As-Salaamu Alaykum

  •   1435/2014 Updates:
    • ‘Eid is expected to fall on either Monday (Jul 28) or Tuesday (Jul 29) insha’Allah!
    • Ramadhan 1435 began June 28, 2014 alHamdulillah!
    • Continue to make fast and do good deeds

 

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Crafty Ramadhan: Weekly Picks {1435/2014 ‘Eid Special}

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

«Drink Water»

Make up for lost fluids lost due to the hot weather . . . drink plenty of water! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

PARTY & PLAY TIME_____________________________________________

flag 5Party Food Flags  .:.   Stick these flags in cupcakes, cake slices, fruit cups, and other sweet treats.
There’s a set for boys and girls. {HERE}
 

Party Vault — More from our Archives

You will find fun printables to make your bash a success insha’Allah. {HERE}


circlesHandMade Toy: Game of Toss  .:.  This is a good game for children to play during Ramadhan or on even at an ‘Eid party.

{HERE} NEW 2014!


thunderbolt Thunderbolts   .:.  Both boys and girls will love playing with this easy hand-made paper toy.

But they will a high place to toss it from!

{HERE} NEW 2014!


whirligigHandMade Toy: Paper Whirligigs .:.   There are so many uses for paper. And hand-made toys are a perfect use. This old-fashioned toy can be made of common wrapper paper cut in the form of spirals.

{HERE} NEW 2014!

 

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

blank storyboard‘Eid-al-Fitr Storyboard .:. 

What are some of the things that people do when they feel excited (or even nervous) about something?

Parents, use this to talk about ‘Eid.

Get this {HERE}


 

eid list poem lp ‘Eid List Poem Lesson Pack  .:.  Here is a lesson plan to guide students to write a list poem about Eid using the word Eid, or Eid Mubarak.

The lesson includes a shape book where students write and illustrate their poem.

Get this poem lesson {HERE}


Academic Vault — More on {‘Eid al-Fitr & I’tikaf} from our Educational Archives

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Eid Lapbooks

  • Eid Lapbook {HERE} from Seeking Knowledge from Cradle to Grave
  • TJ Ramadhan Eid ul Fitr Lapbook/Learning Pack {HERE}

Cute ‘Eid Stories from Real Life

  • Eid Baskets {HERE}
  • Eid Mubarak 1430 {HERE}

 

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

fruit paintHow to Make Fruit & Veggie Paints  .:. Did you know that fruits and vegetables make excellent paints? Well they do!

We found several tutorials online to help you and your little ones make their own paints for those wonderful ‘Eid cards and crafts.

{HERE} NEW 2014!


Craft Vault — Crafts from our Archives

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  • Tissue Paper Stained Glass for Eid
  • Eid Spring Card Craft
  • Tissue Paper Tassel Banner
  • Paper Doily Eid Banner
  • Curling Ribbon Tassel

and more {HERE}!

 

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

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Crafty Ramadhan: Weekly Picks {1435 / July 6, 2014}

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

«Drink Water»

Make up for lost fluids lost due to the hot weather . . . drink plenty of water! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

PLAY TIME_____________________________________________

Oh yeah! We’ve added some new fun this year!

Crayon line artCrayon Line Art  .:.   This fun drawing activity will keep them busy thinking, planning, and coloring!

{HERE} NEW 2014!


pipe cleaner arabesquePipe Cleaner Play  .:.  Kids will have endless hours of imaginative fun turning pipe cleaners into something wonderful!

{HERE} NEW 2014!


paper helicopter finishedPaper Helicopter  .:.  All children will love this paper toy! It’s a project from the book The American Boy Handy Book, published 1919! We updated the lingo in our version.

{HERE} NEW 2014!


Play Time Vault—Fun from our Archives

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  •  Coloring Pages - Hours of coloring joy! {HERE}
  • Healthy Snacks Maze - Make the right snack choices to get out of the maze {HERE}

«Let Them Play»

We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children . . . to distract them until they completed their fast.  Sahih Muslim —  Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her (Source: Sayingsofthesalaf.net — Training children for worship)

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

example shape poem triangleRamadhan-Themed Shape Poem {Tutorial}  .:. A fun but academic lesson plan that teaches how to write shape poems about Ramadhan for your budding poet; it includes printable shapes. HERE}


Academic Vault — More from our Educational Archives

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  • Ramadhan/Eid Activity Book  .:.  A generous (75 page) activity book that includes math, reading, and other academic areas all focused on Ramadhan. {HERE}
  • SmartArk Ramadhan Flash Cards  .:. A set of cutesy printable flash cards for free. They can be used for so many activities and games. {HERE}
  • Cultivating Good Manners  .:.  A lesson plan about good and bad manners based on a section of an article titled, “Important Lessons Learnt from Ramadhan” and includes two (2) art projects. {HERE}
  • Ramadhaan Curricula .:. Get some good ideas to develop curriculum (a plan for educational interaction with your student-children) from this sister’s advice.  {HERE}

A Planning Form

Weekly Lesson Planning FormDo you need a way to outline and write down what you want to do educationally for the week?

We think this weekly activities printable will help you organize your plans for your children.

Here you go: Weekly Activity and Lesson Plan  {HERE}

 

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

matching craft sticks finishedCraft/Game Combo Activity  .:. The Craft Sticks Matching Game is both a craft and a game. NEW! 2014

{HERE}

 


Craft Vault — Crafts from our Archives

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  • Robot Ramadhan Mubarak Mobile  {HERE}
  • Ramadhan Paper Chains {HERE}
  • Ramadhan Mubarak Mobiles {HERE}
  • Muslim Girl and Boy Paper Doll {HERE}

 

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

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Printable Qur’aan Reading Schedule for Ramadhan

quran scheduleDaily Qur’aan Reading Schedule – Landscape

This is a daily schedule for reading the Qur’aan broken down by each salaat. It prints on two pages.

{Print HERE pdf}

 


daily reading schedule portraitDaily Qur’aan Reading Schedule – Portrait

This daily schedule for reading the Qur’aan is also broken down by each salaat.

It prints compactly on one page.

{Print HERE pdf}

 

 


List of the 30 Parts of the Quraan

quran 30 juz listThis is a daily Qur’aan reading schedule. There are seven clipart designs to select.

Ready to Print: Ramadhan 1435 Calendars

2014 ramadhan calRegular Size Calendars

The Ramadhan calender for 1435 (2014) is ready for printing!

This year’s calendar is a blend of Hijri and Gregorian dates. It shows Ramadhan’s start and estimated end dates. Each day is labeled with the numbered day and night, the odd nights, and a reminder of when to start looking for the new moon of Shawwal. And the approximate time for ‘Eid is written in big red text.

Click on the image to the left to see a close-up view of this calendar.

Download it here: Ramadhan 2014 Calendar


up close minicalMini-Calendars

Our mini-cals are fun little calendars that fit into small spaces. They are also a blend of Hijri and Gregorian dates.  The Ramadhan dates are the focus so whole month fits on one page while the Gregorian dates are in small print.

MiniCals in Black & White Text

Islamic Mini Blk/Wht Text {HERE}  |  Festive Mini Blk/Wht Text {HERE}

TableTop Islamic Mini Blk/Wht Text {HERE}  |  TableTop Festive Mini Blk/Wht Text {HERE}

(click on any image to see it close up) 


MiniCals with Color Text

Islamic Mini Color Text {HERE}  |  Festive Mini Color Text {HERE}

TableTop Islamic Mini Color Text {HERE}  |  TableTop Festive Mini Color Text {HERE}

 (click on any image to see it close up)

Crafty Ramadhan: Weekly Picks {1435 / Jun 27, 2014}

We have our usual reminders, plus a planning form and writing prompts, and some crafts using cereal boxes and lunch sacks.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

«Drink Water»

Make up for lost fluids lost due to the hot weather . . . drink plenty of water! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

«Let Them Play»

Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her – said while describing how the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – told them to fast ‘Ashura:

We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children and keep them with us so if the children asked us for food we would give them the toys to distract them until they completed their fast.  —  Sahih Muslim. A similar narration is also in Sahih Al-Bukhari.

Al-Nawawi states in his commentary on Sahih Muslim:
In this narration we are shown that children should be trained to do acts of obedience and made used to doing worship; although they are not legally bound.

Source: Sayingsofthesalaf.net — Training children for worship

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

aqua bodiesWater: Healthy Hydration Lessons & Activity Pack

Fasting, especially during the summer months, require that we pay attention to our intake of fluids.

We found some activities on the web that teach the importance of water to the human body. The lessons are geared toward children ages 8 – 12 but can be modified for those who are younger.

It may be easier to teach this just before Ramadhan when it’s easier to talk about food and water while no one is fasting.

Go {HERE} to print these activities. NEW! 2014

 


Help for Planning this Month’s Activities

Weekly Lesson Planning FormOver the years, we have developed some guides, lessons, and activities we think will help you come up with some plans for your children during Ramadhan.

