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How We Celebrated The New Hijri Year

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This weekend we decided to gather with some friends and welcome the new Hijri year together with our families. A large part of our intention was to celebrate the joy of this with our children and so our afternoon party was a fun and relaxed affair. We made some straightforward decorations to put up, contributed uncomplicated food and, for entertainment (as if food and friends weren’t enough), we wrote a simple version of the Hijra story to “show” and tell the children with the aid of some basic props.

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Focusing on the story of the Hijra itself is a wonderful way to connect the significance of the new year with its actual history, so if you haven’t already, do try to share it with your children sometime this week. It not only marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar years but ultimately, as a journey full of hope and miracles, is both compelling and inspiring. The children at our gathering, ranging in ages from 3 to 8,  sat truly captivated.

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And in case you need a quick go-to version, here is the one I wrote. Feel free to adapt or add to it as you feel best suits your family.

Did you manage to do something for our new year? Would love to know what you did and how you made it special!

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3 Comments

  • Reply sirajunmunira October 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Thank you so much! I think you are only the second mom I know of who has followed the series. I recently finished the lesson plan and I have just started using the lessons with my son and posting the lesson reviews starting this week. If you try any of them please let me know how it went so I can improve the curriculum.

    I am also looking for contributors for any educational or holiday ideas for kids and I would love to post any ideas you would like to share. I love your style! Muharram Mubarak to you and your family!

  • Reply sirajunmunira October 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I love your celebration and I am so pleased to see that the Sira narrative was a focus of your activity! Would you mind if I repost this article? Thank you and happy New Year!

    • Reply Aiysha October 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It would be such an honour to have you repost this on your blog. I adore your illuminated Qur’an series and all the creative and thoughtful things you do with your children, MashAllah ❤️

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