Asalaam ‘Alaikum and welcome to my blog.

I know it can seem difficult to teach our children about Islam due to the lack of resources and information available – but if we work together ~ insha’Allah ~ we can make a difference in the lives of our children and the Ummah as a whole.

When I have time, insha’Allah, I will post here some of the things we are working on in our homeschool experience. Perhaps some of the ideas here will interest you and spark your imagination about what is possible in educating the Muslim child.

~ Please ~

If you like what you see – please leave comments.

It is helpful to know what works and what doesn’t.

I’d love to hear if anyone actually tries some

of these lessons with their children.


Where else can you find me on the web?

My website: Yemenlinks.com
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Asalaam ‘Alaikum,

Sumayyah Umm SAAK

36 Responses to “ Welcome ”

  1. Anila on May 13, 2006 at 11:26 am

    I just want to say that I am so happy to see that you have a blog as well and I absolutely looooove your yemenlinks website and have gotten so many excellent ideas from it that I have also blogged about in my blog. I’m so glad to have found your blog and will be reading it daily! Thanks!

  2. educatingthemuslimchild on May 13, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum Dearest Sister:

    Jazak Allah Khair. I also check out your blog often, masha’Allah. I just decided that there are so many groups out there a so many people that aren’t aware of them – I thought it might be easier to share with more people this way and I like how it keeps things more organized.

    Homeschooling is difficult in itself – but well worth the rewards, alhumdulilah. I just think we have a responsibility to one another to share whatever useful information we have with one another. Insha’Allah, that way we can truly be successful – by wanting for our brother what we want for ouselves.

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum,
    Sumayyah Umm Sadiqah wa Asma

  3. Hafeethah Rahman on May 29, 2006 at 11:25 am

    I want too just say thank you for your site. I enjoyed it for my self and have past it on to my children that have small ones. Keep up the fine work.

    Hafeethah Rahman
    [email protected]

  4. Alena on June 18, 2006 at 11:50 am

    Assalaamu’alaikum sister,

    Thank you for doing this excellent work. I am so very grateful to have found this site to help me in educating my son, Taufik.

    You are doing wonderful work sister.


  5. Sohail on July 30, 2006 at 2:32 am

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum,

    Excellent blog, keep up the great work!

  6. Ozlem on August 29, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Assalamu Alaykum Sister,
    I am writing from the USA. Maashallah your blog is great. I would like to ask you what is the best age to begin homsechooling? And I would also like to ask your opinion how I should start teaching Islam to my 8-month-old son? I am a stay-at-home mom with one son. Jazakallah.

  7. Hadiya on August 30, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    As Salaam Alaikum,
    Thank you Sister Summayyah, for great ideas al-hamduillah! May Allah reward for all your work, Ameen.

  8. Umm Zakariyya on January 2, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Asalaamu alaykum Sumayya

    Where are you? i keep checking up on your blog hoping to see a post from you.

    Hope all is well with your family.

    Please, if you are missing in action due to trying to focus on homeschooling your family, we understand, but please leave a post.

    Making dua that all is good on your end.

    wasalaamu alaykum

    i dont know if this will reach you, as i cant find an email address on your blog

  9. Sarah on February 9, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Assalamualaikum ya ukhti,

    I always see you around on the other sisters homeschoolers websites but I’ve only now come across yours. I’d like to say big thanks for setting this up and your links are all so very helpful, alhamdulillah! I like the neatness of everything.

    If you ever feel down or giving up on this, please remember that there’ll always be many benefitting for your little work. Bi’iznillah!

    Slow down, take a break, pause… but never stop! 😉 InshaAllah… Allahu musta’an.

