Aaaand another thoughtful (and very useful!) gift…
One of those automatic calculating money boxes – ideal for sadqa throughout the year – the kids (erm…and adults!) will love putting coins in and reading the total
It came with chocolate coins to start off with – so was a yummy present too!
I just LOVE this ad. And the message. But it made me teary 🙁
In Their Name is a new website that provides you with the ability to come together with your family and give sadaqah on behalf of your departed loved one.
Again, a well known characteristic of the Prophet was that he used to give, and give, and give! And what better day than the day of Jumu’a
There are many ahadith about the benefits of giving charity – such as prolonging our live, warding of illnesses, keeping problems away from us, not to mention the fact that we are promised 10 times more than what we give!
All of these are a good discussion point to start with our children…but here is one that i LOVED given the fact that we are building love for our Prophet, and that is giving charity (especially when we have less to give), may give us a closer position to our beloved role model!
Here is the story, and at the end is a link with many other wonderful stories about charity in Islam:
“Mullah Muhammad Taqi Al Barghani who is commonly known as the ‘Third Martyr’ related that his father saw in his dream the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) surrounded by so many Scholars of Islam.
However, he saw the son of the scholar called Fahad Al Hilli sitting very close to the Prophet (S). Mullah Barghani says that he was surprised to see this when there were other scholars who were greater in calibre, knowledge and their service to Islam who were not sitting so close to the Holy Prophet (S).
Mullah Barghani’s father asked the Prophet (S) the reason for this, and the Prophet replied that it was because all the scholars surrounding him used to give charity when they possessed something, but if they didn’t have any property they didn’t give anything to the person who was begging or in need. However the son of Fahad Al Hilli used to give in charity despite not possessing anything extra, and used to sacrifice his personal belongings in order to fulfil other people’s needs. This gave him a higher degree of proximity to the Prophet.”
Give out sadqa at the 3 different parts of the nights of Qadr (last 10 odd nights plus the 24th night):
Having read this in a summary of lecture notes by Zakira Tahera Jaffer, I asked the kids to make 3 different envelopes each (with paper and sellotape as I didn’t have any small money envelopes at home!).
They then labelled them accordingly. We actually didn’t manage to give the sadqa yesterday as we were at mosque for the first and second part, but they got the concept at least, and Inshallah we will try to make it work tomorrow night!
Friday is dedicated to Imam Mahdi (aj), and he will reappear on a Friday also.
Below are some ideas to make this day stand for our children so that they truly come to think of it as an Eid, and associate this happy day with the Imam 🙂
- Start off the day with a nice breakfast! Make sure they know it’s a breakfast treat for Jummah. Mine love crepes or pancakes 🙂
- Why not buy your child a small present today? Nothing big (am talking Poundland style!) – but just something to help them mark the day of Jummah Eid with a smile 🙂
- If you have some unopened birthday/Eid gifts in the cupboard (I don’t let them have them all in one go), maybe today’s the day you can let them choose one to open and play with!
- If your cupboards and bare and a trip to the shops is not possible, chocs and sweets work a treat – make sure you tell them you’re giving it to them for Jummah!
- Or better yet, take them for Friday prayers and give them the treat after to create the positive association that they can look back on fondly. This article explains it well!
- Some families save the treat baking for a Friday – a fun activity for them to as well as mark this day! (Idea shared by Tales of a Nest)
- Others make a point of reading an Islamic-themed book on this day in particular – one Jummah themed one is: Hakima and Hadi Go to Jum’ah by Kisa Kids. (Idea shared by Tales of a Nest)
- And then don’t forget all the usuals – cutting nails, ghusl, putting perfume on followed by a special Jummah handshake/kiss while you tell each other Jummah Mubarak.
- Call the grandparents/family just to wish them Jummah Mubarak too!
- Have them put some money in the charity box for the safety of the Imam
- Have them write a quick letter or note to the Imam! Here is a journal to help them do just that.
- As with the other days that are linked to the other Ahlul Bayt, there is a small ziyarat for our Imam that can be recited today: http://www.duas.org/WeeklyZiyarat/friday_z.htm
Check out what one mum did! She created a Jummah box with all the things they should be doing on that day as a reminder for the family 🙂
Have an awesome day, Inshallah 🙂