Sira: The Sidratul Muntaha

Tonight we learned about the Sidratul Muntaha tree in the children’s Sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

I asked my son if he would like to see the Sidratul Muntaha and have a tree house with the Angel Jibrail (a).  He thought that sounded awesome.


When the Prophet (s) reached the part where he saw the pen my son asked if this was the same pen that wrote Bissmillah in the beginning.  I said that yes it is the same pen as far as I know.


My son asked why the Angel Jibrail (a) did not go farther than the Sidratul Muntaha.  I said that he did not have permission to go farther so the Prophet (s) went on alone.  My son asked if Jibrail (a) was in the heavens now.  I said I did not know for sure because sometimes Allah (s) sends him to earth.

My son asked why Allah (s) needs angels to work for him.  I said that is a very good question because Allah (s) does not need them so maybe Allah (s) likes them to do his work.

My son asked why there are so many veils in heaven.  I said that maybe there are certain things that Allah (s) wants to hide.  My son asked why only Allah (s) can see beyond the Sidratul Muntaha.  I said that the Prophet (s) saw beyond the Sidratul Muntaha as well.  My son asked if Allah (s) can choose other people to see beyond the Sidratul Muntaha as well and I said yes.

Next we learned about the thrones that sit near the divine throne for the people who memorize, understand and act on the knowledge they learn from the Quran.  My son asked if he could do that.  I asked him if he had memorized some of the Quran and he said yes.  I asked him if he learned a little bit about what it meant.  He said that he learned from the Surah about the cow that you cannot hide what you do from Allah (s).  I asked if that knowledge helps him to behave himself when no one else it there to see what he does.  He said yes.  I asked if it was possible with further study to sit near the Divine Throne.  He said yes that sounded possible and he was very happy.

My son asked what he will do there if he sits near to the Divine Throne.  I said that Allah (s) will tell him what to do there.  My son asked if he would have to read the Quran to people.  I said maybe but I really didn’t know.

This Surah spoke about the 70,000 veils in heaven and my son ran around the room showing how he would fly through the veils and asked if her could do that.  I said maybe, if he works very hard to learn the Quran.

Please share your ideas for teaching the Sira of the Prophet (s) to children.

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Sira: The Bayt ul Mamur

Tonight we learned about the Bayt ul Mamur in the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

When the Prophet (s) ascended he saw angels in different prayer postures and he reached one place where their eye were fixed to the ground in great concentration and he liked this very much.  I asked my son if he concentrates on one spot when he prays.  He said yes.  I asked my son if he was glad that the Prophet (s) asked for that part of our prayer and he said yes.

My son wanted to know how the author of this book knew about all these angels.  I explained that the Prophet Muhammad (s) returned from his night journey and told everyone what he saw.

Next we learned about all the children who were in heaven learning the Quran with Ibrahim (a).  My son asked why the children refuse to go to heaven without their parents.  My son said that he would want his parents to come with him as well.

My son asked why children go to heaven and I explained that when children die young they are without sins written for them.  My son said that he really did not want to do sins.  I asked my son how we protect ourselves from sins.  He said Authu billahi min a Shaitan nirajim Bissmillah ir Rahman ir Rahim.


I asked my son what the Bayt ul Mamur was and he said it is the Kaaba in Jenna.  My son asked why every angel has a job.  I explained that Allah (s) tells the angels to do this and that and they obey.  My son said that he wants the job of giving the adhan and leading the prayer at the Bayt ul Mamur.  He asked if he can have two jobs like that in Jenna.  I said that I did not know but that he could make dua and ask Allah (s).

My son asked how he could hear Allah’s (s) answer.  I said that he might hear an answer in a dream, or from a saint.  My son asked if a person becomes a wali will they hear Allah (s).  I said yes, something like that.

My son asked if some people do not pray in Jenna.  I said that they probably all do.  My son asked what would happen if he did not pray.  I said that I did not know but that we would probably want to pray in Jenna because it is so nice.

