Bedtime series - Idea 7: Morning routine

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To wrap this series up, we will take a look at what happens when the night ends!

This short but sweet dua for waking up can be stuck next to their beds so that they recite it when they wake up 🙂

A mum also said: “My sister taught me we should also say salam to Imam Zamana (atf) holding our heads and when we wake up. So I have taught my daughter the same and now sometimes I forget but she always says salam to her Imam which is a reminder to me too! This has so many benefits: it reminds us of the presence of our imam in his occulation, our responsibilities to him when it time for his arrival and it sets a standard for our behaviour for the rest of the day.”

Bedtime Series - Idea 6: Use that time to remember the family of the Prophet (saw)

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Bedtime can be a great time to help children remember the names of the Ahlul Bayt. If done informally, it will Inshallah not be so stressful on the child to try and memorise them and can be learnt in fun ways!

I just tell my daughter that it’s time to go to Ziyarat, and we can do all 14 ziyarats by simply saying Salaam to each one. Sometimes, we hush and try and listen out for their ‘Alaikum Salaams’.
Another thing we did was write out the names on small pieces of card and stick them all with blue tack on one of the slates of the bunk bed on top of her. This way when we said Salaam, she also had the visual cue in front of her. Sometimes we would mix them up and she would then put them back in order!

Rhymes are also great. There is one in Gujrati (pratham ali bija Hassan…) as recommended by a mum, but here is a link to an English one! It’s the second rhyme – do also check out the others!

http://www.qfatima.com/index.php/q-kids-audio?view=playlist&id=210

Bedtime Series - Idea 5: A short but sweet checklist

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Remember the first bedtime idea shared? The bedtime checklist with all the recommended acts included? Well, here is another one – perhaps more suitable for younger children, or when there isn’t enough time to do everything.

If you want the actual wording for praying for the believers it is: Allahummaghfir lil Mu’mineen wal Mu’minaat – O Allah! Please forgive all of the believing men and believing women.
And the Tasbeehate Arba is: Subhanallahi Walhamdulillahi wlaa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar – Glory be to God, and praise be to God; there is no god but Allah, and Allah is Greater.
P.S. This was my first attempt at actually make a meme myself – any tips – PM me!

Bedtime Series - Idea 4: Lullabies

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Lullabies are a timeless tradition at bedtime, with many books featuring nursery rhymes and the like to sing at bedtime to soothe a little one to sleep. Alhamdulillah, there are an increasing number of Islamic rhymes out there now too! These not only soothe and relax a child, but teach them basic Islamic concepts in easy to understand – and remember! – ways…

Check out the link below to access more rhymes. If you know of any that are not on the list, PLEASE do send them through to info@madressa.net. Happy lullaby-ing http://madressa.net/index.php/islamic-rhymes

Bedtime Series - Idea 3: Time for stories!

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As I’m sure you know, reading is SO SO important, and reading WITH our children is also vital, not only for developing a love for language and literacy and imagination, but also for the bonding between parent and child

Alhamdulillah, there are SO many good Islamic books out there (novels too for the older ones) that can be read at bedtime.

I have previously reviewed some books before, and will hopefully continue to do that between series over time – there are also apps with stories, as well as an e-book here and there, so you can get started pretty much straight away!

Here is the link for the previously reviewed books:http://buzzideazz.com/category/books/page/2/

Another excellent book with lots of short stories (ideal for a quick bedtime story+lesson) is ‘Excellent Stories’ by QFatima – it is available to buy as a hard copy, but also downloadable for free as a PDF here:http://www.qfatima.com/index.php/q-kids-home?layout=edit&id=431

Happy reading at bedtime 

Bedtime Series - Idea 2: Inculcate a habit of tafakkur (contemplation) from a young age with this simple bedtime ritual

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We all know how important and beneficial tafakkur is – taking some time out to reflect on our actions of the day, which hopefully brings about more awareness and consciousness into what we do.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could help our children develop this habit from now?

At bedtime, encourage this by asking them to think about their day and tell you about three things that went well, and perhaps one thing that didn’t go so well and that they can work on next time.

An element of gratitude and appreciation can be built in as well, whereby you can ask about something(s) that they are grateful for, or one thing they appreciate about each member of the family from that day.

May it lead to a next generation of reflective, grateful thinkers, Inshallah!

P.S. Someone who does this with their child says her little one won’t let her leave until this is done!

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