Eid ul Adha: Qurban for Kids

In a traditional country the Eid sacrifice is a visceral experience and involves all members of the family.  Muslims from non-Muslim countries are usually pretty far removed from this practice.

For our first two years in a Muslim country my eldest son did attend the sacrifice but this year we decided to focus on the meaning of  the sacrifice, the stories that inform the holiday and the rites of Hajj.

I read the story of Ismail (a) to my children from My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

While on the streets my children encountered many sheep that were on their way to a family home before the holiday sacrifice.

The animals are usually not very happy and fight whoever is leading them so I encouraged my children to pet them and speak gently to them because for our family Eid is more than just sacrificing a sheep and Zabiha requires that we be kind and gentle with the animals.  For us this holiday represents Allah’s mercy towards Ibrahim (a) and Ismail (a) and the we feel that the sacrifice should reflect that in the kindness shown toward to animal that replaced Ismail (a).

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the rites of Eid ul Adha.

Eid ul Adha: Kaba Boxes

This year for Eid ul Adha we made Kaba boxes with pre made black gift boxes and gold ribbon.

We asked the children all sorts of questions about who made the Kaba and what the black stone is.

After the boxes were folded and decorated we placed a chocolate in each box to represent the black stone.

Then my son decided to hide the boxes about the house so that the other children could find them and then eat the chocolates.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the rites of Hajj.

Eid ul Adha Cookies

This week we did a test on some sheep cookies for Eid.

We made two batches of dough, one normal cookie dough color and one mixed with chocolate so that it would be brown.

I used candied to make the eye and attached the pupil with a little icing sugar.

The eye did not come out as well as we had hoped so next time we are going to attach the eye after the cookie has baked.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Eid with children.