Story of Ashaab e Kahf for Young Children


Bismillah

Assalamu Alaykum,
I have been narrating Stories from the Quran to my daughter since she was 3 years old. She is 4.5 now MashaAllah.

I used to narrate story of the Ashab e Kahf to her on fridays. I also love this Surah and tremendously enjoy its recitation by Mishari Rashid. I love to recite it as well.  Recently I started including actual verses of the Quran into the story of  Ashaab e Kahf.

She enjoyed the story tremendously MashaAllah and quickly memorized the dua of Ashab e Kahf. I decided to write down the story I narrate to her so other parents can benefit from it as well InshaAllah. May Allah accept from me.

Instead of the usual long long time ago beginning, i decided to narrate it as a Seerah event.How Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam was asked about Ashab e Kahf by the Makkans. This will  InshaAllah result in developing a strong attachment and love for Muhammad sallahualayhe wasallam.

This story is meant to be narrated by the parent. It would be best for the parent to read this story, memorize the verses and narrate them in their own words, full of emotions. If the child is young, some details can be skipped. I hope you will find the story beneficial.

UntitledDownload pdf: The Ashaab e Kahf

Wsalam,
Javeria.

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Simple Moon Phases for Kids


Bismillah.

I wanted to teach Aaminah about the Moon Phases last Ramadan, but I could not find anything simple and age appropriate.  She was 3 and a half last Ramadan. So I made the Moon Phases myself.  and I updated the file this year  and we did the moon phases again. Aaminah really enjoyed the activity. She now knows the names of a few phases of the moon MashaAllah. She explained the moon phases to her father after we did the chart. At night we also used a torch and balls to understand why the moon has phases.

These are the pics from last year.

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Here are the pics from this year.

You can download the pdf file for the Moon Phases  here :SimpleMoonPhasesChart

You have the option to print out a colorful Earth or a black and white one  to color in. You can also skip printing the sun and make one large sized one  yourself.

MOON PHASES CARDS

Will be doing an activity soon using these Moon Phases Cards

MoonPhasesCardsDownload pdf:MoonCards

Stories from the Quran for 3 -5 year olds


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After Aaminah turned 3, I started narrating to her bed time stories of the the Prophets. I did not use any book, but just made it up myself to make it age appropriate. In the beginning I would keep it very short with minimum details and then add more and more details considering her age . She is 4.6 now Masha Allah and she knows the basics of the stories of Adam,Nooh,Younus,Ibrahim,Yaqoob and Yusuf ,Musa, Haroon,, Esa alayhim salam and Muhammad (sallalahu alayhe wasallam). I plan to add more and more details as she grows up and introduce other Quranic stories and stories of the Sahaba later.

Before I started narrating the stories, she was already aware of Who and Where Allah SubhanaWatala is. Allah is our Rabb..Who created us, who gave us eyes and hands and feet, who provides us with food and water and all delicious things to eat, Allah makes us grow big, from being a little baby to a big girl. He is our creator, provider and sustainer.

I began with the story of creation of how Allah created everything out of nothing and he created the angels from light and jinns from fire then he created Adam from clay. Then how iblees did not bow down and then how they all were sent down to earth.

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Islamic Learning at home…


A few days ago, while we were eating , I was telling Aaminah some story and we were discussing Jannah and how all the Prophets will be there and we will see Allah InshaAllah.. all of a sudden Aaminah blurted out… I am shy. I asked her shy of what…she said “shy of going up!”

While a few  Fridays back ..Aminah came to me and said “Mama….can I have the Quran?” Why…I ask. “I want to teach huzaifah” comes the reply.

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While just this Friday while reading Surah Kahf, she came up to me and said I also want to see,so I recited Surah Kahf for her and then tried to simply explain to her what it meant. I pointed out various words… Kahf, she already knows the story of the people of the cave, so I recited the ayahs explained that to her again. When I reached the part about DhulQarnain, I told her that he was a King, but he was a Muslim who did good deeds so he helped  others. So explained that some people called Yajuj Majuj would come down the mountains and destroy everything so DhulQarnain built a very very big strong wall. SubhanAllah.. she said they can break it with a hammer! I then explained to her that when night comes they would get tired and say we will do it tomorrow, but they did nott say InshaAllah.. so Allah covers up the hole in t he wall and so the next day they have to try and break it all over again.

Story of Ashab e Kahf in Arabic (Flash) here

Story of the Seven Sleepers on Kids Land

 

Medina Media Gallery – Centre for Research and Studies in Medina


Another must visit place in Medina. It is located to the north of Masjid e Nabawi in a building known as Dawoodiah Centre . It is around 20 minutes walking distance from Roza e Rasool sallallahu alayhe wasallam. It has an amazing miniature model of the present day Masjid e Nabawi showing the exact no of pillars, the name of the important pillars as well as the location of the mimbr and the mehrab and the Riadh ul Jannah. It also displays what it is like inside the Green Dome, showing the walls, the lead underground barrier in the shape of a circle as well as the location of the Roza e Rasool, Abu Bakr and Umar (ra)

This centre also contains a beautifully detailed model of the battle of uhud and trench so absolutely amazing that you will feel like you are right there in the battle field. It  also has models of the original design of the Masjid  Nabawi as it was in the first year of hijra, after change of qibla and after the expansion. However these models are very simple clay models, unlike the beautifully detailed  models in Darul Medina Museum. This museum is a MUST visit. It is an enlightening time travel experience!

Another important model was that of Jannatual Baqi. There was some models of the important Masajids as well.

