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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



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


Isra wal Miraj: Play Performance

Here are some clips from our performance of the Isra wal Miraj play for children with a link to our new picture book and illustrated script.



If you would like the script please see:

Isra wal Miraj Script
I want to personally thank all the people who helped us and I hope that this play will become an anual tradition to celebrate this event in our history.  It is also our hope that the children gained a better understanding of our prayers and where they came from.

Please share your ideas for teaching children the Sira of the Prophet Muhammad (s).

Please see our new book Isra wal Miraj for children available now on Amazon.


Isra wal Miraj: Play for Children Script

This year for Isra wal Miraj we are posting the script of our Isra wal Miraj play for children in case there are any people who are interested in producing the play as well.  We only ask that if you do please send us pictures.

So far we have the play available in English and Arabic and we hope to make the play available in any other language if you would like to do so and send it to us.  You are most welcome to translate the script if you don’t mind to send us a copy so we can post it for others.

Isra Wal Miraj Script: English

Buraq: children do a dance with peacock feathers

Narrator: On this great night Allah called the Prophet (s) to heaven on the back of the magnificent Buraq with the tail of beautiful feathers.

1. Angels standing in Quaim
Narrator: In the first heaven the Prophet (s) saw the Angels standing in Qiam.
He asked for this beautiful Qiam for the prayer of the Muslims.

2. Angels bowing in Ruku.
Narrator: In the second heaven the Angels bow in Ruku. The Prophet(s) found this beautiful and asked for Ruku to be part of our prayer.

3. Angels in sajda

Narrator: In the third heaven the Angels were in Sajda. They raised their heads to greet the Prophet (s) and this is why we put our heads to the ground twice in our prayer.

4. Salsa’il

Narrator: In the fourth heaven the Angels stand in Qiam, bend in Ruku and Sajda. The Prophet(s) was impressed by the focus with their eyes and concentration and asked for this to be part of our prayer.

5. Angels in Qada

Narrator: In the 5th heaven the Angels sit in Qada. The Prophet(s) asked Allah(s) if he could have this posture in our prayer and his dua was accepted.
The sea of wrath: the children agitate a blue sheet to symbolize the sea of wrath
Narrator: In this heaven the sea of wrath that descended to earth in the time of Prophet Nuh(a) rolls and boils.

6. Angel Mikhail weighing the souls
Mikail weighs a soul (butterfly) that is heavy because it is from the nation of Muhammad(s).

Mikail is surrounded by many other angels sitting cross legged.
Narrator: In the sixth heaven the angel Mikail weighs our souls and finds the nation of Muhammad(s) be of greater weight than any other.

7. The sidratul muntaha
Angels will hold 7 palm fronds together like they are the trunk while the narrator explains the significance of the sidratul muntaha.

Narrator: The Prophet(s) reached the sidratul muntaha where angels sit like butterflies all over the tree. The Angels were so happy to see the Prophet(s) that they thanked Allah(s).

8. The sea of mercy and the pebble.
Ocean of Mercy: child in white (with olive tree branches held around him by other children) will throw a tiny lentil/pebble into an ocean (blue) sheet.

Narrator: In the presence of his lord the Prophet (s) saw an endless sea and a tree on its shore. In the tree sat a dove with a tiny pebble the size of a lentil.

(The child will pretend to take the pebble from its mouth.)

Narrator: The Lord said the tree is your world

-the dove is your nation

-the pebble is the sins of your nation

-the sea is my mercy upon you all
(The child will drop the pebble in the ocean, the other kids will shake the sheet gently so it rolls)
Narrator: And the pebble will fall into the endless sea of my mercy and dissolve into nothing.
And the Prophet (s) returned to the world, descending through the night and sky, and into the room where he slept before he ascended to the presence of the Lord of Heavens…

And the bed was still warm.

Isra wal Miraj Play: Arabic

Please see our other posts for Isra wal Miraj: Isra wal Miraj: ScrollIsra wal Miraj: Play PerformanceIsra wal Miraj: The Tree of Life .

Please share your ideas and experiences with the Isra wal Miraj play for children and your inspiration for celebrating the Isra wal Miraj holiday with children.

Please see our new book Isra wal Miraj for children available now on Amazon which includes a copy of the play in english.


