Very inspiring for the older ones – who are our role models? And who SHOULD be our role models?
I loved the example of the Prophet caring so much for us back – we are also honoured that we have Imam Mahdi (aj) too, whom we are told cries and prays and worries for us too…
It made my heart smile to see this!
A little one’s letter to the Imam, using the Letters to my Imam Journal by Buzz Ideazz 🙂
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.”
Yesterday, the Madressa here in Stanmore had a lovely party for 15th Shabaan, with lots of party food (of course!), a short video on the birth of the Imam, a little talk and the highlight of the day – a puppet show!
Check out the full script here – it was a bit hit with the kids!
Buzz Ideazz was at a fundraiser for Sudan over the weekend, which combined celebrations for 15th Shabaan with a very worthy cause!
Here are a few versions of Arizas – different ones may suit your child at different ages:
From Islam From the Start: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BziM2Lr2AB5zNl9PQ2tjUGdhRGM/edit?usp=sharing
From Muslim Kids: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bj4ie42lkyaws96/arizamuslimkids.jpg?dl=0
These have been circulating also:
I absolutely love this idea and thought it would be the perfect end to our series on the Imam! Jummah Mubarak 🙂
“This was a project initiated by Stanmore Jaffery’s and promoted by Madressa too. It started off by putting the abbreviations on a wrist band to be a reminder to ask yourself: What would Imam Mahdi (aj) do if he were in your situation? My boys had come across this idea from annex lectures.
So one half term when they were all really playing up and continuously bickering and driving me crazy, I sat them down and told them they were really upsetting me and that if it continued I would cancel all their half term plans which they were so excited about.
Soon after that I heard the older two calling a meeting in the sitting room. They all emerged with WWIMD written on their wrists! It was very sweet as they explained that every time they would fight and argue they would think themselves and more importantly, remind each other what would Imam Mahdi do.
I was so touched and overjoyed. This was a classic example of God consciousness, Amr bil maroof and bringing the !mam into our lives! It worked very well for the next few days and was a pleasure to hear them use the phrase all the time and check themselves.
Kids being kids and human nature as it is, it didn’t last forever. However, it still is a sentence we use often now: What Would Imam Mahdi (aj) Do?”