Ramadan

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Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim

Chosen Opportunities from Allah

It is reported from Ka’b Al-Ahbâr – Allâh have mercy on him – that he said:Allâh chose from the months the month of Ramadân, from all the lands He chose Makkah, from the nights He chose Laylatu Al-Qadr (The Night of Decree), and chose the times for prayers; so a believer is always between two good deeds: one he has done and the other he is waiting to do.Abû Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyâ` Vol.2 p458.
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Ramadan is here again, this year it is  longer days again. subhan Allah. Allah make it easy on us all and accept are fasting. My children love this special month it’s such a nice time which the whole family feels. I’m focusing this year on behaviour and how to react better when they are upset with each other. Sobr is going to be needed, for us all to truly get the blessing from Allah. So I’m telling them to think hard before speaking and try to do more for each other, the aim is that this makes them more aware of being kind and the reward is with Allah. It’s something I will hope can continue after this month.

We have put up are display wall of posters that go up yearly, as well as new work. They have done posters on Ramadan and the the moon phases. They have all wrote a poem Alhamdulillah. We have been listening to lectures reading more quran as well as reading books on Ramadan. I have not got any timetable, as will not no what each day brings with three children all fasting Subhan Allah.They are all aware that there are things that have to be done throughout the day that are ibadah that we always do. We can all try to add something small, that will be easy to do and have the intention to keep doing it after Ramadan in shaa Allah.
My boy’s poem
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My oldest poster
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They also did a peice of art work based on Ramadan. Which they all enjoyed maa shaa Allah. Kids love to be creative.

My youngest is based on a view of a windows looking out seeing the masjid, with the hanging letters inside a house that spell out Ramadan, within each letter a word that relates to Ramadan.(mums help)
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My oldest did a college based on a landscape of a masjid with a beautiful pink and yellow sky.
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My boy did a masjid with rays of light coming down from the sky with words that relate to Ramadan.
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Healthy eating is very important part of my families life, daily we have smoothies and eat a lot of fruit. When Ramadan comes I stress the importance to eat health is even more so. The fact is everyone things about food when they are fasting and tend to thing about all the bad food they would love to eat. Your body has rights that we should all aim to give. Are body has a well needed rest when we are fasting Alhamdulillah. We should break are fast with healthy food which will give are bodies the fuel it needs to be at its best. You have a car that you love and treat well, you put the best fuel in so it runs at its best, because anything other than that fuel will break the car. Thats just what we should be like, put the best in are bodies to get the best out. Which will only but help us in are ibaadah Subhan Allah.
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Suhoor fresh fruits
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Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said, discussing the blessings of Sahoor:“One of its blessings is that it supplies nourishment to the body throughout the day and helps one to be patient in refraining from food and drink, even during the long, hot days of summer, whereas when a person is not fasting you will find him drinking five or six times a day, and eating twice. But Allah has instilled blessing in sahoor, so it makes the body able to cope with fasting.”[Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh no. 223]

Dates and water ready to break our fast
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“When one of you breaks his fast, let him break the fast with dates. If he does not find (any dates) then let him break the fast with water; for indeed it is pure.” Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, Aboo Daawud, At-Tirmidhee, and Ibn Maa

It is related that Maalik bin Deenaar (rahimahullaah) said:

Eating to the fill hardens the heart and weakens the body. [And he also said]: Whoever gains mastery over his stomach, will gain mastery over all the righteous actions.

Mawsoo’ah Ibn Abi al-Dunyaa (4/96) through Hayat al-Salaf of Ahmad al-Tayyar.

Note:. Eating to the fill is harmful to both health (sihhah) and faith (eemaan) and discipline in controlling one’s appetite leads to discipline over all the righteous actions. If you can control the desires of the belly, then that training provides the patience required to master the (performance of) righteous deeds.

