Alhamd we were blessed with the opportunity to go for Arbaeen Ziyarah this year!
I wanted to focus on myself, so I didn’t do too much with the kids while there. However, I did do some prep which came in real handy. And now hoping to help them record their memories in a scrapbook.
Gifting a sura to the Imams (as) was very important to me. For Aba Abdillah (as) we made a special effort to memorize Suratul Fajr (both kids and myself). I counted one verse a day from Ashura and Alhamd, we just about managed to memorize the sura by Arbaeen and I cannot express in words the feeling of awe when my 6 & 5 year old recited the sura close to the Zarih of I.Hussein (as).
Likewise, we gifted a sura (with proper makharij) to each of the Imams (as), as a gift to thank them for inviting us. Where possible, I got the kids to think about the sura (from the ones they already memorized) and the Imam to see if there was a link.
Imam Ali -S.Fatiha as he’s our first Imam and it’s the first sura
Imam Hussein (as) -S.Fajr
Imam Kadhim (as) – S.Asr because he used to swallow his anger
Imam Taqi (as) – S.Maoon he was an orphan at a very age and his title is Al Jawad the generous
Imam Mahdi (af) – S.Kawther – as he is part of the abundance that is talked about in the Sura etc …
Not just for Ziyarah, why not gift a sura to the Imam (as) on his wiladat or shahadat? A great way to associate the Holy Quran with the Ahlul BAYT (as) just as our Holy Prophet SAWW wanted us to hold on to!
Click this link for other Ziyarah Tid bits #ZiyarahwithkidsTJannah the last tidbit: The Aroma of Ziyarah can be found here