Book Review: My Ramadan Dua' Book

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It’s been a while since we have had a book review! Here’s one to change that 

When i was asked if i would like to review this one, I grabbed the opportunity as a) I love anything to do with books and b) I know so many people would love and benefit from this one!

My Ramadan Dua’ Book is the second book by Desi Doll Company creator, Farzana Rahman (the first one is Don’t Forget to Say Bismillah). What is unique about these books – especially in the Muslim market – is the incorporation of sound, which makes it great for reaching the different learning styles that children may have.

So what’s the story line? Well… it’s Ramadan, and Fatima and Ali are excited to be fasting for the first time ever. In the book, kids can follow their journey through the holy month. Fatima and Ali go through all the normal stuff kids do, such as take out their water bottle to take a sip before realising they are fasting, and having their mum insist they take a nap . They have incorporated lots of beautiful themes eof Ramadan into the story, such as sharing the iftar with non-Muslim friends, collecting items for the food bank, and paying special attention to Laylatul Qadr.

At different points, children can make the links between the story and the buttons on the right and enjoy pressing and hearing the different clips – from the dua’ for beginning the fast to the dua’ for the new moon at the end, as well as some just for fun! (Mmmm…. brownies!)

It’s a great way to introduce or consolidate the learning of these duas, and they can be heard in Arabic or the English meaning. They are recited by children, and so will be relatable to the young ones reading the book! Desi Doll Company have even thought ahead and included the (replacable) batteries so they can start reading and listening from the get go 

There are few great extras in the book such as the Eid Takbir which is written out, how to say Happy Eid in different languages and a yummy Brownies recipe at the end!

The best part is that in tthe spirit of Ramadan, Desi Doll Company have partnered with PennyAppeal and £2.50 of every book sold will go to Orphan Kind, so this is a book that gives in many ways!

Ideal for children up to 8 years I would say, but even older ones will enjoy having a quick read! Younger ones will love being read to as they press on the buttons when prompted (or just whenever ).

Check it out here: https://desidollcompany.com/produ…/ramadan-story-sound-book/

 

Marking Ramadan with Older Kids

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Now that my kids are older (10 and 12), I find that a lot of the activities/books/calendar inserts out there are not quite suitable for them. So I have been looking out for a few things that are and which I have found useful, and thought I’d share here in case anyone else does!

  • Calendars/Journals

There are many Ramadan Calendars and Journals available nowadays, even for their age! Check them out through the links!

  • Split the recitation of the Quran:

To try and finish the Quran on your own isn’t easy – but why not split it between your family to try and get it done? With older kids this is quite do-able and even if it doesn’t get done in the month, it can be something that will help maintain the regular recitation of the Quran in the days/weeks after Ramadan.

Here is some advice sent in by a mum on a practical way to do this:

“Each part (para) is 20 pages so we can split into 5 – so by reading 4 pages after each salat, we can finish a part a day (and the whole Quran in 1 month). The 4 pages can be split between the family so for example, if a family of 4 shares it, it would be only 1 page after each salat.”

  • Quran Journalling:

Sitting down with them in a discussion circle, choosing some verses of the Quran and journalling them down. Here are some YouTube clips from Islam from the Start which are super easy to follow and great to start off with! This link may also be useful!

  • Charity:

As they are now too old to like finding coins in their calendar and popping them in the sadaqah jar, why not get them to donate a lump sum of £30 to feed a family iftaar for the month? That’s just a pound a day!

  • Pay It Forward:

I loved this idea! I printed 2 each for my kiddos – we don’t frequent drive thru’s so their challenge is to find different ways to pass on the kindness!

“Pay it forward this Ramadan! The next time you’re in a drive-thru buying coffee, ice cream?, or other munchie ?, tell the cashier you’d like to pay for the car behind you and ask for this slip to be passed over to them when they pull up! Free printable on my website! Print them out and keep them in your car so you’re always ready!” – www.waafiala.com

Sharing Dates - YOUR versions - 2018 :)

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  • This year, for our ‘sharing of dates at the beginning of the month’, we decided to mix it up a little and make date cakes!

The big one is for the school staff (note the slightly different wording), and the little stars and for all the Muslim mummies in the school as well as neighbours.

Here is the link to the template: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ulvu9hsiiifr…/ramadandatecake.pub…

And here is the recipe!:

Blend 1 cup pitted dates with 3/4 cup mil, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup oil. Stir well. Add 1 cup flour, little at a time, and tsp baking soda.

Bake at 170c, for about 15/20 minutes. Enjoy 

  • And here’s another date idea! Nut free ones were also made to be given out to everyone in the child’s school class 🙂

  • And check out this Date Ball Kit Jar idea!

Download the template here.

  • One mum made Shahru Ramadhan treat boxes for little friends: Cookies made and decorated by little one and family, kajur, and a small toy to help celebrate the beginning of this awesome month!13346135_614695125345473_337599006573388208_o 13412118_614695145345471_4966280288253971565_o

Iqra Time - The Children's Islamic Library Event for Little Ones

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In 2017, the Children’s Islamic Library introduced Iqra Time! Led by Aaliya Mavani and especially for little ones, the sessions include rhymes and crafts.

On Thursday, the 30th of November, Iqra Time held a Hassanah Hunt. It began with rhymes, a little Hassanah Hunt and then crafts. For the Hassanah Hunt, 5 things were used: Toothbrushes, a smiley lamp, pomegranate, perfume and shoes.

