Teaching about the Prophet Muhammad (saw) Ideas

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Someone asked about ideas for teaching about his life in the classroom. Here are a few resources that might help:

1. How about this one to start the class discussions off in a fun way, while still sharing SO much info about the Prophet?

http://www.islamfromthestart.com/2014/01/hadith-object-bag.html

2. How about holding a Show and Tell on the Prophet? Children can bring in something from home that they can relate to the Prophet…

3. Here are some good worksheets: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.248829851950810.1073741845.177283339105462&type=3

Any other ideas?

Prophet's Cake Pictures!

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After sharing this picture of an AMAZING cake of Masjid-un-Nabawi, the Prophet’s mosque, which was made for a for a Mama and Kids event in Orlando, lots more people sent in their pics so I have put them all together for you to enjoy!

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Day 7 cont. - thank you and be grateful

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Continuing with the theme of gratitude…check out this wonderful video on how being grateful increases our happiness

Enjoy!!

In terms of being grateful to Allah, i think that’s a series in itself! But here’s a wonderful plate craft done to show all the things they are grateful for! Also check out Busy Mummys for the Being Grateful activities they have done!

Day 7 - Sunday: Say thank you and be grateful

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The last day of emulating the Prophet…

The Prophet (saw) continually reminded his followers to be ever grateful to their Lord, and the term shakir, meaning “one who is grateful,” is often used in Islam as a name of great honor among Muslims.

There are SO many benefits to gratitude which are shared by Muslims and non-Muslims alike – I recently came along this short Ted talk which really summarizes the beauty and effects of saying thank you to people around us.

Will also be sharing some other clips/activities on being grateful

(P.S. There is a small reference to being gay in the middle – just warning y’all in case you plan on watching with kids)

Day 6 - Saturday: Eat with others

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Day 6! The Prophet (saw) The Prophet advised others against eating alone as he never ate alone when he had the opportunity to eat with another person:

“When a food possesses four qualities it becomes perfect: being halal, eating it with other people, having started with the name of God, and having ended with the praise of God.”

Being a Saturday, this might be a good day to share this hadith with our children and invite people over to share our meal!

P.S. In researching this, I came across an amazing document about the Eating and Drinking Conduct of the Prophet – here it is if you would like more info:

http://www.messageofthaqalayn.com/54-Eating%2097-122.pdf

Day 5 - Friday: Give sadqa

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Again, a well known characteristic of the Prophet was that he used to give, and give, and give! And what better day than the day of Jumu’a

There are many ahadith about the benefits of giving charity – such as prolonging our live, warding of illnesses, keeping problems away from us, not to mention the fact that we are promised 10 times more than what we give!

All of these are a good discussion point to start with our children…but here is one that i LOVED given the fact that we are building love for our Prophet, and that is giving charity (especially when we have less to give), may give us a closer position to our beloved role model!

Here is the story, and at the end is a link with many other wonderful stories about charity in Islam:

“Mullah Muhammad Taqi Al Barghani who is commonly known as the ‘Third Martyr’ related that his father saw in his dream the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) surrounded by so many Scholars of Islam.

However, he saw the son of the scholar called Fahad Al Hilli sitting very close to the Prophet (S). Mullah Barghani says that he was surprised to see this when there were other scholars who were greater in calibre, knowledge and their service to Islam who were not sitting so close to the Holy Prophet (S).

Mullah Barghani’s father asked the Prophet (S) the reason for this, and the Prophet replied that it was because all the scholars surrounding him used to give charity when they possessed something, but if they didn’t have any property they didn’t give anything to the person who was begging or in need. However the son of Fahad Al Hilli used to give in charity despite not possessing anything extra, and used to sacrifice his personal belongings in order to fulfil other people’s needs. This gave him a higher degree of proximity to the Prophet.”

http://www.al-islam.org/the-beauty-of-charity-ahmed-ali-al-kuwaity/charity-removes-evil-disasters-sickness-and-unfortunate

Day 4 - Thursday: Pray a little extra

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The Prophet was known for praying extra, with ahadith a plenty describing his devotion to the nawafil prayer, etc.

Today, given that it’s a Thursday night and a POWERFUL night for prayers to be accepted, maybe we could ask the children to pray a teeny bit more, whether it’s a two rakat sunnat salaat, an extra sajda or tasbeeh, or maybe they could recite any of the recommended duas for tonight that they don’t perhaps do…

The Prophet (saw) loved praying Namaaz-e-Shab, so maybe that’s something we parents can try doing (if we don’t already?) …

Day 3 - Wednesday: Say the truth

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Well before he announced his Prophethood, the Prophet’s characteristic of honesty was well-known, earning him the title of As-Sadiq – the Truthful one.

Honesty is VERY important in Islam, so how do we convey its importance to children, who may possibly lie for several reasons, such as being afraid of the consequences, wanting to entertain us with exaggerated tales, or just experimenting with their concept of reality.

We have all heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, but here is another real life story to share with your children about a 7 year-old boy named Tanner Munsey. Tanner’s reputation for being honest earned him a mention in the “Scorecard” column in the July 10, 1989, issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

During a T-ball game in Wellington, Florida, Tanner attempted to tag a player leaving first base. When the umpire called the player out, Tanner immediately informed the umpire that he hadn’t managed to tag the runner. Two weeks later, Tanner encountered the same umpire in another T-ball game. This time, Tanner was playing short-stop and tagged a runner as they approached third base. When the umpire called the player safe, Tanner didn’t say a word, but the umpire noticed his surprise at the call.

“Did you tag the runner?” she asked Tanner. When Tanner affirmed that he had, the umpire changed her decision and called the player out. When the coaches and other parents protested, the umpire stood by her decision, informing them that she had learned to trust Tanner, because of his honesty.

To read the original article, visit http://
sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/
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With that in mind, let’s ask our children today to be extra mindful of what they say today. At the end of the day, perhaps they can make and decorate a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ with the ayah: “And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor knowingly hide the Truth.” (2:42). Here, emphasize that they are awarding it to themselves as only they and Allah know exactly how truthful they have been!

P.S. In researching this, have come across some AMAZING activities to do with children about honesty – would you be interested in doing a series on this?

Day 2 - Tuesday: Take care of the ill

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We all know the famous story of the Prophet (saw) who went to visit the lady who was sick, even though she used to throw rubbish on him every day.

Visiting the sick is SO highly emphasized in Islam, with the reward for doing so being as high as having 70,000 angels escorting the visitor and seeking forgiveness for him until s/he returns home. There are also plenty of ahadith detailing the etiquettes for doing so, such as not staying long and taking a gift.

However, in this day and age we don’t always know someone who’s sick, or can’t always get to visit them (especially children who can’t go visiting in hospitals easily), or have busy weekdays and can’t always manage it. So how do we teach our children the importance of visiting the sick?

Perhaps the following ideas can help?

1. We can begin by talking about the above ahadith
2. Asking them to perhaps call or write a letter/email to someone who is not feeling that great?
3. There is a great activity on Creative Resources on madressa.net which is about decorating a gift bag and personalizing it before giving it to someone not well.
4. Making a sincere dua for that person
5. Buzz Ideazz have created a special Get Well Soon card, which has a dua for the sick inside – these would make unique accompaniments to their gift! They are available here: http://buzzideazz.com/shop/get-well-soon-card/

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