i just put up three beautiful art prints in our homeschool room
designed by UK-based smart ark,
who have an interesting line-up of games, books and posters for the muslim child.
one art-print pairs the english alphabet with arabic words,
like duaa for the letter-d and imaan for the letter-i.
another gives a simple, modern take on arabic numbers from one to ten.
the last one illustrates the journey of the pilgrim during the hajj.
i just LOVE simple, uncluttered, islam-inspired educational tools that delight the eye and inspire the mind.
the hajj, or pilgrimage to makkah / mecca, is one of the five pillars of islam.
muslims of all races and tongues come together
for three days (minimum) in the month of dhul-hijjah
to worship and glorify Allah
in one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences.
listed below are many ways to celebrate hajj
and its culminating celebration, eid al-adha or the festival of the sacrifice.
eid al-adha is expected to be on or around november 27, 2009 this year.
if you appreciate this
gathering of information,
make dua’ for my family and i
on the day of arafah
that Allah gives us the good in this world,
the good in the hereafter,
and saves us from the hellfire, inshaAllah!
we followed the directions for this simple pop up.
however we used black construction paper
backed with construction paper of a contrasting color,
turned it on its side,
and added a strip of gold-glitter glue.
read or listen to hajj stories
some communities have an event that allows people who have made the hajj to share their hajj-stories. if not, ask someone that you know to tell you their hajj story with you. you could even interview them and publish their story in your local muslim newspaper.
going back and forth sa’i between safaa and marwaa, and
staying on arafah.
read stories about the history of hajj including
the story of sa’i when hajar and baby ismail (as) are left in the desert and discover the well of zamzam
the story of the sacrifice when Allah tells the prophet ibrahim (abraham) (as) to sacrifice his son ismail (as), including the stoning of shaytan
the story of the building of the kabah
the story of prophet muhammad’s (saws) hajj
all of these stories can be found in these books by saniyasnain khan: my first quran story book
and goodnight stories from the life of the prophet muhammad
learn and recite the talbiyah
Labbaika Allahomma Labbaik.
Labbaik La Shareeka Laka Labbaik.
Innal-Hamdah, Wan-Nematah, Laka wal Mulk,
La Shareeka Laka
Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am.
Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners.
Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine alone is The Sovereignty.
Thou hast no partners.
take 3D virtual tour of the inside, outside kaba and masjid alHaram in mecca
we baked crescent cookies for our neighbors
to tell them about ramadan.
i somehow forgot to get a picture of the final products.
we outlined the sugar cookies in white icing,
and ate just one a piece after packing a couple in each plastic baggie
to hand out to the neighbors
along with a little note about ramadan.
we made kaba pop-up cards
and beaded crescents for friends and family.
first we bent jewelry wire in a crescent shape
leaving enough to finish with a twist
and make a loop.
then we threaded clear beads.
it took lots of concentration for the 2 year old,
but then she wanted to make another and then another and then another…
after the beading was complete
and we’d twisted the top into a loop,
we added pretty, silver-lined, white ribbon so the crescent could hang
and glitter in the light.
they were very satisfied with the finished product
and couldn’t wait to give them as gifts.
we made a good deed trees to keep track of the girls’ good deeds.
first we talked about what good deeds were
and how during ramadan
Allah multiplies His reward for good deeds.
alHamdulillah the girls were SO excited to do good deeds
that i soon knew that we’d run out of good deed leaves
so i modified the rules for getting good deed leaves:
they would start out with 5 leaves each day
and a leaf would be taken away if they did a bad deed.
ever the artists, they added tree houses and other flourishes to their good deed trees.
make and decorate a sadaqah jar or box from, for example, an empty pasta sauce jar or tissue box.
collect coins from around the house, in the neighborhood, or allowances.
give it to a needy person at eid.
use construction paper to cut strips and make a fasting chain for the family or each person fasting.
you can make 29/30 strips to countdown or add on a strip a day.
prepare to break the fast
give your child the responsibility to fill a small dish with dates each evening and distribute the dates to each fasting person at iftar.
pillowcase prayer rugs
decorate a pillow case with fabric paint.
make your own dhikr beads
use string and plastic beads to make dhikr beads.
try to remember as many names of Allah as you can.
make your own tin can luminary using a can opener, hammer and screwdriver to make the holes.
light the luminary during the night of lailat alQadr and last 10 nights of ramadan.
moon phase calendar
there are several variations of varying complexity.
some even include sewing.
the most simple one is make a calendar
from dark-colored paper or poster board
and cut out the shape of the moon every day.
read books about ramadhan and eid
check out library books about ramadhan and eid
or buy them for your own library.
good deeds list
make a list of good things that each child wants to do during ramadhan
then try to do at least one of them each day;
or help your child keep a list of their own good deeds during ramadhan.
recycle an oatmeal container or coffee can to make a drum to wake up your family for sahoor or use for ramadhan songs and eid celebrations.
light up the house
string up lights inside or outside the house and turn them on every night at maghrib.
eid costume party
kid’s iftar / sahoor
let the children plan, shop for, and then prepare suhoor and / or iftar.
make a ramadan bookmark
since we’ll be reading the entire quran, make a beautiful handmade bookmark to help keep your place.
O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint
memorize the dua’ for breaking the fast
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ [وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ] وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ
O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي
O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me.
define, write and use these words on a daily basis: sawm, suhoor, iftar, hilal, ramadhan, hijri calendar, eid ulFitr, zakah / zakat ulFitr, salatul taraweeh, ihtikaf
learn about the phases of the moon
the moon seems to change by dr. franklyn m. branley
O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,
(Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.
Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.