01 April, 2009

Why do we read Quran?

Why do we read Quran, even if we can't understand a single Arabic word? This is beautiful story, enjoy reading...

An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning
Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Qur'an. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked,
"Grandpa! I try to read the Qur'an just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur'an do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied,
"Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water."

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house.

The grandfather laughed and said,
"You'll have to move a little faster next time,"

He sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said,
"I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough,"

He went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would Leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.

Out of breath, he said,
"See Grandpa, it's useless!"

"So you think it is useless?"

The old man said,
"Look at the basket."

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.

"Son, that's what happens when you read the Qur'an. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and outside. That is the work of Allah in our lives."

Moral of the story : Read Al-Quran frequently as it will purify our heart. When we have pure heart, it is easy to do righteous and leave jahiliyah and badness in ourselves.

How can I make learning fun for my 2-year-old?

Q:How can I make learning fun for my 2-year-old?

Learning is inherently fun if we are allowed to have some choice in what we learn. And 2-year-olds are the hungriest learners in the world! But sometimes, we parents become overly anxious about our children’s own internal pattern of exploration and development of their skills. If we push too much or give too much direction to young children’s play—which is the way children learn—they will refuse to cooperate. Think of how many millions of children forced to sit on a piano bench and play scales who now refuse to go near a piano as adults! Do not interpret this example to mean that encouragement from the parents is not important, for it is crucial. But there is a fine line between encouragement and pushing, and we often step over that line with little awareness that we are doing so.

My guess is that your child is already learning a great deal—and enjoying it. Supply him or her with toys that allow skills to develop, and offer praise when you see progress. And be sure to play with your child some of the time; solitary play is not as appealing as play that is enjoyed with another person.

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