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Allah’s Names- Al- Ali , Al-Al’aa

Al Ali by Rand4Design

Using our book we looked at the names Al-Ali, and Al-Al’aa. We learnt the meanings of the names and found them in the Quran. Both in English and Arabic.

We discussed the meanings and I then wrote them out in Noori’s flowers colouring book. I usually let her do it but for some reason that I can’t remember I did it. Baby brain is real.

Using our Thinkernation Arabic spell and learn Noori tried spelling out and forming the words , for a bit of Arabic practise.

As both the names translate as high we moved on to some height activites to reinforce the memorization of the word.

Firstly we did a building challenge using stones. We could have used a number of objects but stones are more of a challenge. Each stone has a unique shape meaning they have to be carefully balanced.


Stones are a great Montessori resource as they are natural sensory objects . Each stone has a different shape, weight and texture. They make different sounds and come in different colours and shades.

The challenge was to see who could make a high pile of stones and the highest pile of stones.

Here is Noori’s. We measured against a toy truck. Hers was high. Like Allahs name Al-Ali the High.

Here is mine the highest like Al Al’aa Allahs name the highest.

I have found this word association works. For Allahs name Al Awal Al Akhir we did an ice experiment. Now everytime we see ice I remind her of the experiment and the name of Allah we were learning about.

Everytime she see stones I can remind her of our height challenge and mention Al Ali , Al Ala.

The next day we made a height chart. I thought it would be interesting to compare the height of animals. I had made some Arabic flashcards earlier about animals.

There was a deer , a young boy ,frog, butterfly, mouse and spider. I googled the heights of these animals and we measured them using a tape measure. Surprisingly a deer was 150cm. We stuck the deer on the door frame at 150cm. We then stuck all the other animals at their heights. And Nooris for comparison (hers is the blue tack).It was nice for her to compare her height to different animals.

Animal heights

This is the best photo I could take but you get the idea.

We said that Noori is High like Allah’s name Al-Ali means high. A deer is Highest like Allahs name Al-Ala means Highest.

We went on a park walk some days later and saw some birds making a nest. I said that bird is really high. And then asked her the name of Allah that means high and the name that means highest.

As it says in the Quran:

And it is He who spread the earth and placed therein firmly set mountains and rivers; and from all of the fruits He made therein two mates; He causes the night to cover the day. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.

Quran 13:3

We can notice all these things around us and connect them back to the activities and remember the names of Allah.

I hope you enjoyed this read and if you want more you can read how we learned the names:

Allah- The Greatest Name


Al-Awaal , Al Akhir



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Amazing Ayats-Al Kahf 18:23

Our Amazing Ayat of the week Surah Al Kahf 18:23. The next Ayat talks about how we should say Inshallah if we talk about doing something tomorrow.

We know about saying Inshallah from our Dua books. But this Ayat only emphasises it more. We talked about how Inshallah means If Allah lets us.

For this Ayat we didn’t do a craft or activity because I decided to do a list of goals and aims for self improvement as this is a way of using the Inshallah Dua

I like the idea of self improvement but didn’t really have a way of focussing on it or putting it into action.

Over the past year I have become a list girl. Its better to take those jumbled up thoughts out of your head and give them to a piece of paper to remember for you. It really frees your mind from the task , and the task of remembering to remember the task (complicated).

With my new love of lists I wanted to fight some issues.

The main causes of tension in our house is going to school. I get up late, she gets up late. I make breakfast, we eat it then rush around shouting at each other angrily getting ready. This is not good for me and I can’t imagine how it would effect Noori when she gets to school starting her day in anger.

I sat Noori down and read the Ayat in Arabic and the meaning in English. We discussed what it means and how we can do this in everyday life. Then we wrote a list.

Al kahf

I wrote Inshallah in big and wrote my problem and the solution with a sun next to it.

Inshallah to Do List

My problem is going to sleep too late. Meaning not being able to wake for Fajr and being stressed out all morning.

The solution, to go to bed early and wake up in the morning early. Inshallah.

