Muharram is the first month of the Islamic Calendar. The tenth day of this month is called Ashura and marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain with His companions in the battle of Karbala. The events of Karbala are tragic and significant for all Muslims irrespective of whether they are Shia or Sunnis. There are universal lessons to be learnt of bravery, integrity, piety and patience. I compiled a list of resources to learn about Karbala for children. Hope this helps all parents.
Most Majalis have difficult language and are not catered to children. Here are some resources to learn about Muharram and Karbala for children.
Heros of Karbala
These lovely short videos in English are great to explain the stories of the various heroes and heroines of Karbala to children. Narrated by children themselves, these videos will definitely appeal to young kids.
The stories of the children of Karbala will help the young ones relate to the tragedy and heroism of Karbala.
Hazrat Ali Asghar:
Hazrat Fatemah Sughra:
Bibi Um Ul Banin
story of KARbala:
Here is a colouring book for little children to colour and read the story of Karbala.
Here’s another workbook for children which is engaging and informative.
We love the sheets from Hadi Club for young children. Do print and use with your children.
Animated Movie About Karbala
Love this amazing animated movie “Defender of Freedom: Husain” and highly recommend it for all parents to watch with their children to understand the events of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.
The movie is 56 mins long and keeps the audience engaged in the story. I liked how the events and circumstances before and after the battle of Karbala were shown, so that children understand the whole concept of Imam Hussain’s stand against injustice and his lasting legacy.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the faces being shown, but it’s done in a respectful manner and I realized that it kept the children engaged.
We rented the movie for $6.66 Canadian and have it for 30 days now. You can also buy it for $20 Canadian. For the quality of the movie, this is a great price. There are worksheets and activities on http://kidsmedia.net/activities.html to do with the children afterwards to discuss the lessons and events in more detail.
Watch the movie with your children today. Highly recommend it:
Children of Karbala Song
Love this song by Auntie Zahra project specially for Karbala:
Kids Mania Muharram Special
Hadi TV’s Kids Mania has some Muharram special episodes, linked below. These are in Urdu.
Story of Karbala NARRATED by Children
A great story in English to explain the events of Karbala for children. The narration is by various children, making it more relatable to their peers.
Muharram Kids Magazine
This is a lovely compilation of stories and talks. Below is the link of one show and you can follow the rest on YouTube. The host Alia Fatima is just too cute! The show is in Urdu.
[Read also: What to expect when you attend a Muharram Majlis]
Projects and Speeches for Muharram
Kisa Kids has compiled a wonderful document called Project Muharram. This contains 10 projects for children appropriate for age 5 and up, to talk about the lessons from Karbala. You can adapt according to your preferences.
There are also lectures that can be shared with children and have lots of opportunities for questions and engagement. Link below. These are in English.
Here is another workbook of activities and lessons for children.
Story of KARbala For Children through Images
The link contains the story of Karbala through Images. Appropriate for children 6+
[Read also: Muharram Memories from my Childhood]
Special Note for Teenagers
I wanted to add a special note for teenagers. Introduce them to Ammar Nakshawani through his lectures available online and on YouTube. His approach appeals to teenagers. Here is the link to his Facebook page.
Hope these resources help parents. May we all benefit from the lessons of Karbala and carry on the legacy of Imam Hussain.