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Dervish Dolls: Adhan 

Today our little dervish doll is demonstrating adhan for Maghrib prayer.  In Ramadan this is the most eagerly awaited adhan of the day because it means that the sun has set and our fast has ended.  We break our fast together and replenish ourselves.

Children who are fasting half days are especially interested in hearing the adhan at Maghrib so they can break the fast with their parents.  They sometimes want to practice performing the adhan as well.

The arms of our dervish dolls are able to articulate with some effort so this doll could pose for the adhan.

Sirajunmunira is currently searching for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls.  If you are interested or know someone who is please leave us a message in the comment section of this post.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about the rites of Ramadan.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Dervish Dolls: Iftar

Today our little dervish dolls are gathering for the Iftar meal that we share together at sunset.  Many children wish to emulate or participate in fasting with their parents in Ramadan.  Using creative play to demonstrate Iftar is a lovely opportunity for children to feel connected to this holiday tradition.

Our little dervish dolls are breaking their fast with dates and tea before the Maghrib prayer.  They will have the larger meal after the prayer is completed.

We are currently looking for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls so if you are interested or know someone who is please leave us a message in the comment section.


Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about the rites of Ramadan.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Ashura Creative Play Scenes and Gifts

This year for Ashura I was able to find Waldorf style dolls for Nuh (a) and Musa (a).  I used animal figures and a nested wave set to depict the flood and the parting of the Red Sea that coincides with the Asura Holliday.
We gave the pieces as gifts for Ashura.



We used the nested waves to show the parting of the Red Sea.

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We used animals in pairs, a nested wave set and a Waldorf Doll for this arrangement to learn about the story of Prophet Nuh (a).



This year my sons received The Animals of Paradise book by Karimah Sperling.  I hope to read this book with the children soon and post the review.

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The boys also received a book about Prophet Nuh (a) called Noah’s Ark by Lisbeth Zwerger.  I hope to read this book with the boys soon and post the review.



Please share your ideas for Ashura gifts and using creative play to celebrate the occasion with children.

Dervish Dolls: Spring is Here

This spring I visited my niece and found that the Dervish Dolls I gave her at Mawlid time have a special place in her collection.  The lady doll is the Scherherazade I sent her with a copy of Tenggrens Golden Tales of the Arabian Nights.  I also sent her one of our bearded Dervish Dolls that is supposed to be an old wali.


We played with the dolls a bit and found that they looked quite happy with the trees that have just bloomed.


I was so pleased to see that she enjoys the Dervish Dolls in her creative play.

Please share your ideas for creative play with Muslim children.

Dervish Dolls: Ladies

I have been inspired by the many peg dolls I have seen online recently for Muslim children.

I purchased some little peg dolls from Amazon.com.

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First I wrapped each doll in a fabric dress and glued the seam with regular white craft glue.

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After the dresses were dry I applied a black make up pencil to each face to form eyes and eyebrows.

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Next I painted a headscarf onto each doll.

When the paint dried I glued a shawl to the crown of each head.

When the glue dried I wrapped the shawl around each figure and applied glue. I used a small piece of removable tape to hold the clothing down while it dried.  Once the glue dried I removed the tape and trimmed the excess fabric from the bottom of each doll so that they stood up properly.

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We look forward to creating more creative play activities for these new Dervish Dolls soon.

Please share your ideas for creating unique and special toys for Muslim 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.

Arabian Nights: Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

Tonight we read the story of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves in Tenggren’s Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights.

In this story there is a cave full of fantastic treasures and it had a magical door.  My son asked me what the door was and I told him it was a rock.  The magic to open the door was “Open Sesame” and my son wanted to know what sesame is and I explained that it is a type of seed.  He wanted to know why they didn’t just say “Open Seed?”  I explained that it is  a type of spell and you have to use the right words not just any words.


In the story Ali Baba finds the cave of treasure belonging to the 40 thieves but when his brother Qasim goes to the cave he is discovered and killed.  My son wanted to know if Qasim was really dead and I said yes he was and the 40 thieves cut him up with their scimitar swords.  My son wanted to know why the thieves killed Qasim.  I explained that the 40 thieves did not want any one to know where their treasure was.

Ali Baba has his brother put back together and buried and my son wanted to know if Qasim was still dead after they put him back together and I said yes he was still dead.

When the 40 thieves find the house of Ali Baba they hide in the courtyard inside jars and wait to hear pebbles fall on the floor.  My son wanted to know why the pebbles were thrown into the courtyard and I said this was the signal for the thieves to come out of hiding.

The clever slave girl Morgiana recognizes the chief of the thieves and she stabs him with a dagger.  My son wanted to know if she killed the thief and I said yes she did.

Please share your ideas for sharing the literature of the Muslim world with children.