A few years ago, an idea was hatched… Alhamdulillah, last Sunday it finally came into fruition!
Our Madressa held a Knowing Allah Day for children in years 3 and 4, with a slightly simplified version for years 1 and 2 (will share this later). Am very excited to share it here with you!
There were 8 stations, each one focussed on a different name and characteristic of Allah…
*Many of these activities were inspired by Prayer Spaces in School!
Each child got this to tick off as they went through each station. They took this home to remind them of what they had explored during the day.
Al-Khaliq: The Creator
Here the children talked about how Allah has made each and every single one of us, and how we are all unique and perfect as we are.
The children looked at mirrors and compared their similarities (2 eyes, 1 nose) but then started noticing how each was also very different.
They then put their thumbprints on the poster and explored it further with magnifying glasses, noting that no 2 fingerprints are the same!
Ash Shakoor: The Rewarder of Thankfulness
At this station, the concept of thankfulness was explored, and how Allah loves those who are thankful, and gives them even more.
The children jumped on a trampoline to tap into a happy state, and shouted out something or someone that made them happy.
They then thought about the fact that it was Allah who gave them these blessings. They wrote this blessing down on a ribbon and tied on the tree, saying thank you to Allah as they did so.
Al Ghaffar: The Forgiving One
At this station, the children talked about how we all make mistakes which we feel sorry for. Allah is so Forgiving, He forgives our mistakes is we realise what we have done and say sorry.
The children sat and wrote something they had done and wanted to say sorry for – they wrote this in invisible ink and then went into the den to put it away into the chest secretly,… to emphasise that we try and hide the bad we have done and feel ashamed of it.
Then then discussed how sometimes people do things that hurt us, and how we too, should forgive. With that in time, they dropped a tablet into water and watched it fizzed into nothing as they thought of a hurt done to them which the now forgave as they said the name Al Ghaffar – until the hurt was all gone!
Al Qaadir: The Most Able
At this station the children talked about how we all have worries, which sometimes weigh us down and make us feel worried and sad.
The children wrote down a worry and put it on either end of a weight and picked it up, exploring how heavy that felt. They then were reminded of the fact that Allah is Al-Qaadir and able to deal with any problem, big or small, and how we should try our best but ultimately leave our problems with Him.
So the children picked up the weights and notes and popped it into the Worries Box, leaving the weights and notes inside – metaphorically and physically leaving everything with Him!
Al Mujeeb: The Responsive One
At this station, the children were asked to go into sajda and think about their hopes and wishes – in short, their duas. They were taught about the fact that in sajda, we are at our humblest and closest to Allah.
They were then asked to write this wish out and fold into a Dua Flower. This dua flower was placed in water…and lo and behold, the flower slowly started blooming! The chidlren were reminded that Allah is Al-Mujeeb and He is the One who responds to this blossoming dua!
Al Muhaimin: The Protector
At this station, the children contemplated on family and friends that they had around the world. This was expanded to then also include the fact that all Muslims are brothers and sisters and have to care about each other, as well as all other humanity across the world.
They discussed Allah being the Protector, and how although these people are far away, we can still pray for Allah to protect them.
The children wrote out either a name of family or friends or a message for people, found the place on the map that they were and stuck it down.
Ar Rahman: The Compassionate
At this station the children talked about friendship, and how just as Allah is so kind and compassionate to us, so we should be to our friends.
The children took a petal and wrote a name and dua or message for a friend, and stuck it on the Ar-Rahman flower.…
They also talked about how sometimes friends fight, and we should always try and make up and be friends again, or pray for and help others to do the same.
They took a zip and, while thinking of either themselves with someone or two other friends they wanted to make up/be close to again, zipped up the two strands while they said Ar-Rahman.
Al Khabeer: The Fully Aware
At this station, the children looked at the concept of Allah being aware of everything, everywhere.
Experimenting with placing fingers on the plasma ball allowed them to actually see how we can be connected to the source, wherever and whenever we touch, even if many fingers are touching at the same time!
The children then thought about one question they would like to ask Allah, and wrote this down. Their questions and duas to Allah were very insightful and clever!
To download the posters, click here.
Alhamd have seen some really great interactive ideas for madressa/classes which I thought I’d share…
Take this one for example! Velcro detachable cards were made and the children took turns to stick them on. Was a great talking point for the Ahlul Kisa. Can be adapted for older children with more info, etc.
An up and coming blog to follow inshallah!
This talented Montessorian mum is filling a much needed space by making Montessori materials for Islamic topics – I have seen many of her activities that she has made and they are FANTASTIC. They are currently being used in our Madressa as well, to much success, Alhamdulillah 🙂
Follow her here for lots of ideas – most of which you will be able to make yourself in your homes!
As I’m sure you all know, World Book Day was just a few days ago on the 5th of March. Our Madressa here also honoured this day, by having an Iqra Day!
The children were told to dress up as their favourite character from an Islamic book they had read – and their costumes were pretty amazing 🙂
What a great way to encouraging children to read the wonderful array of Islamic books that are out there!
Here are just a few of the characters and books…
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!
A wonderful idea implemented in our Madressa program today throughout the day was Show and Tell. The children brought in little bits and bobs about the Imam and shared them with the whole class.
Another idea using a similar concept of items is a Mystery Box. This can be done during circle time for bigger groups or just with your own children. You (or ask a child to) pull out items one by one that related to the theme or special person. As you take them out you explain the meaning or significance, and help deepen and broaden the children’s understanding of the theme or special person by attaching a visual and/tangible object to represent the different attributes of said theme/person. To make it more exciting, even with very young kids (2-5), you can put all items back in box and at the end of your session you can ask them to remember what items were in box. It’s a good way of seeing how much they picked up as well 🙂
Here are some ideas for items:
- A newspaper – to signify that Imam will come when there are lots of problems in the world and he will eliminate all of them.
- An Iranian coin/note (or picture) with Masjid-e-Jamkaran on it, where people gather on Tuesdays to try and meet the Imam.
- An Ariza and/or envelope – for us to write to him.
- A Zulfiqar necklace – as a reminder that when Imam comes, he will have different things belonging to Prophets/Imams of the past, including the sword of Imam Ali (as).
- Cut-out sun and cloud – to signify that although we can’t see him, just like the sun behind the cloud still gives us light and warmth, so the Imam still provides guidance and help.
- Tasbih – lots of Tasbihs recommended to be recited during this month
- A small Quran – place over our heads during the amaal
- Dua hands/dua book – as it’s the night of the duas/seeking forgiveness
- A small sleeping bag or pillow – We spend all night in duas and prayers til dawn
- A small telephone or cellphone – for calling friends or relatives to ask for forgiveness on this night
- A small cake – to represent a birthday
- A compass – for the “guided one”
- The number 12 – for the 12th Imam
- A little boy – how how old he was when going into occultation clouds
- Picture of someone standing up with head bowed – to represent how we bow out of respect for him