‘Read! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created-‘
(Surah Al Alaq, verse 1, the First Revelation)
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, my dear brothers and sisters.
I took Adam, Daniel and their cousin, Asraf, out bowling last Monday. Daniel got a strike the first time he threw the ball! Masha’Allah. I know it meant a lot to him; being the youngest, he doesn’t always get to do what the others are doing. Just looking at his picture makes me realise this boy wanted it and he got it! Standing up straight, pride in his eyes and a big, fat grin on his face.
Adam and Asraf became a little frustrated with their lack of success so I gave them some tips and taught them a visualization technique: ‘Close your eyes, see the pins and see the ball hitting the pins. Now open your eyes, say Bismillah, walk firmly and throw the ball carefully.’
Pin after pin fell effortlessly. From missing the balls completely and rolling into the drain, now the boys were hitting the pins. Alhamdulillah. It was especially nice to see Asraf focus and follow through with my instructions and seeing all the pins drop. It was a boost of self-esteem for him, which he needed very badly.
I was watching a family bowl next to us. The mother and father were bowling in one lane and their 3 children, in the lane next to them. It made me realise just how much a learning family activity this really is. The children see their parents bowling against each other, so they learn competitive spirit. I saw the siblings congratulate each other for a good bowl and I saw the older siblings show the youngest how to correct his bowling. So, they bond as a family and strengthen their support and care for each other.
Bowling really is a good way to learn focus, competition and discipline (correctly bowling by following through the steps) in a fun and motivating environment. I have a feeling this is going to be a regular activity for us in the near future, Insha’Allah…