Alhamdulillah, the Muharram half-term event at the Children’s Islamic Library was so well attended, and all ages children ended up being very busy indeed!
Downstairs, children created a wall of mosaic art – each chose a word related to the event of Kerbala that meant something to them, and then went on to decorate this word using materials of their choice. These different mosaic tiles then went on a wall to make a magnificent display. The children also had access to all the books and games from the library – it was great to see all these materials being used by so many!
Upstairs the children aged 7 and older were honoured to have a workshop with renowned recitors! Muhammad Datoo (from Voices of Passion) led a nauha writing workshop, along with support from Muhammad Abbas Khakhi, Ali Panju and Sakina and Sabiha Rahemani (Rahemani Sisters). They chose a nauha ‘Countless Voices’ and then worked on creating a new verse or two for that in their groups and individually.
They then joined everybody else downstairs and after Story Time, some shared their new verses for all to hear. They recited beautifully and we look forward to a new generation of recitors for the Ahlul Bayt, Inshallah!
Until next time… 🙂
P.S. Oh yes! We specifically requested no Fatiha to be brought (as is usually the custom for Muharram majalis – see some thoughts on that here: http://www.buzzideazz.com/thoughts-on-fatiha-in-majalis/). Instead the library provided a simple fruit jelly pack, and we asked for people to bring in some loose change or contribute whatever they wanted for charity instead.
Alhamdulillah the response was great, with someone even bringing in their entire money box for us to break and use! We managed to raise a grand total of £122.35, which will be going straight to those in need, via Hujjat Jamaat, with the thawaab going to all the families’ Marhumeen Inshallah.
A huge THANK YOU to everybody!
To view the pictures, see: http://childrensislamiclibrary.com/photo_gallery_view.php?id=39
For children it can sometimes be difficult to find a way to explain what happened in Kerbala. Below are some resources you might find useful.
Why attend the majlis of Imam Husayn (as)?
A beautifully done video narrated by a little girl, on Imam’s final embrace:
This video is on Baby Asghar:
This is on Bibi Um Al Banin:
This video is on Bibi Fatemah Sughra:
This video is on Bibi Zainab:
This video is an overview of the events, with a focus on the sermons that followed:
This one is a general simple and short cartoon:
This is a 4 part series about the life of Abbas (as) in Arabic:
This is an English series called Heroes of Kerbala telling about the companions of Imam Husain (as):
A short but powerful synopsis on the lessons of Kerbala – Ideal for the older children.
Beautiful story narrating the journey from Madina to Kerbala:
This animated cartoon of a lamiya where the father (Abather Alhalwachi) narrates to his son (Ammar Al Halwachi) the story of the children of Karbala:
An English cartoon recitation for children:
Another great product out there to remind us of our faith – and oh-so-practical given the new government policy about bags!
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The first ten minutes are what is most pertinent to us, and it relates to the different ways that people around the world do Azadari.
The poppy example is a good one to explain the symbols we use to commemorate Ashura to our children…
Powerful. And also simple. What if we make it a habit to say the recommended dhikr on the way to a majlis with out children? If not all of it, the repetition of Labbayk Ya Husayn?
Today’s inspiration comes in the form of these amazing videos – depicting Arbaeen and the the Najaf to Karbala walk, which many people are blessed to be going on in the next few weeks, Inshallah.
Definitely one to watch with your children, and inspire them with the unbelievable hospitality and generosity of those who wish to serve for Imam Husayn (as). Hopefully they may even come in handy in school/madressa classrooms
Here is a good overview of the walk.It covers all the important points and emphasised the beauty, generosity and selflessness of the walk.:
Here is the first of a series with more of the history:
Full length feature about the walk:
This is a more in-depth look at someone’s experience:
Another great product that was given out at a majlis last year! A pencil case with ‘There is no day like your day O’Hussain’ on it…
Another great product – a drawstring bag which can be used for mosque, school, etc!
Subhanallah! I am in AWE!
You HAVE to read this account of a secondary school teacher who introduced Imam Hussain (as) to his school…
I really feel like cutting and pasting the whole thing (!), but will settle for this excerpt ;):
“Pupils swarmed towards me to let me know how much they loved the message and story and I felt a relief. Imam Hussain’s universal message would never let me down, why did I have any doubts? During the following weeks, pupils would walk past me in the corridors and chant ‘Hussain’ whilst clenching their fists in a celebratory manner of approval; they agreed with his values. Pupils would demand I include his story in the Religious Education curriculum. Pupils saw my wristbands with Imam Hussain’s name on them and asked where they could purchase one because they wanted to wear it too. They would stand with me during break-time and ask me more questions. Remember, this is not a Muslim school. We are talking about pupils from a conservative Muslim background as well as plenty of those who aren’t Muslim at all making these comments. It goes to show that Imam Hussain’s message transcends sects and appeals to those who love justice and human values.”
Read the full article here: http://themuslimvibe.com/faith/in-history/when-i-introduced-imam-hussain-to-my-school/