Idea 2: Give them some money to invest

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Idea 2: Give them some money TO INVEST

When i heard this, I thought it was an amazing idea. Someone gifted my nephew $25 but told them it wasn’t for them – instead, they had to go for ziyarat, and then decide where, when and how they wanted to invest that money.

So many lessons the children can learn from this!

– It will make them more aware and alert during their trip, of the environment around them.

– It will make them learn about investment and potential sawaab-e-jaaria.

– It will teach them important decision making skills.

– It will make them conscious of the act of giving, and how we can ‘give’ in different ways.

I’ll say it again, what an awesome idea! And what a great gift for our little Zawwaars!

Idea 1: Start by prepping them with some stories

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Alhamd, so many responses and ideas as to what we can do to make this trip an enlightening one for our children!

To make all this info easier to digest, am splitting them up into bite-size pieces…

Idea 1: Start by prepping them with some stories (and take some for the long journeys ahead!)

Stories from the lives of the personalities you are going to visit are engaging and make their stories come alive in a way that has a lasting effect on children.

As well as stories you have heard, here are some potential books you can use, Inshallah:

‘Yaseer and Zahra Meet the Heroes of Kerbala’ by Binte Abbas
‘Yaseer and Zahra Meet the Heroes of Shaam’ by Binte Abbas
‘The Heroes of Karbala’ (Set of 9 small books on the Companions)
‘Understanding Karbala’ by Siddiqa Juma
‘The Story of Ashura’ by Sh. Bahmanpour (comic style)
‘Wake Up and Weep for the Shuhada-e-Kerbala’ (Children of Dubai Jamaat)
‘The Young Hashimite Princess…Sakina Bintal Hussain’ (Children of Dubai Jamaat)

Am so sorry but don’t know how you can source all of these (try googling but not always possible) – those living in London however, can borrow these and more through the Children’s Islamic Library (www.childrensislamiclibrary.com).

Also try www.hujjatbookshop.co.uk

Anyone have any other good books they would recommend?

Making Ziyarat Meaningful for Children

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Mashallah, soooo many people are going to ziyarat over Easter, including some of my nieces and nephews. Listening to my nephew talk about how he is preparing, it got me thinking that it would be great to get people’s ideas on how to make this amazing trip to be one that makes a true spiritual impact on the children that are going…

I know many many people who have gone with children recently, or are planning to make this trip soon. Please do inbox me things you’ve done / are doing that you feel is helping your child make the most of this trip!

I have to admit, I am secretly hoping to then implement all these ideas when we get the blessed call Inshallah 🙂

Short and Inspiring

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Do you remember a while ago, when we were doing the Prophet’s Birthday Week, we looked at his hadith: He whose two days of life are the same (making no spiritual progress) is at loss…?

Well, I don’t know about you, but when we do our round of questioning as to something new that each one of us has learnt today, I’m usually the one who struggles the most! I look back at my day and can’t point to even ONE new bit of information i may have learnt in the midst of my cooking and cleaning and all the rest of it…

Well, I came across this page the other day and think it’s fantastic! First introduced to Nouman Ali Khan through a friend, I find his tafsirs and talks very inspiring and definitely learn at least one new thing from it. The best part? They are SHORT clips, and are VERY visual so you’re not just listening but watching the tafsirs come alive. He also has seminars of parenting which are not just informative, but packed with humour!

If you like the page, you will see the clips on your feed…click on one, listen for a few minutes, and voila! Inshallah something learnt and now ready to be acted upon 🙂

Hope it comes in handy 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/noumanalikhancollection

Super Muslim Mums

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A week ago we celebrated Mother’s Day here in the UK. Mashallah, tributes to mums flowed, gifts were made, bought, wrapped and presented, and all in all, mums felt pretty darn special – and so they should!

It got me thinking however, to the extra-specialness of a Muslim Mum…

Because as well as preparing healthy food for their children, Muslim mums also make sure the food is halal, and that everyone says Bismillah and Alhamdulillah before and after eating.

Because as well as teaching their children the letters and numbers, Muslim mums also make sure their children learn how to read and write the Arabic alphabet.

Because as well as ferrying children to gymnastics and swimming and other extra-curricular activities, Muslim mums also take their children to Madressa and Quran classes.

Because as well as telling fairy tales and reading story books to their children, Muslim mums also make the effort to share the stories of Islamic history, and stories from the lives of the amazing personalities that have shaped Islam.

