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3rd Imam – Resources on Imam Husayn (as)

  • I love this crytograph for older children that Beb e Kazim shared on FB:

At the top there is a KEY that lists all the letters from A thru Z with a box below. Each of the letters has a corresponding number.

The bottom part contains a maxim of Imam Hussain a.s. Each of the blanks has a number underneath it. Fill in the letters that correspond to the numbers below the blanks to discover it.

  • Some YouTube clips:

  • Nasheed on Imam Husayn (as):

Fast Feet – Race to Learn about the Imams and Find the Object!

Fast Feet – Race to Learn about the Imams and Find the Object!

Inspired by a game I played recently, I put together a game to play with extended family to try and get some learning going, as well as some activity (lots of running around!) and fun too!

You can play it for the wiladats of all of the Ahlul Bayt – why not try it for Imam Ali’s birthday which is round the corner! I have included the documents I’ve put together so far, and will keep adding different personalities over time as I do them Inshallah.

So how to play? You can do this just with your own families or do it on Zoom and challenge other families too! The host asks a question and gives the children some time to look up the answer if need be. Then the children need to rush and get something to show the answer. E.g. To show the answer 5, they may bring 5 pens, or a 5 fingered-glove!

I’ve also included information related to the question to add to their learning – this can be relayed to them once they’ve brought the object. The information will need to be paraphrased to be made simpler for younger children, or can be given in full to older children.

(Note: I’m a fan of collaborative games as opposed to competitive ones. So there was no scoring or noting who came first. The emphasis was on siblings working together to answer the questions, thinking of an object and taking turns to bring it!)

I’ve played this with two different sets of families and it’s been SO MUCH fun!

Here is a pic of them on Zoom with the objects they found to answer a question:

And here is one of all the items together (based on questions on the 9th Imam!). One of the answers is zero, which they are showing with their hands!

Here are the questions for the Imams done so far:

Imam Ali (as)

Imam Muhammad Baqir (as)

Imam Muhammad Taqi (as)

Here are questions for younger children:

Imam Ali (as)

Prophet Muhammad (saw) Treasure Hunt

Prophet Muhammad (saw) Treasure Hunt

Prophet Muhammad (saw) Treasure Hunt (For older and younger children)

This treasure hunt combines info (for older kids) and fun activities (for the younger ones)! Decorate your house for khushali if you can with banners, light up boxes and the like. It all adds to the fun atmosphere 😊. To download and print the document, click here.

Instructions:

  1. Place your first clue in any spot (maybe by the decoration?).

Older child reads the following:

The Prophet’s way of drinking – ‘He drank the water in sips and would not gulp it down, and he would say: “Liver ailments are caused by gulping down water. When he drank water, he would have three draughts [sips] and with each draught [sip] he would begin in the name of Allah and glorify Him when he finished, so I asked him about this and he said: “Thanking Allah is done by glorifying Him and beginning in His name is a protection from ailments.’

  • Question: Who should you remember when you drink water? (Answer: Imam Husayn (as) and his family)
  • Next clue: Where can we drink water like the Prophet (saw)? (Clue hidden by the water tap)
  • Task: Pour yourself a glass of water and drink it in sips like the water. Don’t forget to say Bismillah and remember Imam Husayn (as)! If it’s night, sit down and drink.

 

  1. Older child reads the following:

Look after your appearance – ‘The Noble Prophet (S) used to look at the mirror and comb his hair, and sometimes he would look at his reflection in the water and arrange his hair.

He would smarten himself for meeting with his companions, aside from grooming himself for his family; and he said: “Allah loves from his servant that he should smarten and groom himself when he goes out to meet his brothers.’

  • Question: What is the dua for when we look in the mirror? Even just the general gist of the dua is fine. (Answer: O Allah, just as you have made me beautiful on the outside, make my character beautiful as well)
  • Next clue: Where are two big mirrors which have the dua stuck on it? (Clue stuck on the mirror – Adapt the clue to your own houses)
  • Task: Check your appearance in the mirror and recite the dua out loud.

 

  1. Older child reads the following:

The Prophet’s way of eating – ‘The Noble Prophet (S) never ate sitting in a reclined posture, from the time he was sent by Allah (SwT), until Allah took him from this world. He used to eat like a slave and sit like a slave. [Someone asked] “Why was this?” He said: “Out of humility towards Allah. When he ate with a group of people, he would be the first to start and the last to stop eating. When he ate, he would eat from what was in front of him and if there were dry dates or fresh dates he would extend his hand to take from it.’

  • Question: What was the Prophet’s favourite fruit? (Answer: Dates)
  • Next clue: Where do his favourite fruit stay? (Answer: In the kitchen cupboard)
  • Task: Eat a date! Don’t forget to wash it, and say Bismillah!

 

  1. Older child reads the following:

When you travel – ‘The sunnah is to depart for the journey early in the morning and to start the journey on a Thursday. The Prophet would never depart from any place until he had offered two rak’ahs of prayer, and when asked about it he said: “So that it would bear witness about my prayer.” While on a journey when he descended from an elevation he would recite the tasbih “Subhan Allah” and when he ascended he would recite the takbir “Allahu Akbar”. In his travels he (S) would always take with him a bottle of oil, a container of kohl, a pair of scissors, a miswak (tooth-brush) and a comb.’

  • Question: What did the Prophet do before he left a place? (Answer: Pray a 2 rakat salaah)
  • Next clue: Where do we depart from? (Answer: The front door)
  • Task: Pretend we are leaving the house. Can you recite the dua of travelling? (Stick this on the door if it’s not on there – “In the name of Allah! I have placed faith in Allah and I have put full trust in Allah.  (It is) as Allah wills! There is no strength and no power save with Allah”.

