39. Illuminated Quran: The Crowds Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 39. Illuminated Quran: The Crowds.

I asked my son why Allah (s) warns us in this surah about what happens to the unbelievers.  My son said that Allah tells us so that we will be scared to be good and not bad but that maybe Allah would forgive us anyway.

I asked my son what does it mean to be an unbeliever?  My son said that it means that you listen to Shaitan and do bad deeds.

I asked my son if unbelievers could be good people who do not know about the one God.  He said yes that too a little bit.

I asked my son if we can pray for unbelievers to see the truth and he said yes.  I asked my son if different Prophets were sent to all the different kinds of people on the earth and he said yes.

I asked my son if people who are veiled from believing in Allah (s) will go to Hell.  He said that hopefully Allah will forgive them.

I asked my son what he thinks will happen to the people who are believers but they were hard on the unbelievers and made them run away from Allah (s).  My son said that believers who make people run away from Allah are a little bit bad, that they are making a mistake.

I asked my son what the reward for being a believer is.  He said Jenna.  I asked my son if we hope that all different kinds of people come to believe in Allah (s) and he said yes.

Please share your ideas for exploring the meaning of Quran with children.

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38. Illuminated Quran: Sad Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 38. Illuminated Quran:  Sad.

We read the story of Adam (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil because his story is explored in this surah.

For this surah I asked my son why Allah (s) told the angels to bow to Adam (a).  He said that he did not know.  We talked about how Allah (s) was maybe testing the angles.

I asked my son why Iblis refused to bow to Adam (a).  My son said that it was because Iblis thought he was better than clay, the clay that Allah (s) used to make Adam (a).  My son asked if Iblis was jealous of Adam (a) and I answered that Iblis was jealous of Adam (a).

My son asked if Iblis was an angel and I said that I did not know but that angels are made from light and that Iblis is made from fire.

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My son asked if Iblis was good in the beginning, when he was a baby.  I said that is did not know if Iblis was ever a baby but that he used to pray all the time before he was cursed.  My son asked if Iblis had prayed to Allah (s) and I said yes, there was a time when he did.

My son asked why Adam (a) is higher than Iblis.  I said that I do not know for sure but I asked what did Allah (s) use to make Adam (a).  My son said clay and water and I added that ruh/breath was the third ingredient. I asked my son if he thought that ruh was the secret ingredient and he said yes.

Please share your idea for exploring the meaning of Quran with children.

As Sabur: 99 The Patient One

This is the ninety ninth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.
Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
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Lesson for As Sabur: 99 The Patient One

The name Sabur can mean to see things through to the end, to persevere to the end of a trail, or to endure or not complain.  The name can also mean that God defers judgement.  The recitation of this name helps you to endure a long journey and allows you to stand firm.
Suggested discussion questions:

What does it mean to persevere?

How do you motivate yourself to continue when you are on a long journey?

What is better than complaining when you experience a struggle?
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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Al Rashid: 98 The Guide to the Right Path

This is the ninety eighty part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.
Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
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Lesson for Al Rashid: 98 The Guide to the Right Path

The name Rashid can mean exact guidance for some and this name can bring hope to those who have a lack of direction.  For this medallion we chose to illustrate a forked road to suggest that when we reach a crossroads it is wise to ask for guidance and direction.
Suggested discussion questions:

What do you do when you experience uncertainty?

How do you choose between several options?

If you feel that you have taken the wrong path what do you do about it?
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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Al Warith: 97 The Inheritor of All

This is the ninety seventh part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children. Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.

Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
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Lesson for Al Warith: 97 The Inheritor of All

The name Warith can mean that everything will return to Allah (s).  For this name we have illustrated a parchment upon which an individual can write their will or decide who will inherit their material possessions after they die.  We use this illustration to suggest that Allah (s) is the true inheritor.

For the purposes of this lesson it may be helpful to play Surah Nisa and review the themes of inheritance and you can also see our lesson plan for this Surah 4. Illuminated Quran: The Women.
Suggested discussion questions:

What does it mean to inherit?

What happens to our material possessions after we die?

Does the Quran tell us how inheritance should work in dunya?
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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

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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