At Taqwa Children and Youth took part in a number of activities over the May, half term holidays. These involved a First Aid training, a Workshop about Surah Fatiha and a Bake Sale.
We began the week with junior First Aid training with a local first aid training group called ‘First aid first’. Children aged 7-15 were able to learn and practice how to deal with a medical emergency; this included how to put an unconscious individual in the recovery position and also how to do CPR in more serious cases.
MashaAllah the children were very receptive and eager to demonstrate what they learnt in the class. Most importantly they learnt that they did not have to be an adult to deliver first aid, when as children they were more than capable of doing so.
“We have sent you the Seven Oft Repeated Verses and a great Quran” (Surah Hijr, 15:87)
Alongside other activities, we held a Surah Fatiha workshop across two afternoons.
The aim of the workshop was to develop a deeper understanding of one of the greatest Surahs in the Quran, explore its various names, identify its virtues, understand the meaning of key Arabic words, recite with tajweed and get a brief introduction to its tafsir.
Different names of Fatihah
This Surah is called Al-Fatiha, the Opener of the Book, the Surah with which prayers are begun. It is also called, Umm Al-Kitab (the Mother of the Book), according to the majority of the scholars. In an authentic Hadith recorded by At-Tirmidhi, who graded it Sahih, Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,
“Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`Alamin is the Mother of the Qur’an, the Mother of the Book, and the seven repeated Ayat of the Glorious Qur’an.”
It is also called Al-Hamd and As-Salah, because the Prophet said that his Lord said,
“Al-Fatiha was called the Salah, because reciting it is a condition for the correctness of Salah – the prayer.”
Al-Fatiha was also called Ash-Shifa’ (the Cure). It is also called Ar-Ruqyah (remedy), since in the Sahih, there is the narration of Abu Sa`id telling the story of the Companion who used Al-Fatiha as a remedy for the tribal chief who was poisoned.
Virtues of Surah Fatiha
Muslim reports from Abu Hurayrah (R.A) who said:I heard The Prophet (peace be upon him) say:
“Allah (the Mighty and Sublime) has said: I have divided prayer between Myself and My servant into two halves, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.
When the servant says: All praise belongs to Allah the Rabb of all the Worlds.
Allah (Mighty and Sublime is He) says: My servant has praised Me.
And when he says: The Most Gracious the Most Merciful.
Allah (Mighty and Sublime is He) says: My servant has extolled Me.
And when he says: Master of the Day of Judgement.
Allah says: My servant has glorified Me [and on one occasion He said:My servant has submitted to My power.]
And when he says: You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help.
He says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.
And when he says: Guide us to the Straight Path, the Path of those whom you have favoured, not of those upon whom is your anger, nor of those who are astray.
He says: This is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.”
Make and Bake / Bake Sale
On Thursday 28th May we held a make and bake day for children from key stage 1, 2 and 3. Each session was split in half, allowing the children to make a variety of treats. Children had the opportunity to try their culinary skills at making and baking Rocky Road, Cake Pops and Oreo Cheesecakes and to bake cookies, mini pizzas and fairy cakes respectively. Although children made some goodies to take home the main purpose of the day was to make and bake in bulk for our bake sale after Jumuah.
Alhumdulillah our children were able to show off the fruits of their labour, by selling their edible goodies after Jumuah! Alhamdulillah with the help of the Allah, parents and of course our regular attendees of the Jumuah, we managed to raise an amazing £2000!
This money will be split equally, half going towards an orphanage in Pakistan with Ar-Rahmah Trust and half going towards a Youth Club which we are planning to launch very soon bi ithnillah.