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The Ramadan Table

Our inspiration for the Ramadan Table this year is the Moon Garden.  A Moon Garden features while flowers that bloom in the night to save energy.  The flowers are white because they are pollinated by bats and moths and not bees.


We began by gathering the flowers, vines and mint while out on a family nature walk.


We picked mint from our family garden.


White flowers are also know for their fragrance.  We chose Wild Honeysuckle but Gardeina, White Rose and Jasmine would also work for this concept.


We also featured citrus which is very popular when added to food and drink while Ramadan falls in the summer months.  We hope to do a post soon about making mint lemonade for Iftar.


The eggs are our cosmic element because they can symbolize the universe and the egg surface and texture reminds me of the face of the moon.


We already had these fantastic terrariums with ferns, moss and pebbles so we added our foliage, citrus and eggs with the place settings to make the table.


Please share your ideas for making the Ramadan special for your children at Iftar.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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The Tree of Light: Part 29

This is the twenty ninth 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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Part 29:

The unbelievers thought that the black cloud was full of rain.

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The black cloud that came to destroy the people of Ad.

This cloud approached the Wadi Ahqaf and the Angel Jibrail (a) came to warn Hood (a).  Hood (a) tried to warn the king but he would not listen.  Hood (a) gathered the believers and brought them to a cave to hide from the black cloud.

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The cave where Hood (a)

and his followers sought refuge in Jordan.

The scorching wind and avenging angels descended and killed the unbelievers of Ad within a week.

“Was it that cloud?” Sulayman pointed at some threatening clouds approaching the garden.  Just then a breeze picked up.  Yusuf squeaked and hid under the park bench.  Grandfather bent down and looked at Yusuf upside down.  “Boo!” He tickled Yusuf and brought him up on his lap. 

Even when King Shaddad witnessed this destruction he did not accept the one God.

After the storm ended Hood (a) took his followers to Mecca.  Hood (a) is buried near the maqam of Ibrahim but the location of his maqam is not known for certain.

The Tree of Light: Part 28

This is the twenty eighth 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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Part 28:

When king Shaddad heard about this he ordered his people to make a beautiful garden on earth called the Gardens of Iram to prove that he was a god and could make the most beautiful garden.  This garden was constructed in the Wadi Ahqaf over a period of 20 years.

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While a tribe of idol worshippers from Mecca came to see this garden, King Shaddad boasted that as a god-king he could order the rain to come.  Because of his arrogance the land became dry.  King Shaddad sent some people from his tribe to Mecca to pray for rain and it happened that one of the party was a follower of Hood (a).  This believer and the others who brought idols prayed for rain.  Three clouds came and the follower of Hood (a) heard the clouds speak.

The first cloud was white and full of snakes and scorpions.

The second cloud was red and full of fire.

The third cloud was black and full of scorching wind.

The Tree of Light: Part 27

The is the twenty seventh 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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Part 27:

Hood (a) became overseer of the slaves and cared for them and taught them about Allah (s).

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Hood (a) with the people of Ad.

The people of Ad ordered Hood (a) to beat one of the slaves, but it gave that slave no pain and no marks appeared on his back, and with this miracle he invited the people of Ad to become believers and he told them about the gardens of paradise.

“Are the gardens of paradise like this garden?” asked Sulayman.

 

Grandfather smiled.  “They are similar.  There are rivers, fountains, trees and flowers, but the gardens of paradise are endless.  This garden only goes about 5 minutes’ walk that way.”

 

“Too far, too far!” Yusuf chirped.  Yusuf was tired from the walk and refused to go any farther. 

The Secret Blessing: Part 23

This sample is the twenty third part of our new book for children concerning the Dala’il Khayrat. The book is written as a story where a sage is teaching his two grandchildren about the Dala’il al Khayrat.  The full book is now available on Amazon at this link: The Secret Blessing: The Dala’il Khayrat for Children.

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PART 23:

Oh Allah bless our master Muhammad in every rolling cloud.

“What are clouds made of?” asked Sulayman.

“Water,” Grandfather replied.

“And angels come down with the rain, and the snow?” asked Sulayman.

“Yes.”

“Then there are angels in the clouds too?”

“Yes.”

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The Secret Blessing: Part 22

This sample is the twenty second part of our new book for children concerning the Dala’il Khayrat. The book is written as a story where a sage is teaching his two grandchildren about the Dala’il al Khayrat.  The full book is now available on Amazon at this link: The Secret Blessing: The Dala’il Khayrat for Children.

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Bless our master Muhammad…in all the Pen has written in the Mother of the Book!

“Is that the first pen?” Sulayman pointed.  “Is that the pen that wrote Bissmillah?”

Grandfather nodded and smiled.  “Yes, we learned about the Pen when you learned the story of Adam (a).”

“What is the Mother of the Book?” asked Sulayman.  “Is that Dala’il Al-Khayrat?”

Grandfather shook his head.  “The Mother of the Book is where all the books of the Prophets come from – the Umm ul Kitab.  Sometimes they are calling it the Lawh ul Mahfuz or the Divine Tablets.”

“When do I get to read the tablets?”  asked Sulayman.

Grandfather laughed, “Maybe if you go on Miraj you could read them, they are will the Lord of Heavens, not on earth.”

“That is farther away than the library,” Sulayman frowned.

Grandfather laughed, “Yes, that is farther away than the library.”

