Friday, August 13, 2010

*10 Things to hand down to your daughter*

    MashAllah Great Ideas to pass to your children, inshAllah!

    1. Knowledge of and love for Allah and the deen. This is one of the most
    precious and enduring gifts you can pass down to your daughter, one that
    will benefit her in this life and the next.

    2. Memorisation of the Qur’an. No matter how little you have memorised
    yourself, push your daughter to memorise as much she can. Encourage her and
    help her to revise. It will stand her in good stead in her life and will be
    a source of reward for you after your death as well.

    3. A good example of Muslim womanhood. Most girls look to their mothers for
    guidance. Embody the characteristics of a strong, faithful Muslimah and she
    will be inspired to follow your example.

    4. A sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Instil a sense of confidence in
    your child by encouraging her skills, talents and personality to develop.
    Make her feel secure in her identity and show her that she is loved and
    appreciated. This will have a positive impact on her future relationships
    and how she interacts with the world.

    5. A sense of modesty. Instil a love for hijab in your daughter and
    encourage her to be modest, never boastful or conceited, in all areas of her

    6. Your language. If you speak Arabic, be sure to teach it to her so that
    she has the key to the understanding of the Qur’an. Also, if you have a
    mother tongue or speak a second language yourself, pass it on: a second or
    third language is always an asset, whether in a study, work or social

    7. A skill that you have. If you are an avid gardener, knitter or love
    painting, pass your skill onto your daughter. With so many ‘traditional’
    skills being lost in today’s fast-paced world, you owe it to her to share
    your knowledge and pass it on to the next generation.

    8. Your favourite recipes. Yes, teach your daughter how to cook! Be it from
    a cookbook, an original recipe or passed down from your mother or even your
    grandmother, we all have our own trademark recipes: pass them on to your
    daughter and encourage her to develop some specialities of her own.

    9. Housekeeping skills. Instil good housekeeping habits in all your children
    and encourage them to take pride in a neat and tidy home. Pass any tricks or
    shortcuts on so that your daughter is well-equipped when she has a home of
    her own.

    10. Your family history. Give her a sense of her roots and heritage by
    sharing your family story with her. Acquaint her with her family tree and
    teach her the lessons learned by the different generations. Hopefully, she
    will do the same with her children, insha Allah.
-Author Unknown.

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