as my kids grow older, grow as well in Islam, I realize more and more how important it is to believe and live by Islam.
Today we went to the doctor as my little one is not well, hamdulillah. As we were waiting for the doctor to call us, my baby was approached by a child of around 1 year old. The little boy got stranded in my pushchair and fell on the floor. Quickly the father came over to see what happened. Me and another sister went over and said ' bismillah'. I looked at the sister and she looked at me, I guess we thought the same 'We are Muslims, hamdulillah!'. While the father of the child was concerned about the well being of his child and checked that his boy was 'all in one piece', me and the sister we called unto our Lord and together exclaimed 'Bismillah!'.
That was a good Islamic lesson and a reminder for my kids to reflect upon. Of course the father of the child was right to check on his child and to make sure he was ok, but as Muslims we first think of our Lord and call upon Him for help in any matter, no matter how big or small.
The child was ok in the end. Hamdulillah.
Everyday, I try my best to teach my children about Islam and I pray to Allah they can one day be successful Muslims in this dunya and specially in the akhira. Amin.
It's hard for us, living in the West to fully appreciated 'Islam as a way of life'. I hear more and more sisters leaving to go abroad, go back to Islamic countries where they came from, or the husbands were born, or where their fathers/mothers originated. I can see their happiness when they talk of their everyday life, their blessings right in front of them...their Iman is intact! While in the West, we struggle more and more everyday to keep safe our Iman and our kids', theirs it is getting stronger and stronger.
They hear the call of five daily salah, we hear music coming from the cars i the streets and racists abuse, they pray in the Mosque everyday, every prayer, we pray at home and wish that one day we can pray in the Mosque if not all the prayers but at least the Friday one!
I don't like for me kids to live in the West as I can see my struggles...if i could choose I would go abroad. Insh'Allah one day.
For now I have to do my out most best to up bring my children in Islam and keep on making dua'as.