Teach Your Daughters How to Beautify Themselves

When I was growing up, my mother didn't really teach me girly things so for me, a beauty regimen just meant showering and combing my hair. But I have 5 girls and I want to make sure that they learn how to take care of and beautify their bodies (within the boundaries of Islam)  so that they can feel good about themselves as Muslim women.

So, several years ago, I made up a little beauty regimen sheet.  Of my girls that would be of this age, a few of them just have that natural motivation to take care of themselves (well my oldest daughter does now, but didn't when she was younger). I've got one, however, that needs some motivation in this area so I thought I'd pull out my sheet and go over the tips with the girls, in shaa Allah.

It's a pretty long list and I am not suggesting that everyone do all of this. But I wanted to have a lot of ideas to share with my girls and show them a variety of things to do so that they can look and feel good.

Related on the web:

Please be sure to also check out TJ Homeschooling's Muslim Women/Daughters section (formerly Raising Muslim Daughters) for more Islamic and secular resources to help Muslim women and girls learn about and take care of their bodies as well as to fulfill their duties as a Muslim female.

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Morning Adhkaar Booklet

I've been trying to encourage my children to make thikr in the morning after the fajr salah. One of the bright spots of my mornings is making thikr after the morning salah.  Some years ago when we were living overseas, I made a book of duaas for myself when we were going through rough times and I would sit and read the duaas from it each morning until I had eventually memorized many of them, alhamdulillah.   I wanted to have something that my kids could use like that so I set out to make another book of duaa/thikr compilations for them.

After some input from my daughter, I finally finished it:

Morning Duaa Booklet

My kids keep Islamic Studies binders so I made it with the thought that they could put it in their binders and grab their binders each morning and sit down and read the duaas. I usually try to read all the duaas in the morning, but I know that would be taxing for them, so I am having them each skim through the duaas and pick maybe 3 or so to focus on each day and keep reading them until they memorize them, in shaa Allah.

Download (PDF)


Salaf us Saalih.com has a great section on thikr with resources on the excellence, manner, and bidah of thikr including more resources on Morning and Evening thikr:

Adhkaar of Salaah (Arabic/English/Translation)

Here's another version of the adhkaar of salaat. The previous version only contained transliteration and the English translation and my husband asked me to make one up with the Arabic text as well.  It is based upon the material found at Salah (Prayer) Step by Step with Illustrations and Audio.

If you downloaded my previous version, please note that there are a few differences here in the translations as well as a different form of the duaa for seeking refuge from 4 things (near the end of salaah.)

In the previous version, I took the various adhkaar of salaah from more than one source so it will not align totally with this one.

Adhkaar of Salaah Learning Poster
Adhkaar of Salaah Learning Poster

Adhkaar of Salaah Learning Poster

Be sure to stop by the post, Salah (Prayer) Step by Step with Illustrations and Audio, at Salaf us Saalih.com. It is from the works of Dr. Saleh as Saleh (rahimuhullah) that was at Understand-Islam.net. This page is excellent for new Muslims and for teaching children and it goes over not only the adhkaar here, but also
-the meaning and merits of salah, 
-the timings of the five daily salah and the optional rawatib prayers
and a step by step guide to peforming the obligatory salah

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Ways to Make 10

This week, my second grader is learning different ways to make 10 (math facts whose sum is 10). In her math book (which I've since decided to ditch and go bookless, at least for now) we came to the section on adding three numbers and one of the strategies was to find numbers of the addends whose sum was 10 and then it would be easy to add the third addend to 10.

Well, they only spend one lesson or so on this and then it's on to the next topic, so I decided to slow down and have her actually memorize the facts (or at least spend a week doing so) so that she could actually benefit from using this strategy (it's really no good if you don't know what makes 10).

As I said, I'm ditching her math book (still using it as a guide to some extent) so I needed to come up with activities for her to get enough practice with making 10.  I wanted to find a wide range of activities (not just worksheets). So, below are some of the resources I've either made or come across on the 'net.  Below are just a few and under them, you can visit my Pinterest board for "Addition - Ways to Make 10 where you will see some of these activities/resources and more).

Learning/Reference Charts

These are helpful for students to refer to them. One cute chart to represent ways to make 10 that seems to be very popular over the internet is the rainbow chart.  On our first day of learning about ways to make 10 we made one:
 Ways to Make 10 Rainbow Chart

Normally I would try to do this on the computer, but I needed something quick so I hand wrote this one and had her complete it. You can check out my Pinterest board link below for links to premade ones or other examples of handmade charts.

This chart was cute, but my daughter didn't really "get it" so I decided to try again with this one:

Ways to Make 10 Chart

It was based upon a chart I came across in a Pinterest pin.  She seemed to understand this chart better.  


