A great way for children to learn is through games.
Here are some great games (pls note some questions may be from Ahle Sunnah perspective):
We held a Hajj Day at the Children’s Islamic Library!
Children 10 and under were invited to take part in a Hajj Simulation on Wednesday 30th August, 2017. They went through different stations as detailed below:
1. NIYYAH STATION:
Aim: To make them understand the effect of the RIGHT Niyyah – Those that hope to get closer to Allah SWT by doing the RIGHT NIYYAH will find it easy to find their way to the RIGHT direction.
– Magnetise needle in a circle motion
– Place magnetised needle on a piece of paper floating on water (in a bowl)
– The needle will spin until it aligns in the direction of the compass
– Now place non-magnetic material – this will not necessarily face the compass direction
Aim: Emphasise that Arafaah is all about contemplation and ask for forgiveness.
– Ask them to write two bad deeds on the white board.
– Spraying water is like reflecting on the act – it starts to do something but doesn’t totally get rid of it
– With Istaghfar insh Allah will forgive that action
Aim: To prepare our pebbles for Jamaraat and rest under the beautiful night sky. admire Allah’s beautiful creation – The night sky filled with stars and prepare for Jamaraat (pelting the devil).
– Write down 3 (or more) bad deeds on the pieces of papers
– Scrunch up and make it into a pebble to use to pelt at Jamaraat
Aim: Think of our actions and pelt away the whisperings of Shaytaan from inside and outside.
– Get them to throw their pebbles at the Jamaraats
Aim: To give up an action that is not so good so we can get closer to Allah and make Him happy
Remind story of P.Ibrahim sacrificing P.Ismaeel
– They write one (not so good) thing they’ll try to give up for Allah’s pleasure and stick it on the sheep prop.
– Little ones can just stick cotton wool
Aim: Thinking of our days of the week and making Allah central to everything we do
– Do tawaaf around the Kaaba!
7. MAQAM IBRAHIM
Aim: Show Maqam Ibrahim and tell them about P.Ibrahim’s footsteps imprinted on the ground when he stood after building the H.Kaaba. After Tawaaf we pray 2 rakaat Salaah behind Maqam Ibrahim.
– Go through actions of a 2 rakaat salaah.
8. SAEE – SAFA TO MARWA
Aim: To understand that we need to constantly strive in Allah’s way and not give up hope just like B.Hajra!
– Do Sa’ee!
Aim: To get to know other people who also love Allah so much and realise how we are not alone, there are millions of others who are also striving to get to closer to Allah SWT!
– Time to socialise and enjoy!
Alhamdulillah, the children loved learning about the Hajj through this interactive way! There was also a story on Hajj to wrap up the day J
A good one to watch with the kids to get them into the Hajj spirit!
This is SUCH a good idea! We tried it at home over the first 10 days of Zilhajj (leading to Eid-ul-Adha) and the kids loved it 🙂
Take a box or basket, and every day over the 10 days of Zilhajj, add an item to it. Then donate these items to a foodbank! A great way to do good during these precious days!
Alhamdulillah, yesterday we got the opportunity to go into our children’s school and have a Hajj Activity Day with them. Each class (from Year 2 onwards) came into the hall and we had about 40 minutes with them.
The children gathered around the Kaaba in the centre. After a quick introduction to how Muslims greet each other, and that we were there to show them what we do in Hajj, the children were divided into groups of five and went off to different stations around the hall!
Every traveller who goes to Hajj has a suitcase, and these children needed one too! They each got their own suitcase with the names of the different stations. Once completed, the stations were stamped. Once all stations were stamped, it was time for Eid!
The stations were:
IHRAM/TAWAF: The children tried on clothes that Muslims wear – as well as ihram (towels), there were abayas and dishdashas and namaaz chaadars. They were told about the symbolism of the colour white, and how in ihram everyone looks the same, no matter what profession or how rich or poor someone is. The importance of being extremely careful in ihram was also emphasised (no hurting anyone, lying, stealing, etc), and how this should ideally be how we are when we return from Hajj also.
The children were then taken to the Kaaba and told to think of (and write down) a wish that they would like to make, because your first wish when you look at the Kaaba is granted, if it is good for you. These were stuck around the Kaaba.
