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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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Pool of Paradise: The Nightingale

This is the first episode of our Pool of Paradise project.  The story for the Nightingale is below and the lesson plan that goes with it.

 

NIGHTINGALE

 

The Nightingale sings each night the songs of Daoud,

 

But the nightingale thought only of its rose and not its thorns or the plant or the leaves or the roots or the earth, air and water.

 

The nightingale sang,

 

“Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.

I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your Name I will lift up my hands.

I think of you through the watches of the night.

Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your Wings.

My soul clings to You; Your Right Hand upholds me.

 

“I will sing of Your Strength, in the morning I will sing of Your Love;

for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint;

lead me to the rock that is higher than I,

For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”

 

Behind the face of his beloved rose was the face of the One Who Created All.  The nightingale said, “I am weak and cannot leave my illusions and seek the Creator of My Beloved.”

 

 

LESSON PLAN

 

After reading the passage about the Nightingale your child will place the Nightingale medallion on the pool at the top and the birds that will follow will go the left so that they are moving counter clockwise around the pool.

 

Discussion questions:  Why is the bird having difficulty to make the journey?  What do you think the Hoopoe bird will say to convince the Nightingale to go on the journey?

 

 

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When we discussed the story my son asked why the Rose had thorns.  When I asked him how the Hoopoe could convince the Nightingale to come he said the Nightingale should bring 2 roses on the journey, one for itself and one for the Simourgh.
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.

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The Tree of Light: Part 46

This is the forty 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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After this Ibrahim (a) met a series of ascetics.  One could make water appear where he struck his foot.  Another would fast for months at a time waiting for a guest. Another lived in a cave making dhikr who would break his fast only once every 2 months.  Then he sought another man in a cave that was a beautifully decorated mosque.  This ascetic said he would break his fast once every 3 months, and their iftarappeared on a floating tray.  Ibrahim (a) was tested by a scary tiger that would have eaten him if he were not sincere.

Then the ascetic took him to an island where he lived and confessed that he had prayed for many years that he could meet Ibrahim (a) and now that he did he passed away and was buried by Ibrahim (a).  Then the angel came to take Ibrahim (a) to the Gate of Repentance which he said would be open until the sun rose in the West.  When Ibrahim (a) was trying to guide Nimrod, he asked him if he could make the sun rise from the West and Nimrod could not, but Allah (s) can and will.

On the day, the angel Azrail (a) visited Ibrahim (a) and announced that Ibrahim (a) had been named the friend of God.  Ibrahim (a) wanted to know how living things were brought back to life. Azrail (a) demonstrated with some birds where the four winds collected the pieces of a dead bird and brought them back and the bird came alive once more.

Sometime after a very old man visited Ibrahim (a).  He was weak and unable to feed himself.  Ibrahim was near in age to this old man and so he asked his Lord to take him before he became an invalid.

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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.

The Tree of Light: Part 30

This is the thirtieth 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 30:

One of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s) named Abdullah saw the Gardens of Iram and we will all see these gardens on the Day of Resurrection.

Grandfather stood up, waved his stick at the cloud saying a quiet prayer, “Falammaa ra awhu ‘aaridam mustaqbila awdiyatihim qaaloo haazaa ‘aaridum mumtirunaa; bal huwa masta’jaltum bihee reehun feehaa ‘azaabun aleem,”1and led the boys up the path and out of the garden as rain began to fall on the far side of the garden avenue.

“Come, this cloud will wait a little but not long.” 

 

“Did you talk to the cloud Grandfather?”

 

“You can talk to clouds if you speak their language.”

 

Yusuf stopped took the stick from Grandfather and turned around, waved it at the cloud and shouted for it to go away.  The cloud floated closer and Yusuf screamed and ran ahead of them on the path home. 

