Prophet’s Masjid map: coloring page + word find

I recently created some seek-n-finds based on a map of the Prophet’s masjid. The top of the page is a coloring page of the map of alMasjid alHaram. Below the map is the word search itself.

This would be great as part of a lap book.

Let me know how you or your children like this. I’m very open to making improvements!

6-Word Search: The only difference is the direction the words go in. Both use the same 6 words: Kaaba, Zamzam, Safa, Marwah, Masjid, Makkah.

6-Word Search Easy — Look for words going in the forward direction only (no backwards words).

6-Word Search Medium — Look for words going in the forward and downward directions. No words going backwards.

10-Word Search Again, the only difference is the direction the words go in. All use the same 10 words: Kaaba, Zamzam, Safa, Marwah, Masjid, Makkah, fatah, ibrahim, ishmael, al Haram.

10-Word Search Easy — Look for words going in the forward direction only (no backwards words).

10-Word Search Medium — Look for words going in the forward and backward direction. No up an down words.

10 – Word Search Challenging — Look for words going forward, backward, up and down.

Laylatul Qadr Word Scramble

‘Aisha – may Allah be pleased with her – asked the Prophet –sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – what to say when seeking Laylatul Qadr. She was instructed to say “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee” English: O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.”

Insha’Allah the following word scramble activity will help you or your children remember what to say.


  • Scramble Cards (you will need to print them out)
  • Colored Card stock or copy paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors


  • Print onto card stock or regular paper. Using colored paper is best. There are two sets of cards: one in Arabic (transliteration) and the other in English.
  • Cut them out.
  • Scramble the pieces.
  • Put the sentence back together in the correct order.
  • Keep Score: 3 points for each word that is in the right place.
  • Keep playing until the dua’ is memorized.

Arabic: “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”

English: O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.”

Chef Marcus Samuelsson shares Ramadhan recipes from Africa

–Across Africa, one of the things you notice is that there isn’t the distinction between breakfast and dinner foods that we have in Europe and America. Often, breakfast will simply be leftovers from the night before—for instance, a stew made from the previous meal’s meat, served over a starch and mopped up with pieces of bread. This is particularly true during Ramadan, when both meals need to be hearty enough to get you through the day. There will also be a lot of liquids to keep people hydrated during the long fast—juices, teas, and fruits such as mango and pineapple.–

Jump to Gluten/Wheat Free Carrot Cake

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies (wheat free)

Here is a recipe for some peanut butter cookies that do not use wheat as one of the ingredients. This recipe should be easy even for the beginning chef!

Frugal 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten free)

Make some as a gift! Bake. Wrap. Label. Give!

Live desktop programs from Makkah & Madeena

Put the Program on Your Desktop:

  • Copy this text-> mms://
  • Go to your Desktop
  • Right Click any where (but not on an icon)
  • Hold your mouse over the word “New” in the drop down menu
  • Then select “Shortcut”
  • A New Window will Appear
  • Paste the text “mms://” you copied earlier.
  • Right click in the box that says “Type the location of the item:”
  • Choose paste

Name the Shortcut:

  • Then click Next (don’t click Browse)
  • The computer will ask you to give the Shortcut a new name.
  • Give the shortcut a new name as  “Makkah”
  • Then Finish

Play the Program:

  • Open The Short Cut. Now its playing Makkah Live Program (just wait for a while for buffering).

Load Madeena Live:

  • Do the same procedure for Madeena Live Program
  • Use the url mms://

Giant clock of Makkah

Published: Aug 10, 2010

JEDDAH: “The giant clock of Makkah is all set to tick home a new time standard, as some scholars believe that it will be an ideal alternative to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).”

“Many scholars are of the opinion that Makkah Time can provide the world an alternative to the GMT. These people have scientific arguments to back their contention, as Makkah is situated in the center of the world.”

At a conference in Doha in 2008, Muslim clerics and scholars presented “scientific” arguments that Makkah time is the true global meridian. They said that Makkah is the center of the world.

“Putting Makkah time in the face of Greenwich Mean Time, this is the goal,” said Mohammed Al-Arkubi, general manager of Royal Makkah Tower Hotel.

The Royal Clock is sitting atop the central tower in the Abraj Al-Bait Project, 50 meters opposite the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The clock will be visible from 17 km away at night and 11 to 12 km away during the day. A German-owned company, Premiere Composite Technologies, has designed the clock.

Sources said that the world’s largest clock — six times larger than London’s Big Ben — will be launched in the first week of Ramadan but no date has yet been fixed. The trial run would be conducted on the clock facing Jeddah that is to be inaugurated first.”

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Islamic Geo Quiz — Hummus/answer

Hummus, ah hummus! A tasty tan goo made from mashed chickpeas, with splashes of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic mixed in.

This dish is a favorite in it’s birthplace, the Middle East.

Today’s Islamic Geo Quiz wants to know exactly which country invented hummus.

Here’s a hint.

The nation claiming to have formulated this famous dip, celebrated its mushy goodness back in October 2009. Chefs gathered and prepared an enormous plate of this national dish. More than two tons of it.

