Open the Holy Qur’an. The first chapter in the Holy Qur’an, or the introduction or the opening chapter is Surah Al-Fatihah, and Allah tells us about Himself in this chapter.What are the first Names & Attributes that Allah tells you about Himself in this chapter? Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem are mentioned about 190 times each in the Holy Qur’an. That shows you just how important it is for us to understand that Allah is extremely merciful!
Our aim is to show the way for our children to worship Allah out of love and out of yearning for His boundless mercy and forgiveness. As parents, we will not be with our children at every moment of their lives to remind them to pray or read Qura'an, and to stop them from falling into sin. However, the love of Allah, once it sparks in their hearts, it will always be there and it will become their inner voice.
Al-`Afuww means The Pardoner. Allah not only forgives your sins if you sincerely repent and seek forgiveness, but He erases even the trace of these sins from your records. Allah pardons in such a way that on the Day of Judgment, you will not even be reminded of these sins. Allah spares you the pain of feeling remorse, regret, and humiliation over these sins on this tumultuous day.
To expand our circle of book lovers, this year we started a reading club for my youngest girl, inviting her third-grade class to join. Less than half of her classmates showed up at our first reading club meeting, but soon enough, the number grew and we received requests from moms asking if their daughters could bring along a cousin or sister!
When it comes to teaching our children about Islam, many of us (myself included) are so fervent and scrupulous when it comes to telling them about what they can and cannot do. Sadly, we fail to tell them more about The One who ordained these dos and don’ts. Our children’s faith will not flourish and bloom if we restrict their understanding to only the halal and haram, and not taking the beautiful journey with them to truly know ALLAH, The Most High, The Great.