Sunday, 9 December 2018

Homeschooling in the Gulf - Q&A

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah we are on our 10th year homeschooling in the Gulf. Many sisters have been asking me different yet beneficial questions with regard to homeschooling in the Gulf countries. 

Managed to get some time and answer their questions on Instagram. You can check out the full session here

Here are some snapshots of a few questions. If you still have more questions you are welcome to ask by commenting on this post or on Instagram or Facebook inshaa Allaah.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Teach Your Child to Read - Online Workshop for Mums

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

If you have been following our Homeschooling journey for the last 9 years, then you may know that I did not teach Maimoonah to read using the phonics method. You will also know that she is an early reader and by the age of 5, she was a vivid reader, reading chapter books and adult books such as the translation of the Noble Qur'aan, The Sealed Nectar, The Moon Split and the seerah of the companions and so on, by the Mercy of Allaah. 

Over the years and even now many of you have been asking me as to how I taught Maimoonah to read without phonics. To make it really beneficial and productive I chose this topic for the next Mums Online Workshop. "Teach Your Child to Read".

In this 3 day workshop, we will be exploring the meaning fo reading and understanding what is really meant by reading. Having some background knowledge will definitely help us to have an idea about this noble task that we are hoping to undertake. 

We will also explore the benefits of early reading and I will be sharing with you my experience and benefits I gained in facilitating early reading for my children. 

You will be exposed to many reading methods and programs available today for teaching children to read and you will be given insights in order for you to do your own further research

We will also cover the full "Doman Method" of reading which I used with Maimoonah and currenltly using with my two-year-old Ramlah. 

I will be sharing live demonstration of this program and helping you to understand how to implement it while you see it happening. You will see real sessions of reading been done with step by step instructions. Here is a sneak peek of what to expect with regard to live demonstration.

It does not end there, Inshaa Allaah we will further share with you some book recommendations for different ages starting from 2 years to chapter books.  We will also have some discussions with regard to the benefits of fiction and nonfiction books and understand the different opinions of the scholars.

Sheikh Fauzaan, may Allaah preserve him, said beneficial knowledge is of two types that about the deen directly and that which supports and aides the deen. ((Statements of the Guiding Scholars of Our Age Regarding Books & their Advice to the Beginner Seeker of Knowledge: page 81, Taalib Educational Resources)

Teaching our children to read undoubtedly is beneficial knowledge as it aids them to understand their religion.

I will be sharing with you how early reading helped us to progress in the learning of the dheen throughout our homeschool by the permission of Allaah.

We will also have a Q and A session to address all your doubts and have a fruitful discussion inshaa Allaah. 

And finally, those who attend the workshop will take home in-depth digital notes of the workshop and educational reading resources that I have been collecting over the years in the form of PDF books, powerpoint presentation and more. 

This will be a live workshop with access to the recordings. So even if you miss a day or miss some parts you still have the opportunity to catch it up inshaa Allaah as the passcode to access the recordings will be sent to all participants.

If you are unable to join live you can still sign up and complete the workshop offline using the recordings on my website "Learning Zone" at your convenience and benefit. 

This workshop is suitable for mums to be and mums of babies and mums who have children from any age still learning to read. Teachers are welcome to join too. Any sisters who have an interest in learning something new with regard to teaching to read are welcome to join even if you are not a mum or a teacher yet, inshaa Allaah

Spaces are filling up and we have a limitation for the live workshop. So please register and reserve your space. Details below. 

Nurture Islaam Online Workshop for Mums

Join Umm Maimoonah for a Three Day Online Workshop

"Teach your child to Read"

Topics include:
Instilling the love for reading
The Doman Method
Learning to Read through Reading
How young is too young to read?
Our Reading Journey
Reading and Religion
Book Recommendations 
Q&A Session and much more

Interactive and engaging with audiovisual presentation with access to the recording!

Those who are unable to attend live can signup and complete the course at your convenience. Passcode to access the workshop will be provided with the digital materials. 

