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Prophet’s Cake Pictures!

Prophet’s Cake Pictures!

After sharing this picture of an AMAZING cake of Masjid-un-Nabawi, the Prophet’s mosque, which was made for a for a Mama and Kids event in Orlando, lots more people sent in their pics so I have put them all together for you to enjoy!

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Celebrating the Week of the Prophet’s Birthday – Part 2

Celebrating the Week of the Prophet’s Birthday – Part 2

Last year, we marked the week leading up to the Prophet’s birthday by trying to emulate his characteristics, choosing one for each day. This year we have chosen some different characteristics of the Prophet (saw) to focus on…here they are!

Day 1 – Take some time out to reflect:

The Prophet would make sure he took a time-out from everything and would go to the Cave of Hira to reflect and contemplate. The Prophet (saw) himself has said: An hour of contemplation is superior to an entire year’s worship” (Tadhkerah al-Haqaiq, p. 29). Indeed, meditation is all the craze now, and for good reason! Especially in this fast-paced world, wouldn’t it be great if we could encourage our children (and ourselves!) to be able to do the same – WITHOUT them complaining that they’re bored?!

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. I know of one family who especially created a reflection room, and would encourage their children to go and just sit and think for a while (and NOT as a punishment lol)!
  2. Perhaps we can encourage our kids to sit on the musalla for 5 minutes today? And just be still and see what thoughts come to their head?

Day 2 – Take care of the ill:

We all know the famous story of the Prophet (saw) who went to visit the lady who was sick, even though she used to throw rubbish on him every day. Visiting the sick is SO highly emphasized in Islam, with the reward for doing so being as high as having 70,000 angels escorting the visitor and seeking forgiveness for him until s/he returns home. There are also plenty of ahadith detailing the etiquettes for doing so, such as not staying long and taking a gift.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. We can begin by talking about the above ahadith.
  2.  Asking them to perhaps call or write a letter/email to someone who is not feeling that great?
  3. Decorate a gift bag and personalizing it before giving it to someone not well.
  4. Making a sincere dua for that person
  5. Buzz Ideazz have created a special Get Well Soon card, which has a dua for the sick inside – these would make unique accompaniments to their gift!

Day 3 – Say the truth:

Well before he announced his Prophethood, the Prophet’s characteristic of honesty was well-known, earning him the title of As-Sadiq – the Truthful one. Honesty is VERY important in Islam, so how do we convey its importance to children, who may possibly lie for several reasons, such as being afraid of the consequences, wanting to entertain us with exaggerated tales, or just experimenting with their concept of reality.

We have all heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, but here is another real life story to share with your children about a 7 year-old boy named Tanner Munsey. Tanner’s reputation for being honest earned him a mention in the “Scorecard” column in the July 10, 1989, issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

During a T-ball game in Wellington, Florida, Tanner attempted to tag a player leaving first base. When the umpire called the player out, Tanner immediately informed the umpire that he hadn’t managed to tag the runner. Two weeks later, Tanner encountered the same umpire in another T-ball game. This time, Tanner was playing short-stop and tagged a runner as they approached third base. When the umpire called the player safe, Tanner didn’t say a word, but the umpire noticed his surprise at the call.

“Did you tag the runner?” she asked Tanner. When Tanner affirmed that he had, the umpire changed her decision and called the player out. When the coaches and other parents protested, the umpire stood by her decision, informing them that she had learned to trust Tanner, because of his honesty.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Share the above story with our families
  2. Let’s ask our children today to be extra mindful of what they say today. At the end of the day, perhaps they can make and decorate a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ with the ayah: “And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor knowingly hide the Truth.” (2:42). Here, emphasize that they are awarding it to themselves as only they and Allah know exactly how truthful they have been!
  3. There are plenty of books on honesty – read these to the kids!

Day 4 – Pray a little extra:

The Prophet was known for praying extra, with ahadith a plenty describing his devotion to the nawafil prayer, etc.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Mybe we could ask the children to pray a teeny bit more, whether it’s a two rakat sunnat salaat, an extra sajda or tasbeeh, or maybe they could recite any of the recommended duas for tonight that they don’t perhaps do…
  2. The Prophet (saw) loved praying Namaaz-e-Shab, so maybe that’s something we parents can try doing (if we don’t already?)!

Day 5 – Give sadqa:

A well known characteristic of the Prophet was that he used to give, and give, and give!  There are many ahadith about the benefits of giving charity – such as prolonging our live, warding of illnesses, keeping problems away from us, not to mention the fact that we are promised 10 times more than what we give!

