One community had a social media campaign in the lead up to 15th Shabaan. They would also send it to their Madressa students as a countdown from 5 days before his birthday.
5 days to go! A special birthday of a special person! 🎉💐Exciting isn’t it? ☺️
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could send him a gift 🎁 each day counting down from today till the 15th of Sha’baan 1443?
Let Us actively close the distances by ‘LINKING TO OUR HEARTBEAT!’ ❣️
🌟 We shall be posting short videos as a countdown to the 15th. Do view them as a family and make it even more meaningful by adding your own special whisper and dua before you dedicate your actions to the Imam (atfs)! 🤲🏼
اللهم عجل لوليك الفرج
4 days to go!
3 days to go!
Tonight and tomorrow will be wonderful!
Tonight and tomorrow will be wonderful!
2 weeks later:
It has been 2 Weeks since we celebrated His (atfs) Birthday
I ask myself: – how much have I remembered him to date? – have I included him in every prayer ? or am I guilty of forgetting him? 😔
Stations were set up around the hall – these are the details:
1. Remembering the Imam: out of my mystery box I will pull out around items on imam mahdi and stick onto my felt board explaining each one (M/meem for Mohamed Mahdi, compass for ‘the guide, sun behind the cloud, last prophet (I did a picture of people in line with arrow on last one), the number 12, Money (to show he will have all the wealth and distribute it equally), a cave with three books (I ask children what books they think came out —Quran, Bible, Torah because he will guide each religion through their own books), a peace on earth felt, a united group of people for bringing unity etc. ( I will send a picture). Then I will turn over my board and sing a funny song about ‘something happening to my board’ song while removing all items and tell children they must or tell me what things were on the board for me to bring it out and if they get all they get a prize. Kids who guess all the items correct have one more mission to recite Dua Faraj (I had a copy ready one child to read and lead the group) and they all got to pick one small lollipop before moving to next station)
2. Pledging to the Imam: Using magnet sheet squares kids write or have written their ‘pledge to the imam’ on the middle and then paint/decorate around it. Eg: I pledge to help everyday with my chores.
3.Celebrating the Imam: We purchased plain cupcakes and bought frosting and sprinkles, mini mnms etc to decorate cupcakes. Each kid will get a candle and they will end station by singing happy birthday to the imam
4. Eagerly awaiting the imam: This document covers what happened in this fun obstacle course. We made a large sun behind the cloud on a wall and after each accomplished task, kids would have to ‘touch’ it and shout “Ya Mahdi”
5. Preparing for the Imam: a worksheet with a suitcase called “preparing for imam” and kids would get another worksheet with images of good and bad actions to prepare like giving Sadaqa, kicking etc. kids will cut out the good actions. This was adjusted for older kids by having them write down what they can do to prepare for imam inside suitcase instead of cutting and gluing out images
The event ended with cake of course! Everyone cried out ‘Ya Mahdi!’ as they wished the Imam a very happy birthday. A fun day full of learning for all 🙂
Here is a wordsearch on Imam Mahdi (aj) by Islam From The Start
The video below has a wonderful activity idea on creating a board about the Imam.
Images needed for this activity are available here.
One mum put together a word search and questions on Sura Yasin for kids, as we will be reciting it three times on the 15th night. Check it out here.
Kisa Kids have a whole bunch of resources on the Imam, within their Spiritual Season booklets.
Here are some crafts and games on the Imam by Imam Mahdi (atjf) Awareness Campaign, including slides and ladders, bunting and more.
For older kids, why not get them to make a book just for learnings about the Imam? Then whatever they learn about the Imam can be jotted down or stuck down on there and it can be added to over the years.
Also for older kids, this Letters to My Imam journal has a lot of information about the Imam, as well as plenty of space to encourage children to write to him.
Yesterday, the Madressa here in Stanmore had a lovely party for 15th Shabaan, with lots of party food (of course!), a short video on the birth of the Imam, a little talk and the highlight of the day – a puppet show!
Check out the full script here – it was a bit hit with the kids!