Cheese Farm

We recently visited an artisanal cheese farm in Morocco with our boys to learn about the goats and their cheese.

They were harvesting olives in the garden.

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The boys got to meet the goats,

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hold the goats,

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feed the goats

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and eat their cheese.

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If you would like to visit this farm it is on the way to Ifrane from Fez and this is the link to their Facebook page: Domaine de la Pommeraie.

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Please share your field trips for learning about the traditional Muslim world.

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Tree of Prophets Workshop: Adam (a)

We recently began a weekly workshop for the Tree of Prophets project.

One of our mamas read the story to the children and she did such an excellent job of making the story exciting.

At the end she asked the children a few questions about the story.

She asked the children what Adam (a) did that made him an exile from Jenna.  One of our young ladies said that Adam (a) ate from the wheat tree.

The mama then asked what was written on the throne and one of our young gentlemen said Allah (s) and Muhammad (s) is written on the throne.  (This part of the story in not found in the text we are using but the mother reading the story added a few more details when she told it.)

Next our mama asked what the children learned from the story and they said we should listen to Allah (s) and not Shaitan.


Next our mama asked the kids who Adam’s (a) wife is and one of our little girls said Hawa (r).

After the story the children worked on their mediallions to take home for their own Tree of Prophets  project.

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If you would like to know more about this story or read it to your children please see My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the lives of the Prophets.

Rumi’s Garden: Website Resource

Rumi’s Garden is a website with educational resources for Muslim parents and educators.

They have book reviews: Recommended Reading for Children and Parents.  This is particularly useful for parents that want to build a library for their children and are not sure which titles are good for their child.  I would definitely look here when shopping for holiday gifts for Muslim children.

Film reviews: Recommended Films with Spiritual Themes.

They have an Etsy shop with beautiful authentic Muslim accessories: Rumi’s Garden on Etsy.

I look forward to seeing more from Rumi’s Garden in the future and hope to review some of their educational materials for children soon.

Please share any links or resources you love for Muslim parents with us.

The Prophet Tree

This post is from one of our contributors! Mashallah I love the tree!

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We started reading the stories of the Prophets, written By Hajja Amina Adil. Her stories are vibrant, colourful, and touching. My daughter cries out “why can’t I see them” or “why are they all dead”???

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He hope to instil a base in ones soul with these remarkable stories full of wisdom and inspiration.

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Tree of Prophets: Luqman (a)

Tonight we read the story of Luqman (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

I asked my son if he would like to raise eagles like Luqman (a) and he was enthusiastic.  I asked him what he would do if he had an eagle and he said that he would like to take the eagle for a walk while holding its lead.


We talked about the advice that Luqman (a) gave to his son about respecting his parents.  He said that the only time we should not listen to our parents is when they say to worship other than Allah (s).  I asked him when we should listen to our parents.  He said we should listen when they tell us to pray, read Quran, eat halal food, and not to eat haram food or pigs.  My son then asked why people sometimes eat hot dogs with pork.  I said that maybe those people are not Muslim so it is not a concern for them.

Please share your ideas for teaching the lives of the Prophets with children.

30. Illuminated Quran: The Romans Lesson Review

We recently reviewed the lesson plan for 30. Illuminated Quran: The Romans .

This surah speaks about the lessons we can learn from the ruins of civilizations around the world.  My son had some friends visiting and they participated in this lesson when I asked what we can learn from ruins.  They said that they thought there are ruins in India.  They said that when they see ruins they think they fell over time or were attacked and destroyed or that storms and tornadoes knocked them down.  They also talked about how sickness can lead to destruction.  I said this can be so if many people sicken and die and there is no one left to maintain the civilization.

I asked the boys if they knew who the Romans were?  They said that the Romans had a really big empire that started in Italy.  They said that is where pasta and pizza come from.  They said that the Roman armies were very powerful.

I asked the boys if they knew what Roman ruins look like.  They talked about amphitheaters and the Colosseum as examples of Roman ruins.  I told them that there are examples of Roman infrastructure all over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as old roads, aqueducts and other structures.


I asked the boys why the Quran says we should look at ruins.  We talked about the importance of knowledge of the past.  We discussed how maybe it is good to be an archaeologist.

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

 

29. Illuminated Quran: The Spider Lesson Review

We recently reviewed the lesson plan for 29. Illuminated Quran: The Spider.

