Monday, November 27, 2006

Classic Songs Islamic Style

Assalam alykom

My middle daughter who is four loves to sing songs. With growing up in America, I know many songs and rhymes that are part of my American culture. As an adult, these songs still remain imprinted in my memory, and I can recall them quickly. Eventhough, I have not heard most of these songs in over 30 years, I am still able to remember all the words. Many of these songs are quite catchy, and this could be one reason they remain with me. One of my favorites is Old Mcdonald Had A Farm. While singing this to my four year old daughter, I was inspired to change it around a little and make it more Islamic. This way in fits better with our life style as Muslims. Here is my version of this famous song:

Old Abdullah had a farm
Al hamdolilah, Al hamdolilah, Al hamdolilah,
And on that farm he had a sheep
Al hamdolilah, Al hamdolilah, Al hamdolilah
With a baaa here and a baaa there.
Here a baaa there a baaa everywhere a baa baa.
Old Abdullaha had a farm
Al hamdolilah, Al hamdolilah, Al hamdolilah

Old Abdullah had a farm
Subhannallah, Subhannallah, Subhannallah
And on that farm he had a duck
Subhannahallah, Subhannallah, Subhannallah
With a quack here and a quack there.
Here a quack there a quack everywhere a quack quack.
Old Abdullah had a farm
Subhannallah, Subhannallah, Subhannallah.

Old Abdullah had a farm
Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar
And on that farm he had a cat.
Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar.
With a meow here and a meow there.
Here a meow there a meow everywhere a meow meow.
Old Abdullah had a farm
Allaho Akbar, Allho Akbar, Allho Akbar

I hope you enjoy this song as much as my daughter and I have liked it. I have a few more, I have rewrote. I will save them for future posts, Inshallah.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Story of My Cat

Assalm alykom:

I recently wrote a story about our family cat. I sent my story to www.islamonline to see if they were interested. I have never written anything before, therefore I was very surprised that they liked the story. They published it to the website in Ramadan. They did an excellent job putting the story together and illustrating it. The story is for children and was inspired by our family cat who is pictured here. Our cat had runaway from home. It is a true story about this misfortune. The only untrue part is the ending. Our real life story did not end as happily as the one I wrote. For the link below, go to the stories called The Power of Duaa': Yusseff's Wish and The Power of Duaa': Bootsie's Return. I hope you enjoy the story as much as my family liked it.

You will find the story here

Monday, November 13, 2006

A Name Change: Loving Allah and Raising My Kids

Assalm alykom:

I have recently had an opportunity to teach in an Islamic school. With this new career, I was also able to enroll my children in school for the first time. I am no longer considered an official homschooling mother. I am now a middle school Language Arts and History teacher. For the first time in their lives, my children are experiencing school.

The whole life style change has had many ups and downs. I think one of the positive things is the excitement that my children have to get up and go somewhere. There are many afterschool activities for them to involve themselves. Another positive note is the praise for the K12 cirriculum I was using. It is very advanced and has equipped my children above the normal level. My son was even able to skip a grade. One downside was the fact that my children never had to be responsible for organizing themselves. They had to learn to write down assignment in their planners. They had to learn to keep track of homework, they had to know when to bring what book for a test. It was hard for them at first, but now they are catching on to it all.
I hope to share my ideas that I have from my experience as a teacher. Keep checking back. I have many writing ideas to post in the future, Inshallah.