Who can Attend: Mums or Mums to be or teachers

Where: Online

When: (Tuesdays) November  20th, 27th and December 4th 2018

Time: 4pm to 5.30pm KSA/Qatar Time

Cost: QR 102 / US $ 28 / GBP 21.50 (Inclusive of digital materials and Notes)

Payments to be made online via Payoneer with Debit/Credit Visa/Master Card in USD only

Registration: Email or WhatsApp +974 66132058

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Self Care in Teaching and Cultivating!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

If you notice in an airplane, they remind you, in case of an emergency the oxygen mask will drop in front of you and that you should put on your mask first before you help others.

Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others.

Homeschooling is an adventurous journey, however, it can drain you! As children grow you may find it even harder to cope with! Added to it if you have been having new additions to the family, routines would be a mere dream. Pulling yourself together and getting something to work could be far from reality! At this stage what do you do?

Remember the emergency oxygen mask on the airplane! If you take care of yourself first you can take care of others! So work on that much needed "Self Care".

I used to feel so overwhelmed with the sudden change of situations and circumstances that do not allow you to stick to your usual routine. It was very depressing to pass every day without anything been done with regard to homeschooling. But I started working on "Self Care".

Self Care is in the secular sense means,

"actions and attitudes which contribute to the maintenance of well-being and personal health and promote human development."

“the practice of activities that are necessary to sustain life and health, normally initiated and carried out by the individual for him- or herself.”

Accordingly many will encourage you to spend time on something that will make you feel happy and on activities that would give you a break from daily routine such as a spa massage, run and jog, hang around with friends and much more. Alhamdulillaah while all of the above sounds great, I really thought for myself, do I have enough time to give time for such activities in my life? Even if I hang around with friends my mind will be not settled as I have so much to do and so much to think about! I cannot have some time for myself as I do not live with extended family, nor do I have family close by. I am not comfortable to leave the children alone. So how can I work on self-care?

As for me, self-care means,

“O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.” (66:6)

Taking care of ourselves and our families is true self-care. If we work hard on these lines we would achieve the much-needed self-care and as a result, we can cultivate our families and bring in that joyful homeschooling days back again! This is what I did and this is what worked for me by the mercy of Allaah!

One such self-care activity which really gave me and gives me satisfaction and motivates me to continue and sail through is teaching and cultivating. When nothing was happening in our homeschool with regard to academics for almost 3 years, I started having pep talks and discussions on a few random topics every day. The sessions may last only for few minutes sometimes and maximum 20 minutes on other days, but this brought in such a lot of satisfaction for me as well as happiness for a child who has lost a usual routine! Textbooks and workbooks and projects were on the standstill, but learning did not stop! We may talk about a book she has read or a fiqh matter or even just an Attribute of Allaah and how to understand it.

Eventually, when we were pulling together to start everything all over again, this little steps we took helped us to get organize and get back to routine over time.

Try this out and see the blessing inshaa Allaah!

We discussed many more points as to how we could pull ourselves and organize our homeschool with hundreds of sisters who were struggling like me at the workshop we had for mums Get Organized: Homeschool 101 a few months ago. The sisters were given detail notes and simple projects to put their knowledge into action and to complete the assignments that would help them to reach their goals.

Alhamdulillaah almost all of the sisters got motivated and energized by the mercy of Allaah and are slowly getting their homeschool in place. The workshop is available for others to complete at your own pace on my website. You are welcome to sign up and get access to the "Nurture Islaam Learning Zone".

Those of you who are interested to sign up can email me at or WhatsApp me + 974 6613058 Inshaa Allaah!. 

What are your Self Care activities that helped to get your homeschool organized? 

Sunday, 26 August 2018

New - Islaamic Studies Course - Fall 2018

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah registrations are open now for the fall Online courses for both the age groups.

How does it work?
These Workshops are conducted ONLINE and open for children from around the world with access to the recordings Inshaa Allaah. So if the dates and timings are not suitable for you to be present live, you may still sign up and complete the course offline using the recordings and the materials and support will be provided inshaa Allaah. 

Pick your desired course as per the age of your child.

