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Good Deed Series – 10. Good Deeds and Body Parts

  • (To the tune of ‘Castle in the Cloud’):

These little feet are for Allah
They are to stand up for salah
They are to walk to Karbala
These little feet are for Allah

These little feet can skip and run
Kick a ball
And have some fun
They’re not to stamp
They’re not to kick
When we are mad,
Not one little bit

These little feet are for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

These little hands are for Allah
They are to raise up for dua
They are to help mom and baba
These little hands are for Allah

These little hands can hug and clap,
Color a picture
Wave and snap
They’re not to scratch,
They’re not to hit
They’re not to snatch
They don’t like it one bit!

These little feet are for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

This little mouth is for Allah
It is to whisper our duas
It is to say Subhanallah!
This little mouth is for Allah

This little mouth can say thank you
Smile, speak truth,
Ask how do you do?
It doesn’t shout
It doesn’t scream
It doesn’t say
Things which are mean

This little mouth is for Allah… (repeat first stanza)

*Credit: Sakeena Kalyan

  • Following on from the rhymes, children can pick out a shape/body part and think of what kind of good deed it can be used to do.
  • They can also play ‘Yusuf says’ (like Simon Says) with a puppet doll, and ask the children to act out doing good deeds with their different body parts.
  • Children could decorate a cutout of ‘me’ and then use little dot stickers next to each body part every time they did a good deed.
  • Another activity to go with the same concept is to trace out body outlines of the children on butcher paper and then brainstorm and write in the right way to use each body part and the wrong way. This can be connected with showing gratitude to Allah swt by honoring the blessings He gives. One mum said: “They gave some funny answers like bottoms are not for sitting on people!”
  • This can also be done with chalk on concrete, etc.

 

Good Deed Series – 9: We OWE it to others to do good

In Islam, we are constantly told to give. It is our DUTY. To the extent that when the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina to escape being persecuted, those living in Medina (the Ansaar – the Helpers), even offered to share their homes and belongings. Indeed, if we all gave the way we should, there wouldn’t be any poverty in this world.

Sadaqa is to give from what we have – whether it be money, our time, or even a smile.

  1. This video touched me as it not only shows the extreme hunger these children face – how how thoughtful they still are. He wanted some for his sister too.

2. And this video shows us that we can do good in all sorts of way – this man is a millionaire but isn’t happy just giving of his money, but wants to do good in this way too. Truly inspiring!

 

Good Deed Series – 5. Don’t spoil the good deeds you do!

Good Deed Series – 5. Don’t spoil the good deeds you do!

Try as I may, I cannot think of a suitable activity to go with this concept. This one really boils down to us parents role-modelling the correct way to do good and then not spoil the good that we have done.

Spoil it how? Allah says:

“Kind speech and forgiveness is better than charity followed by injury” (2: 263) and “Do not make your charity worthless by reproach and injury” (2:264)

If our children see us helping someone when they have asked for a favour, but then complaining about it to others…

Or slipping it into conversation with them about how it doesn’t matter but it took ages to do something for them…

Or helping someone but then indignantly telling our spouses how they didn’t even thank us…

Or sighing and only reluctantly helping someone…

All these things will show them that helping others and doing good deeds (forms of charity) are a burden, and not the positive opportunity that it is.

When an opportunity for them to do something good comes up and they don’t seem so keen (even for something as small as getting something from another room for their sibling), remind them that this is a gift from Allah and a chance to score some happy points! How unlucky is the person who does not even get chances to do good!

If they do it but then complain, or don’t do it happily (e.g. throw what they’ve gotten to their sibling in a huff), remind them of the above ayahs and tell them not to spoil what they have done…

Perhaps the analogy of an apple might work here. A lovely ripe apple is like a lovely good deed that you have done. When we do it reluctantly, or complain about it, it is as if we are throwing the apple down hard on the floor and bruising it.

What is better? A fresh smooth apple or a bruised rotten apple? Food for thought…