My other problem is being very bad at ironing. I dream to be as good at ironing as those army people with perfectly neat crisp seams .

My solution is to pick up some tips from youtube.

I got Noori to write the same morning intentions and choose one thing of her own saying Inshallah each time.

She chose to be nice to MAP ( Mummy, Abdi and Papa).

We set too our tasks that very night by going to bed at the right time. I tried not to mess around on my phone all night and it worked.

The next morning I woke up nice and early on time for Fajr and got some housework done afterwards. Noori got up ,uniform on and everything went smoothly according to plan. Stress free!!

We will also make a big deal out of saying Inshallah after making plans.

I’m trying my hardest to keep up my side of the deal. Noori is doing really well. I still haven’t learnt how to iron properly 😉 But I will get there Inshallah.

We have also had fun learning about Surah Az-Zukruhf and Surah Al-Anam. Let us know what you think.

Learning the meaning of The Quran plus Giveaway

After completing Surah Al Alaq Noori has decided she wants to learn Surah Al Mulk. She listens to it every night before sleep and knows 70%. Its up to me to teach her the correct pronunciation and I am seriously not ready for all that yet.

Instead I decided to go through all the Surahs she knows reciting 3 a day to make sure she remembers them.

I see no point in memorizing the Quran and never learning the meaning. How can that ever help us in our daily lives. For this reason I decided to start from the very begining and teach the meanings aswell as the correct recitation.

Luckily I had these books to hand else that would have been a mammoth task.

Your Surahs Made Easy part 1 helps us learn the meanings of Surah Fatiha and the last 10 Surahs. Part 2 Surah Humazah to Surah Dhuhaa. I have had the Part 1 book for years and it has been invaluable to us.

It is written in a child friendly manner but still containing lots of import information. The language used makes it easy for a child and even an adult to easily understand .

The graphics are high quality, colourful and nice to look at, with no eyes on the characters.

Each Surah has 3 pages. The first page shows the Surah in Arabic. It gives the title of the Surah plus what it means in English.

Al Adiyat Surahs Made Easy

Underneath is the English translation for each Ayat. There is a little symbol at the top to say if it was revealed in Makkah or Medina.

First we read the Surah correcting any mistakes in the tajweed. Each Ayat is numbered corresponding with the translation. So after reading the Surah fully we read the First Ayat then the translation and so on.

The second page tells us exactly what the Surah means and some interesting facts regarding the history and lessons behind it.

Al Adiyat Lessons

The last page is an easy quiz to make sure they have read properly and understood what they were reading.

Quiz Surahs Made Easy

The family behind Love for Quran have a website full of valuable content. There are lots of free online Tajweed and Prayer courses for Adults and Kids.

You can also watch their Youtube channel for some educational videos.

I am lucky enough to give one reader these two lovely books including The Prophet Muhammed for Children by GoodWord. This is a really fun book containing lots of little stories about a families everyday life. In these stories they connect their lives to the stories of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Teaching children of all ages valuable lessons without them even realising. Each story gives us a Hadith and a small quiz.

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Allah’s Names – As Salaam

As Salaam is a name we should all know as Muslims. We should be saying it multiple times a day when we see another Muslim as the Messenger SAW told us to do.

Really think about what you are saying to someone:

“May peace be upon you. ”

We are even supposed to say it to strangers!

Let it sink in next time you say this to someone. You will feel peaceful inside. See how it makes you feel and how you view that other person Subhanallah.

We read the description from our Names of Allah book ( screenshot above) and discussed what Peace means. Noori said it means being quiet and relaxing. I explained a world without Peace and how we can make Dua asking As Salaam for Peace. If we are feeling angry,upset or worried we can also make Dua using Allahs name As Salaam and ask for Peace.

(I only concentrated on the word peace as Flawless is quite a hard concept to explain and make into an activity).

We then searched the Quran for the Surah containing this name and read it in English. Some English Qurans use the word perfection rather than Peace so I found it important to read the word Salaam in Arabic so she can see it.

