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Lessons in Karbala

Our 7-8 Year old class did an amazing job examining their own lives and how they live up to the lessons Karbala has taught us.

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Healing powers of the 99 Names of Allah

Last weekend our workshops for the 4-9 age groups focused on 11 names of Allah that are associated with healing various parts of the body.  The children did various activities to learn and reinforce the names, their meanings and application in healing.


On Sunday, as a culminating activity and to reward them for learning 11 names in one short weekend, we played games like broken telephone (hearing:As-Samee), 

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Operation (7-9 year olds carefully removing the ailment and correctly using the name of Allah to treat the area)
We also played Asma-ul-Husna Bingo, a penny dropping game with one eye closed to reinforce Al-Basiir and a blindfolded game to reinforce As-Samee.

Hopefully the children have been using the names at home when they have minor ailments of the body.  Here is the list of names we worked on and their meaning as well as corresponding body part for you to remind them at home and even us…

Laylatul Qadr 23rd Night

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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.

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Majalis 101

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Brother Mazaher Tejani has been kind enough to share his time and knowledge with our children and help prepare them for the many many majalis they will be exposed to in their lives.  His workshop promotes healthy discussion and conversations about azadari and the story of Imam Hussain and his journey to Karbala.  The children are in a safe space where they can ask questions that they may not be able to ask a maulana sitting on the mimbar in the middle of a majlis.

Inshallah these sessions will make this group of children better prepared to take in the messages delivered from the mimbar or any lecture in an e…