 

5. Older child reads the following:

Brushing teeth – The Holy Prophet (S) used to brush his teeth a lot. The Holy Prophet (S) would brush his teeth thrice every night. Once before sleeping, once when he woke up for the nightly worship and once before leaving for the Fajr prayer. The Noble Prophet (S) would brush his teeth before every prayer.

  • Question: What was the name of the brush that the Prophet used? (Answer: Miswak – if you have one you can show them!)
  • Next clue: Where do you brush your teeth? (Answer: their bathroom)
  • Task: Brush your teeth!

 

  1. Older child reads the following:

 Sit wherever you find a spot. Show respect to the one seated near you – ‘He would neither sit nor stand but by remembering Allah. He never reserved a place specifically for himself and forbade others to have places reserved for them. When he arrived at a gathering, he sat wherever there was a place to sit and he enjoined others to do the same.

He would give a chance to all those who were sitting with him, without giving preference to one over the other because he held him in greater esteem. When someone would come to sit with him he would remain seated patiently until he stood up and left.’

  • Question: Did the Prophet ever fight over a spot to sit on? (Answer: No)
  • Next clue: This is where people sit and chill. Although there is no designated ‘spot’ for anyone, this is somewhere X and Y both love to sit and sometimes fight over! (This is a spot on our sofa – adapt the clue to your own households.)
  • C) Task: Who can be most polite about letting others sit down first? Everyone take a seat and say cheese for a photograph!

 

  1. Final note:

Well done! You have finished the Prophet’s Treasure Hunt! I hope you have learned lots! Here is your final Question and Task.

  • Question: Is the Prophet mentioned in the Quran? (Answer: Yes)
  • Task: Can you repeat the following and try and learn this verse in the Holy Quran about the Prophet?

 

لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَة

“For you there is a noble example in the Prophet of Allah” (33:2)

 

Let’s all sing Happy Birthday to the Prophet and cut a cake for him. If you have an ornament tree as described here, why not hand the ornaments for the Prophet (saw) and Imam Sadiq (as) while singing! The children also got a little gift for the birthday celebrations 😊

Khushali Fundraiser Extravaganza Family Event

Khushali Fundraiser Extravaganza Family Event

A weekend ago, an amazing event took place – combining fundraising, celebrating the beautiful personalities we celebrate in these months, as well as marking the powerful 3 months of Rajab, Shaban and Mahe Ramadhan. Am sharing with you here in case you want to do something similar in your communities around the world, be it this year or in future years! Details below:

This was the flier that went round… lots of exciting things planned!

As the children came in, they received this A5 piece of card – their ‘passport’ for the day! This lists all the activities that were around… take a look! All the activities had some Islamic link – either to these special months, or to an ayah of the Quran, etc.

This Passport was done by Aaliya Mavani! https://www.dropbox.com/s/0knvabehyppo5qk/Kh%20Passport?dl=0 (when prompted, open with adobe)

On the other side of the card was a Cluequest. The questions were based on the personalities whose wiladats we were celebrating.

The children had to first answer the initial question of which personality it was. They then had find the name of that personality which were stuck around the room in different places, and then look at the question that was stuck under the name. They then had to answer the question on the card above.

This Cluequest was done by Aneesa Merali! https://www.dropbox.com/s/80oiy1fk7qmxlar/clue%20quest%20shortened?dl=0 (when prompted, open with adobe)

And here is a link to the clues: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m1y7zz7irzof2hw/printable%20clue%20quest.pdf?dl=0

Parent and child, looking up the clues and figuring it out 🙂

And now to some of the stalls! This was the ever popular candy floss stall 🙂

Islamic link (as mentioned on the passport): “If you thank me, I will give you more.” (Sura Ibrahim, Verse 7)

This was the delicious food stall – with loads of donated goodies on offer!

Islamic link: “Eat of the good things which We have provided you.” Sura Taha, Verse 81)

This was the slime stall! It was by far the messiest – but the kids had a blast  They mixed their own slime, then kneaded it into perfection, adding glitter for that personal touch.

Islamic link: “Indeed we have created man out of clay, out of altered form of dark slime.” (Sura Hijr, Verse 26)

This was the Henna and Face paint stall!

Islamic link: O Allah as you have beautified my exterior, so beautify my character.” (Dua for looking in the mirror)

This was the bulb planting stall!

Here the children planted a seed and got to take their pot home, water it and look after it and watch it grow! They talked about how the months of Rajab, Shaban and Mahe Ramadhan were like the process of weeding, taking care of and watching the bloom of our soul.

Islamic link: “Verily Rajab is Allah’s month, Shaban is my month, and Shahr Ramadhan the month of my Ummah.” The Holy Prophet (saw)

And here is a flower that was planted that day, growing nicely in a little girl’s home 🙂

This was the toys and books stall! Lots of amazing books and gifts for just as amazing prices 

Islamic link: “Who is it that will loan Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it for Him many times over?” Sura Baqarah, Verse 245

Prophet’s Mosque and Ahadith (Older Children)

Prophet’s Mosque and Ahadith (Older Children)

Inspired by my son who made a (much bigger and cooler) mosque for school, we decided to make the Prophet’s mosque for his birthday 🙂

We added a fountain and in it, I put different aspects of the Prophet’s life that Tayyiba Publishers have been sharing recently from Sunan an Nabi. My kids are a little older and so I felt this suited them best. We are opening them over the week and they are brainstorming ways to make it practical so that they can actually follow in his footsteps.

In case it is of interest, here is a link to the document with all the compiled notes:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9i7a2xk6zhus3l6/Prophet%20Muhammad%20Mosque.docx?dl=0