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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.

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Montessori Homeschooling for Muslim Children

This is an article from one of our contributors on a topic that is exciting for many of our Muslim Homeschooling followers.

Stacy Mazzara is an American convert living in France and she would like to share her experience with Montessori homeschooling for her two children with us here at Sirajunmunira.

Here is what she has to say:

I have my own company called Ateliers d’Inspiration Montessori ( Workshops inspired by Montessori ) I give give English workshops based on the Montessori method to children 1-6. I love how the Montessori method incorporates the five senses in learning which makes it a multi sensoriel learning environment. My favorite part of Montessori learning are the practical life and sensory learning.

My children are 2 and 4 and they are homeschooled through this program and they both love it . The oldest one can already read and counts to a hundred . Learning with the Montessori way is not only fun but very hands on . Making sand paper letters to learn to read for example can be made in every language .

You can follow Stacy and her awesome Muslim Montessori projects at @ateliersdinspirationmontessori on Instagram. Stacy welcomes your questions about the Montessori method and we hope to hear from her again sometime soon.

Please share your ideas for homeschooling Muslim children.

As Sabur: 99 The Patient One

This is the ninety ninth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.
Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
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Lesson for As Sabur: 99 The Patient One

The name Sabur can mean to see things through to the end, to persevere to the end of a trail, or to endure or not complain.  The name can also mean that God defers judgement.  The recitation of this name helps you to endure a long journey and allows you to stand firm.
Suggested discussion questions:

What does it mean to persevere?

How do you motivate yourself to continue when you are on a long journey?

What is better than complaining when you experience a struggle?
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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

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

Al Baqi: 96 The Everlasting One

This is the ninety sixth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.

Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
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Lesson for Al Baqi: The Everlasting One

The name Baqi can mean the everlasting or the continuous.  The recitation of this name can be helpful for those that feel stuck.  For this medallion we chose to depict the symbol for the infinite.
Suggested discussion questions:

Have you ever felt stuck?

What did you do to bring a useful change to the situation?

What the infinite?
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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

An Nur: 93 The Light

This is the ninety third part of our series on the 99 names of Allah.  Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.
Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
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Lesson for An Nur: The Light

The name Nur can mean one who illuminates the truth and guides us.  For this medallion we chose to depict a lantern of the light of the Prophet (s) which Allah (s) created from part of  the divine light.
Suggested discussion questions:

Why did Allah (s) create Muhammad (s) from part of the divine light?

Why do we need light to guide us?

What are the other important elements of guidance?
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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

An Nafi: 92 The Creator of Good

This is the ninety second part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.

Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
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Lesson for An Nafi:  The Creator of Good

The name Nafi can mean the one that brings purification or the one that washes the inner and outer eye.  For this medallion we chose to depict water for the concept of purification.  The recitation of this name can heal the inner eye.

Suggested discussion questions:

What is purification?

What is the inner eye?

Why do we need purification on the inside and the outside?

 

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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Ad Darr: 91 The Creator of the Harmful

This is the ninety first part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.
Lesson plan:
Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.
Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:

 

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Lesson for Ad Darr: The Creator of the Harmful

The name Darr can mean to become blind to the divine intent in the unseen.  For this medallion we chose to depict Iblis because Iblis was blind to the divine intent when asked to bow to Adam (a) and because of this blindness refused to bow with the angels the Allah’s (s) creation.

Suggested discussion questions:

What do you do when Allah (s) orders something that you do not understand?

Why did Iblis refuse to bow to Adam (a)?

Why did Allah (s) create Iblis?

 

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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.
Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Al Mani: 90 The Preventer of Harm

This is the ninetieth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.
Lesson plan:
Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.
Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:

 

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Lesson for Al Mani: The Preventer of Harm

The name Mani can mean divine protection from all attacks or to hold back revenge.  For this medallion we chose to depict a spear driving Iblis back.  The recitation of this name helps against aggression, weakness and vulnerability.

Suggested discussion questions:

Who do we ask Allah (s) to protect us from?

How are we supposed to protect the weak?

How are we supposed to protect ourselves from harm?

 

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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.
Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Al Mughni: 89 The Self Sufficient

This is the eighty ninth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.  Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.

Lesson plan:

Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.
Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:

 

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Lesson for Al Mughni: 89 The Self Sufficient

The name Mughni can mean to dwell in a place of protection.  The recitation of this name can be a remedy for dependence and bring a feeling on contentment and protection.  For this medallion we chose to depict a hermit with a staff to suggest self sufficiency and the stability brought by leaning on the staff in any particular place.  Sometimes we are protected by isolating ourselves from harmful things and sometimes we are protected by the stability we rely on, our firm foundations.

 
Suggested discussion questions:

What sort of things make you feel protected?

What does it mean to be self sufficient?

What can we rely on to make us feel stable?

 

 

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We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.

 
Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).