A lovely article of a mum’s experience of Umrah with her kids…
Many people have asked for a resource for the younger ones, as Alhamdulillah, for the older ones the Umrah Journal has plenty to keep them busy!
This recently released activity book will Inshallah fill that gap 🙂 It is perfect for the 0-5 year olds and has a variety of different things to keep them busy…and learning!
Features dot-to-dot drawings, colouring fun, puzzles to solve and 63 stickers to stick.
For more details, or to buy, check out: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/makkah-and-madinah-activity-book/
One last minute idea i got from a friend before i left was to take a thin blanket with us. Thin enough to fit in a bag but blanketty enough to cover our kids while they rest/sleep in the haram.
This is especially handy for when in Masjid-un-Nabawi/Masjid-ul-Haram at Fajr times or after Isha when it gets a bit chilly! Now the only challenge is carrying them back to the hotel 🙂
There are some great clips out there which explain the importance of Zam Zam water, the story of Prophet Ibrahim and Bibi Hajar, and how Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail build the Kaaba back up again.
These will help children get more of an understanding of the philosophies of much of what we do in the Umrah rites, Inshallah!
Here they are:
Story of how Bibi Hajar came to be in Makkah and the well of Zam Zam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrxCVfDTE2U
Another cartoon on Zam Zam water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzHX8SlJkoM
The building of the Kaaba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuPHP9rHYTg
I know I’m stating the obvious here, but unlike other holidays, the focus of going to Umrah is less entertainment-based and more spirituality-based.
This necessarily means that there will be lots of time where we will need to entertain the kids or provide them with things to do, as there is only so much time we can be at the haram, praying, etc.
As well as packing the usual card games, colouring packs, etc, why not take some Islamic games along too?
Buzz Ideazz stocks some games for all ages, and they are either foldable games and so weigh practically nothing and take up little or no space at all, or are small boxes. The only exception is Islamic Brain Quest which is a little heavy, but it is filled with so many questions to help pass the time AND encourage learning that it is worth it’s weight
P.S. Wouldn’t it be awesome to play a game about the Prophet while sitting in his mosque?!
Here is the link to check out the games for yourself:
If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to Umrah for yourselves, look no further. This journal was INVALUABLE during our trip… it’s available for download as well as hard copy!
Check it out here: http://www.qfatima.com/index.php/q-shop/qziyara-qshop
So in the Iraq series, we talk about encouraging our children to keep a journal to write their thoughts/duas in, make a scrapbook with all their mementos in, and we also mentioned the importance of having child-friendly information about the trip.
Alhamdulillah, all these three concepts have been incorporated into our latest product – the Umrah Journal!
It is with the printers and will be with us early next week so please do get in touch if you would like us to send out a copy straight away to Inshallah get to you in time. Alternatively, we can arrange a mutually convenient time to pass them on!
OK so I’m honestly not saying this because Buzz stocks them (!) – these chairs are a LIFESAVER!
Rolled up they can just be slung over the shoulder when going to and fro, and when sitting in the haram they are so convenient… I’m normally one who shifts a lot when sitting on the floor but with the chair i was able to comfortably sit in the same position for ages, and therefore was able to focus on reciting duas, or whatever i was doing!
Especially if you have a child who still sits on your lap – my 6 year old was on my lap loads and it was still very comfortable – I could easily lean back and still have back support for the both of us!
Check them out here: http://buzzideazz.com/shop/floor-chair/
As well as ensuring we have all the duas and Quran on our ipods, how about uploading some nasheeds about the Holy Prophet / Makkah and Medina as well?
One nasheed in particular which had quite an impact on my son, to whom I had given the ipod one evening as we sat in the haram looking at the Kaaba (after he had finished Quran and writing in his journal and didn’t feel like doing his workbook) was ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Muhammad’ by Dawud Wharnsby (From the CD – The Prophet’s Hands). If you haven’t heard it yet, please take a few minutes to do so – i always cry at the end! My son didn’t fully understand it at first but after asking me about it, the effects were obvious…and we had a lovely discussion on it too.
Other good nasheeds to take are from the CD Mountains of Makkah by Zain Bikha – when we were doing outside ziyarahs we would put this on speaker in the bus and the words are really powerful. There is a good recitation of the Talbiyya which can help children pick it up (for Shias, just to note that we have an extra Labbayk at the end).
Any other suggestions?
During the Iraq Ziyarat Series, we talked about two ideas
1. Giving our children some money to invest in a worthy cause –http://buzzideazz.com/idea-2-give-them-some-money-to-invest/
2. Giving our children some money to spend on street vendors and giving them halal rizq as they are trying hard and not begging – http://buzzideazz.com/10812/
This time we gave our children some money to do this, and it was really awesome to see how much thought they gave it. They looked far and wide to see who they should give the money too, and in the end ended up buying from child-vendors and people who looked really tired/sad.