Children's Majalis - Idea 4: Matamdari


Received from a mum!

“There are many ways we can keep the memory of Kerbala alive and it starts with sowing the seed in our children for what they are tomorrow. This year we decided to have a matamdari for my son and his friends – they are 7 years of age and all love to recite and do maatam. The invite stated that each invitee should come prepared with a nawha of just 2 verses and from the time they arrived they were fidgety and excited to shout “Ya Husayn”.

We started with Hadeethe Kisa in English, followed by an informal story and question/answer session. Our youth really benefit from these informal sessions, especially if there is a speaker they look up to.

Thereafter we had the matamdari while two boys took turns to be the home-made Allam holders. The house echoed with names of Ali/Husayn/Abbas/Sajjad/Zainab… The list goes on for our legendary role modles who stood firmly in patience against injustice. The naare haydaris, the famous ‘Mawla Haq Imam’ (see video!) led to the perpetual slogan of ‘Labbayk Ya Husayn’ reverberating against our living room walls. After a 14 Masumeen ziyarat in English, the dua for Imam e Zamana’s safety was recited in loud unison.

After cookies and milk in the garden as fateha, the boys got to play 5 a side football in the garden as it was a Friday and they all waited to be picked up by their fathers after Jummah. This matamdari brought the boys together, and Inshallah I pray that it solidified their understanding a little further. Alhamd the program stirred an awakening in many mothers and many wish to do the same to keep the memory of Kerbala alive. It just starts with one person – what are you going to do for Imam Husayn this year?”

Black Heroes in Islam


I don’t normally refer to politics on this page, but a teacher sent me something recently that is so apt in this time of unrest in Ferguson and with the whole issue of race, and especially given that we are still in the months of commemorating Kerbala, that I thought I would share.

It is not surprising that Islam teaches us lessons through the personalities of Kerbala on every aspect of life – including race. It is also another great example of how we can introduce such topics in school settings…

Here is what she said:

“October is black history month where black personalities are remembered for their contributions in all walks – history, science, etc.

I took this opportunity to raise awareness at school and decided to hold assemblies and wrote an article for the weekly newsletter. Year 10’s have also read and discussed this in their PSHCE lessons:

“Black History Month continues to remember John and Fizza.

While everyone was enjoying their half term holidays some staff and students of QPC School were part of over 1.5 billion people globally commemorating the martyrdom of personalities such as John and Fizza.

John was a Christian Abyssinian freed slave who was the companion of Husayn. John’s life teaches us a lesson of loyalty and true friendship. He defended his companion with his life.

Fizza was an Abyssinian princess who left her riches to join the struggle of Husayn. Fizza showed that age or worldly desires should not come in the way of your belief. She happily went from riches to rags becoming the backbone of the household of Husayn which was a symbol of peace, justice and good virtue.

The selfless sacrifice made by black Abyssinian personalities such as John and Fizza at the epic of Karbala have great lessons for us to learn amidst a world of discrimination and injustice.”

P.S. The photo is of one of a great series of books on the companions of Imam Husayn (as) in Kerbala!

Muslims invite lonely Danes for a Christmas meal


This is SUCH a wonderful idea!

A Muslim family invites Danes who are lonely or can’t afford a good meal to his home, to share in a meal.

‘”I read, for example, about the elderly sitting all alone. Or about a single mother or single father who can’t get money from the municipality. And then I think they must surely like to come by here. For Christmas is all about joy and being with friends and family,” the 31-year-old man told online newspaper.’

Reaching out to our wider community through gestures like these are what will help us all to live together in peace, Inshallah! And what better way to introduce others to the TRUE Muslim ideals, as opposed to what they hear and see on the media all day?

This is exactly why Buzz Ideazz has a range of unique interfaith Christmas cards that encourage us to reach out…!

Children's Majalis - Idea 2: Puppet Show


Here are some more children’s majlis ideas all the way from Singapore:

“We have had two majlises for the children so far. One majlis was conducted entirely by the boys except for a puppet show conducted by the teacher. Two of our young boys talked about the story of Kerbala using pictures that they drew and coloured themselves.

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One majlis was specifically for the girls. The children led recitation of hadise kisa, marsiya, nauha and ziarat. The lectures were conducted by the mums using PowerPoint to educate pupils on akhlaq during majalis, lesson from Kerbala and a masaib on Bibi Sakinah (as).”

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Children's majalis - Idea 1


Mashallah, around the world more and more majalis for children are taking place. Because of the natural differences of the audience to a typical majlis, the format of these majalis vary – some do plays, others have craft activities, and so on. So i thought it might be nice to have a series on this just now as a way of sharing ideas and inspiration! To start us off, here are some photos of a majlis for young girls…

“The children took the lead this year, reciting everything from chapters and verses of the Holy Qur’an to marthia, nawha and ziarat.

We were fortunate to be joined by aspiring young reciters who appear regularly on Ahlulbayt tv – Sister Malek Mehdi touched our hearts with her poetry.


Even the lecture was given by a young zakira Fatema Zahra Chandoo, who gave a thought provoking lecture and very moving masaaib on ‘patience’.


As a take-home activity, the children received a cress-growing activity and a dua on patience to support the main message of the majlis.”

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Dinner Conversation Starters for the Muslim Family


Some time ago, I came across dinner conversation starters on Pinterest. I thought it was a great idea and so printed them out, cut them up and placed them on the table in a small pot. The kids have loved picking out a slip of paper during dinner and discussing whatever question was on there!

As they have now nearly run out, I got thinking about the next batch of questions I would use and thought it might be great to have a bunch of conversation questions around Islamic themes and even values, such as gratitude. I wrote up 30 conversation starters along these lines. Some are very directly Islamic, for example: What is your favourite Sura from the Quran? And some subtly refer to these concepts and allow for parents to perhaps guide childrens’ thoughts more along those lines when discussing them…

For example, one question is: What would it be like if humans didn’t have hair? Here the conversation can be drawn in to thinking of all of Allah’s subtle wisdoms in creating us the way He has, and how every small detail has been thought of!

Check out all the questions here: Family Conversation Ideas for the Muslim Family

Would love to hear from you if you tried it and how your children responded!


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