My son asked if there are more Kaabas.  I said there is just one Kaaba now and one Bayt ul Mamur in the 7th heaven as far as I knew.  He asked if there are any Kaabas in Hell.  I said that I did not know but I did not think so.

Please share your ideas for teaching the Sira of the Prophet (s) to children.

Sira: The Tree of Souls

Tonight we learned about The Tree of Life that the Prophet (s) saw on his Miraj in the children’s Sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know if our names were written on The Tree of Life.  I said yes they are because we are alive.  My son was concerned about anyone who might share his same name and be dead and the confusion that would cause in heaven.  I said not to worry that the tree could tell the difference.


Next my son asked if the Prophet Muhammad’s (s) leaf was still in the tree or not because he had died but was still alive in his grave.  I said that was a very good question.  If someone dies their leaf falls to the ground but what if they are still living in their grave?  I do not know the answer to this question but I said that I would try to find out for him.

We learned that the when the leaf falls it is ground up and put into our food and my son wanted to know why.  I said that maybe the leaf has something to do with causing our death since some people keep living on and on even if they have poor health and some people die suddenly from accidents etc.

My son asked if he would eat his leaf when he passes away one day and I said that yes I think so.  My son wanted to know when this would be and I said that we don’t know when we will die, only Allah (s) knows.

Then my son wanted to know if the angels in heaven have jobs like cooking food and giving us presents.  I said maybe they do.  My son wanted to know if we sleep in Jenna and I said I did not know this either.  Then my son asked if we will pray in Jenna and raise our heads to greet the Prophet Muhammad (s).  I said maybe but I did not know for sure.

My son asked how many heavens there are.  I said that there are 7 heavens mentioned in the book we were reading and then there is the Divine Presence and Paradise but I am not sure if we count those together or separately.  He asked why there are 7 heavens and Paradise and I said that 7 is a special number and 8 is as well but I did not know the exact significance.

Please share your ideas for teaching the Sira of the Prophet (s) to children.

Sira: The Rooster

Tonight we learned about the Miraj of the Prophet (s) in the children’s Sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know why the stone in Jerusalem wanted to rise with the Prophet (s) as he ascended.  I said that the stone wanted to follow the Prophet (s).


Next we learned about the great white rooster the Prophet (s) saw in heaven and that this rooster wakes all the other roosters at Fajr.  I asked my son if he had ever heard a rooster at Fajr and he said yes.  My son then decided that he wanted a rooster so I asked where he was going to keep it.  He said on the roof in a cage.

Please share your ideas on how to dissuade your child from keeping livestock on the roof and still foster their love for the Sira of the Prophet (s).

Sira: Buraq

Tonight we read about the Buraq in the children’s Sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

The story spoke about the angel that stopped blowing his trumpet for the night journey of the Prophet (s) and my son asked which angel that is.  I said that it was Israfil (a).  He asked who that is and what does his trumpet look like.  I said that Israfil (a) is an important angel and I am not sure what the trumpet looks like but I made this illustration of his and the trumpet for the Illuminated Quran project.

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The story spoke about the beautiful crystal lights that were hung to decorate the heavens on the night that the Prophet (s) came and my son asked what they looked like.  I said I did not know but later showed him some examples of crystal lights I found on Instagram to give the idea.

We learned about all the Buraqs and the one Buraq who was sad and not playing with the others.  My son asked who that Buraq was and I said that was the Buraq that would carry the Prophet Muhammad (s).

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My son asked if it was true that the Buraq had pearls and jewels and the tail of a peacock.  I said yes that is what the Sira says.  My son wanted to know how Hajjah Amina Adil (the narrator of this Sira) knew all of these things.  I explained that she is a saint and that she knows all the old stories and that she was a student of Shaykh Abdallah al-Faiz ad-Daghestani (q).

My son asked what kind of Arabic the Buraq speaks.  I said that it is like the arabic in the Quran as far as I knew.  My son asked me if the Prophet Muhammad (s) spoke the kind of arabic we find in the Quran.  I said yes.

