Inspired by a game I played recently, I put together a game to play with extended family to try and get some learning going, as well as some activity (lots of running around!) and fun too!
You can play it for the wiladats of all of the Ahlul Bayt – why not try it for Imam Ali’s birthday which is round the corner! I have included the documents I’ve put together so far, and will keep adding different personalities over time as I do them Inshallah.
So how to play? You can do this just with your own families or do it on Zoom and challenge other families too! The host asks a question and gives the children some time to look up the answer if need be. Then the children need to rush and get something to show the answer. E.g. To show the answer 5, they may bring 5 pens, or a 5 fingered-glove!
I’ve also included information related to the question to add to their learning – this can be relayed to them once they’ve brought the object. The information will need to be paraphrased to be made simpler for younger children, or can be given in full to older children.
(Note: I’m a fan of collaborative games as opposed to competitive ones. So there was no scoring or noting who came first. The emphasis was on siblings working together to answer the questions, thinking of an object and taking turns to bring it!)
I’ve played this with two different sets of families and it’s been SO MUCH fun!
Here is a pic of them on Zoom with the objects they found to answer a question:
And here is one of all the items together (based on questions on the 9th Imam!). One of the answers is zero, which they are showing with their hands!
Here are the questions for the Imams done so far:
Here are questions for younger children:
Prophet Muhammad (saw) Treasure Hunt (For older and younger children)
This treasure hunt combines info (for older kids) and fun activities (for the younger ones)! Decorate your house for khushali if you can with banners, light up boxes and the like. It all adds to the fun atmosphere 😊. To download and print the document, click here.
- Place your first clue in any spot (maybe by the decoration?).
Older child reads the following:
The Prophet’s way of drinking – ‘He drank the water in sips and would not gulp it down, and he would say: “Liver ailments are caused by gulping down water. When he drank water, he would have three draughts [sips] and with each draught [sip] he would begin in the name of Allah and glorify Him when he finished, so I asked him about this and he said: “Thanking Allah is done by glorifying Him and beginning in His name is a protection from ailments.’
- Question: Who should you remember when you drink water? (Answer: Imam Husayn (as) and his family)
- Next clue: Where can we drink water like the Prophet (saw)? (Clue hidden by the water tap)
- Task: Pour yourself a glass of water and drink it in sips like the water. Don’t forget to say Bismillah and remember Imam Husayn (as)! If it’s night, sit down and drink.
- Older child reads the following:
Look after your appearance – ‘The Noble Prophet (S) used to look at the mirror and comb his hair, and sometimes he would look at his reflection in the water and arrange his hair.
He would smarten himself for meeting with his companions, aside from grooming himself for his family; and he said: “Allah loves from his servant that he should smarten and groom himself when he goes out to meet his brothers.’
- Question: What is the dua for when we look in the mirror? Even just the general gist of the dua is fine. (Answer: O Allah, just as you have made me beautiful on the outside, make my character beautiful as well)
- Next clue: Where are two big mirrors which have the dua stuck on it? (Clue stuck on the mirror – Adapt the clue to your own houses)
- Task: Check your appearance in the mirror and recite the dua out loud.
- Older child reads the following:
The Prophet’s way of eating – ‘The Noble Prophet (S) never ate sitting in a reclined posture, from the time he was sent by Allah (SwT), until Allah took him from this world. He used to eat like a slave and sit like a slave. [Someone asked] “Why was this?” He said: “Out of humility towards Allah. When he ate with a group of people, he would be the first to start and the last to stop eating. When he ate, he would eat from what was in front of him and if there were dry dates or fresh dates he would extend his hand to take from it.’
- Question: What was the Prophet’s favourite fruit? (Answer: Dates)
- Next clue: Where do his favourite fruit stay? (Answer: In the kitchen cupboard)
- Task: Eat a date! Don’t forget to wash it, and say Bismillah!
- Older child reads the following:
When you travel – ‘The sunnah is to depart for the journey early in the morning and to start the journey on a Thursday. The Prophet would never depart from any place until he had offered two rak’ahs of prayer, and when asked about it he said: “So that it would bear witness about my prayer.” While on a journey when he descended from an elevation he would recite the tasbih “Subhan Allah” and when he ascended he would recite the takbir “Allahu Akbar”. In his travels he (S) would always take with him a bottle of oil, a container of kohl, a pair of scissors, a miswak (tooth-brush) and a comb.’
