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Ashra Idea 11 – Muharram Nauha Writing Workshop / Mosaic Art Event

Ashra Idea 11 – Muharram Nauha Writing Workshop / Mosaic Art Event

Alhamdulillah, the Muharram half-term event at the Children’s Islamic Library was so well attended, and all ages children ended up being very busy indeed!

Downstairs, children created a wall of mosaic art – each chose a word related to the event of Kerbala that meant something to them, and then went on to decorate this word using materials of their choice. These different mosaic tiles then went on a wall to make a magnificent display. The children also had access to all the books and games from the library – it was great to see all these materials being used by so many!

Upstairs the children aged 7 and older were honoured to have a workshop with renowned recitors! Muhammad Datoo (from Voices of Passion) led a nauha writing workshop, along with support from Muhammad Abbas Khakhi, Ali Panju and Sakina and Sabiha Rahemani (Rahemani Sisters). They chose a nauha ‘Countless Voices’ and then worked on creating a new verse or two for that in their groups and individually.

They then joined everybody else downstairs and after Story Time, some shared their new verses for all to hear. They recited beautifully and we look forward to a new generation of recitors for the Ahlul Bayt, Inshallah!

Until next time… 🙂

P.S. Oh yes! We specifically requested no Fatiha to be brought (as is usually the custom for Muharram majalis – see some thoughts on that here: https://www.buzzideazz.com/thoughts-on-fatiha-in-majalis/). Instead the library provided a simple fruit jelly pack, and we asked for people to bring in some loose change or contribute whatever they wanted for charity instead.

Alhamdulillah the response was great, with someone even bringing in their entire money box for us to break and use! We managed to raise a grand total of £122.35, which will be going straight to those in need, via Hujjat Jamaat, with the thawaab going to all the families’ Marhumeen Inshallah.

A huge THANK YOU to everybody!

To view the pictures, see: http://childrensislamiclibrary.com/photo_gallery_view.php?id=39

Muharram Idea 22 – Kerbala Video Resources for Children

For children it can sometimes be difficult to find a way to explain what happened in Kerbala. Below are some resources you might find useful.

*Pls note, where it says SERIES, click on the YouTube link to take you to the rest of the videos in the series.*

  • Here is a series on Muharram for children that were created during the lockdown period – season 2 is also out:

  • A puppet show series – short and good for younger kids:

  • What is Muharram?

  • The Journey of Imam Husayn (a) from Medina to Kerbala:

  • Another series on Muharram by Islamic Beginnings:

  • Another series on the events before, during and after:

  • The following is a series of powerful videos on each of the main people in Kerbala.  The imagery is suitable for young children:

  • This video is an overview of the events, with a focus on the sermons that followed:

  • This is a series on the events after Kerbala:

  • This is a series of plays on the main people in Kerbala:

  • Sand Art – Kerbala:

  • This is a 4 part series about the life of Abbas (as) in Arabic:

  • This is a series called Heroes of Kerbala telling about the companions of Imam Husain (as):

  • The Unsung Heroes of Karbala:

  • On Imam Hussein (as):

  • What happened after the day of Ashura:

  • This is a series of Masaib that is easy to understand for teens too:

  • On the children of Muslim:

  • These are maqtals for children narrated by children themselves:

On Kerbala: https://youtu.be/TUt83WKw8ts

On Shaame Ghariba: https://youtu.be/M6MpSmqRmQE

  • This YouTube playlist is FULL of English latmiyas, some animated also:

  • This looks like a good full-length cartoon movie:

  • Here is a movie on the aftermath of Kerbala – The Caravan of Pride
  • Some videos and resources on Bibi Ruqayyah/Sakina can be found here.
  • Here is a 4 part series on Muharram drawing workshops:

  • Story Time with Tanveer Shares:

Arbaeen Idea 2: N2K Walk Videos/Documentaries

Today’s inspiration comes in the form of these amazing videos – depicting Arbaeen and the the Najaf to Karbala walk, which many people are blessed to be going on in the next few weeks, Inshallah.

Definitely one to watch with your children, and inspire them with the unbelievable hospitality and generosity of those who wish to serve for Imam Husayn (as). Hopefully they may even come in handy in school/madressa classrooms, this movie gives a glimpse into the journey that Bibi Zainab, the 4th Imam and others faced in the aftermath of Kerbala: https://www.shiatv.net/video/d968459b6342c01498b8

Here is a good overview of the walk.It covers all the important points and emphasised the beauty, generosity and selflessness of the walk.:

This is a beautiful look at azadari in sign language (click on Watch on FB):

This is how the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain عليه السلام commemorated in SIGN LANGUAGE in Iran.#LabbaikYaHussain 🖤#YaHussain

Posted by Ark of AhlulBayt on Monday, 16 September 2019

A nawha:

These are beautiful animations:

 

Ashra Idea 12 – Muharram at Schools

Ashra Idea 12 – Muharram at Schools

Subhanallah! I am in AWE!

You HAVE to read this account of a secondary school teacher who introduced Imam Hussain (as) to his school…

I really feel like cutting and pasting the whole thing (!), but will settle for this excerpt ;):

“Pupils swarmed towards me to let me know how much they loved the message and story and I felt a relief. Imam Hussain’s universal message would never let me down, why did I have any doubts? During the following weeks, pupils would walk past me in the corridors and chant ‘Hussain’ whilst clenching their fists in a celebratory manner of approval; they agreed with his values. Pupils would demand I include his story in the Religious Education curriculum. Pupils saw my wristbands with Imam Hussain’s name on them and asked where they could purchase one because they wanted to wear it too. They would stand with me during break-time and ask me more questions. Remember, this is not a Muslim school. We are talking about pupils from a conservative Muslim background as well as plenty of those who aren’t Muslim at all making these comments. It goes to show that Imam Hussain’s message transcends sects and appeals to those who love justice and human values.”

Read the full article here: http://themuslimvibe.com/faith/in-history/when-i-introduced-imam-hussain-to-my-school/