Sharing Dates - YOUR versions - 2015 :)

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This is looking like it’s going to become a yearly post! Last year, we shared your versions of sharing dates at the beginning of Ramadhan (https://buzzideazz.com/sharing-dates-at-the-beginning-of-the-month-your-versions/). Here are this year’s pics that you have sent in – I hope they give you lots of ideas for your own date plates and jars next year, Inshallah 🙂

Check out the poem that goes with these dates to be given to teachers and neighbours:

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These dates were given out to school friends after a presentation about Ramadhan:

 

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This acrostic poem was given with dates to teachers:

 

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These dates for school friends and teachers were given out after the children did a short talk on Ramadhan to the class:

 

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These classy date jars were handed out to neighbours:

 

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And these bags covered with stars and moons were ideal to give out dates in!:

 

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Fundraising Idea 20: Instead of giving a gift to your teachers at the end of Ramadhan, donate to charity on their behalf instead

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At the end of the month, teachers of classes are usually given lots of little presents to say Eid Mubarak and thank you. That is a wonderful wonderful gesture and token of appreciation, but this year some organisers of classes had an even better idea!

They suggested that the children donate on their behalf instead .

The kids and I still felt we wanted to acknowledge them, so we made these little mint books – the pics say it all I hope! They personalised it by decorating the front and then handed them out to their teachers as well as donating in their name too.

P.s. This idea is thanks to pinterest of course – here is the link to the much more professional looking ones!

http://offbeatbride.com/2012/03/how-to-make-mintbook-favors#.U95ejwp2CC8.email

Fundraiser Idea 16: Washroom Packs for Sale

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Another simple but very effective idea! Imagine the thawaab gained everytime anyone uses these 🙂

“We will be selling these Washroom Packs at mosque tonight.

They contain:
A laminated ghusl card for in the shower.
A laminated wudhu card for beside the sink.
A laminated washroom door sign.
You can use these in your homes as daily reminders.
Please support us in raising funds for Palestine as every penny raised will be donated.
Packs are £3.50 each.
Please order in advance to guarantee your pack.”

Fundraiser idea 15: Placemats for sale

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This is a lovely unique idea  Great for Eid gifts!

“Alijawad is raising money for the Gaza Relief Fund launched by the World federation. He is doing this by selling double sided, laminated, A3 placemats. One side has table manners and the other side has the Arabic Alphabet. They make great Eid presents. They are for £4 each or £7 for 2 placemats.”

Fundraiser idea 14: An Eid Gift Shop

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This is a classic that has been running for many years now in children’s classes. On the last week before Eid, the children bring in unwanted presents from their homes and these are all collected and priced (between £1 and 5).

Then the children bring in money and buy presents for their families! The presents are wrapped so that mums and dads don’t know what they have chosen 🙂

That children get to choose their own gifts for others is a great way to get them to think for thenselves about what their family members would like – and their choices are often spot on! (Alhamd :))

And of course, all proceeds go to charity 🙂

Share Ramadan - My experience...

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Alhamdulillah, I am SO grateful to be writing this post 🙂

So yesterday I had a chance to #shareramadan!

I loved the concept when i came across it but was hesitant to invite my busy mummy/working school mum friends to try the fast given the long, hot summer days (the majority of people on the fb page seem to be young men with no children to look after!). But then a random conversation with one of the mums steered on to fasting and how she’d actually be interested to try it… and that was that!

I made my niyyat and decided to take the plunge. I invited a few school mums that I was close to to have iftaar at my home, and Alhamd, they were all enthusiastic to do it! Some that couldn’t make it still said how they would have loved to have been able to try it, and one even mentioned that she herself had heard about the health benefits of fasting and was already thinking about it!

In the end four mums could do it – I sent them some tips, such as eating a night meal and what kind of slow-energy releasing foods to have, to drink lots the night before and taking naps if possible during the day. I also clarified that they should do however much they could – and that even if they didn’t fast but just joined me for dinner, that was fine too! I suggested different options, such as having a fluid only fast, or having breakfast and then starting…

Yesterday began, and as I checked in with them I learned that one mum (a mum of 4 children under the age of 6 might I add) had actually woken up at 2.30am to eat something – and not only that, her 6 year old daughter had woken with her and was fasting at school until lunch time! She had decided to throw her heart into it and do it properly and wasn’t even having any water. Another had had breakfast and then was starting, and the other two were having limited fluids.

A check in at pick-up found the ladies doing well…starting to feel it a bit but still alive and kicking! Actually one of the mums who was having liquids was positively glowing . A last check in close to iftaar time they were feeling it more, with one feeling a bit hot and clammy after a long nap, and the other feeling a quite cold! Our bodies react in different ways, don’t they?!

They arrived home at 9.15 and we chatted until the Azaan clock went off, They broke their fasts with a date, and I told them to make a prayer that was close to their hearts because that was the best time to do so… And then we ate! It was such a lovely evening, with lots of different conversation topics including the benefits of fasting, the whole sorry situation in the Middle East just now, what further studies they were undertaking and general getting to know each other a bit more, and of course – lots of school talk!

Alhamdulillah, it was a great experience for all of us. I was grateful to be able to share something so important to me and appreciated that they had ventured out of their comfort zone to try this not-at-all-easy task, and they were grateful that I had reached out and invited them into this part of my life, and that they had experienced and learnt something new and also for the meal, of course :).

It’s definitely a tradition I plan on keeping, Inshallah – and they are already up for it for next year!

P.S. I have asked them to pen their thoughts and experiences from the day and they will try and do so in a bit more detail, but here are some snippets of emails:

“Thanks for yesterday. It was really inspiring. So great of u to share all this.”
“Was an amazing experience.”

Fundraising Idea 5 - 30 Good Deed Challenge

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Fundraising idea 5: 30 Good Deed Challenge

With the emphasis on doing good, especially in this month, how about this fundraising idea?

My two took this on last year and Alhamd managed to raise more than £1000. They wrote about their good deeds on a blog:

www.husaynzainab.blogspot.co.uk/

Some of their deeds included writing thank you notes for the park volunteers, giving small gift packs to the elders of the community, donating to a good bank and bringing water to people.

Am sure you can think of many more good deeds to do! 

 

Laylatul Qadr 10: Helping them stay awake

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As the biggest night approaches quickly, just have a question for all mums out there. As it is holidays for most, and with summer nights being shorter, many children are staying up until Fajr, or as much as possible.

Once back from mosque with main amaals done, what do your children do? Once mine have thought about and written their duas and done a bit, I encourage them to read or look at the Islamic books/stories we have at home to help pass the time…would love any other suggestions?

P.S. When asked this on facebook, here is a great reply I got: “We design and handmake eid cards, prep and do eid poster and wrap eid gifts and goodies, meanwhile keep jawshane kabeer playing in the background… Or any other dua… We also try baking treats at night… For older kids – watching movies from shiasource.com, such as Yusuf , or doing salatul Layl…”

This link may come in handy for younger children: http://www.crayola.com/coloring-pages/ramadan.aspx

And how about these sheets for older children to work through: http://db.tt/LhJuQV8E

P.P.S. We also got sent in a picture of Laylatul Qadr cookies someone made which we have shared on this post!

Laylatul Qadr 3: Sura Ankabut - Arts and Crafts

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For Sura Ankabut, recommended to be recited in Laylatul Qadr…make handprint spiders with your little ones! More details on this website: http://islamfromthestart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/handprint-spider_93.html

Or how about this craft sent in by a mum? I love how her son chose to make it colourful, instead of black!

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Here is another craft for slightly older children perhaps? They talked about the fragile web of the spider, and related it to this world…

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