Tonight we read about the birth story of the Prophet (a) in the children’s Sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.
I asked my son what his favorite part of the Prophet’s (s) birth story was and he said that he wanted to see Zalmusa dance in the sea.
He asked me if this dancing made tsunamis everywhere on the earth because of the size of Zalmusa. I said maybe.
Next we learned a little bit about the Dalail Khirat because there are so many salawats and praises of the Prophet (a) and one of the salawats holds the secret of walking on the water. My son said that he wanted to do a project about the Dalail Khirat. I told him that we can but I need to prepare it.
For Mawlid this year we made ornaments for Zalmusa in our Mawlid Mobile.
Please share your ideas for teaching the Sira of the Prophet (s) to children.
I am so excited to present our first contributed Mawlid Ornament this holiday season! I received these photographs yesterday. These are fish of all the 7 seas that learned of the birth of the Prophet (s) from Zalmusa, the great fish that announced the birth to them in the Sira story.
They used cardstock to make the fish and then hung them with string.
If you would like to read more about Zalmusa and the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s (s) birth please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.
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This year for our Mawlid Mobile I looked at many examples of fish in Asian and Islamic art and finally settled on this composite of a fish to represent Zalmusa, the enormous fish that danced in sea and announced the birth of the Prophet (s) to all the 7 seas.
I used a light green construction paper in two layers for the body and glued the fins between each piece.
When all was dry I painted on the eyes, scales and other detail with blue watercolour paint. Then I added a jeweled eye and some pearl stickers to the scales.
My children were so excited to see the completed mobile with all the ornaments and lights this year. Their eyes light up and they run around shrieking with joy and it all seems worth it to put in this effort each year to make the holiday special.
Please share your ideas for Mawlid decorating.