What do we do when we get together as a family? How do we make sure these activities are Muslim and will Allah be pleased with us? There are plenty of great activities that we can do.
Among the favourites of many families are eating out at popular food oulets and restaurants, having barbecues and staying at chalets, and singing karaoke at home or at KTV lounges. There’s also the weekend bowling fun and catching up on the latest movie release at the theatres.
But on closer observation, are we really having fun? And what do we learn from these gatherings. I mean learning about life and how do we improve ourselves as grateful human beings?
Celebrity Gossip VS Prophet’s Stories
It’s inevitable sometimes that during a meeting or gathering, we will tend to talk about other people – in short, gossiping. About celebrities, etc…As we sit in front of the TV set, and watch whatever that is presented to us, and someone starts to talk about the celebrity that appears on the screen, others will be eager to join the dicussion.
What benefit do we get from this? Maybe we can argue that we can learn from the experience of others. But wait… Why learn from celebrities who have no concern about us, when Allah has already given us exemplary people to learn from – people who were willing to die to make us be good Muslims?
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is the most complete example to learn and “copy” from. If there is any one personality whose character and actions can followed for a long time and will never be out of trend, it will be this man, the Prophet himself.
So instead of the empty hours of gossiping, what better use of time will it be if we use it for sharing stories and knowledge about the Prophet and his companions. What better use of time will it be if we integrate life lessons related to Islam into all the family events we have.
Is Life Created to Have Fun?
Yes, you might think that the purpose of the family activity is to have fun. Ask yourself, are we created to have fun? Are we created to be spending hours stuck to the TV sets, to the games on the smart phones, to be singing love songs and keeping updates on celebrity lives, even the low morale ones?
Allah has reminded us through His Words in the Quran that a person will experience fun and peace when he or she has constant interaction with Allah – via the remembrance of Allah, via reading the Quran, via learning about Islam and the Prophet’s advice. The term fun refers to the feeling of joy that Allah rewards those who want to seek Him.
So there is no point seeking fun in supposedly “fun” activities. Remember Allah and share the knowledge about Allah with your family members, and fun will come naturally.
To wrap up my thoughts, here are my suggestions for cool family activities for the Muslim family:
1. Organising quiz on Islam, Prophet’s stories, Hadith. (Click here to attempt a quiz.)
2. Participating in sports activities to encourage fitness (click here for a workout video), as a fit body will allow us to contribute more to our family and society
3. Watching movies that teach us and inspire us to better Muslims, e.g. The Message and documentaries that unravel the beauty and massive force of Allah’s Creations e.g. On the natural world, natural disasters, and on the planets and stars
4. Attending sessions of zikr that encourage us to recite supplications and selawat, and to always thank Allah. Remember that the souls of the Prophets and saints are still alive, and they are listening to our prayers and supplications. Thanks to their sacrifices, we get the knowledge about Islam.
5. Learning and sharing a beneficial skill e.g. Cooking lessons, language lessons especially Arabic (so we can better appreciate the Quran), first aid, parenting lessons, elderly care lessons, massage techniques classes, IT classes. Anything that we can use to help our family and others who are in need.