To get started, try these pages:Ramadhan Writiing Prompts

 Weekly Activity and Lesson Planning Form  |  Ramadhan Activity Planner Guide & Forms  |  Bulletin Boards/Display Wall

And for pre-Ramadhan activities, try these:

Ramadhan Storyboards  |  Ramadhan Lapbooks | Ramadhan Writing Prompts

You will find them in one compact post from last year {HERE}.

 

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Recycled/Upcycled Crafts

Envelope Bookmark

Envelope Bookmark

We had so much fun last year making things out of cereal  boxes,brown paper bags, etc. We have more recycled crafts:

Envelope Book Mark {HERE} NEW! 2014

Corner Bookmarks {HERE}

Egg Carton Mancala {HERE}

Spool Knitter {HERE}


Previous Posts

Look through archives for more crafts and activities!

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks {1434 / Jul 7-13, 2013}

We have our usual reminders, plus a planning form and writing prompts, and some crafts using cereal boxes and lunch sacks.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 1-ish day until Ramadhan 1434 A.H. (10 Jul 2013) insha’Allah.

Drink Water  -— Make up for lost fluids lost due to the hot weather . . . drink plenty of water! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

Let Them Play —

Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her – said while describing how the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – told them to fast ‘Âshûrâ:

We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children and keep them with us so if the children asked us for food we would give them the toys to distract them until they completed their fast.  —  Sahîh Muslim. A similar narration is also in Sahîh Al-Bukhârî.

Al-Nawawî states in his commentary on Sahîh Muslim:
In this narration we are shown that children should be trained to do acts of obedience and made used to doing worship; although they are not legally bound.

Source: Sayingsofthesalaf.net — Training children for worship

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

 Weekly Activity and Lesson Planning Form

Weekly Lesson Planning FormUse this form to plan what you will do for the week. There is plenty of writing space. We’re sure you will love using it!

Download the Weekly Ramadhan Lesson Activity Plan Form to print this helpful tool.

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Ramadhan Writiing PromptsRamadhan Writing Prompts

We’ve developed a set of writing prompts this year. Writing prompts are ideas to write about. These prompts center around some aspect of Ramadhan or Islam.

Parents, this is a no-brainer for you as you don’t have to think of a single topic to assign; it’s all been done for you.

If your children are in the pre-writing stage, have them respond to the prompts verbally..

Download the Ramadhan Writing Prompts page for this activity.

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CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

1434/2013 Theme: Recycled/Upcycled Crafts

We hope you and your family have lots of fun turning ordinary materials into useful crafts. Start by saving cereal and other product boxes, bottles caps, paper, etc.

Recycled Calendar {Up-cycled Cereal Box} HERE

Clothes Pin Calendar {Up-cycled Cereal Box} HERE

Wall Decals Ramadhan Calendar HERE

Tab Top Banner {Up-cycled Paper Sack} HERE

3-Sided Lantern Banner {Up-cycled Paper Bag} HERE

Gift Card Banner {Up-cycled Cardboard} HERE

Previous Posts

Look through archives for more crafts and activities!

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

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Drink Water -—  Making up for lost fluids. Drink plenty of water! Remind others. Read Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration →

Ramadhan News — 29 Sha’baan 1434 AH \ Monday 8 July 2013

Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia…fatwa online logo

Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha’baan (1434 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam):

((Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days)), [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].

Subsequently, we shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tomorrow (Tuesday 9 July 2013) after the ‘Ishaa. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan on Wednesday 10 July 2013, inshaa.-Allaah.

Important: Extending greetings on the arrival of the month of Ramadhaan

Source: Fatwa-Online

This Year’s Theme: Craftcycling

As-salaamu alaykum,

May Allah forgive us Muslims and cause us to enter another Ramadhan.

We decided to add a yearly theme to the blog. And this year’s theme is upcycling: turning recycled items into useable objects, especially craft objects.

So, srecycletart gathering your recyclables now: empty cereal boxes, egg cartons, brown paper bags, odd buttons, etc.

Keep them in a storage bin or cabinet out of every one’s way but still within reach.

Insha’Allah we will be sharing plenty of cute little projects based on common household items we usually toss out. And if you have any good ideas on how to use recycleables specific to Ramadhan, let us know. We’ll be happy to feature it!

Til then . . . Ma’Salaama

The Ramadhan Planner Family

 

Planning Ahead: JoAnn Printable 50% Off Coupons thru Sat. Mar 9

joann coupon commotionJoAnn Coupon Commotion event goes on til the store closes on Saturday Mar 9, 2013.

Take advantage to stock up on crafting supplies you will need for the children during Ramadhan.

Print Four (4) JoAnn 50% Off  Coupons here.  Use coupons on things that are not on sale including $1 items like bulletin board accents, children’s $1 paint pots (both 50¢ after coupon), and of course sewing, crafting, art, and other supplies. Pick up a few extras to donate to those less fortunate; they want a crafty Ramadhan too.

Look for more coupons in the Coupon Commotion flyer in the store.

If you have more than one set of coupons, pay close attention to the numbers on the coupons. If any coupons have the same number only one of them will work. You will have to use the other in a separate transaction.

Special ‘Eid Post: Party Decor + 1 Poetry Lesson

Here are a few more activities for ‘Eid.
Click on any image for a close up view.

  Eid List Poem

Even a 4-year old can write one (with a little help from mom of course).

Use the Eid List Poem Lesson Plan.

  ‘Eid Paper Chain & Wrist Band

Making paper chains can also be a party activity. And they make cute bracelets too!

And just in case, here are printable Blank Paper Chain Templates.

Party Food Flags

Stick them in cupcakes, cake slices, fruit cups, and other sweet treats.

  Eid “Treat” Bag

Fill a brown paper lunch sack with a treat after decorating it.

  Curling Ribbon Tassel

A cute kid-friend tassel craft.

Enjoy your ‘Eid!

Special Post: Eid Craft Projects

Here are a few more crafty things to do for your ‘Eid party!

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner—Turn tissue paper into a festive decorative banner! The tassels are so easy that a 5-year-old can make them.

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Woven Eid Greeting—This woven mat under a frame cut out and decorated with an Eid greeting is both fun and easy for young children with some prep work from mom.

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Tissue Paper Tassel Banner—A fun festive look; Make and string tassels as a banner on it own or use with another banner.

Paper Doily Eid Banner—Another easy-to-do banner idea.

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Paper Candy Bags—A cute candy favor that is simple to make!

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {Aug 13 – 20, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders plus,

  • The last week of updates will focus on ‘Eid insha’Allah
    • Eid Spring Card
    • Two ‘Eid Stained Glass, one with tissue paper & the other with foil
    • ‘Eid candy decorations

Remember to click on any image to see it close up.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 5-ish days until ‘Eid ul-Fitr 1433 A.H. (19-ish Aug 2012) insha’Allah.

Drink Water  -— Keep making up for lost fluids by drinking plenty of water after breaking your fast! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Eid Lessons

Looking for ‘Eid lessons and activities?

Visit the Eid Lessons page!

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Yemen Links Eid Updates

The site Yemen Links has updated decorations this year. The sis has added Eid Party Invitations, do-it-yourself decorations, decorations in black and white that your child can color and hang.

Find out more here:

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Tissue Paper Stained Glass ‘Eid Decoration

A sister’s ‘Eid stained glass craft inspired me when I saw it posted to her blog last year.

The photo to the left is my take on her project. It uses clear contact paper and torn bits of tissue paper. It’s a lot of fun for children to make.

See the Tissue Paper Stained Glass for Eid page for the instructions and printables to make this.

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 ‘Eid Spring Card

Spring cards are so much fun to make. The finished card looks complicated but it’s not.

Here are photo of a masculine blue one that we recently did.

Visit the Eid Spring Card Craft page for this activity.

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Stained Glass Foil Craft

Does it seem like I’m stuck on stained glass or what?

This craft is really a lot of fun. It’s great for those who are really artistic and are attentive to details.

However, it can be easily adapted for any age and skill by choosing a design appropriate to a person’s abilities.

The finished project looks great on a wall or in a window.

Go to the ‘Eid Mubarak Stained Glass Foil Craft for this project.

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Eid Candy Dotty Decorations

This craft is super easy! And a bowlful at a party looks fun and festive!

Your kids will love making these and then eating them on ‘Eid insha’Allah!

If you want to see how to do this, visit the Eid Candy Dotty Decorations page.

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‘Eid Crafts Page

Did you know we have an entire page devoted to ‘Eid projects?

Some of the crafts and activities include banners, cards, activities, and more.

If you are looking for something to do with your children (or for yourself),try these links:

General Crafts for Eid

Paper Crafts for Eid

 

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {Aug 6 – 12, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders plus,

  • The last 2 weeks of updates will focus on ‘Eid insha’Allah
    • Perfect and Worst ‘Eid Storyboards
    • ‘Eid Butterflies Storyboard
  • A catching activity and soap bubble game to keep them busy; ages toddlers and up
  • I’tikaf activity pack to be posted later in the week insha’Allah

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 11-ish days until ‘Eid ul-Fitr 1433 A.H. (19-ish Aug 2012) insha’Allah.

