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Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 21: Escape Room / Challenge – FOR TEEN/ADULTS

Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 21: Escape Room / Challenge – FOR TEEN/ADULTS

This was an escape room / house-wide challenge created for teenagers. A simple walk-through is given below, but for more details and printouts to recreate it, pls see this docImam Mahdi Challenge – teens

The girls received a text as follows:

After a few attempts, I asked them to use their senses. They heard Salam Ya Mahdi playing in the background, and realised that was the password, and so were allowed to enter the room!

They saw pieces of paper with names around the room and began collecting them. There were a couple of clues up for other challenges, and books etc on Imam Mahdi around which led them on a false trail, before they were reguided to a clue on the board:

They then realised they had to find the 4 representatives from among the names and order them in order to get the code for a padlocked bag in the room.


Once opened, they found a smaller bag with a lock, and a map.

Eventually they realised that the map was a map of the house, and that they needed an invisible ink pen for more instructions, which was in a pot of pens in the room.

The map showed them the route they would need to take, so off they went!

  1. The first room had some maths puzzles on the floor when they entered, with some pencils and paper and so they set to work.

Once they solved it, they checked the map to find the next room. As they left this room, they received a heart bauble with little pieces of paper, each saying KNOWLEDGE (one for each of them).

2) The next room had a book in it – Miracles of the Imam of the Time. They used the answer to the last challenge to find the right page, where they found an instruction to read the marked story and make their own dua to the Imam. As they left this room, they received a bauble saying FAITH.

3) The next room had a puzzle. They completed the puzzle (Masjid e Jamkaran and turned it over to read the message behind. The message conveyed that while they had been praying at Jamkaran, they were taken captive by the enemies of the Imam. I then took them down and split them into two rooms nearby each other, where they could hear each other but not see each other. This bauble was for ZIYARAT.


4) In one of the rooms, there was a box with a code on it. Both the rooms had something up for them to decipher the code by communicating, at which point they were able to open the box and rejoin each other.

Inside the box was a puzzle they had to complete, on the Duas for the Imam, which led them to a message. They had to figure out what they message meant (Quran). As they left to the next room, they recieved a bauble which said DUAS.

5) In this room, they saw a Quran, which had some pages marked. On the marked pages, was a word that was circled. They had to find all the words and rearrange them to make: Indeed the Imam will come. As they left, they received a bauble with QURAN.

6) The next room on the map guided them to a matching game, with pics to be matched to battles Imam Ali (as) had fought with Zulfiqar, which the Imam would also be using. Once they had matched them all, they received a bauble saying INNER STRUGGLE.

7) Back in the main room, they now found a bunch of headlines in the middle of the room, which they had to place in the right time period (labels around the room). These included the future, which were the signs of the reapparance of the Imam. If you would like to use the headlines created, see: newspaper (20) newspaper (19) newspaper (18) newspaper (16) newspaper (15) newspaper (14) newspaper (13) newspaper (11) newspaper (10) newspaper (9) newspaper (8) newspaper newspaper (7) newspaper (6) newspaper (5) newspaper (1)

Once they had done this, they received a bauble with PREPARE and they got the following slip:

They looked for the hanging dua which was a canvas with Dua Hujjat on it. They looked behind and found the key to the small bag with the lock.

When they opened it, they saw the following!

Lastly, I switch on the first two minutes of the following:

Alhamd, lots of fun and hopefully learning was had and done! Each girl took home a bauble with all the little chits of the different aspects of what we need to do to be the soldiers of the Awaited inshallah. They could decorate it as well if they wanted!

If you do use this, send me a message – would love to hear how it went 🙂



Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 20: Escape Room for Younger Children

One mum created this awesome escape room for ages 6-9 years! Check out the overview below – links to the resources have been given throughout to help you recreate it in your own homes, Inshallah!:

  • “They all received this special invite:


  • In the beginning the kids were sent a very exciting text from our ‘mystery’ person telling them they were specially chosen for this quest and that they have been left clues around the room for them to solve. A knock came to the door and a letter was slipped under. Once they were able to solve this (by spraying it with water! they read: “I’m waiting for my 313 – please get ready for me.” They realized the note mentioned the 313.


  • This code helped unlock a bag with coins which they kids realized needed to go in the sadaqa box.

