Night of Mi’raj MAZE

Do your kids like mazes? My kid definitely does! To discuss the night of Mi’raj, I decided to make a maze, to discuss the journey that Prophet Mohammed (SAW) took on that special night.

The journey that night had many elements, but including all these elements would complicate the maze. Of course, if your kids are old enough and ready to understand more about the entire journey, do share more with them! I plan to add a bit more detail during my discussion with my daughter. I used page 243 from here as a resource.

This maze starts and ends at the home of the Prophet (SAW). To solve this maze, you must travel to Masjid-ul-Aqsa in Jerusalem. Then, you must travel up through the clouds to the heavens to receive the command for the five daily prayers. After that, you must travel through the maze to return to the home of the Prophet (SAW).

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There are two different versions of the maze – easy and difficult. Depending on your child’s experience with mazes and their skill level, you can choose whichever one you prefer.

CLICK HERE to download the EASY version.

CLICK HERE to download the more DIFFICULT version.

 

Did you enjoy this activity? Are there any other events/stories that you would love to see a maze for? Let me know in the comments below!

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Al-Muhyi and Al-Hafeez

Today we have a guest post from Javeria of NurturingEmaan. She is a homeschooler and a mom of three, and she has amazing creative hands-on activities that help little ones learn. She recently posted a coloring book about some of the 99 names of Allah (SWT), and today she is sharing activities to help kids learn about two of the names of Allah (SWT). Enjoy!

 

Asalamu Alaikum,

My 5 year old daughter loves story time and I try to incorporate Islamic stories in as many of her lessons as I can! There is no doubt that storytelling is a brilliant way of teaching children because not only are stories enjoyable for children, they will also remember and learn the concept more effectively. To accompany the 99 Names of Allah ﷻ on my blog, I have made easy and fun hands-on activities that take this learning and remembering to the next level. For this blog, I chose two names of Allah ﷻ Al-Muhyi and Al-Hafeez from the downloadable package.

 

Al Muhyi, the Giver of Life

Once you have finished the colouring and story part of the package and the child has a fair understanding of the name and its meaning, get ready for the hands-on activity. For this name, there is no better way to understand it other than making a doll.

Here is how you can make your own doll:

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You will need:

  • 2 pipe cleaners (12-in. and 6-in)
  • beads (1 large, 18 small)

Steps:

  1. Thread the large bead onto the 12 in. pipe cleaner and fold it in half when the bead reaches the center.
  2. Hold both ends of the folded pipe cleaner together and thread a small bead onto it, taking it all the way up under the large bead (this will be the neck).
  3. Now take the 6 in. pipe cleaner, fold it in half and twist it around under the neck bead, then spread out the two ends to make arms.
  4. Thread 4 beads onto each arm, two for the upper arm and two for the lower arm.
  5. For the body, thread 3 beads onto the folded pipe cleaner under the neck bead, then twist and pull both ends of the folded pipe cleaner apart to make the legs. Thread 3 beads on each leg.
  6. To make the hands and feet, fold the pipe cleaners back on themselves (to make little loops).

Discussion/Explanation:

When the doll is complete, ask your child if this doll is alive, can it walk/talk and can it do all the things you can do? No, it cannot do any of these things because it is not alive and you can do all this because Allah ﷻ gave you life, He is Al-Muhyi, the Giver of Life. It is only Allah ﷻ that can give life to something, only He has the power to make things come alive, grow, die and come back to life. You can take this discussion further by talking about different plants and animals too.

 

Al-Hafeez, the Protector

Once you have finished the colouring and story part of the package and the child has a fair understanding of the name and its meaning, get ready for the hands on activity.This hands-on activity is a very crafty one and your child will really enjoy it (mine sure did).