Here’s another hint. This country borders the Mediterranean Sea.

Which country invented hummus?

The answer — Lebanon!

Islamic Geo Quiz

Hummus, ah hummus! A tasty tan goo made from mashed chickpeas, with splashes of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic mixed in.

This dish is a favorite in it’s birthplace, the Middle East.

Today’s Islamic Geo Quiz wants to know exactly which country invented hummus.

Here’s a hint.

The nation claiming to have formulated this famous dip, celebrated its mushy goodness back in October 2009. Chefs gathered and prepared an enormous plate of this national dish. More than two tons of it.

Here’s another hint. This country borders the Mediterranean Sea.

Which country invented hummus?

Come back tomorrow inshaAllah for the answer!

30-day kufi crochet challenge

A sister sent me a pattern for a crochet kufi that another sister posted to her blog.

So how about a little Ramadhan challenge for all you knitters and crocheters out there.

The challenge is to knit or crochet a kufi during this month and donate it to a needy brother young or old. Or donate it as part of a masjid fund-raiser.

What do you guys think? Any takers?

If so, comment back to say you’re taking the challenge. Post pics of your work in progress or after you’ve completed it.

Use the comment feature or send an email to ramadhanplanner [at] gmail dot com.

Here is the kufi pattern:

And here is a crochet stitch guide:

I’ve been a beginning crocheter since the first grade (eh-hem, graduated high school a loooong time ago), but I’ll try my best to crochet this kufi. If I put up some pics, don’t laugh, okay?

JoAnn teacher appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Days at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts
Sat & Sun
Aug 14-15

Educators earn 20% off TOTAL purchase PLUS get a FREE reusable tote bag

Must have a teacher rewards card.

Enroll and save 15% off every purchase for an entire school year. Bring in your current teacher ID along with a state-issued photo ID.

Homeschoolers see this post: JoAnn Teacher Rewards Program

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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Moon sightings to begin on Tuesday

TAIF – The Kingdom’s Supreme Court has called on Muslims in Saudi Arabia to sight the crescent of the lunar month of Ramadan Tuesday evening, Sha’ban 29, corresponding to August 10 as per the Umm Al-Qura calendar.

It asked those who see the crescent with the naked eye or through a telescope to report to the nearest court or to the authority of the region’s governorate if there is no court in the area. – SPA

Saudi Gazette

Ramadhan Menu Planner

Here are printable Menu planner and grocery planner sheets to use during Ramadhan.

Menu Planner
There is space for planning one week’s worth of suhuur, lunch for non-fasters, breaking the fast, iftaar meals.

Print double sided to save paper and/or plan 2 weeks of menu’s in the same sitting.

Shopping Planner
This is laid out to give 4 week’s of shopping lists per page. If you run out of space, use the next week’s column (cross out the heading). There is a small amount of space to write in dates.

One reason to keep track of what you purchased the previous week is to keep you from accidentally buying something you don’t need. It also helps you keep track of what your family may not like to eat.

Print Menu Planner and Shopping Planner at the links.

Game: Knowledge Quest

Masha’Allah a sister (Umm Abdul-Basir) downloaded a game I created and look what she did with it below. She did an amazing job! It’s sooo nice to see someone benefit from the game (Knowledge Quest Board Game (pdf)).  Read all of the instructions HERE. Click around here for more games on the site.

You can read all about her experience on her blog Please scroll about half-way down the page to reach the post.

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Suhoor Blessings (Activities, Knowledge Quest board game, Trivia Cards)

Below are some activities based on the audio class titled, “Pre-dawn Meal (Suhuur)”.  The purpose is to help make us familiar with some of the aspects of suhoor.

The activities include quizzes, trivia cards, and 2 board games: Knowledge Quest and Spokes. Both adults and children can benefit from these activities.

First, listen to the audio (link given below). Take notes on things you are not familiar with. The activities below are all based on knowledge about suhoor and its blessings.

If you have young children, use the audio transcript as a guide to help you explain the information using words they can understand. Listening to the audio yourself and taking notes on a printed transcript can help you explain it.

Present only one section of the audio information at a time to children. Then do the activity that matches up with what you explained. That way, it will be easier for them to retain what you teach them.

**Adults: Please Do Not use the transcript unless you are not able to listen and take notes. The transcript here is for those who have children who are not able to grasp the information without adult help.

Each activity has the list of materials you will need. If you find any mistakes (like typos, etc), please use the comment feature on the blog to let me know.

I. Audio Fasting – Pre-Dawn Meal – Sahoor
The audio has two parts. The first part is an explanation of the two fajrs (about 3 minutes long). The second part is an explanation of suhoor (about 18 minutes long).
Click the play button below to listen to the recorded class.

II. Transcript
Print the  Pre-Dawn Meal/Suhoor Transcript (pdf). Use this transcript by reading it while listening to the audio. Use only for teaching children–Adults, please listen to the lecture.

