Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Learning about bugs

Assalm alykom:

Last week my husband was giving a khutbah about Fasting in Melbourne, Florida. The kids and I decided to tag along and join him. After Jumah, we were waiting for some time for my husband to talk with the people. My kids were exploring the grounds of this unfamilair masjid, and they found this HUGE bug. I always encourage my children to explore the outdoors. With this sense in mind, they see so many things and notice so much about Allah's creation. Some parents inhibit this type of exploration because they find outdoor items to have germs, or they do not want them to get dirty. This limits the imagination of the child. Encourging outdoor exploration can be a science lesson, a writing assignment or just a love to the creator that made it so wonderful. This bug looked like many nature shows of insects from the Amazon Rain Forest. I have never seen one with my own eyes this big. Eventhough this bug looked mighty scary and was so mammoth, I still let my kids pick it up and examine it. When we got home I researched all kinds of beetles on the internet. I discovered that its scientific name is Archodontes Melanopus, and it is a live oak root borer. It destroys the roots of the tree. I implore you to let your children to discover the world that Allah made for us.


Anonymous said...

Asalam walacome,

Ameen, my children are aloud to explore where ever we may be they look at everything including dissecting the dead things which they come across including cockroaches and a praying mantis. my 12 year old tends to do more interactive dissections than real life as some children really are squeamish.

Safa said...

Assalaamu alaikum......you are brave to get the kids to touch that!

zainab said...


ummluqman said...

masha Allah,

I always had a fascination with bugs since I was a kid. So I have encouraged it in my son. My daughters are like nnnnnnooooo!


As salamu alaikum

Anonymous said...

Essalam Alaikum,

I love your blog, Masha'Allah.

Ramadan Mubarak