- Question: What did the Prophet do before he left a place? (Answer: Pray a 2 rakat salaah)
- Next clue: Where do we depart from? (Answer: The front door)
- Task: Pretend we are leaving the house. Can you recite the dua of travelling? (Stick this on the door if it’s not on there – “In the name of Allah! I have placed faith in Allah and I have put full trust in Allah. (It is) as Allah wills! There is no strength and no power save with Allah”.
5. Older child reads the following:
Brushing teeth – The Holy Prophet (S) used to brush his teeth a lot. The Holy Prophet (S) would brush his teeth thrice every night. Once before sleeping, once when he woke up for the nightly worship and once before leaving for the Fajr prayer. The Noble Prophet (S) would brush his teeth before every prayer.
- Question: What was the name of the brush that the Prophet used? (Answer: Miswak – if you have one you can show them!)
- Next clue: Where do you brush your teeth? (Answer: their bathroom)
- Task: Brush your teeth!
- Older child reads the following:
Sit wherever you find a spot. Show respect to the one seated near you – ‘He would neither sit nor stand but by remembering Allah. He never reserved a place specifically for himself and forbade others to have places reserved for them. When he arrived at a gathering, he sat wherever there was a place to sit and he enjoined others to do the same.
He would give a chance to all those who were sitting with him, without giving preference to one over the other because he held him in greater esteem. When someone would come to sit with him he would remain seated patiently until he stood up and left.’
- Question: Did the Prophet ever fight over a spot to sit on? (Answer: No)
- Next clue: This is where people sit and chill. Although there is no designated ‘spot’ for anyone, this is somewhere X and Y both love to sit and sometimes fight over! (This is a spot on our sofa – adapt the clue to your own households.)
- C) Task: Who can be most polite about letting others sit down first? Everyone take a seat and say cheese for a photograph!
- Final note:
Well done! You have finished the Prophet’s Treasure Hunt! I hope you have learned lots! Here is your final Question and Task.
- Question: Is the Prophet mentioned in the Quran? (Answer: Yes)
- Task: Can you repeat the following and try and learn this verse in the Holy Quran about the Prophet?
لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَة
“For you there is a noble example in the Prophet of Allah” (33:2)
Let’s all sing Happy Birthday to the Prophet and cut a cake for him. If you have an ornament tree as described here, why not hand the ornaments for the Prophet (saw) and Imam Sadiq (as) while singing! The children also got a little gift for the birthday celebrations 😊
The birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) is coming up. It is an occasion for happiness and celebration.
What are you planning?
Below are some ideas that may help us celebrate the occasion with family and/or friends in a meaningful way.
1) A Play on the Prophet – Choose a story from the life of the Prophet and get children (or adults) to perform a play.
2) Story telling session – there are many interesting stories on the Prophet. Hold a story telling session and make it exciting. A very good book on a story from the life of the Prophet written in contemporary style is ‘The Camel in the Sun’, about the Prophet’s compassion for a tired camel.
3) Quiz on the Prophet – Let the audience benefit from questions based on the life of the Prophet.
4) Poetry on the Prophet – Hold a session of Nasheeds, Qasidas, Spoken word, and poetry in praise of the Prophet. It is very effective in evoking emotion for the Prophet.
5) Film on the Prophet – watch a movie on the Prophet complete with drinks and popcorn.
6) 40 Hadith from the Prophet – hold a competition or learning session on 40 short hadith from the Prophet and learn/discuss them.
7) Art on the Prophet – Draw/Paint Islamic calligraphy on the Prophet. The internet has many good samples.
8) Fun day – Have games and other fun activities on the Prophet.
9) Talk/Discussion on the Prophet – Have a talk or discussion on the life of the Prophet with practical examples from his life relevant to today’s times. Include verses of Quran on the greatness of the Prophet.
10) Book club session on the Prophet – gather a few people and read together. Articles on the Prophet, a good book on the Prophet, etc.
Make the occasion a joyful connection with the Prophet and what he stood for.
We are marking the Prophet’s birthday with our school, Inshallah! As we had done the Ramadan Activity day not so long ago, we decided to spread the joy in another way 🙂
The timing of Christmas was perfect, and so we decided to do a double celebration of the birthday of Prophet Isa as well…
With our Kidzz cardzz, we added a a hadith from the Prophet (you can download and use what we did here), added some sweets (the healthy kind!), some ribbon to make it festive and voila!
The children are looking forward to giving them out tomorrow, Inshallah!
