This Muharram, the kids and I hosted a group of children (their cousins!) to do an Escape Room! The children were aged between 14 and 6, and the older ones guided the younger ones where needed.
Here are all the details if you would like to recreate it in your homes – most of the objects used should be available around the house, or not too expensive to buy if needed.
We started off by setting the scene: Mukhtar had paid homage to Muslim ibn Aqeel in Kufa and then gone to his tribe to gather more people for the army. It was on his way back that he heard of the unrest and then the eventual killing of Muslim. Mukhtar was arrested upon return to Kufa for his support of Muslim among other things, and was imprisoned along with several thousand Shias. YOU are one of those Shias. You know that Mukhtar plans to get revenge for the events of Ashura which occur while he is in prison, and you want to help him. He is released upon the intervention of his brother-in-law and an influential man, Abdullah ibn Umar, and ordered to leave Kufa. You want to escape and go join him but don’t know how! Luckily, one of the guards is a lover of the Ahlul Bayt. He can’t openly help you escape, but he has set things up so you can find the clues and do so yourself. Can you find the key to escape and help Mukhtar?