Craft on Imam Ali (as)

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.”

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