  • The Sadaqa box had a quote on it from the Quran, chapter 57:10 (And why do you not spend in the cause of Allah while to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth?). The kids then realized these numbers unlock another bag. In that, they found a blank sheet of paper which when coupled with a special flashlight they found in the room revealed a message written in invisible ink: ‘Getting close to the Imam Mahdi (aj) is not without obstacles. Go next door to complete the obstacle challenge’. The message led them to an obstacle course where they had to go through hurdles to complete good deeds, whilst ‘shaitan’ (an adult with the stick below!) was attempting to knock them off their course. They were reminded to keep saying Audhubillahi minashaitaanir Rajeem!

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  • After completing that, they noticed a bag of chocolates left in the original room. The message told them to give of what they love (3:92) and share these chocolates with the adults (Giving these away was by far their hardest challenge for them😂). The adults in return gave them an encrypted code with they had to break using the decryption wheels they found in the room. One clue said ‘to get close to the Imam get close to the Quran.’ Another clue said ‘Baqarah sixty.’


  • The kids quickly found the Quran in the room and found the versewhich talked about taking care of the environment.

  • In the meantime the adults, after the eating their chocolates, threw the wrappers on the floor. The kids realized they were to throw the wrappers in the bin where they found a little key that opened the suitcase.
  • Once the suitcase was unlocked, they found an iPad with a paper taped to it (Wordle clue printed with Red-Squiggles printed on top of it). They had to use special magnifying glasses (made out of red cellophane) to read a clue asking them to solve the wordle on the IPad ( and do what it says under the white bedsheet they found in the suitcase.

  • After a few attempts the kids realized the word was Faraj. They got under the sheet using a flashlight like ‘the sun behind the clouds’ and began to recite Dua Faraj.
  • When they came out they noticed a final message had slipped through the door again! This message was solved by using a magic pen to color in the cloud (Magic Decoder Set – available online). It said: ‘You have called me and I am here always guiding you like the sun behind the clouds.’

It showed the kids that while they were busy trying to find clues to figure out how they could bring the Imam back, they were actually doing exactly what it takes to bring him back! Charity, going through hurdles and obstacles everyday to fight off Shaytaan while doing good deeds, giving from what you love/being kind to parents, getting close to the Quran, taking care of the earth/recycling etc, using your intellect, reciting Dua Faraj, working together and helping each other. Through these actions they are getting prepared for the Imam so they can be like his 313 and speed up his arrival.

They did so so well mashAllah! I stood back and let them solve the clues themselves, only nudging them in the right direction once. We finished off with a story of Iman Mahdi and some Fatiha.”

Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 19: Social Media Resources

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.

Day 1:

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


Day 2:

4 days to go!


Day 3:

3 days to go!


Day 4:

Tonight and tomorrow will be wonderful!

Day 5:

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? 😔



Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 18: Hold an Imam Mahdi (aj) Day!

Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 18: Hold an Imam Mahdi (aj) Day!

One community did exactly that!

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 🙂

Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 17: Make his absence noticable

Imam Mahdi (aj) – Idea 17: Make his absence noticable

One beautiful idea, that is expressed so eloquently in the post I’ve shared below is to make the Imam’s absence felt in our homes. This can be done by having an empty picture frame somewhere in the house, with the hope that it will be filled with his picture with us one day. Another way is to set an extra place at the table, in the hope that he will come join us for a meal one day. I’ll leave it to the post below by Zahra Jiwan on Facebook (unfortunately i could not link to it directly), to elaborate further…

“Almost every year, my family spends Shahr Ramadan opening our fasts with many other believers. This was the first year after a long time that the four of us sat on the first night of the month, looking at each other with tears in our eyes. My sister sighed, “well this is going to be one lonely Shahr Ramadan!”

We recited the Dua for the safety of the Imam, thanked him for being the medium through which we receive our Rizq from Allah, and were about to start eating. However, my sister’s words reminded me of the loneliness of Imam al Hujjah. And I began to think, we pray for the safety of the Imam on our tongue but how often do we actually wonder about where he is in ‘this moment and in every moment’? Is he alone? Is he healthy? Is he safe? Yes, the A’immah are divinely protected but, just like the Prophet, they experience hunger and thirst, they feel pain, and they fall ill.

So I got up and grabbed another plate and glass and made another table setting beside by dad.
“Who is this for?” My dad asked. “There’s only four of us.”
Overcome with a profound feeling of sadness I answered, “but there could be five. Maybe the Imam will look at us tonight. And if he does, he knows that there is always a place for him here. Our table is never full, our family is never complete – unless he is the centre of it.”

