School closures, working remotely, remote learning and physical distancing is a lot to navigate for anyone; kids and parents alike. These are stressful times and the lockdown has meant that we are all stuck at home, not able to meet our beloved family and friends or do our prayers in our Masjid, our sanctuary to remember Allah (SWT) and walk on the path he has shown us.
In the words of our great Prophet (PUBH), “Whoever builds a mosque for the sake of Allah will build something similar for him in Paradise.” (Hadith: Ibn Majah 736)
In this post, we help you find the best resources to build a mosque at home with your kids and some stories of inspiration.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to increasing anxiety, stress and fears of uncertainty. It is normal to feel like this. In these difficult times, you should make sure to be in tune with your emotions and mental well-being. If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember to turn to Allah (SWT).
Our Prophet (PBUH) said, If anyone constantly seeks pardon from Him, He will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety and will provide sustenance for him where he expects not” ( Abu Dawud)
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The entire earth has been made a place of prayer (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 317) and although our prayer place is not confined to a particular building or room, there is something so meaningful about allocating a special a place in your home for prayer.
Read this beautiful story of the original Cardboard Masjid that inspired so many others.
This special place that can be built by little hands and visited by little feet to remember Allah (SWT) for this pandemic has meant that we cannot go to our mosque and do congregations and prayers.
Making the little Mosque
Here is a list of common household items you will need to make the mosque:
1. Large cardboard box (find the largest you can find)
2. Box cutter or knife
3. Pencil, eraser, glue stick
4. Parchment paper or colourful tissue paper
5. Paint- any colour you want
Prior to building your Little Masjid, take a moment to do some rough designs and get inspiration. Sit down with your little one and draw the minarets and domes and also decide on the colour scheme. Make sure you work within the dimensions of your space and cut the cardboard accordingly. Depending on how big your little Masjid, make sure your little ones help you build it.
Make it a meaningful journey filled with anecdotes and stories that will help them remember why they are making the Masjid.
Here are two additional posts to stay inspired!