Translated by Abu Iyaad

Some links with reminders for us all to benefit from in shaa Allah
https://m.soundcloud.com/as-sabeel/blessing-and-virtues-of-ramadhan
http://www.salafisounds.com/sittings-in-ramadhan-1436h-2015-a-brief-word-on-the-salafi-methodology-by-abu-khadeejah/

My youngest good deed book, she writes everything she has done in the day Alhamdulillah
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Moon phases
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Fasting chart

My boy did a booklet on Ramadan
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Solar Eclipse


Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, <<Verily the sun and the moon are two signs among the signs of Allah by which He frightens His servants and they do not eclipse on account of the death or birth of anybody>>

As they have said there will be a Solar Eclipse on Friday 20th March 2015.. Allah knows best,  so we did a poster on it, read the hadith and went through how to pray. Mashaa Allah.

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The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “The sun and the moon are two signs from the signs of Allaah. They do not eclipse for the death of anyone neither their life (i.e. birth). Allaah uses these to strike fear into His slaves. So when you see them offer the prayer and supplicate until the eclipse passes away.” Reported by An-Nisaaee 3/152, Shaikh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله says Saheeh in Sunan An-Nisaaâee (#1502).

My girls poster on Solar Eclipse

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The most authentic reports concerning this Salah show that it consists of two Rak’ahs and that in each Rak’ah one should make two recitations and perform two Ruku’ (bowings) and two Sujud (prostrations). The person should make lengthy recitation, Ruku’ and Sujud. The first recital and Ruku’ should be longer than the second ones. Similarly, the recitation in the second Rak`ah should be shorter than the second recital in the first Rak`ah. The person should make Ruku’ in the second Rak`ah for a shorter time than the two Ruku’ in the first one. During the second Rak`ah, the person should make a second recital and Ruku’ for a shorter time than the first in the same Rak`ah.

As for the two Sujud, it is a Sunnah (recommended) to be lengthy providing that this does not cause any difficulty to the Ma’mums because this was the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) way.

two link for more information

http://abdurrahman.org/salah/salat-ul-kusuf-eclipse-prayer.html

http://www.salafipublications.com/sps/downloads/pdf/IBD040004.pdf

Planting a Tree

Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim

My eldest daughter, in her science lesson was learning about Fertilisation and germination. Then we looked more in to trees and decided to do a project on ‘planting a tree’.

We covered; How do plants make seed? What happens during fertilisation in plants. Named the part of the flower that fruits. What’s inside a seed? What do seeds need for growth? How dose a plant grow?

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We read some ahadith on planting, and read surah Ibrahim 24,26 on good and evil trees. She read how easy it  can be to plant a tree in jennah by saying`Subhan-Allahi wa bi hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him, and to Him)  How it needs to be said with sincerity (ikhlaas).  Also she did a poster on how sincerity and Tawheed is a tree in the heart.

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From Jabir from the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam:

‘There is no Muslim who plants a plant or a tree, except that whatever is eaten from it is a charity for him. Whatever is stolen from that is a charity for him. Whatever is eaten from it by an animal is a charity for him. Whatever a bird eats is a charity for him, no one suffers a loss except that it will be a charity for him till the Day of Judgement.’

[Collected by Muslim]

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And Ibn Jareer narrated from ‘Amaarah bin Khuzaimah bin Thaabit who said:

‘I heard Umar bin al-Khattab say to my father: ‘What prevents you from tilling your land?’

My father replied to him: ‘I am an old man and I may die tomorrow.’

So Umar said to him:

‘I swear that; indeed you must plant on your land.’

Indeed I saw Umar bin al-Khattab plant a plant or tree with his own hands along with my father.’

[From ‘al-Jamia’ al-Kabeer’ by Suyootee]

Life cycle of a deciduous tree.

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Methuselah
Said to be 4,841 years old, Allah knows best this ancient bristlecone pine is the oldest known non-clonal organism on Earth. Located in the White Mountains of California, in Inyo National Forest, Methuselah’s exact location is kept a close secret in order to protect it from the public.

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A Palm-tree will be planted in Jannah

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “For him who says: `Subhan-Allahi wa bi hamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection, and I begin with praising Him, and to Him),’ a palm-tree will be planted in Jannah.”[At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary: Jannah is so vast that we cannot even imagine its vastness. The planting of trees in return for the Praise and Glorification of Allah is, therefore, neither something difficult nor surprising. So, there should not be any hesitation in accepting it as a fact. Some people take it is as a metaphor for a plentiful reward.

