This year's EID TREES!

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As you know, I get a bit excited when it comes to EID TREEs! (Sorry I’m so excited I’ll probably use CAPS for that for the next few posts. Consider this an advance warning ;))

We launched the idea this year (see previous posts on this here and here), and Alhamd it has taken off! Here are some pictures sent in:

Here is what the mum said: “It holds the new moon of Ramadan 2015 and will be blossoming thoughout the month.”

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And here is another beautiful home made EID TREE! The mum found a nice vase, and then actually found the twigs herself! Looks beautiful and oh-so do-able!

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And here is our Ramadan and Eid tree! We have a big plant which we normally decorate and put presents around for eid, so I didn’t want something else that was big, but i did want somewhere to hang our good deed and gratitude notes.

So I went out and bought a nice vase that can stay there all year round. The hunt for twigs at shops was fruitless, but as luck would have it (in other words, Allah guided us to it!), we found a huge bunch of cut branches and twigs that were ideal! And voila 🙂

It is slowly but surely filling up – can’t wait to see what it looks like at the end of the month, Inshallah!

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P.S. If you’re exchanging gifts with a group of children, how about trying this?

Each child gets a little piece of card where they write their name on one side, and a prayer on the other. Younger children can get help writing. When their name is called to get their gift, they come hang their dua up on the Eid tree – and so it also becomes a prayer tree!

Someone suggested to hold on to their duas and take it out next Eid, so they can see whether their duas were answered :). Duas each Eid can be saved to see how they’ve grown each year too!

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More Quran Tips by Sh Murtadha Alidina

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Heard an amazing seminar tonight by Dr. Murtadha Alidina where he shared a couple of tips on engaging with the Quran in our lives.

He gave a few examples, a couple which I thought would be very applicable with our families so am sharing here. Inshallah I hope it is useful!

Fits in perfectly with our Quran focus too 🙂

1. He shared a story of a family who has inculcated the habit of reading an ayah of the Quran with it’s translation after salaam. Just one ayah and with understanding – but regularly. Perhaps something we can put into practise whenever we recite salaatul jamaa’a with our families?

2. He suggested having a fixed time to devote to the Quran. Whatever that fixed time may be in the day, to keep it that way. Applying that to our children, that could work with them – to keep their Quran recitation/discussions at the same time every day so that it becomes a habit!

3. He also shared a scientific development which uses our blood to reveal quite a lot of information about ourselves – one drop of blood can show whether we have any diseases, etc – but more importantly, it can also show markers for mental and emotional health. What’s even more striking, is that it can even reveal the effects of certain actions have had on a child in pregnancy and during breastfeeding. So if we make Quran a part of the pregnancy and breastfeeding, this will have a PHYSICAL effect on our child, and therefore inshallah make them more responsive to the Quran as they grow.

Subhanallah! May He give us the tawfeeq to make us and our children all to keep the Quran close to our hearts through recitation and understanding, Inshallah.

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