When the boys had gone inside for lunch Grandfather went to the back orchard with his orange seed.  He said a prayer quietly “Taraz zaalimeena mushfiqeena mimmaa kasaboo wa huwa waaqi’um bihim; wallazeena aamanoo wa ‘amilus saalihaati fee rawdaatil jannaati lahum maa yashaaa’oona ‘inda Rabbihim; zaalika huwal fadlul kabeer,”2 and lifted his stick.  A beautiful garden slowly became visible behind the olive trees with fountains and flowers and trees of all sorts.

 If you looked closer you would see that the fruits glittered like jewels and the tiles in the fountains were made of lapis and malachite.  He took the seed from his pocket and made a hole with his stick in the soft earth of one bare spot in the avenue of fruit trees.  He planted the seed, watered it from the fountain and gathered some lemons from the tree next to him.  As he turned to go back to the orchard the orange seed sprouted up out of the earth and began climbing towards the sun.  He brought the lemons to the house for their lunch and told the boys there would be ripe oranges for their lunch tomorrow. 

 

The interior of the maqam of Hood (a).

The maqam of Prophet Hood (a) in the

Hadramawt of Yemen and Allah (s) knows best.

1 “Then, when they saw the (Penalty in the shape of) a cloud traversing the sky, coming to meet their valleys, they said, “This cloud will give us rain!” “Nay, it is the (Calamity) ye were asking to be hastened! – A wind wherein is a Grievous Penalty!” (Surah al Ahqaf [46] ayat 24)

2 “Thou wilt see the Wrong-doers in fear on account of what they have earned, and (the burden of) that must (necessarily) fall on them. But those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in the luxuriant meads of the Gardens: they shall have, before their Lord, all that they wish for. That will indeed be the magnificent Bounty (of Allah.)” (Surah ash-Shurah [42] ayat 22)

The Tree of Light: Part 22

This is the twenty 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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Nuh (a) had one son named Kenan who could not believe his father’s prophecy and so did not follow him.  The rain drops fell like millstones, the waves came like mountains, and the son of Nuh (a) was among the drowned.

When Iblis was discovered aboard the ark he told Nuh (a) that his nation would be destroyed by 5 things, 2 of which he named, greed and envy.  Iblis said that he had been envious of Adam (a), and Adam (a) had been greedy to eat of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden.

There were 3 animals created on the ark.  When Nuh (a) stroked the elephant, it sneezed and the pig was created.  This pig consumed all the dirt on the boat so that it was kept clean.  Iblis stroked the back of the pig and the rat was born.  Nuh (a) stroked the back of the lion and the housecat was born to control the rats, but not before they had gnawed a hole in the hull of the ark.  The snake stopped the hole with its tail and so saved the ark.

“Was it a rattlesnake?” asked Sulayman.

 

“I do not think so,” replied Grandfather.

 

“Was it a cobra?”  asked Sulayman.

 

Yusuf swayed from side to side like a cobra and Grandfather laughed.

When the rains had stopped Nuh (a) sent the crow to search for dry land, but the crow found a dead animal, or some say the son of Nuh (a), on a mountain and did not return.  So Nuh (a) sent the dove.  The dove found an olive tree, but its legs touched the Sea of Wrath while taking the olive twig and the feathers fell off and the legs turned red.  Nuh (a) blessed the dove when it returned and cursed the crow.

The Tree of Light: Part 13

This is the thirteenth 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 13:

“For man is more than the sum of his parts.” Aristotle

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Sulayman and Yusuf were having their Quran lesson.  Sulayman sat with his lawh wood board and ink writing the ayat.

 

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Yusuf tipped over his ink and stained his clothes and the carpet.  Sulayman jumped up trying to escape the flood.  Yusuf started crying and Grandfather came to see what was wrong.  He took Yusuf to change his clothes and patted his head when he returned to the lesson. 

 

“I don’t want to write Quran anymore Grandfather.  I want to go play,” whined Sulayman. 

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather, taking Sulayman’s lawh.  He looked down at the lawh and the ayat written there. 

 

“If you finish your lesson and memorize this ayat I will tell you the story of the one who brought writing, and clothes, and many other things to human beings.” 

