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
Saw this around mosque. Would be cool to do one for the home, no?!
Drawing inspiration from the meme going around on Rajab, Shaban and Ramadhan, we recreated this for children.
The children were explained the significance of there being a seed in Rajab and the need to clear the soil of weeds (i.e. do lots of istighfar and clean our souls in this month), a little shoot popping up in Shaban which needs to be tended and watered (i.e. lots of good deeds and salawats in this month) and then finally the flowering in Ramadhan (inshallah the fruits of our efforts in the holy month!).
They were encouraged to go home and stick it on their fridge/boards as a daily reminder 🙂
I was sent this awesome idea and am sharing it with you…
To mark the birthday of this generous man, 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!
It’s the birthday of I. Ali (pbuh) tonight!
Here’s something you may like to watch with the kiddos to help portray his amazing characteristics…
Following on from Idea 3 where we simplified the Rajab Dua for children, Busy Mummys had the brainwave of turning it into a poster!
So if you don’t think you will get around to decorating it with your children but would still like to have it up for them to read every day, check out our FREE download on the Buzz Ideazz website.
Idea 6: Have a Sufro for children!
Check out this great idea sent in by someone
“This is the month of duas…how about having a sufro with kheer and puri. I remember we used to get all excited at the thought of finding a ring in our kheer bowl, wearing white and green, making all our duas in this month and reciting Imam Jaffer Sadiq’s (as) munajat.”
* Note: These days, putting rings in the kheer may be a health and safety risk, but why not give them rings as fatiha later?
For more information on sufro/nazr, check out the following sites:
I came across this idea some time ago on a blog, and filed it away as a cool thing to do. Then with Rajab approaching, I thought it might be a great way to encourage my kiddos (and ourselves!) to make the most of this month in terms of doing as much good as we can, as the 7th Imam has said: “Rajab is a glorious month. Allah doubles good deeds…”
When I went online to look it up, I actually found that lots of people have used these – with a great deal of success! Initially I wanted to make a separate jar for each of us, as the Quran says: “so compete with each other in good action” (2:148). However, my son reminded me that actually Islam encourages us to do good in secret and to not show off to each other, and so if we were all to use one big jar, no one would know who had contributed what. So in the end, that’s what we did.
We took a jar, and decorated it. When any of us have done something good, we simply write it on a piece of paper and pop it in. When it is full, we have promised the children that we will have a treat, whether it is going bowling, picnic, out for ice-cream, etc – we are focusing on the reward being spending time together as opposed to a purely material treat.
When looking online, I found lists of ideas that people can do, and decided to share some here. Maybe print it out and stick it up where everyone can see it and be inspired?:
1. Give someone a hug today.
2. Write a thank you note to someone.
3. Hold the door for someone.
4. As an elderly neighbour if they need any help.
5. Pick up a piece of litter.
6. Let someone else go first.
7. Share something that is yours.
8. Help clean up.
9. Clean your room without being asked to.
10. Say something nice to someone.
11. Call your grandparents just to say hello.
12. Give some money to charity.
13. Make mum/dad a cup of tea.
14. Hang your coat up.
15. Vacuum a room.
16. Unpack your lunchbox after school.
17. Help get your lunchbox ready.
18. Get dressed for school without being told to.
19. Take out the rubbish.
20. Play nicely with a younger child.
21. Say a dua for someone.
22. Read a story to someone.
23. Write a letter to a cousin and mail it to them.
24. Help with laundry.
25. Put someone else’s toys away for them.
26. Give someone a compliment.
27. Smile at three people today.
28. Say hello to someone first.
29. Make your neighbours something sweet.
30. Help your friend/sibling if they’re stuck with something.
Happy good-deeding everyone, and Jummah Mubarak!
P.S. This is the final idea for this series – unless you have more that is, then please send them in!
There is a beautiful hadith about anyone who performs the prayers this evening, the first Thursday night of the month of Rajab. It says that anyone who performs the prayers, on the first night in his grave Allah will send down them down as a person with a beautiful and very bright face, who will give that person the good tidings that Allah has given you security from all hardship and sorrows of the grave. The dead person will be amazed and he will ask this person, “Who are you? I have never seen a beautiful face like yours, nor did I ever hear someone speak so softly and sweetly.” The person will answer, “I am the reward of the prayers that you had performed on such year at such place and on such and such night. I have come to give you company in your loneliness and to remove your fear; and on the day of judgement when you will be awakened I will be your shade.”
If our children are young, maybe we can encourage them to simply recite a two rakaat salaat but with the intention of fulfilling the importance of this night? Then followed by either a simple sajda where they just talk to Allah and thank Him for everything, or if they are old enough, do the Sajda part of the prayers – reciting the dhikr once (instead of 70 times).
The aim inshallah is nothing too weighty but just enough to feel like this is a special evening…maybe end with a special treat for having done the above 🙂
Iltemase dua tonight!
There is a short and sweet dua for Rajab, which is recommended to be recited daily, especially after the prayers.
To try and involve the children, why not print it out and stick it onsome card, decorate it together, and then place it where they can see it everyday?
Depending on the age of the children, you can help them understand the dua by rephrasing it. I have attempted it here for the little ones, please do use it if you find it useful:
In the Name of Allah, the most Kind, the most Merciful
Oh Allah, bless Muhammad and his family
Oh He, from whom I hope for everything good, and I am safe from His anger at everything bad
Oh He, who gives so much even though we do so little
Oh He, who gives to anyone who asks Him
Oh He, who gives to anyone who doesn’t even ask Him or know Him, out of His kindness and mercy
Please give me, as I am asking only from you, all the good things from this world and all the good things from the hereafter
Please keep away from me, as I am asking only from you, all the bad things from this world and all the bad things from the hereafter
Because what You give does not mean You have less
Please give me lots from your bounty, O The Generous
O The Inspiring and The Distinguished
O The Bountiful and The Magnaminous
O The Gracious and The Mighty
Save me from Jahannam
P.S. Dua Cards have made a Rajab card especially for kids! For more details, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org