We fervently engage kids in the beginning and the climax of the tragedy of Kerbala, but I feel, we often, especially with the little ones, omit telling them the ending.
Perhaps, leaving their naive minds to wonder that death is the end all. Or God forbid, they start developing doubts about Allah’s Decree and Mercy.
For that reason, we made a Kerbala Rainbow.
This activity inshA helps young kids to understand the fate of the Martyrs of Kerbala in the light of this popular and absolutely brilliant Qur’an verse.
وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتًا ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ يُرْزَقُونَ
فَرِحِينَ بِمَا آتَاهُمُ اللَّهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ وَيَسْتَبْشِرُونَ بِالَّذِينَ لَمْ يَلْحَقُوا بِهِمْ مِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ أَلَّا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
۞ يَسْتَبْشِرُونَ بِنِعْمَةٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَفَضْلٍ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“Do not think of those who have been killed in Allah’s way as dead. They are alive with their Lord, well provided for;
Happy with what Allah has given them of His favour; rejoicing that for those they have left behind who have yet to join them there is no fear, nor will they grieve; Rejoicing in Allah’s blessing and favour, and Allah will not let the reward of the believers be lost (S. Ali Imraan:169-171)
This is a sad rainbow : ( hence it is inside out (red is on the inside instead of the outside) and was done on a black poster keeping with the mourning theme.
Each family member that we ‘traditionally’ commemorate was assigned a colour from the rainbow and somehow the colours seemed to match their personalities e.g. Yellow for H.Ali Akber (pbuh) and he was very similar to our H.Prophet (SAWW) in appearance and character, we’ve always associated yellow and smiles to our H.Prophet (SAWW).
Green for H.Abbas (pbuh) etc…
A rainbow occurs when there are clouds, rain and sunshine. Therefore we said:
– Clouds were the family of I.Hussein (as) who were taken as prisoners
– Rain – Allah’s infinite Mercy
– Sun – Allah’s everlasting Love. Allah never stopped loving I. Hussein (as) and his family and companions.
This activity evolved from the Muharram colouring sheets we were using while at the mosque as we commemorated the different personalities.
~Aazamallahu ujoorana bi-musabina bil Hussain (a.s.)1