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Write to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)


Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

I hope and pray that you are well.

Alhamdu Lillah that Allah has blessed us with another day to live and to praise him.

As you may be aware, we have just entered the month of Rabi’ Al Awwal 1442. Rabi’ Al Awwal has traditionally been the month of commemorating the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). As such I wanted to do something different this year that I hope you will participate in.

Why not remember the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) this year by writing him a letter. A letter is a very personal way of expressing your feelings and it helps foster a very personal bond to the one being written to. Who better to foster that bond with then the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Write to him and tell him about yourself. Tell him how you feel and what’s on your mind. Talk to him and tell him about his Ummah and how it’s grown, tell him about the good things, and even the weak points. Tell him about the world and how things are so different. Use the letter as a way to connect with the best of creation and develop that bond with him.

Whilst writing send abundant Salawat upon him. Get your children to join in as well and ask them to write their own letters and stories to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Encourage yourself and others by sharing your letters with us. Share your written pieces on social media by tagging @islamopedia and using the hashtag #writetotheprophet We can’t wait to read your contributions.

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah

#DhulHijjahVideoathalon


Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

Insha Allah I will be posting links to our daily videos in this post. Please check back daily for updates.

Day 1: Book Review by Not Super Mummy

Day 2: Chapter 2 by Papatia Feauxzar

Day 3: Part 3 by Maryam Zaynah Ali

Day 4: The Ka’bah and it’s surroundings by Khalid, Farhan, Farah and Faris.

Day 5 Part 1: How the book came to being written by Abu Zaynah

Day 5 Part 2: The Story of Ibrahim and Isma’il by Mahmood Chothia

Day 6: The Hajj Sites by Sarah Javed & Family

Day 7: Jabal Thawr by Elizabeth Lymer’s 10 year old child

Day 8: Houses of the Companions around Masjid Al Haram by 8 year old Musa Ali

Day 9: Mosques of Historic Significance by Khatijah and family

Day 10: the final moments by Musa Ali

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah

Dhul Hijjah Videoathalon Part II


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#DhulHijjahVideoathalon Part II. 

Share your thoughts, memories, and stories of Hajj, Makkah, and Madina during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah and bring the spirit of Hajj to those not able to go this year due to Covid-19. 

All you have to do is share your photos, videos, journals etc and hashtag #DhulHijjahVideoathalon with a tag to @islamopedia. 

It’s as simple as that. 

Looking forward to your contributions insha Allah. 

Was Salam 

12 Hajj and Eid ul- Adha books for children


Young Explorers Adventures in Makkah featured in no.7

Let's learn , Mama!

Throughout the years,  I have always found it a struggle to find books on Hajj and Eid ul -Adha. There are so many more books for Ramadan in comparison to the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah. However, I made it a bit of a mission for myself to find more books related to Hajj. So here is a selection of the various books. I have separated them in two sections – books on Hajj and books on Eid-ul Adha. This post uses affiliated links .

Hajj books

1 )”I  am Hajj” 

Paperback
Author- Amal Al Aride
Publisher- Safo Publications
Target group – 2-5 years old

“Amal Issa Al-Aride is the founder of Safoo Publications and has over 10 years experience in children’s broadcasting, production, animation and screen writing.  Safoo Publications is a children’s publishing house with a team of creatives whose main mission is to encourage knowledge, awareness &…

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Dhul Hijjah Videos Collaboration


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Eid Mubarak. 

We hope you had a great day with the family insha Allah, despite being in lockdown. 

We are working on a new project and are seeking 10 groups or individuals, between the ages of around 7 and 11, to make some short Dhul Hijjah videos based on our book ‘the Young Explorers Adventures in Makkah’. 

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The idea is to divide the book into 10 bite size chunks to read, narrate, animate, or act out as you see fit. You can be as creative as you like. 

Videos will need to feature the relevant chapters from the book in some shape or form and will need to be ready for the last week of Dhul Qa’dah to be published on your social media profiles on the designated day in Dhul Hijjah. 

The idea is a pretty simple one (I hope!)

I provide you with a free PDF copy of a chapter from our book ‘the Young Explorers Adventures in Makkah’ that you will use it to make a video with your child to post on social media in the month of Dhul Hijjah. 

The video could be as simple as your child reading the book to a virtual audience like they do in children’s stories on shows like Cbeebies or you could be more creative and get them to act it out with their siblings or even use toys at home to act it out if you don’t want to show their faces. 

More information on the book with links to reviews and excerpts can be found below:

https://islamopedia.co.uk/ 

With the prospect of Hajj being cancelled this year, this could be an exciting Dhul Hijjah project to do with the kids at home to teach them about the rites and sites associated with the Hajj and the pilgrimage to Makkah. 

