Idea No 8: Re-create the Caravan of Pride through a collective project. (Sent in by Sameera Yusufali)
This year in the month of Safar, a childrens workshop was held at Hussieni Islamic Center of Orlando. In order for the children to really understand the aftermath of Karbala and how the Ahlulbayt suffered, the workshop decided to engage the children in making a project which allowed each child to participate.
The project shows how the caravan of pride was taken to the palace of Yazid, and how they were made to wait outside Yazids courtyard for three days while the onlookers mocked them. It also shows the palace of Yazid and the dungeon where the Ahlulbayt were kept as prisoners.
The children were divided into groups according to their ages and were assigned to make different parts of the projects, such as flags, the marketplace, Yazid’s mimbar, the dungeon, the onlookers, and the family of the ahlulbayt on camels tied to each other with ropes.
As the children were busy making the project the teachers explained the different aspects to them as they went along; this gave them an insight and a true feeling about the tragedy of Karbala. When each of the groups had finished their assigned task, they came and placed what they made and thus working together, completed the the project. One of the teachers then took each group and explained to them in detail about what happened when the Caravan of Pride reached the courtyard of Yazid.
Creating a project where the kids are able to visualize helps the children better understand the sacrifice of Imam Hussien and his family.
Idea No 7: Re-enact the Story of Karbala through a Play – and make it come alive for both those participating, and those watching. (Sent in by Jawad Yusufali, 13 years old)
The play I acted in was based on the events when Imam Hussain (as) along with family and companions left Medina and started their journey towards Kerbala. Some of the highlights were when Imam Hussain was in the court of Waleed (la), and when Imam gave his last farewells to the graves of his grandfather, mother and brother. The play ended with Imam Hussain (as) asking the tribe of Bani Asad to bury their bodies after the day of Ashura and to treat the Zawaars of Karbala with respect and honour.
In this play I acted as Imam Hussain (as) and being the main character was a big responsibility, but also a blessing, because out of the whole crowd of spectators and other actors behind stage, I was the one who was able to understand the situation Imam Hussain was in the most. Because I had to show different emotions in different parts such as courage and grief, I in turn felt the hardship and burden that Sayyed Shuhada felt when he had to stand up for Islam.
To conclude, the play I acted in was a very unique experience, one that I learned from, and Inshallah, one I hope that many other people will learn from in the future.
Idea No 6: Encourage links between generations as well as learning, through a Mentor Mentee program (Sent in by Swaleha Karim)
An ongoing part of the Karbala Project was a Mentor Mentee program whereby younger participants were able to learn from older youths regarding topics they chose and then present the information at the mosque before the the majalis, Alhamdulillah we had 16 participants and this program is still ongoing.
Idea No 5: Hold an Essay Writing Competition (Sent in by Swaleha Karim)
The Karbala Project in Minnesota also held an ongoing essay writing competition where participants could write on the following topics:
Ages 14-18: If you were to meet the 12th Imam, what would you speak to him about?
All Ages: Is it a birth right to call the 12th Imam or is it something that is earned? How is this earned?
P.S. The questions could be adjusted for younger children age groups too…!
Idea No 4: Hold a Poetry Slam (Sent in by Swaleha Karim)
In Minnesota, this year the Karbala Project’s mission was reflect on our faith from Karbala to Imam Mahdi. This mission was carried out by a combination of events that enabled participants to reflect and serve Allah (s.w.t) through the teachings of the Imams.
Ome of these events was a poetry slam where participants expressed their views on Karbala in the form of Spoken Word Poetry. This event gathered a lot of viewers and many were moved by the words of the speakers; the speakers varied widely in age, as you can see from the pictures!