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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Standing Up for Fadak

After the death of the Holy Prophet (SAW), Bibi Fatemah (SA) had to make a stand against the oppressors. She did not hesitate to stand for her rights. She was strong and truthful, and stood up for what she knew was right.

To illustrate this, I was inspired by Islam from the Start’s post about Imam Hussain (AS). He also stood against oppression.

We adapted this activity for Bibi Fatemah (SA). We decorated the inside of the card with a garden, because one of the things that Bibi Fatemah (SA) stood up for was her rights to the Garden of Fadak.

We cut a slit in the card to make it pop up, and we put a person on that pop. At the top half of the card, we used a quote bubble to say “Don’t be mean.”

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We discussed how the Prophet (SAW) had given the Garden of Fadak to Bibi Fatemah (SA) as a gift, and after the Prophet (SAW)’s death, the “mean people” took away the garden. Bibi Fatemah (SA) was brave and strong, and stood up for what was right against the “mean people.”

For older kids, you can say “I stand up for my rights.” or you can include a portion of her sermon, where she asks “Is it right that I should not get my inheritance?” I like the information here.

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At the beginning of programs that we attend, we often hear Hadith-e-Kisa (The Story of the Cloak). But for our kids, if they’ve only ever heard this story in Arabic, then they have no idea what they are listening to. As we remember Bibi Fatemah Zahra (SA) during the days of her shahadat and her wiladat, it is a good time to learn more about this story.

To discuss this story, we decided to make circles to represent each person. We discussed not drawing the people, remembering that in stories we read, they never show the faces of the Imams/Prophets. We made circles and wrote each name inside, to represent the person. We used a blanket as our cloak.

Then, we acted out the story. Here is a simplified version of the story [on page 134]. You can find the entire Hadith-e-Kisa here.

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Afterwards, we summarized the story on a sheet of paper, in one image. We glued the circle with Bibi Fatemah (SA) in the center, and surrounded her with her family, drawing arrows and describing the relationship on those arrows. Then, we took another sheet of paper in a different color, and cut it in the shape of a cloak. We put that paper on top, and glued just the edge down, so that we could lift the cloak to see who is under it. On top of the cloak, we wrote, “Under this ‘kisa’ are the FIVE people who are the most PURE and the most PERFECT!”

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Who Should We Follow?

There are so many people in this world right now, billions and billions of people. If we look throughout history, there are billions and billions more.

How do we choose the people that we should consider to be our role models? Who should we strive to be like?

To illustrate this dilemma, we used stickers. Lots and lots of star stickers.

We used stars that are colorful or shiny, and we used stars that glow in the dark, even though they aren’t as pretty on the surface. We scattered the stars all over a sheet of paper.

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We then took a moment’s break from the stars and discussed the qualities that we would like for our leaders to have. Keeping in mind the “Follow the Leader” activity from yesterday, we discussed that we would like to follow someone who is kind and generous. We want to follow someone who would help us make good decisions.

We then came back to the stars and discussed which ones are the brightest and prettiest, which ones are our favorite. Then we turned the lights off and saw that all of the stars disappeared, especially all of the brightest colors. The only stars we could see now were the glow-in-the-dark ones.

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How do we know who to follow? We should follow the people who will shine the brightest in times of darkness, in times of difficulty. We can decide who to follow by focusing on their substance. Will they be kind and generous and make good decisions in times of hardship? Or are they simply beautiful on the surface, and in difficulties, they disappear?

Afterwards, we also tied in a science lesson, by discussing how back in the time of the Prophet (SAW), they did not have cars or airplanes; instead, they rode camels and horses. They didn’t have electricity, which meant that they did not have lights. They didn’t have GPS on their phones – they didn’t even have phones. That meant that if they went somewhere at night, perhaps on a camel in the desert or on a boat in the ocean, they had to navigate using stars. The stars that shone the brightest are the ones that lit the way to guide them to wherever they wanted to go.

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