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Ummah Stars is an Islaamic app for kids which teaches them all the aspects of Islaam in one place in a totally engaging, fun, and entertaining way which makes Islaam irresistible to learn.
The Problem and the Solution
I am Fouzia Usman, mother of 3 children and founder of Ummah Stars.
My son is a hafidh now, Alhamdulillaah, but the journey wasn’t easy. He was the same 6 year old kid who asked me once, why he needs to be a Muslim. He was so interested in everything around him, except Islaam. He felt Islaam was a burden, so learning about Salaah or Arabic and going to weekend Islaamic school was boring to him. There are many kids and parents in the same boat today as we were years ago.
In today’s fast paced media world, sadly Muslims are lacking the right form of communication for their children. When computer games and apps are so appealing where are the right resources that appeal to the kids so they learn about Islaam themselves?
When I tried to share the stories from Quraan, the Seerah, and stories of other real heroes of Islaam to my own children, I faced huge challenges because there was no visual factor to the stories. No matter how disciplined our kids are, after a while they get distracted or bored.
I realized there was and still is a huge void for appealing Islaamic content, especially for kids in this digital age.
This is where the idea of the Ummah Stars app was born. Ummah Stars solves this problem by providing exciting visual experiences for kids which will excite them and keep them engaged.
Why does every Muslim household need Ummah Stars?
One of the biggest challenges for Muslims today is making sure that their children have an education that is going to help them in this world as well as the next. It’s nearly impossible, right? We do our bit and send them to weekend Quraan and Deen classes, but most of the time we find that they really can’t integrate what they learn into real life. There are so many distractions: TV, computer games, iPad, PlayStation, just to mention a few.
Experience, and our own case studies, have shown that if we completely ban these things from our kids and over-encourage them to practice Islaam, then in most cases the kids rebel when they are old enough to. In short, they don’t develop the love of Islaam and of Allaah, but just do it because they ‘have to’.
So how do we use technology to get kids to love Islaam? Well, it’s not easy of course, and we have to compete with the amazing technology available. But, if we ‘use’ this technology to engage and entertain our kids, and encourage them with rewards to do good, then, in shaa Allaah, we can plant the seeds and watch their love for Allaah and Islaam grow using the tools they enjoy.
What Does Ummah Stars App Contain?
Ummah Stars is not just a history app. It’s full of amazing features: puzzles, quizzes, engaging conversations, moral stories, etiquettes and much more. Presented in five main sections, the content has been designed with beautiful images and original illustrations like never seen before.
What is Islaam?
- 5 Pillars of Islaam
- 6 Pillars of Eeman
- Who is Allaah?
- Names of Allaah
- The Lives of the Prophets
- The Life of Prophet Muhammad (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)
- Wives of the Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)
- Companions of the Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayih wa sallam)
Quraan and Arabic
- The Glorious Quraan
- Stories from Quraan
- Let’s Read Quraan
- Understand Quraan
- Let’s Learn Arabic!
Contains a range of modern short stories dealing with today’s issues appropriate to each age group. Including: Love and Respect for Parents, Being Kind to Creatures Great and Small, Cleanliness and Healthy Eating, Honesty is the Best Policy, Peer Pressure – “But my friends do it…”, and special topics available only for teenage girls and boys.
- Etiquette of Du’aa and Dhikr
Etiquette of Wudoo’ (coming soon)
Etiquette of Salaah (coming soon)
Etiquette of Fasting (coming soon)
Etiquette of Daily Life (coming soon)
Revive a Sunnah! (coming soon)
There are age appropriate quizzes after each lesson or story where the child earns ‘good deeds’ for correct answers to enhance the depth of their learning experience.
Each section has conversations to help the kids understand each concept on their level.
The most amazing feature in Ummah Stars is our unique Deed Bank System to help kids to love earning good deeds with ‘real’ rewards at the end which is set up by parents, and given by parents. For example, when the child reaches 100 deeds, they will receive a new game, or trip to the mall, or $20, or whatever the parent decides they can give them.
Ok, so in the beginning kids might do these good deeds only to receive the reward.
That’s OK. Because in the meantime, the kids are memorizing du’aa AND implementing them, helping you out around the house, reading Quraan, making Dhikr, and in the end we all know that anything we do for a period of time ends up becoming part of our identity.
Parents can even add ‘custom deeds’ which suit their own situation. For example: you can add which specific soorah you want your child to recite, or a specific chore that they need to do.
Just imagine the huge reward for helping our future generation to love and understand their Deen and put it into practice in their lives thereby affecting all those around them!
We’ve even added some puzzles for each age group-just for fun!
This app has everything in the one app!
Let’s Take a Sneak Peak…
What Stage of Development is Ummah Stars up to?
So far the Ummah Stars team (25 people) have invested 18 months of time and over $95,000 to get to the stage where we are now to have an app full of amazing content to share with the Ummah. We now need your help to get it launched, in shaa Allaah. We have worked very hard to get to this stage and most of our efforts have been spent on authoring, editing, graphic design, illustrations, video animation, app development, and project managing. We have 90% of the content completed for our initial launch which we hope to do in the first quarter of 2017.
Ummah Stars Background
We will also strive to continue to find exciting ways to keep kids engaged and excited about learning.
Who can support Ummah Stars?
“But I don’t have children so I won’t get any benefit in supporting.”
Wait! Everyone should support this app, even if they don’t have children or family of their own. Why?
“Whoever guides (another) to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” [Saheeh Muslim]
Aboo Hurayrah quoted the Messenger of Allaah (sal Allaahu `alayhi wa sallam) as saying, “When a man dies, his acts come to an end, except in three cases: an ongoing charity, knowledge from which people continue to benefit, and a righteous child who prays for him.” [Saheeh Muslim]
When you support us in launching this app, you will be a founding member of Ummah Stars. This will give you early access to the app and will also enable us to launch it worldwide. You will also receive a range of gifts, and even have the opportunity for your kids or even your whole family to appear as characters in the app! Check out the gifts below:
If you want to donate through PayPal then click on the offline donation, and make payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
If for some reason, you are unable to support us at this time, then please make du’aa for the success of Ummah Stars, and also share this with your friends on email and social media. Jazaak Allaahu khayran.
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“My favorite part of the app is the ease of use and the ability to customize it to our kid’s pace.The deed bank not only teaches life skills like responsibility and patience but also let’s our kids learn that hard work really pays…
My teen says, “We love the approachable format, and the fact that they chose to feature simple stories from the Quraan that children can easily relate to…”
Anita, Dublin, CA