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5 Way to Have More Fun With Your Family

My friend Ashleigh has a great blog, Capture Sunshine, about all of the fun things to do in Arizona.  Last month she asked me to write a special Mother’s Day post about how to have fun with your family.  I loved thinking about what helps me play and have a good time with my kids.  And who doesn’t want to have more fun in their family time?!  So here it is, not just for moms, but all parents…

5 Ways to Have More Fun With Your Family

1. Be Silly

There is something so wonderful about being silly.  When you are willing to let your hair down, it helps everybody feel more comfortable and become willing to have fun themselves.  One of my favorite memories growing up was a time when my mom turned on some music and started singing into her curling iron.  She was dancing around and being so embarrassing, but after a minute I thought I’d join in and so did my siblings.  Pretty soon we had gone through a whole tape (how odd that my kids won’t know what a tape is!) and we had been dancing and singing into our fake microphones for an hour.  It was so much fun and so simple.  All it took was a silly mom and we all had a blast and a great memory!

2. Get Messy

This is probably the hardest one for me.  I have a little bit of an OCD tendency and I sometimes find myself a little Shmegal-like in the conversation that goes on in my head over this subject.  “Put that activity back, that’s the messiest thing they could do.” “But they’ll have so much fun.”  “Stop him now and there won’t be a mess.”  “But they love getting messy.”  “There’s flour all over the floor!  Ahhh!  You should have just gotten out a puzzle!”  Hopefully you caught a glimpse of my inner battle, but luckily I have learned that it can be a blast to get messy AND you can always clean up later.  I saw a cartoon a little while ago that had a picture of a messy room with the caption: “What mom sees.”  Then, there was a picture of a space station with rockets and astronauts with the caption:  “What the kids see.”  As I watch my son, I find that this is totally true.  When I let him get messy, his imagination runs wild.  Getting messy together always creates lots of laughs and lots of fun!  If you’re not so worried about a mess, your kids can help you cook dinner, do your hair in funny ways, have a food fight, and tons of other things that can make an ordinary activity fun!  Jump on over here for more great messy game ideas!

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Zakat eligibility of The FYI

The Family & Youth Institute, or The FYI, is a well-known Muslim organization in the United States. It works to promote mental health and wellness by strengthening and empowering individuals, families, and communities through research and education. It has been working for many years to bring Islamic perspectives to understanding and promoting mental health in our communities.

It is dedicated to serving and supporting Muslims – safeguarding our deen, our families, and our future generations. Therefore, the work of The FYI comes in the category of ‘fi sabeelillah’ or the Path of Allah, within the eight categories where Zakat money can be used.

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed for it and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah, and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah, And Allah, is Knowing and Wise.”
(Al-Tawbah 9:60)

According to scholars who widen the meaning of fee sabeelillah to include any activities that promote Islamic growth, The FYI is indeed eligible to receive part of the Zakat funds for its programs and services. I urge Muslims in America to support this organization through their donations, general charity, and through their Zakat. I ask Allah swt to strengthen and guide The FYI to continue its good work in supporting Muslims.

Shaikh Ali Suleiman Ali, PhD

About Shaikh Ali

Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars. He then moved to Saudi Arabia and enrolled in the Islamic University of Madina.  He graduated with a degree in both Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Ali went on to complete his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sh. Ali serves on the Advisory Council of The Family & Youth Institute. He is the Senior Imam and Director of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in Canton, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Muslim Family Services in Detroit and is a council member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). He is also a member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF) and the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).