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The Fruits of Tawheed and Sincerity—Imaam Ibnul Qayyim
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

Sincerity and Tawheed is a tree in the heart; its branches are the deeds (of the person) and its fruits are the life of goodness in this Dunyah and everlasting bliss in the afterlife. And just as the fruits of paradise neither has a limited season nor is their supply cut off, likewise this is the case with fruits of Tawheed and sincerity in this worldly life. [الفوائد — page 292]

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Knowledge = Tree, Actions = Fruits…
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Knowledge is coupled with actions, and actions are the fruits (results) of knowledge. So knowledge without actions is like a tree without fruits, there is no benefit in it, for knowledge was sent down to be acted upon.

My youngest did a lovely colourful college on a field  with trees and flowers Alhamdulillah

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Being Fair in Trade


Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: Allah’s Apostle said, “May Allah’s mercy be on him who is lenient in his buying, selling, and in demanding back his money.”

We did a project on trade, and how you need to be fair to all parties such as the buyer and seller. We looked into what fairtrade is, and how it can help the farmers around the world, if done in the right way.

Central to Islam is the emphasis of just interactions “Deal not unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly” (Qur’an, 2:279), and “Allah loves those who are fair and just” (Qur’an, 49:9).

We covered the different goods that are known for fair trade, and how the farmers benefit from it. Also we looked at the countries  where fair trade is being used. How in islam when trading you have to be fair and truthful as it’s not permissible to do it in a dishonest way.

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With Fairtrade you have the power to change people life’s in a fair way, every day.With one simple choice you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. Fairtrade supports small scale farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in a variety of ways. There are over 1.4 million farmers and workers in 1,140 producer organisations across the Fairtrade system.

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar: A person came to the Prophet and told him that he was always betrayed in purchasing. The Prophet told him to say at the time of buying, “No cheating.”

My son did a poster on fairtrade with facts on the different products

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He also did a posters on the ‘From Farm to Kitchen’

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Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abu Aufa: A man displayed some goods in the market and swore by Allah that he had been offered so much for that, that which was not offered, and he said so, so as to cheat a Muslim. On that occasion the following Verse was revealed: “Verily! Those who purchase a small gain at the cost of Allah’s covenant and their oaths (They shall have no portion in the Hereafter ..etc.)’ (3.77)

My youngest did her poster on the journey of the cacao pod e.g ‘from bean to bar’,  and  a sheet on facts on chocolate and cocoa .

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Narrated Hakim bin Hizam: The Prophet aid, “The buyer and the seller have the option to cancel or to confirm the deal, as long as they have not parted or till they part, and if they spoke the truth and told each other the defects of the things, then blessings would be in their deal, and if they hid something and told lies, the blessing of the deal would be lost.”

My eldest did a broacher on fairtrade.

 

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I got my eldest to make her own coffee product. She had to name it, state where in the world its from. Also she had to design her own logo, price as well as the aim of the product.

 

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Her poster on‘ From Bean to Cup’

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Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle forbade Muzabana; and Muzabana is the selling of fresh dates for dried old dates by measure, and the selling of fresh grapes for dried grapes by measure.

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet forbade the sale of fruits till their benefit is evident; and the sale of date palms till the dates are almost ripe. He was asked what ‘are almost ripe’ meant. He replied, “Got red and yellow.”

Women in the Ummah


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It is reported from Hibbân b. Abî Jablah that he said, “The women of this world who enter Paradise will surpass Al-Hûr Al-‘În by the deeds they did in this world.”

Ibn Al-Mubârak, Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqâ`iq Vol. 4 p463. Hibbân b. Abî Jablah is from the Tâbi’ûn. He died in 122 or 125H. Allâh knows best.

 Women in Islam, I felt this was a good subject as boys and girls will in shaa Allah one day become men and women.The status of the Muslim woman in Islam is a very noble and lofty one, and her effect is very great in the life of every Muslim. Indeed, the Muslim woman is the initial teacher in the building of a righteous society, providing she follows the guidance from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

The great importance of the Muslim woman’s role – whether as a wife, sister or daughter, and the rights that are due to her and the obligations due from her have been explained in the noble Qur’aan, and further details of this have been explained in the purified Sunnah. 

