Karbala for Children

Muharram and Karbala for Children

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. [Post updated: Updated: August 2020]

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 since they are of short duration.

The stories of the children of Karbala will help the young ones relate to the tragedy and heroism of Karbala.

Hazrat Ali Asghar:

Hazrat Sakina:

Hazrat Fatemah Sughra:

Bibi Zaynab

Bibi Um Ul Banin

story of KARbala:

Karbala Worksheets

Here’s a 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.

Also love this another workbook for children with many educational activities.

YouTube Videos for Children

Here are a few videos we loved. These are short and animated, making them perfect to hold the attention of children. 

Majalis of Children

Love this series of ten children’s majalis by Jafari.org including videos and activities. Each video is around 30 minutes long.

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 11 projects for children appropriate for age 5 and up, to talk about the lessons from Karbala. You can adapt according to your preferences.

There is a virtual program that happens everyday on Kisa Kids’ YouTube channel that compliments the project booklet above.

 I have linked another workbook of activities and lessons for children here.

Story of KARbala For Children through Images

The link contains the story of Karbala through Images. Appropriate for children 6+

Story of Karbala for Children

[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.

My Khala’s YouTube Channel: Quran is our Best Friend

My Khala Khanum Taskeen Ghazanfar has started a most amazing YouTube series “Quran is our best friend” from the 1st of Muharram.

I have linked the videos before. She is such a engaging speaker, you will love her series!

Hope these resources help parents. May we all benefit from the lessons of Karbala and carry on the legacy of Imam Hussain.

Let me know if you have any recommendations and I would love to add them here.

21 thoughts on “Muharram and Karbala for Children

  1. Thank you for this post— Lots of good info & resources for the kids! I feel it’s so important that we teach our kids, the next generations, the lessons from Karbala so that they also carry on the message & legacy of Imam Hussain.

  2. It’s just amazing collection. I would definitely make my three kids listen to them. Tamania you ave done a tremendously beautiful job. Allah put barakah in your life. Amen.

  3. Was trying to google some kids Muharram stuff , n found this blog ! Loved it n the videos are too good ! Ever since I have shared it on my Facebook, it’s a popular post n all my friends are sharing it further! Thanks ? for the information provided inthe blog!

  4. I feel so happy that I saw your post… May Allah bless you with ajar for this kind deed. JazakAllah!
    This is going to help me a lot for the kids!

  5. JazakAllah! These things are so important! Theres such a huge difference in how we were brought up and how our children are! There are just too many distractions! May Allah guide us all and help us keep our children on the path shown by the Ahlul Bayt! Much love and blessings for you! ❤❤

  6. What a wonderful compilation of resources as always! Thank u. Want make sure my son is exposed to the right material at the right age 🙂

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