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.”
Was racking my brain for a good video for the usual Friday inspiration when I remembered this awesome video which shows examples of the numerous acts of kindness that the Prophet did in his life!
What better time to inspire our children than today, his birthday 🙂
Jummah Mubarak and Wiladat Mubarak!
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)!
Continuing with the theme of gratitude…check out this wonderful video on how being grateful increases our happiness
In terms of being grateful to Allah, i think that’s a series in itself! But here’s a wonderful plate craft done to show all the things they are grateful for! Also check out Busy Mummys for the Being Grateful activities they have done!
The last day of emulating the Prophet…
The Prophet (saw) continually reminded his followers to be ever grateful to their Lord, and the term shakir, meaning “one who is grateful,” is often used in Islam as a name of great honor among Muslims.
There are SO many benefits to gratitude which are shared by Muslims and non-Muslims alike – I recently came along this short Ted talk which really summarizes the beauty and effects of saying thank you to people around us.
Will also be sharing some other clips/activities on being grateful
(P.S. There is a small reference to being gay in the middle – just warning y’all in case you plan on watching with kids)