Goals can inspire us to aim higher and move further ahead. Here are 7 that can help our kids move further ahead Islamically, as they excel academically this school year.
1. Finish a first reading of the Quran
If your child has been reading the Quran in Arabic for years and is slowly getting through, setting this goal may encourage him or her to finish before the school year is over. If you set this goal, make sure to set a regular time every day or a few times a week for Quran reading, even if it is for only five or 10 minutes.
2. Memorize 10 Surahs from the 30th Juz of the Quran
There are generally about 10 months of school in the year. Encourage your child to memorize just one short Surah a month.
3. Move up one letter grade in Islamic Weekend School
If your child attended Islamic weekend school last year and will be doing so this year as well, encourage him or her to push their grades up one letter higher. For example, if he or she was a B student, encourage them to aim for a move up to an A. If they were an A student, nudge them to pull themselves up to an A+.
4. Commit to community service once a month
Being a good Muslim means serving God and humanity. This year, commit to one service activity a month. Contact local organizations like food pantries, food depositories, or animal shelters to see if they offer programs for youth your child’s age to volunteer. This may even lead to your son or daughter becoming passionate about a good cause for life.
5. Join or establish a weekly Islamic study circle
If there is no weekly Islamic program available for your child, work with him or her to start one at the Masjid or Islamic center. Make it casual or intense, depending on your needs and the needs of your community, and let the youth take turns leading it with you’re and other parents’ guidance.
6. Keep in touch with relatives via Skype, email, Facebook, etc.
While the plethora of schoolwork and activities easily fill up children’s time during the school year, don’t forget to set a time at least once a month to touch base with relatives, especially grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. You can also make children the same age email pen pals, thus improving their writing skills as they connect with relatives.
Keeping family ties is an important part of Islam, and staying in touch is the first step in doing that effectively
7. Read 4 new Islamic books a month
Islamic books in English are not just growing in number, but they are improving in quality as well. As kids delve into Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, the Berenstein Bears and other popular children’s series, make available to them Islamic fiction titles as well. A search under “Islamic fiction for children” or “Muslim fiction for kids” can start your journey into this world that helps reinforce Islamic values in a way that is subtle and entertaining.