Since I love flashcards and didn't come across a set that just had the facts that make 10, I created a quick set.  These are missing addend flashcards because, well, all the sums are 10.  There are 11 cards in this set.

Ways to Make 10 Missing Addend Flashcards

Games & Hands On Activities

Number Bonds - Make 10 - This is a cute, simple online game where your child is given a number and must find a ball that can be combined to make a sum of 10.

Ten in the Bag
Place different numbers of items, such as counters, beads, dried beans, or crayons, in clear bags. Then challenge pairs or small groups to figure out how many more items are needed in order to have a total of ten in the bag. Students can write number sentences, or create missing addend sentences to solve. They can find the other students in the room who have their missing amount to complete a perfect 10! (Source: Educators.Brainpop.com

We've been working on making 10 this week and my daughter seems to have memorized the facts. She's having a little trouble with using the concept to add three addends but as one of our goals is to master the math facts, well, then we've been successful in that goal, alhamdulillah.

If you need "ways to make 10" activities, be sure to stop by by Pinterest board below as there are over 35 pins with neat ideas to help kids learn/practice making 10!

Check out my Pinterest board for other "Ways to Make 10" resources:
Follow TJ HOMESCHOOLING's board Math-Addition-Ways to Make 10 on Pinterest.

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Arabic Alphabet Handwriting Tracing Sheets

These are some fun sheets I made up back in 2009. This set contains the whole Arabic alphabet.
Arabic Alphabet Handwriting Sheets

Arabic Alphabet Handwriting Sheets

Arabic Alphabet Handwriting Sheets

Arabic Alphabet Handwriting Sheets

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Arabic Alphabet Letter Formation Cards

Arabic Alphabet Letter Formation Cards

(Images from Gateway to Arabic)

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Arabic Alphabet Flashcards with Initital/Medial/Final Forms

Use these to practice recognizing the initial, medial, and final forms of the letters of the Arabic alphabet.

Arabic Alphabet Flashcards with Initital/Medial/Final Forms

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Arabic Alphabet Chart from THMSadaqaGroup

THM Sadaqa Group has a nice, simple Arabic alphabet chart that shows the different positions of each letter. (It's a two page chart, this graphic only shows the first page)
Arabic Alphabet Chart

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Arabic Alphabet Progress/Reference Chart

This chart can be used as a reference chart or as a progress chart where your child colors in a letter as it is learned.
Arabic Alphabet Progress/Reference Chart

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Arabic Alphabet Chart

Please excuse the graphics, lol, this was one of my earlier Arabic alphabet charts that I made back in 2009. But it's still a good, simple chart, in shaa Allah that you may find helpful.

Arabic Alphabet Chart

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Helping Your Daughters Keep Track of Their Menstrual Cycle

It's important that we teach our daughters to keep track of their menstrual cycle. Doing so helps them predict when their next menstrual cycle will probably come so that they can be prepared. They also need to understand that it is important, as women, that we get familiar with our cycle so that we can notice any changes which could indicate pregnancy or possible health concerns.

Several years ago, I made a tracker for my daughters in hopes of making it easier to track their cycles:
Printable Menstrual Cycle Tracker
Because I have five daughters (two have not yet reached menstruation) I ended up making different color versions because they all have different favorite colors. So in addition to the pink, you can get them in purple, blue, or green.

Printable Menstrual Cycle Tracker

I've put tips for marking a "start" and "end" date as well so they can start to see how long their periods last and look for irregularities.

If you have techy girls, they might like to keep track online or on a cell phone.

A Few Digital Menstruation Trackers

Here are just a few, but you can find many, many more online.

Online Period Tracker at MonthlyInfo.com - cute little site (free) where you set up an account and you can track your periods, set reminders (for approx days before your period or ovulation is expected). You can add notes. Based upon the dates you enter, it tells you the current day you are in of your menstrual cycle. 

Also check your phone/mobile app stores as I have seen some really cute ones there as well.

However they track their periods, the important thing is to get our daughters to track their periods once they start and help them to make it a habit on their own.

ABC Order Practice w/Letters

I wanted my daughter to practice ABC order today with letters, so I made up a little worksheet as it was hard to find ones with just letters that I liked.
ABC Sequencing with Letters Worksheet

Now, some years back I made up some ABC sequence activity strips/cards for my kids to practice alphabet sequencing with letters (before starting with words).

ABC Sequencing Practice Cards

When I made these, it was intended that they be cut out (there are 43 strips) and laminated and then kids can write in the letter that is missing. Or, using letter tiles, a letter tile can be placed in the blank space. These used to be on TJ eons ago, but with my moves, they didn't make it back. So, I thought I would offer them again. I hope to get some contact paper (my cheapy alternative for laminating) to laminate and then maybe I'll use them again because it's a great activity to help keep the kids' busy and learning pretty much on their own. 

