Monday, July 16, 2012

Mystery Solved

Asalamu Alaykom,





No one figured out this cipher! 
I

H

MN

F

EW

HE

TFBF


 I even gave clues:


FIRST CLUE: 

The letter T in the code stands for TOP

What does the rest mean?  Can you figure it out?  Which one of you will be the first?!

The first one who can explain this mystery in the comments section gets bragging rights.


SECOND CLUE: 

The I is the first letter and it stands for INTENTION

REMEMBER: what you already know:

This is written behind our bathroom sink.  Think why it would be written there?



Since no one has solved the mystery, I'll tell you:

ANSWER:

These are the steps to making wudu; the ritual washing before our prayers. 


INTENTION
Hands
Mouth and Nose
Face
Elbows to Wrist
Hair and Ears
Top of the Foot and Botoom of the Foot

They cleanse both our body and our mind of the day and focus us on Allah.  Actually, in Islam, the obligatory five prayers are considered invalid if you do not make wudu first. 

These simple letters written with marker on the tile behind our sink do a big job.  They help remind Mr. Boo how to wash for the prayer.  At age seven, Muslim children must begin to make their five obligatory prayers.  Typically, they are washing five times a day for them. 

Parents can either be intrusive with their help:

"No, not like that.  Remember how I showed you?  Do it like this.  Just let me help you!"

Or parents can be inobstrusive with their help:

"You know how to make wudu and if you forget just look at the letters."

Independence feels better for both children and parents.  It takes a little more work in the beginning but it has a better pay off.  It means that my son is able to do an important task on his own without a grown-up around.  A couple times, in the beginning, he had to say, "What's that letter for?"  But then he's only mising a small part of the process and not the entire process itself.

Reverts can also use this idea to help remember the order of wudu.  Often times, it's a revert woman counting on her big Muslim man to guide her through the myriad of rules, regulations and procedures in Islam.  When he's not available, she then feels insecure and inadequate.  It's best to find ways to gain independence for us as well.  Our men are not our guides; Rasullullah (peace be upon him) is our guide.  He taught everyone and the information is out there.  We only need to get ahold of it and make it ours. 

Don't feel that if this is the way a child learns his Islam that it isn't for you.  If something is good for a child, then we can use it too.  We only have to get past our own reticent feelings of needing help.  Admitting you don't know is OK!  Do some things which allow your brain to remember what you really want to learn and to practice.  Don't give up.  You can do it!  You simply have to find the way you need to receive information so that it sticks.  Maybe posting a note like this in your bathroom would work for you too.

If it does, let me know.

Wishing you all light and love and beautifully refreshing wudu!



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what does it mean?! lol