What are the best of names….Find out here…

Q.​The individual is asking, can you name yourself inayyahtullaah?

A.​The shaykh mentioned the origin with regards to names is that names are permissible except that which you have a prohibition for or that which you have some sort of shirk in. These types of names; inayyatullaah, baytullaah. These names are permissible as they do not have anything which is impermissible in them nor do they have shirk. However, the best of names are those that begin with Abd (servant), for example, Abdullaah, Abdur Rahmaan, Abdul Kareem or Abdul Lateef. These are the best of names, the names that begin with Abd.

Shaykh Saalih Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class Q&A Session 02.02.13 Riyadh).

What is the Ruling of a child is lax in keeping his pants above his ankles?

Q.​The individual is asking/ they are saying that they try to inform their child to keep their pants above their ankles, the boy. But the child is very lax in this matter. What is your advice?

A.​The shaykh said you should continue, you should continue to advise him and
order him to do so. But you should do so with gentleness so that he doesn’t
become disturbed or bothered by this. So you should continue but you should do so with gentleness.

Shaykh Saalih ibn Muhammad al-Luhaydaan (May Allaah preserve him) (Kitaab-ut-Tawheed Class 01.12.12) Riyadh.

Discipline your children because you will be asked #children #kids #education #newborn #boy #girl

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Zayd Ibn Aslam narrated upon his father that ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab used to pray the night prayer for as long as Allah had decreed for him. When the last part of the night arrived he would wake his family saying: ‘The Prayer! The Prayer! And he would recite the verse:

“And command your family to pray.” [Taha: 132] “At-Tahajjud wa Qiyaam Al-Layl”

‘Uthmaan Al-Haatimee said:

I heard Ibn ‘Umar say to a man: Discipline your children because you will be asked: How did you discipline your child? What did you teach them? Ash-Shu’ab” (8295)

Thaabit Ibn ‘Ubaid said:

Zayd Ibn Thaabit was the most joyful of people to his family. Ash-Shu’ab” (7852)

Sufyaan Ibn ‘Uyainah said: I heard Abu Sanaa Darraar Ibn Murrah say:

Today I milked the animals and provided my family with water to drink. It used to be said: The best of you are the most beneficial of you to your families. “Ash-Shu’ab” (7855)

Saalih the son of Ahmed Ibn Hanbal said:

Whenever a righteous, pious man who wasn’t tempted by the beauties of this world came to visit, my father would send for me so that I could see them. He loved for me to be like them. “As-Siyar” (12/530)

Al-Hasan (Al-Basri) said:

May Allah have mercy upon the one who admonishes themselves and their family by saying: Oh my family; your prayer! Your prayer! Your Zakaat! Your Zakaat! Your neighbours! Your neighbours! The poor and needy! The Poor and needy! Hopefully Allah will have mercy upon you on the day of judgement. Verily Allah praised the slave who behaves like this; He said:

“And he used to command his family to pray and give the Zakaat ,
and his Lord was pleased with him.” [Maryam: 53] “Al-‘Iyaal” (1/506)

Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said:

“It is proper for a man to force his child to acquire knowledge because he will be asked about this.” “As-Siyar” (7/273)
Taken from the Book “Narrrations of the Salaf” (273-274)
Zakarriiyyah Ibn Ghulaam Al-Baakistaani
Translated by Hassan as-Somali
Source: Troid.ca

Parents, Guardians, Alternatives to State School Education for your children #homeschooling #islam

Regarding More Islamic Alternatives to State School Education

All praise is due to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Prophet.

Over the last few years, I have received many inquiries from parents seeking advice regarding the schooling of their children in a Western context. The first thing to point out is that Salafis are active and positive participants in the society around us. We wish to be excellent examples to those around us. We look after our neighbors and we care about those less fortunate than ourselves, both Muslims and non-Muslims. We have shown over the years how Salafis can live in any society, whilst maintaining their faith (imaan and aqeedah) and practice of orthodox Islaam.

As for education, then many parents are turning to alternatives other than state-school education. These parents want their children to be educated in a faith-based environment. In my my view, and in the view of many scholars whom we have asked over the years: they advise parents to educate their children from the early years into early adulthood in Islamic environments so that they may maintain their Islamic heritage. In this regard I encourage all parents in this predicament with the following:

1. Enroll your children into Salafi Islamic Schools in your area. In Birmingham, UK, we have a primary school for children aged between 6 and 11 years of age. It is called the Salafi Independent School, telephone 0121-772-4567. There is also a secondary school for children aged between 11 and 16 years of age. That one is called The Redstone Academy, telephone 0121-448-7933.

