Me'raj

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Check out this rhyme for Me’raj shared by Islam From The Start! And I thought the poster was a great way to explain the events of this night to our children too 🙂

A beautiful Me’raj nursery rhyme

Ted Talk - 5 Before 5

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Seeing the clip also made me think of this awesome Ted Talk on 5 Before 5 – I think I shared this on my personal page before Buzz was a reality (or maybe on Buzz yonks ago), so am sharing again because it is another MUST WATCH!

She is a super-inspiring teen and brings Islam to life through her poetry, and is a reminder for everyone to draw on their own talents and spread the beauty of religion through that…definitely one to watch with your own teens.

Another poem by Amal Ahmed Albaz – Islam 101! One to share with non-Muslim friends perhaps?

Craft on Imam Ali (as)

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Aaaand again! Alhamd it is an honour to share FZ’s latest activity on Imam Ali (as):

“FZ and I made a luminarium (paper lantern) using waxed paper that we normally use for baking, crayon shavings, oil pastels and sharpies, to celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Believers, Imam Ali as! We used a candle in a glass holder on the inside to ‘light’ it up, and the overall effect was pretty awesome

Luminarium tutorial here:

http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2013/02/diy-wax-paper-lantern.html?m=1

Over the past week, we had discussed various aspects of Imam Ali’s life and teachings through stories and activities…his miraculous birth, devotion to Rasulullah and Islam, steadfastness in belief, compassion and charity towards those less fortunate, love of children, and his bravery, strength and courage…

To culminate our activities, we talked about Sermon 187 from Nahjul Balagha, where Imam Ali as says:

‘Amongst you, I am like a lamp in the darkness. Make your way through Life by my Light…’

(paraphrased to make it easier for FZ to understand)

FZ used sharpies and oil pastels to draw her designs onto the front and back of the luminarium. She wrote ‘Ya Ali’ on the front and the drawing on the back is ‘a beautiful palace in Jannah for the Shia of Ali as’

Insha’Allah we shall be lighting up our luminarium often as a visual reminder to always hold on to the Rope of Allah swt (Qur’an 3:103) through His Chosen Ones. May our lives and the lives of our children forever be illuminated by their Light and Guidance. Ameen.”

Project #2!

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The mother and daughter team are at it again!

“We recently worked on this activity for Show and Tell at madressa. We built up a scene of Prophet Ibrahim as and Prophet Ismaeel as praying to Allah to accept their efforts in building the Kaaba, using different cut out pictures on card, layered in front of one another. We even put in a pretty musalla for them to sit on using a cut out from some Arabic perfume packaging!

FZ added on star and flower stickers to represent Allah’s revelations and blessings pouring down and a silhouette of herself raising her hands in prayer too.

The focus of this craft was to serve as a visual reminder for FZ to always strive to do her best to please Allah swt with her actions and choices, and to memorise, recite and apply the dua of Prophet Ibrahim as mentioned in Suratul Baqarah 2:127 – ‘O our Lord, accept this from us, surely You are the All-Hearing and All-Knowing…'”

Science Project - Linking projects to Quranic verses!

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Learning in schools can also be rich with Islamic learning too! Check out one girl’s awesome Science project 🙂

“FZ was assigned a Science Project to do for school over the Easter break. She had to observe an outdoor location such as a wood, lake, farm etc. and spot signs of Spring, record them by taking photographs and present in an interesting manner.

Together we had a wonderful time exploring a lake and a local nature reserve for flowers, blossom, catkins, frogspawn, tadpoles, dragonflies, caterpillars, butterflies etc.

To present our findings we created a diorama – a miniature version of the lake and surrounds inside a box! We used photographs, 3d stickers, acrylic paints, cut out shapes, blue modelling clay for the lake and dabbed on shimmery blue glitter paint for a more ‘watery’ effect.

We also discussed and included the beautiful Verse 5 of Suratul Hajj:

‘You see the earth barren and lifeless, but when we pour down rain on it, it is stirred, it swells, and puts forth every kind of beautiful growth in pairs.’

FZ proudly presented her project to her class and explained the Qur’anic verse too 

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