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30 Sep 2019

The Arbaeen Walk

The day of Arbaeen marks forty days after the events of Ashura. Up to 25 million people mark Arbaeen by walking the 80km/50mile journey from Najaf to Imam Hussain's shrine in Karbala. They come from surrounding cities and even from other countries. This pilgrimage has been recorded as the worlds largest gathering of people! Arbaeen is also the largest number of people fed for free and largest group of volunteers serving a single event in the world. Men and women of all ages, of different race and culture, walk side by side for many days showing their love for Imam Husayn (a). Flocks of people host the ones walking, offering them food, shelter in large set up tents, medicine and comfort for their journey.

Imam Sadiq (a) has said "When a person travels to visit the grave of Imam Husayn (a), as he takes his first step away from his family he is pardoned for his sins. Then, for every step he takes he continues to become purified until he reaches the holy grave."

Activity: Virtual Arbaeen Walk
Actively engage in the remembrance of Imam Husayn (a) by taking on a walk related charity challenge. 
- Talk a ten minute silent reflective walk everyday over Arbaeen
- Walk 10,000 steps each day to virtually cover the 50 miles distance from Najaf to Karbala.

Activity: Virtual Arbaeen Walk Tracker 
Keep a record of your progress using the tracker adapted from the N2K workbook by Zahra Trust



Resources: 
Book: The Brothers and Sisters do the Arbaeen Walk
Activity: Ziyara Places in Iraq
Game: Salamoji N2K Walk Game
Listen: Arbaeen English Latmiyya Playlist
Watch: The 40th - The Arbaeen Walk to Karbala - Documentary
Article: World's Biggest Pilgrimage
Read: The Significance of the Arbaeen Walk
Ziyarah: Arbaeen by QFatima
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17 Sep 2019

Animated Visual: The Journey Of Imam Husayn (a)

A simple animated clip to help little ones understand how the tragedy of Karbala began.

Watch Animated Clip: From Medina to Karbala


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2 Sep 2019

Manners at the Mosque


Our Imams have explained to us how important it is to remember Imam Husayn (as) and to have gatherings in our homes to talk about and grieve over what happened in Karbala. Even if you cannot attend a majlis, read about Imam, shed a tear and raise your hands in dua for Imam Sadiq says that even if there are two people who get together to remember imam husayn, the third is an angel who prays for them both.

We get ready and prepare ourselves according to where we are going.
Party – dress up bright clothes, take gift
School – wear uniform, take books
Mosque – black clothes for sadness, pen and notebook, tissues.

But when we come to mosque it is not just about coming to a hall or a centre to learn. We are actually accepting an invite from someone very special who will be present with us! The royal highness, the Lady of Jannah! When we come to mosque in Muharram we are guests of Lady Fatima who is present. The place where Imam Husayn (as) is remembered is full of blessings. Bibi Fatima (as) and the angels are present at every majalis for Imam.

So take a moment to think how will you prepare and behave when at mosque?
1. Make wudhu before you leave the house
2. Stop at the mosque door before going in and remind yourself that Lady Fatimah and the angels are present.
3. Make dua that you can benefit from their special blessings and the lecture.
4. Focus on taking away one point to share with family friends and put into practice.
5. It might be squashed, make room, give way - It is not right to complain in the gathering of Imam Husayn where you are a guest of Bibi Fatimah!

When we listen to the masaib even if we cant cry physical tears, look down, close your eyes, make a sad face. Think about what Imam went through so we could have Islam today. Remember Lady Fatima is here with us crying for her son.

Activity: Lessons from the Shaheed of Karbala booklet by Teaching Young Muslims
As well as plenty of writing space for their own learning, this journal provides children with snippets of information about the main events and personalities normally discussed in Muharram majalis.
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