Storytime With Unaisah Episode 27 Shownotes


Young Explorers Adventures in Makkah

By Abu Zaynah

Tell Me About Hajj

By Saniyasnain Khan

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Allah tells us in Surah 9 aya 36

Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred.

So the four sacred months are Dhul Qa’da, Dhul Hijja, Muharram and Rajab.


On the authority of Abdullah, the son of Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra), who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say, “Islam has been built on five [pillars]: testifying that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, establishing the salah (prayer), paying the zakat (obligatory charity), making the hajj (pilgrimage) to the House, and fasting in Ramadhan.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

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Homeschooling Gem 2: Curriculum is like a  chicken!

Insha Allah in the following short series we will be sharing teaching gems for homeschoolers by Br. Abdul Rakib who is a secondary school teacher by profession.

Homeschooling Gem 2: Curriculum is like a  chicken!

The curriculum is a legal document set out by the government and and issued by law and that you must follow.

I use the analogy that curriculum is like chicken. The student (your child) has to eat the chicken but it’s up to you how you want to serve it. Whether it be in the form of fried chicken, chicken curry or boring boiled chicken.

This is where major educational companies like Pearson take the curriculum and design their own books and teaching materials and charge us for it.

Take away:

As a homeschooling parent you have the autonomy to teach the curriculum with your own twist. 

E.g Curriculum says your child has to know the features/adaptations of a leaf that help it carry out its function/job.

You can just get your child to read it in a boring traditional way and then answer question about it.

Or you can be creative and get your child to produce a Crosstitch poem about the adaptations of a leaf.

This will make a great difference to your child’s learning experience. So be creative to your approach.

Creating/and construction are higher order skills that will push your child’s ability so next time you want to stretch and challenge then – urge them to create something.

E.g – make an advertisement promoting Shakespeare’s Macbeth play.


Abdul Rakib

Homeschooling Gem 1: Start with the end in mind.

Insha Allah in the following short series we will be sharing teaching gems for homeschoolers by Br. Abdul Rakib who is a secondary school teacher by profession.

Homeschooling Gem 1: Start with the end in mind.

By Br. Abdul Rakib

Just like our Deen we should always plan a lesson with the end in mind. ‏Where will you like your child to be in terms of development and skills by the end of the lesson (i.e what they should know and be able to do e.g they should be able to complete a long division by going over the steps in the correct manner).

And with this end goal in mind, you as a parent/teacher will put together activities that will allow your child to navigate from A to B.

What is the child going to gain by the end of the lesson? Hence, with the end in mind the whole lesson should be planned so that the child can reach those goals or outcomes for the lesson.

Example:You can’t ask a student to write a paragraph unless he knows how to write a sentence.


Abdul Rakib

Review : The Essential Hajj and Umrah Guide

The Essential Hajj and Umrah Guide 

by Abu Talhah

The Essential Hajj and Umrah Guide is a must read for those seeking to make the journey for Hajj or Umrah and for those just wishing to learn the Fiqh and Rites of Hajj and Umrah. 

It’s not just a guide book. It covers the history of the sites related to the pilgrimage, the Fiqh and the do’s and don’ts, practical travel tips and a whole lot more besides. 

The text is also accompanied by high quality photos, maps, diagrams and infographics which makes the information easier to read and digest. 

There are Duas to memorise and a useful Q&A section that deals with common questions and dilemmas that people face. 

All in all this book is your one stop shop for everything that you need to know about Hajj and Umrah. 

Available online from Amazon:

BEWARE: Crypto and Bitcoin Scams

Hello Friends, 

Peace be with you. 

I wanted to share the following. 

With the recent boom in crypto currency values and crypto currency trading, there is also an increase in crypto currency scams and theft. 

Please be extra extra cautious when trading your bitcoin or other crypto currencies and research the platforms that you use especially carefully. 

Recently I have come to know of victims to a cyber scam from the following websites: 

The scam websites are very good at making themselves look legitimate and even seemed to clone company name, addresses and registration details of other companies to use on their site. 

Please please please under no circumstances use the above sites to exchange your coins. 

If you have been a victim of this scam please report it to the authorities and have the website closed down so that others can not be victims of the same crime. 

If anyone has any further details on this scam or know who this is then please get in touch. 

Also if you know how people can get their coins back from such scammers then please feel free to share this information. 

Stay safe

Abu Zaynah 

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


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


#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” 

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


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’. 


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: 

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 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

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