One mum suggested this: “Try Quran Journalling! You get the kids their own Quran so they can decorate, mark ayahs, etc. We actually went all out and got scrap booking stickers and materials… after a majlis when we hear something we come home and mark it.”
QFatima has been encouraging Quran journalling for years and has recently published this helpful guide: http://qfatima.com/quran-city/journaling-the-quran/
The tricky part is to find the right Quran to Quran journal in… many Bibles that i’ve seen in Bible Journalling posts have a lot of space on the sides to draw pics on, etc. You also need a good Quran with a good translation… I ended up choosing Aga Quli Qarai’s Quran for my kids and QFatima has previously advocated Shakir. What have you guys gone for?
A little while ago, I had come across a clip of young Christian children who were eager to share their favourite verses from the Bible with each other. They knew exactly where it was, and the Bible was obviously much loved and familiar to them…
I began wondering how much that is the case with our (my!) children. I think they know verses here and there but i would love for them to have that familiarity with the Quran such that they can pick it out in an instant. We give recitation a lot of focus in our communities, and also memorisation (to check out our series on help with that, see: http://www.buzzideazz.com/quran-memorisation-series/ but that’s really only the first step.
I turned to you amazing folks for inspiration, and you didn’t let me down! I thought i would turn it into a series and share some of these ideas that have come up for inshallah all to benefit.
So here is Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: Quranic Calendar
This awesome resource sits on our dinner table, and while we are eating we look at an ayah every now and then. We discuss it, and try to memorise it – and I will also test them sometimes, both by giving them the English and asking for it’s translation and the other way around.
I think what I’m going to do next is ask them to look up the verses we cover in their Qurans and highlight or mark them.
The crafts in the Islamic Values book are also an awesome way to reinforce learning in a creative and fun way, and which really helps drive the message of the verses home!
I LOVE this idea that a mum sent! Check it out:
“Salaam, wanted to share a simple activity you can do with any image. Since it was the Prophet’s birthday, we printed images relating to the prophet (his name and masjid).
Then you take Popsicle sticks (as many as takes to cover photo) and glue with mod poj glue, then put image on top and add another layer of mod poj glue.
Be generous as it dries clear like you see in picture. Then take a box cutter and cut picture between Popsicle sticks and voila you have a DIY puzzle for kids!
You can do any image like Kaaba for Eid ul Adha or Imam Hussein’s shrine on his birthday, etc. I’m planning on taking these to mosque also to keep the kids busy.”
Check out what school favours one family gave out for the Prophet’s birthday! Kindness Jars!
The creative mum got some spice jars from IKEA (size is 5h x 5.4w), and printed out some acts of kindness (downloadable here) and put them in the jar.
She printed out instructions and added them to the jar (downloadable here), and added some sweets and balloons.
And finally, she topped off the jar with a Lindt emoji chocolate!
Having recently come back from doing the walk, I thought it might be useful to share some resources and practical tips that will Inshallah help the trip go smooth and also have the kids benefit as much as possible!
After having recently come back from the Arbaeen walk/Ziyarat, I thought it might be helpful to put a few handy hints together for those who go in the future – both with and without kids!
Things to pack for the walk:
The bare minimum is always advised! Snacks are abound, but here are some things that came in handy:
- Tissues/Wipes – a travel pack
- A small anti bac, cream, essential meds
- V light bathroom slippers – sounds odd, but this saves a lot of hassle and dirt as you have to wear your shoes to the bathrooms at the mawkibs
- Face cloth – will come in handy if you need to have a quick shower at the mawkib
- Your own mohr/turbah – again, saves time and energy looking for some
- Hat/Sunglasses/small suncream – for women visors are great. They do sell them there but it’s probably easier to take one with you rather than spend time looking there.
- Disposable poncho for unexpected showers are handy
- Ipod/phone with downloaded lectures/Quran/Nauhas with earphones to listen to on the walk
- Tasbih counter – to do dhikr
- If you have kids who will not be able to use the Easter toilets, then disposable seat covers might be a good buy. Just pls don’t thrown them down the toilet as the flush systems are not very good and will get clogged up.
- For kids suffering from allergies/asthma, a mask is a good idea.
- High vis jackets for them to wear, or even to pin on the back of their bagpacks is a good way to keep them visible. Alternatively make them wear a bright top. Always have a pre-agreed mawkib for where you will meet in case you get separated if you have older kids.
- For older kids who might want to go ahead on their own, one family brought a walkie talkie set which was ingenious and allowed the parents not to worry too much if they were not in sight!
- A wrist link might be a good idea for younger kids.
- The group you are going with will usually give out lanyards or cards with hotel and contact no details, but it’s also a good idea to make sure they have full ID attached to them also.
- If you like tea, please do take a very light reusable cup! There is a lot of wastage of disposables and you can make a difference by filling your own cup at the mawkibs or during the walk. They will also come in VERY handy at the hotels!
- For fussy eaters, small milk carton and cereal boxes are handy for breakfast.
Things for the haram:
The best investment we made was foldable thin shoes which came in a small bag that you could store away in your purse when entering the haram, rather than having to go put your shoes in the storage.
- For women, these Roll Up Fold Pumps is a suggested buy: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GYMNASTIC-SHOES-LEATHER-TRAMPOLINE-TRAINING-DANCING-CUSHIONED-PUMPS-IN-3-COLOURS/152503162969?hash=item2381e59859:m:mHbYLBjwMV9_ofA5wzt8JoA
- For men, similar shoes: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GYMNASTIC-SHOES-LEATHER-TRAMPOLINE-TRAINING-DANCING-CUSHIONED-PUMPS-IN-3-COLOURS/152503162969?hash=item2381e59859:m:mHbYLBjwMV9_ofA5wzt8JoA
- For kids, this is a suggested buy:
For kids, workbooks and journals are great to keep them occupied. You might not have the time to sit and work too much at the haram, but they also come in handy for the hotel for when it’s too busy to go out. Also, if going to the haram, trying going to the higher levels which are big halls and usually have much more space than near the zarih area.
(recommended for 13 and over)
(recommended for 7 to 13)
Video resources to watch before you go:
This movie gives a glimpse into the journey that Bibi Zainab, the 4th Imam and others faced in the aftermath of Kerbala: https://www.shiatv.net/video/d968459b6342c01498b8