Because as well as encouraging their children to clean their rooms and clear the table, Muslim mums also encourage and motivate their children to pray namaaz and recite duas.

Because as well as giving a kiss and a cuddle and arming themselves with plasters when their children are hurt or poorly, Muslim mums also arm themselves with Ya Shafis and different duas and suras for different ailments.

Because as well as keeping up to date with fashion and high street trends, Muslim mums teach their kids to dress modestly and observe hijab.

Because…

So a big hats off to all you amazing Muslim mums out there! I know I’m a week late but hey, every day is Mother’s Day, right?!

P.S. the last ‘because…’ is for you to fill out…would love to hear what else Muslim mums are busy doing!

C'est Tous

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Well, that sums up the blog review! Althought technically, one or two were not blogs, I thought they were great resources so posted them anyway ;).

Hope you found lots of interesting and inspiring stuff to read and if you come across any good ones that haven’t been covered, please do post! Especially Muslim dad blogs…I saw a few but wasn’t too keen so didn’t review them so if there is one you know of and like, please share!

And on that note, Jummah Mubarak and have an awesome day all!

Blog 10

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Blog 10: Children of Jannah – Sorrow to Serenity – http://www.childrenofjannah.com/

For my final blog review, i thought I would cover this little gem. It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful things people are doing all over the world, especially in the face of loss and sadness.

From their site: “There is no loss more devastating than the death of a child. The symptoms of grief are more intense than with any other loss. The lives of parents and families are never the same. How do parents heal from the heartbreak? How can mothers accept what has happened and embrace life again?

Children of Jannah is an organisation that offers support to grieving families following the loss of a child. Scholars of Islam agree that a child who dies before reaching puberty enters Jannah without trial. The Children of Jannah live in eternal peace and tranquillity, free from any suffering or harm.”

The website will allow you to get a free e-book by Hafizah Ismail, which gives 11 powerful ways to help a mother find peace through the pain of child loss. Hafizah Ismail draws on her experience as a life coach and Muslim speaker to outline spiritual and practical steps based on Islamic teachings that equip grieving mothers with the tools to move from heartache to happiness.

Their facebook page is also a great resource, and allows you to keep up to date with their activities. They are very active too, Mashallah, with fundraising events at local hospitals being organised, so am sure there are plenty of ways to get involved 🙂

I pray that this is a source of comfort for those who need it, Inshallah…

They are on Facebook also: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenofJannah

Blog 9

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Blog 9: Handmade Beginnings – http://handmadebeginnings.blogspot.co.uk/

Another cute little blog which has many ideas on how to make Islam come alive in your house with different arts and crafts ideas.

I really enjoyed the variety of different ideas on how to reinforce the Arabic alphabet, such as the letter toss and paint bag writing, but most of all i loved the I Thank Allah frame idea, where she made a sun and each of the rays was something she (the blogger’s daughter) is thankful for. The end result was beautiful 🙂

Click on the appropriate tags on the right for more ideas!

Happy reading and crafting 🙂

Blog 8

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Blog 8: A Crafty Arab – http://acraftyarab.blogspot.co.uk/

So here’s something a little different today – but Inshallah just as inspiring! A blog by a Libyan-American artist/mum, it has loads of lovely ideas on crafts you can do with your children.

Her latest project is creating Arabic Alphabet flashcards, and there are alphabet colouring pages available for download for your children. I love her 30 day Ramadan projects which have an activity for every day of the month – something to start preparing for and looking forward to 🙂

FYI – I loved the post: ‘My love to Pamela Geller…no, really!’ where she actually made a Love Notebook for her to try and combat the hate!

She’s also on FB: https://www.facebook.com/acraftyarab

Happy reading and crafting 🙂

Blog 7

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Blog 7: My Special Child – Muslim Mums

Someone had asked me to post about any blogs from moms with children who have chronic illnesses or disabilities. I have come across one just now – it’s not an open blog however, but a closed group which requires you to request you to join it so have not been able to see the content myself.

Here is the blurb: “This group has been set up for Muslim Mums of children with special needs/chronic illness. Sometimes it can be very isolating and often its difficult to keep your iman uplifted and it would help to talk to other Muslim parents going through similar issues. Inshallah we can support each other through our parenting challenges.”

Here is the link to request to join:https://www.facebook.com/groups/171260796351146/

Hope this helps Inshallah…

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