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Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 2: Quran Journalling

Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 2: Quran Journalling

One mum suggested this: “Try Quran Journalling! You get the kids their own Quran so they can decorate, mark ayahs, etc. We actually went all out and got scrap booking stickers and materials… after a majlis when we hear something we come home and mark it.”

QFatima has been encouraging Quran journalling for years and has recently published this helpful guide: http://qfatima.com/quran-city/journaling-the-quran/

The tricky part is to find the right Quran to Quran journal in… many Bibles that i’ve seen in Bible Journalling posts have a lot of space on the sides to draw pics on, etc. You also need a good Quran with a good translation… I ended up choosing Aga Quli Qarai’s Quran for my kids and QFatima has previously advocated Shakir.

And if you want a separate book to journal in, this reflective journal by The Tasbih Project is an excellent resource to print and use!

And here is a lovely clip on how she journals:

Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: Quranic Calendar

Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: Quranic Calendar

A little while ago, I had come across a clip of young Christian children who were eager to share their favourite verses from the Bible with each other. They knew exactly where it was, and the Bible was obviously much loved and familiar to them…

I began wondering how much that is the case with our (my!) children. I think they know verses here and there but i would love for them to have that familiarity with the Quran such that they can pick it out in an instant. We give recitation a lot of focus in our communities, and also memorisation (to check out our series on help with that, see: https://www.buzzideazz.com/quran-memorisation-series/ but that’s really only the first step.

I turned to you amazing folks for inspiration, and you didn’t let me down! I thought i would turn it into a series and share some of these ideas that have come up for inshallah all to benefit.

So here is Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: Quranic Calendar

This awesome resource sits on our dinner table, and while we are eating we look at an ayah every now and then. We discuss it, and try to memorise it – and I will also test them sometimes, both by giving them the English and asking for it’s translation and the other way around.

I think what I’m going to do next is ask them to look up the verses we cover in their Qurans and highlight or mark them.

The crafts in the Islamic Values book are also an awesome way to reinforce learning in a creative and fun way, and which really helps drive the message of the verses home!

https://sunbehindthecloud.com/islamicvalues.html

DIY Puzzles with Islamic Themes

DIY Puzzles with Islamic Themes

I LOVE this idea that a mum sent! Check it out:

“Salaam, wanted to share a simple activity you can do with any image. Since it was the Prophet’s birthday, we printed images relating to the prophet (his name and masjid).

Then you take Popsicle sticks (as many as takes to cover photo) and glue with mod poj glue, then put image on top and add another layer of mod poj glue.

Be generous as it dries clear like you see in picture. Then take a box cutter and cut picture between Popsicle sticks and voila you have a DIY puzzle for kids!

You can do any image like Kaaba for Eid ul Adha or Imam Hussein’s shrine on his birthday, etc. I’m planning on taking these to mosque also to keep the kids busy.”

Kindness Jars – Favours for Schools or Parties

Kindness Jars – Favours for Schools or Parties

Check out what school favours one family gave out for the Prophet’s birthday! Kindness Jars!

The creative mum got some spice jars from IKEA (size is 5h x 5.4w), and printed out some acts of kindness (downloadable here) and put them in the jar.

These tags were then printed and stuck on the side of the jar (downloadable here). Here it is as a PNG image also.

She printed out instructions and added them to the jar (downloadable here), and added some sweets and balloons.

And finally, she topped off the jar with a Lindt emoji chocolate!

Muharram Idea 26 – Teach them about the Black Heroes in Kerbala

Muharram Idea 26 – Teach them about the Black Heroes in Kerbala

Rcae is an ongoing complicated issue in today’s society – unfortunately – and it is important to discuss his with our children. It is not surprising that Islam teaches us lessons through the personalities of Kerbala on every aspect of life – including race. It is also another great example of how we can introduce such topics in school settings…

Here is what she said:

“October is black history month where black personalities are remembered for their contributions in all walks – history, science, etc.

I took this opportunity to raise awareness at school and decided to hold assemblies and wrote an article for the weekly newsletter. Year 10’s have also read and discussed this in their PSHCE lessons:

“Black History Month continues to remember John and Fizza.

While everyone was enjoying their half term holidays some staff and students of QPC School were part of over 1.5 billion people globally commemorating the martyrdom of personalities such as John and Fizza.

John was a Christian Abyssinian freed slave who was the companion of Husayn. John’s life teaches us a lesson of loyalty and true friendship. He defended his companion with his life.

Fizza was an Abyssinian princess who left her riches to join the struggle of Husayn. Fizza showed that age or worldly desires should not come in the way of your belief. She happily went from riches to rags becoming the backbone of the household of Husayn which was a symbol of peace, justice and good virtue.

The selfless sacrifice made by black Abyssinian personalities such as John and Fizza at the epic of Karbala have great lessons for us to learn amidst a world of discrimination and injustice.”

P.S. The photo is of one of a great series of books on the companions of Imam Husayn (as) in Kerbala!