The birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) is coming up. It is an occasion for happiness and celebration.
What are you planning?
Below are some ideas that may help us celebrate the occasion with family and/or friends in a meaningful way.
1) A Play on the Prophet – Choose a story from the life of the Prophet and get children (or adults) to perform a play.
2) Story telling session – there are many interesting stories on the Prophet. Hold a story telling session and make it exciting. A very good book on a story from the life of the Prophet written in contemporary style is ‘The Camel in the Sun’, about the Prophet’s compassion for a tired camel.
3) Quiz on the Prophet – Let the audience benefit from questions based on the life of the Prophet.
4) Poetry on the Prophet – Hold a session of Nasheeds, Qasidas, Spoken word, and poetry in praise of the Prophet. It is very effective in evoking emotion for the Prophet.
5) Film on the Prophet – watch a movie on the Prophet complete with drinks and popcorn.
6) 40 Hadith from the Prophet – hold a competition or learning session on 40 short hadith from the Prophet and learn/discuss them.
7) Art on the Prophet – Draw/Paint Islamic calligraphy on the Prophet. The internet has many good samples.
8) Fun day – Have games and other fun activities on the Prophet.
9) Talk/Discussion on the Prophet – Have a talk or discussion on the life of the Prophet with practical examples from his life relevant to today’s times. Include verses of Quran on the greatness of the Prophet.
10) Book club session on the Prophet – gather a few people and read together. Articles on the Prophet, a good book on the Prophet, etc.
Make the occasion a joyful connection with the Prophet and what he stood for.
One thing parents may face is the question of how to mark their children’s birthdays during these two months of Muharram and Safar. This was the first year we have had to deal with this and while we celebrated before Muharram started, my daughter wanted to take in sweets on the day to school, as is the norm.
So with the kind help of the creator of the Random Acts of Kindness cards that i shared a few days ago, we decided to do this! We waited until the 10 days were over and then gave out a little chocolate as well as the cards, with a little message on top about the commemoration of Ashura, in order to raise awareness about Imam Hussain (as).
Inshallah may it lead to lots of acts of kindness in the name of Imam Hussain!
We are marking the Prophet’s birthday with our school, Inshallah! As we had done the Ramadan Activity day not so long ago, we decided to spread the joy in another way 🙂
The timing of Christmas was perfect, and so we decided to do a double celebration of the birthday of Prophet Isa as well…
With our Kidzz cardzz, we added a a hadith from the Prophet, added some sweets (the healthy kind!), some ribbon to make it festive and voila!
The children are looking forward to giving them out tomorrow, Inshallah!
Continuing on with our catch up about the Holy Prophet’s birthday…
As mentioned earlier, we have previously done celebrating his birthday with a week of emulating his life. (See:http://www.buzzideazz.com/glimpse-of-week-ahead/ and http://www.buzzideazz.com/week-of-emulating-the-prophet/).
One mum did something similar, but in such an amazingly creative way! Check it out…
“Count down to the Holy Prophets’s khushali:
To make my kids learn and look forward to the Prophet’s birthday we made an advent calendar with 7 days of different activities.
We put together 7 tissue rolls and covered them with a coloured tissue. Each day had a learning activity about how the Prophet lived and how we could incorporate them in our daily lives. So in each tissue roll I put in a note of what they had to think about do.
Here’s what we did on each day:
1. We talked about the story of the Prophet and the sour grapes. How the poor man had brought the Prophet grapes and the Prophet ate them all himself and when the companions asked why he didn’t share he said they weren’t sweet and he didn’t want the poor man to feel sad if at all the companions made a face.
We learnt that we should share only what we like 🙂. I put in one tube of smarties for all to share!
2. We listed a few things that the prophet ate, eg. Dates, grapes, figs, honey,pomegranate, olive oil, etc. I put in some khajoor pak as a treat (because I didn’t have enough khajoor!)
3. Discussed how the prophet ate. I gave them a napkin each and asked them to write down how he ate so they can keep it with them at the table.
I got the kids small emoji pillows and wrapped them up and kept them in their beds. On a piece of cloth I wrote down simple things that they can do before/when sleeping to remind them of the prophet. They then stitched the cloth on to the back of the pillow and keep it with them in bed! They made small tasbeehs at madressa which fit on perfectly with the pillow so it all stays together.
6. Cleanliness. The prophet was always smart and clean..
For this, I got the kids some small things to remember what the prophet carried with him to be clean at all times. I got a small towel, perfume, hairbrush with mirror and a toothbrush (in place of miswak) I didn’t put in the toothpick and scissors for safety reasons.
Just WOW. The lessons being learnt!
“How did you spend your eighth birthday? The day likely didn’t involve leaving winter coats out for the homeless to protect themselves against the cold weather. CBC reports Tara Smith-Atkins, a resident of Nova Scotia mobilized her daughter and young friends to do just that.
Smith-Atkins requested donations from her local community of the course of a few weeks. Then, for her daughter’s birthday, she took a party of parents and kids to Halifax where they wrapped coats around lamp poles, street signs and trees.”
This awesome video which shows examples of the numerous acts of kindness that the Prophet did in his life!
This Nasheed is a favourite!
Great for young kids:
That’s what Muhammad said:
This brought a smile to my face:
This full length cartoon is a must-watch:
An interesting and beautiful video about drawing the Prophet. May bring up lots to discuss with your older children…I know it did with mine!
Check out this idea! Aqeel Jaffer is turning 1 years old, and his parents have decided to raise funds for charity in lieu of birthday presents – what a generous gesture, and the thawaab-e-Jaariya will be such a great start to his life, Mashallah 🙂
Not so long ago, I shared an article about celebrating the birth of B. fatima (as) as Mother’s Day. Many also celebrate the birth of I. Ali as Islamic Father’s Day.
Check out this amazing craft project sent in by a mum to mark the birthday of the Prophet (saw) and his grandson, Imam Sadiq (as)!