As a mother I want my children to know, the status of women in the deen. We have the best of women for are role models. As women we need to learn about them, and know how much they played in the spreading of the deen and their fight to live as muslims and how Allah have blessed women in many ways. Alhamdulillah.

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‘The women with the most blessing are the ones easiest to provide for.’ [Ahmad: 25120; Nasaa’i; 9274] Therefore the best of women are those whose affair is easy.

My eldest did a book on the ‘Women in the Ummah’ we went through different area regarding the women in the ummah, from the mother,wife, wives of the prophet,daughter, sister, her character , the modesty she has and Hijab.

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Her poster on the character of the wife,

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I felt it was a good time for her to start to think about the role of the wife, as one day in shaa Allah she will be one, subhan Allah what an important role it is. To know how to please your husband, and from pleasing him you will only be pleasing Allah, thats the first and foremost important duty to get close to your Rabb by following his commands.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him said): “Every soul from the children of Aadam is a master; so the man is the master of his family, and the woman is the mistress of her household.”

Imaam Muhammad Bin Saaleh Al-Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said:

A woman with Deen aids a man to obey Allaah, and his children nurtured by this woman will be righteous. She preserves his honour in his absence; she safeguards his wealth and his house as opposed to the woman without religion, for she will harm him in future. That is why the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ‘so you should marry the woman with Deen’

It is reported that ‘Abd Al-Rahmân b. Abzâ – Allâh be pleased with him – said:

A righteous woman with a man is like a great gold-leafed crown on the head of a king, and a bad woman with a man is like a heavy weight upon an old man.

The Beautiful Hijab

My youngest daughter did a poster on the hijab, I felt she needs to know why the hijab is so special in Islam, and why we as muslims wear it.  I wouldn’t  want her just to wear it because she has been told by me. I want my girls to know the blessing of it, and love it for themselves as they should in shaa Allah. We went through why we wear it, the blessing we get from wearing it, and the condition of it. How the most important thing to know, is that we wear it because it’s a command from Allah.

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Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Ahzaab 33:59]

The mother in Islam

“And We have enjoined upon man to be dutiful and good to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness upon weakness and hardship upon hardship, and his weaning is in two years. Show gratitude and thanks to Me and to your parents. Unto Me is the final destination.” [Al-Qur’aan 31:14]

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My son did a poster on the mother, I feel him truly knowing the role the mother, will be a great benefit for him. As the the mother is the first and most significant female in his life. From knowing how much respect he must have for his mother, I feel  this will only make him more aware of the respect he should give women in general e.g sisters, aunty and his wife in shaa Allah.

A man came to Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: O Messenger of Allaah! Who from amongst mankind warrants the best companionship from me. He replied: “Your mother.” The man asked: Then who? So he replied: “Your mother.” The man asked: Then who? So the Prophet replied again: “Your mother.” The man then asked: Then who? So he replied: “Then your father.” So this necessitates that the mother is given three times the likes of kindness and good treatment than the father. sahih

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Amazing insects

Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim

  Allah has created everything, and there is always something to learn from His creation it’s amazing. Subhan Allah. I don’t ever feel lost for things to teach the children as there is just to much we can study. I don’t follow the way the schools do it. I do what I feel they will enjoy learning about, and what I know they are interested in. Thats what schools miss out on, its one size fits all and thats so not the case when it comes to children.

I know all my kids love animals, so I decided to do a topic on insects. They all got to choose an insect they picked Bees, Ants, Butterflies. So in this I know we can cover the Life cycle, facts, where they live (habitat), different species, benefits, and what islam has mentioned on them.

Bees

Everyday scientists discover something new in bees behaviour and they wonder who taught them this performance. Speaking of bees, Allah says: “And follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)”….

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My oldest daughter picked bees, she did a poster on the life cycle of the bee. With pages on the world of bees from their body to their habitats and different facts, as well as the benefits of honey and how its made. As well as what the Quran says about them bees and a  acrostic  poem. Also she did a page o the honeycomb, Subhan Allah thats amazing in its self only such perfect forms can be from the creator of all things Allah the most great. 

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“Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.” From inside them comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect. (Qur’an, 16:69)

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My oldest with her Abstract drawing with water-colour pencils based on honeycombs.

