On Buzz Ideazz, we have shared many outreach ideas for schools about different aspects of Islam, such as assemblies and plays Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha, and even inter-faith Christmas Kidzz Cardzz to hand out in class.
However, sharing the concept of Muharram has been quite a tricky one, given the nature of the content. Alhamdulillah, two mums managed to overcome this obstacle in a very classy way – by linking it into the Anti-Bullying Awareness month at schools!
This is the powerpoint that was playing as the students entered the hall: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12898635/who%20is%20hussein%20muharram%20assembly.pptx
This is the powerpoint that was used alongside the main talk: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12898635/muharram%20assembly%20main%20talk.pptx
And these are the notes for the actual talk: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12898635/Muharram%20assembly%20ideas.docx
Halloween is around the corner – and while many of us probably will not participate in the day in terms of dressing up or decorating our houses (especially given we are in Muharram), it will be inevitable that our doorbells will be ringing with Trick or Treaters.
So how can we use this an opportunity to spread the beauty of Islam and still make those children happy?! Last year, somebody came up with a beautiful idea! Here is what she said: “My daughter and I sat together and chose hadith that were relevant to our neighbors and their rights in Islam. We talked about each hadith and explained it to my four year old princess. Then we did some cutting exercise and stapling exercise (something a four year old loves doing!!). Finally we sat outside and gave the treats to all the kids that came to our door step. With a smile and a Salaam.”
Another option is to go to the www.whoishussain.org website and print out the labels with quotes on non-Muslims on Imam Hussain and give them out with the treats – Inshallah through this simple act, awareness will spread! Tjannah.com did that! “This Halloween…We made packs of some candy and a water bottle, hoping to spread the name of I.Hussain (as). We used the Who is Hussain? water bottle sleeve and added a little message in each pack. Where possible we don’t participate in any Halloween festivities but felt this was a great opportunity to inform people about I.Hussain (as). Water bottle sleeve is easily downloadable from www.whoishussain.org.”
Received this from someone in America – another great idea for Halloween! “This year we decided to use Halloween as a platform to counter the misconception about Islam, put forward by the horrible acts of groups such as ISIS and others! We decided to look at the concept of “The acceptance of diversity, peace and tolerance in Islam”.
Hence with each bag of candy we added a little letter! The letter also had a Quranic verse proving that Islam beautifully acknowledges differences and celebrates diversity.
As for my children, I explained to them that as Muslims, we never let anyone come to our door and go empty handed! Despite us not celebrating Halloween, but if a child comes to ask for candy, as a Muslim we should give them some :)”
And how about this idea?
Short and powerful clip…
Another thought provoker for you today!
This looks like a great resource for the coming months… check out details below:
‘With the month of Muharram just around the corner where believers young and old will gather in numbers to commemorate the tragic events of Kerbala, let us help keep the flame alive in the youngest members of our community by introducing them to the story of Kerbala through the unique publication of the Islamic Publishing House, “The Alif, Baa, Taa of Kerbala.”
To see full color samples of the pages go to this link: http://www.al-mubin.org/index.php/full-length-books/172-alif-baa-taa-of-kerbala
Take in a visual presentation of this book by our YouTube promotional video for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3AF4YukU7Q‘
The video says it all really. May Allah grant him a high place in Jannah – he truly embodies the ayah:
‘Rabbir Hamhuma kama Rabbayani Saghira’
‘My Lord! Bestow on them Your mercy, as they did bring me up when I was small’. (Quran 17:24)
“You Never Know…”
This is one for all you amazing parents out there, who make a difference to your children by the little things you do.
I love how they pray together as a family. Reminds me of the daily gratitudes/prayers we talked about as part of our bedtime routine If it doesn’t work then, perhaps it can be incorporated after salaat time? 🙂
Thought provoking article on how we choose to give charity. Sharing on this page because we are always role modelling for our children through how we ourselves give…
Reminds me of the ayah in Sura Al Imran 3:92:
Lan tanalul- birra hatta tunfiqu mimma tuhibbun, wa ma tunfiqu min syai’in fa innallaha bihi ‘alim
By no means shall you attain Al Birr (piety, righteousness – here it means Allah’s Reward, i.e. Paradise), unless you spend ( in Allah’s Cause) of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend. Allah knows it well.
Love, love, love 🙂
This is what winning is all about! One to show the competitive kids perhaps?!