III. Activities

1) The Two Fajrs
Foldable project. Review of material.
Instructions for: Two Fajrs Activity (pdf)

2) The Best Foods
Foldable project. Review of material.
Instructions for: Best Foods Activity (pdf)

3) The Meaning of “Blessing”


My Ramadan Preparation

Posted with permission

My Ramadan Preparation


Ummie Homeschools Me


With Ramadan less than two weeks away, the last few days I have spent preparing for Ramadan. Not for the kids, but for myself. With anything in life, if you want to succeed at something or set yourself a goal, you really have to be organised and determined to achieve it. Many sisters ask me how I manage everything: home ed, studying for my degree, dawah, running a home. Wallahi, I struggle like anyone else and I am no superwoman (trust me lol!) but I feel what helps me is being organised! All of us have goals in Ramadan but how many of us achieve them. I can tell you that I have had so many Ramadans where I wanted to read this much, memorise this much, do this much and it didn’t happen and why?? Because of poor planning. But the Ramadans where I feel (inshaAllah) were productive were because of the tawfeeq of Allah but also because I planned and organised myself.

So, here are some things that I do to prepare for Ramadan. If you find them useful and beneficial, get some reward and pass on this post. Plus I want the reward too inshaAllah! lol


What are your goals for Ramadan this year? How much Quran do you want to read? What do you want to memorise? How do you want to change spiritually and physically after Ramadan ends? What life changes do you want to make?  Make a list of your goals and then refine them with how much of each thing you want to do and how you will achieve your goals.


Ramadan as a single woman was easy in that I had all the time in the world to do whatever ibadah I wanted to do. But did I do half of those things! No! Now as a busy mother of 3, I don’t have as much time at all! So for me Ramadan really is about planning when I can do the ibadah that I want to do which has to be planned around my 3 busy young children. So, with your goals already outlined and what you would like to do, and how much of it (always be realistic) make a rough outline of your day. When will you read your Quran? When is the best time to pray? Can you do both taraweeh and qiyam? Or just one? Naturally, things might occur which will throw your outline of your day out of the window but at least have a rough one that you can try and stick to. As mothers, we need to choose times to do ibaadah when our kids are occupied/sleeping. So, you take out a pen and paper and figure out what your days will be like in Ramadan. It is always a shame to think that we have all these goals and then we just let our days waste away.


Ramadan is in no way just about food. And in order to have more time for the important things, I have made my weekly menu in advance for the entire month. Alhamdulillah, my husband is quite easy in that he always wants chourba every day for Ramadan with some borek and salad. So, I’ll just make an additional dish for me and kids, and any guests we may have. This year, I made my weekly menu which includes suhr for hubby and me, breakfast for the kids, lunch for the kids and iftar. After I made the menu, I then made my shopping list. Supermarkets tend to be so busy in Ramadan especially the halal meat shops. I don’t want to waste my time thinking about what I want to buy. Also, it is a huge danger going shopping whilst fasting because you fancy EVERYTHING. This way, I know what I need, go put it in my trolley and then OUT again. Previously I have also chopped quantities of veg that I tend to use every day in advance and then stored it away in the freezer. Sorry to repeat myself, but it is all about saving as much time as you can for the important things during this blessed month.


SubhanAllah, I can tell you from my own experience that last year so many of my duas were answered. Alhamdulillah. Allah was truly merciful to me and my family. Had I not made my dua list, I think I would have regretted not using this special month to make dua for this and for that. What do you want in this life and the next? Maybe separate your dua list into some categories: dunya, akhirah, ibadah, the ummah, relationships etc. Go mad with your list. Remember you are going to be making dua to the Al Mujeeb – the One who responds. So, go crazy with your list. Then make dua at times where your duas are most likely to be answered – before breaking the fast, during your salah, Qiyam ul layl, the last 10 nights etc. May Allah answer and grant all of your duas. Please make dua for me too!


Again, what a shame if we leave Ramadan thinking that we could have attained this reward or that reward if we had done this good deed or that good deed. So, why not make a good deeds list. Think about all the ways in which you can make good deeds. I wrote my list and then posted on my local area yahoo group and the home education forum that I run for ideas from others too. And I must say, there were some great ways of getting extra reward! One of my favourites was leaving dates and copies of the Quran in the masjid so that you get the ajr of those who open their fast with your dates and them reading the Quran you left.


Eid preparation should really be done now. Not during the last 10 nights. So, I have already decided who will wear what (thats 5 people to think about in my family – yup including the husband lol!) I’ll be discussing how we will spend Eid and where the Eid salah will be prayed with my husband. Don’t know about you but Eid morning is a nightmare in my household and it shouldn’t be. Also, Eid gifts have been bought in advance. That way I can really try and concentrate on the last 10 nights which are equal to a 1000 months.


Every year, I do my ‘spring clean’ before Ramadan. This involves taking one room at home every day and completely cleaning it out, throwing things away, giving things away. Alhamdulillah, I have already done the living room and bathroom. My room is down for today. I can’t tell you how it feels starting Ramadan with a house that has been decluttered and cleaned.

These have been some of my ideas. I would love to hear your own inshaAllah so that I can try and make my Ramadan a special one this year. Do share your own prep with me.

May Allah grant us all a life changing Ramadan this year. Ameen!