Drink Water  -— Keep making up for lost fluids by drinking plenty of water after breaking your fast! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

Let Them Play —

Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her – said while describing how the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – told them to fast ‘Âshûrâ:

We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children and keep them with us so if the children asked us for food we would give them the toys to distract them until they completed their fast.  —  Sahîh Muslim. A similar narration is also in Sahîh Al-Bukhârî.

Al-Nawawî states in his commentary on Sahîh Muslim:
In this narration we are shown that children should be trained to do acts of obedience and made used to doing worship; although they are not legally bound.

Source: Sayingsofthesalaf.net — Training children for worship

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

 The Perfect ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets]

In this activity, students will write and illustrate their idea of the perfect ‘Eid.

Then they will generate a list of du’aa to ask Allah’s help to achieve a good ‘Eid.

Go to the Perfect ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets] page for this activity.

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The Worst ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets]

In this activity, students will write and illustrate their idea of the worst ‘Eid where things go wrong such as being late to the prayer.

Then they will generate a list of du’aa to ask Allah’s help to avoid an unpleasant ‘Eid.

Go to the Worst ‘Eid Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets] page for this activity.

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‘Eid Butterflies Storyboard

How do you feel now that ‘Eid is almost here? Are you excited? Or, are you nervous? Do you have butterflies in your stomach because ‘Eid is near?

Use the storyboard to draw a picture of your what butterflies feel like. Then write about it on the lines provided.

Go to the ‘Eid Butterflies Storyboard  page for this activity.

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CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Focus for the Fidgety: Catch a Falling Scarf

Supplies:
Old Scarf (or lightweight fabric or even paper towels)
Balloon (optional)

Instructions:
Find a scarf that you don’t mind children playing with.

Toss it in the air. Have children catch it as it floats down.
Allow the child to experiment tossing and catching on his own.
A variation of this activity is to toss the scarf back and forth with a partner.

Help the child to find creative ways to catch the falling scarf such as jumping up to catch it, snatching it from the air, or letting it fall into her hands.

Try turning on a fan and letting the air blow the scarf around after you toss it. But take care that children do not play with the fan.

Purpose:
Attempting to catch a ball yet missing the catch can undermine the confidence of a small child. However, a scarf moves slower than a ball, allowing a child to learn how to catch moving objects. Catching a scarf builds competency. It is also entertaining and a great way to get in some exercise, especially when the weather keeps everyone indoors.

Source: Learning Games for Children*

Soap Bubble Contest

Give each child with a bubble pipe. Prepare two basins (or bottles) of soap suds for the game.

Divide children into two groups, an even number in each.

Stretch a cord or rope at a medium height across the middle of the room.

Two children, one from each side, play at a time.

Each stands on his side, blows the bubble from the pipe and blows it toward the opposite side, and over the rope if he can.

If the bubble goes over the rope without breaking, he has won one point for his side, if not, his side has lost.

Score is kept as each set plays. The side that has the most points, wins, and surely deserves a prize.

Glycerine in the soap solution helps the bubbles to last longer.

Source: Games for Everybody by May C. Hofmann  (Project Gutenberg eBook)

Homemade Soap Bubble Solution Recipes

Homemade Bubble Solution

1 cup water
2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin
4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

Mix together and have fun!

Fancy Homemade Bubbles

1 cup water
2 tablespoons liquid detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon sugar

Mix all ingredients together until sugar dissolves.

Easy Homemade Bubbles

1/2 cup dish soap
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons of sugar

Pour dish soap into a cup. Add the water then the sugar.
Gently stir your mixture. Avoid shaking or stirring bubbles too much.

Bubble Recipes: About.com

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 30 – Aug 5, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders plus,

  • a how to write shape poem guide with printables,
  • a play activity involving toothpicks,
  • a toddler thru kindergarten paint activity Ramadhan

The last 2 weeks of Ramadhan updates will focus on ‘Eid insha’Allah.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 20-ish days until ‘Eid ul-Fitr 1433 A.H. (19-ish Aug 2012) insha’Allah.

Drink Water  -— Keep making up for lost fluids by drinking plenty of water after breaking your fast! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

Let Them Play —

Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her – said while describing how the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – told them to fast ‘Âshûrâ:

We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children and keep them with us so if the children asked us for food we would give them the toys to distract them until they completed their fast.  —  Sahîh Muslim. A similar narration is also in Sahîh Al-Bukhârî.

Al-Nawawî states in his commentary on Sahîh Muslim:
In this narration we are shown that children should be trained to do acts of obedience and made used to doing worship; although they are not legally bound.

Source: Sayingsofthesalaf.net — Training children for worship

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Shape Poems —

Shape poems are great for beginner and advanced writers. They are a creative way for a student to express what she knows about a topic.

Shape poems can be a way for a bored child to pass the time. Or, they can be a useful research or review tool when teaching specific subjects, say Ramadhan.

Visit the Ramadhan-Themed Shape Poem {Tutorial} page for complete instructions, sample shape poems, and printable Ramadhan-related shapes.

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

*Focus for Fidgeters: Toothpick Art and Play

Toothpick games are an awesome way to keep kids busy during Ramadhan or any other time. Either use blunt tipped toothpicks, or blunt the tip of round ones.

Visit the page, Toothpick Play for this Ramadhan Mom Survival Tip.

You’ll find instructions and even resources for crafts, math puzzles, and more.

Art & Activity: What do Dates Eat? What do Dates Drink?

This is an early literacy reading and art activity.

Young children ages toddler to elementary age can develop their narrative skills with this date themed activity that is appropriate for Ramadhan.

Visit the page, What do Dates Eat? What do Dates Drink? for the complete instructions.

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

Over at Ramadhan Planner

. . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 23-29, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update although a bit later in the week than usual!

We have our usual reminders plus a new one for ‘Eid, a poem about Allah + activities, cute printable calendars, some toddler activities for Ramadhan, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 27-ish days until ‘Eid ul-Fitr 1433 A.H. (19-ish Aug 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦] Drink Water  -— Keep making up for lost fluids by drinking plenty of water after breaking your fast! Remind your family members and friends too.   Continue Reading → Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration.

[♦] Let Them Play —

Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her – said while describing how the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – told them to fast ‘Âshûrâ:

We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children and keep them with us so if the children asked us for food we would give them the toys to distract them until they completed their fast.  —  Sahîh Muslim. A similar narration is also in Sahîh Al-Bukhârî.

Al-Nawawî states in his commentary on Sahîh Muslim:
In this narration we are shown that children should be trained to do acts of obedience and made used to doing worship; although they are not legally bound.

Source: Sayingsofthesalaf.net — Training children for worship

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[♦] Islam4Kids: Who is Allah —

During Ramadhan and at all times, we pray only to Allah and ask only Him for help. Here is a poem to teach children about Allah.

There are several ways to turn this poem into an activity.

1. Create an Autobiography Storyboard Book
Visit the Autobiography Storyboard page for the complete instructions.

2. Write an Autobiographical Poem
Use this lesson plan (Teachervision: poetry lesson plan) as a guide to writing an autobiographical poem. Title the poem, “Allah Made Me”.

3. Create an “About” Foldable Cube
Print the poem. Have the child circle several items mentioned in the poem. This can be things Allah has made, things we can see, etc.

Then have the child find or draw pictures of  some of the items on the list (as long as they are not living beings).

Visit the All About Cube page to print the cube template and learn how to put the cube together.

4. Create an “Who Made Me” Foldable Cube
Using the above mentioned poem, have the child make a project reminding them that it is Allah who made them.

Visit the Foldable Standing Cube Activity: Who Is Allah page for complete instructions.


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[♦]  Printable Graphic Calendars

Maybe you need a small Ramadhan calendar for your work space, desk, or wall. We think you will love these!

One of the calendars even stands on a tabletop!

Visit the page, Printable Graphic Calendars to get your calendar.

[♦] Focus for Fidgeters

This is not so much of a craft as it is a Ramadhan survival tip.

It involves sculpting clay and excess energy.

Visit the page, Toys for Fidgeters: Clay Activity for all the instructions and printables.

[♦] Pocket Stars Activity and Craft

This is an early literacy game as well as an exercise activity.

Young children ages 0 to 5 can develop their narrative skills with this moon and star themed activity that is appropriate for Ramadhan.

Visit the page, Pocket Stars Activity for the complete instructions.

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

We’ve reached week #5 of our Flylady missions, and getting bedrooms ready for Ramadhan,  recipes, audio about Ramadhan,  and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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{Free Kindle Ebook 7/19 Only} Fasting from Alif to Yaa: A Day by Day Guide to Making the Most of Ramadhaan

Today is the first of free ebook giveaways by Taalib.com.

