Last night my daughter who is 11 came home last night and told me that her teacher introduced a book in class as there next major chapter book to be read as a class. The book follows the life of one young Muslim girl in Afghanistan. So Rachel shared with her class that we are Muslim, she also said she would bring things from home that Muslims use. So she came to me and asked me if she could bring my prayer rug ( I only have one.) and a couple of my different style hijabs. I said yes.
So this morning she asked if she could wear her hijab to school. This is a first! My daughter likes hijab but was fearful of wearing it to school. She is only Muslim female student in town. So today when she asked I was quick to say Yes. So she picked her pink hijab and wore it to school. I was so proud!
She came home from lunch to tell me her morning had gone well. She had a chance to show the class how one would use a prayer rug, what wudu is, and why a Muslim woman wears hijab. She said her classmates were very interested.
Tonight I got a call from her teacher telling me that my dear daughter had done an amazing job and brought what it was like to be a muslim child to life for her class. She asked if I could send in any more resources about Islam that I thought the class would enjoy. I said I would if I could think of things that would benefit them. So if you had a chance to share Islam with a group of 10 and 11 year olds what would you share?
For me I am so proud of my daughter as a new muslimah that she shared her faith with her class. Oh and as this book will take them all through the month of November and Early Dec, the teacher wants Rachel to teach about Eid (something Rachel has yet to celebrate herself yet) so I guess I better get looking for resources on teaching her about the upcoming Eid.
Sometimes I think as I look around at the economic situation of the world today I ask myself the question, What if people really followed the finical plan of their faith? What is there was more interest in selflessness then in the I want attitude that is everywhere today. So what do you want to pass on to your childern? For me I want to teach my preteen daughter to be prepared for the future. So how am I doing this?
1. For me I am Muslim, so this means knowing what is Islamically correct. For Muslims we pay zakat and shouldnt pay Riba. Zakat is charity that is required giving based on one’s wealth. Riba means not to pay interest. For Christians they have the tithe.
2.Then once you know what is taught or what are the important principles you want to pass on to your children, live them and let your children know you are doing so.
3. Make it a matter of dua (prayer). Pray about the best ways to teach your childern. I know I am.
4. Give them the opportunity to learn by giving them an allowance. This allows them to handle money, learn to budget and learn to give.
5. Teach Halal vs Haram spending habits. Teach what is good spending and what is being wasteful. Is all there spending going to candy or video games or dvds? What about making them responsible for says clothing, or something that instills responsibility. Take them shopping, and teach them about frugality. Teach them about quality, and usefulness.
6. Teach them about giving, about being kind with thier money. For me I teach zakat and sadaqa ( voluntarily giving). A portion of every allowance should be taught to be given to others who need more.
7. Sponsor an orphan. We have done this and it teaches and reminds us how blessed we are here and allows us to help one person directly. There are several great organizations that you can sponsor one through. I recommend The Zakat , or Plan Canada
8. Encourage savings. Is there something they really want? Encourage savings maybe with a matching system. For my daughter if she saves 80% of what is needed for a larger item I will chip in 20%. That is how a new bike was bought.
9. Finally talking about money and finances openly. Tell your kids your money goals. Have family budget meetings.