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Proudest Mommy Moment

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.

Learning the Prayers of Islam

Have you done your daily 5 today?

Since becoming more and more a Muslim I have begun the process of learning to pray the Muslim Way. First of all there are 5 prayers for each and every day…for someone new to this it can be daunting! It is also a wonder as well..the faith, praise, and worship that is in every single prayer.

For a Muslim there day begins with prayer just before sunrise with the athan (the call to prayer) and in my nighbourhood you will see many on the way to the Masjid when many of us are  normally tucked in our beds. Each prayer while being ritualistic also has some give. Each prayer is also don in Arabic, so yes this Canadian girl who only speaks English is learning Arabic.

The second prayer comes just about lunch time for many, but before we eat we remeber to worhip God. The next prayer I think comes at the hardest time of day to pray…the very busy end of work school day, that is a hard one of me because we are such a busy house but it gives this mom a moment to stop and remember what is this life really about. It is about submitting ourselves to God.

The third prayer is right at Sunset and as I look forward to participating in my first Ramadan this prayer is the one we break the fast just before. I think I will like this time of day alot! And then there is the final prayer the night prayer or Isha which is done after dark has settled.

How am I learning to pray and how did I learn Wudu( the cleaning all Muslims do before prayer)? It was called googling it and finding some great rsources on Youtube. It is hard though and I have been told to give myself time to learn…I am gratful that I have a God that is full of mercy and love.