May 9, 2006 — educatingthemuslimchild
In passing, I also found some useful websites and at least one book suggestion (I am sure there are more and welcome suggestions).
In the Islamic Voice Magazine online (from 1998 ) I found an article entitled “A Leaf from Prophet’s (Pbuh) Life : Courage Beyond Measure.” You can find the article here (it is the first article). (PLEASE SEE MOTHER SITE TO ACCESS THESE LINKS)
I found information about teaching your child courage on the following website:
I really liked their explanation of courage (also a description of how a child saw courage) because it doesn’t just focus on not having fear – but doing the right thing even when you are afraid.
The website also had methods for teaching courage:
On the Scholastic website, I found the following article about teaching your child about courage and confidence:
Although I have not read the following book suggestion, I have read another book by the author and thoroughly enjoyed it. After reading the book (I hope to find it in our library) I will let you know what I think. The book is entited “Courage” by Bernard Waber. Essentially, it talks about all different types of courage (not just the saving the damsel in distress kind). According to the book description, “Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.”
Scholastic also have book recommendations on their website. Please realize that I have yet to read any of these books, but thought I would share the list with you. If and when we get these from the library (I hope we will find some!) I will give more details, insha’Allah. Here is the book list:
Insha’Allah, these recommendations will be of some use. If you have any to add, please leave comments.
Jazak Alah Khair,
Sumayyah Umm Sadiqah wa Asma
May 9, 2006 — educatingthemuslimchild
Having Courage Isn’t Easy
Having courage is not always the easiest thing to do, nor is it without consequences.
Sometimes, when you have the courage to do what is right – you can still have problems. For example, when you tell the truth if you did something wrong, you may still get into trouble (but one would hope the punishment would be less than if you told a lie). However, telling the truth has a high reward from Allah – and that is what we must strive for. Another example is when you have the courage to tell your friend that you won’t do something that you know is wrong. That person may not want to be your friend any more. However, you must realize that in order to please Allah, we must try to seek out good friends. Friends who want us to do wrong bring harm to themselves and to us and cause Allah to be displeased with them.
Thus, the important thing to remember is that having courage to do what is right, at all times, has a high reward with Allah (and Allah’s rewards are great and plentiful unlike the temporary “rewards” of not having courage and doing what is wrong.) Besides, while lying or doing what your friends want you to do that is wrong may seem “rewarding” – they also are counted against you as bad deeds. We should always remember also that doing what is wrong makes the next bad deed even easier. While having the courage to do what is right may not always be easy – the rewards are greater that you or I can ever imagine.
Have your child make a list of times when your child will try to have courage (like the following). This may be especially helpful for older children:
I promise to have courage to:
* Tell the truth
* If I see something wrong happening, I will try to remind the people involved and (if necessary) fix it.
* Tell people ‘no’ when they want me to do something that is wrong
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