5 Ways to Remember Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) in Rabbi al Awwal
At the Desi Doll Company, we believe Rabbi al-Awwal is possibly the most important month in the history of Islam, and even in the history of Mankind!
It is in this month that humanity was blessed with the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the last prophet and Messenger of Allah (SWT). He came with the ultimate truth and the final Divine message for mankind. It is also during this month that 63 years later he departed this world.
Muslims around the world, from different cultures and different countries mark this month in different ways.
Some people take the opportunity of this month to do more Dhikr (remembering Allah and his prophet), reciting poetry about the Prophet, and singing Nasheeds about the prophet (Islamic songs).
Some people choose to simply remind themselves of the life of the Prophet and reflecting on his last sermon.
During this significant month, many parents choose to focus their children’s learning onto the Seerah (Prophethood) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Studying Seerah in Rabbi al-Awwal, is not more meritorious than in other months, but rather it provides a focus for your child’s Islamic studies. As their knowledge of him (SAW) increases, so will their connection and love for him too insha’Allah.
Here are five things you could do with your children on this blessed month.
- Recite Nasheeds
Children love to sing! Songs are a fantastic way to help children remember important facts about the Seerah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW). Nasheeds have an incredible ability to move the heart, even in young children.
- Mawlaya salli wa salim
- Tala al Badr Alayna
- Rahman ya Rahman
- Hallaka sirrun indallah
- Muhammad Nabina
- Mustafa Mustafa
- Ya Taybah
- Assubhu (Allah Hu, Allah Hu)
- Ya Nabi Salaam Alayka
We also love listening to a Nasheed called The Seerah song by Zain Bhika which captures the life of the prophet beautifully.
- Switch to Islamic Cartoons
During Rabi al-Awwal, instead of the usual kid’s TV programmes, encourage your family to sit down together and watch an Islamic children’s programmes like Omar and Hana.
We’ve brought Omar and Hana to life with with our Singing Omar and Hana dolls. These 40 cm plush dolls sing 10 complete Omar and Hana songs with vocal-only songs. Press my hands, feet and nose to hear me sing for over 15 minutes.
- Seerah-inspired Crafts
For those of you who have creative children, or even if your kids enjoy hands-on activities, doing a craft inspired by the Seerah is a great way to encourage them to learn more about the Prophet (SAW).
Use our Arabic Fun Dough Bucket to spell out the Prophet’s Name using our Arabic letter cutters. It’s a simple, yet engaging activity.
- Revive a Sunnah
Amr ibn Awf reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,
“Know that whoever revives my practice when it has died out after me will have a reward similar to those who act upon it without detracting from his reward in the slightest…” (Tirmidhi)
Best way to remember and celebrate the Prophet (SAW) is to embody his teachings and follow his Sunnah in our lives and in our homes.
You can use our Don’t Forget to Say Bismillah Islamic sound book to help you.
Children will love to press the lighted sound panel to hear the correct Arabic pronunciation of popular Islamic phrases. They can slide the switch to hear the English meaning.
This is a delightful story about a young Muslim family and how they use Islamic phrases in their daily life.
As children read the book they will love to press the sound panel to hear the correct Arabic pronunciation of the Islamic phrases that they come across in the story.
There is also a glossary and a quiz to help consolidate learning. Both parents and teachers will find this book to be a useful guide.
Encourage your children to memorize the Prophetic dua’s for meal-times, on sleeping, on waking etc.
My Dua’ Books 1 and 2 can certainly help with this – simply press the buttons to hear the dua’s.
Children learn from your example too, so this month make an extra effort to perform as many Sunnah acts in your home. You children will see the extra effort you are making, and will imitate you.
- Teach them to make Salawat
An effective way of inculcating love for the Messenger of Allah (SAW) in your children is to make Salawat, sending Peace and Blessing on the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Collectively coming together as a family, or praying for the Prophet individually, will have a profound impact on the hearts of your children, and bring Barakah into your homes insha’Allah.
When you are busy, whilst the children play, play the Durood Ibrahim – This is what we recite in our final rak’ah of Salah. So why not encourage children to learn this part of Salah? You can find it on our iPray Salah Pads! A fun and interactive way to learn Salah – simply press, listen and learn!