Children’s Mawlid

This year for Mawlid we prepared an event exclusively for the children.

We started with salawats.

Followed by face painting.


Followed by a play about the birth of the Prophet(s).


Followed by a masjid cake

Followed by theatrical performance.

We had very nice decorations this year.



 Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Sandals

One of our contributors sent us these beautiful sandals of the Prophet(s) to share with you.  She makes them herself with craft supplies. When I asked her to describe her process she said that she folds the paper in sections and then traces out shapes to cut out a little like snowflakes I think.

Here is some of her lovely work!


  
  I would like to thank Malika Ayubbi for contributing the Sirajunmunira website and I would like to encourage all of you to do the same so that we can learn from you!

Mawlid Mubarak!

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: and Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Gifts

This year for Mawlid my husband and I decided to give gifts to celebrate Mawlid and encourage the children to pray.



After discussing what gifts would be appropriate I bought some tasbih beads, two small prayer carpets and two beautiful hand carved wooden elephants to represent Mahmud from the Sira of the Prophet (s).



For our gift giving rituals we have the boys dress up like an angel with turban and butterfly or fairy wings and have each  child give gifts to the other.

I always tell my boys that the angel brought their gifts because Allah (a) sends blessings to earth carried by angels and our gift giving is an opportunity to reinforce that point.


Please share your ideas for gift giving on Mawlid.

Mawlid Swirl Lanterns

This is a craft from one of our contributors.

I had seen this craft on Facebook and I really wanted to try it but I did not have time so I want to thank our contributor for all her hard work.

The lanterns represent the creation of the light of the Prophet (s) that was placed within a green lamp and hung from a tree in Paradise. If you would like to read more about this event to your children please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Aminah Adil.

If you would like to see the video tutorial for these lanterns please see this link: Swirl Lanterns.

Please share your ideas for making lanterns for Mawlid to celebrate the light of the Prophet (s).

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mahmud Cakes for Mawlid

This year my sons wanted to make their sweets for Mawlid instead of buying sweets from the bakery like we did last year.  ‪


They made cake batter in the mixer.

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They ladled the cake batter into the cupcake wrappers.

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My older son put the cupcakes in the oven without burning himself.

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They used the remaining batter to make a sheet cake and then used an elephant cookie cutter to make elephant cakes.


The cupcakes were decorated with lasercut wrappers with an elephant.


These sweets were a huge hit with all the kids at our children’s Mawlid party.

If you would like to learn more about the elephant Mahmud please see the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil and The Animals of Paradise by Karima Sperling.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Homemade Mawlid

One of our contributors sent us these two crafts that would be lovely to do at home with your family.  I know that my children would love them and the more ideas we have the better!

I haven’t yet tried to do iced cookies because I don’t have all the equipment or ingredients yet so I was so excited to receive these:


I have seen some lantern crafts before but not with tissue paper.  This year I found some battery operated tea lights that might be a good idea when lighting a paper lantern.
  

Special thanks and blessings to Amina Boon for contributing to our website.  Thank you!

Please contribute your ideas to the website so that we can learn from you!

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Cards

This year for Mawlid we made cards with the children.  They are accordion cards joined with masking tape and can be displayed like this when they are complete.

First we made a green lantern to represent the light of the Prophet (s) from green cardstock and glued it down with a crayon diamond in the center as the point of light.




Next we made Mahmud the elephant and the ababil birds with the fire pebbles in their beaks to represent the year of the elephant.  We used green cardstock to make the elephant and green bird stamps for the ababil birds.  Finally the boys added a small red pebble to the beak of each bird.

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Next we used some laser cut birds as stencils for the white birds that flocked around Aminah (r) while she gave birth.

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Next we used a stencil in scallops to sponge paint the clouds.

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Next we used the same stencil upside down to pain the ocean for Zalmusa the fish.  We used green cardstock to make Zalmusa and glued that down after the paint was dry.

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Next we glued down a green cardstock sandal of the Prophet (s) with jewelled embellishments.

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We then used letter stickers to make the Mawlid Mubarak text on each card.

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If you would like to know more about the birth story of the Prophet Muhammad (s) please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

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Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Malwid crafts: Ababil

This year when I hung the ornaments for the Mawlid holiday my 3 year old was disappointed that Mahmud the elephant and the ababil birds were missing.

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When I was planning for our children’s Mawlid party this year I decided to include the ababil birds as one of our crafts.

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I used another bird template to make the shape and then added the red stone in the beak of each bird.


If you would like to read more of the Sira of the Prophet (s) to your children please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

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Please share your ideas for celebrating the Mawlid story with children.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Card from School

I have been very skeptical in the past about my son’s school.  They do teach Arabic and Quran but I have not seen very much effort to creatively encourage love of the Prophet (s) and Islam.

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Sometimes it feel like they make it as boring as possible so the kids will dislike the subject of religion entirely.

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But today my son brought home a project he had worked on all day.  He lovingly showed me a Mawlid card he made for me.  There was a beautiful mosque and the elephant Mahmud.

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He was proud of the card and the Mahmud he coloured grey and I could see that he was excited about the subject and understood what he was making and why.  This comprehension and enthusiasm is the essence of what I look for in an educational activity and I sincerely hope to see more activities like this in the future and educators that are willing to take the initiative to encourage the love of Islam in children.

Please share your triumphs and struggles with the current state of Islamic education.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Dinner

This year we were at home for Mawlid and so we decided to have a nice Mawlid Dinner with family.

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We had lentil soup.

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We had eggplant topped with ground beef and cheese.

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We had artichokes stuffed with peas.

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I would love to see other examples of special foods for Muslim holidays and I hope to see more suggestions from our contributors.

Please share your Mawlid family traditions with us.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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