All of the children enjoyed participating in the various activities of Optimistic October.
Every Friday, a new activity was presented to explore optimism and its role in our religion. The activities were of different types and every weekend students were given a ‘weekend task’ in order to show their understanding of the topic as well as creativity.
As the first two weeks of October were online due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to do any project tasks and so, for October, we were restricted to two Project lessons. A range of sub-topics were explored as well such as Jannah, hope, trust in Allah’s plan and Du’aa.
After exploring the theme of Optimism and its role in Islam, students were posed with a trivial question regarding which they had differing opinions. The students then had a ‘court case’ as they debated and presented their arguments in favour of their respective answers. The students loved participating and enjoyed presenting their ideas during this educational conversation. This was to get them interested and enthusiastic about their religion and to deepen their understanding.
A range of sub-topics were explored as well such as Jannah, hope, trust in Allah’s plan and Du’aa.
Imagine the prophet (saw) knowing your name. Imagine you and your father the same age. Imagine seeing your creators face.
The following weekend task varied for older and younger children. Younger children were told to draw what they would like in Jannah. This was to increase their enthusiasm and allow them to use their imagination to choose what they would like in Jannah. There were some very creative displays presented and the children loved using art to present their ideas and image of Jannah. The older children were given the task of writing a poem about Jannah. There were some inspirational and motivational poems as children put a lot of thought and effort in creating their poems.
Students then used their creativity to work in teams and create a play surrounding this theme of hope. Some very inspirational stories were presented as the children used their imagination to present hope in various ways. Some presented hope in Du’aa, some for Jannah and some, hope in Allah’s plan. This was to allow the children to learn through play. Both older and younger students enjoyed participating.
Poem by Sarrah
To be in Jannah is everyone’s dream
And the life there is beautifully extreme
You will be blessed every day
And you wont feel gray
Jannah is the most prettiest place
So it won’t be a disgrace
To get to Jannah you have to be well behaved
Otherwise you won’t get saved
In Jannah you get anything you desire
And your happiness will get higher
Jannah is a place where nothing will go wrong
You just have to be strong!
Poem by Muaaz
The place where building are made from gold.
The place where the righteous live.
Your wish is at your fingertips.
Gone is fear, gone is pain, gone is grief.
Imagine the prophet (saw) knowing your name.
Imagine you and your father the same age.
Imagine seeing your creators face.
Imagine having multiple gardens in which rivers flow.
Imagine being escorted by angels.
Imagine the prophet (saw) opening the door for you.
The following weekend task was set for each child, to draw their house in Jannah. This was to increase their desire and remind them of our ultimate goal. Alhamdulillah, all the children were very creative and used their imagination to display their ideal homes.
Special mentions to Adam, Rayhan, Musab and Ahmed Farooq and family for making houses using lego and minecraft
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