We then did a bit of Vocabulary and spelling by finding the definition of Peace. She wrote it down and then I rembered there are two words that sound like peace with different meanings. Peace and Piece. To make sure she knows the difference she wrote that definition also.

I bought an adult colouring book of flowers. I find these are easier for kids to colour as they have small details rather than big massive chunks of space to spend ages colouring , making them bored and the felt tips running out. I thought it would be nice for her to colour and write the names in the blank spaces, making a visually appealing list of names.

The next day we looked at Peace symbols.

There are many I’ve not heard of or seen before but we concentrated on these three.

We talked about the V sign. The ‘Peace Sign’, being about disarmament. For the dove I told her the story of the Prophet Nuh (Noah) and how in Christianity the dove brings the olive branch as a sign that the world was peaceful again after the flood.

As it is winter and ice is everywhere we did an ice activity. I saw this beautiful ice lantern on Facebook and new we had to try it out.

We went for a walk and picked some berries and foliage.

We followed the instructions from

We used the branches to signify the olive branch and she drew the peace symbol on a piece of card in sharpie and added that in. This is the end result.

Salaam ice lantern

This can be done anytime of the year using any kind of foliage. Flowers would look very pretty.

If you try this out let us see on Instagram or Facebook using #OurAmanahsOurFutures

If you enjoyed this post and would like more ideas please read the blog posts below:

Allah – the greatest name

Ar-Rab- the Lord

As-Sami -the Hearer of All

Al Awal Al Akhir-the First and the last

Arabic Words with Goodnight Spaceman

For the past 2 years I’ve been going once a week to a Tajweed class with two of the most amazing teachers Alhamdulillah. Aswell as teaching us to read the Quran with love they also teach us some of the words in Arabic. It has really helped me to understand some of the verses and recognise words as I listen. It is very important to me and I wish for my children to learn this aswell. So I am starting to teach them words. As I am not fluent in Arabic or know how to teach languages we are starting small with individual words. This week we used a book called Goodnight Spaceman. A lovely rhyming book with cute illustrations, about two littles boys dreams of space travel.

Our space theme started at the weekend when we went on a special park walk.

Our local park was doing a heritage walk where we walked around the park discussing its past present and future. We learned alot about plants and trees and got to go inside the observatory. I found this to be somewhat a privilge. Most of the people on the walk have lived here for 60 years and not been in. I’ve walked past it nearly everyday for 30 years and never given it a thought.

These days it is just a small museum not a working observatory, but we got to go inside and see the huge telescope and listen to a historical talk .

Can you imagine this many people coming to watch a natural phenomenon on a park these days.

When we got home I found the book and chose one word from every page. I wrote them in Arabic on a piece of scrap paper and cut them out.I placed the correct word on the correct page. We then read the book. Everytime a word came up I said the word in Arabic and its English translation. I got Noori too place it on either the corresponding word or object and read it out. Then we read the sentence again including the Arabic word.

As the book is named Goodnight Spaceman the word goodnight is repeated often. We used the phrase Tisbah ala khair for the word Goodnight and moved it from page to page.

These are the Transliterations of the words we used:

Goodnight-Tisbah ala khair

Sun- Shams

Star- Najma

Moon- Qamar

Bed- Sarir

Sky- sama

One- Wahid


Three- Thalatha

Four- Arba

Five- Khamsa

When the story ended Noori decided to spread all the words on the carpet and read the story again. Everytime she read a page she would find the correct word and put it in its place. This surprised me because she was quite excited to do it and must have enjoyed reading the story like this.

Next time we go to the library I will try and find a similar themed book that we can use the same words for and add a few new ones.

If you try this out let us see on Instagram or Facebook using #OurAmanahsOurFutures

Do you think this is a good way to introduce Arabic to children?

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Allah’s Names: Al Awaal , Al Akhir

The next of Allah’s names we have been learning about are Al Awaal- The First, Al-Akhir -The Last. We found the meaning of these words and discussed them in Islamic terms. Allah has been since the beginning of time. Before the Prophets , before the Earth before the whole Universe , before time itself. Which is something we can’t even imagine as Human Being’s.

