Prophet Muhammad (saw) - Resources

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Here are a few resources that might help when teaching children about the Prophet:

  • How about starting the discussion off in a fun way, while still sharing SO much info about the Prophet? Here is an activity bag by Islam From The Start where there are objects relating to the Prophet’s ahadith in a bag, and the children pull each item out and guess the related hadith.
  • Here is a whole e-book full of ideas and activities for children aged 5-7 years by Islam From The Start
  • How about holding a Show and Tell on the Prophet? Children can bring in something from home that they can relate to the Prophet…
  • Here are some good worksheets for younger children than can be printed and used.
  • Here are a bunch of resources by QFatima on the Prophet, including workbooks for children and a card set for 40 ahadith.
  • Here is a clear visual timeline on the Prophet’s life by Reflect14.
  • Here is a book on the Prophet for older children.
  • Here are a collection of resources from Kisa Kids, including project booklets, crafts and decorations.
  • Here is an e-book on the character and akhlaq of the Prophet

 

Prophet's Cake Pictures!

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After sharing this picture of an AMAZING cake of Masjid-un-Nabawi, the Prophet’s mosque, which was made for a for a Mama and Kids event in Orlando, lots more people sent in their pics so I have put them all together for you to enjoy!

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Celebrating the Week of the Prophet's Birthday - Part 2

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Last year, we marked the week leading up to the Prophet’s birthday by trying to emulate his characteristics, choosing one for each day. This year we have chosen some different characteristics of the Prophet (saw) to focus on…here they are!

Day 1 – Take some time out to reflect:

The Prophet would make sure he took a time-out from everything and would go to the Cave of Hira to reflect and contemplate. The Prophet (saw) himself has said: An hour of contemplation is superior to an entire year’s worship” (Tadhkerah al-Haqaiq, p. 29). Indeed, meditation is all the craze now, and for good reason! Especially in this fast-paced world, wouldn’t it be great if we could encourage our children (and ourselves!) to be able to do the same – WITHOUT them complaining that they’re bored?!

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. I know of one family who especially created a reflection room, and would encourage their children to go and just sit and think for a while (and NOT as a punishment lol)!
  2. Perhaps we can encourage our kids to sit on the musalla for 5 minutes today? And just be still and see what thoughts come to their head?

Day 2 – Take care of the ill:

We all know the famous story of the Prophet (saw) who went to visit the lady who was sick, even though she used to throw rubbish on him every day. Visiting the sick is SO highly emphasized in Islam, with the reward for doing so being as high as having 70,000 angels escorting the visitor and seeking forgiveness for him until s/he returns home. There are also plenty of ahadith detailing the etiquettes for doing so, such as not staying long and taking a gift.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. We can begin by talking about the above ahadith.
  2.  Asking them to perhaps call or write a letter/email to someone who is not feeling that great?
  3. Decorate a gift bag and personalizing it before giving it to someone not well.
  4. Making a sincere dua for that person
  5. Buzz Ideazz have created a special Get Well Soon card, which has a dua for the sick inside – these would make unique accompaniments to their gift!

Day 3 – Say the truth:

Well before he announced his Prophethood, the Prophet’s characteristic of honesty was well-known, earning him the title of As-Sadiq – the Truthful one. Honesty is VERY important in Islam, so how do we convey its importance to children, who may possibly lie for several reasons, such as being afraid of the consequences, wanting to entertain us with exaggerated tales, or just experimenting with their concept of reality.

We have all heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, but here is another real life story to share with your children about a 7 year-old boy named Tanner Munsey. Tanner’s reputation for being honest earned him a mention in the “Scorecard” column in the July 10, 1989, issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

During a T-ball game in Wellington, Florida, Tanner attempted to tag a player leaving first base. When the umpire called the player out, Tanner immediately informed the umpire that he hadn’t managed to tag the runner. Two weeks later, Tanner encountered the same umpire in another T-ball game. This time, Tanner was playing short-stop and tagged a runner as they approached third base. When the umpire called the player safe, Tanner didn’t say a word, but the umpire noticed his surprise at the call.

“Did you tag the runner?” she asked Tanner. When Tanner affirmed that he had, the umpire changed her decision and called the player out. When the coaches and other parents protested, the umpire stood by her decision, informing them that she had learned to trust Tanner, because of his honesty.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Share the above story with our families
  2. Let’s ask our children today to be extra mindful of what they say today. At the end of the day, perhaps they can make and decorate a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ with the ayah: “And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor knowingly hide the Truth.” (2:42). Here, emphasize that they are awarding it to themselves as only they and Allah know exactly how truthful they have been!
  3. There are plenty of books on honesty – read these to the kids!

Day 4 – Pray a little extra:

The Prophet was known for praying extra, with ahadith a plenty describing his devotion to the nawafil prayer, etc.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Mybe we could ask the children to pray a teeny bit more, whether it’s a two rakat sunnat salaat, an extra sajda or tasbeeh, or maybe they could recite any of the recommended duas for tonight that they don’t perhaps do…
  2. The Prophet (saw) loved praying Namaaz-e-Shab, so maybe that’s something we parents can try doing (if we don’t already?)!

Day 5 – Give sadqa:

A well known characteristic of the Prophet was that he used to give, and give, and give!  There are many ahadith about the benefits of giving charity – such as prolonging our live, warding of illnesses, keeping problems away from us, not to mention the fact that we are promised 10 times more than what we give!

All of these are a good discussion point to start with our children…but here is one that i LOVED given the fact that we are building love for our Prophet, and that is giving charity (especially when we have less to give), may give us a closer position to our beloved role model!

Below is a story to share with our families.

“Mullah Muhammad Taqi Al Barghani who is commonly known as the ‘Third Martyr’ related that his father saw in his dream the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) surrounded by so many Scholars of Islam.

