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How to Cope with Child Loss

How to Cope with Child Loss

One of the greatest tests that one may go through is child loss. Perhaps it is the most distressing moment for a parent when he/she helplessly sees his/her kid passing away. It could be a devastating experience that turn’s one’s life upside down. How to deal with such a critical situation? Sheikh Omar Suleiman answers …

How to Avoid the Charm of Junk Food Ads on Kids?

How to Avoid the Charm of Junk Food Ads on Kids?

In this counseling answer: •Children may see ads on TV or in the supermarket, but parents still have control over what they are eating for a long time. Use this control to purchase the best foods for them and provide them with only healthy choices at home. If you don’t buy it and have it …

Ramadan: Blessing or Deprivation?

Ramadan: Blessing or Deprivation?

In this counseling answer: “Many mothers and fathers want their children to deeply internalize Ramadan, as they do, and forget the age difference. I think that concentrating on making Ramadan a warm, positive, and happy experience in the whole house is a priority. We should not expect young children to feel or practice the worship …

When Your Child Finds Ramadan Painful

When Your Child Finds Ramadan Painful

In this counseling answer: •Any decision should be based on the child’s physical abilities, age, and whether it is the first year to fast or not. •It is important to give a child a filling sahur just before dawn to minimize any need to eat during the day and to ensure that the child won’t find it a …

Exams, My Kids, and Ramadan

Exams, My Kids, and Ramadan

In this counseling answer: •A young child (7 to 10 years) should not be expected to fast every day. (However, if the child strongly wants to do so, I would encourage it.) So, it would not be wrong to have the child not fast on a day when there is a test or exam. •You …

Mosque Offers Free Bikes for Kids Who Pray at Mosque This Ramadan

A mosque in Kelantan, Malaysia, has promised free bikes for children who attend prayer all through the holy month of Ramadan, New Straits Times reported. “Those who show a full attendance for the Subuh, Maghrib and Isyak prayers will be given a bicycle,” said senior imam Ustaz Baharin Yusoff of Mahmudi Mosque, located in front …

Ramadan

What Is Ramadan All About, Mom?

In this counseling answer: •Help the children make the most of Ramadan by getting them excited about the fasting and the breaking of the fast. Get their help in preparing of the sahur and iftar meals. Get them to give in charity so that they realize all of the blessings of Ramadan. •And especially remember to talk to them about zakat al-fitr since …

How to Teach Kids Ramadan Isn't Just About Eating

In this counseling answer: •Maybe you can set an example for your children by breaking fast in a more simple manner by not over-eating, for example. •You can set another example by doing the tarawih prayers every night, and by reading the Qur’an, etc. etc. •So arm yourself with knowledge of Islam and the appropriate …

Western Muslim parents

Easing Fasting for Your Kids in Ramadan - Try These Steps

Though fasting till puberty is not obligatory in Islam, many children wish to fast during Ramadan. If you are planning to make your children fast for the first time this Ramadan, you need to follow few tips to make it easy and enjoyable for them.

Muslim Kids in US Colored Eggs & Easter Bunnies

Colored Eggs & Easter Bunnies - What Should Muslim Parents Do?

As we approach springtime, I am reminded of an event, which helped me develop an action plan and response to American holy holidays. When my daughter was just in kindergarten, she came home from school on an early release Friday, with a basket of chocolate eggs, bunnies and brightly colored pink, baby blue and yellow …



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