Monday, June 20, 2016

Kids Helping Kids!

Congratulations to our 8-10 year old workshop class for choosing, planning, and taking the first step towards their first independent fundraiser for underprivileged children.  

They raised over $300 on Sunday night for their worthy cause.  The money they collected will be used to buy toys and activities that will be sorted into goody bags to distribute to the children when they come to the soup kitchen.  In addition we will be able to send some bags to less fortunate Muslim children in NY. 

The children have been learning about the power of kindness during the month of Ramadhan and took it upon themselves to do something good for others. 

We are very proud of these children!  They may be your children, but they are also our children 😊

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Noor Kids Special Workshop

On Saturday June 11 we had the pleasure of welcoming Br. Amin Aaser of Noor Kids Book into our center.  He conducted two presentations for our children. One for ages 2-7 and the second for ages 8-14.  

During the first session Amin told personal stories and engaged the children using his dynamic storytelling ability.  The kids laughed as they learned important lessons about being good Muslims.  

The second session was much deeper and using a very difficult time in his life he related to the children how stories from the Quran about the prophets, helped him gain hope, patience and a strong work ethic to bear the weight of his mothers illness.  The children were captivated by his rich storytelling and the passion with which he spoke of his mother and how much she meant to him.  

The ease with which he tied in the quranic stories was beautiful and showed the children how these stories from so long ago are still relevant to our daily lives and problems.  

His books are fantastically written and illustrated and the children love the animal characters that show what it means to be a good Muslim.  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ashura 2015

Our culminating activity for the 10 nights, was the Karbala Model that the children put together using what they had learned about the tragedy.  The color coded tents and army figures showed the disparity between Yazid's huge army and Imam Hussain's small one. 

The children have started an annual tradition of sharing fatiha with the adults on Ashura Day, inspired by Imam Hussain and his generous nature.  This years gift was trail mix.  We hope our elders enjoyed them and the positive messages that were affixed to them.

Muharram 2015

By the grace of Allah our Muharram workshops went very well.  The topic for this Muharram was Ziyarat Ashura and it was looked at in different ways across the various age groups.   Sorry we don't have more pictures ... it was a busy few days of workshops.  Anyone want to volunteer to be our photographer???

The youngest children made crafts that taught them about Muharam and the symbols and traditions that surround these 10 nights. 

The older children read the Ziyarat in Arabic and English and dissected it line by line to understand why we read it. 

As part of the Who is Hussain effort we encouraged our kids to think about the positive messages from Karbala and how we can learn and grow from them.  We looked at the slogans from this worldwide campaign to educate the world about Imam Hussain and then had the children write their own!  Here's just a few of them.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Milad Un Nabi

Milad Un Nabi this year was so much fun!  The kids had so many activities to choose from!  Face painting, glitter tattoos, making their own perfume bottles, a pinata, and wrapping candies to honor their dear friend Marhooma Zayna who we sadly had to say goodbye to.



 The children enjoyed pizza for dinner and so many sweets!!  Thank you to all the moms and non moms that helped by bringing in sweets and working the various stations.  The kids had such a good time thanks to your efforts!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

99 Name of Allah Project

Do you remember the first weekend of Ramadhan when I told you
The older kids were working on a 99 Names of Allah project? Well I finally have those pictures to share with you!
I present to you our 99 Names of Allah tree!  
Although we used all 99 names for this tree, our kids will only be learning about 24 names this Ramadhan. 
They had fun using their artistic talents decorating leaves with colors, glitter and sequence!
This beautiful display is available for viewing at the top of the stair on the ladies side.  
Inshallah our kids will remember the names of Allah through the activities we are doing this month.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Laylatul Qadr 23rd Night

Tonight being such an auspicious night we had so many ideas for class that we ambitiously planned multiple activities.  Unfortunately time prevented us from completing more than one during majlis.  Fortunately, our second activity was directly tied to the aamaal so our 4-6 and 7-9 year olds got to have a second class!

Our first activity was related to Surah Ankabut (39) The Spider.  The 2-3 year olds made adorable spiders out of paper plates.  

The older children made spider webs complete with their own Itsy Bitsy Ankabut.

Our Aamaal activity was a Laylatul Qadr Aamaal Lap Book.  It included the translation of Sura Qadr, a mine version of Dua Makaramul Akhlaq, an Istaghfar chart, a hajaat wheel - which gives the steps to asking from Allah, a hajaat pocket with lists of who and what to pray for, and a Surah mini book with gives a few details about the 3 big surahs we recite on Laylatul Qadr.  This was a lovely project to give the kids some understanding about the Aamaals and what they include.  Thank you to for this awesome activity