reads wrong . I KNOW she can read and has read many words but at times she just goes crazy and reads even the letters wrong. We tried to do movable alphabets an copying words but after two words she was tuned out. Maybe i should go very slow or just leave her alone for the time being.

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However her Arabic progress is going good Alhamdulilah and while playing with smartmax she made various Arabic letters..

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Homeschooling Milestone: Beginning to Read!


Yesterday was a miracle day alhamdulilah. Aminah was playing her reading game on the tablet   in which she always guessed the 3 letter word which she had to match with a picture,  but yesterday i realized that she was not guessing  but was selecting using the ending sound. She would get it right if there was no similar ending sound but would get it wrong if there were words with the same ending sound.eg for cat picture if there was cat and bat.  I took over to explain the beginning sound and lo and behold she got  how to blend two letters Alhamdulilah.

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After playing the game for a while, we did some reading , I wrote two letter words  on paper

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and we  did some reading . MashaAllah she got it! It was a breakthrough day for me. She still loses her focus and starts doing her  own writing as you can see her doodles and her  jeem as we are also doing Arabic, but its okay and I don’t push her if she does not want to do something.  So we probably did this for may be just a minute or two and then she we went off doing her own coloring etc.

Today we did some more reading on the blackboard and she was able to read two letter words such as on off go an at etc etc.  However at times she is still confused if she should read from left to right or right to left.
Later during the day we read level Pk of the Emaan reading series and she read the simple  words in the book such as  see funIMAG1558 IMAG1559

and then we moved on to three letter word picture match puzzle by jolly phonics! MashaAllah she got most of them correct except for mug and pin.

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It is such a wonderful day for me and I am extremely happy. It may mean nothing to parents whose children can read, but for me its a huge milestone in homeschooling. Even though she has been recognizing alphabets since she was 2.5 but she just was not able to get the concept of blending. So I totally quit trying to teach her to read, specifically because I did not want her to use her short term memory for reading and because of the many other reasons which I wrote in this blog post.  ‘Homeschooling the not so still’. The only thing we were doing was read aloud. We read almost  every day,various kinds of books, simple ones to downright high level ones – which i knew she was not understanding much, but she still insisted me to read those to her. Currently I began teaching her Arabic letters and their sounds and doing some Arabic vocabulary. Also formally began the Qaida and  memorizing the Quran. This is what we were focusing on these days and lo and behold she began to read

Anyways, she turned 4 in Januray and still no sign of understanding blending or  her trying to read and I began to have doubts and fears of my ability to homeschool successfully. I though she was going to stay illiterate and would eventually have to be put into a school. And behold in two days time she has began to read 3 letter words – which is exactly what her peers in school are doing. I asked a friend whose daughter attends school and is Aaminah’s age and she is also doing three letter words. So even though I DID NOT  do anything to teach her how to read – any activity or exercise or worksheets but MashaAllah she is reading and is not behind – which I had thought might be the case since I am homeschooling and not doing much!

Alhamdulilah.

Homeschooling Pre Schoolers – Beginners Guide


Bismillah

This was a reply to a sister who asked about  guide to books for homeschooling her 4 year old daughter. I hope many will find this useful InshaAllah

First of all I want you to read this post about schooling very young children which I wrote. I highly recommend that you read all the articles that I have mentioned in this post. Homeschooling the not so still
First test your daughter to see if her proprioceptive sytem is developed or not based on articles in the link above..if it is, her brain is developed for complex activities like reading,writing,spelling n maths, then you start these, using the montessori method. If its not, then let her play n do lots of outdoor activities and read aloud to her.
I would suggest that you buy lots of reading material and read aloud to her:
Islamic Material:
  • The Emaan Reading series of Bilal Philips. Buy ALL the levels. Pre K to Level 6. Would you believe that my 3.9 year old daughter enjoys the read aloud of Level 5 books and insists on me reading Level 6! They are available from AFAQ.  I got the whole series for around 7000  Rs. http://www.afaq.edu.pk/home.php
  • Buy Islamic story books from Goodword and Darussalam.
  • Visit Dawah books in Khadda Market,Karachi  and buy other Islamic story books by international publishers.
  • I found Allah the creator and Hilmy the Hippo series beautifully narrated with an interesting story line that keeps the childrens interest. Some books by them are available at dawah Books.
  • You can also follow this Islamic Curriculum designed by a Muslim homeschooling mom.
  • You can buy really great products from Smart Ark and Learning Roots and Mini Mumin However, they are not available anywhere in Pakistan unfortunatley ( some titles may be available at Dawah books). So you will have to order online.
  • English:
  • You can use Jolly Phonics to teach Phonics grammar etc. You can buy their products from the ELC/Mothercare shop at ZamZama.
  • Buy Moveable Alphabets, Magnetic Alphabets, White board, black board & magnetic board
  •  Buy lots of used story books from Sunday Bazaar and read aloud.
  • Use Montessori methods for teaching writing, such as sand papers, writing on suji/rice etc. If she is not interested in reading or writing, please do not force her,test her brain development as mentioned earlier.
  • There are lots of online reading programs like Reading Eggs. I tried the trial version but realized my daughter was then always wanting to hog the laptop! So I would not recommend online programs because they can be addictive and not very healthy for kids to be in front of the computer screen for so long. But its upto you.
Arabic:
  • Get Arabic books from Goodword and Darussalam from the Darussalam and Al Balagh book shop in Karachi.
  • Download Arabic Nasheeds for kids so they get used to hearing Arabic and learn the accent/pronunciation. Look for Salma nasheeds,nasheeds by mishary rashid etc.
  • Visit http://kids.islamweb.net/ and make her watch the stories of Prophets and other things on this Arabic only website.
  • visit http://amuslimchildisborn.blogspot.com/ for Arabic arts and crafts and a lot more homeschooling ideas.

Little Astronomers


Last night I woke at around 1:30 to attend to Aaminah and then I realized that the laundry was still on the clothes line on the roof!  In Islamabad the weather can turn around in seconds and afierce windstorms and rain has surprised us many many times, so i ran up to the roof to get the clothes and I was awestruck by the beautiful dark night sky and the stars shining brightly. I love the winter sky because its usually full of many things to explore and see. I saw a very bright star and realized it was a planet. I have been soo out of touch of the sky charts that I didn’t know which one it was.. probably Venus or Saturn. I suddenly had the urge to take out my scope, but realized that it was still packed. I had not even unpacked it after our move to Islamabad and I really missed the amazing time I had with it. I decided to unpack it the next morning.

So today I set up the scope and we watched the moon right before sunset. This was the first time Aaminah was able to actually see through the eye piece!  She said.. its a ball and then she said.. yeh moon jaisa lag raha hai (This looks like the moon)! Surprising she also said I want to see Mars! I was quite astonished as I had not mentioned anything about Mars!

She still has difficulty keeping one eye closed and I had to cover one of her eye with my hand so she could peek into the eye piece! I think it would be too difficult for her to spot the little planets in the eye piece. Little Huz was also very keen on looking through the scope, though he couldn’t figure out what in the world was going on!  He kept trying to fidget with the scope…err which I didn’t like much. Can’t wait for my little astronomers to grow up so we can have load of fun star gazing and looking at the beautiful night sky, the most amazing creation of Allah Subhana Watala!

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Annoying kid behaviour.. the real explanation


Fidgeting, biting, chewing,touching others and walls, clumsy behaviour, lack of attention and focus are all signs of an undeveloped Proprioceptive system. This video explains it beautifully. I feel terrible for getting annoyed and sometimes yelling at some of such behaviour in my daughter! May Allah forgive me and make me a better parent.