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Hajj Idea 2 – Give out Eid cards to the class and staff

Hajj Idea 2 – Give out Eid cards to the class and staff

Whether you’re going in or not to give a talk, let your child GIVE OUT EID CARDS to the class! The Buzz Kidzz Cardzz were especially created for this – to give Muslim children an alternative to the Christmas cards that are exchanged every year.

Small, funky and colourful, the Kidzz Cardzz come in packs of 10 – check them out here.

And don’t forget the staff! This year, instead of giving teachers a present at Christmas like everyone else, why not give them something at Eid instead? The receptionists/caretaker/head often get forgotten too…why not grab a box of chocolates and give it to them this Eid?

Small gestures like these go a long way in building good relationships with the people who are taking care of your children 🙂 Our range of contemporary Cardzz are perfect to accompany any gifts/chocolates you decide to give, or even just on their own!

Hajj Idea 1 – Nursery/School Presentations on Hajj and Eid

Hajj Idea 1 – Nursery/School Presentations on Hajj and Eid

This series shares ideas to make the marking of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha fun and memorable for our children, as well as spread the message of love and celebration to the wider community about us!

Idea Number 1:

1. Go into school and do a presentation

Most nurseries (especially Montessori/Steiner and the like) encourage parents to come in and talk about Eid. Likewise, some schools also invite parents to come in but if they do not, GO TO THEM YOURSELVES! They will never say no, and most R.E. teachers will even appreciate an expert going in and explaining Eid better than they ever could 🙂

The best part is, you can involve your children in the nursery and school presentations, and they LOVE it! I know mine are already asking me about going in to their classroom again this year!

JUMP at this chance and do it! If you’re stuck for ideas, check out this lesson plan, which has ideas for objects to take in to show, a rhyme to sing and things to do.

Here is one for older children.

2. Do a play

And for a change, how about doing a play? We did a play on Hajj at our primary school: The whole school came in to the assembly wearing their Eid Mubarak stickers which we had distributed to their classes earlier on. After a quick intro, the Key Stage Two-ers began their presentation and there was pin drop silence throughout!

Here is the script of the play they performed: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wpctwqy2tgxgg9r/hajj%20presentation.docx?dl=0

Alhamd they did great, right to the very end where they all called out ‘Happy Eid everyone!” Cheers accompanied the applause for them, and Alhamd, the participants were all buzzing after and wearing their religion with pride. 🙂

Their classmates were truly appreciative, especially when we went round and dropped off their Eid Mubarak cupcakes off, with calls of “Thank You!” coming from them as we did so. The teachers and head were all given Eid gifts and Eid cards, and Eid cards were given out by the children as well.

As well as the informal thank yous from the staff, we got a very official looking letter from the school to say the same, and that they hope for more such opportunities for us to share our customs with them! Who can refuse such an invitation?! 😉

Alhamd all in all a great morning with Inshallah many seeds planted in minds, young and old 🙂

3. Run a Hajj Activity Day

A group of parents got together and planned a whole day of activities for the primary school their children went to. As there is a lot to it, check out the full post on it here.

Die before we die

In the wake of the sudden and tragic death of a young, beautiful, bright girl, beautiful tributes have flowed for her, describing what they love about her and the memories that they cherish. Inshallah these will be much appreciated by her family and friends for years to come.

It got me thinking though… The unfortunate reality is that we have so much that we love, appreciate and admire about people, but don’t necessary tell them so. Well, at least I don’t, not to the extent that I should anyway. When sharing these thoughts with my family, we decided to try something new. We decided to ‘die before we die’, where we choose a member of our family and each write the things we most appreciate and love about them, and the memories that we share. In other words, a tribute to them while they are alive.

Alhamdulillah, it’s proving to be a lovely experience for us all, and so I thought I would share it with you to maybe try… Inshallah, I pray it gets all of our families buzzing with love 🙂

6th Imam’s Wafat

As it is Imam Jaffer Sadiq’s wafat today, I thought this might be a good opportunity to share an amazing resource that’s out there – useful for both parents and teachers alike.

You know how we’re always looking for craft activities to go with certain lessons/days like today? And we usually have to end up making them from scratch? Well, no more! Here is a website that is compiling activities that amazing creative people have thought of and carried out, which gives step-by-step instructions, downloadable templates and photographs of what the finished product should look like. Their aim is to have a one-stop shop where people around the world both contribute their ideas and utilise other people’s ideas, making learning fun and educational for our children, while hassle-free for us.

For today’s wafat, I found this: http://www.madressa.net/arts-and-crafts/personalities/ahlul-bayt/198-make-a-zarih. Make the 6th Imam’s Zarih with your children and use that opportunity to discuss the hadith that you choose to decorate the Zarih with, and also a little about his great life.

P.S. Do you have any other ideas for a craft activity? Do share on this post! I also know that the Creative Resources are looking for more contributions so please e-mail your activities through to admin@madressa.net. The more people that contribute, the bigger the database to choose activities from!

Thursday Majlis

Thursday Majlis

Ramadhan has come and gone, the last few weeks of holiday have come and gone, and now as we settle back into some sort of routine, the feeling that we are missing something seeps in…

We all miss the hustle and bustle of mosque, and especially that feeling of spirituality that is special to the Holy month. We can try and maintain it over this relatively quiet month (mosque-wise) by going on Thursday nights – but for me personally, this is not possible with two young children to put to bed ready for school the next day.

So when a friend mentioned that she has her own majlis at home with her children, I loved the idea and decided to try it! Over time and with trial and error, what we do in the majlis has changed, but for the most part we keep it short and simple, and as child-involved as possible:

– If there are any Wiladats or Wafats that week, we talk about that and maybe share a story or two on that personality. (Now that ‘Meet the Masumeen’ (Sun Behind The Cloud Publications) is out this would be a great book to read over the weeks! ‘Excellent Stories’ (QFatima) also has great short stories that are packed with great lessons!)

– The children choose a Name of Allah from the book ‘Call upon the Almighty – The Marvelous Names of Allah SWT’ by Binte Abbas Creations and we talk about that and try to learn that Name through the week.

– The children choose a Sura to learn over a few weeks, and we look up its benefits from the book ‘Call upon the Almighty through His Marvelous Book, the Holy Quran’, also by Binte Abbas Creations.

– We remember the Marhumeen on this day by reciting a Sura Fatiha (and usually have some accompanying Fatiha!)

– We wrap up by the recitation of the Ziyarat/Dua Faraj

There are so many more ideas out there as to what can be included, depending on your child(ren) and how old they are! I have heard of some families with older children reciting Sura Yasin and Hadeeth-e-Kisa together. Maybe families with younger children can use that time to work on an Islamic craft project together, etc.

Inviting grandparents, family or friends over for the Majlis can make it even more exciting and special. Writing the Name of Allah/Sura for the week on a white board where the whole family can see it everyday can help remind you to bring it up over the week too.

I wish I could say I did this religiously every week but sometimes I just don’t manage – when we do do it however, I am pretty sure I am learning as much, if not more, than my two little ones!

P.S. Do you hold something similar with your children? Please do share your ideas!
P.P.S Apologies for the looong post 🙂