One mum did something similar, but in such an amazingly creative way! Check it out…
“Count down to the Holy Prophet’s khushali:
To make my kids learn and look forward to the Prophet’s birthday we made an advent calendar with 7 days of different activities.
We put together 7 tissue rolls and covered them with a coloured tissue. Each day had a learning activity about how the Prophet lived and how we could incorporate them in our daily lives. So in each tissue roll I put in a note of what they had to think about do.
Here’s what we did on each day:
1. We talked about the story of the Prophet and the sour grapes. How the poor man had brought the Prophet grapes and the Prophet ate them all himself and when the companions asked why he didn’t share he said they weren’t sweet and he didn’t want the poor man to feel sad if at all the companions made a face.
We learnt that we should share only what we like 🙂. I put in one tube of smarties for all to share!
2. We listed a few things that the prophet ate, eg. Dates, grapes, figs, honey,pomegranate, olive oil, etc. I put in some khajoor pak as a treat (because I didn’t have enough khajoor!)
3. Discussed how the prophet ate. I gave them a napkin each and asked them to write down how he ate so they can keep it with them at the table.
I got the kids small emoji pillows and wrapped them up and kept them in their beds. On a piece of cloth I wrote down simple things that they can do before/when sleeping to remind them of the prophet. They then stitched the cloth on to the back of the pillow and keep it with them in bed! They made small tasbeehs at madressa which fit on perfectly with the pillow so it all stays together.
6. Cleanliness. The prophet was always smart and clean..
For this, I got the kids some small things to remember what the prophet carried with him to be clean at all times. I got a small towel, perfume, hairbrush with mirror and a toothbrush (in place of miswak) I didn’t put in the toothpick and scissors for safety reasons.
So if you have been following Buzz, you will know that I have been advocating for an Islamic tree for a while! (See: www.buzzideazz.com/eid-tree-2/)
Recently, we released a new product of wooden ornaments to help liven up these trees and mark the important wiladat dates of the 14 Masumeen at the same time… (See: https://www.buzzideazz.com/shop/wooden-ornaments-14-masumeen)
Here is what one mum did with the ornaments/tree – receiving this picture made my heart sing (nasheeds of course ;)) as it is exactly what the vision was!
I loved the name they chose for the tree – Shajaratun Tayyibah – it is a much better fit than an ‘Eid tree’ (and reflects the many uses of the tree throughout the year also) and so I am officially adopting the name from now on!
Here is what the mum said:
“We decorated it with glittered natural pinecones. Then we got the 14 cut out wooden shapes.
We had been talking about the 5 panjetans and the 12 imams and the 14 masumeens – so to learn more about them we wrote their names birthdates ( khushali) and birthplace on one side And the death dates (wafat) and their titles on the flip side. We also added the number of the imam on it too for the imams.
Then using coloured pens and metallic pens we decorated them
My older one (8) then had to read the information out to the little one (4) They’ve had a lovely time making this and bonded and learnt so much.
Later on – one of us will hide one wooden shape and all the others in the house will try to figure out which one is missing- the youngest can participate too because he knows his numbers well so he’ll see which one is missing and will remember the imam that goes with that number. And the others (older one and adults) will have to remember most of the info on the shape to win it back, and put it back on the tree branch.”
Imam Hassan’s birthday falls on the 15th of this month. Here are some resources on the Imam to help teach children about him:
- Here are some videos:
- Make a family treaty (pictured)
Here is what one mum said: “FZ made this Family Treaty today after we discussed how Imam Hassan as had to make a peace treaty with Mu’awiya, and how Mu’awiya did not honour any of the promises made on the treaty.
She wanted to make a Mithwani Family Treaty with our own pledges and promises. She drew a picture of herself and Imam Hassan as holding hands, and she designed his colourful prayer cap and robe!”
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):
- A mini Quran
- A mini blanket representing the story of hadith kisa
- A tasbeeh representing the story of when she asked the Prophet for help
- Bread to represent the story of how Hazrat Fatima (as) gave away her food to someone poor after a long day of fasting
- A doll’s dress to represent her wedding dress that she gave away
- 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:
- A book on Bibi_Fatima
- This awesome lesson plan on Bibi Fatima (as) (for 4-8 year olds)
- A workbook by QFatima on Bibi Fatima (as)
- A storybook by QFatima on Sura Kawthar, which includes Bibi Fatima (as)
- Here are video lessons 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)