3. Doing good gives us LOADS of happy points - making this visual!

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Another benefit of doing good is that we get lots and lots of sawab (or what I call Happy Points when explaining it to little ones).Allah is so merciful that when we do good, he gives us lots of sawab, but when we do bad, he will only gives us one gunnah (Sad Point), as he states in the following ayah:”Whoever brings a good deed, he shall have ten like it, and whoever brings an evil deed, he shall be recompensed only with the like of it…” (6:160)

When trying to get the children to understand this concept, why not make it hands on? Take two jars (I made the Happy Point jar bigger to symbolise that we get more), label them, get some counters (different colours for good/bad) and voila! Either role play or when they actually do something good, get them to count out 10 counters into the Happy Point jar, and v.v. when they role play something bad, they only put one counter in the Sad Point jar.

Then the next time they do a good deed, you can remind them of this and how many happy points Allah is showering on them at that moment


P.S. This was initially used in Madressa to explain the concept of Sawab and Gunnah and the kids loved coming up and showing what would happen in terms of sawab and gunnah in certain situations!

2. Good deeds make us FEEL good

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If your children are anything like mine, then they will take the video (from last post) and the concept of kindness coming round to us very literally! I remember some time ago, my son did something good and then expected something good to happen to him soon after and in a similar way too!

As well as explaining that it may not come straight after or in the way we expect, this may also be a good time to introduce the concept of doing good makes you FEEL good too, and this in itself may be the goodness that is promised to us. Here is a lovely video to make us understand that…

P.S. After watching the video, my daughter decided to write a few letters of her own! Here are two of them…to Africa and Japan.

And how about this video?!

Good Deed Series - 1. Good deeds come around to benefit US!

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Last Friday, we talked about the Good Deed Jar, and how we can use it to encourage the whole family to do more good.

Starting today, I thought it might be nice to expand this a little and share different ways we can motivate ourselves to do this, to encourage doing good not only within our families but to the wider community as well!

1. Good Deeds will always come back to benefit US!

Here’s an amazing video to help share this concept with our children:

The video shows this in such a simple but sweet way – when discussing this with our children, we can look at the following verses from the Quran, which are so amazingly apt:

“…If you do good, you will do good to your own souls…” (17:7)

and “Is the reward of goodness anything but goodness?” (55:60)

Rajab Dua for Children Poster

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Following on from Idea 3 where we simplified the Rajab Dua for children, Busy Mummys had the brainwave of turning it into a poster!

So if you don’t think you will get around to decorating it with your children but would still like to have it up for them to read every day, check out our FREE download on the Buzz Ideazz website.

Iltemase Dua from Buzz Ideazz and Busy Mummys 🙂

http://buzzideazz.com/shop/rajab-dua-for-children/

Idea 6: Have a Sufro for Children

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Idea 6: Have a Sufro for children!

Check out this great idea sent in by someone 

“This is the month of duas…how about having a sufro with kheer and puri. I remember we used to get all excited at the thought of finding a ring in our kheer bowl, wearing white and green, making all our duas in this month and reciting Imam Jaffer Sadiq’s (as) munajat.”

* Note: These days, putting rings in the kheer may be a health and safety risk, but why not give them rings as fatiha later?

For more information on sufro/nazr, check out the following sites:

http://www.shiasisters.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2492
http://www.shiasisters.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2493
http://www.shiasisters.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2494

Idea 5: A Good Deed Jar

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I came across this idea some time ago on a blog, and filed it away as a cool thing to do. Then with Rajab approaching, I thought it might be a great way to encourage my kiddos (and ourselves!) to make the most of this month in terms of doing as much good as we can, as the 7th Imam has said: “Rajab is a glorious month. Allah doubles good deeds…”

When I went online to look it up, I actually found that lots of people have used these – with a great deal of success! Initially I wanted to make a separate jar for each of us, as the Quran says: “so compete with each other in good action” (2:148). However, my son reminded me that actually Islam encourages us to do good in secret and to not show off to each other, and so if we were all to use one big jar, no one would know who had contributed what. So in the end, that’s what we did.

We took a jar, and decorated it. When any of us have done something good, we simply write it on a piece of paper and pop it in. When it is full, we have promised the children that we will have a treat, whether it is going bowling, picnic, out for ice-cream, etc – we are focusing on the reward being spending time together as opposed to a purely material treat.

