Making the Prophet real for your kids & Practical Ideas to do so

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“In the mid 90’s, as a 12 year old, I remember reading an article from the iconic Trends Magazine that really struck me. The first line of the article asked a question, ‘‘If you asked your child who their hero is, what answer would you get?”

I was just a child myself and the prospect of being a mother was so far removed. Yet, this question fascinated me. I knew what the ‘right’ and ‘Islamic’ answer should be from the ‘perfect’ child but what are the chances of an ordinary Muslim child naming the Prophet Ibrahim or Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them, as their hero, instead of Spiderman or Superman? It seemed impossible to me.”

Read the rest of this article here: http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/02/making-the-prophet-real-for-your-kids/

Here is another article with some great ideas in here on making our Muslim heroes really come alive for our children, such as timelines, maps and models! http://blog.iiph.com/fun-activities-to-connect-children-to-muslim-heroes/

And i loved this:

A particularly apt message… as shared on WhatsApp:

*Avengers Vs Messengers*

Let’s teach our children:

Before Iron-Man, there was Dawood Alayhis Salaam, the one who could bend iron and metal with his bare hands.
[Qur’aan 34:10].

Before Superman, there was Sulaymaan Alayhis Salaam, the one who could fly by controlling the winds.
[Qur’aan 38:36]

Before Ant-Man – the one who enlarges to 60 feet tall, there was Aadam Alayhis Salaam who was created 60 feet tall.
[al-Bukhaari, 3336; Muslim, 7092]

Before Wolverine – the one who cures himself instantly, there was Esaa Alayhis Salaam, the one who could do one better and cure others instantlyby the will of Allaah.
[Qur’aan 3:49]

Before Aquaman – the one who communicates with sea-creatures, there was Sulaymaan Alayhis Salaam who could communicate with ALL creatures.
[Qur’aan 27:16]

It’s human nature to want a hero, albeit a super one. And if we fail to provide our children with the correct one, they will naturally fill that void with an imaginery one.

Alhamdulillah for a religion that has granted us real-life superheroes who not only serve as timeless and practical role-models we can follow, but also provide abundant guidance in regards to this world and the next, sufficing us the need to look elsewhere.

Yoga and Islam Activity Day

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The Children’s Islamic Library help a Yoga and Islam Activity Day. The event was attended by over 70 children (not including under 4s!) – we raised £213 for charity :).

The children attended their yoga sessions, where the instructor linked it in to Islamic stories and movements. They also made crafts about Bibi Zainab (as), played with the Islamic games available, read books and we finished off with Story Time at the end.

For pictures, see: http://childrensislamiclibrary.com/photo_gallery_view.php?id=35

Muslim Football Rolemodels

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Alhamdulillah, now more than ever we have some great role models in sport to show our children to be proud of our faith, no matter where or with whom – and people will respect you for it!

  • There’s Mo Salah 🙂

  • Here’s how the Tunisian team pray before a match:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xvgu97mKWc

  • ‘Mesut Özil:

“I always recite from Quran before every match. I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me at this time.”

“At Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo always became happy to hear me when I read Quran or talk about my religion Islam.”‘

  • And how about this example of how he treated food?

 

And after the final whistle in a World Cup final in 2018, Paul Pogba and Djibril Sidibe fell in prostration together to perform a prostration of gratitude (Sajdah Ash Shukr):

82 year old female graduate in Gaza

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“Fatima (82 years) recently graduated from Aqsa University in Gaza with a bachelors of Hadith in 2016. This was a dream she couldn’t fulfill earlier when she was young due to the occupation of Palestine and subsequent tragedies. What a role model!”

The Prophet’s hadith: “Seek knowledge from cradle to grave” comes to mind! Subhanallah 🙂 Despite so many difficulties, she managed to do it – what determination!

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