Umrah Idea 7: Some suggestions for the Ipod!

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As well as ensuring we have all the duas and Quran on our ipods, how about uploading some nasheeds about the Holy Prophet / Makkah and Medina as well?

One nasheed in particular which had quite an impact on my son, to whom I had given the ipod one evening as we sat in the haram looking at the Kaaba (after he had finished Quran and writing in his journal and didn’t feel like doing his workbook) was ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Muhammad’ by Dawud Wharnsby (From the CD – The Prophet’s Hands). If you haven’t heard it yet, please take a few minutes to do so – i always cry at the end! My son didn’t fully understand it at first but after asking me about it, the effects were obvious…and we had a lovely discussion on it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc85sN4er4E

Other good nasheeds to take are from the CD Mountains of Makkah by Zain Bikha – when we were doing outside ziyarahs we would put this on speaker in the bus and the words are really powerful. There is a good recitation of the Talbiyya which can help children pick it up (for Shias, just to note that we have an extra Labbayk at the end).

http://www.last.fm/music/Zain+Bhikha/Mountains+of+Makkah

Any other suggestions?

Imam Mahdi (aj) - Idea 9: Teach them about the Imam through rhymes and nasheeds

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This is a perfect tool for auditory learners!

RHYMES:

For younger children, these short and sweet rhymes by QFatima on the Imam are great!

Audio file: http://qfatima.com/index.php/qkids-qtube?view=playlist&id=210&start=20

Source: http://qfatima.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/rhyme_for_muslim_children.pdf

  • Here are some more:

I Will Follow
Who will I follow? Who will I follow?
Everyday, Every day.
I will follow Mahdi, I will follow Mahdi,
All the way, All the way.
When kids tease me, When kids tease me,
For doing right, For doing right.
I will follow Mahdi, I will follow Mahdi,
With all my might, With all my might

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
✨Twinkle twinkle Hidden Star✨
✨How I wonder where You are✨
✨Among us but we can’t see✨
✨O Imam come set us free✨
✨Twinkle twinkle Hidden Star✨
✨How I wonder where you are✨
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

NASHEEDS:

My favourite English nasheed about the Imam so far is Al-Ajal, Al-Ajal by Abbas Bandali:

This cartoon nasheed is beautiful:

Call Imam Mahdi:

Voices of Passion:

Good Deed Series - 10. Good Deeds and Body Parts

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  • (To the tune of ‘Castle in the Cloud’):

These little feet are for Allah
They are to stand up for salah
They are to walk to Karbala
These little feet are for Allah

These little feet can skip and run
Kick a ball
And have some fun
They’re not to stamp
They’re not to kick
When we are mad,
Not one little bit

These little feet are for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

These little hands are for Allah
They are to raise up for dua
They are to help mom and baba
These little hands are for Allah

These little hands can hug and clap,
Color a picture
Wave and snap
They’re not to scratch,
They’re not to hit
They’re not to snatch
They don’t like it one bit!

These little feet are for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

This little mouth is for Allah
It is to whisper our duas
It is to say Subhanallah!
This little mouth is for Allah

This little mouth can say thank you
Smile, speak truth,
Ask how do you do?
It doesn’t shout
It doesn’t scream
It doesn’t say
Things which are mean

This little mouth is for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

*Credit: Sakeena Kalyan

  • Following on from the rhymes, children can pick out a shape/body part and think of what kind of good deed it can be used to do.
  • They can also play ‘Yusuf says’ (like Simon Says) with a puppet doll, and ask the children to act out doing good deeds with their different body parts.
  • Children could decorate a cutout of ‘me’ and then use little dot stickers next to each body part every time they did a good deed.
  • Another activity to go with the same concept is to trace out body outlines of the children on butcher paper and then brainstorm and write in the right way to use each body part and the wrong way. This can be connected with showing gratitude to Allah swt by honoring the blessings He gives. One mum said: “They gave some funny answers like bottoms are not for sitting on people!”
  • This can also be done with chalk on concrete, etc.

 

Imam Ali's (as) Birthday - Ideas to mark the occasion!

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It’s the birthday of Imam Ali (pbuh)!

Below is a compilation of some ideas by amazing mums from around the world, on how you can mark it with your children/classes:

  • Have younger children research and present one hadith by Imam Ali (as)
  • Older children can do a short skit/play on his birth/life
  • Have a gameshow with questions on Imam Ali (as)
  • Have a poem writing competition with the subject being Imam Ali (as)
  • Make Father’s Day cards with a hadith inside
  • Make bookmarks and write Ali on top and decorate them
  • Try this craft: https://www.buzzideazz.com/craft-on-imam-ali-as/
  • This Nahjul Balagha Mini-Book by Towards Jannah is great to do
  • Read ‘The Secret Jar’ (By Kisa Kids) and then have a honey tasting session
  • Read this jellybean poem on Imam Ali (as) and have the children colour it in, and then finish off with some jellybeans for them to eat as a wiladat treat! Alternatively, one mum used M&M’s instead:

  • Create Imam Ali (AS) bags for the less fortunate: “We first explained how Imam Ali always helped people. We then went to the store and she picked items she thought everyone would need on a daily basis – comb, toothbrush, snacks. We came home and she packed everything into ziplock bags and asked the grandparents to come home to help write Hadith from Imam Ali (as) on the hearts which we put in the bags. Inshallah we will be distributing them to the people we came across on the street.”

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  • Or why not follow in his footsteps and take some food with your children to a food bank near you. Imam used to make every effort to feed those who had no food, often giving away the little he and his family had!
  • This is a simple rhyme that goes to the tune of Barney’s I Love You song. These posters (Allah loves Imam Ali!_Rhyme) can be used alongside the relevant lines:

  • Here are some more rhymes:

Props like laminated picture of number “1”, a small cube painted like Kaaba, a toy lion from a dollar store, a ring, and the picture of a sword or a toy sword can be used when singing the rhymes, to help visual learning.

  • Mystery box: Usually used during circle time, 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 🙂

The items mentioned above and others below can be used for the mystery box idea:

  1. No. 1 – to represent him being the first Imam
  2. A small Kaaba – to represent where he was born
  3. A toy lion – he was known as Asad-ullah
  4. A ring – for when he gave charity while in ruku
  5. A sword – to represent his sword of Zulfiqar
  6. A door – to represent Khaybar/city of knowledge
  7. A prayer mat, bread/rice – as he used to feed the poor at night
  8. A bed – as he slept in the Prophet’s bed on the night of Hijra)
  9. A spool of thread – to show how he used to mend his own clothes
  10. A pen – because he transcribed/compiled the Quran
  11. Scales – for his sense of justice
  12. A small book – to symbolise Nahjul Balagha/Dua Kumail
  13. A picture of his shrine in Najaf
  14. The letter ‘ayn’ for his name
  • This short document on Imam Ali (as) might be useful:

The Love Between Imam Ali, Allah and Rasulullah

  • Read ‘Isa Climbs Mt Mushkil’ and watch the corresponding nasheed:

A craft to go with this is making a shield with Naade Ali on it:

  • Here are some video resources on Imam Ali (as)

 

  • Here are some more nasheeds reflecting his qualities:

 

  • And here’s a movie on Imam Ali (as):

 

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