 

Sulayman thought about it for a minute.  Yusuf started reciting the ayat.  Yusuf could not write yet really but he was learning to recite.  Sulayman scowled because Yusuf had already memorized the lesson.  He did not want his brother to exceed him so he sat down and began practicing. 

 

After lunch, it was time for Yusuf to have a nap and Grandfather usually took him to rest.  Sulayman followed because Grandfather said it was time to hear the story. 

 

“But I am not taking a nap Grandfather,” said Sulayman.  “I am too big for naps.”

 

“Hmm,” said Grandfather.  “I am not too big for naps.”

 

They settled down on the cushions to get cozy. 

 

“Who is the one who made the writing?  I don’t like him because I don’t like to write,” said Sulayman.

 

“Hmm,” Grandfather chuckled.  “The people of Idris (a) did not like him very much either at one time.  But then they realized that he brought so many good things to make their lives better that they finally loved him and followed him.”

 

“What things?” said Yusuf.  Grandfather rubbed his head and began his tale. 

The Tree of Light: Part 10

This is the tenth 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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“Allah gave all the prophets a book?”

 

“No, not to all.”

 

“Why not?  I thought Allah has oceans of books.”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “I think one day Sulayman that you are going to be a very great scholar.”

 

“What is a scholar?”

 

“Hmm.  Scholars are having many many questions.  But their sadness is that they are not having many answers to their many many questions.” 

 

“You answer my questions Grandfather.”

 

Grandfather laughed.  “One day Allah (s) will call for me and who will you ask then?” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “But I don’t know anyone as smart as you.  When I ask anything, everyone tells me I must ask you.  Who taught you Grandfather?  Who did you ask all your questions to?”

 

“I asked many questions when I was young.  I spoke to many people of knowledge and read many books but real teaching, real knowledge is with my Master.”

 

“Where is he?”

 

“He is in the grave.”

 

“How do you ask him then?”

 

“I still speak to my Master.”

 

“How?”

 

“Like this.” Grandfather took his tasbih prayer beads out of his pocket and held them up to his ear saying “Allo, allo,” like a telephone.

 

Sulayman frowned.  “You are making fun of me.”

 

Yusuf put his ear to the beads and said “Allo, allo.”  He looked up at Grandfather.  “He hanged up,” Yusuf shrugged.

Seth (a) was the first prophet to bring a book from Allah (s) and Prophet Muhammad (s) was The Last Prophet to bring a book from Allah (s).

The Tree of Light: Part 9

This is the 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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“Allah (s) wrote the originals.  Some of these have been changed a bit but they still contain wisdom.”

 

Grandfather put the books back on the shelf.

 

“So, all the books are in the ark?  Are they there now?”

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Yes, yes they are.” 

 

“Where is the ark?  Can I see it?”

 

“It is not far.  And one day if Allah (s) gives permission you may see it.  Maybe you have already seen it and did not know what it was.” 

 

Sulayman frowned.  “I want to read all of Allah’s (s) books.”

 

“Why?”

 

“Well if I read all of Allah’s books then I will know everything that Allah (s) said.” 

 

Grandfather laughed. 

 

“If all the trees were pens and all the oceans were ink the words of Allah (s) could not be exhausted.  Not everything that Allah (s) said is written in a book here on earth.” 

 

“That’s a lot of books,” Sulayman looked doubtful. “Is that what the angels do?  Do they read all of Allah’s ocean books?” 

 

Grandfather smiled.  “Maybe.”

The prophets who receive the books of Allah (s) are called messengers and they have a special responsibility to teach us about these books, help us to understand the books and show us how to follow the books.

The Tree of Light: Part 8

This is the 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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“This is the Tawrat, this is the Bible and this is the Quran.  Some of the Psalms of Dawud (a) are in the bible.”

 

Sulayman picked them up one by one and looked through each hand painted page with colors and gold leaf.

 

“Mama says I can’t touch your books or your bookshelf.”

 

“They are old books,” Grandfather nodded. 

 

“Did Allah (s) really write them?”