Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind

Quranic Ayah

Surat al Baqarah, 2:148

“And everyone has a direction to which he should turn, therefore hasten to do good works..”

 

STREAM- Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math

Science

Football and penalty shoot outs – Lets be Husayni strikers!

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Reading

Activity: Reading in acrylic paint

Materials:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Clear ziplock sandwich bags

Pour some paint inside a sandwich bag and seal it. Ask the children to write the word khayrat,(from the ayah) on the bag using their fingers. As the children write, talk to them about our direction being towards Allah. We should hurry towards Allah by doing khayrat, good

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Engineering

Activity (2-5 years): Engineer an obstacle course

Life is like an obstacle course. The end of this obstacle course is Allah and the destination is Jannah. We should work hard to reach this destination.

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Activity (5+ years) : Engineering your own foosball game. 

Materials:

  • Cardboard box (e.g. cereal box)
  • Long wooden cocktail sticks
  • Rubber bands 
  • Pipe cleaners – 2 different colours 
  • Lollipop sticks – 2 different colours 
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paint brush 

Talk to the children about keeping the end in mind while they are creating their games. Allow them to play with their games and watch them score! 

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Art

The Art of Gardening 

Talk to the children about how  one of a Farmers goal is to work hard to ensure the growth of healthy fruits and vegetables. A farmer must work hard to achieve the desired outcome. Similarly, we must keep our end goal in mind and reap great things because we have sowed amazing seeds in our lives! Remember we reap what we sow.  

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Math

Activity: Making Lemonade 

Materials:

  • Lemons 
  • Mint 
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Ice
  • Measuring jug

Though this activity allow the children to develop an understanding of fractions. Focus on half, quarter and three quarters. Using correct amounts to achieve the desired result- yummy yummy lemonade!  

Connect the activity of making lemonade to the concept of niyyah- sincerity of our intention. We can perform acts or good deeds half heartedly, quarter heartedly or full heartedly. The level of sincerity and amount of effort we put into our actions will affect the outcome. The correct amounts of sincerity and effort will allow us to achieve the desired results. 

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Rhyme

As I bounce  x5

To my goal  x5

Which direction do I go

To Allah’s team I belong

I bounce to the left

And to the right

Bounce up and down

And keep my goal in mind

We have one direction

All towards Allah

To do khayrat

And be a superstar

Mawla Husayn in Karbala

Knew his goal very well

Towards Allah he must go

Through good actions

He made his way

We want to be be be like him

Score a goal the Husayni way

We want to be be be like him

Score a goal the Husayni way

Ayah 2:148

As I bounce  x5

To my goal  x5

Which direction do I go

 

Additional Activities for 5+ Years 

Wonderful Wudhoo

Ask your child to demonstrate the performance of wudhoo. Talk about how wudhoo is a prerequisite to salaah and salaah is the mehraj of a mumin. We all want to go on a journey as special as this. We want to constantly keep this end in mind of returning to Allah with khayrat. Isn’t salaah so fabulous! 

The Walk of Life 

Ask the children to form two rows facing each other with a gap in the middle. One by one each child will walk through the row of peers. The row of peers represent the love of this world, their desires etc and the test of each student is to pass through without allowing these things to occupy them and stop their journey.

Objective: If we constantly journey like this, with our end in mind than nothing will take us away from Allah. 

 

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