They were talked through how the Kaaba was made, and how tawaf is all about making God the centre of your life – and then they went around the Kaaba 7 times! This was fun for all, even the year 6’s!
SA’EE: The story and role of Bibi Hajar was told here, and also the role of women in Islam. The fact that one of the big parts of Hajj was following the footsteps of a woman was emphasised.
ZAM ZAM: At this station, the story of zam zam was shared with the children – the story telling was captivating . The children were told the health benefits of zam zam water, and encouraged to try some. The sincerity with which they did so was awe-inspiring to watch, with some praying to be healed as they did so. This proved to be one of the most popular stations!
ARAFAH: Here a beautiful corner was set up under a parasol with a lovely rug, pillows and kid-sized musallas. At this station, as well as learning a little about Arafah, children were encouraged to think about what good habits they wanted to inculcate in their lives. They then wrote this out on post-it notes and put it in a box of sand.
MINA: Here children thought about the bad habits they may have. They wrote it out with marker on a piece of newspaper, scrunched up the paper and threw it into a bin, saying ‘Sorry’ as they did so!
UNITY: This was definitely one of the most popular stations also! We were lucky to have local artist Siddiqa Juma – Islamic Art come in and help the children recreate one of her famous pieces of the Kaaba – Diversity. Children were explained the concept of unity in Hajj, no matter what race, colour, language, etc. Each class made an A3 poster with the Kaaba in the middle and fingerprints of each class member around it. Inshallah this will be mounted and placed in the classroom . They also made their mark on a bigger poster which will contain the prints of all members of the school, teachers included!
EID: Once stamped, the children got to celebrate Eid! Here they were shown pictures of the different ways children celebrate. They were encouraged to give charity (we had kept some coins ready) and got an Eid Mubarak sticker. They also did a lucky dip and got a treat too!
There was also a table with some Eid books, a Quran (which the Muslim children read out to their classmates with pride), and other little Hajj bits and bobs out on for the children to look through.
Once this was all done, they had an opportunity to write their thoughts down. It was amazing to hear their reflections.
Lastly, we gathered around the Kaaba again to share thoughts on the event. They shared their favourite bits, and some even shared the bad and good habits they had thought of. Before they went off, we had a resounding THANK YOU from each class
Alhamdulillah, both students and teachers alike commented on how great the day was – even teachers of classes who didn’t come in spoke of the positive things the other teachers and students had said. The head and many teachers thanked us for putting this together. A few teachers commented also on how this was exactly what was needed to help the children be more aware and informed, to prevent future prejudices based on ignorance.
Inshallah we aim to go in a do this on a smaller scale for the younger classes next week too 🙂
A MASSIVE thank you to all that were involved – even people whose children did NOT to the school gave up their free time to come and help out, and we can’t be grateful enough!
There are some great resources out there now, Alhamdulillah! Although they aren’t on Umrah in particular, the concepts are the same (Hajj will have some extra info – which is always handy to know anyway and can come in useful when going to see those important sites such as Mina, Muzdalifah, etc).
Not only will they be beneficial for the kids to learn, it will also give them something nice and useful to do when sitting in the haram
Here is a workbook on Hajj for kids by Qfatima:http://www.qfatima.com/index.php/q-shop/qcalendar-qshop/infants-hajj-workbook-detail
And a workbook on Hajj for older children:http://www.hujjatbookshop.co.uk/tayyiba/hajj-islamic-funbooks.html
And here’s one for the Prophet when in Medina:http://www.hujjatbookshop.co.uk/tayyiba/the-holy-prophet-islamic-funbooks.html
Why not spread some love and reach out to neighbours and those who help in the community this Eid! There’s nothing like a box of chocs and a card (Buzz one of course :)) to spread our appreciation and love to those around us!
In case you haven’t seen that post, on Eid-ul-Fitr we went to the police, the library, the fire station and the Doctor’s – and left a little something for the postman too!
Idea Number 8:
Have a Party!! Small party or big party, Eid is as good a reason as anything to have a little celebration isn’t it? Even if it’s just the family 🙂
Inspired by the videos below (must watch!), do a random act of kindness on Eid day! Tie a balloon on someone’s door, pay for the next person’s coffee, leave a smiley picture for the next customer at the shops… And why not anonymously leave an Eid card for your recipient as well, to let them know your act was inspired by Eid?!