Alhamdulillah we had a successful Creative Writing workshop over the half-term, inspired by the life of Lady Fatima (as).
Thirty 5 to 7 year olds began by listening to the story of Maryam’s Doll (in Adventures of a Qur’anic Family by Sun Behind The Cloud Publications Ltd), which is the story of how Maryam is inspired to give her favourite doll away because she remembers how Bibi Fatima (as) did so with her wedding dress. We discussed the verse 3:92 – Lantanalul Birra – which talks of giving out of what we love the most.
The children then split into two groups and began by writing down 6 things they loved, followed by 6 things they shared. The two were compared and discussed, making them think about whether they would share the things that they loved, like Bibi Fatima (as).
They then went on to make a craft which showed the story of the poor man at the door, and allowed the children to move Bibi Fatima (as) across the page to open the door, then back to where her dress was, and then back again to give the dress away. They were encouraged to use this craft to relay the story to their friends.
Finally, they were then invited to write the story in their own words. They were extremely attentive and enjoyed this very much!
Twenty 8 to 11 year olds went upstairs to work with Zayn Gulamhussein, a teacher and tutor with years of experience. They too were introduced to the story of the wedding dress and then asked to begin thinking of a story along those lines, entitled ‘The Pain of Giving’. Using a worksheet to help them plan their story, along with some creative writing games, they were well on their way and managed to write up some original and well thought out short stories by the end!
Here are some presentation plans sent in to mark these amazing personalities in schools:
Here is the one on Bibi Fatema:
And here is the one on the birthday of the Prophet:
You may have heard of Story Boxes – where boxes are converted into story telling opportunities with the right props and decor.
Here are some examples of Islamic Story Boxes sent in by a mum!
One to note for today in particular is the one on Imam Ali (as) – Khushali Mubarak to all of you, btw! There’s also one on Hadith-ul-Kisa, the narration of Thaqalayn at the Prophet’s death and the House of Grief of Bibi Fatima (as) after the Prophet died.
What a great way to convert plain boxes into valuable and fun teaching moments!
Here’s another craft idea on the wafat of Lady Fatima (as) sent in by a mum…
1- Children Painted a Poster boards brown and red. We cut them in half to look like a door. ( this was toddler height). We also cut the red into flames.
2- We glued the fire onto the door and shared the horrific tragedy that fell on Bibi Fatema and Baby Mohsin AS.
3- We also learned the different titles of Bibi Fatema and made a flower out of the petals. The petals on the front had the title and when you lift it the meaning of the title and how it applied to Bibi Fatema AS.
4- for the wall in our house we made a bigger door and a bigger flower. For the flowers stem we used it as a time line to depict all the important events in her life.
I had mentioned i have a few apps for Muslim children to review to add to the ones reviewed in a previous series – here is an awesome one!
Created by the amazing authors of the Yaseer and Zahra books (AND the Heroes of Kerbala game recently reprinted by Buzz Ideazz), they turned this real-life game of theirs into an app smile emoticon
When you first open it up, you are greeted by a nasheed exhorting the praises of Lady Fatima (peace be upon her)! You can then choose which type of game you want to play – one player, multiplayer, and access to instructions.
If you choose one player, you can decide whether you want to be Yaseer or Zahra and then you play against Grandfather! Multiplayers go by colour.
And then you’re off! As the dice rolls, you make your way through a tasbih – you can land on question cards (where you are asked basic trivia about the tasbih and Bibi Fatima), treasure boxes (where you did something good, eg. recited tasbih when you were ill and so get to move ahead or have another turn) and O-NO cards (where you did something wrong and so move back, eg. read the tasbih out of order).
All in all, lots to learn from this game, which having fun at the same time! The question cards ARE based on trust and you have to answer and then choose whether you got the answer right or wrong… however, the aim of the game is to learn, so that is achieved regardless, Inshallah!
Last but not least, it is FREE to download! The App was created by ECNET Solutions INC.
P.S. We have some good news about the actual physical game itself – more to come, Inshallah!
It’s the birthday of Bibi Fatima (as)!
Below is a compilation of some ideas by amazing mums from around the world, on how you can mark it with your children/classes:
- Mark it as Mother’s Day – make some cards to gift to mums *some nasheeds are shared at the end to go with Mother’s Day theme!
- Hold a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in her honour, and the children get to serve their mothers
- Have a puppet show
- Have a Mystery Box with items representing Bibi Fatima (as):
- A mini Quran
- A mini blanket representing the story of hadith kisa
- A tasbeeh representing the story of when she asked the Prophet for help
- Bread to represent the story of how Hazrat Fatima (as) gave away her food to someone poor after a long day of fasting
- A doll’s dress to represent her wedding dress that she gave away
- A band-aid/plaster because she used to take care of the Prophet’s wounds when he was hurt by people
The impact of these mystery boxes are amazing! Here is what one mum said: “I thought my daughter Fatima wasn’t paying that much attention during the Hazrat Fatima (as) mystery box, but when I was driving back home from somewhere, the kids were hungry and the only food I had was a piece of pita bread! I passed it to Fatima and my son said I’m hungry too; Fatima passed the bread to him and goes “Mama, I shared my bread with him just like how Hazrat Fatima (as) shared her bread with the hungry ones!”
- Craft ideas can include making tasbeehs, or decorating candles (Lady of Light), or crafts around her titles (such as Umme Abiha)
- A lovely craft idea is a Prayer Tree, inspired by Bibi Fatima praying for all those around her (as in the story when asked by Imam Hassan (as) – related book is ‘Pray for Others’ by Kisa Kids. Each child wrote who they would make a special prayer for on a heart (leaf).
- Here are some rhymes:
- Start a yearly tradition:
“In anticipation of my little girl growing into a young lady quicker than I can keep up with (!), I decided to start a yearly ritual at the time of the wiladat of Sayyada Fatema Zahra (sa) in the hope that she and her friends can begin cultivating a love for the lady who will be their guide and role model through life. We kept it a small gathering this year as it was our first one. We started with a story about a Princess who makes a sacrifice to help her mother get over an illness, out of love for her. We then talked about parents, how much we love and respect them and the things we can do to show them this. We talked about how special our mothers are in particular and how the most amazing mother was Sayyada Fatema Zahra (sa) and some of her amazing qualities that we all aspire to have. We ended with learning the du’a for parents “rabbir ham huma kama rabba yaanee sagheera.”
We all then got stuck into three fun activities! Decorating cupcakes and making paper tissue flowers as special treats for the mummies and also making a du’a card to display at home reminding the girls to recite the du’a that they had learned. The girls then chatted and enjoyed some snacks before going home with their girly pink bags filled with tabarruk and their activities, to present to their mummies :)”
- Here are some resources that might help:
- A book on Bibi_Fatima
- This awesome lesson plan on Bibi Fatima (as) (for 4-8 year olds)
- A workbook by QFatima on Bibi Fatima (as)
- Here is a video lesson on Bibi Fatima (as):
- Here are some nasheeds on Bibi Fatima (as)
Here are the lyrics!
- Here are some mother related nasheeds!
(Warning: Ending may not be suitable for younger children so cut before then)