See captions of pics for the words for the hunt. The session was finished with crafts using a variety of media – sticking, sprinkling, ripping, etc. All kids were given a fun toothbrush to take home!

We had lots of fun learning about B.Fatima (as) on the 12th of January, 2018 at Iqra Time!

There were rhymes, an interactive story board (see pics) and crafts.

The story board consisted of A3 posters and lots of Velcro images to make it interactive eg. roof, windows, Angels etc

The crafts included making a flower with B.Fatima’s names, Tasbih making with pipe cleaner and beads and Tasbih dot sticking.

On the 26th of January, 2018, at Iqra Time, we stomped like elephants and even tried on a Jewish hat with Payots just like our Jewish brothers!

Thank you to the very talented Hajera Memon of Shade 7 Limited who shared two of her amazing publications – S.Feel Pop Up book and Hats of Faith.

The session started with Dhikr Rhymes featuring our Stomping rhyme to mark the event. There were stories, matching game from Hats of Faith and a blowing craft. Some little posers were even caught on camera!

At the very animated Iqra Time on the 9th of February, 2018, we looked at feelings and how Allah knows All About Us and Our Feelings!

There were dhikr rhymes, Iqra books and a Big Feelings cup craft with faces and Allah’s Dhikr to help that feeling!

Two books were read: The Feelings Book by Todd Parr and Allah Knows All About Me by @learning roots* We learned how our body – our eyebrows, eyes, mouth and shoulders – look when we’re feeling Happy, Unwell/Hurt, Mad/Impatient and Sad.

Also learned that Wudhu helps us calm down.

Two special rhymes for this session were:

Rhyme 1:
• If you’re happy and you know it … Say Alhamdulillah
• If you’re Unwell or hurting… Say Ya Shafi
• If you’re mad or impatient…. Say Ya Saabiru
• If you’re sad and you know it …. Say Ya Allah

Rhyme 2
• Sung to This is the way we brush our teeth tune, is in the photos:

Friday 2nd March, 2018, was a blast at Iqra Time! We had roaring lions, cheeky mice and playful pups to sail aboard P.Nuh’s ark!

A splashy experiment and rocking craft reinforced how we need to always Listen, Obey and Trust Allah SWT to be safe.

We sang our Dhikr rhymes, read the story from Learning Roots rhyming story perfect for little ones called ‘The Story of Nuh’ and our special rhyme was from QFatima‘s awesome collection of rhymes for kids.

 

On Friday the 27th of June, 2018, we sang and talked about Imam Mahdi (af) for his upcoming Birth Anniversary:

Extracts from The Book ‘Where is My Imam?’ By Marhuma Shelina Kermali was retold.

We sang this rhyme:

Although the party and Show and Tell was postponed until the next session, we enjoyed doing our magical craft which hopefully really emphasizes the whole ‘Sun Behind The Cloud’ concept!

Invisible paint (lemon juice) was our magic potion that was painted on the sun. And when there are enough GOOD DEEDS and PEOPLE to *warm up* this world (use a heat source eg iron, hair dryer, oven under caution) the Golden Sun just like our Imam (af) will InshA appear!

Lemon juice once dried is invisible on paper but when subjected to a heat energy is oxidized and appears yellowish Golden Description:  Cotton wool for clouds and Rainbow strips with all the good things Imam (af) will bring to this world. We cant wait! Al Ajjal Al Ajjal O Imam!

Alhamd! We had our little party in the park today, on the 11th of May, 2018!

It was exciting to see some Show & Tells, we had an Areeza and a picture of Masjid as Sahla.

The party bags consisted of a little book and colourful gel pen to remind us to write to I.Mahdi (af) every week and a suncatcher to remind us to be ‘suncatchers’ while he is behind the clouds Description: There’s a rhyme too, see pic

Then we welcomed the holy month of Ramadhan with the book ‘My First Ramadhan’, had a sweet Oreo treat to learn about the moon we’ll be looking for InshA!

Not forgetting the special binoculars with our special rhyme. Since S.Ramadhan is soo soo special we’ll try being our best at all times! We’ll use everyday colors to remind us:

• Red – to do lots of good deeds
• Orange – Recite the H.Quran
• Yellow – be cheerful
• Green – be kind to our planet and not be wasteful
• Blue – no fighting or quarreling!

We sang this rhyme:

On Friday 18th May, 2018, Alhamd we had a supercharged session with Allah’s special Superheroes yesterday at Iqra Time, where we learned about the Superpower strength called Taqwa. Taqwa is of two parts, staying away from bad things – fasting with our bodies and doing lots of good deeds – the Ramadhan Rainbow

We made wrist and ankle cuffs and masks to remind our bodies to not do bad and we need to complete our Ramadan Rainbows so we can get lots of good deeds!

A special superhero magnetic clip was made to keep our rainbows visible and safe!

We read the book ‘Too Young To Fast’ by Khizar Husain (downloadable on iOS Farfaria app) a simple book, perfect for little ones, about a boy who was too young to fast but could do other things in this special month. We also looked at a very special experiment about floating and sinking http://tjannah.com/dua-is-a-shield-for-the-believers/

The famous Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes song got a whole new meaning with this powerful starting verse “We can fast with our….Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes…” It was a super charged day! ZAPP POW!

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