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Making Iftar Baskets in Ramadan

Busy Baby Mama blogs


The Prophet (pbuh) said “This is the month of charity in which believer’s sustenance is increased. Whosoever feeds a fasting person or gives a fasting person a single date or a sip of water, to break the fast, for him there shall be forgiveness of his sins and he will be saved from the fire of hell, and for him shall be the same reward as for him (whom he fed)” (Tirmidhi)

The children are  never too young to learn about charity. It seems the younger they are, the more compassion they have for those who do not have. I remember hearing that one masjid made Iftar baskets to give to the needy people around their area. So my daughter and I got busy, and made our own.



Here are the steps you can take to make your own Iftar basket.

1. Buy baskets at the 99cent stores, or sometimes thrift stores have a good deal of them! You also need cellophane wrapper , tape, and ribbons.

2. Buy food items that can make one family meal. For example-For Pasta Dish, Buy spaghetti, tomato sauce, spices, fresh oregano or thyme, pamasan cheese will go in the basket. You can even add your favorite recipe too.

3. Have your child put them inside the basket. Explain each ingredient will make  the recipe. Help your child wrap the basket with cellophane. Add tape to any openings. Twist at the top, and wrap it with tape to secure the top.

4. Embellish it with Ribbons and Eid Cards! This one was a dot paint Eid Card made by my little infamous artist!



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Charity Projects for Japanese Earthquake

Sr Alif  blogs

Here is a great way to have students do a Bake Sale or a Jumma Lunch Sale to raise charity money for the Japanese earthquake victims and learn about Japanese culture too…

Some of the ideas were originally done by Sister Bushra Zaman and Sister Jameelah at Hamza Academy, NY

1. Make cupcakes and top them off with some cute origami decorations. Read the instructions from this amazing blog.


2. Make obento boxes in aluminum lunch containers with clear tops. Make little Anime rice balls and hot dog octopuses! Read more about it here!


3. Make vegetable sushi rolls. Easy to do and a fun cultural recipe to learn. Learn how here.


4. Make cherry blossom cake or cup cakes.  Don’t have time? Why not purchase these sugar cherry blossoms and decorate your cupcakes with one stem and a flower? Here and here.


5. Serve green tea -hot or cold! Recipe here.


6. It’s a hot day? Why not get some students to make Green Tea Ice cream? Recipe here.


7. Make these popular Japanese snacks that my daughter just adores…Pocky Sticks! Recipe here.


8. Stir up some hot Miso Soup to hit the right spot! Recipe here


9. Buy small Japanese inspired items at bulk price from discount stores. Sell them for a dollar or two along with your eating goodies. Ideas here.

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Charity Project: Bookmarks for Sitara School

Artsy Ummi blogs

We have partnered with Sitara school in promoting the love of giving as well as love of reading (after all, the first word revealed from the Quran was “IQRA”!) – The charity bookmark project. We would like to encourage as many schools, masajid, MSA, and families in US or elsewhere to participate in this fundraising activity. It’s really very simple; download the chosen template and allow the children to color the book marks, laminate,  sell, and send the money to the school via their secure school website,

Here are steps and lessons on how to teach our children about charity and reading can go hand in hand.

1. During morning message, circle time, or Calendar time, ask them to name all the things they have to learn. ( notebook, pencil, erasure, compter etc.) Then have them imagine having no books to read, not having even a pencil. Send a couple of minutes having students only write with sticks with ink well, chacoal on wooden slate, chalk on chalkboard.

2. Show them pictures  of Afhgan children from Sister Sommeih’s site. Tell them that these children do not go to school because they have to make a living to survive. Ask them what would happen if you do not go to school? Why is going to school so important?

3. Show them books and letting them know how reading is the key to success. And ofcause the most important book to read is the Quran.

4. Have the book marks already printed and cut-the black and white version. (download here).Have children color it. It might be better if you have them color it with markers and then add glitter die cuts, or stickers.

5. Lay  four of them down on laminating sheet and then laminate it. Cut them and separate the book marks.

6. Punch hole and add ribbon and embellish them with beads or charms.

7. Have the children sell them for $ 1.00 each. Once you collected the amount you  feel is enough,  you can donate in line to her school project website,








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Making Special Eid Cards for a Special Cause

Umm Professional blogs

My dear friend, Sister Sommieh as usual is up to the challenge. Recently remarried after many years of working as a dynamic principal in Michigan, she has a new life and a new cause. She started an Eid Card charity project for the impoverish children in Pakistan. Her personal encounter with these simple and dynamic children can be read in these excerpts  of her downloadable journal:

“…I noticed these Pathan or Afghan children, as soon I began living here in Chatta, about two weeks after I arrived in Pakistan. They were on the highway, cutting dry grass, and in the bazaars helping parents who had stalls there. But I didn’t start really seeing these children until I
saw Lailmina.
Walking to and from the school where I help with English twice a week, I would see groups of five to seven children with large burlap and plastic rice bags on their backs, picking up trash. Then one day I saw a group of them clustered around something on the other side of the
high curb that separates the street from the muddy creek that the water buffalo wallow in. One of them called out happily and excitedly to her friends, Sayp, sayp! I went over to see what it was they were so delighted about. I looked down into a mess of rotten apples that had fallen from a tree…”
Although a little late notice, making these special eid cards will give a new meaning to your children and they will love how their craft turns to into charity.
Here are the step by step instructions:
1. You can simply download the photos of the children from
2. Go to CVS, or any photo printer and print them out. About 19 cents per photo if you do it online.
3. Glue on Card stock on one half of the page, and fold in half
3. You can also print out her journal and read this to your children. Compare their lives to ours, and reflect on the bounties of our life.
4. You can decorate the front  with scrapbook embellishments.
5. Write Eid Mubarak inside
6. Buy the card envelopes at Staples
7. Sell it for $2.00 to $3.00
If you are a busy mama like someone we know (chuckle), you can just download either of the 2 versions from here (one is black and white and the other is in color). Eid card project black and white. Your child can decorate it or/and sell it for $1.00-$3.00.
Donate this money. The checks can be written to Sajda Uddin(Sister Sommeih’s daughter) mail the checks to 5040 Heather Drive, Apt 109, Dearborn, MI 48126
For more information visit their website:

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