Monday, June 3, 2013

0 Hijri Calendar

Surely, the number of months according to Allah is twelve (as written) in the Book of Allah on the day He created the heavens and the Earth, of which there are Four Sacred Months. That is the right faith. So, do not wrong yourself therein. And fight the Mushriks all together, as they fight you all together, and be sure that Allah is with the God-fearing. [9:36]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضى الله عنه أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏"‏صُومُوا لِرُؤْيَتِهِ وَأَفْطِرُوا لِرُؤْيَتِهِ فَإِنْ غُمِّيَ عَلَيْكُمْ فَأَكْمِلُوا الْعَدَدَ‏"‏

Abu Huraira ضى لله عنه reported Allah's Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم as saying: Observe fast on sighting it and break (fast) on sighting it (the new moon), but if the sky is cloudy for you, then complete the number (of thirty).. [Muslim]

Actually to say the kids were having fun with making moon phases crafts but finally it ended up with this project (Islamic Calendar) 

The Hijri calendar which is based purely on lunar cycle, was first introduced in 638CE by companion of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the second Khalifa Umar ضى لله عنه

Umar ضى لله عنه consulted with his advisors from the companion and it was finally agreed that the most appropriate reference point for the Hijri calendar was Hijrah (the immigration of the Muslims from Mecca to Madina) the Hijri calendar therefore has much deeper religious and historical significances in the Muslims life.

It is indeed a unique occasion to ponder that the Islamic era did not start with the victories of Islamic wars nor with the birth or death of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. But it starts with sacrifice and prepares the Muslims to do the same.

Muslims are obliged to use the Islamic calendar because all of the ruling needed time tracking are related to it. Many of the marital and spousal relationship rulings of the women are directly connected to the lunar months. Also to determine the beginning of Ramadan, 2 Eids, calculation of Zakah, Haj and it's relative worship, sunnah fasting, age etc..  

This is the lap book that was done by Big Sister, Alhamdulillah she enjoyed it a lot and learned many things.

Click here to see the video in larger view

Here Comes the moon phases crafts.

Big Sister's waxing moon phases
Little Princess's waning moon phases
Little Soldier's moon phases

This activity guide and template download link

May Allah make us among those who adhere to the command of Allah and follow the lifestyle of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم in all aspects of our life!

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