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The Secret Blessing: Part 20

This sample is the twentieth part of our new book for children concerning the Dala’il Khayrat. The book is written as a story where a sage is teaching his two grandchildren about the Dala’il al Khayrat.  The full book is now available on Amazon at this link: The Secret Blessing: The Dala’il Khayrat for Children.

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Oh Allah bless your closest angels…our master Jibrail, our master Mikail, our master Israfil the angel of Death, our master Ridwan, the Guardian of Your Garden and our master Malik. 

Sulayman looked closely at the painting on the page.  “Is that what angels really look like?”

Grandfather shook his head.  “No.  They are not looking like this.  If you were seeing what they really looked like you would have nightmares.”

“Are they scary?” aske Sulayman.

Grandfather nodded slowly.  “If you are not prepared your heart will stop.”

Yusuf looked down at his chest and then up and around as though he were worried he might see an angel.

“Come on Yusuf!” Sulayman ran off to the back garden with Yusuf at his heels and left Grandfather to read his book.  Sulayman said, “We needed to find the oldest tree in the world,” and Yusuf followed asking why he needed to find an old tree.

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The boys came back after Isha (night prayer) and the stars were starting to peak out in the sky.  Grandfather was finishing his dinner in the courtyard and the boys sat down to have their soup and bread after a tiring day of hunting for old trees, lizards and angels.

As the boys ate Grandfather began reading his Dala’il Al-Khayrat again and the boys asked to hear more.

“I need to know it for Al Chemya.  I want to go soon.  I want to know all the magic salawats,” Sulayman said between mouthfuls.

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The Secret Blessing: Part 19

This sample is the nineteenth part of our new book for children concerning the Dala’il Khayrat. The book is written as a story where a sage is teaching his two grandchildren about the Dala’il al Khayrat.  The full book is now available on Amazon at this link: The Secret Blessing: The Dala’il Khayrat for Children.

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PART 19:

Oh Allah, bless our master Muhammad…the remembrance of who perfumes and sweetens all the world.

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Yusuf pulled on the book.  “What is that?” Yusuf pointed to the painting in the book.

Grandfather stood up and went into his study.  He returned with a small metal object and placed a piece of charcoal inside, lit a match and held it to the charcoal and then closed the metal filigree top over it.  Smoke curled out from around it.

“This is an incense burner.  The black rock is called bokhor.  This is a kind of perfume for the home,” Grandfather explained.

“Mama uses this to make the jinn go away,” said Sulayman.

“Bad jinn,” Yusuf pointed to the smoke.
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The Secret Blessing: Part 18

This sample is the eighteenth part of our new book for children concerning the Dala’il Khayrat. The book is written as a story where a sage is teaching his two grandchildren about the Dala’il al Khayrat.  The full book is now available on Amazon at this link: The Secret Blessing: The Dala’il Khayrat for Children.

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PART 18:

Oh Allah, bless our master Muhammad in every plant and in every tree which has grown from the beginning of this world to its end.

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“Are there trees that are as old as the earth?  Are there trees that have been growing since the beginning?” asked Sulayman.

Grandfather looked into the back garden for a moment.  “For sure there are very old trees indeed.  There are trees that witnessed the arrival of Adam (a) on earth that still live.  There are trees that yet live that sheltered the Prophet Muhammad (s).  But trees came to earth long long before this.  Trees came to earth so long ago that you cannot count the years.  There are some trees that have witnessed all of history, from the time that mankind began to write their story until this day.”

“Can I see that tree?” Sulayman looked over his shoulder into the back garden.

Grandfather smiled, “There are very old trees in our garden here, very special trees.”

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The Secret Blessing: Part 16

This sample is the sixteenth part of our new book for children concerning the Dala’il Khayrat. The book is written as a story where a sage is teaching his two grandchildren about the Dala’il al Khayrat.  The full book is now available on Amazon at this link: The Secret Blessing: The Dala’il Khayrat for Children.

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O Allah, bless our master Muhammad as the number of the leaves on the olive trees and all their fruits!

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“Is that why you have olive trees in the orchard?” asked Sulayman.

Grandfather smiled, “Olive trees are special yes.  But date palms and other trees are special as well.”

“When the dove came after the flood he brought a part of the olive tree didn’t he?” asked Sulayman.

“Yes, you are remembering the story of Nuh (a) very well.  You are learning the lives of the Prophets, you are learning Quran, you are learning Dala’il Al-Khayrat.”

“I want to go to Al Chemya and learn to use magic powers,” whispered Sulayman seriously. “To know all the secret spells.”

Grandfather covered his mouth with his hand and tried not to laugh.  “You are learning all the things you need for Al Chemya and so I will tell you the next story of how the Dala’il Al-Khayrat came to be.”

The story told in Morocco is that of a woman Imam Jazuli met at a well while seeking water for wudu (ablution).  He found no water and asked her for help.  She spit into the well and then he found water there for wudu.

Imam Jazuli then asked the lady how she made the water to come up from the dry well.  She told him that it was a secret salawat and she could not tell him which one.  He went home and wrote all the salawat he knew and it is said that the secret salawat is hidden in Dala’il Al-Khayrat.

“Is that the same salawat that the Prophet used at Hudaybiya to make the water come, with the arrow?” asked Sulayman.

“Hmmm.” Grandfather smiled.  “There are many miracles with water, the parting of the Red Sea, the Zam Zam.  It may be that they all used the same salawat Sulayman, but only Allah Almighty knows for sure.”

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