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Baligha Series – Idea 4: Giving a Presentation in your Daughter’s School

Baligha Series – Idea 4: Giving a Presentation in your Daughter’s School

Turning 9 is going to have many implications in your daughter’s school life – and the school need to know! Not only that but her friends and classmates will probably be curious as to the changes, and so it is an ideal time to dispel any myths, provide information and generally increase awareness 

Go in and speak to the head/teacher about the following:

– If she will be praying at school then she will need a space to pray, and somewhere to keep her musalla (a travel musalla with an attached part for the mohr is ideal)
– In Ramadhan that she will be fasting and may need to stay indoors during hot summer days – one school even allowed a friend to stay in with their daughter so she doesn’t get bored/lonely)
– That she will be wearing a head scarf
– If swimming, that she will be wearing a burkini, which has been accepted world wide as appropriate swim wear

Some awesome mums even went in to talk to their daughter’s class about it all! A PPT was used and has been shared with you here (PPTS have been shared here through dropbox links) in case you would like to do the same  Info can be added/changed as you see fit!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/oeponq7sucgut02/Ameerah%20Becomes%20Baligh-2.pptx?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nzfluwyx65en7pp/Becoming%20Baligh.pptx?dl=0

Here is another PPT given by another mum, who extended it to add more information on the other aspects of turning baaligh;

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4xtqa0e47gzdyi5/balighapresentation.pptx?dl=0

The amazing thing was the knock-on effect it had…in one school, because of one girl starting to wear the hijaab at school, another did too – and so this mum was asked to come in and give her presentation to another class also!

Others asked speakers to come instead, and it was held as a Key Stage 2 Assembly – this was very effective also.

Also super effective was having the girls who are wearing hijaab give their own talk, thus giving them ownership of explaining what is happening to their lives. Here is a sample talk which may be useful: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mbkme36y3ohb29t/Hijaabtalk.docx?dl=0

 

 

 

Ramadan Idea 3: Letter to Schools about Ramadhan

Ramadan Idea 3: Letter to Schools about Ramadhan

Do you remember at Muharram time, it was suggested that you send a letter to your children’s school to explain what is happening? Here is a similar initiative – would be especially useful for buloogh age children who will be fasting for the first time:

Stanmore Jafferys have compiled a letter for you to print and send to your child’s School, explaining the act of fasting as well as the effect it may have if your child needs to partake in Physical Education. Feel free to print off and send.

Dear Teacher,

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 183

As you may be aware, Muslims around the world are preparing to welcome the month of Ramadhan and will be participating in fasts from 10-Jul-2013 to 10-Aug 2013. As a month dedicated to worship and charity, I would like to share with you a little bit about how my child will be participating in this Holy Month, both whilst in school and at home.

Along with the spirit of prayer, kindness and giving that surrounds the Holy Month, Muslims also fast from dawn to dusk in an act of devotion and gratitude to God, Allah, and to cultivate compassion and empathy for the poor and needy.

There are two important facets to the fast:

• The physical element of the fast requires Muslims to abstain from food and drink, and any other activity that may involve their ingestion.
• The spiritual element of the fast, which plays a significantly greater role, encourages all Muslims to try and attain spiritual peace and perfection. It allows you to strengthen your willpower and resolve, enabling one to meet the challenges of everyday with greater determination and sincerity.

Whilst young children are exempt from fasting, my son/daughter is now old enough to partake in fasting this year.

I’m sure you will understand that especially in these long summer days, the fast is a test of patience for all, especially the young ones! Of course, fasting in Islam is intended not as a burden but a means to grow and so it encourages eating well both after the breaking of the fast at dusk and especially during the pre-dawn breakfast, so that all remain fit and healthy! Hence, my child will be nourished and happy to partake in learning and activities at school as usual.

However, I’m sure you will understand that at playtime or during PE, my child may be less energetic and more tired than usual and I hope that you will be accommodating if short breaks and time-outs are needed. Naturally during lunchtime, my child will not be eating and in order to avoid confusion from other pupils, I would appreciate it if you could explain very simply to the class the significance of Ramadhan and fasting.

As you will appreciate, fasting is a process of learning and adjustment for mind, body and spirit and so I would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding in helping my child through this process.

With kind regards and many thanks,

Muharram Idea 9 – Letter to School

Muharram Idea 9 – Letter to School

Idea No 9: Write to your Child’s School about Ashura

A lot of school-age children will be attending mosque during the nights, and however quickly we try and leave the mosque to be home and have the kids in bed at a decent time, this is not always possible! The knock-on effect is seen the next morning, when they have to get up for school…

So why not write to your school and give them a heads up?

And here’s a thought – even if your children are tucked in bed by 8pm during the week and only attend mosque during the weekend, why not write to the school anyway and spread the word?!

Usually if Ashura fell on a school day, we would have to provide some sort of reason as to why the children aren’t attending, but since this year it falls on the weekend, let’s use any excuse to write to them! Then maybe we can use this letter next year and adjust it slightly to include a day off 😉

So here’s the letter – after debating what the best format to post it was, I have decided on just writing it out here. That way, you can just copy and paste it into your own document and amend the details in BOLD to personalise it (and italicise the quotes too please to make them stand out!).

And here’s another thought – why not e-mail it to them? That way, they will be more inclined to check out the website linked in (just a click away!).

Here it is:

Dear HEAD/TEACHER,

This is just to let you know that this month we are commemorating a man who, along with his family and close friends, was killed for upholding social justice and the rights of others. This man was called Hussain.

Although not much has been said about him in mainstream history or the media, he has gone on to inspire many a contemporary leader, including Gandhi’s famous struggle for independence.

“I learnt from Hussain how to achieve victory while being oppressed.” – Mahatma Ghandi

“In a distant age and climate, the tragic scene of the death of Hussain will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader.” – Edward Gibbons, English Historian and Member of Parliament

I have included a link to a website: www.whoishussain.org which gives a bit more insight into the event which is usually commemorated by over 200 million Shiite Muslims around the world.

On that note, the memorial is usually attended over a period of 12 days and thus you may find my SON/DAUGHTER slightly tired over the next few days. The final day of remembrance (Ashura Day) is on DAY AND DATE and so my child(ren) will not be attending school on this day.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter and should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm Regards,

NAME OF PARENT

P.S. This letter was inspired by SIM Madressa who had a letter available last year for this reason, and www.whoishussain.org‘s amazing work in getting the word of our Imam out there!

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Here is what someone said after they did this:

“Just wanted to share above. I emailed the buzz Ideazz letter into school for all my children. This is part of the response from my older son’s form tutor. It looks like he took time to go on to the whoishussain.com link to find more out! Imam Husayn awakens every soul!!”

Hajj Idea 2 – Give out Eid cards to the class and staff

Hajj Idea 2 – Give out Eid cards to the class and staff

Whether you’re going in or not to give a talk, let your child GIVE OUT EID CARDS to the class! The Buzz Kidzz Cardzz were especially created for this – to give Muslim children an alternative to the Christmas cards that are exchanged every year.

Small, funky and colourful, the Kidzz Cardzz come in packs of 10 – check them out here.

And don’t forget the staff! This year, instead of giving teachers a present at Christmas like everyone else, why not give them something at Eid instead? The receptionists/caretaker/head often get forgotten too…why not grab a box of chocolates and give it to them this Eid?

Small gestures like these go a long way in building good relationships with the people who are taking care of your children 🙂 Our range of contemporary Cardzz are perfect to accompany any gifts/chocolates you decide to give, or even just on their own!