TODAY’S FREE TITLE:
Fasting from Alif to Yaa:
A Day by Day Guide to Making the Most of Ramadhaan

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Ends: extends for one day only.

Kindle must be installed is required in order to download the free book*.

You don’t need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download the free Kindle app for your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, Android tablet, Kindle device.

NOTE: If you do not see your free book in the Kindle Reader after the free purchase, please sync your device then wait a few minutes. Inshallah eventually the title will show as available for reading.

*Kindle ebooks are not available in all countires.

InshAllaah after Ramadhaan our ebooks will additionally be available through the Apple store and the Barnes & Noble Nook store.

Taalib.com Site Administration

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 16-21, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders, moon phase mini book activity, reading and writing journals, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 4-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Remind family and friends as well.

[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes See the link to Ramadhan Planner below.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Does the Moon Shine?

This activity helps children to understand that the moon reflects light from the sun.

Download the printable (link below). Then help your child follow the directions. Grades: 1-3

Print the PDF version of this printable.

Materials
Moon Phases mini-book (see printable)
foil
flashlight
tape

Optional Activity Supplies
construction paper
yellow crayons
black watercolor paint

Important Tip: Young children (7 and under) are not able to understand the concept of the moon changing shapes.  So, activities such as demonstrating  the sun reflecting light on the moon may be inappropriate.

[♦] Tawheed for Older Children — 

This is a follow-up to part one, but this article is geared towards the older kids, ages 8-12.

Dr. Saleh As-Saleh explains the foundations of Islam, Emaan and Ihsaan,

It explains in clear and simple form the three types of Tawheed.

Download  Tawheed for Children Part 2  (pdf).

Youtube video of the Tawheed for Children audio.

[♦] Islam4Kids: Where is Allah —

Here is a poem to teach children about Allah.

Click to read . . . Where is Allaah?

There are several ways to turn this poem into an activity.

1. Create Cotton Ball Sky Art
Begin with a blue, black, or purple piece of paper, or color paint a sheet of white paper one of these colors.

Using a light colored crayon, at the top write in bold letters “Allah is High Above the Sky.” Make a big arrow pointing to the top of the page.

The remainder of the art work is done below this title.

Next, have the child glue cotton balls onto the paper.

Have the child paint the cotton balls gray to make a stormy sky; pinkish-orange with a sunset for an evening sky; dark purple pink with a sunrise for a morning sky; or leave them white for a normal sky.

2. Write a Poem
Using the Ramadhan Don’t List Poem lesson plan as a guide, write a list poem. Make a list of things about the sky above, or about what they learned from the poem. Choose 1 word from the list and spell it out letter-by-letter on paper. Next, think of a kind word that begins with each letter.  For example, the word Sky becomes the following poem:

Allah, Above the Sky

Sends us rain
Knows what we do and say
Yellow He made the sun

Older children may want more of a writing challenge. So choose the list words accordingly.

3. Create a Storyboard
Download this Blank Printable Storyboard. Draw a picture about the sky, or above the sky (the solar system) and write a non-fictional story to go with it. Share it with the family.

4. Solar System Activities
FunSchool has a Space Activity Center with free online space games for kids, space crafts and recipes, and printables and coloring pages to help them learn about planets and the solar system.


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[♦]  Ramadhan Healthy Snack Maze —

This maze activity is designed to teach children about healthy eating during Ramadhan. Make the right choices to get out of the maze.

[♦] Creative Paper Doll Clothing —

Hopefully your young ones will love this boy and girl paper doll.

I took these wonderful paper dolls for a walk on the creative side.

I printed the paper dolls and their clothing on card stock to make them sturdy.

Then, I made the outer garment and head covering from scrapbook paper. Using the card stock clothing as a template, lay the template on the wrong side of some scrap book paper. Then trace around it and cut out.

I even used embellishments.

There are so many ways to be creative with this!

You will find the paper doll template here: Our Muslim Paper Dolls.

 


RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

We’ve reached week #5 of our Flylady missions, and getting bedrooms ready for Ramadhan,  recipes, audio about Ramadhan,  and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 8-14, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update! It’s late this week. Our apologies.

We have our usual reminders, moon phase mini book activity, reading and writing journals, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 7-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Remind family and friends as well.

[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes See the link to Ramadhan Planner below.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Minibook: Moon Phases —

This activity teaches children to identify moon phases.  

Download the printable. Then help your child follow the directions. Ages 7-10

Click Here to Print Activity

Activity Materials
Moon Phases mini-book printable (link above)
yellow and black crayons
water, salt
brushes

Optional Book: “The Moon Seems to Change” by Franklyn M. Branley.

Here is the book at Amazon (this is not an affiliate link). Also, I’m sure the book can be found in your local library.

Educational Tip: Young children (7 and under) are not able to understand the concept of the moon changing shapes. So, activities such as demonstrating  the sun reflecting light on the moon may be inappropriate.

However, this moon phases activity and books such as The Moon Seems to Change help establish a foundation for future understanding.

[♦] Tawheed for Children Part 1 — 

Short 10-page article written for the youngest Muslims, ages for 4 to 7.

It explains in clear and simple form the three types of Tawheed.

Included are small quizzes and summaries after each type is explained, mashallah.

Download Tawheed for Children – Part 1 (pdf).

Written by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh, may Allah reward him.

[♦] Islam4Kids: Are You a Good Neighbor —

Here is a poem with lots of ideas on how to be helpful to others living near us.

Click to read . . . Are You A Good Neigbour

There are several ways to turn this poem into an activity.

1. Create a Ramadhan Good Neighbor Goal
Choose a neighbor. Make a list of kind things to do for him or her. Choose 2 items from the list to do during Ramadhan. Write them down on your Ramadhan Goals sheet. Receive reward from mom/dad for the act of kindness. Here is a whole list of goal charts to print.

2. Write a Poem
Using the Ramadhan Don’t List Poem lesson plan as a guide, write a list poem. Make a list of kind things to do for a neighbor. Choose 1 word from the list and spell it out letter-by-letter on paper. Next, think of a kind word that begins with each letter.  For example, the word Smile becomes the following poem:

A Smile for Sister Ameena

Say As salaamu Alaykum
Maker her favorite cookies
Interview her about something she can teach me
Leave a card on her door
Empty her trash

3. Create a Kindness Storyboard
Download this Blank Printable Storyboard. Draw a picture about kindness and write a non-fictional story to go with it. Share it with my family before giving it to my neighbor.

4. Make a Kindness Jar
Find an empty plastic jar. Make sure it’s clean. Decorate the outside. Attach a label. Make a list of kind things to do for a neighbor. Write each one on a piece of paper and place them in the jar. Each day, take out one of the papers and display to a neighbor the kind act you selected.

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[♦] Ramadhan One Line Daily Journal Booklet Craft —

This type of journal writing is truly simple. Each day write only one sentence about a specific topic.  The entire month’s journal fits onto one page!

This is a great activity to include in a lapbook or notebooking page.

You will find instructions and printables at this link:
Instructions for Journal Booklet


[♦] Reading Response Journal Project —

Reading response journals are a great way to create interactive family reading-n-share time.

The main purpose of response journals is to foster deeper thinking and to promote writing about what one reads.

This project includes:

1. A booklet to write in
2. Ribbon place holder
3. Character Traits sheet for describing people
4. Reading Journal Prompts
5. Emotions and Feelings list
6. Instructions

You will find everything at this link:
Reading Response Journal {Tutorial}

[♦] Creative Door Knob Hanger — 

Door hangers are a simple craft for kids to do.

They can be decorative. Or they can contain messages such as Wake Me for Suhoor, DND in Salaat, etc.

Create another message on the other side by sticking two hangers together back-to-back.

You will find this craft at this link:
Printable Door Knob Hanger Craft {Tutorial}

RAMADHAN PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

[♦] Ramadhan Goals for Kids: Part 2 — 

The objective is to Practically benefitting from Ramadhaan should be divided into two categories: goals, and preparations . . . .  Each person should make a daily planner for Ramadhaan.  Here is an example   Continue reading →

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

We’ve reached week #5 of our Flylady missions, and getting bedrooms ready for Ramadhan,  recipes, audio about Ramadhan,  and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {July 1-7, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We have our usual reminders, and

  • part 3 of How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activitie,
  • lantern and banner crafts, and more.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 19-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Remind family and friends as well.

[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes See the link to Ramadhan Planner below.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Part 3: How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activities & Lessons

To read all of the steps and get all forms HERE.

Step 3 – This part of the process requires that you do the Ramadhan Detailed Activity & Lesson Planner (RDAP). It is a basic lesson plan.

This is where you provide all of the details necessary to completing an individual activity or lesson such as day and time of the activity, supplies, steps, etc.

You can even script out what you will say, do, questions you will ask, instructions to students, for example.  Detailed plans differ from one activity to another.

The activities for the RDEAP  come from your Daily Educational & Activity Planner.