All of these are a good discussion point to start with our children…but here is one that i LOVED given the fact that we are building love for our Prophet, and that is giving charity (especially when we have less to give), may give us a closer position to our beloved role model!

Below is a story to share with our families.

“Mullah Muhammad Taqi Al Barghani who is commonly known as the ‘Third Martyr’ related that his father saw in his dream the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) surrounded by so many Scholars of Islam.

However, he saw the son of the scholar called Fahad Al Hilli sitting very close to the Prophet (S). Mullah Barghani says that he was surprised to see this when there were other scholars who were greater in calibre, knowledge and their service to Islam who were not sitting so close to the Holy Prophet (S).

Mullah Barghani’s father asked the Prophet (S) the reason for this, and the Prophet replied that it was because all the scholars surrounding him used to give charity when they possessed something, but if they didn’t have any property they didn’t give anything to the person who was begging or in need. However the son of Fahad Al Hilli used to give in charity despite not possessing anything extra, and used to sacrifice his personal belongings in order to fulfil other people’s needs. This gave him a higher degree of proximity to the Prophet.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Share many such stories with our kids from this site.
  2. Ask your children to give from their own money that they may have saved up.
  3. Make or decorate your own sadqa jar.

Day 6 –  Eat with others:

The Prophet (saw) The Prophet advised others against eating alone as he never ate alone when he had the opportunity to eat with another person:

“When a food possesses four qualities it becomes perfect: being halal, eating it with other people, having started with the name of God, and having ended with the praise of God.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1.  Share this hadith with our children.
  2. Invite people over to share a meal!
  3. Involve the children in the prepping and cooking of the meal, as well as the cleaning of the house and setting of the table.

Day 7 –  Say thank you and be grateful:

The Prophet (saw) continually reminded his followers to be ever grateful to their Lord, and the term shakir, meaning “one who is grateful,” is often used in Islam as a name of great honor among Muslims.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Here are some clips which show the benefits of gratitude.
  2. There are lots of fun activities and crafts that can be done on gratitude. Check this page out from Islam From The Start to get started.
Ramadan Idea 2: Prophet’s Sermon welcoming Ramadan – Parents’ and Children’s Version :)

Ramadan Idea 2: Prophet’s Sermon welcoming Ramadan – Parents’ and Children’s Version :)

This is lovely! A letter to children using the sermon delivered by the Prophet on the last Friday of Shabaan (ie. today!)…I think I’m going to print this out and write a personal message on the back to them too!

As for us parents, I loved this rendition of the Prophet’s Ramadhan sermon – what struck me in particular within all the awesome advice on making the most of this month was this line:

“… and be kind to your youngsters…”

When we are fasting, it is easy to be short on patience and tolerance and take it out on our children, unintentional though it may be. I know I often have this unrealistic expectation that “they know I’m fasting, so why don’t they just… etc, etc” – but that’s exactly what it is – an UNREALISTIC expectation! Kids are kids, and will do what kids do best – ask you for help, want you to play, fight and all the rest of it!

So this Ramadhan, I’m going to try extra hard to keep in mind that this is the month where I’m supposed to be at my best, and as a parent, that means being extra loving and kind to my children. If i don’t manage to do extra duas, Quran, etc – so be it, they come first.

May He help us all to be the best we can be, Inshallah!

P.S. For older kids, why not get them to jot down all the practical points they pick up from the sermon as they go through it… then, Discuss!

P.S Look what one mum did with her kids!

Celebrating the Week of the Prophet’s Birthday

Here is a week of celebrating the birthday of the amazing Prophet, and choosing one aspect of his life to inculcate with our children every day Inshallah! The inspiration for these come from stories from his life and some of his narrations.

Day 1 – Rush to be the first to say Salaam Alaikum:

“The companions of the Prophet (pbuh) knew of the reward of being the first ones to say ‘Assalum ‘Alaykum’ to someone. The Prophet (pbuh) has said that the one who says Salaam first gets99 thawaab although it is mustahab, and the one who replies gets 1, even though the reply is wajib.

However, the Prophet (pbuh) was always the first to greet them.

This time, the companions though they would beat him to it. As they saw the Prophet (pbuh) approaching, they hid in the doorways of the alley towards which he was coming, hoping that as soon as he came they would surprise him and greet him first.

As soon as the Prophet (pbuh) came to the entrance of the alley, he called out in a loud voice: ‘My salaams to all those in this alley way’!”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

* Using this story, we can encourage our children to compete with us and others in saying Salaam first! Why not have a trial right now?!
* This doesn’t have to stop in school…why not encourage them to be the first to say Good Morning to their teacher, or hello to their friends?
* Why not make an Arts and Crafts activity based on this? Maybe a hand cut out with the Arabic on one side, and the meaning on the other?
* This clip below is fun to watch and will help convey the importance of Salaam as well!

