The daily chronicle of my family as we embark on our quest to relocate from New York to Cairo... the impending journey to get there and the daily lives of myself, my husband and our four children... and other random thoughts while living in Cairo!

Looking to make contact with other Muslimahs who are like myself with small children living or will be living in a foreign country.

I invite you to share the experience with us as we try to make this happen!

Friday, January 9, 2009

What will you teach your children???

It seems there's not much love in this world of ours... we are in a sad, pittiful state! We need to teach our children the right things so they grow with acceptance, tolerance of others and respect for mankind:

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns to justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
-Dorothy Nolte

What will you teach YOUR children???????????


Inspired Muslimah said...


Umm Travis said...

very interesting :) thanx fer sharing!

by the way... i meant to mention previously.. what is with that photo of the niqab girl with (blood?) something on her forehead..? or is she hindu? its really disturbing anyway.

Empress Anisa said...

Inspired- yeah, when I found that photo, I thought of that poem which is an oldie but goodie...

Umm Trav- disturbed by my photo? lol... well, she's a member of the Bhopal tribe which hails from the area of Rajasthan, India... Muslim, not Hindu! Interesting book about that tribe: "The Begums of Bhopal" by Shaharyar M. Khan
Her eyes are captivating....

ipv6 said...

Looking to make contact with other Muslimahs who are like myself with small children living or will be living in a foreign country for the sake of educating our children
Why dont ya moveout to countryside instead of Cairo? I think it a bad decision moving to Egypt, compare in the US, facilies wise, standard of living and education etc etc...

You can raise yours kids in the States in just fine me think, no need to run(esp. to Egypt), face those challenge associate wth it and learn some more along the ways..together ya'll will doing just fine.

Just my two cents 'ere.

Empress Anisa said...

ipv6: I appreciate your concern but it's hard to get both a good Islamic and academic education here which is what I would really like for my children... there are Islamic schools here in the US even plenty here in New York but the lack in alot of areas what the children should be taught.
I said I would give Cairo "the old college try"- as we know, nothing in life is etched in stone... and I like to see it as an adventure and the opportunity to live in another country and absorb some of their culture.

If all else fails, I know I can always come home! I know it'll definitely have its challenges (just like anything else) but if it becomes too overbearing, I'll definitely reconsider my length of time there!

Thanks for what seems like your genuine concern... and as always, thanks for stopping by!

hijabee said...

I've always beleived that children mirror their environment. The best way to teach them is through our actions and behaviors. They will mimick us in almost everything we do, so we must give them a good example. Thanks for sharing!

Umm Salihah said...

Assalam-alaikam Sister,
Lovely picture and words.
I agree with Sister Hijabee, children learn from what we do rather than from we say, so for me the biggest part of trying to instill good tarbiyyah is checking my own behaviour (which is truly difficult). But I agree I don't want my children to be racists or hate others because they are not Muslim.

Empress Anisa said...

Hijabee- so true... that's why I try to be conscious of what I do and say in front of mine- they pick up EVERYTHING....

Umm Salihah- my children are quite young but I intend to teach them, InshaAllah, even though we may hail from a different country, have a different culture or practice a different religion we're all "people" just the same and treat everyone the way they themselves would want to be treated... and thanks for stopping by!

Yasmeen said...

Golden words of wisdom and that picture speaks volumes

Empress Anisa said...

Yasmeen- Yes, that pic I thought was awesome- if we teach our children the "right" things this is how it could be!

By the way, Hijabee gifted you the other day with the "coolest blog" award so I couldn't but you site is no doubt one of the best! You've been on my blog roll almost since I started!

Thanks for stopping by!