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Ramadan Decorating: Sandals of the Prophet and Hands of Fatima

This is a holiday craft from one of our contributors.


This theme for Ramadan is love of the Prophet (s) and his family.  She made beautiful sandals of the Prophet (s) and hands of Fatima (r) from crafting paper and sticker embellishments available at Michaels Craft Store.


The hands of Fatima (r) have a little bird which represents her dua for the Ummah taking flight.


I think that these decorations could also work well for Mawlid.


Please share your ideas for holiday decorating in Ramadan.

Please see our other Ramadan projects now:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Ramadan Moons

One of our favorite Ramadan decorations are paper mâché moons made with balloons, paper, a flour/water paste and silver paint.


After hanging the decorations we did some experiments with a flashlight and some round objects to see how the shadow of the earth creates the shadows of the moon phases.


We watched this you tube video to review the concept: Lunar Cycle.

To illustrate the lunar cycle for our decorations we made garlands this year.


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

Please see our Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Mawlid Sandals

One of our contributors sent us these beautiful sandals of the Prophet(s) to share with you.  She makes them herself with craft supplies. When I asked her to describe her process she said that she folds the paper in sections and then traces out shapes to cut out a little like snowflakes I think.

Here is some of her lovely work!


  
  I would like to thank Malika Ayubbi for contributing the Sirajunmunira website and I would like to encourage all of you to do the same so that we can learn from you!

Mawlid Mubarak!

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: and Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid around the World 

When I look at traditional Islamic Art and architecture it is clear to me that decoration is culturally important.  From what I understand holiday decorating used to be an elaborate affair in the Muslim world.  Some examples are still available and I would like to highlight a few and perhaps more in a latter post if more examples become available this Mawlid season.

As a convert I have always felt a little sad around Muslim holidays because they seem to lack the glitter of the holidays I grew up with.  In my culture holidays have a strong and palpable atmosphere, a multi sensory experience.  The decorations, the smells, the tastes and the music all had a strong theme.

I have attempted in the past to approximate the experience I wished to have for the holidays within the Islamic context but I have not felt entirely successful.

I began researching this article with the intention of finding new ideas and traditional ideas for Mawlid decorating that families can employ to celebrate with their children.

The following are some of the examples that have been submitted from our contributors from around the world.  I want to thank all of them for their help.  I hope that you will be as inspired as I am and even send us your own examples for another post, the more ideas the better!

This is a light display from Malawi:


Photographs courtesy of Wobbler Busters (Facebook)

These sandal of the Prophet (s) decorations are from the United States. 
This is a light display from Pakistan. 

These are window light displays from the United Kingdom.


These are flags and banners from Palestine.

Mawlid Mubarak to you and your family.

Please see our new book for children:

My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_RATgAbSY7X42N

Mawlid Banner

This year I was inspired by one of our contributors to make a Mawlid banner with the Mawlid Sandals of the Prophet (a).


I made cut outs for each letter in green cardstock and then white.  I painted the letter with watercolour and added laser cut birds, ink stamps and jewel stickers.

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I then made cut outs in the shape of lamps for the green lamp of the Prophet (s).

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I then used a hole punch to make two punctures at the top of each piece.  Then I ran some ribbon through the holes and hung the banner in the door way to our prayer room.

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Please share your ideas for Mawlid decorating so that we can be inspired by you.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_PhvgAbAM735M5

Mawlid Mural

This is a project from one of our contributors for a Mawlid mural.

She began by printing the letters in outline form and then colored them in with her 4 year old.  Then she cut out the shape of the lamp and painted it green and added silver glitter.  She then added two ribbons to imply that the lamp in hanging.

She thinks that she may add more elements but this is beautiful and an excellent example of what you can do with simple materials to decorate for Malwid.

When the light of Muhammad (s) was created the light was placed inside a green lamp and hung from a tree in Paradise according to the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.  If you would like to share more of the sira of the Prophet (s) with your children I encourage you to read this book to your children.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Windows

This year I added window decorations to our Mawlid program.

I used all the same ornaments as our Mawlid Mobile but smaller.


For the birds I used lasercut pieces I bought on Amazon.com.  The cloud was made exactly like the large centrepiece for the Mawlid Mobile: The Cloud.

 

For the fish Zalmusa I made a medallion.


I found the blue and green tinsel at the mall and thought it would work as a nice surround for the fish, cloud and birds because it could suggest water or sky.  My windows are not close to electrical outlets so the reflective quality of the tinsel helps with the fact that I cannot illuminate the windows up with holiday lights.

 


Please share your Mawlid decorating ideas with us here so that we can be inspired by you.

Please see out new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Lanterns

Mawlid Mubarak!  This year for our Mawlid Lantern display we used flameless candles instead of tea candles.  The lanterns are made of wax so the tea lights were damaging them.  I ordered some flameless LED candles from Amazon.com and now my boys can light and extinguish the lanterns more easily.

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Our Mawlid Lanterns represent the light of the Prophet (s) that was placed in a green lamp and hung from a tree in paradise.

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This is the 3rd year we have kept this tradition and my sons like to light the lanterns at Maghrib each evening in Rabi al Awal.

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We light the green lanterns to represent the light of the Prophet (s) that was hung in a green lamp in a tree in Paradise.  If you would like to know more about the story of the Prophet (s) please see the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Please share your Mawlid traditions with us so we can be inspired by family.

Please see our new book for children about Mawlid: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xmOfAbBFWKTV8

Mawlid Jars

This is a project from one of our contributors.

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This craft uses painted jars to contain sweets for Mawlid.

The  jars can then be upcycled into tealight holders like so.

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I am so pleased to see a craft this creative and reusable.  Crafting can be an endeavour that produces a lot of waste so I really found this idea ingenious.

I want to thank our contributors for sending us these photos and sharing this beautiful idea with us and I look forward to seeing their Isra wal Miraj ideas for the next holiday.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Please see our new Mawlid for children book now available on Amazon.com: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xmOfAbBFWKTV8

Mawlid Mobile: The Cloud

The cloud that carried the Prophet Muhammad (s) all around he world is always the centrepiece of our Mawlid Mobile.  So this year I looked through many examples of Persian art to see what I could do to make our centerpiece look more sophisticated.


I traced the cloud onto heavy drawing paper and then placed 2 more papers underneath and held them together while I cut out 3 papers at once.  The cloud is not symmetrical so I flipped the center paper before gluing them together in the center with a ribbon to attach to the mobile.


Before glueing I painted spirals and curls on to both sides of each cut out.


After everything was dry I folded the outer cut outwards at an angle away from the center paper so that there were 6 arms to the cloud.


The 6 arms give the cloud ornament a beautiful look when it moves.

If you would like to read to your children about the cloud and other elements of the Prophet Muhammad’s (s) birth story please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Tomorrow inshallah I will post the details of this year’s Zalmusa fish ornament.

Please share your ideas for Mawlid decorating.

Please see our new early reader for Muslim children concerning the Mawlid celebration and story on amazon.com: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children featuring the Mawlid Puppet Play for children in English and French.

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