However, this solution is not open to every Salafi family living in the West, in which case, we need to consider the next option:

2. Distance learning from your home through a reputable provider. This method is combined with home schooling and is open for all ages. It is an excellent alternative for those parents who wish to keep their children close and truly nurture the parent-child relationship before adulthood. It is a safety-net for our children, that will (inshaa’Allaah) prevent them from falling into immoral and bad behaviour, whether it be crime, fornication, drugs and gangs.

Here are just some of the benefits in home education that many parents and children have experienced:

• Parents have more quality time to train and influence their children.
• There is opportunity for each child to receive individualized attention and instruction.
• Parents are able to give guidance in areas of religion and morality.
• Children develop respect for parents as teachers.
• Spending more time together increases family unity and closeness.
• It provides a good environment for development of confidence and independent thinking.
• There is enhanced communication between all age groups due to the diversified learning environment.
• Home-schooled students demonstrate excellent academic progress.
• School hours are flexible to accommodate family schedules and vacations.
• More control over outside influences such as drugs and gangs etc.
• A curriculum that complies with your belief.

[These are just a few benefits that I myself have experienced and gathered from parents who have posted comments online on home schooling forums]

I truly believe that Muslim parents should not be afraid of home-schooling, especially if it is accompanied with distance learning. It is really not as daunting as it may initially seem! Did you know that there are thousands of children who are home schooled, Muslims and non-Muslims, because they see it as a better alternative to state education?

The key is to be organized and set a timetable – it requires only a few hours a day. Some people have mentioned concerns about lack of socializing with other children, and whether this may affect the children in a negative manner. The reality is that in the home environment the parents can decide who their children socialize with from friends, neighbors and relatives – so parents are able to monitor and guide their children in an appropriate manner from an early age – so by the permission and blessings of Allaah, our children grow up to be balanced knowledgeable Salafis, highly educated with high moral character! Additionally the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) informed his Ummah that the one who has the greatest right of companionship is one’s mother, and he repeated that three times, and then he mentioned the father and the siblings. Quite often we take the companionship of those less deserving than our parents, then we pass that on to our children – whereas in the Islamic context it is one’s parents who are most worthy of kind treatment and close companionship, and then others. So make your children your close companions and they will accompany you in good in later years!

Home School and Distance Learning with Wolsey Hall Oxford

http://www.wolseyhalloxford.org.uk is a very good distance learning school for all ages. Indeed I have enrolled two of my own children with Wolsey Hall Oxford on IGCSE and KS3 and hope to enroll two more in September, one into their A Level program. Please note that KS3 (grades 7-9) is not yet advertised on their website as it officially begins in August, but you can register now. The costs are reasonable and when considering that the courses last anything up to three years, it makes sense.

Furthermore, they allow you to spread the payments over the year by monthly payments. They post out to you all the study books and guides your children will need to get through the course. There is an online login website for your child that is specific to him (or her); there is constant monitoring of your child’s progress; homework is set and marked regularly; tutors are at hand whenever needed by phone, email or Skype!

You can make enquiries and apply online at http://www.wolseyhalloxford.org.uk – They will give an immediate 10% discount to anyone who quotes the promotional code “CARDINAL” when enrolling your child. You can call them on 01865-721-215 or from outside the UK +(44)-1865-721-215 and they’ll talk you through everything you need to know with no obligation – very friendly and helpful! Let me quote here what they state on their website:

Why Homeschooling with Wolsey Hall?

At Wolsey Hall our sole business is supporting parents and children who wish to study GCSEs/IGCSEs and A-Levels from home. Children who study with Wolsey Hall work at home through a carefully balanced mix of study texts supplied by the college and our online learning management system WHOLE (Wolsey Hall Online Learning Environment).

Unlike most other distance learning organisations who offer a wide range of different types of courses, our only focus is GCSE’s/IGCSEs and A-level through home study.

And that focus means that your child will get the best possible help with their GCSE/IGCSE and A-Level studies.

Here are four good reasons to choose Wolsey Hall Oxford to support your child’s education:

1. We offer next generation technologies, including an award winning learning management system, so that your child can expect rapid feedback and first class support.
2. We offer the same level of one to one support that you can expect from an Oxford tutorial college, but at a fraction of the price!
3. All our tutors are qualified and experienced teachers who are not only experts in their fields, but are also passionate about passing on their learning to others.
4. We recognize the critical importance of learner support and so, in addition to our tutors, we have members of the team who are qualified learning support specialists who can offer advice and support in such areas as dyslexia, ADHD and other learning and processing disabilities.