The RDEAP can be done a week in advance, or the day before, or on even on the day your students/children do the activity.

At the end of the activity, make notes on how things went. What worked. What did not. Which parts did the children/students love the most. This will make doing this next year a whole lot easier.

Here is the example (remember, this is an example; it’s not real, not even the links)

Activity/Lesson: Ramadhan Calendar

Goal: We will do one calendar for the family. The calendar will go on the wall next to our Ramadhan bulletin board.

Time : 45 minutes

Supplies: glue, scissors, double stick tape, markers or crayons, electrical tape. File: Rlanfamily.wordpress/RamadhanCal-How-To for a pic

Prep:

Print calendar pieces (Ramadhan Calendar pdf) from website
Assemble materials & set up at the kitchen table
Make KWL chart: Tape a large piece of craft paper on the wall.

Step-by-Step Procedure:

Welcome children & seat them at the table. Tell them the activity name.

Discuss purpose of calendar (1 minute).

Make Ramadhan Calendar (30 minutes):

Aneesa & Khadjiah color and cut out numbers (15 each)
Muhammad colors and cut out titles
Everyone helps make calendar grid with electrical tape
Attach numbers and titles on the wall with double stick tape

Teacher: Be prepared to answer questions and help out.

Clean up (10 minutes)

Insha’Allah, this little guide has helped.

[♦] Welcome Ramadhan Coloring Books -

A sister has created a set of printables to teach her children about the special month of Ramadhan before it begins . . . . Welcome Ramadan pre-school colouring book  and the same book for older children, “Welcome Ramadan” colouring work book.

[♦] Islam4Kids: Come Eat With Me -

This story is on giving to others, especially when they are hungry . . . Come Eat With Me

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[♦] Ramadhan Gift Tag Banner –

Banners are a fun and creative way to let children know that Ramadhan is here.

Make each banner piece with the same design, or mix and match. Either way, you’ll be pleased with the results!

Go to Ramadhan Gift Tag Banner Tutorial NEW!

[♦] Arch-Top Paper Lantern –

Children love to make lanterns and pretend to go out in search of the moon at night.

Here is a paper lantern craft tutorial for them.

There are lots of photos for nearly each step of the process.

Go to Arch-Top Paper Lantern Tutuorial  NEW!

[♦] Direction of Salaah Compass Rose — 

In this activity, children will make a compass rose and label the different directions.

They will also indicate the direction of the Ka’bah from their location.

This is a great little project to go along with any work being done on the direction of prayer.

Go to the Ka’bah Direction Compass Rose NEW! 2012

RAMADHAN

PREPAREDNESS______________________________________

[♦] Ramadhan Goals for Kids: Part 1 — 

Practically benefitting from Ramadhaan should be divided into two categories: goals, and preparations . . . . Continue Reading

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner

We’ve reached week #4 of our Flylady missions, and getting bedrooms ready for Ramadhan,  recipes, audio about Ramadhan,  and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {June 24-30, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

  • Reminders
  • How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activities — Part 2
  • Free Storyboard Lesson Plans
  • Ramadhan Planner Preparedness link out

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 25 days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Tell your family members and friends as well.

[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes See the link to Ramadhan Planner below.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Part 2: How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activities & Lessons

Step 2 —  Choose at least 30 from the  Course of Study Planner that you filled out. This was step #1.

Fill in the Ramadhan Daily Educational & Activity Planner (RDEAP) with the selected activities.  Download the RDEAP Guide 1-page format, or the RDEAP Guide 2-page format.

Schedule one or more activities/lessons per day. Don’t worry about over planning.  And be open to doing an activity more than once, especially if it is a hit.

Here is an example:

Pre-Ramadhan Wed 8/4  Make Ramadhan calendar; Make countdown chain; Read 1 Juz (break up into five 20-min sessions)

Day 1 Thu 8/5 Make Ramadhan Mubarak mobile; Read 1 Juz (break up into five 20-min sessions);  Ramadhan Butterflies project

Day 2 Fri 8/6 Attend Jumuah; Read 1 Juz (break up into five 30-min sessions); Dehydration Lesson

The Ramadhan Course of Study Planner (RCOS Planner pdf) has to be filled out first, of course. Read all about that HERE.

Insha’Allah, we will go over Step 3 next week.

[♦] Training Children for Worship – 1) Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh said they used to distract children during Ramadhan; 2) Mistakes in training children for fasting . . .  Continue Reading

[♦] Islam4Kids: When The Kabah Was Built – This story is about how the great Ka’bah was built. We have to go far back in time – back to the period of Prophet Ibraaheem, ‘alayhis-salaatu was-salaam . . . When The Kabah Was Built

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http://rplanfamily.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/ramadhan-butterflies.png?w=191&h=253[♦] Ramadhan Butterflies Storyboard

How do you feel about the start of Ramadhan? Are you excited? Or, are you nervous? Do you have butterflies in your stomach?

Use the storyboard to draw a picture of your what butterflies feel like. Then write about it on the lines provided.

Go to the Ramadhan Butterflies Storyboard NEW! 2012

[♦] The Perfect Ramadhan —

In this activity, students will write and illustrate their idea of the perfect Ramadhan. Then they will generate a list of du’aa to Allah to get their ideal Ramadhan.

Go to the The Perfect Ramadhan Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets] NEW! 2012

[♦] The Worst Ramadhan — 

In this activity, students will write and illustrate their idea of the worst Ramadhan. Then they will generate a list of du’aa to ask Allah’s help to avoid a bad Ramadhan.

Go to the  The Worst Ramadhan Storyboard [Lesson Plan & Worksheets] NEW! 2012

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[♦] Unclutter for Ramadhan: A Project for Kids —  The objective is to have the family collect items around the house that are not being used, and give them away during the month of Ramadhaan to someone less fortunate.  Continue reading →

[♦] Over at Ramadhan Planner This week focuses on Flylady Week #3, Making the entrance to your home ready for Ramadhan,  PocketMod for clothing sizes and measurements, recipes, audio on illnesses during Ramadhan, current classes, and more . . . Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Updates

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {June 17-23, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

  • Flylady Ramadhan week 2
  • Free printable stationery
  • How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activities
  • Ramadhan Newsletter; Inner Secrets of Fasting
  • 3 audio files covering fasting for beginners, vomiting, menses, and travel
  • Q & A on the social benefits of fasting, and age girls must begin fasting

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 1 month and 3 days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦] Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Tell your family members and friends as well.

SCHOLASTIC RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] How to Create a Month of Ramadhan Activities & Lessons for Your Family

Step 1 — Ramadhan Course of Study Planner A month before Ramadhan is a good time to begin planning activities for the children/students.

Start with the Ramadhan Course of Study Planner (Download RCOS Planner pdf). Use this form to gather all of the resources available to you.

Write down which websites,  books, audio, video, surah/ayah #, hadith book and number, reference books, maps, worksheets, handouts, and projects you think your children/students will like. You probably won’t use all of them but it is better to have too much than not enough.

Insha’Allah, we will go over Step 2 next week.

[♦] How the Sahaabah Would Encourage Their Young Children to Fast – Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen . . .  Continue Reading

[♦] Islam4Kids: Poem and Fasting Du’aa . . . Fasting Tummy!

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Printable Shopping & To Do Lists {Stationary Sets}

The whole family should really enjoy these stationary sets we’ve designed! There are 6 different styles to choose from (so far).

Pick from either a robot, 2 types of flower hijabs, or 2 kinds of Islamic art. Each features an Arabic font. You will find these on handy-dandy paper wonders on the Stationary Printables page.

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[♦] FlyLady Ramadhan Missions & Mission Calendar
Print the 2012 Mission Calendar which lists each mission by date. Choose the PDF, or OpenOffice, or WebPage, or Google Docs version.

[♦] Flylady Missions for June 17 – 23
The missions are posted on the main Ramadhan Planner site: {June 17-23, 2012}

And here’s the link to a printable blank calendar:  Jun-Aug 2012 Calendar (pdf).  It’s great for planning purposes.

RAMADHAN READER________________________________________

[♦] The ARK Ramadhan 2005 Newsletter —   What to look forward to reading: Ramadhan has Arrived, Sh. Fawzaan; Don’t Let Timetables Stop You From Hastening to Break the Fast , Sh. Al-Albaani; Health Tips; Q/A; Praying Eid. Download a copy of Al Baseerah’s ARK 2005 (pdf).

[♦] The Inner Secrets of Fasting — by Imam Muwaffaq-ud-Deen Ibn Qudamaah Al-Maqdisee from the book Mukhtasar Minhaajul-Qaasideen.

“Know, that in the fast (Sawm) is a special quality that is not found in anything else. And that is its close connection to Allaah, such that He says . . .  “  Continue Readingdownload and print article (pdf) or read online at this link.

AUDIO RAMADHAN________________________________________

Will there be new fasters in your household this year? These previously recorded classes may just come in handy.

Plan a listening schedule for yourself. It really helps.

