Marking Ramadan with Older Children - Idea 4: Pay It Forward

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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

 

Blessing Bag

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I love, love, love this idea! We always struggle with what to do when we see someone on the streets – we don’t always want to give money because we don’t know what they will do with it, and food is also tricky…but this is perfect!

“This is what me and my daughter have started doing….We are keeping a “Blessing bag” in our car in case we find someone in need. You can make these up with items from the Dollar Tree such as gloves, thermal socks, beef sticks, crackers, candy bars, toothpaste, toothbrush, wipes, deodorant, snacks and other items that may help someone who is homeless or in a bad way. It is just a thoughtful, inspiring thing to do. This is something we are going to start doing from now on. Thank you to the ones that did this long before us, for being such a giving, loving, caring person! Random acts of kindness take very little to change the life of just one person.”

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Photo Courtesy of Amy verder

Fundraising Idea 5 - 30 Good Deed Challenge

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Fundraising idea 5: 30 Good Deed Challenge

With the emphasis on doing good, especially in this month, how about this fundraising idea?

My two took this on last year and Alhamd managed to raise more than £1000. They wrote about their good deeds on a blog:

www.husaynzainab.blogspot.co.uk/

Some of their deeds included writing thank you notes for the park volunteers, giving small gift packs to the elders of the community, donating to a good bank and bringing water to people.

Am sure you can think of many more good deeds to do! 

 

Hajj Ideas 3

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Check out this awesome idea to make the reality of doing good deeds come alive for children from Islam From The Start!

As the month of Dhulhijja is extra special for doing good deeds, we had a introductory lesson and a fun activity to show us how good deeds bring us close to Allah.

ACTIVITY

Lets imagine that good deeds are like magnetic objects and Allah is like the strongest magnet ever!

Take a few 1p/2p coins and for each coin, have the child say a good deed and place it into a box of non-magnetic items/rice.

‘Let’s see what happens when Allah sees you doing a good deed…He pulls you close to Him!’

Use a magnet and show how the good deed coins are pulled up by the magnet!
-Point out how there is no such thing as a ‘small’ good deed, all the coins were magnetic!
– It doesn’t matter if no-one saw you do the good deed. Even coins hidden at the bottom of the pile were pulled up by the magnet. Every good deed is seen by Allah and pulled towards Him!

Use the next 10 days to become familiar with the Quranic phrase, “Wa ahsin, do good”.

Fill out the magnet worksheet by writing one good deed done each day. Remember, every good deed brings you closer to Allah!

Ramadan Idea 10: Do Good Deeds!

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Ramadan is the month of good deeds! Below are some ideas to encourage getting your children involved in the doing of good too!

  • How about this Ramadhan banner one mum made with lots of ideas of good deeds children can do to help fill that tree!

P.S. You don’t need a tree to create a similar banner – they can just do the good deeds, or fill a good deed jar, etc…

  • And how about this good deed tree? The children write their good deeds onto leaves and stick them on – Inshallah by the end of Ramadhan the tree will be full of leaves!

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  • Here is another good deed tree example: Pick a good deed from the jar, implement it and get to decorate a heart ornament to put on the tree. Just like a tree grows beautiful hearts good deeds will make our hearts grow and make us shine. The tree will light up every time they were able to do the good deed.
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  • If you’re stuck, here are some ideas for good deeds to do:

https://buzzideazz.com/idea-5-a-good-deed-jar/

  • Here is LOTS of inspiration:

They are ads, but show the spirit of this month so well!

And check out this interview and what it highlights:

  • And here one for us mums to do!:

A few years ago, a friend started something that is both a lot of fun, encourages acts of kindness, and recently, finishes off with a healthy dose of charity!

An Islamic version of Secret Santa, in Mystery Mauliani, at the beginning of Ramadan we are given a person’s name and contact information. Thus begins the fun! Throughout the month, we then try and do little acts of kindness for this person, showering them with love :). Ideas include helium balloons on their doorstep, Survival Kits for Laylatul Qadr, baked goods passed on through messengers and much more. At the same time, someone is doing all that to us!

