Here is an idea for your older children – Make them a Laylatul Qadr kit!
I had received this last year before the 23rd night from my MM (see last year’s post: http://buzzideazz.com/mystery-muliani/) and because it was soooo lovely, I could not bring myself to throw it away, I put all the respective things away (the ones that I hadn’t eaten/used during the nights that is!) and stuck the sheet on my bulletin board instead.
I thought it might be something awesome to give to teenagers preparing for Laylatul Qadr, as they are now old enough to understand the deeper concepts behind the night, and also behind the different things that are in the kit! Some of the objects are practical as well as meaningful, others just cool to have
So Inshallah I pray this comes in handy and that you have fun looking for a spare puzzle piece that you don’t need anymore . If you don’t have one, make one!
Here is the info on the sheet so you don’t have to type it all out again but can just copy and paste and adjust yourselves:
Paper Clip: To keep things together when they seem to be slipping out of control
Eraser: To rub out last year’s mistakes
Toothpick: To pick the good qualities in everyone
Rubber band: Be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want
Gum: Stick with it and you can accomplish anything
Pen and notebook: List your blessings everyday
Tissue: To wipe away a tear. Your own or someone elses
Lifesavers: Sometimes we all need a little help
Nuts: Be a little nutty sometimes and have a laugh
Puzzle piece: Because you are an important piece of so many lives
P.S. If you do go on to make this kit, pleeeease do share!
Laylatul Qadr nights are when our destiny is decreed. We need to therefore be clear what it is we want in the year ahead so that we can sincerely pray for this.
Here is one way we can focus our goals and wishes in a clear and simple way (as shown by Ummi aunty Merali, a legend :)):
Split a paper into 4 and give them the headings: Body, Brain, Soul and Heart (or for older children: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual). Then add goals/wishes under these titles. Some examples have been given in the picture.
A quick note – Emotional refers to us engaging with others, and Spiritual refers to us engaging with Allah!
Teaching children HOW to pray:
Praying for everything can get a bit overwhelming (even for us adults), so here is a way to simplify it (and cover all the bases!).
– Sandwich your dua! Begin and end with Salawat (Allah will always fulfil that dua and so Inshallah will fulfil everything in the middle!)
– Start by glorifying Allah – his amazing creations, etc.
– Then thank Allah for everything he has given YOU
– Move on to asking for forgiveness for any mistakes you have made, big or small
– Then pray for OTHERS
– Finally, move on to praying for yourself
-Don’t forget the salawat at the end!
P.S. I have heard this in lectures before and am sure I have seen a source too but can’t seem to find it just now (will keep looking). If you know of a source, please do share!
Give out sadqa at the 3 different parts of the nights of Qadr (last 10 odd nights plus the 24th night):
Having read this in a summary of lecture notes by Zakira Tahera Jaffer, I asked the kids to make 3 different envelopes each (with paper and sellotape as I didn’t have any small money envelopes at home!).
They then labelled them accordingly. We actually didn’t manage to give the sadqa yesterday as we were at mosque for the first and second part, but they got the concept at least, and Inshallah we will try to make it work tomorrow night!
Here’s something that will make the ‘Istighfar’ part of the night of Laylatul Qadr come to life for children (and us!)… I tried this last night with my two and I think it really sank in (i did 10 crosses though…maybe this can be adjusted according to the age/capability of the child).
Thank you again, Islam From the Start!
“The little one’s Laylatul Qadr prayer book is ready. To involve him and help him understand the tasbeeh, I have marked 70 pencil Xs. Each one is to be rubbed out with his ‘Al Ghafoor’ eraser after every recitation of ‘Astaghfirullaha wa atoobu ilayh’. We pray Allah Al Ghafoor, will insha’Allah accept our forgiveness and rub out the wrong actions from the book of deeds that the angels have been writing in.
You can read about our learning the Asma ul Husna, Al-Ghaffor on last year’s blog post.
Or how about this, to mark the revelation of the Quran on Laylatul Qadr in the Cave of Hira?
For Sura Ankabut, recommended to be recited in Laylatul Qadr…make handprint spiders with your little ones! More details on this website: http://islamfromthestart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/handprint-spider_93.html
Or how about this craft sent in by a mum? I love how her son chose to make it colourful, instead of black!
Here is another craft for slightly older children perhaps? They talked about the fragile web of the spider, and related it to this world…
From Islam from the Start: www.facebook.com/islamfromthestart
“Simple Angel craft – draw around child’s hand for wings – if large group can make template for angel outline and circle head. – children can decorate with glitter – attach to a tissue roll to make it stand – form a halo using a pipe cleaner and stick onto the tissue roll to float over head.
Use it as a visual to talk about the angel Jibrael bringing down the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (saw) on the night of Qadr. You can also make a Quran stand using two cardboard strips, cut halfway through both to slot together. Make a small book by folding cardboard and covering with foil to symbolise the Quran.
Display together on a black cloth as a visual reminder of the night of Qadr and use it as a talking point.”
Remember the Laylatul Qadr Box idea from last year? If not, here is the link: http://buzzideazz.com/laylatul-qadr-shoe-box/
Here is another idea – a Laylatul Qadr to-do list – with templates and all! Check it out on: http://madressa.net/index.php/arts-and-crafts/islamic-months/ramadhan/683-laylatul-qadr-to-do-list
Will make the children have a focused plan on what to achieve during the important nights!
A different take on the traditional group recitation of Quran in the Holy month (Quran Khani), sent in by a mum!
“This year we have tried something different in our classes. We have split the traditional square bench into 4 benches with only eight girls and two teachers (a ration of 1 teacher to 2 children, and grouped by age – 6-10, 11-16 years). This way, each child gets more recitation and individual attention for tajweed. We also have floating teachers for the very weak readers.
We recite for 20 mins then have 10 mins of PowerPoints about the Sura we are reading – the benefits of reading it, any story line within it, any particular ayah we want to focus on, and also the dua for that day. We then return to reading for the last 20 minutes.
Alhamdulillah, the girls have really enjoyed this way of doing it – and it combines both, recitation and understanding of our Holy book! It also prevents the children from getting distracted after a while due to the break in the middle.”