Ants

My son wanted to do about Ants, he did a poster on the life cycle, a poster on facts, how they live, the species and the important role they play in the world. How we are not to kill the Ants, and the story of Prophet Sulayman.

Then, when they reached the Valley of the Ants, an ant said: “Ants! Enter your dwellings, so that Sulayman and his troops do not crush you unwittingly.” (Qur’an, 27: 18)

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Scientific research into ants has revealed that these tiny animals have very organised social lives and that, as a requirement of that organisation, they also have a very complex communication network. The fact that the Qur’an emphasised this fact 1,400 years ago, a time when there was no such knowledge about ants, is that not a sign for man to believe.

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The Prophet prohibited killing ants, bees, hoopoes, and sparrow-hawks. Abu Dawud, Sunan, This case only applies when they cause no harm, and are not to be killed by way of burning.

Abu Huraira reported Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: An ant had bitten a Prophet (one amongst the earlier Prophets) and he ordered that the colony of the ants should be burnt. And Allaah revealed to him:” Because of an ant’s bite you have burnt a community from amongst the communities which sings My glory.” 

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An underground ant city once populated by millions of ants, Subhan Allah. My boys Abstract drawing with watercolour pencils based on an under ground cities.

Butterflies 

When you see a butterfly surely you will be filled with admiration for such an aesthetic display. The colourful wings of butterflies with their wonderfully varied patterns are magnificent, how amazing is our creator Alhamdulillah. Moreover, the splendid wings are not the only striking features of butterflies. The body design of butterflies is also perfect in every respect. This diversity in design that butterflies have, as much as their wings, belongs to Allah, the All-Powerful. Allah is the One Who bestows every creature with the characteristics it needs. Subhan Allah more reason for man to believe.

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My youngest did her insect on Butterflies. We went through the life cycle and did a poster, a sheet on facts. I got her to draw the different types of wings of butterflies, and its name and a fact on each of the butterflies from a lovely book we have.Also an acrostic poem. Mashaa Allah

fact! Butterflies taste with their feet.

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I wanted her to also do some art work. I introduced the abstract art, how an idea like butterfly wings can become a work of art without knowing what it really is. I told her to just use the colours from the Monarch butterfly the orange and black with white spots. Was funny as all the way through, doing the drawing of wings in any place on the paper, she was saying how she didn’t like abstract art. Then at the end I got her to stand back to see what she had done and she really liked it mashaa Allah. I felt it was a nice lesson for her. To know you can do art work from an idea like butterfly wings. Then turn them into something new thats nice to look at and enjoyable to do, is a good way for her to think more than just what you see. That you can have freedom with ideas and make something special.

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The Monarchs are the only butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do regularly, but no individual makes the entire round trip, because the migration period spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly. Monarch butterflies are also one of the few insects which can cross the Atlantic.

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The Living World

Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim

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  I have not done much lessons on geography with my kids. They have many books on difference countries and Encyclopaedias which they have read so many times as my kids love to read, so I know they are not in the dark about the subject Alhamdulillah. The world is so vast, and has such beauty in different forms, from the ocean to the forests subhan Allah.

I decided they could all pick an area of land to do a poster on, my youngest did the Desert and will do a poster on facts of the Sahara Desert. My son did Grasslands and facts on Africa. My eldest daughter did the Rainforest with facts on the Amazon.

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“And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record.” [Surah al-An’aam: 59].

Consider for a moment the number of trees in and around your home when you look out from the window? Then the number of trees in your area. Then the number of trees in your village/town/city? Then the number of trees in your county/province? Then the number of trees in your country? Then the number of trees in your continent? Then the number of trees in the whole world? Including the Amazon rainforest and its likes…

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 After considering that [and the numbers of trees would be so large it is barely comprehensible], then consider something else; how many leaves are upon all those trees upon the face of the Earth? The figures are truly magnificent, such is the creation of Allah.

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Allah says: “Is not He (best) Who created the heavens and the Earth, and sends down for you water from the sky wherewith We cause to spring forth beautiful orchards, whose trees it never has been yours to cause to grow?” [Sūrah al-Naml: 60]

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Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.” [Sahīh Muslim (911)]

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