Salaah Idea 23: Rhymes on Salaah

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Here are some rhymes to sing when teaching children about prayer:

  • To the tune of this is the way we brush our teeth:This is the way we (make salah) x3
    This is the way we make salah
    When it’s time to prayThis is the way we (do takbir) x3
    This is the way we do takbir
    Allahu AkbarThis is the way we (stand up tall) x3
    This is the way we stand up tall
    And say al-Fatiha

    This is the way we (do ruku) x3
    This is the way we do ruku
    And say subhanAllah

    This is the way we (do sujood) x3
    This is the way we do sujood
    And say subhanAllah

    This is the way we (sit up straight) x3
    This is the way we sit up straight
    La illaha illallah

  • To the tune of heads, shoulders, knees and toes:Head, hands, knees and toes, knees and toes
    Head, hands, knees and toes, knees and toes
    They touch the ground when we make sujood
    Head, hands, knees and toes, knees and toes
  • To the tune of row row row your boat:Wash wash do wudu for my Salah
    Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha

Islamic Rhymes for Little Ones!

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Here are some amazing rhymes talking about Allah and Islam, that have been set to common nursery rhyme tunes – enjoy singing these with your little ones!

P.S. If you have anymore to add to the list, please do send them in!

 

 

 

Bedtime Series - Idea 4: Lullabies

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Lullabies are a timeless tradition at bedtime, with many books featuring nursery rhymes and the like to sing at bedtime to soothe a little one to sleep. Alhamdulillah, there are an increasing number of Islamic rhymes out there now too! These not only soothe and relax a child, but teach them basic Islamic concepts in easy to understand – and remember! – ways…

For a collection of rhymes and lullabies, see: https://www.buzzideazz.com/islamic-rhymes-for-little-ones/

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):

 

Birthday of Bibi Fatima (as) - Ideas to mark the occasion!

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It’s the birthday of Bibi Fatima (as)!

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

  • Mark it as Mother’s Day – make some cards to gift to mums *some nasheeds are shared at the end to go with Mother’s Day theme!
  • Hold a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in her honour, and the children get to serve their mothers
  • Have a puppet show
  • Have a Mystery Box with items representing Bibi Fatima (as):
  1. A mini Quran
  2. A mini blanket representing the story of hadith kisa
  3. A tasbeeh representing the story of when she asked the Prophet for help
  4. Bread to represent the story of how Hazrat Fatima (as) gave away her food to someone poor after a long day of fasting
  5. A doll’s dress to represent her wedding dress that she gave away
  6. A band-aid/plaster because she used to take care of the Prophet’s wounds when he was hurt by people

The impact of these mystery boxes are amazing! Here is what one mum said: “I thought my daughter Fatima wasn’t paying that much attention during the Hazrat Fatima (as) mystery box, but when I was driving back home from somewhere, the kids were hungry and the only food I had was a piece of pita bread! I passed it to Fatima and my son said I’m hungry too; Fatima passed the bread to him and goes “Mama, I shared my bread with him just like how Hazrat Fatima (as) shared her bread with the hungry ones!”

  • Craft ideas can include making tasbeehs, or decorating candles (Lady of Light), or crafts around her titles (such as Umme Abiha)
  • A lovely craft idea is a Prayer Tree, inspired by Bibi Fatima praying for all those around her (as in the story when asked by Imam Hassan (as) – related book is ‘Pray for Others’ by Kisa Kids. Each child wrote who they would make a special prayer for on a heart (leaf).

  • Here are some rhymes:

  • Start a yearly tradition:

“In anticipation of my little girl growing into a young lady quicker than I can keep up with (!), I decided to start a yearly ritual at the time of the wiladat of Sayyada Fatema Zahra (sa) in the hope that she and her friends can begin cultivating a love for the lady who will be their guide and role model through life. We kept it a small gathering this year as it was our first one. We started with a story about a Princess who makes a sacrifice to help her mother get over an illness, out of love for her. We then talked about parents, how much we love and respect them and the things we can do to show them this. We talked about how special our mothers are in particular and how the most amazing mother was Sayyada Fatema Zahra (sa) and some of her amazing qualities that we all aspire to have. We ended with learning the du’a for parents “rabbir ham huma kama rabba yaanee sagheera.”

We all then got stuck into three fun activities! Decorating cupcakes and making paper tissue flowers as special treats for the mummies and also making a du’a card to display at home reminding the girls to recite the du’a that they had learned. The girls then chatted and enjoyed some snacks before going home with their girly pink bags filled with tabarruk and their activities, to present to their mummies :)”

  • Here are some resources that might help:
  1. A book on Bibi_Fatima
  2. This awesome lesson plan on Bibi Fatima (as) (for 4-8 year olds)
  3. A workbook by QFatima on Bibi Fatima (as)
  • Here is a video lesson on Bibi Fatima (as):

  • Here are some nasheeds on Bibi Fatima (as)

Here are the lyrics!

  • Here are some mother related nasheeds!

(Warning: Ending may not be suitable for younger children so cut before then)

Muharram Idea 7 - Power of Words and Rhymes

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Idea No 7: Utilise the Power of Words and Rhymes

Alhamdulillah, we have more and more English Marthiyas and Maatams available these days, with simple tunes that children easily pick up and learn from.

Here is a beautiful example:

Check out http://www.qfatima.com/docs/YaHusayn_Marthiyas.pdf for a whole range. Audio:  http://www.qfatima.com/index.cfm?Content=527 –

Voice of Passion have also been very inspirational for the slightly older generation – check their Marthiyas and Nawhas out athttp://englishnawha.com/

Or why not inspire your son or daughter to write their own?

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