About the workshop
Our most requested workshop on 'Age of Accountability' is now available online for all to attend. Faz Rana will be facilitating the boys and Jahida El-Assaad will be facilitating the girls. The workshops will be run via Zoom. They are designed to provide a safe and respectful environment for boys and girls to discuss this important phase of their life.
At the end of this workshop the boys and girls will have an understanding of the changes that their bodies undergo during puberty and have an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers that will empower them with knowledge to help them feel confident during puberty.
Here is an overview of what will be taught in the workshop:
1. Organs, Functions and Relevant Hormones
2. The Transition through Puberty: What, When, How, Why
3. Thoughts, Feelings and Relationships
4. Age of accountability (Buloogh):
In Shariah terminology, it means to attain adulthood / maturity / puberty – the time when one becomes responsible and accountable for his/her own actions, thus deserving reward or punishment. We will discuss the importance of hygiene and linking Islam to concerns relating to 'awrah and sexual activity such as masturbation. A discussion of Ghusl and how it is performed will be taught to the boys. Puberty is a huge milestone in life and very impactful for a child. In society, puberty indicates that a child is fully a teenager.
However, in Islam, puberty indicates the beginning of adulthood and this is highly significant for our child as it indicates:
• That their obligations become binding.
• That their sins begin to be recorded.
• That they become responsible for themselves.
Information for Parents:
Due to the onset of puberty, it becomes obligatory in Islam for parents:
• to be aware of the signs of puberty in their child.
• to teach the signs of puberty to their child.
• to educate the significance of puberty to their child.
• to explain to their child that puberty is a sign from Allah that they are old enough to be accountable for themselves.
Many parents may feel shy or awkward to talk to their child about the changes that puberty brings about, but as the adults, we should understand that this is a part of life and Allah’s creation.
Our failure to fulfill the obligation of educating our children about these important life changes, is blameworthy and answerable for us. It is also detrimental to the well-being of our children because they won’t be mindful of their deeds being recorded, which can prevent them from intentionally sinning.
This workshop will consist of short lectures providing information, lots of discussion, review games, and a self-reflection guide for students to follow as we have discussions about each section. The purpose of the self-reflection guide is to allow students to take relevant notes, and to help students fully understand the effects of puberty and their feelings about those changes. We will also discuss safe and appropriate ways to cope with each of these changes.
Sensitive topics will be explained clearly and without bias, and any concerns around a child's safety and wellbeing will be raised with the parents immediately after class, allowing them to handle any issues privately within the family.
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback please do not hesitate to reach out by contacting us via Instagram DM or firstname.lastname@example.org.