A weekend ago, an amazing event took place – combining fundraising, celebrating the beautiful personalities we celebrate in these months, as well as marking the powerful 3 months of Rajab, Shaban and Mahe Ramadhan. Am sharing with you here in case you want to do something similar in your communities around the world, be it this year or in future years! Details below:
As the children came in, they received this A5 piece of card – their ‘passport’ for the day! This lists all the activities that were around… take a look! All the activities had some Islamic link – either to these special months, or to an ayah of the Quran, etc.
This Passport was done by Aaliya Mavani! https://www.dropbox.com/s/
On the other side of the card was a Cluequest. The questions were based on the personalities whose wiladats we were celebrating.
The children had to first answer the initial question of which personality it was. They then had find the name of that personality which were stuck around the room in different places, and then look at the question that was stuck under the name. They then had to answer the question on the card above.
This Cluequest was done by Aneesa Merali! https://www.dropbox.com/s/
And here is a link to the clues: https://www.dropbox.com/s/
Parent and child, looking up the clues and figuring it out 🙂
And now to some of the stalls! This was the ever popular candy floss stall 🙂
Islamic link (as mentioned on the passport): “If you thank me, I will give you more.” (Sura Ibrahim, Verse 7)
This was the delicious food stall – with loads of donated goodies on offer!
Islamic link: “Eat of the good things which We have provided you.” Sura Taha, Verse 81)
This was the slime stall! It was by far the messiest – but the kids had a blast They mixed their own slime, then kneaded it into perfection, adding glitter for that personal touch.
Islamic link: “Indeed we have created man out of clay, out of altered form of dark slime.” (Sura Hijr, Verse 26)
This was the Henna and Face paint stall!
Islamic link: O Allah as you have beautified my exterior, so beautify my character.” (Dua for looking in the mirror)
This was the bulb planting stall!
Here the children planted a seed and got to take their pot home, water it and look after it and watch it grow! They talked about how the months of Rajab, Shaban and Mahe Ramadhan were like the process of weeding, taking care of and watching the bloom of our soul.
Islamic link: “Verily Rajab is Allah’s month, Shaban is my month, and Shahr Ramadhan the month of my Ummah.” The Holy Prophet (saw)
And here is a flower that was planted that day, growing nicely in a little girl’s home 🙂
This was the toys and books stall! Lots of amazing books and gifts for just as amazing prices
Islamic link: “Who is it that will loan Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it for Him many times over?” Sura Baqarah, Verse 245
Inspired by my son who made a (much bigger and cooler) mosque for school, we decided to make the Prophet’s mosque for his birthday 🙂
We added a fountain and in it, I put different aspects of the Prophet’s life that Tayyiba Publishers have been sharing recently from Sunan an Nabi. My kids are a little older and so I felt this suited them best. We are opening them over the week and they are brainstorming ways to make it practical so that they can actually follow in his footsteps.
In case it is of interest, here is a link to the document with all the compiled notes:
Continuing on with our catch up about the Holy Prophet’s birthday…
As mentioned earlier, we have previously done celebrating his birthday with a week of emulating his life. (See:https://www.buzzideazz.com/glimpse-of-week-ahead/ and https://www.buzzideazz.com/week-of-emulating-the-prophet/).
One mum did something similar, but in such an amazingly creative way! Check it out…
“Count down to the Holy Prophets’s khushali:
To make my kids learn and look forward to the Prophet’s birthday we made an advent calendar with 7 days of different activities.
We put together 7 tissue rolls and covered them with a coloured tissue. Each day had a learning activity about how the Prophet lived and how we could incorporate them in our daily lives. So in each tissue roll I put in a note of what they had to think about do.
Here’s what we did on each day:
1. We talked about the story of the Prophet and the sour grapes. How the poor man had brought the Prophet grapes and the Prophet ate them all himself and when the companions asked why he didn’t share he said they weren’t sweet and he didn’t want the poor man to feel sad if at all the companions made a face.
We learnt that we should share only what we like 🙂. I put in one tube of smarties for all to share!
2. We listed a few things that the prophet ate, eg. Dates, grapes, figs, honey,pomegranate, olive oil, etc. I put in some khajoor pak as a treat (because I didn’t have enough khajoor!)
3. Discussed how the prophet ate. I gave them a napkin each and asked them to write down how he ate so they can keep it with them at the table.
I got the kids small emoji pillows and wrapped them up and kept them in their beds. On a piece of cloth I wrote down simple things that they can do before/when sleeping to remind them of the prophet. They then stitched the cloth on to the back of the pillow and keep it with them in bed! They made small tasbeehs at madressa which fit on perfectly with the pillow so it all stays together.
6. Cleanliness. The prophet was always smart and clean..
For this, I got the kids some small things to remember what the prophet carried with him to be clean at all times. I got a small towel, perfume, hairbrush with mirror and a toothbrush (in place of miswak) I didn’t put in the toothpick and scissors for safety reasons.
So if you have been following Buzz, you will know that I have been advocating for an Islamic tree for a while! (See: www.buzzideazz.com/eid-tree-2/)
Recently, we released a new product of wooden ornaments to help liven up these trees and mark the important wiladat dates of the 14 Masumeen at the same time… (See: https://www.buzzideazz.com/shop/wooden-ornaments-14-masumeen)
Here is what one mum did with the ornaments/tree – receiving this picture made my heart sing (nasheeds of course ;)) as it is exactly what the vision was!
I loved the name they chose for the tree – Shajaratun Tayyibah – it is a much better fit than an ‘Eid tree’ (and reflects the many uses of the tree throughout the year also) and so I am officially adopting the name from now on!
Here is what the mum said:
“We decorated it with glittered natural pinecones. Then we got the 14 cut out wooden shapes.
We had been talking about the 5 panjetans and the 12 imams and the 14 masumeens – so to learn more about them we wrote their names birthdates ( khushali) and birthplace on one side And the death dates (wafat) and their titles on the flip side. We also added the number of the imam on it too for the imams.
Then using coloured pens and metallic pens we decorated them
My older one (8) then had to read the information out to the little one (4) They’ve had a lovely time making this and bonded and learnt so much.
Later on – one of us will hide one wooden shape and all the others in the house will try to figure out which one is missing- the youngest can participate too because he knows his numbers well so he’ll see which one is missing and will remember the imam that goes with that number. And the others (older one and adults) will have to remember most of the info on the shape to win it back, and put it back on the tree branch.”
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)