Mawlid Puppet Play

This project was conceived to find a way to incorporate the story of the Prophet’s (s) birth into our Mawlid celebration for children.

We used puppets to illustrate certain elements in the story.

The children used their puppet at specific cues and this was very useful because we had many young children and visiting children who could not have memorized lines or rehearsed ahead of time.  We had a very animated narrator who really engaged the children in the story and it was an enormous success!

The year of the elephant.

The birds that fanned Aminah(r).

The fish Zalmusa that danced in the sea.

The cloud that carried the Prophet (s) around the world.

I have the script here as an example:
Mawlid Adaptation:
In the year of the elephant the Prophet (s) was born.
– wave the elephant puppet
A king named Abraha brought an army to destroy the Kaba.
Mahmud the elephant refused to destroy the Kaba and sat down on the ground.
– wave the elephant puppet
The time for the Prophet (s) to be born was near and many holy ladies came to help Aminah (r) the mother of the Prophet (s).
A flock of birds came to fan her with their wings and flew around her in circles.
– wave the bird puppets
The Prophet (s) was born and he immediately prayed for us.
A white cloud came that sounded like galloping horses and took the prophet around the world and then brought him back to his mother Aminah (r).
– wave the cloud puppets
An angel came and whispered secrets in the Prophet’s (s) ear.
The fish named Zalmusa, with 70 thousand heads and 70 thousand tails, danced in the sea with joy that the Prophet (s) had arrived.
– wave the fish puppet
A king and his daughter came to see the newborn baby in Mecca.
The whole world celebrated the birth of the Prophet (s).
And now we will celebrate the birth of the Prophet (s) with sweets and gifts and salawat!
(This would be a very good time to have a song.)

Extrait du livre Light of Muhammad. Adaptation pour le Mawlid.


Durant l’année de l’éléphant, le Prophète (s) est né.
– Agitez les marionnettes d’éléphants
Un roi qui s’appelait Abraha regroupa une armée pour détruire la Kaba.
Mahmud l’éléphant refusa de détruire la Kaba et il décida de s’assoir parterre.
– Agitez les marionnettes d’éléphants
La naissance du Prophète (s) s’approchait et beaucoup de femmes saintes sont venues aider Aminah (r) la mère du Prophète (s).
Un groupe d’oiseaux sont venus la rafraîchir en agitant leurs ailes et ont volé autour d’elle en faisant des cercles.
– Agitez les marionnettes d’oiseaux
Le Prophète (s) est né et il a tout de suite prié pour nous.
Un nuage blanc qui faisait le bruit de chevaux qui galopent est venu. Il a emmené le Prophète (s) autour du monde et l’a ramené à sa mère Aminah (r).
– Agitez les marionnettes du nuage
Un ange est venu et a chuchoté des secrets dans l’oreille du Prophète (s).
Un poisson qui s’appelait Zalmusa, qui avait 70 mille têtes et 70 mille queues, a dansé dans la mer tellement il était heureux que le Prophète (s) soit arrivé.
– Agitez les marionnettes du poisson
Un roi et sa fille sont venus voir le nouveau-né à la Mecque.
Le monde entier a célébré la naissance du Prophète (s).
Et aujourd’hui nous allons célébrer la naissance du Prophète (s) avec des bonbons, des cadeaux et des salawats! Alors chantons une salawat pour notre Prophète (s)!
(Un bon moment pour chanter une chanson, ex : Tala al Badru Alayna….)


Please see our new book for children:  My Mawlid: and Early Reader for Muslim Children which includes the play at the back as well.




Mawlid Party for Children

This year we hosted a Mawlid party for children.

We prepared sweets to celebrate the Year of the Elephant and chocolates in the form of the hand of Fatima to honor the family of the Prophet (s).  I would have prefered the sandal of the Prophet (s) but that mold was not available.  If you happen to find one please send it to us.



We prepared several crafts for the children to make for the party.

The elephant Mahmud.


The ababil birds.

Tessellations for windows.


Painted paper tiles.

We also had a luncheon before the sweets so that the kids could have some real food before their diabetic comma.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children and please send us photos so 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

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.



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.


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.


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


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

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.


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.


She searched for a simple crochet pattern and then found a YouTube tutorial for the hair.


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.