Audio by Dr. Saleh as Saleh, rahima-hullaah.  BioData

[♦] Fasting for Beginners #3 of 6: Quraan During Ramadan [27 Minutes]
Fasting Ramadhan: Rulings Related to Women [34 Minutes]

[♦] Ramadhan for Sisters — Vomiting, Menses, Post-Partum, Intro to Travel [47 Minutes]

QUESTIONS________________________________________________

[♦] Question: When should a girl start fasting?
A girl reached the age of 12 or 13 years and the blessed month of Ramadhaan passed without her having fasted. Is there any sin upon her or her family? Is it upon her to fast and if she doesn’t then is she sinning?

[♦] Answer:  The girl becomes Islaamically bound with (the following) conditions: Islaam, sanity and puberty. Puberty is attained either by menstruation, or the excrement of discharge as a result of sexual desire, or having a wet dream if she saw the discharge, or the growth of thick hair around the front private part, or reaching the age of 15 years. So if this girl fulfilled the conditions of being legally bound by Islaam, fasting is obligatory upon her and it is a must that she makes up the fasts she left off while being at that age. And if one of the conditions are not fulfilled then there is nothing required of her.

And with Allaah lies all the success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts (AbdurRahman.org)

[♦] Question: Does fasting have any social benefits?
Does every day on which the fast is performed in Ramadan require an intention, or is it sufficient to make one intention for the whole month?

[♦] Answer: Yes, it has social benefits. From them is the feeling people have that they are one nation eating at one time and fasting at one time. The wealthy one is cognizant of Allaah’s blessings and is sympathetic to the poor. Fasting lessens shaytaan’s treachery to the son of Aadam. In fasting there is piety of Allaah, and piety of Allaah strengthens the bonds between the individuals of the community.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 37, Fatwa No.10; Fiqh al-’Ibaadaat libni ‘Uthaymeen – Page 170 (AbdurRahman.org)

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Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {June 10-16, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

We’ve added some new articles about bulletin boards, and newly designed printable recipe cards! If FlyLady is your thing, you will like the missions related to Ramadhan. And there are of course, some audio lectures.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

[♦] Count Down -— There are about 1 month and 10 days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.

[♦] Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days! Tell your family members and friends as well.

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Creative & Crafty Bulletin Board Alternatives
We’ve posted about bulletin boards before. But not like this! Check out these 4 great BB articles! The first one is my favorite, especially if you don’t have the money to purchase a board.

  • How to Make a Fabric Wall Bulletin Board
    Sisters, we know you want a beautiful and spacious bulletin boards for Ramadhaan. We also know you don’t want to spend a lot of money. We have a solution that we think you will love! Continue Reading
  • What To Put On A Bulletin Board Display
    You’ve decided you want a display wall for ramadhan. But what goes on it? Here are a few creative ideas on what to include on your bulletin board/wall display.  Continue Reading
  • How To Plan a Bulletin Board
    What is it you want to accomplish with the board?  What kinds of information do you plan to put on it? How much space do you have for a bulletin board? Hopefully you will have a plan after this. Continue Reading
  • Creative Bulletin Board Trim and Borders
    Styling your Ramadhan bulletin board can be fun with a little bit of imagination! Here are some pretty awesome ideas pulled together from around the Web. Continue Reading
  • Sample Bulletin Boards – You will also find some real-life Ramadhan bulletin boards on a previous post, {May 9, 2012}

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

[♦] Printable Recipe Cards

Home cooks will probably like these printable recipe cards. There’s even a design for boys!

These 4 x 6 recipe cards have lines to write your favorite recipe and recipe title. It also has space for your halal ingredient list. And they feature a special design in the corner.

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Recipe Card for Girls

Download Lilac Hijab (pdf)

Print onto card stock.

Cut out along dotted lines.

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Recipe Card for Boys

Download Robot Chef (pdf)

Print onto card stock.

Cut out along dotted lines.

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Recipe Card for All

Download Islamic Corner (pdf)

Print onto card stock.

Cut out along dotted lines.

[♦] FlyLady Ramadhan Missions & Mission Calendar
We start Flylady Ramadhan this week! Print the 2012 Mission Calendar which lists each mission by date. It’s on Google docs/drive this year. Choose from the PDF version, or OpenOffice version, or WebPage version, or Google Docs version. Lots of choices!  [links fixed 6/13]

[♦] Flylady Missions for June 10-16
You will find the missions posted on the main Ramadhan Planner site: {June 10-16, 2012}

And if you did not print the blank calendar from last week, here’s the link:  Jun-Aug 2012 Calendar (pdf).  It’s great for planning purposes.

RAMADHAN READER________________________________________

[♦] Fruits of Ramadhaan —   Many of us overlook this bounty and are thus left with an incomplete depiction of Ramadan, often viewing it as a month to get oneself into shape!! Or rigidly describing it as a training program teaching self-restraint.  Most importantly . . .  To continue reading, download and print article (pdf) or read online at this link.

AUDIO RAMADHAN________________________________________

Will there be new fasters in your household this year? These previously recorded classes may just come in handy.

Plan a listening schedule for yourself. It really helps.

Audio by Dr. Saleh as Saleh, rahima-hullaah.  BioData

[♦] Fasting for Beginners #1 of 6: Quraan During Ramadan [22 Minutes]
Fasting for Beginners #2 of 6: Quraan During Ramadan [36 Minutes]
Fasting Ramadhan #1: Rulings on Who Must Fast [23 Minutes]

[♦] Ramadhan for Sisters — Menses Start During Fasting Day [2 Minutes]

QUESTIONS________________________________________________

[♦] Question: Is the fast invalidated by tasting food?
Does every day on which the fast is performed in Ramadan require an intention, or is it sufficient to make one intention for the whole month?

[♦] Answer:   Tasting food does not invalidate the fast, if a person does not swallow it. But you should not do it unless there is a need for it; and in this situation, if any of it enters the stomach without your intending it, then your fast in not invalidated. — Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen,  Fatwa Islam

Images: OpenClipartLibrary, Clker, WPClipart

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {June 6-9, 2012}

It’s time for the Crafty Ramadhan Weekly Update!

This week’s update will be short. This is because after today, weekly updates will happen on Sunday’s instead of Wednesday’s. So look for another update in a few days insha’Allah.

Today you will find a printable calendar for Jun-Aug 2012, card stock crafting tips, some crafting resources, and a question/answer on Ramadhan competitions.

Enjoy!

REMINDERS_____________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 44 days (about a month and a half) until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah. Plan! Plan! Plan! Plan!

Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up your missed days from the last Ramadhaan! Remind your family members and friends as well.

CRAFTY RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Help! I Don’t Have Card Stock for This Craft Project! 
Card stock templates make paper crafting easy. However, sometimes, you just don’t have card stock although a particular craft calls for it. What should you do? There are some great free substitutions such as, Continue reading →

Shape Book Resource
Will you be paper crafting with your children this Ramadhan? You will probably like this extensive Shape Book Patterns webpage.

How to Make a Field Journal
If you are looking for instructions to make a book then use this one, Making Field Journals. This simple book-making technique can be used for a variety of projects.

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN_____________________________________________

Printable 3-Month Calendar
We have reached the point when a blank calendar is handy. Download the Jun-Aug 2012 Calendar (pdf). It’s great for planning purposes.

We will be sharing our customary calendar complete with all the Ramadhan dates as we get closer to Ramadhan insha’Allah.

AUDIO LOUNGE________________________________________________

Are Ramadhaan competitions permissible?

Length: 5:04 minutes
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Download this audio file
Miraath.net

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {May 30, 2012}

TODAY’S HEADLINES …

It’s time for Ramadhan Planner’s Family Edition Weekly Update! Today you will find more reminders, a free printable menu planner, and tips to unclutter the dining room.  And you will see new craft projects as well as oldies, and more…

REMINDERS_______________________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 50 days—1 month, 2 weeks—until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah. If you haven’t started preparing, it’s not too late. And if you have started your preparations, keep it up!

Make Ups -— Keep making up your missed days from the last Ramadhaan! Remind your family members and friends as well.

Drink Water — It’s nearly June; the main focus before Ramadhan starts is on hydrating your body well. You don’t want to start this upcoming Ramadhan in a state of dehydration — Signs of Dehydration.

CRAFTY PICKS_______________________________________________________

New Craft Projects

 Kid Frames We’ve recently added 3 more book markers! All have the start/stop points for each of the 30 juz. Print and cut out.GoTo: 30 Parts of Quran Book Markers

 

Hang this Ramadhan Mubarak Robot Mobile for a fun display!  You;ll need a drinking straw and some string plus the printable.
GoTo: Ramadhan Mubarak Robot Mobiles   

 

Another cute mobile for more crafty fun! This one also uses a drinking straw. Print, color, and put together.
GoTo: Flower Ramadhan Mubarak Mobile  

 

We think these 3 new designs of paper chains are fun. Print, cut out, and put together. Some are colorable. Have fun!
GoTo: Ramadhan Paper Chains

Oldies but Goodies Files

From YesterYear

Muslim Learning Garden Ramadhan Crafts — A sister has posted her Ramadhan crafts to her blog.
Crayola.com Free Ramadhan Crafts  — 4 Ramadhan crafts from Craoyla.com.

