In this time of Corona, with our mosques being closed, many of us may have tuned into majlis online. However, the act of doing a majlis in your living room and with all your family members is so beautiful and powerful. It establishes the importance for our children, invites blessings into the home, and shows Allah (swt) that even during these times of hardship when masjids are closed down, we continue to keep the tradition of majlis alive. Many families at times hesitate to do this because they don’t know where to start or what to do. Here is a list of ideas that people have shared which you can do with your children!
- The atmosphere (optional): bring in the atmosphere of a majlis by dressing in the appropriate clothes (whether black for wafat or bright for wiladat), decorating the house with balloons/lights for wiladats, spreading a white sheet, wearing ithar perfume, bringing out your alams (if you have), and keeping a small tray of fruit for nazr/niyaz. Get your kids involved in this as much as possible, e.g. have them help you in the kitchen as you cut up fruit (apples, oranges, banana etc) and tell them this is our niyaz for after the majlis in which we serve in the name of our Imam and recite surahs on it.
- After everything is set up, call all family to sit down together.
- Qur’an: Begin with asking your children to recite the Holy Qur’an even if it’s one of the small surahs. If one of you kids can read, have them read the translation as well.
- Meditation: One lovely idea shared was to start off with some Muslim meditation, such as through www.muslimmeditation.net/zikr-for-kids.
- Hadith-e-Kisa – there are different options depending on the age of your children:
Option a) Recite Hadith-e-Kisa by watching this video or sing/recite it yourself using the lyrics under the video.
Option b): There are several books on Hadith-e-Kisa book on amazon, and since it may be short notice to order, you can download the kindle version and read it by printing or on a screen. Here is one of the books.
Option c): Recite Hadith-e-Kisa in Arabic yourself or have one of the kids recite it. Or read the translation.
Option 4: Listen to Hadith-e-Kisa
- Mystery Box: In a small box or a bag, have items related to the topic of today. Have your kids come and take out items from the bag and have them guess what today’s topic is, or if they already know who it is, have them explain how that item is related to him. If you have a younger crowd, explain to them the significance of each item.
- Books: Read stories about the holy personality/event that you are marking.
- Videos: Show videos on the holy personality/event that you are marking
- Hadith: Have you children research and share hadiths on the holy personality/event that you are marking, if they are old enough. Otherwise choose one or two and explain it to them.
- Lecture/Speech: Older children can prepare a talk, or a parent can give a small speech. You could also listen to a majlis online.
- Other methods: Maybe the children can think of how to creatively share the information they have prepared for the occasion, such as through a puppet show, or an interactive quiz.
- Arts and Crafts: Do an art or craft on the holy personality/event that you are marking. It could also be based on the hadith shared above. Or it could be doing some creative writing/drawing based on the lecture just heard.
- Munajaat/Nawhas – Have children and family recite a munajaat/nawha on the occasion, whether in English or any other. Or why not ask older children to write a poem/munajaat/nawha of their own and recite that.
- End with Ziyarah: Recite ziyarah with children. Younger children can say “Salaam alayka ya Rasoolallah and go down the list of the 14 masoomeen.
- Recite Dua Faraj together
- Then sit for niyaz and tea/juice. For wiladats, why not bake and decorate a cake for this occasion, then cut it just now while singing Happy Birthday to the holy personality!
* Thank you to Masooma Hydery Kalyan for compiling the original post!
These Quiz cards are pretty awesome! With questions that are suitable for all ages (I was playing them with my 11 and 13 year old as well and we were stumped at some!), there is something for everyone…
It’s a fun way to check how many facts you know on the Quran and Quranic verses, and to learn more along the way!
How many surahs or chapters are named after the Prophets?
Anyone willing to try?!
App No 12: Islamic Academy
So here is a high quality app with excellent graphics, exciting sound effects and smooth game play – and it combines many of the features that have been in the other apps, all in one!
Create up to 5 users, then enter the Academy, where you have the option to either answer quiz questions in many different modes – “Challenge” – answer x questions, “Speed” – answer as many as you can in the time allowed, and “Survivor” – answer until you get one wrong! The questions are randomised and constantly changing to keep you on your toes. (Again, please be aware that some of the questions are fron Ahle-Sunnah, although the majority seem to be relevant to both.)
If you’re tired of the quizzes, then why not click on a Puzzle, a Spot the Difference picture, or Match it (memory)?!
A really unique feature of this app is that it allows players to challenge each other and play multi-player games through the game centre. You can also win trophies and certificates!
A trial is available for free, and then you can upgrade to full membership for only 69p.
App No 10: Islamic Quizzes on each of our Masumeen!
This (or should I say these) blew me away!
When someone recommended them, I checked them out and they are a wonderful, wonderful resource. They can be used for so many things it’s super exciting – at home with you and the kids on a khushali/wafat night or just like that, in Madressa to provide an alternative to just reading or testing (make it into a fun group competition), as something to fill the time while you’re waiting for the last few minutes of classes to finish…and so on!
The questions are not so hard to put you off, but not an easy ride either! There are between 10 and 20 questions and these just repeat every time you play, so the second time round you can test yourself on whether you have actually remembered something or not from the last time! It also times you so you and your children can try and beat the clock…
Overall? A MUST-HAVE, for us and for our children! Once you’ve downloaded one, check out all the others by the same developer – Husnain Kazmi.
Am so sorry but I haven’t seen it on itunes yet 🙁 – please check and let me know if you find it.
Android users, here is the link:
App No 6: Children Islamic Quiz
I really love this one, and we have already spent quite some time on it 🙂
Exactly what it says, the app quizzes children (erm, and adults) on basic Islamic information, such as which Holy Book was sent towhich Prophet, about the angels, and the life of the Prophet.
Users can create their own profiles and the highest score for each level will be saved – there are 4 levels, with the number of questions increasing on each level. Why not compete with the other members in your family to see who can get the highest score for each level? There are other useful features as well such as resetting scores and some terms/names which are i=given as both Islamic and Western names.
For Shia users – just keep a lookout for any questions that may differ from our beliefs, we have completed level one without having seen any though (a reminder that our similarities are more than our differences!).
The first level is free, but the rest can be purchased for £1.86.
Available on both android and istuff!