Today is the eleventh urs of Hajiah Amina (q).
She is a Sufi Saint and her Maqam is in Lefke Cyprus.
She authored a history of the Prophets and a history of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (s) which are still in circulation today: Lore of Light.
She hosted a dzikr service (chanting) each week to serve the ladies and children of her community. In this way she taught us that the most important thing we can do to educate our children is to teach them the stories of the Prophets and the Awliah and to bring our children to celebrate Allah (s) and the Prophet (s).
We ask Hajiah Aminah’s (q) blessing on our project.
For this celebration we focus on the story of Prophet Muhammad’s (s) birth.
We chose some of the episodes in the story to highlight in a large mobile after reading his story to prepare for this holiday.
- The birds that fanned Aminah (r) with their wings
- The fish that danced in the sea with happiness after the birth
- The cloud that took the Prophet (s) around the world
We also lit green lamps for Maulid to represent the creation of the green lamp or the light of the Prophet (s).
Lala Rahama was the daughter of a Sufi shaykh and her Maqam now attracts women and young people asking for work or success in school. Ladies who visit the Maquam use Henna and burn candles to ask for health or conceiving a child or finding a husband.
Her Maqam was closed when we visited but we still got a picture of the hall through the door.
We were told that her Maqam is open to the public on Maulid.
We ask Lalla Rahama’s (q) blessing on our project.
Lalla Manana is a Waliah that passed away on her wedding night and turned into a dove.
Her Maqam is known for its healing properties and people with cancer and skin ailments have appealed to her for intercession. Water is taken from this place and given to the ailing.
The Maqam is located in the Asilah Morocco madina on the Atlantic coast overlooking the ocean.
The caretaker unlocked her Maqam and allowed us to visit after visiting another Maqam bellow.
We ask Lalla Manana’s (q) blessing on our project.
The purpose of this project is to review the stories of the prophets. We create an image on a medallion and then place that medallion on the tree. This is loosely arranged like a family tree.
This project can also be used like an advent calendar during Ramadan for a countdown to Eid. The idea is to finish filling the tree before Eid.
Materials: canvas, gesso, tempra paint, brushes, watercolour paper, watercolour paint
Canvas with tree.
- Paint the canvass with gesso (very large brush.) Make the arch shape over the tree with a pencil once the gesso is dry.
- Make the trunk from the bottom centre to the top centre.
- Extend the branches left and right.
- Fill the spaces with more and more branches and leaves until full and add leaves.
- Trace the watercolour paper with a coffee mug to make the round medallions.
- Trace the subject of the medallion.
- Add the watercolour paint to the medallion.
- Read the story for the children and have them add the medallion to the tree with double sided tape.