Laylatul Qadr Gift Box

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I love this idea from Islam from the Start:

“Seeing all the lovely welcome Ramadhan baskets, made to instill the excitement for the blessed month, inspired me to put together a simple Laylatul Qadr Box for the little one. Along with the main A’maal book are a few treats and activities to keep him busy through the night. There’s two new books, ‘A Picnic of Poems: In Allah’s Green Garden’ which comes with a CD, and ‘The Adventures of Captain Alif And The Stormy Sea’. It’s a gift pack set and comes with a tasbeeh and dua bookmark. There’s also a T-Shirt and some fabric markers to make a personalised top illustrating what Laylatul Qadr means to him. And finally after reading on QFatima about it being a night to show appreciation to those close to you, there’s a special letter written for the little one. InshaAllah, I hope the Qadr box will help to leave a positive lasting memory of this blessed night, one spent in His remembrance with love.”

www.islamfromthestart.com

Keeping children occupied on Laylatul Qadr

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As a follow on from the previous post…

We want our children to try and stay awake but be busy enough to let us do our amaal, right? And it would be great if they were occupied in Islamic activities as opposed to just normal stuff!

How about…

– Setting up a book area for them: www.islamfromthestart.com/2014/07/ramadhan-bookshelf.html

– Having a special treasure hunt for the children: www.tjannah.com/ramadhan/laylatul-qadr-treasure-hunt/

– Downloading some Muslim Children Apps on the ipad and phone: see this link for a round up of the good ones out there!http://buzzideazz.com/category/apps/

– Having some Islamic games available for them to play with (siblings are ideal here!) – some examples are Islamic Slides and Ladders, The Prophet’s Game, Brain Quest, Salaat Cards, (all available fromwww.buzzideazz.com), the Tasbih Game, the Ramadan board game (shared earlier), etc…

– Having some craft materials ready for them to make Eid cards and other crafts. Why not use the Islamic stencil to help them along the way!http://buzzideazz.com/shop/islamic-stencil/

– Having some Islamic cartoons/programmes ready for them to watch (Inshallah am planning to cover this as a series soon!)

Any other ideas out there?

Some thoughts on Laylatul Qadr with children...

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The 23rd night is upon us! Just thought I’d share some thoughts with you…

The last two Laylatul Qadr nights have come and gone, and one thing I realised quite early on is that if our children are staying up (or trying to), they can take up quite a lot of our time… while I was trying to help them with all the little bits and bobs (as well as answer questions, get them comfortable, etc), I was also very conscious of the precious minutes ticking away.

So tonight I am going to dedicate a little time to them to get them started, but then I am going to leave them to it, whatever they choose to do. Because tonight is about me and my God. Inshallah they will have many years ahead of them to benefit from this awesome night, but right now they are not even baaligh yet and it is MY responsibility to pray for them tonight.

The balance between helping them and helping ourselves is hard, and may Allah give us the tawfeeq to get it right! May we utilise this night to the max, and may we feel the ‘Salaam’ coming down on us Inshallah 

If I may, please could I sincerely request you to remember me and my family (and Buzz Ideazz!) in your duas tonight (write us down on your lists please!).

You, my Buzz family, are in mine 🙂

14 Masumeen summary for children

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Due to popular demand, Faeza (FZ’s mum!) has kindly written up the notes for the 14 Masumeen, for children who would like to learn about the personalities – especially when we take their names when holding the Quran on our heads during the big nights of Laylatul Qadr.

A lot of the information was taken from Meet The Masumeen (http://www.sunbehindthecloud.com/masumeen.html), which I would HIGHLY recommend as a book for children to read tonight if they want to stay awake but don’t want to do any more amaals.

Another resource i came across is: The Twelve Imams – An interactive and educational coloring book. This is great for younger children, has a little bit on information alongside the pictures. However, i cannot find any info on it on the internet so if you know more about it, please do message, so people know where to get it Inshallah!

Any other recommendations on this topic?

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12898635/Masumeen.pdf

Time Management of Laylatul Qadr Nights

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Here is one way to ensure that the precious time during the nights of Qadr do not get wasted!

Created by Zakira Ummi Merali (QFatima), I have adopted its use to make it a bit more child-friendly – use according to your child’s age! Older children will be staying up longer and so will be able to do more, and so on… but remember, it’s QUALITY not quantity! Don’t force too much on them. Even if they want to stay up but not do the activities and just read, that’s OK – it’s a balance…

This is just a preview of the Time management sheet – to download and print, see the dropbox link below.
TIME MANAGEMENT FOR LAYLATUL QADR – 19th Night of RAMADHAN – 17th July, 2014

TIME/ACTIVITY

9.21pm – Maghrib and Isha Salaat – IFTAR (eat light!)
Give SADQA

10.30pm – Duas and Amaal

11.30pm

12.30am

1.30am – Recite Sura Qadr/Dua ‘Ahad (Nur), have sehri, do ghusl and pray the Night Prayer
Give SADQA

2.49am – Fajr Salaat and Recite Quran
This is witnessed as per 17:78 – “Indeed the dawn recital is attended [by angels].”

5.06am – Sunrise – do one last sajdah and then go to sleep!
Give SADQA

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES (to fill in the empty boxes of time):
• Write down a list of things you are grateful for
• Write down a list of things you are sorry about
• Write down a list of people to pray for
• Write down a list of your duas for the year ahead
• Think about your goals for yourself for the year ahead – break it down into physical goals, spiritual goals, mental goals and emotional goals
• Think about all the things that may be stopping you from these goals
• Do a craft activity on Laylatul Qadr
• Write a letter to the 12th Imam
• Read a book about the Imams
• Do an Islamic workbook
• Go into Sajdah and just talk to Allah

*See www.buzzideazz.com/tag/laylatul-qadr/ for a more comprehensive look at Laylatul Qadr activities, ways to pray for children and craft ideas.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12898635/TIME%20MANAGEMENT%20FOR%20LAYLATUL%20QADR%20-%20KIDS.docx

Laylatul Qadr 11: Activity Idea for Toddlers

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As shared by a mum!

An idea for very young toddlers.. We had our Arabic class today and since a lot of the kids are very young aged between 2-4 we began by talking about lailatul qadr and then did some sticking on black sugar paper to bring about an element of mystique. The kids made a 3D angel jibrael with the toilet roll and then mounted it on the sugar paper. Then we stuck a Quran and a heart. We told the kids about how angel Jibrael brought the Quran to the Holy prophets heart.. We added stars made from glitter, a moon and lots of other angels to build their Arabic vocabulary… In addition we learnt the letter ق today so the supporting sheet is a coloring sheet with words related to lailatul qadr.

Laylatul Qadr 10: Helping them stay awake

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As the biggest night approaches quickly, just have a question for all mums out there. As it is holidays for most, and with summer nights being shorter, many children are staying up until Fajr, or as much as possible.

Once back from mosque with main amaals done, what do your children do? Once mine have thought about and written their duas and done a bit, I encourage them to read or look at the Islamic books/stories we have at home to help pass the time…would love any other suggestions?

P.S. When asked this on facebook, here is a great reply I got: “We design and handmake eid cards, prep and do eid poster and wrap eid gifts and goodies, meanwhile keep jawshane kabeer playing in the background… Or any other dua… We also try baking treats at night… For older kids – watching movies from shiasource.com, such as Yusuf , or doing salatul Layl…”

This link may come in handy for younger children: http://www.crayola.com/coloring-pages/ramadan.aspx

And how about these sheets for older children to work through: http://db.tt/LhJuQV8E

P.P.S. We also got sent in a picture of Laylatul Qadr cookies someone made which we have shared on this post!

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