It’s the summer holidays, a time all kids rejoice and parents begrudge! After a long, tough year at school, every kid relishes that much earned break to kick back, relax and enjoy the sun. In their minds, summer consists of a concoction of games, gym, smartphones, TV and friends – with snacks, sleep and maybe a vacation scattered in between.
As parents, it’s tough enough entertaining them for 6 weeks alongside work, let alone having to worry about the time they spend. Religion feels like another burden to bear! Here are 10 Hacks to help you parent like a pro to make this a summer they won’t forget!
If you have ever given a speech, taught a class or just had a conversation with someone, one of the most remarkable things to observe is which of your words stick with your listeners. Which bit did you say changed their heart?
Imagine a society where success was defined by morality, where a person’s wealth, colour and lineage were irrelevant compared to their piety.
As He stood upon the newly built house in the vastness of the desert, he began calling the emptiness to the House of God.
To an observer, His actions seem worthless. What good will his call do amidst the immensity of the desert? How will it reach the millions of people around the world to bring them to the House of God? Shouldn’t he have built it where people already were, rather than expecting them to come to the house of God? Who would traverse the difficult terrain of Arabia to come to His house?
Video: https://youtu.be/t48EsykFhRU Podcast: https://anchor.fm/quranclubApp: http://www.quranclub.org In the Quran, Allah ﷻ presents quite the challenge; وَءَاتَىٰكُم مِّن كُلِّ مَا سَأَلۡتُمُوهُۚ وَإِن تَعُدُّواْ نِعۡمَتَ ٱللَّهِ لَا تُحۡصُوهَآۗ إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَٰنَ لَظَلُومٞ كَفَّارٞ And He has granted you all that you asked Him for. If you tried to count Allah’s blessings, you would not be able to enumerate them.…
Notice the pause.
Notice where the verse ends.
“Whoever is mindful of Allah ﷻ, He will make a way out for them.” (65:3)
We’re always told to have hope in God. Trust in God. Be conscious of God. Hold onto God in the moments most difficult to you. God will provide a way.
And just like that, in a verse and surah which discusses divorce – the most difficult of personal circumstances – Allah ﷻ commands us to act honourably, promising He will find a better way for us.
Then it ends. Full stop. The verse ends. That chapter of pain is now closed.
This is a ‘morbid’ post, but bare with me. It gets better at the end…
“God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear” (2:286)
Tribulations drain us, overwhelm us, soak up every ounce of energy within us. In the eye of the storm, it is difficult to see anything other than the chaos and misery that fills our lives. In this time, we find words of comfort within the Quran to help us through.
Few people know this, but the Quran Club began its journey through a group of 40 very special people. I call them the ‘Founding 40’ – 40 people who, with little more than an email I wrote, donated over £500 each to begin the first stage of development for the app, alhamdulillah. No one but…
Today, that same whatsapp group has over 20,000 members across the world and, after 3.5 years of daily messages with half a page of Quran, we finally reach its completion: Our First Khatam! Alhamdulillah.