30 Days of Good Deeds for a Ramadan Jar

Ramadan is on it’s way and I have shared our Ramadan Jar craft over at Multicultural Kid Bloggers to launch our collaborative Ramadan series. A Ramadan jar is a simple Ramadan activity for kids that you can use to hold slips of paper and pick one out each day – a great way to use this is for the 30 Days of Good Deeds for Ramadan challenge.

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One idea is for the slips of paper to contain a good deed to do for the day, another way to use them would be to write a short ayah or hadith on each paper as a reflection for the day, or you can use them to pick out a fun Ramadan craft or activity to do with the children that day.

Today I’m going to share a list of good deed ideas that you can print to cut out and fill up your Ramadan jar.

The concept is pretty similar to a jar full of small acts of kindness, so if you are not Muslim and don’t celebrate Ramadan you could adjust this idea to fit your own family better.

Download the PDF printable list at the end of this blog post.

30 days of Good Deeds for a Ramadan Jar

The reward for good deeds is multiplied during the Holy month of Ramadan. What better time to encourage our kids to get involved and compete with completing all kinds of good deeds, helping others, performing ibadah (worship) and being of benefit to our community?

30 days of good deeds for kids. Acts of kindness and worship for Muslim children this Ramadan. Free printables to use with a Ramadan jar

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Learning about Women in Islamic History : Asiya Bint Muzahim

We’re joining in with the Women’s History Month series hosted by Multicultural Kids Blog. There are so many strong and respected Muslim women throughout history, from the time of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa salam and after him but for today’s post I have chosen a woman who’s story is mentioned in Quran, from the time of Prophet Musa (Moses) alayhi salam – Her name is Asiya Bint Muzahim.

The stories of women in Islamic history are important personalities for my children to learn about as Muslims, especially in today’s social climate where there are a lot of misconceptions about Islam and the value of women. It’s good to know and love the stories of strong women in our history and to be proud of those amazing women who’s stories have been preserved in our Book and in our traditions.

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How Big Is Allah : Children’s Book

How big is Allah? This type of question can be difficult for adults to understand and answer, let alone young children who are just starting to understand the concept of God.

This Islamic children’s book by Emma Apple of Muslima’s Oasis deals with this question by getting children to reflect on the enormity and vastness of Allah’s creation – focusing on the entire universe.

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Practising the Arabic Alphabet with Plasticine

We’re still working on the Arabic alphabet with Z and I’m always looking for playful ways to reinforce his learning. Since we have some Arabic alphabet books with shiny wipe clean pages, they also work great as playdough mats and I decided to give him some plasticine to work on shaping the letter and matching them up to the letters in the book. This will also work fine with any type of playdough but we used plasticine as we had plenty on hand in the cupboard.

practising the Arabic alphabet with plasticine / playdough for tactile kinesthetic learning

If you don’t have a wipe clean Arabic alphabet book (ours is from Morocco, thanks to my Father in Law who brings them for us!) then I have created some basic Arabic alphabet printables (download at the bottom of this post) that you could laminate and use for this activity. Once laminated, they would then wipe clean and be reusable for any other activity too.

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Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim readers. I hope you all have a great day! We’ll be busy spending time with family, enjoying our Eid presents and of course eating! …

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Arabic Books for Kids

arabicbookspin The boys’ dad has just come back from Kuwait. I asked him to bring us plenty of Arabic children’s books, games and learning resources as the selection of Arabic books for kids available here in the UK can be a bit limited. As I mentioned before I’m focusing a lot on Arabic with Mr Z at the moment. Now that he can read well in English he is at the perfect stage to pick up Arabic quickly as he knows how to blend in English it’s not that different to blend in Arabic! I was pleased he came back with plenty of great resources. Have a look what we got:

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Shah Jahan Mosque – The First Mosque in the UK

I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for a while, so if you are wondering why it looks so much warmer and sunnier – that would be because they were taken in August! Nearby to us in Woking, we have the first purpose built mosque in the Uk – Shah Jahan Mosque. It was built in 1889 by Dr Wilheim Leitner. It is interesting to have such a historical mosque nearby to us, and it’s not just a historical place to visit. As well as being the first mosque in the UK, it’s still a fully used mosque for all the daily prayers. You can read about the history of it on Wikipedia if you wanted to know a bit more. It is a Sunni mosque now (we are Sunni like most Muslims in the UK) but had a brief Ahmadiyya period and a few years of being un-used.

Sometimes when we have some relatives over visiting the UK my husband takes them to this mosque since it is the oldest mosque in the UK and it is a lot more beautiful and impressively built than a lot of the mosques we normally go to. The architecture is really nice . The below pictures are from a visit with the kids to the mosque over the summer, and are taken by my husband (catbaba)

shah jahan mosque first mosque in uk

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