When looking online, I found lists of ideas that people can do, and decided to share some here. Maybe print it out and stick it up where everyone can see it and be inspired?:

1. Give someone a hug today.
2. Write a thank you note to someone.
3. Hold the door for someone.
4. As an elderly neighbour if they need any help.
5. Pick up a piece of litter.
6. Let someone else go first.
7. Share something that is yours.
8. Help clean up.
9. Clean your room without being asked to.
10. Say something nice to someone.
11. Call your grandparents just to say hello.
12. Give some money to charity.
13. Make mum/dad a cup of tea.
14. Hang your coat up.
15. Vacuum a room.
16. Unpack your lunchbox after school.
17. Help get your lunchbox ready.
18. Get dressed for school without being told to.
19. Take out the rubbish.
20. Play nicely with a younger child.
21. Say a dua for someone.
22. Read a story to someone.
23. Write a letter to a cousin and mail it to them.
24. Help with laundry.
25. Put someone else’s toys away for them.
26. Give someone a compliment.
27. Smile at three people today.
28. Say hello to someone first.
29. Make your neighbours something sweet.
30. Help your friend/sibling if they’re stuck with something.

Happy good-deeding everyone, and Jummah Mubarak!

P.S. This is the final idea for this series – unless you have more that is, then please send them in!

Idea 4: Include them in the Prayers of Laylatul Raghaib

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There is a beautiful hadith about anyone who performs the prayers this evening, the first Thursday night of the month of Rajab. It says that anyone who performs the prayers, on the first night in his grave Allah will send down them down as a person with a beautiful and very bright face, who will give that person the good tidings that Allah has given you security from all hardship and sorrows of the grave. The dead person will be amazed and he will ask this person, “Who are you? I have never seen a beautiful face like yours, nor did I ever hear someone speak so softly and sweetly.” The person will answer, “I am the reward of the prayers that you had performed on such year at such place and on such and such night. I have come to give you company in your loneliness and to remove your fear; and on the day of judgement when you will be awakened I will be your shade.”

If our children are young, maybe we can encourage them to simply recite a two rakaat salaat but with the intention of fulfilling the importance of this night? Then followed by either a simple sajda where they just talk to Allah and thank Him for everything, or if they are old enough, do the Sajda part of the prayers – reciting the dhikr once (instead of 70 times).

The aim inshallah is nothing too weighty but just enough to feel like this is a special evening…maybe end with a special treat for having done the above 🙂

Iltemase dua tonight!

http://www.duas.org/rajab_1st_thu.htm

Idea 3: Decorate the Dua for Rajab and keep it handy!

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There is a short and sweet dua for Rajab, which is recommended to be recited daily, especially after the prayers.

To try and involve the children, why not print it out and stick it onsome card, decorate it together, and then place it where they can see it everyday?

Depending on the age of the children, you can help them understand the dua by rephrasing it. I have attempted it here for the little ones, please do use it if you find it useful:

In the Name of Allah, the most Kind, the most Merciful
Oh Allah, bless Muhammad and his family
Oh He, from whom I hope for everything good, and I am safe from His anger at everything bad
Oh He, who gives so much even though we do so little
Oh He, who gives to anyone who asks Him
Oh He, who gives to anyone who doesn’t even ask Him or know Him, out of His kindness and mercy
Please give me, as I am asking only from you, all the good things from this world and all the good things from the hereafter
Please keep away from me, as I am asking only from you, all the bad things from this world and all the bad things from the hereafter
Because what You give does not mean You have less
Please give me lots from your bounty, O The Generous
O The Inspiring and The Distinguished
O The Bountiful and The Magnaminous
O The Gracious and The Mighty
Save me from Jahannam

P.S. Dua Cards have made a Rajab card especially for kids! For more details, contact them at sales@duacards.com

Idea 2: Keep a tasbih with them at bedtime

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Dhikr is very highly emphasised this month. Why not gift them a tasbeeh if they don’t have one already, and keep it near their bed as a reminder to do dhikr just before they go to sleep.

In particular:

1. Asking for forgiveness – The older ones can recite Astaghfirullaha wa as-aluhu tawba. (I seek forgiveness from Allah, and I pray He accepts my repentance.) whereas little ones can simply be encouraged to say i’m sorry for every bead, and think about something they may have done wrong.

2. Repeating Laa ilaha illAllah (There is no God but Allah). Share this awesome hadith with them! The Holy Prophet said that if we recite it 1000 times, Allah will grant us 1000 rewards and houses in heaven. Ask them to imagine this as they are reciting!

3. For older children, the following dhikr can be done: The Prophet said that we should recite Astaghfirullahal-ladhee laa ilaaha illaa Huw, wahdahu laa shareeka lah, wa atoobu ilayh (I ask forgiveness from Allah Whom there is no God besides He, and He has no partner, and I repent before Him) 400 times. The reward of that will be the same as 100 martyrs would receive!

And let’s not forget to do these dhikrs ourselves Inshallah!

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