By Nidah Chatriwala, TMO
Almost everything will be new: friends, teachers and even schools. During this time, parents are found racing in the local supermarkets to complete the must-have back to school supply checklist. The excitement of going back to school is very contagious and parentsâ€™ intention to equip their children with the best of the best school supplies makes it easy for them to become competitive in narrow store aisles. This distress can even result in overspending.
New notebooks, pencils, and the movie-themed backpack might make children the cool kid in the class and perhaps even help them excel in tests. However, these back to school supplies arenâ€™t sufficient to help Muslim children raise their level of deen.
Hereâ€™s a very subjective deen essentials checklist for Muslim parents to consider.
â— Teach children to compete in good deeds instead of materialistic things
â— Parents, stay calm when children come to you with questions. If you donâ€™t have an answer, then research it together.
â— Motivate children to pray with a prayer rug and beads set of their own
â— Equip children with a compass and show them how to locate the direction of prayer
â— Emphasize on the importance of having a modest character and appearance
â— Download Quran learning apps
â— Instill good manners
â— Engage with parents at your childrenâ€™s school to ensure positive peer influence.
â— Take time to tutor or at least supervise children when they work on homework
â— Schedule weekend activities that will show your children relevance of Islam today.
The list is neverending, but enough to prep Muslim parents for this upcoming back to school episode. Remember, the foundation of Islamic beliefs and practices begins from home. Model your household with Quranic and hadith teachings and experience ALLAHâ€™s protection over the members of your family.