Rajab Mubarak to all of you!
Rajab is a very blessed month, with many birthdays and special events.
The very first day of Rajab is the birthday of Imam Mohammed al-Baqir (AS).
As I was reading about the Imam (AS) to prepare an activity, I learned that during the time of Imam Mohammed al-Baqir (AS), based on his advice, the first Islamic coin was minted! (for a little bit more information, go here, on page 52)
For our activity, I thought it would be fun to design our own coins, following the advice of the Imam (AS). He had advised that on one side of the coin, it should say “La Ilaha Illallah” and the other side should say “Mohammadur Rasulillah.”
After designing your coins, it would be fun to use it in a “reward” system around the house or classroom. You can give a coin for some extra-special behavior, and they have to cash in those coins, for say, some extra technology time. You can adapt that to whatever works in your home/school. By designing the coins themselves, the kids would have a little bit more ownership of them, and it can be a little bit more motivation for earn their “own” coins.
The templates for the coins are available in the Resource Library – sign up below to access it!
If you have already signed up, you can enter the library HERE. Click on “Rajab,” then under Rajab 1, it says “Design your own Islamic Coin.” There, you can choose whether you want one larger coin or several smaller coins. The larger coin can be used perhaps for a coin-designing contest, while the smaller coins could be used for a reward system. If you plan to cut the coins apart and use them, make sure you print single-sided!
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