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Bibi Zainab - Resources

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Here are some resources to help mark the life of Bibi Zainab:

  • A puppet show on her birth:

  • A poem about Bibi Zainab:

  • Children’s Hour special on Bibi Zainab@

  • A visual look on her life:

  • An animation on her role in Kerbala:

  • A short clip on Bibi Zainab by a Catholic priest:

  • A book on Bibi Zainab (suitable for older children) can be downloaded here.
  • Here is a craft idea – this was done after discussing her qualities:

  • Here is another craft idea based on her timeline as sent in by a mum:

“My 6 year old daughter created this art on canvas showing Bibi Zainab (as) on Siratul Mustaqeem guiding us, through the lessons we learn from her life, all the way to Jannah!

She is holding an alam, and on her superheroine cape are written her titles, ‘Sharikatul Husayn – Imam Husayn’s partner in his mission to save Islam’ and ‘Aalima Ghayr Mu’allima – One who knows without being taught’ (title given by Imam Zainul Abideen, as Bibi used to conduct Islamic classes for the women of Madina and Kufa and was revered for her knowledge and wisdom).

She also included Bibi’s famous, powerful and most profound words, summing up her life’s philosophy of placing Allah’s (swt) pleasure at the centre of all she did and thought: ‘I see nothing but beauty’ – ‘Ma ra’aitu illa jameela’ when asked by Ibne Ziyad at his court how she found the events of Karbala.

She drew and captioned pictures to create a simple timeline of her life, from her blessed birth to her death at 57 years.

Timeline:

Born on 5/5/5 – 5th Jamadil Awwal 5AH

At 7 years – Bibi Fatema (as), her mother, and Rasulullah (saw), her grandfather, pass away

At 12 years – she got married to Abdullah bin Jaffar e Tayyar and they had 6 kids including Awn and Muhammad

At 32 years, Imam Ali (as) became the khalifa and they moved to Kufa with him

At 35 years, the martyrdom of Imam Ali (as) takes place

Bibi then moved back to Madina to support Imam Hassan (as) in his imamat

At 45 years, Imam Hassan (as) is poisoned and passes away

At 55 years, she witnesses the tragedy of Karbala, Kufa, Shaam, back to Karbala on Arbaeen – Bibi established the institution of Majlis Al Husayn, Allah’s University! – and then return to Madina

At 57 years, she passed away – most say in Sham but there are also reports that she’s buried in Cairo, Egypt or Madina”

  • One mum said: ‘We spoke about Bibi Zainab’s line “I saw nothing but beauty” and we should see beauty in everything because everything was created by Allah. We then made these binoculars using cardboard tubes, coloured paper and ribbon.’

  • One mum said: ‘We held a small family majlis at home and talked about Bibi Zainab’s role in telling the people what happened to her brother, Imam Husayn. We did a little experiment to demonstrate how she established the concept of a majlis with the following simple story using a pack of Skittles, a plate and some warm water:

    “After Bibi Zainab returned home, she gathered a group of people” (Put a handful of skittles on a plate)
    “She told them to sit around her” (Get kids to help arrange the skittles in a circle around the plate)
    “Bibi Zainab told them about what happened in Karbala. This made people sad and they began to cry” (Slowly pour warm water in the middle of the plate so it covers the whole plate and skittles)
    “And as they cried, their love for the Ahlulbayt became even stronger and the message of Islam was spread” (watch as the colours from the skittles spread through the water to make a beautiful pattern)’

Prophet Muhammad (saw) Themed Party Bags

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I LOVE what one mum did to mark the Prophet’s birthday!

‘We made Prophet Muhammad themed party bags and dropped them off at his friends house with the message below.

“Abdulhafeedh and Fatimah are so excited to celebrate Prophet Muhammad (saw) birthday with you all…

We have packed a bag with items to help us learn about this great man.

Grapes: The prophet used to love eating grapes (see story also to share with kids also below!)

Dates: This was one of Prophet Muhammad (saw) favourite food!

Raisins: The prophet loved eating raisins especially for breakfast.

Scented playdough: Scented because the prophet loved nice smell. With the playdough make a model of something to do with Prophet Muhammad (saw) and send us a picture☺️

Erasable crayons: Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an if you ask the prophet for forgiveness he will forgive you. Your mistakes will go away like the crayon. Always say sorry.

Sweet jelly: The Prophet (saw) said “He who gives sweets to his brother will be saved from the bitterness of death” or in kid terms – have a nice life 😉

Balloons: To celebrate this great man 🥰”’

App 22 - Tarbiyah Storytime

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Tarbiyah storytime is a collection of books that have been lovingly designed with great attention to detail to introduce children to an ayah of the Qur’an. The books are easy to follow and a great way for kids to either follow along and listen to each story, or use as a way to learn to read.

The app is available on the App store and Google store.

Alternative Muslim TV Streaming

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We know of Netflix and Amazon Prime, but they come with their problems of indecency, sexuality, etc. The good news is there are alternatives!

  •  Alchemiya.com is a movie and streaming site for Muslims. The site is gorgeous and has a lot of very interesting documentaries.
  • https://en.ifilmtv.com/Series has quite a few series such as Bibi Maryam, Prophet Yusuf, Ashab Kahf, Bibi Maryam, Jamsheed, Stairway to Heaven, etc.
  • https://muslimkids.tv is full of Islamic content for children

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