Email or WhatsApp +974 66132058 with the following information

Mother's Name:
Child/Children's Name:
Current City:

  • Registration Confirmation will be emailed with details.
  • Payment link to pay online will be sent via email. Payment is made online at Payoneer using Visa or Master, Debit or Credit Card.
  • Once the payment is approved, Workshop materials will be sent via email. All Workshop Materials are our own Nurture Islaam Series Resources produced by us, Alhamdulillaah.
  • Link to join the workshop will be sent one day before the workshop.
  • Our Online Workshops are presented via an online platform.
  • The entire workshop is presented using audiovisuals making it an engaging and interactive session. 
  • No refunds or cancellations after registering. If you miss a class you can complete it using the recording. 

What do you need to attend the Online Workshops
• A Computer or Tablet
• A Headset
• Internet Connection
• A Printer to print the Digital materials

Islaamic Studies Course Level 1 - Girls and Boys Ages 6 - 9 

Nurture Islaam 
Islaamic Studies Course Level 1
Simplified and summarized from the books of the scholars

Three Months Online Workshop

For Children - Ages 6 to 9 (Girls and Boys) with their mums

Topics Covered
Tawheed and its Categories
Children will learn about the greatest of commands in a simplified yet comprehensive manner with hands-on activities and other methods suitable for different learning styles. They will complete assignments and projects and will be doing revision activities during class and as homework. It does not only cover Islaamic Studies but will enhance the children's literacy skills as well. We have planned a funfilled rich Tawheed Junior Activity Pack. Maashaa Allaah! 

Adab and Akhlaaq  - Manners
Children will explore different good manners with evidence from the hadeeth and the sayings of the scholars and do activities that would enable them to ponder over the manners and embrace those good manners and character.

Etiquettes of Waking Up and Sleeping
Children will engage in the cute Nurture Islaam Series Activity book " Allaah Wakes me Up". Children will learn why we need sleep and the Islaamic etiquette in detail with regard to sleeping and waking up, including the duas and actions.

Adhkhaar and Supplications
Children will use a beautiful little Supplication book made just for them and learn about some of the daily adkhaar and their meanings and their merits and memorize them. 

Study Methods:
Making Posters, Quiz Time, Journalling and more
Where: Online (Link to join will be sent)

12 Classes, 4 Classes per Month
Every Saturday, beginning 15th September to 1st December 2018

4pm to 5.30pm KSA/Qatar Time
2pm to 3.30pm UK Time
9 am - 10.30am New York Time

Cost: QR190/US$ 52/ GBP 40 per month per child. Payments to be made online on the 10th of each month starting September 2018
(Inclusive of digital Workbooks, Activity Books, and Materials)

Registration: Email or WhatsApp +974 66132058

Islaamic Studies Course Level 3  - Girls Only - Ages 10 - 18

Nurture Islaam
Islaamic Studies Course Level 3

Girls who did not complete Levels 1 and 2 can also join as the topics covered in this course are independent and from the basic.

Three Months Online Workshop

For Girls ONLY - Ages 10 to 18

Topics Covered
The 5 Pillars of Islaam - Important Lessons for Every Muslim by Shaykh bin Baaz
The girls will learn in details each pillar and their importance and their fiqh with evidences and engaging activities, worksheets and research projects. This will cover the 5 pillars comprehensively.

Ihsaan and its Levels - Important Lessons for Every Muslim by Shaykh bin Baaz
They will learn the true meaning if Ihsaan and its importance along with its levels with evidence from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah as explained by the scholars of Islaam based upon their books and works.

At Tahaarah
The Chapters – Wiping over the Socks and Siwaak from Umdatul Ahkaam. The girls will learn the Ahadeeth from each chapter from Umdatul Ahkaam with the explanation by Shaykh Uthaimeen and do worksheets and research projects.

Great Women of Islaam
Girls will listen and engage with the stories of their role models exploring the lives of the female companions of the Prophet and take inspiration from their stories. We will be covering one or a couple stories in detail using the book Great Women in Islaam.