More crafts, lessons, activities, and printables on their way, insha’Allah!

SCHOLASTICS_______________________________________________________

Du’aa Flash Cards  —  A word activity that will help your children remember what to say upon breaking their fast.

Instructions included for those who do not have a printer.

GoTo: [Flash Cards] Learn Du’aa for Breaking the Fast

And try these also, 

– lapbooks, vocabulary, charts, poetry, puzzles, games, even recipes GoTo: Pre-K Ramadhaan


— a long list of activities and links put together by a sister several years ago GoTo: Ramadhaan Curricula‏

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN___________________________________________________

From the Ramadhan Planner Site

Freebie Meal Planner   —  This is a bare-bones planner. You write in the days of the week and the titles across the top. Very customizable.  Menu Plan Blank (Ramadhan) (pdf)

Unclutter & Clean Project  —  This week you will focus on two things: uncluttering and cleaning the dining room. I have included more recipes for non-toxic furniture cleaners that you can make yourself with a few simple ingredients.   Continue reading →

Flylady Ramadhan   —  Flylady Ramadhan and her control journals, and missions will start in about 2 weeks. In the meantime, take advantage of the Unclutter Project’s weekly assignments. It will make Flylady Ramadhan go much more smoothly.

AUDIO LOUNGE____________________________________________________

Ramadhaan – Fasting Summary (English)

Dr. Saleh as Saleh — Rahima-hullaah  –  Bio Data: About

QUESTION & ANSWER_____________________________________________

Question: Intention for Fasting Ramadhan
Does every day on which the fast is performed in Ramadan require an intention, or is it sufficient to make one intention for the whole month?

Answer:   It is sufficient in Ramadan to make one intention at the beginning of it, because even if the fasting person did not make an intention for every day the night before, that was has intention at the start of the month.

But if the fasting is broken during the month due to a journey, or illness or the like, he must make the fresh intention, because he has broken it by abandoning the fast due to travel, illness or the like.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen Islamic Verdicts on The Pillars of Islaam, vol.2, page.644

LAST WEEK’S SELECTIONS____________________________________________________

Just in case you missed last week:  Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Selections: {May 23, 2012}

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {May 23, 2012}

TODAY’S HEADLINES …

It’s time for Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Update! Today you will find more reminders to make up fasts, and to schedule important appointments. Also, a tip on saving money, kitchen organization tips and printables, prayer calendar question, and a khutbah from last year on the merits of Ramadhan.

Oh, and look for the symbol for items added in 2012!

REMINDERS_______________________________________________________

Count Down — There are about 56 days (a bit under 2 months) until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah. It is not too early to start thinking about Ramadhan and planning for it.

Make Ups Keep making up your missed days from the last Ramadhaan! Remind your family members and friends as well.

CRAFTY RAMADHAN FAMILY________________________________________________________

GeoQuiz Worksheet
How much do you know about the sites of Makkah?
2 New Islamic GeoQuizzes!

[click to enlarge image]

Online Geography Fun
You are given a list of mainly Muslim countries and a map. Drag the country names to their correct locations on the map. Map Game link

More crafts, lessons, activities, and printables on their way, insha’Allah!

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN___________________________________________________

Organize the Kitchen Is your kitchen ready for Ramadhaan? If not, here are some tips to help you get going … Continue reading →

Kitchen Inventory


Knowing what you have in the cupboards and freezer is a huge help when stocking up this time of year. These printables also help.

AUDIO LOUNGE____________________________________________________

Ramadhaan – Merits and Rulings 2 (English)

Shaaykh Mohammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Ali Ibn Ahmad Al-Jarrullah Al-Malki — Bio Data: About Website: www.ilmforall.net/
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/IlmForAll_KnowIslam/
WizIQ: ilmforall-shaikh-mohammad-al-malki1075303

QUESTION & ANSWER_____________________________________________

Question: Fasting and Prayer Calendars May Allah reward you for these blessed instructions, the questioner says, during the month of Ramadan there is a difference of opinion between the Imams of the Masjids concerning the beginning of the time for Fajr; keeping in mind that the masjid has in it calendars for the
athan that are produced by the Scholars of astronomy and relied upon by the Ministry of Endowments and Guidance. But some of the Imams don’t follow these calendars especially when it comes to the Fajr prayer; rather they delay the athan for Fajr by an average of more than fifteen minutes after the time that appears on the calendar. Keeping in mind that the Fajr is not seen due to the following reason, which is the electric lights; so what is your advice for those people?

Answer: No doubt the Scholars of astronomy have knowledge of astronomy, but Allah the Mighty and Majestic says, “eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread” (Chapter 2 verse 187) So as long as Fajr is not clear, the person can eat and drink, but the problem now is for the one who is in the city or a village that has electricity, he will not be able to determine the Fajr when it first enters due to these lights. Therefore the person should use caution, if the time for Fajr is in according to the calendar then they should stop eating and drinking and as for the prayer then they should use caution, meaning they should not rush to make the prayer (when it first comes in according to the calendar) rather they should wait. And all praises belong to Allah; his waiting for the prayer to be certain that it has entered does not equate to delaying the prayer from its early time. Therefore there should be caution, in relation to fasting we say use caution and start fasting according to the calendar and in relation to the prayer we say use caution and delay the prayer until you are sure the Fajr is in.

Fatwa by Shiek Ibn Othaimeen
Translated by Rasheed Barbee

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks {May 16th, 2012}

TODAY’S HEADLINES …

For the week Wednesday May 16-22, 2012 . . . It’s time for Ramadhan Planner’s Family Edition Weekly Update! Today you will find more reminders to make up fasts, a Ramadhan lantern, and activity book to print. Also, some tips for planning as a group, and tackling organization issues, and more . . .

REMINDERS_______________________________________________________

Count Down -— There are about 62 days (a bit over 2 months) until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah. It is not too early to start thinking about Ramadhan and planning for it.

Make Ups -— Keep making up your missed days from the last Ramadhaan! Remind your family members and friends as well.

CRAFTY PICKS_______________________________________________________

Paper Fanoos (Lantern)
An easy and fun lantern to make with the kids.
Print Here (pdf).

[Image from Smart Ark]

More crafts, lessons, activities, and printables on their way, insha’Allah!

SCHOLASTICS_______________________________________________________

Ramadan Activity Book

75 pages of various math, reading, cognitive and fine motor skill activities and games  for children.  Go to A Muslim Child is Born to get your copy!

[Image from A Muslim Child is Born]

HOME ORGANIZATION___________________________________________________

Crafty Organizer – Here is a handy storage tip!

Use a plastic storage tote to give your Ramadhan craft supplies a home of their own.  A 10-gallon or larger tote can hold crayons, markers, glue, paper, scissors and more. Cardboard boxes work equally as well and they are free.

Sort like items or similarly function items into quart-size, or gallon-size freezer bags instead of having supplies loose in the tote.

Take advantage of pencil boxes, pencil pouches, and other types of compartments to keep supplies in order.

Next, label a file folder label with a word that generally describes what is in the freezer bag, pencil box, or pouch. Stick as near to the top as possible.

Finally, label the tote “Ramadhan Crafts”.

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN___________________________________________________

Make a Plan — One of the easiest ways to stay organized during Ramadhan is to create a Ramadhaan Management Schedule. Continue reading →

Meet-Ups Help with Ramadhan Prep
Find a partner to meet with as you get prepared for Ramadhaan. The meet-up does not have to be in person; it can be over the telephone or internet (thru emails, chat, etc.).

The most important thing, is to find a willing buddy — or two or three. This helps people get motivated and focused. So, plan that meet-up: get out that address book, a calendar and some paper!

Here is what one sister did:

“. . . so last night I met up with a dear sister and we discussed our preparation for this coming Ramadan. We discussed preparation before Ramadan starts and our goals during Ramadan. I felt that it was extremely productive and I feel so ready for Ramadan now…alhamdulillah. So, I thought I’d share what we discussed with you all so that it may insha’Allah give you ideas for your own Ramadan preparation. “

AUDIO LOUNGE____________________________________________________

Ramadhaan – Merits and Rulings 1 (English starts at 49 min)

Shaaykh Mohammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Ali Ibn Ahmad Al-Jarrullah Al-Malki — Bio Data: About Website: www.ilmforall.net/
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/IlmForAll_KnowIslam/
WizIQ: ilmforall-shaikh-mohammad-al-malki1075303

QUESTION & ANSWER_____________________________________________

Question: What is the ruling on a fasting person cooling himself down?

