Dervish Dolls: Khidr 

Today our little Dervish Doll is telling us the story of Khidr (a).  Musa (a) met Khidr (a) at the place where the fish came alive and jumped into the river.

If you would like to the read to your children about Khidr (a) there is a chapter concerning him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  

This Dervish Doll was comissioned by Sirajunmunira from WaldorfMagicGlade on Etsy.

Please share your ideas for creative play to teach children about Islam.  

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Dervish Dolls: Islamic Architecture

Today our little Dervish Doll is sharing the beauty of Islamic architecture with fountains, and arched gateways, and mosques.  He is telling us about the beautiful colours used to decorate the structures and the geometric  patterns in the tiles.  

This Dervish Doll was commissioned by Sirajunmunira from WaldorfMagicGlade on Etsy.

The architectural miniatures were purchased the the Old Madina in Fez Morocco.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to learn about Islamic culture with children.  

Dervish Dolls: Ibn Sina

Today our little dervish is telling us about Ibn Sina or Avicenna a Muslim scholar who wrote about medicine among other things.  

Our little dervish has a collection of herbal medicines and a doctors kit.


This Dervish Doll was commissioned by Sirajunmunira from WaldorfMagicGlade on Etsy.

Please share your ideas for teaching children the history and sciences of Islam with creative play.

Dervish Dolls: Surah Baqrah

Today our little dervish is telling us the story of Surah Baqra or the cow.  This cow brought a great price because it was unique.  This cow was sacrificed to solve a mystery.  

If you would like to see our lesson plan for this surah please see 2. Illuminated Quran: The Cow.  

Please share your ideas for using creative play to learn about the Quran.  

79. Illuminated Quran:  Those Who Tear Out

This surah speaks about the Angels that will take our souls at death.  

Discussion question:  what do you think it will be like to be taken by the angel?  Do you know the name of the angel that takes our souls?  What is the soul?  


Image: the is an image of an angel from a Persian miniature.  I placed a golden butterfly in his hand to represent the soul.  

Please share your ideas for teaching the Tafseer of Quran to children. 

Dervish Dolls: Mullah Nasruddin

Today our little dervish is telling us the story of the Mullah Nassruddin and his donkey.  

One day some people came to the Mullah Nasruddin to tell him that his donkey was lost. The Mullah was happy and said the it was good that he was not on his donkey  because then he would be lost as well.

I am considering doing a series with the Dervish Dolls and the Mullah Nasruddin stories.  Please send me your favorite Mullah Masruddin stories and I will try to use them.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to learn about the teaching stories of Islam. 

78. Illuminated Quran: The Tidings

This surah speaks about about the abundance of Allah’s (s) blessings including the clouds that give water.  The surah goes on to describe the abundance of heaven as well.

Discussion question:  when you look around the earth what abundance do you find?  What do you think the abundance of heaven will be like?


Please share your ideas for teaching the Tafseer of Quran to children. 

Dervish Dolls: Three Wishes

Today our little dervish is telling us the story of Aladdin and his 3 wishes.  Our little dervish says that even with 3 wishes most people cannot find happiness or understand that their ego will sabotage them and will control their choices.  There are many tales from around the world that illustrate this point but the tale of Aladdin is among the most famous.  

The overarching theme is that the person blessed with three wishes makes the wrong choices and in the end must use the last wish to undo all the harm they have done.  

This doll was commissioned by Sirajunmunira from WaldorfMagicGlade on Etsy.  

The wood toy is a Montessori manipulative I have used in this context to represent the 3 wishes.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to learn about the stories of the Muslim world.

77. Illuminated Quran: The Emissaries 

This surah speaks about the force of the wind which is a physical force but possibly a celestial force and prophetic force as well.  The purpose of the wind in this context is to scatter, seperate and spread.  

Discussion Question:  does the wind scatter seeds and dust?  Can the wind blow things apart?  Can wind spread things over a wide area?  Did the prophets spread their message over the whole world?  

Please share your ideas for teaching children the Tafseer of Quran. 

Dervish Dolls: Arabian Nights

Today our little dervish is reading to us from the Arabian Nights.  Stories like these really bring the magical qualities of Muslim culture to children.

I am hoping to design a project for the children about these stories soon.  

I am also thinking that it would be very nice to have a Scheherazade doll to tell them.  I would like to design some lady dolls soon in any event.

This doll was commissioned by Sirajunmunra from WaldorfMagicGlade on Etsy.
Please share your ideas for creative play to learn about the stories of the Muslim world.