Study Methods:
Lapbook, Making Brochures, Research Projects, Quiz Time and more

Where: Online (Link to join will be sent)

Cost: QR250/US$ 69/ GBP 52
Payments to be made on the 10th of each month online starting September 2018
 (Inclusive of digital Workbooks, Activity Books, and Materials)

12 Classes, 4 Classes per Month
Every Sunday, beginning 16th September to 2nd December 2018

4pm to 5.30pm KSA/Qatar Time
2pm to 3.30pm UK Time
9 am - 10.30am New York Time

Registration: Email or Whatsapp +974 66132058

Spaces are limited and they are filling up fast. Register today!

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Eid Mubaarak - EId al Adha 2018

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

From all of us here, Eid Mubaarak to you and your families. Have a Wonderful Eid.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Eid Offer - Nurture Islaam Series Islaamic Studies Activity Books

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah the Eid Offer is back!!!

Are you looking for something special for your little kids or your family and friends with kids for this Eid? Why not give beneficial knowledge presented in a child-friendly manner?

We have a great offer for you this Eid. Our popular Nurture Islaam Series E-Books are 25% off now until the end of the Eid Al Adha 2018 week. If you want to purchase additional licenses for gifts we give you another 40% off for every additional license. Download the books print, bind and offer them with some sweets!

What an awesome gift! Make your gifts stand out this Eid and get rewarded continuously too, inshaa Allaah!

Here is a preview of the books and details Inshaa Allaah.

Nurture Islaam Series PreK Level 11 E Books include the following titles. A5 Size and each book has 35 - 100 pages.

  1. Who is Allaah?
  2. Where is Allaah? and Allaah Sends Down Rain - Water Cycle Activity Book
  3. Who Created You?
  4. Allaah Created People
  5. Allaah Created Animals and Birds
  6. Allaah Created Nature
  7. Allaah Wakes Me Up
  8. Allaah Gave Me Food
  9. Allaah Gave Me a Special Book
  10. Allaah Gave Me Parents
  11. Allaah Gave Me a Sweet Home
When you download, print and bind the books will look like this! 

These set of books are based upon a complete curriculum, which means for PrK level (Ages 3 -5) it includes what a child would learn in preschool. But these books can easily be used as Islaamic Studies Activity books for ages 5 to 8 years as well. We have extension activity sheets for each of the books which supplements this age group (5 - 8) which can be purchased separately as and when they are available.

The big difference is that Islaam is integrated into the secular subjects, The series starts with Who is Allaah and Where is Allaah then goes on to Who Created Me and the other titles. The whole series contains 22 titles but this offer is only for 11 titles. And Alhamdulillaah all of the books are checked by a student of ilm.



The format and details of these Activity Books is as follows.

  • Simplified Text about the topic explaining all aspects pertaining to the title. This is a great teacher's resource as all information is in one place, simplified to make the little ones understand. This can be also used for reading aloud. And older children 4 - 8 can read the text by themselves if they are emergent readers, 


  •  Review Questions - Each book contains review questions after the text, which can be used for a recap or for comprehension purposes depending on the age of the child. 

  • Activities - Each book has different engaging activities based upon imparting many different skills for this age group. Activities have varieties where the teacher can choose according to the capability of the child. There are activities to cater to many different learning styles of the child too. 

  • Answers - Answers are provided for all the activities

  • Resources - We have also included the resources to cut and paste and for other activities. This will save time for you Inshaa Allaah.

  • Sources and References - As usual all that we do includes evidence, sources and references from the books of the scholars, students of ilm and also for secular topics the many different sites, links and books. You will find all of that at the end of each book. 

How to print and assemble the books?