    Salams from Singapore~

  10. ReNita on September 5, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the links and info on your page. I’m a single mother of a now 6 year old daughter and have found it difficult to find anything that can help me with my daughters education. I’ve bought Vsmiles, toys, books etc. but nothing seemed to keep her attention and if she did focus she still wouldn’t catch on to the lessons I was trying to teach. Which made kindergarten a stressful year for us both her teacher barely wanted to advance her to the 1st grade. This school year I want to be prepared (school started here August 21) so I went to google typed a few words and you were the 5th link & I clicked on to this page. I’m not Muslim but I am so glad that I’ve found somewhere with useful links to sites that my child actually likes. She now hopefully will have a life long love of learning (which will make her temper tantrums of frustration…and my headaches a thing of the past)……KEEP THE INFO AND LINKS COMING PLEASE….

  11. Umm Qaanitah on September 13, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    I am a mother of two boys (4 & 2 yrs old), I am still struggling with the decision of home schooling. I just feel that there is over whelming information they need to learn and am worried about the lack of support that is out there for muslim parents wishing to teach their children islam along with the usual core subjects in the national curriculum.
    I came across this blog by coincidence alhumdullilah. If anyone can please suggest website or ideas that would be great inshallah. JZK.

  12. Umm Yusuf on October 24, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Salam walikum, may allah bless u and reward u for all the job the work that u do.
    I m Umm yusif from morocco, i m thinking so much about homeschooling my two kids(3years5months and 1year 3monts), inshalah,it seems very diffuclt but people did it and they succed, i m just looking for some information and personal experiences please.
    no one in morocco know about homeschooling so really it’s bit diffuclt, i don’t have neighbours who re homeschooling them kids for exemple,or any one in my family it ll be diffuclt to convunce them that s the right thing but alhamdulilah,i ve a support from my husband he s british and he knows a bit about homeshooling,i never heard of it, but when i did and read some books, articls..etc i felt that s the best way to choose for our kids.so please if u have any information contact me at:[email protected] lah khayran

  13. erum on November 10, 2007 at 2:18 am

    assalamu alaykum. im replying to sister umm qaanitah. u said there’s overwhelming information they need to learn. Can we question this notion? Do kids really NEED to congest their brains with info, in the worry that they might need it one day? If they will need it, why can’t they acquire it as the need arises? Isn’t that how adults function? look back: how much of what we learnt in school do we truly remember, understand and use? Instead, why cant children follow their interests from day one and excel in what they feel passionate abt? That’s what success stories are made of (Apple, Microsoft, Thomas Edison, Harley Davidson). when i started homeschooling, i came across excellent literature and opted not to recreate school at home. i found john holt’s book HOW CHILDREN LEARN most helpful in understanding how children learn; it dispelled the myths propagated by school and society. i’d highly recommend the naturalchild.org website. check out it’s section on Learning. U may also find john taylor gatto’s articles Why schools don’t educate, n the six-lesson schoolteacher helpful. I also liked the IHSAN website v much. It’s an Islamic Homeschooling website. Think abt why each child is different, has different interests and different ways of learning. Allah made each of them unique, for a reason. Shdnt we build on those uniqenesses rather than ignoring them n treating them all the same, teaching 20-30 kids the same things, at the same time, in the same way? if we recreate school at home, homeschooling could be a frustrating, unpleasant time. check out http://www.edgecampaign.co.uk/ to see how students in UK are dropping out and opting to pursue their interests rather than a degree, and attaining success in the process. If we trusted our children to learn the complex tasks of walking n talking on their own, at their own pace, and didn’t doubt that they’d be able to do so, why cant we trust them to learn to read, write, and learn other things. This would, in essence be trusting Allah, and trusting that He made them smart. I’d be happy to suggest more ideas/literature.

  14. a. k. elmekki on December 22, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    i’m the mother of 3 adult children who were homeschooled and the grandmother of a 7yr old girl, who is presently being educated at home.
    i wanted to say that i thoroughly agree w/erum. also, people opt to homeschool formany different reasons, we did it because we understand that there are many people working overtime for the minds and souls of our youth and we needed to arm them w/sound character, moralsand “corrective” history before turning them out onto the “battlefield”.
    we must view them as “sacred charges” and proceed accordingly.