My sister responded, “but we’re unworthy to be sitting at the same table as the Imam.” We are covered in sin, and he is the closest thing to Allah, how could we even invite him to our table?”
My sister had a point, and the weight of it sat in my heart for a few days.

Yet, night after night we set the table for five. And I think all of us at some point or another looked at that empty seat thinking that perhaps it would be filled by its owner the next day.

Then came the 15th of the month, the birth of the master of the generous hosts, Imam al Hasan. I was reminded of the famous incident wherein the Imam in all of his glory, rode by a group of beggars who were sitting on the ground. They were eating torn up pieces of bread from the ground and when they saw the Imam, they said “come join us O son the the daughter of the Messenger of Allah to eat.” Despite their filth and their loneliness, the Imam descended from his steed and joined these men. Thereafter, the Imam said, “ you have invited me and I accepted, so you must do me the same honour. Please join me for a meal.” The Imam took the beggars to his home, fed them in the best of ways, clothed them in the best of garments, and relieved them of their poverty.

At that moment, I turned to my sister and said, “we’re those beggars. Yes, we are lowly, we have so little to offer our Imam in terms of our deeds and belief. But for this small act of inviting him to our table, however dust-covered it may be, perhaps he will treat us as his uncle Imam al Hasan treated those beggars. He is more noble than to leave any act of love, however small, unthanked. In return for merely remembering him like this, he will remember us and bring us into the folds of his generosity. Perhaps by inviting him to our humble table, he will one day invite us into his tent.

That empty seat brought a lot of change to our home. The conversations at the table changed as we constantly wondered, “what if he walks in right now?” The reality is, he is the eye of Allah that never sleeps. He is already listening and witnessing our every action, word, and thought. Yet something about that physical empty spot being there made it seem all the more ‘real’ for the weak-minded like myself who are still stuck in the womb of physicality.

Even after the blessed month has passed, we have made this a new tradition when we eat. And in this way, the lonely iftars resulting from COVID- 19 ended up being the most beautiful moments to anticipate the companionship of our Imam.

Why am I sharing this? For a long time I didn’t want to. It is a deeply private activity that organically grew from a few sentences here and there. I decided to share this because we deprive ourselves of the power that even the slightest attempt to connect with our Imam, in the period of his Ghaybah, can bring. Just because our Imam is hidden from our eyes, doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from him like the people of his forefathers benefitted from their Imams. Many saw the Prophet in front of their eyes day after day and yet they ignored his call, belied him, and betrayed him. And many (like Uways al Qarani) never saw him with their eyes and yet they benefitted from him immensely.

In the Quran we read, “everywhere you turn, there is the face of Allah.” (2:115)
What is the face of Allah? It is that through which Allah’s attention is sought. Friday after Friday, I moan about the absence of my Imam in Dua Nudbah and cry “Where is the face of Allah?” And the answer is clearly right in front of me in the Quran, “everywhere you turn”.

So why does it not ‘feel’ like this for us so often? If we truly believe this is true, then why do we act as if the Imam’s Ghayba means he’s exiled to an island or locked up in a box- unable to help us and us unable to connect with him, until he rises? Why do all of our discussions about the Imam revolve around the signs of his rising only, and not about how to connect with him now? Why should we not connect with our Imam in every moment of our life and not limit his dhikr to Fridays and the prayer mat? If an empty chair could bring change, imagine what our lives would be like if we found a way to connect with our Imam in everything- From saying Salam to him in the morning, giving Sadaqah in his name daily, speaking to him, reading his letters, dedicating worship to him, and teaching our children to call out his name before ours when they’re hurt or scared. We can do whatever speaks to us, the possibilities are endless.

The Dhuhur of the Imam and the Raj’a has its own beauty and greatness which is beyond description. And it is something we should yearn deeply for. But the only ones depriving themselves of companionship with their Imam in the Ghayba is us. He hasn’t left us. So why have we abandoned him?

All it takes to feel the presence of the Imam in the heart, which can be much stronger than seeing him with eyes, is the smallest effort on our part.

My family and I haven’t achieved anything. In fact, many times we find ourselves back pedalling. We’re definitely not an example for anyone. However, in this small act of putting a fifth plate on the table, the abundance of Khayr was not from us, but from Allah.”