Friday, 7 February 2014

Struggling to Submit - Poem


Here is an awesome poem written by a young member of the Diamonds of Islam Youth Group at the 2013 Struggle to Submit (Part 2) sisters event. Very wise, deep and inspiring for someone her age tabarakallah!

Struggling to Submit

By Sara (11 years old)

Trouble arises in our community.
There is a struggle.
To submit.
To Allah.

On the day of their birth, a child, is innocent, pure and clean,
Sadly, years later, their goodness, is unseen.
Something’s happening, that’s changing us from good to bad,
There are muslims that aren’t praying,
But it’s not a passing fad,
Their faces are plastered in colours and lines,
Speeding in cars, receiving fines,
They say they’re trying to be Muslim…that they’re just struggling a bit ….this, oh youth is the struggle to submit,

Temptations too close at hand,
Earphones, which once played the Qur’aan,
Now shouts the sound of music, which calls them to haraam,

Our youth is slipping and sliding, our foundations are crumbling away.
What is happening to our youth?
What is distracting them away?
We want them to be believe, not to be guided astray,

Their once faithful hearts are turning to black,
Is it belief that they lack?
Trying to fill,
False promises of happiness

Have they gone too far?
Can we bring them back?
Are they too far away from the righteous track?
Have they let go of the rope of Allah?
Are they too distracted by this life’s hardship?

There are so many challenges that we have to face in this its as if you’re on an Obstacle Course.
The path you’re following is bumpy,
and sometimes there are roads, that lead to the bad side, there’s rocks that you have to jump over,
 and sometimes you’re going to get cut,
 there’s stairs that you’ll have to climb, and sometimes you’re going to fall off.
 Sometimes you’re going to collapse, into millions of pieces-
sometimes you feel like screaming, because it’s hard…to stay on this path, when we’re bombarded with continuous indecency.

What’s going to happen? I don’t know.

Youth is focused on now, and making their hearts full of fleeting happiness, youth wants to find something, youth wants to be the first, the best.

The happiness they’re looking for is in Islam,
The hadith, the prayer, and in the Qur’aan!
They don’t listen. They don’t bother.

I’m scared of the struggles that await me,
I haven’t faced so many challenges yet,
I don’t know what to expect,

I’m worried, anxious, as I nervously wait,
For my challenges to come,
I don’t know if I’m going to pass,
Or if I’m going to get lost too,
But this is why I’m telling you,
All these reminders, this whole poem,
I don’t want you to get lost either,
We never know what’s coming,
We may be excellent muslims now,
But our futures may be different,
And as we journey through the obstacles in life
We will all face trouble and strife,
It is the help of Allah we must remember to seek, not that of a song, or a celebrity’s tweet.

Just remember at the times you struggle and grieve, after the hardship, always comes ease.

Learning Tawheed Through Stories!



I wanted to share with you all a great resourse to use with children that teaches the basics of Tawheed as well as giving a basic understanding of Allah's names through stories. I myself have found them greatly beneficial with my children as well as myself so adults will also benefit from reading them.

I have been using the 'Perfecting Pillars' series by Ad-Duha with my children over the past few years. It is a series of eight books that are titled in four sets of two using the main characters' names.

For example:

Muhammad & Maryam (Books 1 & 2) = This is about a young brother and sister who homeschool and their parents teach them about Allah. For ages approx 3 - 6.

Ibraheem and Iman (Books 3 & 4) =
This is about a Grandmother who is helping her son raise her  Grandson (after his wife passes away). They study Allah's names through paintings done by the grandfather that are kept up in the attic. For ages approx  6 - 9.

Khadija and Khaled (Books 5 & 6) =
This is about the two eldest children of Ibraheem who is now a grown man and an Imam of a masjid. They learn about their great grand fathers' paintings and help their parents with their siblings. Khadija grows up to marry a convert brother and have her own child. (from books 3 & 4)

Fatimah and Fuad (Books 7 & 8) = This set is about a homeschooling brother and sister who are given an assignment to do about salah and they realise they don't know much and embark on a journey of research to learn the Fiqh of salah but also the meaning and importance of it in the life of a Muslim.

Each story follows the characters as they grow up and go about their lives, experiences and discussions and incorporates a life lesson about Allah/Salah in each chapter. The chapter is then followed by some questions and answers to reinforce each lesson and review previous lessons (particularly when Allah's names are being covered). Each duo set gets progressively detailed, longer and 'maturer' in content which works perfectly as your children get older and you complete each set.

I have found the books to be especially helpful in my own understanding of Allah and His names as well as giving excellent opportunities for my children and I to discuss and reflect upon the Names and Attributes of Allah through the relatable stories. Each chapter takes 5-10 minuntes to read but we find ourselves discussing things all the way through the story and for up to half an hour Alhamdulillah.

I often think that without these stories, perhaps I wouldn't know where to start with explaining Allah to my children and how to help them grasp the reality of our 'unseen' Creator and Maker as this was not something I had grown up with and so didn't really know how to.

Families can read the books perhaps once per week or as a daily bedtime story.