Distance Learning Courses for GCSE, IGCSE and A Level

Wolsey Hall Oxford has been helping students across the globe achieve qualifications through home study since 1894. Well over 750,000 people have gained qualifications with Wolsey Hall through distance learning…

Today we focus exclusively on providing the best possible tuition for Distance Learning GCSE/IGCSE and Distance Learning A-Levels for both mature students and young adults being schooled at home. Using a cutting edge learning management and delivery platform, we’re providing distance learning courses to students from Beijing to Buenos Aires!”
So they can teach your children regardless of where you live: UK, Europe, India, Canada, Caribbean or the USA! There are no doubt other good providers out there, so search thoroughly. I found this one to be good and that’s I have mentioned it here.

For those of you living in places where Islamic Schools upon the Sunnah are not available, consider this option as an alternative to state schools, which may not give your children the Islamic environment that you seek. We want the best for our children, and what better place to receive the best cultivation than in the home of one’s parents.

We want the best for our children, beginning of course with the most important affair of understanding the Islamic religion in accordance to the Qur’aan and Sunnah upon the way of the Salaf. We also wish our children to be competent and strong in worldly affairs, so they can in turn support their families and support the community positively and not be in a position where they are need of handouts. Also having daughters who are well-educated means they can in turn pass that knowledge on to their children, so that the next generation is also strengthened in terms of both religious and worldly knowledge.

In conclusion, I ask that you consider your options carefully and do not allow the precious abilities of your children to be squandered in their important early years!

May Allaah bless our families both in this life and in the Herafter.

Abu Khadeejah ‘Abdul-Waahid

Source: http://www.salafitalk.com/threads/10-More-Islamic-Alternatives-to-State-School-Education

Guidelines on Children’s Clothes with Pictures and on Dolls

Guidelines on Children’s Clothes with Pictures and on Dolls

Sheikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked the following question

Question: – Here, one of the sisters asks: What is the ruling on clothing children with clothes which contains pictures of things which have souls if it is not possible to erase these pictures from them, because by erasing them (the pictures), the garment is spoiled?
So, the Sheikh replied:

Answer: – Without doubt, it has to be said, that for the likes of this question, the purchasing of the garment which is illustrated with pictures, has to have definitely already occurred by mistake or negligence from the father or mother who bought (it), because the fundamental principle is that it is not appropriate for the Muslims that they purchase clothes which have pictures on them. However, a person may be unaware, and he may be negligent, and they may forget…and he may forget and he may purchase a garment, (and) after he returns with it to his house it becomes clear to him that there is a full prohibited picture on it. So, in this situation also, this question (above) is not to be found. It is imperative that another introduction precede it (this question), and it is…the changing of the garment for another garment from the place where it was purchased from, (whereby this new garment) does not have on it a prohibited picture. So if… so if it was not possible for the father or the mother to change it (for another garment), then here in the third stage (of this situation) this question comes about.

So, I remind about these two introductions (which should be placed before the question) because the majority of the people are heedless when they proceed to the markets. They buy everyday necessities (which are made) from different materials, from them which are the likes of those things which are spread out (carpets, rugs, mats etc.) and blankets or what resembles that, those (things) which are predominantly illustrated with pictures and decorated. And they do not pay any attention to them at all (these materials which have pictures) and they buy them with the excuse that these materials are not respected (because they are sat on, slept on etc.) and are not hung up. So, we say: It is imperative upon the Muslims that they be those who are awake (and) not those who are asleep, and that they pay attention to the plot of the disbelievers, those who are invading them in the midst of their own house with diverse ways – and that which is from them (these ways) are these clothes which are illustrated with pictures.And it (this matter) is mentioned bit by bit, specifically if the people are in need of it. And in a manner more specific when they are made heedless through some of the erroneous guidelines, through some of the fataawa (religious edicts) which are not based upon authentic proof, like (the fataawa for) these dolls and children’s toys which cram up the markets and the mothers go and buy for the boys and girls many a thing from these amusements in the name of them (being) toys for children or toys for girls.

So, it is imperative that we remember something here, and it is that the toys (i.e. dolls) which are allowed to be used for the small children… rather I say for girls only and not for the males from the children, that there is not out there any proof for the permissibility (of these toys/dolls) except the hadeeth of ‘Aaishah (may Allah be pleased with her) which says that she used to send for the daughters from the daughters of her neighbours to come to her and she would play with them with girls’ toys and the Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa ‘ala aalihi wa sallam) would help her in that and consent to her (doing that) and he would not rebuke her. Rather, indeed he (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa ‘ala aalihi wa sallam) [entered upon her] one time and saw amongst her toys a horse with two wings. So he (‘alaihi salaam) said to ‘Aaishah, playing about with her: ‘A horse which has two wings?!’ She said: ‘O’ Messenger of Allah, have you not heard’ or ‘has it not reached you that the horse of Sulaymaan (‘alaihi salaam) had wings?’ and he (‘alaihi salaatu wa salaam) laughed and he affirmed her in that. This hadeeth is the proof which makes it possible for us to rely upon it in allowing girl’s toys (i.e. dolls) with images and sculptured forms.