We found the verse in the Quran 57:3 where the names appear and I asked Noori to read it in English then Arabic. When she’d read it in Arabic I asked her to pick out the names from the text.


The next day we wrote down the dictionary definitions of First and Last . These meanings don’t are not written with the same concept in mind but its a good way to extend vocabulary and try to learn spellings.


Then we used our Thinkernation spell and learn to form the words for more hands on learning.

Some days later we did a science experiment about First and last. To make it fun I took 3 of her small toys and froze them in ice cubes. You could use more and try more ingredients but I could only find 3 toys .


When she got home from school I asked her:

  • What can we use to melt the ice?
  • Why would that melt the ice?
  • Which one will melt first and last?

She said we can chop one up to make it melt faster like a slushy

Another we can leave. The last one I said we should use salt as I knew that would have a bigger impact and be more impressive.

She decided to make a chart showing all the information.

We then took the ice out of the ice tray and put one in a dish by itself. The other one she chopped up and the other she added salt.


We observed each one as they melted. We noticed that the one with water and the one with salt were melting in different ways. The water one stayed smooth while the salt one was cracking.


It looked as though the chopped and the salt were neck and neck but eventually the salt came first and the one with nothing came last.


I’m hoping this activity will help her too remember the names. At school one morning it was icy and they had spread the grit salt on the playground. I reminded her about our experiment and the names Al Awal and Al Akhir. Maybe when she hears the words 1st and last or sees ice cubes or her toys she will remember these names.

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If you liked this and would like to see more actvities then here are some of the other names we have looked at


Allah-The Greatest Name

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Hidden Pearls Review

I started to wear Hijab around 4 years ago before I even became Muslim to take my Daughter to Madrassah. It felt so good and like the missing piece of clothing that finishes of any outfit.Like any Hijabi I quickly acquired a rainbow of colourful scarves . Everyone around me knows I go for the traditional pashmina style. I love colour , pattern and sparkle. And I think its become a bit of a trademark. Afterall being a white girl wearing a scarf it draws alot of attention, so I always feel I should look on point both Islamically and stylewise and still stay true to myself . So the right Hijab is essential.

The lighter scarves are a pain to keep on so I always choose the heavier materials.When I was asked by Hidden pearls to review a Hijab I decided to change it up a bit and go for something different.

I was sent a Bondi Blue shimmer hijab

When I opened it I was very pleased with the colour. I used to be a pink kind of girl until my daughter got into Frozen and everything had to be blue. I embraced it aswell (the colour not the film). As its a shimmer scarf it has small tiny sparkles that catch the light. Its something a bit different for me so I was happy to try it out. I was a bit wary about the size because I’m used to the big heavy ones , but after trying it on I found it was the perfect size and I had no spare bits with nowhere to go and fly around.

I was also sent a really beautiful unexpected hijab pin to match.

I wore it outside alot and it was fine so I thought I’d put it to the test and do a bit of Buggyfit. I was expecting it to come loose, but the material stayed in place surviving squats, lunges and jogging up and down.

I was also sent a childrens subtle shimmer hijab for Noori who is 7. She likes to wear a scarf at school a few times a week. In my city you can only find plain kids scarves or plain with diamondy things stuck everywhere so most of the girls have the same one.

This is a childrens subtle sheer hijab. It is a bit different. It comes with an imprinted flower pattern with small shimmery sparkles. It is longer than what she is used too but as most 7 year olds I know have long ,long hair it works well.

On one trip to the supermarket she was pushing the trolley around and the scarf was twinkling like stars under the lights. A very tall man walked past her and was staring at the top of her head mesmorized lol.

Hidden pearls is a UK online store. When you view their site you will be pleased to see how they try and do everything Islamically and incorporate modern Hijab fashion alongside. I find it a lovely touch that some of the product descriptions come with little Hadith or meaningful sayings. This is a company that you will feel has the right intentions and will be Happy to purchase anything from them. They stock many Hijab designs to fit any style or personality along with Hijab pins and handbags.

I really like this silk floral Hijab. The colours and pattern are just beautiful.

