Learning and teaching Duas is for me a laborous task and is not something I enjoy. We have learned the essential everyday Duas. I have stuck them all around my house in the appropriate places and we learn them as we go along our everyday lives as I find this the easiest way to teach them and I feel the most relevant.
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Last night I was reading the book Let’s remember Allah’s daily blessings when I came across the Dua for when it is raining.
For those of you that follow us on Instagram and Facebook you will know how excited I was that I memorized it in 5 minutes. I love how it is like a short rhyme and easy for just about anyone to remember. In this part of the UK we can use this Dua frequently and use it to remember Allah.
I knew this would be super easy for Noori to learn and we may spark some enthusiasm about learning Duas again.
This spurred me on and I came up with a few rainy ideas to make learning the dua fun, and learning a bit of science and maths at the same time.
The first thing we did is read the Dua, its meaning in English and that we should say it when it rains.
We then read a book about water called Splish Splash Splosh by Wonderwise. This comes in a set of books on various subjects. They are set out in a fun style with charming, friendly illustrations. The child will learn so much information about the world without realising. Each book has a page of experiments at the back. I can’t recommend them enough.
I chose this book as I knew it talked about rain, so we read it and everytime the word rain was mentioned I got her to repeat the Dua.
This page explains about how rain is formed in rainclouds and I knew the perfect raincloud experiment.
You will need:
- A clear glass of water
- Blue food colouring mixed in a separate glass of water
- A thin sponge (I cut up an old one)
- A pippet or teaspoon
- Put your glass of clear water, glass of blue (or in my case green) water on a surface you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Get your Cloud (sponge) and make it fly through the air from the sea where it was formed , inland onto the top of your glass of clear water.
- Now using your pippet or spoon start adding drops of your blue water. Eventually your raincloud (sponge) will become so full of water it will Burst open and all the rain (blue food colouring) will start to fall .
- As the rain starts to fall say your Rain Dua.
This is a great visual way to show how rainclouds produce rain and keeps the kids quiet as they do the experiment observing the colours moving around in the water.
After that we played a fun maths game which Noori loved.
Inkeeping with the rain theme I found some unreusable old wrapping paper and made it into puddle shapes. I then got some scrap paper , wrote random numbers and spread them out on the floor. I didn’t stick the numbers on because in the future I can use the numbers and puddles for different things.
The challenge was to ask Noori multiplication sums and she had to jump on the correct answer. Each time she said the answer she then had too repeat the Dua. I made sure some of the answers were far apart meaning she had to jump further making it more challenging and fun.
At one point I asked her how rain can be beneficial? She told me we need rain for drinking, then listed a bunch of animals and plants that drink water. Then everytime she jumped on a new puddle she decided to tell me the maths answer, the Dua and something that can benefit from the rain, showing an understanding of what the Dua means.
When I could think of no more multiplications, I asked some addition and subtractions.
This activity can easily be adapted for all ages. For children who are learning numbers , you can shout out a number for them too jump on. Making sure they repeat the Dua each time.
I hope by learning in this style that Noori will always remember having fun whilst learning about her Deen rather than it being a task or chore.
For more Duas to learn pop over to Muslim Mother Source where she has written 5 duas that are really easy to learn if you are not able to read Arabic. There is also a link to a book Hisnul Muslim which contains many Duas for many occasions.
Jeddah Momhas written a great piece explaining the importance of teaching our kids Duas and why we should. She has included some easy ways to do this.