Day 2 – Be nice to someone who may not necessarily be nice to you:

“One old woman made a habit of throwing rubbish on Prophet Muhammad (buh) whenever he passed from her house. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had to pass that house daily on the way to the mosque.

Even when the old woman threw rubbish on him, he would pass silently without showing any anger or annoyance. This was a regular, daily event.

One day when the Prophet (pbuh) was passing by, the woman was not there to throw the rubbish. He stopped, and asked the neighbour about her well-being, and wondering why she wasn’t dropping any rubbish on him.

The neighbour informed the Prophet that the woman was sick on bed. The Prophet politely asked permission to visit the woman. When allowed he entered the house, the woman thought that he had come there to take his revenge when she was unable to defend herself because of sickness.

But the Prophet (pbuh) assured her that he had come to her, not to take any revenge, but to see her and to look after her needs, as it was the command of Allah that if any one is sick, a Muslim should visit him and should help him if his help is needed.

The old woman was greatly moved by this kindness and love of the Prophet. By the example of greatness of Muhammad, she understood that he was truly the Prophet of God and Islam was the true religion. She accepted Islam at once, Alhamdulilah.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

* Talk about what we would do if someone threw rubbish at us/shouted at us/was not nice to us?
* Role play reacting like the Prophet in this situation or any other every day situation.
* Think about someone who perhaps has not been very nice to you – what can you do for them? Make them a card? Smile at them? Pay them a compliment?
* Us mums and dads – is there someone we can be nice to/call up/bake for? Watching us lead by example is the best way to get the message across!

Day 3 – Smile, smile, smile :):

“Smiling in the face of your brother is charity…” – the Holy Prophet (saw)

To smile is to be cheerful in a wonderful, contagious, and effortless way. Here is a lovely story to share with your children:

One day, Miss Ellis gave her pupils a new assignment: an assignment on happiness. Her pupils would be “happiness collectors”, and were to see what would happen when they tried to bring happiness to those around them. As part of their assignment, all the students did really delightful, wonderful things, but what Carla Chalmers did left everyone gobsmacked. Several days after the assignment had been handed out, Carla turned up carrying a big sack.

“Here in this bag I have all the happiness I’ve collected so far,” she said, smiling.

On seeing this, everyone was filled with expectation, but Carla didn’t want to show anyone what was in the sack. Instead, she pulled out a small box and gave it to her teacher. When Miss Ellis had taken the box, Carla took an instant camera out of her own pocket and stood with it at the ready.

“Open it, Miss Ellis.”

The teacher slowly opened the box and looked inside. A big smile shone on her face, and at that moment Carla snapped a photo. Carla’s photo popped out the camera, and she offered it to Miss Ellis along with a sheet of paper. The teacher read the paper in silence, and when she had finished she gestured over at the sack.

“Oh, so it’s….”

“Yes!” interrupted Carla, undoing the knot which sealed the sack, “It’s a great big pile of smiles!”

She opened the sack and hundreds of photos fell out, all of different smiles, each one of them beautiful.

The rest of the class tried to work out how Carla had managed to create such a great big chain of happiness. All there was in the box was a photo of a big smile. But everyone who had seen it had felt happiness being transmitted to them, and in return, without even thinking about it, every person had responded with a smile of their own.

With all her classmates now smiling, Carla took a photo of each one of them. She gave them their own photo along with a slip of paper, which asked them to do the same with other people, and to send a copy of the photos to her home address. And for months afterwards, Carla’s post box was always full to the brim with photos of happy, smiling people.

And so it was that she managed to spread understanding of the simple truth that every time you smile you are sending a gift to the world.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

* Brainstorm how we can remember to smile throughout the day – maybe leave a note in your child’s lunchbox?
* Have a discussion on charity and what the wider meaning is.
* Maybe even decide to give monetary charity as well on this day, or why not make a Sadqa box?

Day 4 – Learn something new and share it with your family:

“The mosque of Medina was not only a place of worship.

Once the Prophet (pbuh) entered the Mosque before the prayer time. He found two groups in the Mosque. One group was busy with its own act of worship, some were reading the Quran while the others were supplicating. The other group was in a corner busy learning. They learnt how to read and write and discussed the teachings of Islam and their application to their daily lives.

Looking at both, the Prophet (pbuh) said:

“They are both engaged in useful pursuits. But I am a teacher. I shall join the group assembled to learn.”

