The last lesson of term saw my Year 8, 9 and 10 students exchange gifts. Why? Because I introduced a new concept called “Surah Surprise”. I know during Christmas time, students in their schools take part in “Secret Santa” and so I adapted the concept to Juz `Amma. I’ve been debating for a while whether I’m simply “halalifying” something, but I believe for those Muslim students who don’t participate in Secret Santa at school, this might be something they would feel comfortable participating in.
Each student had to get a small gift for another student in the class. They each picked another student’s name and had to make or buy something small that was either related to a keyword of one of their 3 Surahs or a something related to a key theme in the Surah. Alhamdolillah, most of them understood what I was trying to get them to do.
Surah Surprise only works if the students stand up and explain why they got/made what they did. It’s not just about getting gifts for each other. But even if they do just get a gift: explain to them that they have just acted on one beautiful Sunnah: “giving gifts”. For those who know me personally, I love giving gifts and will happily spend all my money on getting just the perfect gift.
Ashkur Rabbi that he has put me in a position where I can encourage others to follow this Sunnah. As a teacher standing looking at 25 faces eagerly waiting to gift and be gifted to and the smile that follows when they get something is beyond glorious.
Here are some example of what the girls came up with. They were very creative Mashallah.
To help review the keyword: حامية
An ayah from Surah al-Bayyinah. My favourite gift because it’s very creative!
Infinity pendant to help review the keyword “forever – khalideena”
“Olives – at-Teen” keyword from Surah at-Teen
to hep review the keyword “star – at-Tariq”. Handmade gift made out of loom bands.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it has given you a new idea for your class insha Allah 🙂
I was brought up on the saying: “the hand that gives is better than the hand that takes” which has led me to seek out ways to be the giver. Sometimes, one is not in the position to give financially, in which case, I believe that it is vital that we seek ways to still give to people and to society at large, and to give in creative ways.This is a value that I have tried to instil in the girls through the ayaat that we have come across in Juzz `Amma. So it’s time to practice what I preach.
I have signed up to do the NZF Winter Walk 2015 Challenge.
Here is an introduction to the National Zakat Foundation from their website:
The National Zakat Foundation is a ground-breaking initiative which aims to utilise Zakat funds and voluntary donations collected in the United Kingdom for the benefit of local, deserving recipients.
This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including widows, orphans, refugees, the aged as well as the homeless.
I am a strong supporter of giving locally and so NZF would be my charity of choice. I am also a volunteer blogger for NZF (Blog) and now that I’ve worked in their office, I can fully appreciate the need for such an initiative.
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Jazakallah kheir! 🙂