Islamic Christmas Cardzz: Design 1 - Christmas Tree

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So here they are – our Islamic Christmas Cardzz!

Our designer has been a busy bee and come up with what we think are amazing designs, and we really hope you agree 🙂 If you could give us some feedback on these sneak previews, that would be great!:

1. What do you think of the idea and the principle?

2. What do you think of the design and the aesthetics? Please ‘like’ your favourite one!

3. Would you give these to your friends, colleagues, teachers, neighbours, local libraries, police stations, doctor surgeries, etc…?

4. Would you want these in the Kidzz Size (A7) for your children to give out to their school friends?

Design 1 – Christmas Snowman 🙂

Muharram Idea 15 - Turn the lights off

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Idea No 15: Switch off the Lights on Shame Ghariba

When we were young, we would not be allowed to switch on lights when coming home after mosque on Shame Ghariba, lighting a few candles here and there instead. This was to try and have our homes reflect the darkness that descended on the camp of Imam Husayn (as) after the day of Ashura.

This may even be exciting and different for the young ones (I remember it was for me), but at least it will sink in their minds that Shame Ghariba means no lights…and as they grow, so will their understanding.

With little ones, candles may not be the safest option – but perhaps turning on as few lights as possible? Or even allowing the use of torches? Anything to get the message across Inshallah…

Muharram Idea 14 - Condoling Label

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Idea No 14: Remind Ourselves on How to Meet and Condole People on the Day of Ashura with a Label

I know I for one always have a hard time remembering the way to meet and condole people on the Day of Ashura, so how can I expect my children to? This year we are going to try and remind ourselves by writing it out on a sticky label and wearing it on our sleeves, Inshallah.

“May Allah bestow upon us and upon you great reward for grief of Imam Hussein (A), and make us and you amongst those who will assist Imam Mahdi (ATF) to avenge his killing.”

Or a simplified version for the young ones:

“May Allah give us and you lots of reward for being sad for Imam Hussein (A) and make us and you be the ones who will help Imam Mahdi (ATF) to seek revenge for his killing.”

Muharram Idea 13 - Wear Black with Pride

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Idea No 13: Wear Black with Pride

Just as October, pink is worn with pride for breast cancer awareness, in Muharram, let us wear black with pride for the awareness of Hussain and what he stood for…

As soon as the first of Muharram sets in, most people I know wear black/dark shades – school girls in particular, stand out as they don black scarves instead of the regular white/blue/green.

What a perfect opportunity! Inevitably, questions are asked – arm them with the right information/wording (not too much and stressing on the fact that he stood for the oppressed) to answer these oh-so-important queries so that their friends become familiar with the name Hussain… you never know, maybe those seeds will grow in the future?

We even have Ya Hussain lapel pins available these days – perfect for lapels or for shelas 🙂

P.S. Let’s lead by example – wear black/these pins to work and welcome the questions!

Muharram Idea 12 - Neighbour Muharram Cards

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Idea No 12: Give Cards to your Neighbour with your Children

Take some time our this weekend (or any weekend this month!) to give out these amazing quality cards which have been carefully worded so as to intrigue and inspire the reader to check out the website. Even if one person from your whole street goes online and learns about our Imam, you will have made a difference!

To get some cards please visit their website and/or facebook page. Or go to their resources and simply download if it’s more convenient for where you live.

Muharram Idea 11 - Workbooks

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Idea No 11: Reinforce their Learning with Workbooks

When some recently asked if there were any worksheets for children on this topic, I was reminded of these gems! They are recommended for children aged 4-6 and 7-9.

Alhamdulillah, they are now available online for people to download and use straight away.

http://www.academyofislam.com/other/tayyiba/muharramchildren.html

Also see: http://www.qfatima.com/docs/Let_us_learn_about_the_months_of_Muharram_and_Safar.pdf

Here is one for older children (7 and up): http://www.buzzideazz.com/shop/tears-for-my-imam-journal/

UPDATE: Alhamdulillah there have been many amazing resources emerge. Check out this page which is constantly being updated: http://www.buzzideazz.com/muharram-resources-for-children-and-classes/

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