And so he (pbuh) sat with the group of students.”

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: The virtue of knowledge is more beloved with Allah (SWT) than the virtue of worship.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

* Share the story above with your children and ask them why their think learning is so important for us.

*I once heard someone mention a family tradition that I thought was so simple to implement, yet so awesome! At dinner time, they would ask each other to say one new thing they had learnt that day. If the person had learnt something, they would share it; if not, everyone would shake their heads and tut tut at them! Even the parents were grilled!

* Maybe you could have a small whiteboard somewhere, where you write and share a new hadith, or think to learn as a family – each family member can take turns to write something once a week.

Day 5 – Eat and drink like the Prophet (saw):

Subhanallah, we have so much advice from our Prophet on the little things in life 🙂 Here are some of his habits:

– He would drink water in sips and not gulp it down all together.
– He said: “Food that is hot does not have blessings so let it cool.”
– “Olive oil and vinegar are the food of the Prophets.”
– He would have dates and raisins for breakfast.
– There was no fruit more liked by him than pomegranates.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

* Talk about the above and what the reasoning may be behind it – maybe a research project for the older ones on the benefits of dates?
* Have some of these yummy fruit today – stick them in their lunchbox, or as an after-school snack!
* We’ve already seen some amazing fruit art 🙂 How about some more edible art with the fruits mentioned above, or an arts and craft activity on the same?

* Check out this awesome poster which highlights some of the important meal time manners in Islam – why not print it out, laminate it, and stick it up in your kitchen as a reminder all-year round?

* When researching this topic, I came across this document which covers research into the Prophet’s methods of eating and drinking in depth.

Day 6 – Do something extra that you don’t normally do to help you mum out in the house:

“It is said that once our Prophet (SAW) was on a long journey with a number of his companions. At one place they all decided to rest. They all alighted from their horses and loosened their luggage. They then decided to slaughter an animal and prepare a meal. One of his companions said, ‘I will slaughter the animal.’ Another said, ‘And I will skin it.’ A third volunteered to cook the meal. The Prophet (SAW) then said, ‘And I will go and find fuel.’

Immediately a number of his companions rose and said, ‘No, O Prophet of Allah, let it be our privilege to serve you while you rest. We are here to do the work for you.’ The Prophet (SAW) replied, ‘I know that you could all do that. But Allah hates a person who enjoys such a privilege amongst his friends and companions. Allah hates a man who adopts any preferential position.’ He then went towards the woods and brought back with him twigs, which were then used, in the preparation of the meal.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

* Our Prophet taught us many lessons of self-reliance such as this example above. Discuss how we can become more self-reliant in our own individual roles in the family.
* Depending on age, maybe this would be a good time to decide on chores and responsibilities?

Day 7 – Wear some perfume today:

it is said that the Prophet’s hands were like those of a perfume
seller, always with a beautiful fragrance. He used to love perfume and used to spend more on it than food!

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

* Smelling nice goes hand in hand with being clean – perhaps this could lead to a good discussion on good habits, like brushing teeth, having showers, Jummah ghusl, etc?
* Maybe go shopping with your child a perfume of his/her own? Or gift them one of your own – it is said, he never used to refuse perfume when he was gifted it.
* In last week’s Show and Tell on the Prophet, one of the children brought in perfume and had a great time as he went around and put a little perfume on everybody else 🙂

 

And there you have it! Inshallah I hope it is simple enough for the younger ones to do, but something that the older ones can also fulfill to their capabilities, not to mention us mums and dads 🙂

 

App 13 – 40 Hadiths for Children with Stories

App 13 – 40 Hadiths for Children with Stories

So I was going to end it yesterday with the awesome number of 12 apps reviewed, when I was sent this one.

With the Prophet’s Birthday coming up, I think this is a perfect way to end this series…and hey, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that 13 is also a special number in Islam, right? 🙂

This app is also a perfect prelude to beginning the next lot of posts, which is to do with the Prophet (saw), of course! Stay tuned!

App No 13: 40 Hadiths for Children with Stories

Along with penned illustrations, this app has 40 stories that are short and easy to read, each one with a deeply embedded moral. At the end of each story is… you guessed it… a hadith from Prophet Muhammad (saw) that encompasses the moral succintly.

Again, the ahadith are from Ahle Sunnah sources – the moral stays the same though, and the stories are not the common ones that we’ve heard, and really bring the moral to life.

Overall? A lovely tool to teach our children values and morals, using the captivating medium of story telling.

Download for free on itunes: (sorry androiders)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/40-hadiths-for-children-stories/id393304538?mt=8