Mawlid Crafts: Mahmud

This year when I hung the ornaments for the Mawlid holiday my 3 year old was sad and asked me where Mahmud the elephant and the ababil birds were.  I had included ornaments that connected directly to the event of the Prophet’s (s) birth but I had not realized how important the earlier part of the Sira story was to my children.

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When I was planning the crafts for our children’s Mawlid party I decided to include Mahmud the elephant.

I traced an elephant template onto cardstock and then gave the cards to the children to decorate and cut out.


If you would like to share more of the Mawlid story with your children please see the children’s Sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Please see our new early reader book for Muslim children about the Mawlid celebration and story: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children featuring the Mawlid puppet play for children in English and French.

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Mawlid Mobile: The Cloud

The cloud that carried the Prophet Muhammad (s) all around he world is always the centrepiece of our Mawlid Mobile.  So this year I looked through many examples of Persian art to see what I could do to make our centerpiece look more sophisticated.


I traced the cloud onto heavy drawing paper and then placed 2 more papers underneath and held them together while I cut out 3 papers at once.  The cloud is not symmetrical so I flipped the center paper before gluing them together in the center with a ribbon to attach to the mobile.


Before glueing I painted spirals and curls on to both sides of each cut out.


After everything was dry I folded the outer cut outwards at an angle away from the center paper so that there were 6 arms to the cloud.


The 6 arms give the cloud ornament a beautiful look when it moves.

If you would like to read to your children about the cloud and other elements of the Prophet Muhammad’s (s) birth story please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Tomorrow inshallah I will post the details of this year’s Zalmusa fish ornament.

Please share your ideas for Mawlid decorating.

Please see our new early reader for Muslim children concerning the Mawlid celebration and story on amazon.com: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children featuring the Mawlid Puppet Play for children in English and French.

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Mawlid Mobile: The Birds

This year for our Mawlid Mobile I used a composite of several different Persian bird paintings and sculptures to make the design.  I was also inspired by our Conference of the Birds project The Pool of Paradise.


I used heavy drawing paper and glued two pieces together for stability. I glued the tail feathers between the two body pieces and the wins on top of the body on opposite sides to imply flight.


This year I painted the beaks green as they are in the Sira for children The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

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Our next post on the Mawlid Mobile will give some details on how we made the cloud ornament this year.

Please share your ideas for Mawlid decorating.

Please see our new book for Mawlid:

My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_GgdfAbFH5SA3C

Mawlid Crafts: Painted Tiles

This is a craft that we had at our Mawlid Party for children.  If you would like to see where we found this idea please see this link on Pinterest: Tiles.

I used a template to trace several hexagons onto cardstock.


I cut out the hexagons and traced a light design onto each piece.


I painted each hexagon with geometric patterns and laid them out as models for the children who were interested in this craft.

Please see our new Mawlid book for children. The text is an early reader and has our Mawlid play for children in English and French: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_RNcfAbAA7JZPF

Please share your ideas for Mawlid crafts with children.

Al Baqi: 96 The Everlasting One

This is the ninety sixth 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 Baqi: The Everlasting One

The name Baqi can mean the everlasting or the continuous.  The recitation of this name can be helpful for those that feel stuck.  For this medallion we chose to depict the symbol for the infinite.
Suggested discussion questions:

Have you ever felt stuck?

What did you do to bring a useful change to the situation?

What the infinite?
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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 Badi: 95 The Originator 

This is the ninety fifth 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 Badi: The Originator

The name Badi can mean going back to the ultimate source, the ground of being or the seed, or the unborn foundation of excistance.  For this medallion whe chose to depict a sprout emerging from a seed.

Discussion Questions:

How is a seed diferent from what the seed becomes?

What is inside a seed that helps to create a larger being?

Why are seeds small and beings larger than their seeds?
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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 Hadi: 94 The Guide

This is the ninety fourth 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 Hadi: The Guide

The name Hadi can mean guidance for the whole of humanity.  The recitation of this name can help to light the way and help us to become part of the spiritual community. For this medallion we chose to depict the mother goose leading her goslings on the way.
Suggested discussion questions:

How do you find your way when you are lost?

Why do we need a guide on the spiritual path?

 

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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).

An Nur: 93 The Light

This is the ninety third part of our series on the 99 names of Allah.  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 An Nur: The Light

The name Nur can mean one who illuminates the truth and guides us.  For this medallion we chose to depict a lantern of the light of the Prophet (s) which Allah (s) created from part of  the divine light.
Suggested discussion questions:

Why did Allah (s) create Muhammad (s) from part of the divine light?

Why do we need light to guide us?

What are the other important elements of guidance?
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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).

An Nafi: 92 The Creator of Good

This is the ninety second 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 An Nafi:  The Creator of Good

The name Nafi can mean the one that brings purification or the one that washes the inner and outer eye.  For this medallion we chose to depict water for the concept of purification.  The recitation of this name can heal the inner eye.

Suggested discussion questions:

What is purification?

What is the inner eye?

Why do we need purification on the inside and the outside?

 

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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).

Ad Darr: 91 The Creator of the Harmful

This is the ninety first 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 Ad Darr: The Creator of the Harmful

The name Darr can mean to become blind to the divine intent in the unseen.  For this medallion we chose to depict Iblis because Iblis was blind to the divine intent when asked to bow to Adam (a) and because of this blindness refused to bow with the angels the Allah’s (s) creation.

Suggested discussion questions:

What do you do when Allah (s) orders something that you do not understand?

Why did Iblis refuse to bow to Adam (a)?

Why did Allah (s) create Iblis?

 

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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).

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