However, he saw the son of the scholar called Fahad Al Hilli sitting very close to the Prophet (S). Mullah Barghani says that he was surprised to see this when there were other scholars who were greater in calibre, knowledge and their service to Islam who were not sitting so close to the Holy Prophet (S).

Mullah Barghani’s father asked the Prophet (S) the reason for this, and the Prophet replied that it was because all the scholars surrounding him used to give charity when they possessed something, but if they didn’t have any property they didn’t give anything to the person who was begging or in need. However the son of Fahad Al Hilli used to give in charity despite not possessing anything extra, and used to sacrifice his personal belongings in order to fulfil other people’s needs. This gave him a higher degree of proximity to the Prophet.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Share many such stories with our kids from this site.
  2. Ask your children to give from their own money that they may have saved up.
  3. Make or decorate your own sadqa jar.

Day 6 –  Eat with others:

The Prophet (saw) The Prophet advised others against eating alone as he never ate alone when he had the opportunity to eat with another person:

“When a food possesses four qualities it becomes perfect: being halal, eating it with other people, having started with the name of God, and having ended with the praise of God.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1.  Share this hadith with our children.
  2. Invite people over to share a meal!
  3. Involve the children in the prepping and cooking of the meal, as well as the cleaning of the house and setting of the table.

Day 7 –  Say thank you and be grateful:

The Prophet (saw) continually reminded his followers to be ever grateful to their Lord, and the term shakir, meaning “one who is grateful,” is often used in Islam as a name of great honor among Muslims.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Here are some clips which show the benefits of gratitude.
  2. There are lots of fun activities and crafts that can be done on gratitude. Check this page out from Islam From The Start to get started.

Magazine Review 4: Mujtaba Magazine

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As reviewed by a mum:

It is an A4 sized magazine, very colourful and my kids and I both like the graphics. When we get our copy, my boys immediately go for the comic strip stories!

There are also interesting general knowledge facts, Mind benders and puzzles, a section for Young cooks, and Sports and Fitness. One feature i really like is a personal journal which gives a very realistic of someone’s experience, for example experiencing jealousy at a family dinner.

Other things include poems and stories of important figures, Asma’ul Husna and a Charter of Rights, which focuses on the different rights of people around us and the different parts of our body!

One section i especially liked was where children sent in their opinions about a certain topic – this one was about phones and technology – if we only need phones to text and cal, why do we need the most latest one?!

It is great for children age 7/8 onwards.

For more information, visit www.mujtabakids.com (although it is under construction at the moment) and here is the facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/MujtabaMagazine

Magazine Review 3: Young Hussainy Magazine

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This new magazine is literally FRESH off the presses…

Originally in Arabic, someone with a lot of passion has decided to make it available in English as well, giving it a fresh new look.

It has the usual comic strips, riddles and activities and recipes, but what i thought was unique was that each of these things has a related hadith at the bottom of the page. It also encourages a lot of interaction and feedback from the readers, and children will love sending in their artwork or letters and seeing it published alongside a picture of them! It also features interviews with children, such as one who recites eulogies.

Contact them on young.hussainy@gmail.com! Also here is their (developing) facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/young.hussainy.magazine

Magazine Review 2: Noor Kids

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There is a lovely story on the Noor Kids website about the founder’s motivation to start this magazine/book, which i have shared at the bottom!

But a quick summary of Noor Kids first – using 4 main characters, it is created for 3-8 year old children. The magazine includes a cartoon strip, little games like Spot the Difference – but with Islamic themes such as Muslim Inventions, the introduction of Arabic words, and it also has an ‘In the Kitchen’ section, featuring different recipes. Each of these (and more!) is featured around a certain topic – Hajj, or honesty for example.

Here is the link for more info: http://www.noorkids.com/

It is also available in the UK through this link: http://www.taqwamedia.com/taqwa-kids/

And here is the founder’s story!

“She is due in four months,” my sister announced. I was going to be an uncle! But that night, as I thought about my childhood, I realized a bitter truth: I had been ashamed of my Muslim identity. Would my niece be ashamed of her identity as well? Not if I could help it.
That night, I relived painful memories. I had loved when my mom cheered during baseball games – but after 9/11, I became embarrassed of her headscarf and asked her to stop attending. Fasting had taught me gratitude – but, when friends asked about it, insecurity caused me to hide the Islamic intentions behind my practice. Time and again, I felt ashamed of my faith in front of my American peers.

I wish I had not been so embarrassed of my identity. “What about my niece?” I thought to myself. I could not let her face the same challenges that I experienced. I began surveying parents at my mosque to see if they shared the concern. They did. Unanimously.

My brother and I found purpose: let’s make sure that our children don’t experience the same challenges with their Muslim identity that we did. Six months later, we garnered support from Harvard to publish our first book. The rest, as they say, was history. (We’re a little older now… the picture was from a couple of years ago. **Many years ago :-p)

Magazine Review 1: Discover Kids

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Have you read any young adult novels by award winning and multiple children’s book author, Naima B Robert? She is also the founding editor of the UK-based Muslim woman SISTERS magazine and Discover is another one of her babies.

The magazine is created for curious Muslim kids. Each monthly issue features stories, information, games, puzzles, art and science projects, experiments and crafts with an Islamic theme.

DISCOVER is based on a cast of 4 main characters with a wide range of interests – Muhammad, A’isha, Nusaybah and Khalid – and it is through these characters that the readers are introduced to the information, activities and projects.

What I especially liked about the magazine is the layout. Often magazines are very busy, which sometimes makes it a little overwhelming! Discover Kids has a clear layout with plenty of useful information packed in its articles, and bright and appealing graphics.

Check out more details here:

http://www.sisters-magazine.com/Discover_Kids

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