For this lesson my son had some friends visiting and when we looked at the illustration for this surah of the spider.  They boys mentioned the story of the cave that the Prophet (s) and Abu Bakr (r) hid from the Quraysh.

This surah speaks about the houses of spiders being fragile like the people who take protectors other than Allah (s).  The boys decided that this means that Allah (s) is the strongest.  They said that with Allah (s) we are more protected from evil jinns.  My son’s friend said that with Allah (s) you will be safer at night.  His other friend said that you would not have bad dreams with Allah (s) as your protector.  They put the blanket over their heads like a tent to represent the protection of Allah (s).


This surah speaks about how people pray sincerely when they are in trouble but not when the trouble passes.  I asked the boys why this is.  They said that people pray to make the problem go away or pass easier.  I asked them why it is important to pray when you are not in trouble.  They said that prayers bring blessings, make you a better person, and that you will more likely go to heaven.

I asked then if they could stop a problem coming with prayer.  They said yes but that we cannot prevent all challenges.  I asked why does Allah (s) give us challenges.  They said that without challenges we will not learn.

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

28. Illuminated Quran: The Narrative Lesson Review

Recently we reviewed the lesson plan for 28. Illuminated Quran:  The Narrative .

My son had a friend visiting who decided to do these lessons with us.  We started this lesson by looking at the illustration of Musa (a) in the river Nile.

My son’s friend said that in the story he knew the baby Musa (a) was placed into a box in the stream.  I asked the boys why the baby was put into the river.  The boys said that Musa (a) was in the river to be protected from Pharoah’s soldiers.


I asked the boys why Musa’s (a) mother Yohabith (r) trusted Allah (s) and put the baby in the river.  They were not sure so I explained the part of the story where Yohabith (r) threw Musa (a) into the oven fire to hide him from the soldiers and found him unharmed when she went to take him out.  I said that maybe this was why she was brave enough put the baby Musa (a) in the river because she had already experienced that miracle.  (This detail of Musa’s (a) story is in the adult version on the Lore of Light: Volume 2 by Hajjah Amina Adil.)

We talked about the staff of Musa (a) that could turn into a dragon and eat the other snakes of the Egyptian magicians. They mentioned the part where Musa (a) put his staff in the river Nile and it turned to blood.


I asked the boys what Musa (a) learned during his travels.  We talked about his encounter with the burning bush and his conversation with Allah (s).


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

 

 

27. Illuminated Quran: The Ant Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 27. Illuminated Quran: The Ant.

This surah speaks about the story of Sulayman (a) and the ant so we reread the story of Sulayman (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  This is passage is part of our Tree of Prophets  series: Tree of Prophets: Sulayman (a).

My son wanted to know why the bad jinns listened to Sulayman (a).  I explained that there was an angel with a sword to attack disobedient jinn.  (This detail is in the adult version of the Lore of Light: Volume 2 by Hajjah Amina Adil.)

I asked my son what was the best part of Sulayman’s (a) story.  He said that he liked the part where Sulayman (a) flew on his magic carpet.  My son also thought that it was cool that Sulayman commanded the jinn and could speak the language of the birds.


My son was also interested in the Hoopoe bird in Sulayman’s (a) story because we learned a little bit about this bird in our Pool of Paradise project for Ramadan.


I asked my son what special relationship other Prophets and Awliah have with the animals and we discussed Prophet Muahmmad’s (s) encounter with the lion when he was a child in the care of Halima as Sadia.  I asked my son if the Prophet (s) was afraid and he said no.

This surah mentions some of the miracles that occurred in the story of Sulayman (a).  I asked my son why some people believe without a miracle.  He said he didn’t know and then I asked him why he believed without seeing a miracle.  He said that you know it in your heart and can have dreams that make you believe.

Please share your experiences with exploring the meaning of the Quran with children.

 

 

 

Tree of Prophets: Sulayman (a)

Tonight we reviewed the story of Sulayman (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know why the bad jinns listened to Sulayman (a).  I explained that there was an angel with a sword to attack disobedient jinn.  (This detail is in the adult version of the Lore of Light: Volume 2 by Hajjah Amina Adil.)

I asked my son what was the best part of Sulayman’s (a) story.  He said that he liked the part where Sulayman (a) flew on his magic carpet.

My son also thought that it was cool that Sulayman commanded the jinn and could speak the language of the birds.


My son was also interested in the Hoopoe bird in Sulayman’s (a) story because we learned a little bit about this bird in our Pool of Paradise project for Ramadan.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the lives of the Prophets.