DIY Puzzles with Islamic Themes

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I LOVE this idea that a mum sent! Check it out:

“Salaam, wanted to share a simple activity you can do with any image. Since it was the Prophet’s birthday, we printed images relating to the prophet (his name and masjid).

Then you take Popsicle sticks (as many as takes to cover photo) and glue with mod poj glue, then put image on top and add another layer of mod poj glue.

Be generous as it dries clear like you see in picture. Then take a box cutter and cut picture between Popsicle sticks and voila you have a DIY puzzle for kids!

You can do any image like Kaaba for Eid ul Adha or Imam Hussein’s shrine on his birthday, etc. I’m planning on taking these to mosque also to keep the kids busy.”

Muharram Idea 24 - Giving Charity on Ashura Day

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So proud of the girls in the mosque classes, Mashallah!

After discussing the part in Ayatul Birr (Ayah 177 of Sura Baqarah) where it talks about the quality of righteous people giving away money that they love, we invited them to bring in some of their OWN money on Ashura day for charity…

They were told that any amount – or even no amount if they didnt want to! – would be fine, even a 1p coin. And yet they brought change, they brought notes, and they brought in large numbers! Alhamd they manged to raise over £140! Just shows how much we can do when we come together, even at the tender ages of 7 to 11 years…

May Allah make them of the righteous ones, Inshallah 🙂

The House of Allah

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Subhanallah, subhanallah!

“I love the house Allah because it is what Allah loves!”

I mentioned the doors of Jannah – another inscription is to visit the masjid – again, how many of us take that for granted? Or only visit when it suits us?!

Food for thought for us and our families!

Storm-proofing the worlds largest mud-building - a mosque

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This brought a lump to my throat. There are SO many lessons in this…

How lucky we are with the mosques that we have and take for granted, how they are totally submitted to the will of Allah in terms of the preparation of the mud, how they all RUSHED to help build the mosque, how it is the centre of their village, how everyone seems to work as one efficient team despite the sheer amount of people, and so on!

It is said that there are 8 doors of Jannah, and on the 6th one the inscription reads: Build a Masjid, Visit a Masjid, Clean a Masjid, Lay Covering on the Floor of a Masjid. Subhanallah, they get the opportunity to enter Jannah through this door every year!

Children in the Masjid: Making space for our future

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A lovely article which concludes with some great pratical tips at the end!

“Imagine a Masjid where the Imam pauses during Salah and the entire congregation waits so a toddler can finish his game. Imagine a Masjid where an Imam leads Salah while he holds a child in his arms. Imagine a Masjid where the cry of a baby changes the Imam’s intention and shortens the prayer for the entire congregation…”

Read the whole article here: http://www.soundvision.com/article/children-in-the-masjid-making-space-for-our-future

Helping our Children at Mosque

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Great tips for helping our kids at mosque. It’s from a ‘church’ perspective, but I’m sure we can make the necessary adjustments!

http://familyshare.com/how-to-help-your-kids-want-to-go-to-church

And this one…

“Because, going to church isn’t about us. And it never was.

Let me say that another way. Even if there is nothing *enjoyable* or *productive* about church anymore, it doesn’t matter one speck. We don’t do church to feel more relaxed, or to meet a special someone, or to feel holier, or more peaceful.

We go to church to show honor to God, and to obey Him, and to teach our children to do the same.”

http://smarttereachday.com/kids-and-church/

 

Decorate for Eid!

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Mashallah, more and more people are now decorating their houses for Eid – stringing up lights, hanging up balloons, and creating Islamic pieces around which presents can be kept leading up to the big day!

  • Check out this Mosque which someone very talented made with her girls!

Here is a mosque which opens up to reveal presents!

  • Why not have an Eid Tree? Here is what one mum said: “We have a plant in our living room on which we hung home-made stars and a moon (cardboard and foil!), some angels the kids made in class, and other bits of decoration. Next to it is our very amateur attempt at making a mosque with boxes, a balloon and paper mache (and lots of paint and sequins!). It doesn’t look all that but hey, we had fun making it!”

Check out this beautifully decorated tree sent in by a mum!

“Here is the picture of our Eid tree. I have three girls. They are the ones who decorated it – as you can see the ornaments are all the activities we did during Ramadhan.”

Or how about this home-made palm tree?

  •  I love this idea of personalised ornaments. Every year, a mum makes an ornament out of a recent photo – here is what she said: “We exchange an ornament every year with our kids’ pictures. On our Eid tree is a history of our kids growing up. Now that my kids are older, I don’t set up the tree any more but I always display the ornaments!”

    It makes a lovely personal gift too – am sure the grandparents and aunts and uncles would love it 🙂

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