  15. Abu Haleena on December 29, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    As-salaamu ‘Alaikum

    I am looking to start home-scholling my children insha’Allaah and set up a forum to exchange ideas and experiences: http://www.teachingparents.co.uk.

    Nice site, mashaa’Allaah.

  16. UMU OMAR on December 24, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    i’ve been googling for a week to find some learning tools material to purshase on line .Luckely i found your site http://www.yemenlinks.com/that has all the things i am looking for to teach my 2 kids arabic.And the best of all it’s free!!!!!!!!!!!!whow cool is that!!!!i am realy thankful for every effort you put in it.Your site is so neat !!!!my kids and i are really loving it.

    chokran jazilan

  17. Mummy on February 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    AssalamuAlaikum I love this blog, please check out the parenting notes at http://www.aroob.blogspot.com I think they are usefull.

  18. Shazia on March 23, 2009 at 5:31 am


    Excellent materials. May Allah make all this work a sadaqae jaria for you.

    I wanted permission to use your alphabet worksheets with slight changes. E.g., the “faa” worksheet has frawla (strawberry on in) i wanted to make a unit around “feel” the elephant and wanted to use the sheet with the picture and word (feel) elephant.
    The copy right would be yours. Just wanted to adapt the practice worksheets to the needs of my class.

    jazakai ALlahu khairun

  19. Somaya on July 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Salam aleikum dear sister! May Allah ta ala reward you for this page! I am a german sister and moter of five children aged three months to six years. Thus time is so very precious to me. Your materials are great and help me so much in teaching my kids. I save so much time and energy by using them. You have made teaching so much easier to me by sharing your resources and ideas. Barakallahfiki.

  20. nirmien on October 10, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Do you know that there are many of Maria Montessori’s books translated into Arabic? I discovered them at the following website: http://www.el-kalema.com

    They do also sell Montessori materials and have nice educational books and materials for children till 8 years. I know people who are using their program MIDO in the WORLD of LETTERS, it is an excellent program for learning reading.
    It is worthwhile to have a look at their materials in Arabic!

  21. Nizar on October 26, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Al Salam Alikom,

    I saw your cards and material for learning Arabic. We live in USA and have looking for a weekend shcool for our children to learn Arabic and Quran.

    My wife and I are thinking about starting a weekend schooling for our children and those who are like us.

    Can we use your materials … Please.

    Jazak ALLAH kol Khiar.


  22. educatingthemuslimchild on October 27, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Asalaam’ Alaikum Nizar:

    I do not mind people using the materials to teach others. The only thing you are not allowed to do is to sell the materials or use them for your own personal monetary benefit.

    Asalaam’ Alaikum, Sumayyah

  23. Nizar on October 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Thank you very much

    Barak ALLAH Feek wa Jazak Kol Khair.

  24. educatingthemuslimchild on October 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum Nizar:

    My Allah make your endeavors greatly rewarding – not only for you, but for the lives of the children who are blessed to be rewarded with beneficial knowledge.

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum,
    Sumayyah Umm SAA

  25. Taty Westhoff-Tarmoezi on December 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum,
    I live in The Netherlands, I ( female, 56 years of age)came originaly from Indonesia. I have been looking for materials to use to teach the children arabic and to recite the Quran in our mosque in The Hague. Thank God I finally found your site.

    May Allah ta ála reward you. On behalf of the children I would like to thank you for allowing us to use the materials you provide.

  26. Umm An-Nu'man on January 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    Sis Sumayyah, I do not know how you feel about blog awards but I gave your blog an award. Please stop by my blog and pick it up insha’Allah!

