Again, just adding a message can add so much meaning to a gift!
This one says: ‘Friends are like flowers; they bring colour to your world.’
What a lovely idea to do on Eid!
“We started this tablecloth in 2000. It has the names of everyone we’ve shared Thanksgiving with each year. Each year is a different color. I am so grateful to have the signatures of those who have left us. . . mom, David’s dad, our daughter Mary. It has scribbles of grands and special messages. Everyone signs it at our Thanksgiving and then I embroider it each year and it is quite a treasure to me. Along the edge is a key of what color goes with what year. Thanksgiving is this weekend at our house so we are ready for a new set of signatures.” ❤️
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Credit: Deb Mills
Subhanallah! Definitely one to share with the kids…
Reminds me of the hadith by Imam Ali (as) – “Among men only two are fortunate: the one with a loyal friend, and the one whose mother prays for him.”
This student is fortunate indeed 🙂 Would we do the same for our friends? A good discussion topic perhaps!
I love this powerful reminder about choosing friends wisely…
Perfect for the older teenagers, me thinks!
‘And (remember) the Day when the wrong-doer will bite at his hands (with regret), He will say: “Oh! would that I had taken a Path with the Messenger. “Ah! woe to Me! would that I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! He indeed led Me astray from the Reminder after it had come to Me. And ever is Satan, to man, a deserter.”‘ Sura Furqan (verse 27-29)
Another great way to raise money is to do it with friends! So everyone gets their own little money box to collect from family and friends and through other means (sponsorships, etc) individually, as well as doing fundraising activities together.
A chance to do good, and have fund with friends at the same time 🙂
Remember this post from last year about sharing dates with your neighbour?
Well I came across a much prettier (and free printable!) version and posted in on Facebook for all the wonderful members of our page there – http://www.modernmuslimhome.com/blog/ramadan-date-jars – and then so many people started sending in their versions of it!
They are all awesome, and so am sharing it here with you all 🙂
Here’s the first – handing out dates to new neighbours and introducing themselves at the same time – what a great way to get to know the neighbours!:
Love this idea of including the dua for breaking the fast on to these pretty date jars!:
Another great way to share dates – by encouraging Palestinian support!:
Another version of the Date Jars by Islam From the Start She found these great boxes in case you don’t have any jars Download them here: http://www.smartark.com/downloads/misc/datebox1_2.pdf :
Loving this version of date jars for family and friends, made by the child’s hand. As she grows, the parents will have a collection of her growing hand through every Ramadhan :):
From a mum: “Made some date gifts for the teachers at school. Thank you for the labels. Xx”:
Last but not least, here is our version of the date jar (ummm…no jar in sight lol)! I wanted to subtly let the school folks know that the month had kicked off and so sent this in. We were also thinking who else to give dates to – we usually give something to neighbours/people in the community for Eid and so didn’t want to overdo it – and besides – we wanted to give dates to Muslims in particular to get the reward for feeding fasting people! Nowadays giving out dates within our community is quite common, so we have decided to reach out to those we don’t tend to ‘give’ much to – the other Muslims in our school! There are not THAT many so it should hopefully be feasible… Inshallah we are hoping it will be thawaab, as well as a good way to deepen our bonds 🙂
Inspired by the link below, I thought it would be great to have the Quranic wisdom on how to pray for our children’s friendships – another crucial part of Back to School-ness.
(Note: I have taken the points from the article and just added our Islamic references.)
“God knew that his creation of human beings required community and friendship. Cultivating good friendships is important to every parent. Praying for healthy friendships for your children is a wonderful way to encourage the right choice of friends. Take a few minutes to discover 5 ways to pray for your kids’ friendships”:
1. Pray for your child’s heart to understand that they are never alone.
Allah is always there, closer than our jugular vein (50:16). He says: “When My servants asks you about Me, [tell them that] I am indeed nearmost. I answer the supplicant’s call when he calls Me. So let them respond to Me, and let them have faith in Me, so that they may fare rightly.” (2:186)
2. Pray for your child’s mind to make wise choices regarding close friendships.
“Friends can be the very thing that builds you up or tears you down. Any person we choose to be a friend will influence our daily choices. Because of their influence, praying for wisdom is critical!”
Here is a lovely dua in the Quran for this: “My Lord! Grant me [unerring] judgement, and unite me with the Righteous.” (26:83)
3. Pray for your child’s spirit to be friendly.
To have friends, we need to be friendly. And the way we speak to people has a very big impact in this. Allah says: “A good word is like a good tree: its roots are steady and its branches are in the sky? It gives its fruits every season by the leave of its Lord.” (14:24)
Doing good also increases love between people. Allah says: “Indeed those who believe and do good deeds for them will Allah bring about love (endear them [to His creation]).” (19:96)
4. Pray for your child’s mouth not to participate in talking poorly about others or gossiping.
“Talking about others separates friends rather than bringing them closer together.”
Allah says: “O you who have faith! Let not any people ridicule another people: it may be that they are better than they are;… And do not defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames.” (49:11-12)
5. Pray for your child’s love to reach beyond the surface of superficial friendship.
Let us pray that our children are like those that Allah talks about: “They believe in Allah and the last day, and they enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and they strive with one another in hastening to good deeds, and those are among the good.” (3:114)
P.S. Thinking about all this reminds me that we need it as much as our kiddos! May Allah strengthen all our friendships inshallah