I know alot of women who get really stressed out making wedding gifts on trays. Hidden Pearls does all that for you in a much more stylish gift box. They have a varity of choices for special occasions. Weddings , Thank you’s , Special Friend and I love you Mum boxes for a great price. The one I like best is the Mrs Alway Right gift boxfor a man to give to his wife.

Followed by this Hadith

I find this so thoughtful. So if your looking for a Hijab or accessory for yourself or a gift to give to a loved one you know where to shop.

Wouldn’t it feel great to recieve such 0a gift box after giving birth to make the new Mum feel extra special? 💗

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Ali Huda Review

Ali and Huda a cheeky pair of characters introduce us to Ali Huda an online App for Muslim children widely known as the Muslim Kids Netflix.

I’m not familiar with Netflix but I know all about kids and YouTube. When my daughter was 3 or 4 she used to watch those annoying surprise egg videos on Youtube. As she got older she got into Frozen. Sadly there are a lot of sick minded adults out there who like to fool kids by dressing up like their favourite characters and making inappropriate videos. Luckily I found out about Kids Youtube. It cuts out most of the inappropriate content but still leaves annoying videos of people making slime and pranking each other. Becoming bad habits in our children.

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to trial Ali Huda for 1 month. It was a bit difficult to get her weaned off Youtube, because she has her favourite youtubers who aren’t on Ali Huda. However after a few days of exploring it she now has her favourite Ali Huda’s.

It’s a great relief that I can leave her to watch it by herself knowing I don’t need to come and check she is not watching bad things every 10 minutes. There are also no adverts. So no nagging for toys or learning to be materialistic. To know she is learning about Islam at the same time feels great.

The App itself is laid out in a child friendly way. It is categorised in Age groups 2-3 up to 9-12 and different Genres. They have:

Quran and Arabic

Science and craft

Travel and outdoors

Songs and Nasheeds


My daughter loves Science and Craft so there’s no surprise that she loves

Science Made Cool

Science made cool is presented by a mad scientist with a crazy accent. He shows the kids how to do simple experiments with household items that they can do at home. It’s not an Islamic programme but the scientist greets us with Salaam which is a nice little effect and brings Islamic sayings into normal everyday life.

Kalleels Make And Do

Kalleel shows the kids how to make simple crafts in a fun child friendly way. She made this crown after watching it.

Scrapbook Island

Scrapbook Island reminds me of the kids TV show “playschool” from back in the day . Its is a half an hour action packed show for toddlers. The presenter uses lots of Islamic phrases and teaches the kids an English letter an Arabic letter and a number , with songs and the help of puppet. There is then a sister who does an art and craft segment and some kids reciting Quran.

Out and about

Out and about is a really interesting series showing different presenters learning about new things. We watched the episode about making plates. Straight after my daughter got out her clay and made a miniture plate from what she had learned watching the show.

As we have a 5 month old baby it’s nice to watch the Nasheed section. There are lots of cute Islamic nursery rhymes and songs on there. When my daughter was a baby it was hard to find Islamic nursery rhymes so it’s nice to have them readily available on the app so we can learn them and sing them to baby.

There are a lot of Islamic cartoons for toddlers. And some educational shows teaching Tajweed and Arabic through songs and lessons.

I’ve not had the chance to watch yet but there is a kids MasterChef style programme called D-lish. My Daughter loves MasterChef especially when there is a Muslim contestant. So imagine how much she will love a show full of Muslim kids like her and her friends. You don’t get that on mainstream English TV or Youtube.

Something we really need in this day and age is diversity. Ali Huda provides us with presenters and characters of different races. Its important that our children see Muslims of every race to learn that Islam is a Religion for everyone.

As the app is online it can be watched through phones ,tablets, laptops, desktops and beamed to your Tv. If you would like to have even more control over your kids screen time its also possible to download a show and watch it offline.

New shows are added all the time and you are kept updated by email. The team are easily contacted by email or online chat solving any problems you may have.

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Al Qayoom-The Sustainer

Sustainer. What a hard word to describe to a 7 year old.Thank goodness for dictionaries. Here is definition.