Outside the Medina Media Gallery… aka Centre for Research and Studies in Al Medina

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Chart showing the inside of the sacred chamber  – the Roza e Rasool (s)

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Another chart showing the out side grill and the location of the resting place of Prophet Muhammad s, Abu Bakr and Umar (r). In order to keep it different from the square shaped Kabah, Umar bin Abdul Aziz had a wall made around it with a triangle at the bottom side, so it does not stay in the shape of  a square, resembling the Kaabah.

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Miniature model of the current Masjid e Nabawi, showing the out grills of the sacred chamber, the room of Fatima to the left, the mimbar, the mehrab, and the pillars.

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My visit to Muthaf Dar Al Medina – Dar Al Medina Museum


Have you ever wondered how Makkah was when Ibrahim (AlahisSalam) left  Hajar all alone there. How was the masjid Nabawi, the first time it was made by our Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhe wasallam and the  Sahaba? How and where were the hujurat and rooms of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad? How was the masjid re-done after the Qibla was changed from Jerusalem to Makkah….

If so, then be ready for an unforgettable journey back in time, witness the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad unfold in front of  your own eyes. Live and breathe as if you were living in the era of Rasool Allah salllhu alayhe wasalam.

After the two Harams – this is the best place you will ever visit. The Muthaf Dar Al Medina aka Dar Al Medina Museum.
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This museum is very small part of a mega project in Medina called the Knowledge Economic City.
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This mega city, which is still in its initial stages of development, is located 5km from masjid e nabawi.

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However, it is not close by and you will have to hire a Taxi. Another problem was that no taxi driver knew about this place, as it is recently developed and add to that that they do not understand any other language except for Arabic. So.. what I did was to write down the address of the Museum on paper and then asked the taxi driver to take you there. It will be a very desolated area with not many buildings at all… so you should be able to see the ‘fancy’ dome shaped building of the Knowledge Economic City and its signboards and logos. Don’t depend on the taxi driver to take you,instead have a good look at these photos and the KEC Website, copy their address and make a lot of dua that the Taxi driver is able to take you there. InshaAllah

Secondly, it has an entry fee as well. I have forgotten how much it was.. but I think it was around 20Riyal.

Inside the KEC main building, there was a beautiful gallery of enlarged photos of the two harams as well as beautiful miniature models of the houses and villas being constructed there called the dar al Jewar. We were only  interested in seeing the Museum but we reached there at 9:00 and the Museum opens at 10:00. So we spent one hour looking at the beautiful gallery and the models of the villas displayed there.

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This is the entrance to the museum which is located inside the main building. It opens at 10:00
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This is the model of Masjid e Nabawi in the first year of hijrah.

The Masjid was built on a land opposite to the house of  Abu Ayub Al Ansari. RasulAllah s paid 10 gold dinars  for purchasing the land. Some amount was also contributed by Abu Bakr As Siddiq r.

As you can see, this model is beautifully done  with exceptional detail with trees, palm leaves roof and sand and pillars. In the first year of Hijra, the Qible was Baitul Muqaddas, which is to the north of Medina. So the Masjid was constructed with the prayer are to the north ( the large shed made of leaves and supported by palm tree trunk pillars. The Ashab e Suffah area was to the south and on the south right side you can see two rooms. The first belonged to Aisha r and the one next to it belonged to Fatima (ra)

There were 3 doors, one to the south, one to the west called Bab e Rehma and one to the east through with Prophet Muhammad s entered. The original mosque was  a rectangular enclosure of 30 m × 35 m (98 ft × 115 ft) at a height of 2 m.

The columns were made of Palm tree trunks and roof of palm branches which was later covered by mud to prevent rain water from leaking in.

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House Rules


This Ramadan I wanted to focus on good behaviour and the Quran. For the Good Behaviour I made some simple basic house rules  for every day reminder. I wanted positive reinforcement and not a bad behaviour list…I used symbols to illustrate the good behaviour since Aaminah is just beginning to read and can not read a lot of text. I  printed and stuck them to a house shaped construction paper. The text in blue is the mafhoom of hadiths or ayahs. Since ramadan is coming up, it will give us ample opportunities to practice.

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I cut out the rules and Aaminah put the glue and all this while I explained to her what we were doing. I explained what is Darul ul Islam.. a house of peace a house of Salam, where everyone is happy and peaceful and lives according to the teaching of Islam. Dar ul Taqwa – house of Allah conciousness –  a house where we are aware that Allah is always watching us. Darul Quran – A house of Quran.. where we read, listen and live by the Quran.. so on and so forth. Then went on to explain each rule. I am making a seperate ‘bad behavior chart’ which will illustrate the bad behaviour which will not be tolerated in this house.

This is not just a reminder for the children , but for me as well.. to remember to be kind and forgiving when the kids wreck up the house! 🙂

If you would like to use these in your home, here is a pdf file for you to print out. Please use and share and remember me in your duas.

House Rules

Bob books are here!


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However much to my dismay,Aaminh is still not very keen to read and kept asking me to read out the book to her.she read a few words from a few pages,but not much interested in reading the whole book. I am not going to force her as I don’t want her to ‘hate’ reading and i don’t want her to use her sight memory as well.

When we push young children to read and they only have access to their right hemisphere for reading, we create learning problems for them in the future.

Read about the dangers of forcing children to read .. before their brain is fully developed..here

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I Have been trying to do various reading activities with aminah but she does not seem to be  too interested in reading and at times deliberately reads wrong . I KNOW she can read and has read many words but at times she just goes crazy and reads even the letters wrong. We tried to do movable alphabets an copying words but after two words she was tuned out. Maybe i should go very slow or just leave her alone for the time being.

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However her Arabic progress is going good Alhamdulilah and while playing with smartmax she made various Arabic letters..

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