Teacher and Learner


My Dear Son,

Patience. Beautiful patience. I make dua that I truly learn the lessons you teach me about patience.

Right now the biggest test of patience for me is changing you nappy, then having you undressed and dressed, then accepting your phase of absolute NOISE. May Allah instil sabr in me. Ameen.

Indeed, you are more of a teacher to me now than I am to you. May I heed the lessons you teach. Ameen.

On a lighter note, as you play, I often think about the kind of learner you are. So, I want to note a few things for the future. You have this deep concentration, with a frown on your forehead, when you’re playing and trying to figure out something, like fitting a new container and lid. You like to have someone present, even slilently present, when you’re playing. If you’re not sure about how to do something with a particular toy or item, or if you want me to play with you, you nicely offer me the toy, as if saying “Show me” or “Play with me” :). If it is something you don’t yet understand, you offer me the toy again and again to see how I do it until you understand and are able to do it. Otherwise, you give it a break and maybe try a bit later. I often have to show you different ways of playing with your toys or get excited about your toys before you do. You get excited about doing something you know you shouldn’t, like going for the TV, TV plugs, going into the bathroom, unrolling the toilet paper…

MashaAllah, you have a brilliant mind subhanaAllah. May we always find ways to feed your curiosity. Ameen.

With love,
Mommy

Endless lessons


My Dear Son,

You help me to be a better Muslim, to lead a better Islamic life; thus, to follow a complete way of life.

You add purpose to my days.

May we be your role models, walking in the footsteps of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), so that you do not have to look further than home to find good examples, love and an understanding of your deen (Islam).  May we make our beloved Prophet Muhammad a living example in our home.

As the days go by, there’ll be much more that you will teach me. As you grow, there will be endless lessons your father and I will teach you. Ameen. I pray that, as your parents, we never fail the lessons you teach us. I pray that we are always willing to learn from you. I pray that we are patient when teaching you. I pray that the Prophet (peace be upon him) will always be your foremost teacher. May he (SAW) always be alive in your life. I pray that the angels never leave a room that has your presence in it. I pray that Allah, Most Merciful, facilitates your every action. I pray for your ultimate success. Ameen.

With Love,
Mommy

Time and structure


My Dear Son,

You teach me the value of time and structure. You signal the time for eating, playing and sleeping, telling me that you need structure in your day, hence, you have encouraged me to better plan and structure my day.  You force me to be perceptive of your signals, what you need and when. Even though you can’t yet verbalise your needs, you certainly know how to make yourself heard, Alhamdulilah.  Basically, you have taught me that, for now, you are the boss of my time. But, moreover, you teach me that time, once gone, can never be retained. Split seconds and wasted minutes all add up at the end of the day. Structure helps us not waste the day. May we always value every day. Ameen.

With love,

Mommy

Aah, the lessons you teach me…


My Dear Son,

On the 16th September you will, inshaAllah, be 7 months old. Already, you have conquered so much, learned so much and done so much in the few months of your existence: smiling and laughing, rolling over from your tummy to your back and vice versa (shoo! I have to keep a fixed eye on your roly-poly moves. Many times you’ve nearly rolled off the bed!), uttered your first words  (mama, dada, baba, papa, paf, aa, a), almost able to sit completely unassisted (you can do this now for a short while), eating and tasting a variety of flavours (though you had an early but brief introduction to this at 4 months and you took to it nicely), grasping, banging, dropping your toys (we sometimes make you pick them up yourself) and switching them from one hand to the other.  SubhanaAllah! Your world is an exploration free of fear or limits. May Allah, Most Merciful, protect you always. Ameen. You will inshaAllah be crawling soon, teething, walking, talking… I anticipate your many surprises to come. I excite at the blessings you will bring. I look forward to the many lessons you will teach me. Ameen.

Aah, the lessons you teach me…  I know that it is actually Allah, Most Merciful, teaching me through you, my son; and it is through Allah’s Love and Mercy that I am recognising and learning the lessons you teach me.

Since your birth, I have learned about patience and appreciation. You teach me to not rush too much, to not rush your progress, to appreaciate your journey. To value you as unique, too special to be compared. You have taught me to appreciate the different people in your life, the people that love you and want only the best for you.

Since your birth I have learned more about our Allah, Most Merciful, about my salaah, about my connection with Allah, Most High. SubhanaAllah! You teach me about Allah all the time. You teach me that though I love you so and worry about you all day and night, Allah, Most Merciful, is and will always be more important. Allah is Greater than my worry. You teach me that Allah, Most Merciful, is your Babysitter when I am with you and when I can’t be.

I remember and forget some of the lessons, especially the ones about connecting with Allah, Most Merciful. Though I understand the lessons, it is difficult to always practice them because my mind is often busy worrying about you. But Allah, Most Merciful, is All Knowing and Wise.

As I put you to sleep through words of remembrance of Allah, Most Merciful, you help me to constantly keep Allah alive in my mind and on my lips. Just another one of the ways you bring me closer to The Ultimate Love.

You are sleeping now, so soundly. I am so careful not to wake you as you are still learning to fall asleep on your own. May the angels be with you always. Ameen.

With love,

Mommy