Moon Piñata

One of my favorite parts of this past Eid was this moon piñata! Inspired by Oh Happy Day, we decided to make a piñata for our Eid party. We used the these instructions for the most part, with only a few modifications. We glued a white piece of poster board on top of the brown cardboard, so that our fringe didn’t have to be as dense – any gaps would only show white poster board. We also used glue rather than tape to hold the moon together. Our cardboard was too thick to bend for the curve of the moon, so we used white poster board there as well. This was definitely easier as a two-person job.

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Making the moon was actually easier than I had anticipated – the hardest part was cutting the cardboard that gave the moon its sturdy shape. I thought that cutting and gluing the fringe would be very tedious, but honestly, it went by a lot quicker than I had expected.

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Due to the number and ages of our kids, we decided to hand the kids the piñata and let them try to break it with their hands, rather than hanging and having them take turns hitting it to break it. It took them a solid two minutes to figure it out, which in my opinion, is a success! Alhamdulillah.

Once the moon broke open, they shared the chocolate with each other, and even made sure that all the grown-ups got some too! Yummy 🙂

I hope you all had a blessed and memorable Eid!!

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Eid Mubarak Puzzle

My daughter LOVES puzzles. For Eid this year, I thought it would be fun to have one that she can first color, and then cut apart and play over and over again as a puzzle. If you have a puzzle-lover as well, you can download below!

To download the Eid Mubarak puzzle, click HERE.

For a more difficult puzzle, you can cut each piece out individually. For an easier puzzle (and an easier cutting job, phew!), you can cut a few pieces out together, like we did!

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(If you use print this out on cardstock, your puzzle will be sturdier!)

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Happy puzzle-ing, and happy EID! 🙂

[Puzzle overlay found from Microsoft Clip Art]

Takbir of Eid

Eid is fast approaching: the celebrations with family and friends, the mouth-watering food, and of course, the presents!

But obviously, that’s not all! On the day of Eid, we remember Allah (SWT) as well, for He blessed us with this beautiful day.

On the day of Eid, we remember and praise Allah (SWT) by reciting the Takbir of Eid.

 

Let’s learn the Takbir of Eid and its translation!

Here, you can download the Arabic and its English translation to cut apart. This can be reused as many times as you want, and will help in learning the order of Takbir as well as the translation of each line.

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Eid Mubarak, everyone! May you all have a happy and blessed day 🙂

[Source: Arabic; English is a simplified mix of here and here]

Ramadhan Acrostics

I love acrostic poems! They are so versatile, and they are a fun way to end our series of Ramadhan activities.

In an acrostic poem, you choose a main word and write it vertically, with one letter on each line. Each line of the poem then has to start with the letter that is on that line. For example, if we use the word Ramadhan, we would have each line of the poem starting with the letters R, A, M, A, D, H, A, and N.

Yes, this is considered a poem, but no, it does not have to rhyme! Each line can be a word, a sentence, a phrase, or any combination thereof.

For your end-of-Ramadhan acrostic poems, you can have each kid write a poem about what they have learned this month, or what they have accomplished, or what they hope to remember from this month. They can also choose any word that they like. I love the creativity that this format allows! Every poem will be different.

For my sample poem, I decided to choose the word FAST.

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Using the word RAMADHAN to reflect on our accomplishments this month could sound something like this:

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P.S. I would LOVE to see what poems you and your kiddos come up with! Please share them with me, either in the comments section below or on the facebook page!

P.P.S. I love the way Islam from the Start used an acrostic poem to reflect on what they learned from Surah Ankaboot.

Questions for Imam Ali (AS)

Before the shahadat of Imam Ali (AS), he told the people to ask him whatever they wanted to ask him, before they would lose their access to him.

“Ask me before you lose me. By Allah, if you ask me about anything that could happen up to the Day of Judgment, I will tell you about it. Ask me, for, by Allah, you will not be able to ask me a question about anything without my informing you. Ask me about the Book of Allah, for by Allah, there is no verse about which I do not know whether it was sent down at night or during the day, or whether it was revealed on a plain or in a mountain.” (Tarikh al-Khulafa) [SOURCE]

This sentiment is so powerful. Whenever I think of this, I wonder what questions the companions must have asked. I wonder what I would have asked the Imam (AS) if I had this opportunity. Sadly, we do not have this opportunity, not with Imam Ali (AS), and not with our 12th Imam (AS) right now either.

It echoes what we recite in Dua Iftitah every day this month, complaining to Allah (SWT) about our separation from our Imam (AS).

“Oh Allah, we complain to You of the absence of our Prophet, Your blessings be on him and his family, and the concealment of our leader…” (Dua Iftitah)

question (1)As we discuss the shahadat of Imam Ali (AS) and ponder his infinite knowledge and wisdom, have a discussion with your kids. What questions would we have asked the Imams (AS)? What questions do our kids want to ask the Imams (AS)? What are they curious about, that we do not have an answer to, that Imam Ali (AS) would have definitely been able to answer? Keep a running list of their curiosities, and remember the deep sadness we have that we cannot access our Imams (AS).

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Reflections on Laylatul Qadr

As we approach the most blessed nights of the holy month of Ramadhan, we are preparing ourselves to spend these nights in prayer and supplication. We want to maximize the blessings we receive during these nights, inshaAllah!

For these nights, you can download a worksheet that will help our kids reflect on Laylatul Qadr. You can print out a separate worksheet for each night. Each worksheet has a couple of prompts to reflect on BEFORE each blessed night, and a couple of prompts to reflect on AFTER each blessed night.

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CLICK HERE to download the worksheet on letter size paper.

CLICK HERE to download the worksheet on A4 size paper.

InshaAllah these worksheets will help guide our preparations for Laylatul Qadr and will allow us and our kids to reap the benefits of this night.

Iltemas-e-dua!

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Battle of Badr

At the Battle of Badr, the Muslims were outnumbered, 313 ill-equipped men to 900 Makkan soldiers. However, the Muslims were victorious on the 17th of Ramadhan, and this was a major victory by the Muslims in their first battle against the Makkans in their first battle.

In the Holy Quran (3:123-124), Allah (SWT) tells us that He sent down 3,000 angels to assist the Muslims in the Battle of Badr. Thus, the faithful were able to overcome insurmountable odds to lead them to this victory.

This teaches us that no matter how daunting the odds may seem, if we are with Allah (SWT) and Allah (SWT) is with us, we can overcome anything.

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To illustrate this, I decided to build a scale. I taped together an empty paper tower roll, a ruler, and two plastic cups, as pictured. To start, put something light in one cup to represent the small Muslim army. Then, on the other side, put to represent the large Makkan army. Obviously, the scale will tip to the side of the Makkan army. However, the Muslims had something that the Makkans did not have – their faith and prayers. To represent the power of that, use something super-heavy, and as soon as we added that vital ingredient, the scales tipped to favor the Muslim army.

If you can’t think of what to add, here are some ideas: rocks, magnets, toy cars, any little toys, dry rice (or any other similar dry food).

To apply this in our lives, we can have a discussion about having faith in Allah (SWT), believing in Allah (SWT), and trusting Him. This also illustrates the power of praying to Allah (SWT). If we are facing something that feels like it is too much for us, we should not panic – pray to Allah (SWT), and with Him, we can overcome anything!

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[Source: Here on page 6.59-61]