At the end of the month is the famous MM reveal, where we get to find out who our MM was and vice versa. Previously we would give our MM a gift, but now we donate to charity on their behalf. Today is our reveal which is why I thought I’d mention it! These opportunities to give really do get us buzzing – the receiving feels nice of course too ;).

Alhamdulillah there are many other versions of it now, such as Secret Sister (between the volunteers), Nudba Angels (between a group that meets for Nudba regularly), etc. There is also a version of MM for the younger crowd!

 

Good Deed Series - 10. Good Deeds and Body Parts

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  • (To the tune of ‘Castle in the Cloud’):

These little feet are for Allah
They are to stand up for salah
They are to walk to Karbala
These little feet are for Allah

These little feet can skip and run
Kick a ball
And have some fun
They’re not to stamp
They’re not to kick
When we are mad,
Not one little bit

These little feet are for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

These little hands are for Allah
They are to raise up for dua
They are to help mom and baba
These little hands are for Allah

These little hands can hug and clap,
Color a picture
Wave and snap
They’re not to scratch,
They’re not to hit
They’re not to snatch
They don’t like it one bit!

These little feet are for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

This little mouth is for Allah
It is to whisper our duas
It is to say Subhanallah!
This little mouth is for Allah

This little mouth can say thank you
Smile, speak truth,
Ask how do you do?
It doesn’t shout
It doesn’t scream
It doesn’t say
Things which are mean

This little mouth is for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

*Credit: Sakeena Kalyan

  • Following on from the rhymes, children can pick out a shape/body part and think of what kind of good deed it can be used to do.
  • They can also play ‘Yusuf says’ (like Simon Says) with a puppet doll, and ask the children to act out doing good deeds with their different body parts.
  • Children could decorate a cutout of ‘me’ and then use little dot stickers next to each body part every time they did a good deed.
  • Another activity to go with the same concept is to trace out body outlines of the children on butcher paper and then brainstorm and write in the right way to use each body part and the wrong way. This can be connected with showing gratitude to Allah swt by honoring the blessings He gives. One mum said: “They gave some funny answers like bottoms are not for sitting on people!”
  • This can also be done with chalk on concrete, etc.

 

Good Deed Series - 9: We OWE it to others to do good

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In Islam, we are constantly told to give. It is our DUTY. To the extent that when the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina to escape being persecuted, those living in Medina (the Ansaar – the Helpers), even offered to share their homes and belongings. Indeed, if we all gave the way we should, there wouldn’t be any poverty in this world.

Sadaqa is to give from what we have – whether it be money, our time, or even a smile.

  1. This video touched me as it not only shows the extreme hunger these children face – how how thoughtful they still are. He wanted some for his sister too.

2. And this video shows us that we can do good in all sorts of way – this man is a millionaire but isn’t happy just giving of his money, but wants to do good in this way too. Truly inspiring!

 

Good Deed Series - 8. Pay It Forward and make good deeds VIRAL!

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Last but not least, I thought this would be the perfect way to say farewell to Rajab and bring on the month of Shaabaan!

Remember in the first video posted, it showed how when good is done to us we tend to pass it on? So for example, if someone gives us way on the road, we tend to be more lenient on another driver trying to get in…

However, even just SEEING someone doing good to another can also have that effect! I’m sure many of you have seen the video that shows this so nicely but if you haven’t, here is the link:

Imagine if we did this INTENTIONALLY though…anyone watched the movie Pay It Forward? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it! Here is a clip from the movie that sums it up beautifully:

 

If everyone (and their children) makes a conscious effort to Pay It Forward, can you imagine the effect it would have? Good deeds would go viral!

Inshallah with one small good deed at a time, may we do our little bit to change the world 🙂

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