Here is what you need:

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  • white sheet of paper
  • 1 pack of tissue paper (or light crêpe paper)
  • black and white paint
  • 1 styrofoam ball (for the spider)
  • 1 12-in black/brown pipe cleaner
  • pencil, paint brush, scissors and glue

Steps:

  1. Using a pencil, draw a cave shape on the white construction paper.
  2. Cut the tissue paper into small squares, and scrunch then into small balls.
  3. Put glue on the cave you drew and stick on the tissue paper balls.
  4. Once the whole cave is covered with the balls, paint it black.
  5. Then using a scrunched sheet of paper, dab it into the white paint and then on to the cave on top of the black paint and leave it to dry. cave 2
  6. To make the spider cut the pipe cleaner into 4 pieces (2 in. each) and fold them in half. Then poke two folded pipe cleaners on each side of the styrofoam to make the legs.
  7. Using a pencil, draw a web at the entrance of the cave and place the spider on it. cave 3

 

Discussion/Explanation

This activity is directly related to the story in the package (you can download it here). After you have read the story to your child and completed the above activity, have your child retell the story while you emphasize that Allah ﷻ is Al-Hafeez, the Protector. When Allah ﷻ protected the Prophet ﷺ and Abu Bakr from the enemy people who where trying to kill them, He sent the spider to make a web at the entrance to make it look like no one had entered the cave. Discuss with your child that if we ask Allah ﷻ to protects us from something then nothing can harm us in any way, Allah ﷻ is the best protector.

Peace and Love,

NurturingEmaan

 

P.S. If you loved this post– Javeria will be sharing more hands-on activities about the names of Allah (SWT) very soon, so be sure to follow her! You can find her on Instagram HERE or on Facebook HERE.

Reflections on Nahjul Balagha

As we discuss Imam Ali (AS), we can learn so much from his life and his words. His quotes in Nahjul Balagha are so powerful and important for us to reflect on.

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Here, you can download a booklet with some of my personal favorite quotes from Nahjul Balagha, with space below them to reflect.

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I love activities like this, because it’s not enough to just read a quote from Imam Ali (AS). It is MORE important to think about what we are reading, and reflect on it. We can think of ways we have experienced what is in the quote, and how we can apply it in our lives. We can consider what questions we have after reading it, and what images or stories come up in our mind. The more we reflect on a quote, the more we will remember it and the more we will be able to improve our lives with it. (A similar activity can be found for Dua-e-Iftitah HERE.)

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Of course, this activity is more for older kids – you can decide if it is appropriate for a kid based on their critical thinking skills. However, as always, you can adapt it for younger kids by having a discussion about a specific quote, and helping them through their thoughts. (This journal can be great for adults as well! Critical thinking is great for us all!) 🙂

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE NAHJUL BALAGHA REFLECTION JOURNAL. (Make sure you choose the option to print BOOKLET.) There are a few extra empty pages at the end of the journal, that can be used to write down some more quotes to reflect on, or as extra space to continue writing.

 

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Islamic Birthdays (and BIG NEWS!)

I love birthdays. Growing up, we normally did not make a huge deal about birthdays, with parties and gifts, but it was still a special day. We always chose our own cake, and we always felt special on that day.

However, it wasn’t just one birthday. We “celebrated” our Islamic birthday too! One of my favorite things growing up was having two birthdays. I had TWO days that were extra-special for me!

(And for those years that our birthdays fell during the months of Muharram or Safar, we made a bigger deal of our Islamic birthdays.)

I’ve continued that with my daughter – she was born two days after Eid, so we always do a little something special for her on that day. Nothing major, but special nevertheless.

Do YOU celebrate your kid’s Islamic birthday? Do you know when it is?! If you don’t, you can find out at sites like Islamic Finder or IslamiCity. (When I tried my birthday on here, they both gave me different days. Moon issues and whatnot. If that happens to you… choose either day? I guess? For whatever it’s worth, Islamic Finder gave me the correct date, while IslamiCity was a day ahead.)

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Click HERE to download this fun poster for A4 size paper and HERE to downlad it for letter size paper for your kid to write down his/her birthday – and Islamic birthday!

Here’s my daughter’s “decorated” version:

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Make a big deal about it. Make it fun and exciting! Figure out how many days are left until their Islamic birthday. Which birthday is coming up sooner? How old are they be according to the two different calendars?

Fun side-note – since the lunar year is shorter, your kid will turn the next year older SOONER according to the Islamic calendar. Kids are always in a hurry to grow up, so this is a definite perk for them!

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about Islamic birthdays recently, because mine is this weekend. And for that reason, I have some BIG NEWS.