However, there is a principle of fiqh (jurisprudence) out there that every text which comes and carries within its folds a ruling which is an exception from the general proofs, then this ruling is halted at and it is not increased upon because it is against the fundamental principle. And that which was like that, i.e. that which was against the fundamental principle, then an analogy (qiyaas) is not made from that which was irregular to the fundamental principle, (and) because that which was against (an) analogy (being made with it), cannot (then) be used to make (a further) analogy based upon it, and indeed it is but connected (back) to the general principle.
If this meaning is clear to all, inshaa’Allah, then at this time we say: The toys which Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (may Allah be pleased with her) [had], they were from that type which some of the other women engaged in, in diverting the attention of their children away from requesting food and drink in the state of them fasting. And indeed they (the women) used to take for them images from coloured wool, from cotton and give them to those who were fasting from the youngsters, diverting their attention away from requesting food and drink. This type from the images, this type from the toys of the children, it was a local (type of image and toy) and it was a domestic [i.e. in the house] (type of image and toy), and it was not imported from outside the Islamic households, let alone being imported from the lands of disbelief and misguidance which manufacture toys and figures which are in accordance with their tastes, with their habits and their customs, and which do not agree in any way whatsoever with the habits of the Muslims and their customs and the rulings of their share ‘ah. And from that which shows you this, is what you see in these (imported) images, from the (imported) figures (which) sometimes are small (in size) and sometimes are big (in size), until (even) a young girl (who) can just about hold the doll and (yet) it is the same length as her and the same width as her and it has blond hair and clipped (in its hair) from the sides like the male children. And it (the imported doll) has a garment which are shorts i.e. the garment which has no legs to it, and it has the short garment which reveals the thighs (of the dolls). These sculptured forms contain the customs of those disbelievers and their habits and their mannerisms.
So, if we entered these sculptured forms into our houses, then first that (shows) that we are pleased with what they contain (i.e. from the customs, habits and mannerisms of those who made them)…firstly…, and secondly, that we are teaching our children (those) mannerisms and that we are bringing them up since their tender age upon finding pleasant these objects which are mutually contradictory to the Islamic clothing, and in particular that which is related to the men. And due to this, it is imperative upon us to beware of these imported clothes from the lands of disbelief with their [different] types and their (different) forms and their (different) purposes, and from that are the clothes of young children.

So we, with great sorrow, every time we enter a house we find the children of our brothers, those who adhere – according to our claim – to the Book of our Lord and the Sunnah of our Prophet, despite all of that, we find that the children have been dressed in clothes which have pictures on them and lewd pictures. Then, this calamity has spread until we have begun to clothe our youths who have passed the age of responsibility with shirts which have pictures on the back and on the front. And (when) sometimes we pray the Friday prayer, there comes to the Friday prayer, as you know, the one who does not pray except on the day of Friday, and most of his life he spends in play and amusement and despite that he (stills) attends the Friday prayer. So, we see him praying and behind him i.e. on the back of his shirt, there is a picture of a woman with her hair flowing and visible from her is her arm and her neck and the likes of that, and we face this picture (whilst praying).

These strange acts of heedlessness from the Muslims, I think that that which helps in spreading these shameful things and these Islamic violations is the saying that the prohibited images are indeed only but firstly, the three- dimensional images which have a shadow. As for that which is not three- dimensional, then these they claim are permissible and allowed and especially if they were not formed by the hand but were rather but formed with a photo camera or a printer. So, these are from the whisperings of shaytaan which he has thrown amongst humanity in this time and beautified for them (the fact) that there is nothing wrong with them.
So, it is upon the Muslims therefore, to stay away from buying any type from the types of clothes which have these pictures on them due to what we have mentioned earlier.
And in conclusion I say in response to that question (asked above): If the affair revolves around scraping off (the picture from) the garment and wasting the benefit from it and around seeking pleasure from it (the garment) despite its obvious and hidden shortcomings…I say if…., then seeking benefit (from it) is permissible. However, I believe that the believing woman and the one who with her capability is truly the mistress of the house, (should) erase the traces of that picture by scraping (it) off and with embroidery whereby the head is wiped out because the affair is as he (‘alaihi as salaam) said:

‘Indeed, the picture is but the head’.

So, if the head is wiped out, the picture is wiped out, even if some of its traces remain. And with this has the answer been completed inshaa’Allah.

Taken from the cassette entitled: Tawjeehaat Lil-Mar’atil- Muslimah (guidelines for the Muslim woman) of Sheikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee (may Allah have mercy on him).

Translated by: Abu Yusuf, Sagheer Ibn ‘Abdir-Rasheed Al-Kashmeeree