If interested please get in touch with us on mail@islamopedia.co.uk or DM us on social media. 

We look forward to collaborating with you insha Allah. 

Please share with anyone you think might be interested.

Jazak Allahu Khair.

Abu Zaynah

Hope Foundation Trust Launchgood Appeal


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Assalamu ‘Alaykum Dear Friends,

Every so often I come to you with a charity appeal and you beautiful people support me in my cause. Previous appeals that you helped me on include providing watering Wells in Africa via Islamic Relief, Supporting the works of Bangladesh Regeneration Trust, fundraising for the Good Deeds App and many others.

On this special special occasion and odd night of Ramadan I come to you with an appeal from Hope Foundation Trust to help us raise funds to assist the poor and needy people of Bangladesh.

https://www.launchgood.com/hopefoundation

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Please take a moment to donate just £1 and help us in our goal to find enough supporters to enable us to win $5000 in the launchgood daily campaigns competition.

Donating £1 in the night of Qadr can be equal to donating more than £30,295 at any other time. Don’t delay, donate today.

May Allah (SWT) reward you with the reward of Laylatul Qadr.

Was Salam

Abu Zaynah

Letter to MP around Covid-19 Hospital Treatment


Below is my letter to my local MP asking about some of the horrific stories coming out of hospitals around the treatment of certain Covid-19 patients.

If you’re seeing similar stories where you are then please raise this with the relevant authorities.

Dear Rushanara Ali,

I hope that you are well during these difficult times.

I am not sure if anyone else has written to you on this subject, but I would like to write to you about some of the horrific stories that are circulating on social media about the treatment of certain Covid-19 patients and how they are just left to die in hospital beds without being cared for nor given any treatment.

In the last week or two I have read countless stories of people who’s family members were taken into hospital with suspected Covid-19 and they were just left in a hospital bed to die because there was nothing the hospital could do for them.

In some cases patients were not given any oxygen or other forms of treatment, they were seldom checked upon by nurses and doctors, and were left just to drift away and die.

Family members write of how they left their loved ones doing ok and conscious and talking and then as soon as they are out of sight they get the dreadful call stating that the patient had deteriorated and is at the end of life stages.

It would seems that some patients as they enter the hospitals are risk assessed as low or nil chance of survival and therefore are not given the chance to fight the virus or put on a proper treatment plan. They seem to be written off before they’re even given a chance to fight the disease.

I appreciate that I am reading these stories on social media and therefore do not have the first hand accounts of what has happened and nor do I have the hospitals side to the stories. However, just the sheer number of stories circulating at present would suggest that something is not right.

Please are you able to raise an enquiry with the government to a) investigate the cases circulating on social media but more importantly b) re-assure us that patients aren’t just being side lined and not treated and that everyone is getting a fair chance to fight and conquer this deadly virus.

Can we also ensure that patients that are in hospital are allowed at least one person to stay with them as its traumatic as it is having to spend this time alone not knowing whether you will live to see your loved ones again or not.

Surely we can just isolate that one accompanying person with the patient and ensure that they don’t leave or go anywhere whilst they are with that patient?

I am terrified at the moment that should something happen to a family member or loved one that I would actually be afraid to send them to the hospital because of the stories I am reading.

I would be extremely grateful if you could look into this matter and get back to me as soon as practically possible.

Wishing you and your family well.

Yours faithfully,

Abu Zaynah 

Coronavirus Advice


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Assalamu Alaykum,

I hope and pray that you are well and that Allah (SWT) keeps you well throughout this pandemic that we are facing.

I have compiled below a basic list of 10 things that we can all do to help with the threat of the Coronavirus within our community. Feel free to add your own suggestions to the list and share insha Allah.

1. Look after yourself and your families. Don’t put yourself or them at risk. 

“Every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. The leader of people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects. A man is the guardian of his family and he is responsible for them. A woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and his children and she is responsible for them. The servant of a man is a guardian of the property of his master and he is responsible for it. No doubt, every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock.” [Bukhari and Muslim] Continue reading Coronavirus Advice

Review – The Crowning Venture


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The Crowning Venture 

by Hafiza Saadia Mian

Published by Daybreak Press

Have you ever thought about venturing into the Qur’an and to memorise it whole or in part? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have this Majestic Book stored in your chest, ready to guide you whenever you need it? Have you ever contemplated the Tawfiq that comes with committing the Book of Allah to memory? Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Hafiza of the Qur’an?

The Crowning Venture by Hafiza Saadia Mian answers these and many more questions around memorising the Qur’an as a Muslimah in the modern context. Continue reading Review – The Crowning Venture