To celebrate that and to celebrate Teaching Young Muslim’s TWO YEAR blogiversary, WE ARE HOSTING A GIVEAWAY.

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I’m curious – do YOU celebrate Islamic birthdays in your home? If yes, what do you do to celebrate? If not, do you think you might start? Let me know in the comments below!

Titles of Imam Ali (AS)

With the foundation of Asadullah being the title of Imam Ali (AS), we decided to stick with the theme of a lion, but I wanted to introduce a few more titles of Imam Ali (AS), especially since he is often referred to by various titles.

I started with a template of a lion, that you can download HERE for A4 size paper, and HERE for letter size paper.

My daughter is currently obsessed with watercolors, so I gave her all the pages to paint, and requested for her to stick to lion-ish colors, but four year olds have a creative mind of their own. Hence the pinks and the purples 🙂

We then cut out each piece of the lion, and assembled it to look lion-like, and glued all the pieces together. (see picture below)

After the lion was assembled, I asked my daughter to write the name of Imam Ali (AS) on the lion’s face. Then I took over the writing, since space was limited. I wrote the title “Asadullah” on one portion of the lion’s mane. Then I mentioned our discussion of the many titles of Bibi Fatemah (SA), and said that Imam Ali (AS) also has a lot of titles.

We listed each title on one portion of the mane of the lion, and wrote its meaning as well.

We went into a VERY basic discussion of each title, because I could tell my kid wasn’t really ready for it. If your kid is ready for a deeper discussion, then this would be a good time for that. You can use fewer titles or different titles. Older kids can even be challenged to come up with titles on their own.

This is what our final lion looked like.

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(I know that my daughter won’t remember half of the titles, but she will know that they exist, and as this lion hangs on her wall, she will become familiar with a few more titles as she looks at it day after day.)

 

We really enjoyed having a theme for all of the activities for Imam Ali (AS) this year! This is our last lion-themed post. You can find our previous lion-themed activities HERE and HERE. One more activity for the birthday of Imam Ali (AS) next week inshaAllah, aimed at older kids! To make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe to receive all new posts by email – the link is on the side. You can also like the page on Facebook and Instagram – both links are on the side.

 

Lion of Allah part 2

We continued our discussion of Imam Ali (AS) with some fun lion-themed activities, since Asadullah is one of the titles of Imam Ali (AS). You can download these activities below:

  1. Find the name of Imam Ali (AS) in Arabic.

To start, we spelled out the name of Imam Ali (AS) using the Arabic magnets, and then broke it down to focus on the letters. After we talked about the letters, my daughter tried to write the name of Imam Ali (AS) herself.

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After that, I showed her the picture of the lion and asked her to search for the name of Imam Ali (AS) among the hairs of the lion using her magnifying glass.

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“Ali” is written in the lion a total of 10 times, although it is more difficult to find some than it is others. Younger kids will probably struggle to find all of them – my four year old found about 6.

You can download the worksheet here for A4 size paper or click here to download it for letter size paper.

 

  1. Lion Maze

My daughter loves mazes. I wanted to talk about how Imam Ali (AS) was born inside the Holy Kabah, and when he was attacked, he was in a Masjid. For that reason, this maze starts at the picture of the Holy Kabah, and ends at the picture of a Masjid. To keep the theme of our previous discussion, I kept the shape of the maze as a lion.

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There are two versions of this maze – the easier one is the same as the more challenging one, but with most of the “wrong paths” blocked off. You can download whichever one is more suited to the skill levels of your kids.

Click below to download:

 

I would love to know how these worksheets go for your kids! Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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Lion of Allah

As we approach the month of Rajab, we will be starting our focus on Imam Ali (AS).

One of the most visual titles of Imam Ali (AS) is Asadullah, which means the Lion of God.

To introduce this, I first started with a lion. Kids typically have some familiarity with lions, so I asked my daughter to list everything that she knew about lions. She talked about how lions roar really loudly, and are orange and furry. After that, I guided her into coming up with personality traits. She couldn’t come up with much, so I gave her choices of two opposing traits, and she chose which ones she thought worked, like “brave” vs. “scared” and “strong” vs. “weak,” using lions from movies we’ve seen as examples.

This is the list that we came up with.