Answer: It is permissible for a fasting person to cool himself down, and there is no objection to it, for the Messenger sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to pour water over his head due to heat or thirst and he was fasting [1], and Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with them, used to wet his garment when he was fasting in order to alleviate the excessive heat and thirst. And the wetness has no effect, because in such cases water does not reach the stomach.
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FatwaIslam:http://fatwaislam.com/fis/index.cfm?scn=fd&ID=707

A LOOK AHEAD____________________________________________________

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {May 9, 2012}

TODAY’S HEADLINES …

For the week Wednesday May 9-16, 2012 . . .

Count Down -— There are about 70 days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah. It is not too early to start thinking about Ramadhan and planning for it.

Make Ups -— Keep making up your missed days from the last Ramadhaan! Remind your family members and friends as well.

Make a Plan — One of the easiest ways to stay organized is to create a Ramadhaan Management Schedule. Continue reading →

Ramadhan Bulletin Boards

Lesson Plans Bulletin Board
Instructions on how to create this BB
Continue Reading

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Multi-Resource Bulletin Board 
Photos and links will help you recreate this BB.
Continue Reading

More crafts, lessons, activities, and printables coming soon, insha’Allah!

FREEBIES_______________________________________________________

Ramadhan Crafts Compilation — Review, plan & shop for supplies now for these wonderful crafts. Enjoy! Download RamadanCrafts ebook [pdf 34 pages]

Coloring Pages —  Islamic Stained GlassGeometric Star Geometric Design 1 Geometric Design 2

QUICK READS____________________________________________________

Mercies of Ramadhan: Sins. Within the religion of Islaam there are many favors; one is the month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

The Prophet – sallallahu alaihi wa sallam – explained to his Ummah that Ramadaan has such a high station that even if a Muslim’s sins were as much as the foam upon the sea, they would be forgiven through fasting in this month.

He – sallallahu alaihi wa sallam – said: “He who fasts in Ramadaan due to eemaan and hoping for reward from Allah then his previous sins are forgiven [3].

Furthermore, in this month people are freed from the Hellfire every day and night, due to Allah’s extreme mercy. The Prophet – sallallahu alaihi wa sallam – told us in this regard that:

“There are, in the month of Ramadaan, in every day and night, those whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication which he can make and it will be granted” [4].

This supplication, which is never rejected, occurs at the time of breaking the fast (see Sunan ibn Maajah, 1/577).

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[3] Narrated by Aboo Hurairah and collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (Eng. Trans. Vol.3, no.125) & Saheeh Muslim (Eng. Trans. Vol.1, no.1664). The hadeeth applies to one who affirms the obligation of fasting in Ramadaan and hopes for the reward of doing it, being pleased with it, not feeling aversion to it, nor thinking that standing in its night is a hardship.

[4] Saheeh – Narrated by Jaabir and collected in Musnad Ahmad and al-Bazzar.

Fruits of Ramadaan“. From ad-Dawal ila-Allah (AbdurRahman.org)

LISTENING IN____________________________________________________

The Advices of the Salaf in Regard to Ramadhan — How do you forgive? And how does forgiveness make worship easy?

Shaaykh Mohammad Ibn Abdullah Ibn Ali Ibn Ahmad Al-Jarrullah Al-Malki
Imam / Khateeb – Masjid Al Baraa bin Malik,
King Abdul Azeez International Airport Residential Complex, Member, Jeddah Dawah Centre.

Click play button below (English translation begins at 49 minutes)

QUESTION & ANSWER_____________________________________________

Question: I never made up the days that I missed from the month of Ramadhan due to my monthly period and I am not able to determine how many days they were. What shall I do now? Continue reading →

A LOOK AHEAD____________________________________________________

Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks: {May 2, 2012}

TODAY’S HEADLINES …

For the week ending Saturday May 5, 2012 . . .

Count Down —  There are about 80 days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah. It is not too early to start thinking about Ramadhan and planning for it.

Make Ups   Keep making up your missed days from the last Ramadhaan! Remind your family members and friends as well.

Do it while the days are still short(er) and the weather is still cool! Come up with a plan and stick to it the best you can.

Ramadhan Cleaning —  A blank Spring Cleaning Checklist [pdf] and completed tasklists for your Clean Ramadhaan routine. Schedule cleaning session dates and times in your planner. Continue reading →

Ramadhan Banners

 Triangular Flag Banner
Made with scrap book paper. 
Continue reading →

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Round Falstaff Festival Banner
Instructions and printable templates.
Continue reading →

More banners, crafts, lessons, and printables coming soon, insha’Allah!

QUICK READS________________________________________________________

The Rulings Pertaining to Making up the Fast. Whoever breaks his fast or is unable to fast during Ramadhaan due to an Islaamically permissible reason, then he is required to make up for this day; such as the one whose … Continue reading →

The Wisdom & Benefits behind Fasting. Fasting has an amazing effect in preserving one’s outer limbs and inner capacities as well as protecting the soul from being overtaken by destructive components which can ruin and destroy it. Continue reading →

LISTENING IN___________________________________________________________________ 

Menses at the start of Maghrib adhan . . .

          Would her fasting be counted or not? Click to Listen →


QUESTION & ANSWER____________________________________________________________

Question: If a person had one fast from Ramadhaan to make up, is it permissible for him to fast on a Friday?

Response: It is permissible for a Muslim to fast on a Friday if he is making up a fast from Ramadhaan, even if it is just one day.

And with Allaah lies all the success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts
FatwaBase

A LOOK AHEAD___________________________________________________________

Fabric Napkin Project

Encourage your budding seamstress with a project the whole family can benefit from. With Ramadhan less than 4 months away, there is plenty of time to stitch up these eco-friendly and useful items.

Project ::  Fabric Napkins sewn by hand or machine

Patterns & Instructions :: Use your own, or one of these

Napkin Template (Windy Hill Designs) — instructions to make your own pattern

Stitch a Dinner Napkin (Stitch and Boots) — super easy sewing method

Other Resources :: A few more patterns

Simple Napkin Template (diy Maven) — sizes for lunch and dinner napkins

Napkin Tutorial (Split Hemz) — napkins with mitered corners

Linen Napkin Tutorial (Design Mom) — another mitered corner napkin

Spring Cleaning Checklists

Right now, most households are cleaning out, clearing out, and preparing for warmer weather. If done correctly, we should glide into Ramadhan —less than 4 months away— pretty well prepared with a clean and organized house.

Print copies of this blank Spring Cleaning Checklist [pdf]. Use it along with the completed tasklists below to compile your own lists tailored to your situation and the needs of your family. If need be, print one blank checklist for each area you want to clean.

As with any chore, pace yourself. Schedule your cleaning session dates and times in your planner.

Spring Cleaning Tasks

Spring Home Maintenance Checklists (Martha Stewart)
a comprehensive list of what to do in each room of your house

Spring-Cleaning (Martha Stewart)
an overview of what to clean

How to Organize the Linen Closet (Martha Stewart)
simple organizing techniques

Spring Cleaning: A Complete Checklist (About.com)
tutorials for spring cleaning, checklists for each room, dealing with clutter, etc

['Eid Craft] Stained Glass Craft

I’m thinking about doing this. I’ll have to make a few changes to the sister’s original instructions.

For instance, I plan to use sheet protectors instead of overhead transparency film.

And I’ll have to replace the cellophane paper with colorful tissue paper.

I’ll post pics once I’m done insha’Allah.

In the meantime, have fun with this great craft idea!

Eid Stained Glass Craft « Muslim Learning Garden

['Eid Craft] Printable Old Fashioned Banner

I really love the look of this wedding banner by Martha Stewart. It is so cute.

This would look great with the word “Eid” spelled out.

Each character has a different border, “a whimsical take on the old-fashioned look of vintage typewriter keys.”

Printable Directions • Letter A • Letter B • Letter C • Letter D • Letter E • Letter F • Letter G  Letter H • Letter I • Letter J • Letter K • Letter L • Letter M • Letter N • Letter O • Letter P •  Letter Q • Letter R • Letter S • Letter T • Letter U • Letter V • Letter W • Letter X • Letter Y • Letter Z

['Eid Craft] Oldies but Goodies: ‘Eid Projects Around the Net from Last Year

Last year I found several bloggers who posted their ‘Eid-related projects. Here are some of my favorites insha’Allah:

Eid Stain Glass Craft at Muslim Learning Garden

Ramadhaan Activities VIII – Eid Decorations

Eid Treat Bags for our Neighbours

Eid ul Fitr Lapbook

Eid Baskets

Eid Banner

Eid Stained Glass Craft

‘Eid Cards Craft

Eid Banner

How to Make an ‘Eid Card (video)

 

[Lesson Plan] Ramadhan Don’t List Poem

Here is a lesson plan to guide students to write a list poem about what not to do during Ramadhan using the word Ramahdan, or Fasting, or Fast. The teacher assigns one of the words based on the student’s ability and age.

The lesson includes a shape book where students write and illustrate their poem.

Here is what you need to download for this lesson: