Shaban Moon-splitting Craft

Shaban Mubarak! I am so pleased to share another craft from Kelly G. and to thank her for contributing. She decided to create a craft around the event where the Prophet (s) split the moon in two as a miracle to prove to the Quraysh that he was indeed a Prophet (s) of Allah (s).

She began with a drawing of the night sky and then gave the children a moon to split with scissors and glue to attach the split moon to the composition. She asked the children to include a short ayat concerning this event from the Holy Quran.

This craft is an excellent example of what we do here at Sirajunmunira, using creativity and love to help children learn about the Prophet (s) and the message he brought for all humanity.

Our humble thanks once again to Kelly G. a we welcome her and you to contribute your projects so that we can learn from you.

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The Tree of Light: Part 36

This is the thirty sixth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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7 IBRAHIM (a)

Sulayman and Yusuf were playing in the garden when a song bird landed on the rosebush near them and started singing.  Yusuf pointed to the bird and smiled.  Sulayman shook the rosebush with a stick but the bird held fast.  As he shook the bush harder the bird jumped onto his head and pulled out some of his hair. 

Sulayman ran from the garden screaming that a bird was killing him and bumped right into Grandfather.  When he asked what was wrong Yusuf ran up.

 

“Bird!” squeaked Yusuf.

 

Grandfather looked where Yusuf pointed and saw a nightingale hopping from rose to rose.  It stopped briefly and sang in their direction. 

 

Grandfather nodded at the nightingale and patted Sulayman on the head. 

 

“The nightingale loves the roses very much Sulayman, and you should not disturb him,” Grandfather advised.  Yusuf started giggling as Sulayman waved his arms around complaining about the bird. 

 

“Bee!” squealed Yusuf. 

 

He pointed to a bee crawling on one of the roses in front of them.  The bee took off and flew in Sulayman’s direction, floating around his head. Sulayman started screaming and ran into the house. 

 

“Come Yusuf, I will tell you the story of the Nightingale and the Bee, if we can find where your brother is hiding.  Your brother should not harass the animals of Sayyidina Ibrahim.  I fear he is going to learn the hard way.”

 

Sulayman screamed from inside the house and the bee flew out and back toward the garden. 

 

“Bee!” Yusuf pointed. 

 

Sulayman was shouting that the bee had stung him. Grandfather looked at his arm and said he was not stung and explained that bees die when they sting and the bee was in the garden alive and well. 

 

He took a jar out of the cupboard and gave them each a spoon of honey. 

 

“Bees are blessed animals because of what they did for Ibrahim (a), and now I will tell you his story.”

Nisf ul Shaban with Children

For Nisf ul Shaban I wanted to encourage my son to participate in the 100 rakats, even if he only did part of the routine.

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He loves charts to I made him this one.

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Next I selected a variety of treats and prizes and told him for each 10 rakats he completes he could choose a prize.

Please share your ideas for including children in your Nisf ul Shaban activities.

5. Illuminated Quran: The Food Lesson Review

This is the review for lesson plan  5. Illuminated Quran: The Food.

This surah speaks about permitted and forbidden foods.  I asked my son which foods we are allowed to eat and which foods are forbidden.  He said that we are not allowed to eat pig or other haram things but we are allowed to eat chicken and vegetables.  If you would like more ideas for teaching your children about this subject please see out post Haram and Halal.


I asked my son if there were any stories we knew of where forbidden food was mentioned.  We discussed the story of Adam (a) and the wheat tree or apple tree in Paradise.  My son wanted to know why we cannot eat from that tree.  I told him that if Allah (s) says not to eat it that it must be bad for us.  He asked if we can ask for apples in Jenna.  I said I did not know but that there are many fruits there and maybe there are apples that are permitted there as well. If you would like to read more about the story of Prophet Adam (a) there is a chapter about him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  The story of Prophet Adam (a) is also part of our Tree of Prophets project and the post concerning him can be found at this link: Tree of Prophets: Adam (a).

Please see our new chapter concerning Adam (a) in The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims Vol. 1 for more details about his story and other samples.

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This surah speaks about wudu or ablution.  I asked my son what wudu is.  He said it is washing yourself to pray or eat and that we should say bissmillah before eating.  I asked why we make wudu to pray and he said that if we are dirty when we pray that Allah (s) would not like that.

This surah mentions the miracle where Prophet Isa (a) created the bat for clay.  I asked my son where bats come from.  First he said they come from a cave.  Then he said that Prophet Isa (a) made the bat and then went to live in a cave.

This surah speaks about the event where Prophet Isa (a) asked for the miracle of the table.  I asked my son what he could remember about this event and he said that everyone ate from the table and some people believed and some did not.  He asked what happened to the people who did not believe and I told him that they turned in to pigs.  I asked him what he would think if a table came down from heaven.  He said that he would definitely believe.  Then he asked if the Christians ate the pig people  and a said I did not know but I did not think so.  If you would like to read more about Prophet Isa (a) to your children there is a chapter about him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  The story of Prophet Isa (a) is also part of our Tree of Prophets  series and the post concerning him can be found at this link: Tree of Prophets: Isa (a).
Please share your ideas for teaching the meaning of the Quran to children.

Please see our new book The Illuminated Quran: Curriculum for Children available now on Amazon and add to the discussion by sharing your lesson experiences and artwork the children make for each lesson.

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The Tree of Light: Part 35

This is the thirty fifth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Some among the Bedouin thought that there was a treasure in the caverns at Petra, but the wise knew that treasure was not gold. The old man took Grandfather around to a secret path to the old mosque on the mountain above the valley.  As they entered the mosque carved out of the cliff face they found a vast cavern and cave system behind the prayer space. There were cisterns and aqueducts lifting and pouring water in ingenious ways, enough water to fill the whole valley below.  The old man went to a place in the prayer niche and moved a rock there.  He took out some bundled papers and handed them to Grandfather, who unwrapped them carefully on the carved stone table.  It looked like Arabic but it was older.  The papers had complicated drawings of all the water works and instructions on how to build and maintain a water rich city in the middle of a desert, ancient but advanced technology that could even collect water from wind and air.  They made wudu in the spring for Isha and stayed to pray Tahajud and Fajr.  When the sun began to light the edge of the sky they returned to the tents where they found the fire smoldering and a large stone boulder behind the fire with the boys still sleeping next to it.  The old Bedouin man laughed and patted the boulder before they both lay down to sleep. 

 

Salih (a) led his people to Mecca and is possibly

buried there and Allah (s) knows best.

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The maqam where people honour

the Prophet Salih (a).

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5. Illuminated Quran: The Food

 

This sample is the fifth chapter of our new book The Illuminated Quran: Curriculum for Children available now on Amazon.  Please add to the discussion by sharing your lesson experiences and artwork the children make for each lesson.

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5. THE FOOD

The fifth surah of the Quran contains some information about food and food laws, a description of wudu/ablution, and a miracle. In this surah, the rules for permitted and forbidden food are established.

  • What foods do we eat and what foods do we not eat as Muslims?
  • Have we ever heard another story where there was a forbidden food?

There is a description of the ritual ablution that we perform before prayer.

  • What is wudu?
  • Why do we make wudu before we pray?

In this chapter, the miracle of the table is described where the people asked Prophet Isa (a) for a miracle and Allah (s) sent the table down with food.

  • When Prophet Isa (a) asked Allah (s) to bring down the table as a miracle what happened?
  • What would you think if a table came down with endless food?

THE ILLUSTRATION

This is an image of a traditional table covered with food.


Please share your ideas for teaching children about the meaning of the Quran.

The Tree of Light: Part 34

This is the thirty fourth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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The unbelievers turned red and yellow and then black just as Salih (a) said and on the fourth day some say an earthquake destroyed them, and some say a rain of fire, but Allah (s) knows best.  For seven days, the believers heard the screams and destruction and when it had finished Salih (a) led the believers out of that place.

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This is thought to be the place on the Arabian

Peninsula that Salih (a) brought the believers

after they left the Valley of Hijr.

The boys had fallen asleep near the dying fire and Grandfather covered them over with some warm woolen blankets.  The she camel and her foal were sleeping as well and Grandfather spoke to the old Bedouin man looking after them in whispers.  They rose and the old Bedouin led Grandfather away. 

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

 

With Ramadan on the way many parents and Muslim educators are searching for ways to include children in the fasting tradition.  Some parents select numbered calendars and place a treat for each day.  Some parents reward their children for completing one day of fasting as a new and exciting accomplishment.  Some parents prepare elaborate goodie bags to keep the children occupied at taraweh prayer. All are lovely ways to include children but these ideas do not address the purpose and meaning of the fasting tradition for Muslims which can be described as a struggle against the nafs or ego in order to develop our spirituality as Muslims.  Some may be familiar with the fasting of Ramadan.   They may be aware that those who practice this fast are hungry and thirsty and grumpy but they may not know why they choose to engage in this challenging practice.

In order to address the meaning and practice of fasting I have designed a curriculum for children based on The Conference of the Birds written in the 12thcentury by Farid ud-Din Attar.  It can be used as a teaching tool for the Holy Month of Ramadan.  When Allah (s) created the Will, it was found to defiant and disobedient. After many failed trials, at last, the Will was placed in the Valley of Hunger and after 1,000 years of exile the Will recognized the Creator of All Things.[1]  The will gives many excuses for its disobedience but there are times when the will can choose the right path and harness the energy of courage to represent the struggle of the ego.

The curriculum is called The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum and this text is written to accompany a project for Ramadan where the student adds a bird to the Pool of Paradise each day.  Each bird is assigned a distinguishing character or aspect of the will. Each bird is also assigned a phase of the moon in its progression.  At the end of this project the student will have a greater appreciation of the purpose of fasting and the Will that can be tamed and guided to a goal greater than its own satisfaction.

When the birds reach the Pool of Paradise on Mount Qaf they look into the silver pool at their mirror image.  They have lost themselves along the way and are annihilated in their cause to reach the Simourgh.  In the pool they see their True King and not themselves as their reflection.  With this image we wish to describe the concept of fannah or annihilation.

The language of the episodes is at times above the comprehension level of younger children so this calendar project can illustrate the lesson.   Students can add to the calendar without listening to the story if they are too young to follow.   The overall goal is for the student to have a sense that each bird is facing a challenge just as we are challenged by the fast each day of Ramadan.  Wherever possible in the narrative the stories of the Prophets are used as examples because these stories are already familiar to most Muslim children.

Parents have participated in this project for the past several years and I hope that this is the first of many ideas for sharing the meaning of Ramadan with children in a creative and exciting new format.  In the future I also plan to write a play about this story that children can participate in by playing the particular birds and dramatizing their struggle.  As these projects are repeated more ideas and applications have occurred to parents and educators and I very much welcome their feedback.  Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

[1]Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil

 

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The Tree of Light: Part 33

This is the thirty third sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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The people asked that the boulder become a camel and that camel would have a foal. Salih (a) asked for the miracle and the boulder spilt and a camel emerged.  After some time, the she camel had a foal and Salih (a) admonished the people to leave the camels in peace.

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Salih (a) making dua for the miracle of the she camel.

“If I ask for a miracle can I have a camel?” asked Sulayman. 

 

Yusuf shook his head.  “No no no camel!”  he squeaked. 

The camel was thirsty so Salih (a) brought her to the well, and when she drank all the water the people feared there would be no more.  But miraculously the well filled again with water.  The camel gave milk to all who approached her with good intention on every other day.

“Is camel milk good or yucky?” asked Sulayman. The Bedouin man brought the boys some little cups with camel milk. 

 

“Good!” Yusuf squeaked after he sipped his cup. Sulayman looked doubtful so Yusuf drank the second cup. 

One day Salif, the enemy of Salih (a), killed the she camel because the idol worshipers had told him it was the only way to bring back the girl he loved.  The unbelievers that followed Salif tried to find and kill the followers of Salih (a), but they could not find them and were killed by falling rocks and boulders thrown by angels.

Salih (a) sought the camel foal once he heard that the she camel was slaughtered and saw the foal disappear into the split boulder.  Now that the camels were gone Salih (a) told the people that they had three days before Allah’s (s) punishment would fall upon them.  The first day they would turn red, the second saffron yellow and the third day they would turn black.  The fourth day they would be destroyed.  After delivering this prophecy he took his followers to the mosque on the mountain.

“You’re turning yellow!”  Sulayman pointed to Yusuf.  Yusuf screamed and started crying when he looked down at his hands in the fire light.  Grandfather frowned at Sulayman and put Yusuf on his lap to let him play with his prayer beads. 

The Tree of Light: Part 32

This is the thirty second sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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The people of Thamood did not want to live in mud brick houses any longer because rains and earthquakes were damaging their houses.  They made their slaves dig homes for them out of the mountainside.

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“Did they use hammers?” asked Sulayman. “Can I use a hammer and make a building in the rock?  I promise I won’t hurt myself.”  Sulayman waved the stick he lit on fire a little too close to his brother and Grandfather looked doubtful. 

The auntie of Prophet Salih (a) tried to corrupt him with wine and Salih (a) fled into the wilderness where he found the Angel Jibrail (a).  The Angel announced the prophethood of Salih (a) and called him to guide his people.  The slaves and the low born followed Salih (a) and he asked them to be patient with the unbelievers.  When the believers among the Thamood followed the teaching of Salih (a) they began to see greater fruit from their work.

Salih (a) built a mosque out of the mountain and called the believers there to pray. After that they were to declare their belief publicly and hide it from the unbelievers no longer.  Salih (a) addressed the unbelievers himself when a man named Salif tried to stop him.  Salif demanded a miracle from Salih (a) even though this would bring destruction on the unbelievers who would not listen to reason or understand the responsibility that comes with a miracle from Allah (s).