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(I didn’t know that lions slept 20 hours a day! I learned something from my daughter.) 🙂

After that, we sounded out and spelled “Asad” in Arabic, similar to this, using our magnets, talking about how asad means lion.

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Then, I told my daughter that one of the titles of Imam Ali (AS) was Asadullah. We then started our discussion of what this title might mean – why is Imam Ali (AS) called the Lion of God? He’s not a lion – he’s a person, an Imam! Why would he be called a Lion? Which of the characteristics of a lion apply to Imam Ali (AS)? We circled the ones that we thought worked, and crossed out the ones that didn’t work, giggling through the silliness of imagining an orange roaring furry person.

(I told her to draw a “line” through the ones that didn’t work, but she heard “lion” LOL, hence the stick-figure lions on top of the words.)

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Once we had our list, we condensed it into a statement, something to summarize our discussion. For example, “Imam Ali (AS) was known as Asadullah, the Lion of God, because he was _____________ and ____________, just like a lion.”

After we finished this discussion, we continued with a few more lion-themed activities, coming soon inshaAllah! To make sure you receive the rest of the lion-themed activities, subscribe to receive all posts by email on the side! You can also like my page on Facebook and Instagram. All the links are on the side.

EDIT: Part two of this post is now up! And bonus: it has two free worksheets to download! Click here to see part two.

Honoring Moms

Bibi Fatemah (SA) was the mother of Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussain (AS). They loved her very much. They respected her and cared for her and listened to her and learned from her.

The birthday of Bibi Fatemah (SA) is the perfect occasion to honor mothers.

As we know, our Paradise lies under the feet of our mothers. To teach this to our kids, I decided to create this booklet, to spark a discussion of what this means. Does it mean that Heaven is physically under the feet of mothers? Or does it mean that if we want to go to Heaven, we have to love our moms. We have to respect them and care for them and listen to them and learn from them.

After deciding what this means, you can continue this discussion by coming up with ways to love moms. What does it mean to respect and honor them?

After the discussion – it’s time to make the booklets!

Click here to download the booklet for A4 size paper.

Click here to download the booklet for letter size paper.

In this booklet, kids can thank their mom, apologize to their mom, and promise her something special. The last page is blank for a special message or picture. [When you print this PDF, I would NOT recommend printing it out in booklet format. This way, the kids have an entire page to write what they want / draw whatever pictures they want to make it a more personal gift.]

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Make the birthday of this special Lady (SA) a special occasion for all moms! You can combine this booklet with any Mother’s Day craft – there are millions out there. I particularly like crafts that have creative approaches to flowers, like this one or these.

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Titles of Bibi Fatemah (SA)

We seriously love these Arabic magnets.

During these days of learning about Bibi Fatemah (SA), we used these magnets to build her name and some of her titles.

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We talked about how she was a kind and generous lady, and that she had many titles to describe her. We remembered our discussion about the Ahlul Kisa, that they are the most pure and most perfect. For that reason, she has the title Tahira. We used the magnets to spell out the word “Tahira” in Arabic.

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We also built a few more titles using the magnets and discussed what they each meant, in as simple terms as possible.

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Another activity for the titles of Bibi Fatemah (SA) can be found here.

 

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A Heart Full of Love

Bibi Fatemah (SA) had a big heart filled with love. She loved her family – her parents, her husband, her kids. She loved her friends and companions. And she even loved us!

For our activity, we cut out a heart, and started writing names of people that Bibi Fatemah (SA) loved.

We wrote out the names of her family members, and we also included characteristics that she loved, such as people who are generous and people who do good things.

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Then, we discussed that Bibi Fatemah (SA) loves us! She loves us so much that she prayed for us. She loves that we remember Imam Hussain (AS) and cry for him.

Keeping in mind that Bibi Fatemah (SA) loves us, we then discussed how we can honor this love that she has for us. We should remember her and try to be like her. We should try to never do things that she would not like.

 

We used the heart we made for the activity in Kisa Kids Fatimiyya Project Booklet as another point of discussion of the love of Bibi Fatemah (SA), and how, though her life was short, she continues to touch our hearts today.

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We glued the two hearts together back-to-back, punched a hole in the top and put a yarn through to hang up, as a visual reminder of the love of Bibi Fatemah (SA).

 

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