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How to make the Prophet Muhammad come alive for your children

by Abdul Malik Mujahid

Mention of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is always around Muslims, Alhamdu lillah. But why not organize a week-long family activity around the life of the Prophet? Why not spend one day of the week on each of these activities, devoting the whole seven days to a different project? Or you could incorporate some aspect of each activity daily. Whatever method you choose, these are small ways to instill a love for the blessed Prophet while showing what a critical role his example plays in every Muslim's life.

Instead of deciding yourself, why not do a family Shura about it. Let every one sit down with a pen and a paper, think and decide together about seven activities you can do in a week concerning the life of the Prophet.

  1. Travel with the Prophet
  2. Get a map of Arabia, or better yet, get the kids to draw or trace one from an atlas. Then, note down the different places he traveled to from Makkah or Madinah. Each voyage should also be researched and presented to the whole family by one person in the course of a family discussion or meeting.

  3. Wake up with the Prophet
  4. The Prophet would wake up everyday before dawn, before the start of the Fajr prayer, to worship God through Salat, Dua, Zikr, etc. While looking at the sky, he would read the last portion of Surah Ale-Imran, thinking and contemplating about the universe and its Creator. This is an excellent way to become closer to God, at a time when concentration is at its peak, minds are clear of daily worries and according to one Hadith, God is very close to us.

    Once Fajr began, the Prophet would pray and then chat with people who stayed behind for some time.

    Get the whole family to get up in time to perform this special prayer on a Saturday or Sunday. Encourage them, to the best of their ability, to stay awake to worship God as the Prophet did.

  5. Organize storytelling night
  6. This can be done at bedtime, after the kids come home from school or any other time conducive to learning. The first step of loving and learning from the Prophet and his life is to know about him and what made him great. You can buy children's books about his life, or even listen to them on tape while you're in the car on your way to or from school. Maybe each person in the family can choose their story to tell. This will allow some research and reading as well.

  7. Sleep like him
  8. The Prophet used to sleep in a unique way and would say a Dua or two before it. Maybe as a token of your love you want to sleep one night the way he slept. Some Muslims do sleep that way all the time, although it is not a requirement of our faith. The Prophet slept on his right side, with his right hand under his right cheek. He used to make Wudu before going to bed also. He used to recite one or two Duas before sleeping and recite a few short portions of the Quran.

    If you adopt this item, you can memorize the Duas, understand their meaning and make copies of them for everyone.

  9. Eat like him
  10. There are reports about the type of food he used to eat or liked most. Make a list of those items. Once the whole family is together with a selection of his/her favorite food, why not have one person talk about it and remind everyone of his table manners? A young person may be the best one to do that. For instance, he advised Muslims to eat in a way that after eating, the stomach is only one-third full. We also should wash our hands before eating, recite "Bismillah" (in the Name of God) and other Duas before we begin, as well as eat only with our right hand. These are just some of the ways the Prophet ate.

    This may require you to do some research and it may involve calling some Middle Eastern friends to get some recipes as well. You can have one night where dinner is devoted to the Prophet's food or one dish like that per day.

  11. Pray like the Prophet
  12. During the lifetime of the Prophet, if a person made a mistake in the recitation of the Quran, he was corrected by others present during the prayer. This is exactly the way it is done throughout the Muslim world in Ramadan. During this week when you're teaching your kids how to live like the Prophet, have a different person lead prayer each day and correct their mistakes if they make any. This will not only be an exercise in one aspect of the Sunnah, it will also be one teaching humility.

  13. Play like the Prophet

    The Prophet understood the importance of fun and games. He would race with his wife Aisha who used to beat him most of the time, may God be pleased with her. He would swim and wrestle with his Companions. He would joke with them too. He played with and loved children. Muslims mustn't forget this aspect of his life. Race with your spouse in your backyard; set up a swimming pool for the kids; enroll the kids in fun classes.


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Dheen, Bahrain - wrote on 1/31/2012 11:19:54 PM
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Comment: Masha Allah, Will Improve our children's attitudes & behaviours.


Dheen, bahrain - wrote on 1/31/2012 11:14:10 PM
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Comment: Masha Allah, Will your children attitudes &U behaviours


maryam, austrail - wrote on 6/9/2010 2:08:31 AM
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Comment: alhumdullah i loved it very good little kids well learen soemthing new


Fadila, Abuja - wrote on 3/9/2010 4:06:00 AM
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Comment: I'm highly impressed by ur article on not baring women from entering and even praying in the Mosque.This is a serious problem we are facing in some part of Nigeria especially the Northern Nigeria.If only this message could reach those people,it would do them a lot of good.They've gone to the extent of not creating spaces for women in their Mosques and preventing them from going to the Mosque despite the fact that there are authentic Hadiths in which the Holy Prophet(SAW) kept warning muslim men not to restrict their women from going to the Masjid if they want to. Thanks for this atticle.Keep it up. JAZAKALLAH KHAIRAN.


Fadila, Abuja - wrote on 3/9/2010 3:58:58 AM
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Comment: I'm highly impressed by ur atticle on not baring the women from entering and even praying in the Mosque.This is a serious problem we are facing in some part of Nigeria especially the Northern Nigeria.If only this message could reach those people,it would do them a lot of good.They gone to the extent of not creating spaces for women in their Mosques and making they go to the Mosque despite the fact that their are authentic Hadiths the Holy Prophet(SAW) kept warning muslim men not to restrict their women from going to the Masjid if they want. Thanks for this atticle.Keep it up. JAZAKALLAH KHAIRAN.


Babayo El-Nafaty, Ashaka, Nigeria - wrote on 2/23/2010 10:42:46 AM
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Comment: This is a good article for families. I recommend that every family should practice the advise contained in the article for us to practice the life of our beloved prophet SAW. May Allah guide us to the right path amin.


aisha ali, pakistan - wrote on 2/23/2006 12:05:32 AM
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Comment: today was the first time i came across your articles.They are lovely, i enjoyed a lot and i myself more love for our prophet. Thank you so much.


Fatima Maka, Bahrain Gulf - wrote on 4/21/2005 3:56:27 AM
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Comment: ASA I think u r fab! Keep up the good wrk. we get loads of inspiration frm u. May Allah swt reward u amply for all u do 2 spread d DEEN. Wassalaam Fatima


sofia, coventry,england - wrote on 5/15/2004 10:27:57 AM
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Comment: assalamalikum. Brilliant ways to teach children how to be more like our beloved muhammad(PBUH).Jazakallah khair to each and everyone at soundvision.


Kareemah Hisaan Ali, Trinidad & Tobago - wrote on 5/8/2004 7:16:03 AM
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Comment: Salaams. I like the way it's easy to incorporate these activities into life's everyday activities. Because truly, Rasoolallah [saw] lived a practical life for us to follow, Alhamdulillah. May Allaah grant you longevity Soundvision.


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