Please share your ideas for teaching the Sira of the Prophet (s) to children.

Dolls for the Innocent

These dolls were made by one of our contributors.

They were crocheted by a sufi lady that is trying to find the middle way for herself and her daughters.  She said that she was looking for a doll style that was more innocent for young girls than the Barbie type doll.

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She searched for a simple crochet pattern and then found a YouTube tutorial for the hair.

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She decided that the dolls should be simple and modest which more reflects our values as Sufi Muslims.

I am so pleased that she shared these dolls with us an I hope to see more things from her in the future.

As Muslim parents it can be challenging to find toys and dolls that reflect the innocence of childhood and do not push our children into an inappropriate vision of adulthood.  I encourage any of our followers that are inspired to submit projects like this one and any activities that you have with these toys for children to learn.

Please share your ideas for creative play with Muslim children.

Mawlid Crafts: Tessellations

This is a lovely craft for any Muslim holiday but this year we made these for Mawlid.

I printed tessellations I found on the internet and had the children colour them in patterns.

We then cut out the circles and sealed the coloured tessellation between two cardstock rings with a ribbon to hang in the window.

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This craft is very easy and nice for young children who cannot draw or cut complicated shapes.

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Please share your ideas for celebrating the Muslim holidays with children.

Hand of Fatima Chocolates

This is the first time my children have made chocolates and it went very well.

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We were lucky enough to find the hand of Fatima molds and we are still searching for sandal of the Prophet (s) molds as well.


The children filled the molds and then we placed them in the freezer to set.

They came out beautifully and were all eaten at our Mawlid party for children.

During our party one of the mothers asked about the meaning of the hand of Fatima (r).  I told her the story I knew from the sira that on the occasion of her marriage Fatima (r) asked for the forgiveness of the Ummah as her dowry and that this promise was written on a paper.  Fatima (r) asked for this paper on her deathbed and clasped it in her hand.  if you would like to know more about the sira of the Prophet (s) and the story of Fatima (r) please see the sira for children The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.
Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Sira: The Moon

Tonight we read about the miracle the Prophet (s) performed with the moon in the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

We learned about the part of the Prophet’s (s) story where Omar (r) was on his way to kill the Prophet (s).  My son wanted to know why Omar (r) did not kill the Prophet (s) and I explained that Omar (r) accepted Islam instead.

I asked my son what he would think if he saw the moon split in two and he said that he would be shocked.

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We learned about the part of the story where the camels brought a great treasure and the treasure is turned to dust.  When we talked about why the Prophet (s) asked for the treasure to turn to dust.  My son said that maybe it was better to see the treasures of heaven than to have treasures on earth and then he said that he really wanted to see the treasures of heaven.

We learned about the part of th story where the Prophet (s) went to Taif and the children threw stones at him there.  My son asked why they did that.  I explained that they did not want to listen to the Prophet (s).

Please share your ideas for teaching the sira of the Prophet (s) to children.

Sira: The Cave

Tonight we read about the cave of Hira in the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

We learned that some people in the time of the Prophet (s) would pray and fast in the caves surrounding Mecca.  My son asked why they did that.  I said that maybe those people were believers.  He asked what the unbelievers were doing.  I said that maybe they were just at home.

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We learned that when the Prophet saw an angel in his house Khadija (r) helped the Prophet (s) to know if the being was good or bad.  She took off her scarf and the being left the room which helped them to understand that the being was an angel.

The wings of this angel filled the whole sky.  My son asked if that made it look like night.  I said that I was not sure.

My son wanted to know how the people who made the The Light of Muhammad book knew what happened a long time ago.  I explained that the people who made this book read history books and accounts from the time of the Prophet (s).

My son was very surprised to learn that the people in the time of the Prophet (s) had no television.  He asked what they did with no television.  I told him that they probably played outside.

Please share your ideas for teaching the sira of the Prophet (s) to children.