Salam my lovely readers,
Hope you are doing well today. I hope the Monday Blues don’t get to you.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I recently posted about how limited “screen time” is in my home. Because, it has a huge effect on my kids’ behavior. I feel that these apps/shows are not always teaching my kids any valuable lessons/manners. I absolutely cannot allow my kids to engage in an activity that brings no GOOD to them. As a mother it is my responsibility to help their tiny brains expand and absorb information that will have a positive lasting impact on their future. For the betterment of their character, personality, behavior etc.
Ever heard of the saying, “A mother’s lap is her child’s first school”?
It really is! I cannot follow the pitfall of “Modern day technology” and let my kids drown himself in a gadget, just so I can do my chores quietly. The almighty has bestowed me with a greater duty. I am raising the FUTURE UMMAH.
I must safeguard my children’s future properly. As a Parent, I must be mindful and take an active role in guiding my children on the path of truth.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Every one of your (people) is responsible, and everyone is responsible for whatever falls under his responsibility. A man is like a shepherd of his own family, and he is responsible for them” – (Bukhari and Muslim).
Since my oldest son turned 7, his interest in gadgets grew deeper. He now wants to follow his peers and play the games they play.
Off course, I am not that parent to just let him download any App he wants! I spend a lot of time going over our Tablet’s Play store looking for educational apps.
As a Muslim, I also have to make sure my kids are not exposed to anything that is harming their Iman (Belief/faith). So that really narrows down to a handful of apps. Let me tell you, I was frustrated. I found a few Apps that we enjoyed but they had ADS and those ads were not very “kid friendly”.
How inconvenient is that?
But LO and BEHOLD.
Just last month as I was browsing through my Facebook account, I stumbled across a post about this ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL APP called UMMAH STARS.
What introgued me most about the App was their Graphics. They reminded me of myself, my children. Then I looked into their Project and searched Youtube and was totally sold on the whole idea. I will tell you more about this in my next post. Inshallah
HERE ARE SOME DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE APP
- The APP has not yet launched. But, they will launch very soon with your help and contribution to their LAUNCH GOOD CAMPAIGN
- UMMAH STARS is an Islamic Educational App created by FOUZIA USMAN.
- It is made for Children and Kids of different age groups. Mostly for school aged kids.
- It is the Master Mind of a Mother! Need I say more?
- Fouzia Usman is a mother of 3 children, founder of Ummah Stars and co-founder of Practimate.com.
- Fouzia created the APP for Muslim Kids who will engage in learning about Islam in a fun interactive manner.
Here is what Fouzia has to say about why she created UMMAH STARS
Alhamdulilah, I have initiated a project for Muslim children and wanted to give you some background info how this project was born.
Majority of Muslim children in western countries dont know
the much about Islam or prophets as much as they should know.
Even if they know probably they would know from historical perspective.
Eventhough they are taught to love the prophet and the deen, I feel that love
should come naturally. That love would come only when they know more and more about him.
Without this natural love, i see when parents ask the kids or remind the kids about salah the kids are so involved in whatever they are watching or playing and go with half mind and finish it for the sake of finishing it.
How come all the kids love Cinderlla stories, disney stories? Ofcourse they have those fancy and colorful images, character that captivate young kids. But also how they present it.
If those fake stories can stick to children’s minds why cant our
true story of the best person who walked on this earth do the same?
I personally felt we as Muslims failed in that attempt. Centuries back
things were different and the love instilled by parents about the prophet stayed
with the kids and they grew up loving our prophet and knowing the deen much deeper.
Todays worlds and tomorrows is totally different.
Here is a Video from UMMAHSTARS to show you their passion for teaching children:
Please Stay Tuned for my upcoming post on how Ummah Stars works and how your contribution will benefit this Project and You!
Until next time!