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Greeting in Islam

Teaching Children About the Islamic Greeting


Some years ago, when my middle children were younger, I made up a unit study on the Islamic greeting. It was available on the old Talibiddeen Jr. but I realized it never made it over here to TJ Homeschooling, so I thought I would post it again because I found it very helpful when teaching my kids about the Islamic greeting.

It's a free download and here are the lessons that are included:
Teaching Children About the Islamic Greeting
Now, I have to warn that this was written 8 or 9 years ago, so the graphics and fonts are outdated. But, I think it's still very helpful to use as a spine or guide to read through for your studies. You can make it yours by creating worksheets or lapbooks or whatever to make it more engaging for your students.

One thing that I really love about the lessons is that I was able to include ayaat from the Quraan or ahadith to support the various topics in the lesson so I think you will find it very helpful from that aspect. It says it is for Grade 1, but I think it is helpful for higher elementary grades as well. In addition, you can take the ahadith and ayaat and use them for older students such as middle and high schoolers, in shaa Allah.

Download Islamic Greeting Lessons (PDF)


If you know me, I like checklists. This is a checklist I made up to help me keep track of what my kids had mastered as far as learning the Islamic greeting. It is a great review tool as well, in shaa Allah.

Islamic Greeting Skills Checklist



Shaykh ul Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah, when asked about the greeting/congratulations of Eid said:

"As for the greeting on the day of Eid, then it is by saying to one another when meeting after the prayer:

Taqabbala Allahu minnaa wa minkum wa ahaala Allahu alayka
May Allah accept it from you and us and other things of this nature.

Ibn Qudaamah reported in Al Mugnee that Muhammad ibn Iyaad said: "I was with Abi Umamah al Baahilee and other companions of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam and when they returned from the Eid they said to each other:

Taqabbala Allahu minnaa wa minkum - May Allah accept it from you and us

Source: "The Rulings Concerning the Two Eids from the Purified Sunnah"


was sure it wasn't from the Sunnah to greet/well wish for the new year, but I did not know how to respond so this was beneficial.

via Salaf-us-Saalih.com

Question: Is it permissible for a person to initiate the well-wishing for the new year to someone?

Response: If someone wished you well, then return the greeting to him, but don’t you be the one to initiate the well wishing to anyone – this is the correct position in this matter.

If for example someone said to you ‘we wish you well for this new year’, you should say “may Allaah greet you with good and may He make it a year [filled with] good and blessings”, however, don’t you initiate [the well-wishing] to the people. [This is] because I do not know anything from the Salaf that they used to greet [the people] with well-wishes for the new year. Rather, know that the Salaf did not adopt Muharram as the beginning of the new year until the caliphate of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu).
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 372

(In the above link from salafitalk.net was an interesting post that looked at some kufaar traditions around the world for ringing in the new year. I thought this would make a great discussion on shirk as well.)


Congratulations on the new year or the occasion of Mawlid

The first question of Fatwa no. 20795

Q 1: Is it permissible to congratulate non-Muslims on the occasion of the new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)?

A: It is not permissible to offer congratulations on such occasions; for it is not Mashru‘ (Islamically permissible) to celebrate them.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
source : http://www.alifta.com/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?View=Page&PageID=151&PageNo=1&BookID=10

Other Greetings - On Yawmul Jumuah?



Sheikh Fawzan was asked the following question:
Every Friday one of my colleagues sends me a text saying “Ju’muaah Mubaarak” and he continues saying that he hopes that I will add that to my cell phone greeting or to my greeting on the internet forums; what is your view of this?
Answer: Sheikh Fawzan
This is an innovation, Allah has not sent down any authority for this action. This is an action that is not known or narrated in the Sunnah; it has not been narrated that the Muslims should congratulate each other on Friday; rather it has only been reported that they would congratulate each other on Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr not on Friday. Therefore putting this is a text and encouraging others to do it is an innovation and from spreading innovation.

Sheikh Abdul Musin Al Abaad was asked the following question:
Based on the premise that Friday is a (Eid) holiday, is it permissible to greet each other saying, Ju’muaah Mubaarak or Ju’muaah Accepted?
Answer: Sheikh Abdul Musin Al Abaad:
By Allah, we don’t know of anything that proves the validity of this. As for the two Eids then it has been narrated that the companions when they would meet each other they would say, “May Allah accept it from us and you” or “May Allah accept your obedience”.

The Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz was asked the following question:
What is the ruling on the statement Ju’muaah Mubaarak?
Answer: Sheikh Abdul Aziz
There is no origin for sending out the greeting Ju’muaah Mubaarak on the cell phones. It is a bless day, no doubtAllah the Exalted has singled us out with this day, and the Jews and Christians have been lead astray away from this day, but as for giving a greeting every Friday then we don’t know of any origin for this.