You can view the video here as to how to assemble these books. We will be providing a written pdf with instructions to print and assemble the books Inshaa Allaah

How to purchase?
  • The whole set of 11 book is the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD version. All are PDF files. You need to download them, print and use.
  • The whole pack costs US $75 (QR 273/ GBP 59) per license (Per user) which is the Eid Offer if not it costs US $102.If you want to use for more than one child and gift the same set to others for every additional license you purchase you get a 40% off on the price which will be US $45 for every additional license.
  • Payment is made online via Visa or Master card at Payoneer. If you are unable to pay via a card we can arrange PayPal inshaa Allaah.
  • To order email to or  WhatsApp  +974 66132058 with the following details:
Subject:  Order for the 11 eBooks - PreK Level - Eid Offer

Email Body Text:
I would like to buy the 11 eBooks, please send me the Invoice/Payment Link for the details below; 

Mother's Full Name: 
Current City: 
Current Country: 
Mobile Number: 
Number of Children (Licenses): 
Child/Children's Name: 

Hope this pack would benefit all of you Inshaa Allaah. Please share the poster or this blog post with your contacts and spread the word. 

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see more videos and images of the books Inshaa Allaah.

For any further queries, you may contact me at or WhatsApp +974 66132058

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Free Online Workshop - Dhul Hijjah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Alhamdulillaah, it has been almost a year since we started our online Islaamic Studies courses and workshops. Hundreds of children and mums and teachers are continuing to benefit from our well-organized child-friendly set up and engaging unique materials that are based upon the works of the scholars and authentic sources.

You may check out the up coming fall courses here

And we know that there are many of you out there who are eager to try out our online workshops and courses and the set up to know if this would suit your child which is understandable. We heard you Alhamdulillaah and we are pleased to announce two FREE online workshops for the two different age groups inshaa Allaah which will be held during the 1st ten days of Dhul Hijjaah. We ask Allaah to accept this from us. Aameen

I request you to read this post in full if you wish to register your children for these workshops and only register if you agree to all terms and conditions mentioned. Alhamdulilalah we have had a majority of sisters who honour all terms and conditions and it has been a pleasure to continue to work with them. May Allaah bless them all. Unfortunately, we have also had very small minority of sisters who have not honoured their agreements and put a burden on us resulting in taking up our time, money and energy and the rights of the others at times by reserving their spaces and cancelling at the last moment. Therefore we have no choice but to put down these terms and conditions for this workshops. We hope you understand.

Here are the details

  • The workshop will be conducted live at the stated time via an online platform
  • The Workshop will be in English and children should be able to read, write and understand English as per their age. 
  • Usually, the participants have access to the recordings after the workshop, but the FREE workshops are offered WITHOUT the access to the recording. So please register only if you are able to join live at the stated times.
  • Cancellations can be done 48 hours prior to the date of the workshop. Anything after this is not accepted and no-shows will have to pay a fee. This is because space was reserved for you. 
  • There is no fee for these two workshops, but you are welcome to donate to our "Love for Growth" fund (during the blessed days of Dhul Hajjah and continue to reap your rewards inshaa Allaah) which sponsors less fortunate students to attend courses and assist families with our resources. You can read more on this fund here and check out the details of how we have been helping children all over the world and our current need. Alhamdulillaah. 

The Best 10 Days of Dhul Hijjaah Workshop  - For Girls ONLY -  Ages 10 to 16

Nurture Islaam
Summer Workshop Series

The Best 10 Days of Dhul Hijjaah

Free 1 Day Online Workshop

For Girls ONLY -  Ages 10 to 16

Where: Online (Link to join will be sent)

Cost: Free
Donations could be made towards Umm Maimoonah’s “Love for Growth” Fund to sponsor students

Tuesday 14th August 2018

4pm to 5.30pm 
KSA/Qatar Time

Registration: Email or WhatsApp + 974 66132058
Registrations close on 11th August 2018 or  when the maximum number is reached

The Story of Umm Ismaaeel and Ismaaeel Workshop  - For Children - Ages 6 to 9 (Girls and Boys)

Nurture Islaam
Summer Workshop Series

Free 1 Day Online Workshop

The Story of Umm Ismaaeel and Ismaaeel

For Children - Ages 6 to 9 (Girls and Boys) with their mums

Cost: Free
Donations could be made towards Umm Maimoonah’s “Love for Growth” Fund to sponsor students

Wednesday 15th August 2018

4pm to 5.30pm
KSA/Qatar Time

Registration: Email or WhatsApp +974 66132058
Registrations close on 11th August 2018 or when the maximum number is reached

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