Parenting With Love’s …With Love We Fast Series

(Our Lord ! Accept (this service) from us. Verily, You are the All – Hearer, the All – Knower)

The story of the above verse has inspired me with today’s idea. Here goes the story :

When Allah ordered Prophet Abraham to build the House (Kaaba), he said to Ishmael: “Oh Ishmael! Allah has given me an order”.

Ishmael said :
“Then do what your Lord has ordered you to do.” Abraham asked, “Will you help me?” To which Ishmael replied: “And I will help you.” Abraham said: “Allah has ordered me to build a house over there, and he pointed to hillock higher than the land surrounding it.”Then they raised the foundations of the House. Ishmael would bring the stones and Abraham would build, when the walls became high, Ishmael brought this stone and put it for Abraham who stood over it and carried on building, while Ishmael was handing him the stones, both were saying (Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily, You are the All- Hearer, the All- Knower.) Then both of them went on building and going round the Kaaba saying: (Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily, You are the All- Hearer, the All- Knower) (Bukhari)

Tonight’s idea is (Cooperation)

The goal is to plant the idea that cooperation was the way of the prophets and messengers. Prophet Mohamed himself participated in the building of the “Nabawi” (Prophetic) Mosque. Just like his companions did, prophet Mohamed –peace and blessings of Allah be upon him- carried dirt and bricks, while being fifty-three years old at that time. Neither his age nor his grand status prevented him from cooperating with his companions in building the mosque. On the contrary, he kept working with them until the building process was complete.

Moreover, he –peace and blessings of Allah be upon him- used to sew his own clothes, mend his own shoes and help his family with the household duties.

Present this topic while the family is gathered at the ” iftar ” table… Better if you start the discussion with an intriguing question like: “I wonder if you know who built the Kaaba?” Let your children answer. Then proceed: “Did he build it by himself?” ,  “Who helped him?” ,  “He is a prophet and Allah could have made him build it by himself; why then did he ask his son for help?”

Tell them the above story, then follow it with the hadith of prophet Mohamed –peace and blessings of Allah be upon him

(A believer to another believer is like the bricks of a wall; each enforces the other.) Mention that he -peace and blessings of Allah be upon him- illustrated this by interlacing the fingers of both his hands.

Then conclude by supplicating to Allah to make you and your children from the believers who help one another in virtue, piety and righteousness .  

Even better if you agree with your husband in advance that he proceeds to help you after “iftar”; I guarantee you will observe a positive reaction from your children. As you work together, repeat the verse 🙁 Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily, You are the All- Hearer, the All- Knower .) Try to internalize the spirituality of cooperation; try to sense that it is a divine approach.

 Do not forget to praise your children and to express how pleased you feel when they cooperate with one another. 

May Allah accept both our good deeds and yours as well.

Have an evening full of cooperation with…

Parenting With Love’s… With Love We Fast    

Best Wishes

Sana Issa

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