We had a look at each definition and discussed how some can relate to the name and some can’t. She then wrote down the definition to help her understand the word and improve her vocabulary. Plus a bit of handwriting and spelling practise.


Allah Al Qayoom sustains us in many ways. The first way we looked at it was the most obvious FOOD.

I was told a great idea in a Facebook group. I asked the question “how do I explain sustainability to a 7 year old?”. This fab concept came up using live herbs.


I chose my favourite Basil ( or Rayhaan in Arabic).

We discussed what plants need to grow, including their leaves.

What would happen if we chopped of all the leaves and made soup with it? It would die.

What if we took 2 or 3 leaves at a time? It would continue to grow.

This is Al Qayoom sustaining the plant and He does this with all crops which we are then able to eat to sustain us and keep us alive.

I then lead the conversation into sustainability,looking after our planet. I used trees as an example. Some trees can take up to 100 years to grow. But people are chopping them down too quickly and using them for wood. For every tree we chop down we can plant a new one but that tree will take many years to grow big enough to be chopped down for wood. So if in 20 years we have chopped down all the trees it will take 80 years until we can make wood again making it unsustainable.

But Al Qayoom has given us alternatives. One being bamboo. As bamboo grows quickly we can use it and grow more in a shorter space of time making it more sustainable.

We looked around our house for things made of bamboo. We found a few things. A bamboo baby wrap , a bamboo toothbrush and a bamboo baby dinner set.


I’ve been learning about sensory play so we felt each thing and discussed how they feel and sound. Also how they are made of bamboo mixed with other substances and how that changes the materials.

I then asked her how she thinks Allah sustains us. She came up with bees because Al Qayoom lets flowers grow which the bees get pollen from to make honey for us to eat. I told her that some bees are dying out because of the chemicals on crops and lack of flowers. If we don’t have bees we don’t have many food choices.

However Al Qayoom provides us with flower seeds. We can plant bee friendly flowers that encourage bees to come to our gardens 🐝

We looked for the name in the Quran. I knew I’d heard the name before and realised its in Ayat Al Kursi. So we read it to find the name Al Qayoom.

A great book to read about sustainability and trees is theThe Lorax by Dr seuss. Quoted as being the original eco-warrior the story has a great message and full of quirky illustrations.

For more names we have learned please take a look below:



Allah (SWT)

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Amazing Ayats- Al-Anam 6:59

All over social media are so many lovely autumn photos with many fantastic activities and learning opportunities to go with them . I think I’m a bit in Love with autumn .

We go to the park nearly everyday and walk among the crunchy leaves, conkers and fircones. I always wonder how we can make it into even more of a learning experience , and bring some Autmn into our house. There is one Ayat that I keep seeing around.

Not a leaf falls but he knows it.

Al-Anam (The Cattle)- 6:59

This is the Ayat we always see but when I found it in the Quran I realised its just a small part of a big Ayat. Here is the full Ayat,

And it is He who has the keys to the unknown, none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in the Earth and the Sea; not a leaf falls , but He knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the Earth nor anything fresh or dry ,but it is written in a clear record.

Al-Anam 6:59

I wrote the Ayat out in Arabic and she wrote the meaning out in English. She then read the Arabic out loud and the English. We discussed how Allah knows everything that we do and about every single creation in the Universe, whether big or small.

I showed her all the amazing discoveries that scientists are making in the ocean. The deeper they go they are finding more and more new creatures that we didn’t know existed and couldn’t reach until recently. We looked on a few websites and found things like spookfish and fish that glow.

You can watch a great video on the National Gographic website about deep sea creatures here:

We went out to the park and I sent her on a mission to find the perfect big leaf. We came home with three or four of varying colours. I washed them and even ironed one so she could glue it into her Amazing AYATS book. She wrote the Ayat out onto the leaf. I wish I could find a way to preserve it but have had no luck at the moment.

This got me thinking about this verse aswell,

There are many times in the Quran we are told to THINK & REFLECT. To look at all the signs around us and think about them.


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