    Jazakillahu Khayr

    Umm An-Nu’man

  27. ummtooba on February 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    sister iam so happy to see this ! masha allaah ! allah has blessed me with one daughter tooba who is 7 years old and i want to homeschool her. presently she goes to an islamic school {the only one in the state} but i am not happy with the islamic syllabus and the surrounding. itherefore i want to homeschool her but always confused . iam not able to decide what should i do becaause of the following reasons

    i have only one child and she may feel lonely and without company and also teaching and learning one child may end up tp be really boring
    she is a child who likes people around her and she enjoys eveeything when she has company

    i have not heard of anyone homeschooling here and i myself exactly do not know how to go about it .

    i am always worried if i wiil be able to teach her all that she should know
    will my child ask me as to why did i deprive her of attending school.
    the people where i live have not heard of homeschooling. how do i deal with their queries?
    can someone really help me?
    i would also like to know
    what is the legal ruling in india on homeschooling and are there any centres, because i have not heard of anyone homeschoolin in india
    jazakalllah assalamualaikum

  28. admin on June 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum Dearest Sister:

    You know you’ve been in hiding when you haven’t seen an award given to you by such a sweet lady, masha’Allah. Sorry – when “in school” I am truly in school mode and rarely get a chance to look around on the net – including my own blog. So sorry! Jazak Allah Khair for the award – truly your blog is wonderful – I love to visit often!

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum,
    Sumayyah Umm SAA

  29. Kareemah UmmBasheer on August 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Asalaamu Alaykum:

    This is a very extensive site. Alhumdullilah! Tons of great information here.

    I will benefit from this site and also contribute as I can.

    Jazakallah for putting together such a great site.

  30. Allison Nasser on November 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    We are excited about what you are doing for Arabic Literacy. I have some ideas for you and would like your input on some projects we are putting together. Please contact me so we can chat!

  31. Asheema Mohammed on March 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Assalaamu-‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah!!

    Subhaanallaaah! This is a great ni’mah from Allaah to have found this site! Sis Sumayyah!!! May Allaah reward you tremendously with the good of this life and the best of the Aakhirah! Aameen! Yaa Rabba Al-‘Aalameen! This site has made my homeschooling so much easier, Alhamdulillaah! My kids are benefitting each day and my madrassah kids too 🙂

    Shukran Jazakillaah Khairan Sis Sumayyah!

    Your sister in Deen, Asheema Mohammed

  32. Waseelah Mustapha on October 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Assalaamu Alaikum.
    My name is Waseelah or Shola Mustapha. I have five children in the public school system in Providence, RI USA. They range from ages 11 to 5. I am seriously thinking of home schooling them but I am very afraid and don’t know how to start. Please I would apprecite any information I can get along with any assistant. Jazakillaah Khairan. Thank you.

  33. Emma kinagy on February 2, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Salam sister. Thank you for this site I am finding it very useful. I have a 6,4 and 1 year old children and although the 2 big ones go to school I have decided to home teach them as well so as I can input an Islamic teaching into there learning and keep track of where all there learning are. I started this properly about 6 weeks ago, silly thinking it will be easy and soon found out it is not. I really look up to all the sisters who home school and wish I had enough patience and knowledge to do the same myself.

  34. joshna on June 21, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu….
    I was wondering if i could have an email address to contact the site owner?..i wanted to use the worksheets to do slight modification and wanted to ask permission… Can someone please get back to me… JazakAllaahu Khairun…

    P.S… just want to say Alhamdulilla for coming across your page…SubhanAllaah such a beautiful page with lots of good links and downloads…May Allaah Azza Wa Jaal bless you and your family for all the hard work and effort you have put into this….

  35. admin on July 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum,

    Sorry all the materials on this blog and on our website are copyright protected. Only personal use or use in school settings is allowed – no altering or adding to the materials is allowed.

    Asalaam ‘alaikum,
    Sumayyah Umm SAAK

  36. umm yusuf on December 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

    as salaamu alaykum

    I came across a post, Making the Stories of the Prophets Relevant for Children, and wondered if you continued with it. Please email me with any stories of the prophets that you have written, if possible. I really enjoyed the one on Adam (a.s.)

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