Yesterday, the Madressa here in Stanmore had a lovely party for 15th Shabaan, with lots of party food (of course!), a short video on the birth of the Imam, a little talk and the highlight of the day – a puppet show!
Check out the full script here – it was a bit hit with the kids!
Buzz Ideazz was at a fundraiser for Sudan over the weekend, which combined celebrations for 15th Shabaan with a very worthy cause!
Last year we did a whole series on how to help our children develop a lasting relationship with our Imam. We will add to the series this year with some more ideas, Inshallah!
We received this lovely surprise today – a family sharing the love and joy of this day through a plate of fun!
The letters spell LABAYK – as the mum said: “the kids spent so much time saying it as they iced it, the know it by heart now.”
Labayk, Ya Imam!
Someone had the awesome idea of marking this day with a floating lantern, with a note to the Imam inside.
As arizas are recommended to be placed in water (river, well, etc), this could also be a perfect way to teach that to the children. I’m not too sure what happens to floating lanterns but I’m guessing they eventually go under water?
It could also be an amazing 15th Shabaan ritual, as mentioned by another mum!
Check out this site on how to make them at home:http://howtomakepaperlanterns.weebly.com/
*** Here’s what FZ and mum did!
“We had a grand send off for FZs areeza to Imame Zamana at our local woodland lake. Inspired by the wonderful, lush, blooming natural beauty all around us, we discussed Imam Ali’s Hadith about what it will be like when our Imam returns:
‘When our Qaim makes his advent, the skies will send down their rain; the Earth will bring forth its produce; enmity will be removed from the hearts of the servants; wild animals and beasts will live (in peace) with one another and will not stampede each other; (and life will be such that) if a woman wanted to walk from Iraq to Shaam (Syria), then every step she took will be on luscious, green grass and she will be able to display her adornments (jewelry etc) (and not a single person will try and steal them from her)- no animal will attack her, nor will she have any fear about them (the wild beasts).’ Imam Ali (a.s.)
Why only write to the Imam once a year? Check out what one mum has been up to:
“We’ve been writing Areezahs recently. Very short, usually stickers and drawings to let the kids express something to our Imam. In this one, z wanted to send Dora to Imam because Dora has a map which Imam can use to get to us quickly. The Areezahs are on a scented writing pad, and we write them after we recite Quran on Fridays, so we don’t forget. We hang onto these Areezahs, its nice to look back at the previous pages. We’ve used scented writing pads to make it special and since ‘the sense smell’ enhance formation of long-term memories.”
What a great way to help develop connections with the Imam every week 🙂
Part 1: Arizas for the night of 15th Shabaan
Check out this wonderful simplified ariza for little children made by Muslim Kids (Link to FB page: www.facebook.com/muslimkids).
Print out and talk it over with your little ones, and get them to colour it in for tonight!