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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Islamic and Ancient Egyptian Collections at the ROM

InshaALLAH the people of today's Egypt restore order and live in an environment which cradles them within the folds of Islam (AMEEN).

A few weeks ago, we were able to Royal Ontario Museum to see its dinosaurs and Ancient Egypt exhibits among the other collections. We purposely spent more time in those areas since I knew that these were the next subjects on our agenda. My eldest had the best time and the other three were miserable. My husband warned me that they wouldn't enjoy it; they are used to visiting the Ontario Science Centre where everything is interactive and just for them. Needless to say, I won't be going back to the ROM anytime soon.

The children have always had a fascination with dinosaurs, so that was a real treat for them. Sister Farhana suggested that we try an art attack project and I must say, it would have been fun if I hadn't had to assist all three of them, lol. These are our finished dinosaurs hatching and emerging from their eggs:

They could use another coat of paint but I doubt they are going to get it since the children ran off with them right away.

I didn't take my camera with me to the museum (I didn't feel like carrying it); instead, I used a Kodak Playsport (it was on sale for $99 at the time). It's a little video camera (it's waterproof!) and this was my first time taking it out anywhere so you can tell that I need practice, lol. I have learned not to move around so much, hold steady and not to talk! I sound strange on camera (I covered it with the recitation of the Quran so that was okay). Anyway, these are some of the things that I captured in the Middle East and Ancient Egypt exhibits.

Sorry that it's a little long. I wanted to include the pottery section in case anyone out there is studying ancient cultures. I found it annoying that the museum sort of mashed everything together with regards to AQeedah and kufr and fitnah. There are some displays which have tombs, claiming that they are holy authubillah and how there is barakah in visiting them and praying there. I sort of shook my head and rolled my eyes (in my mind, lol) as I moved through the displays.


Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

Sister, I can't absolutely relate to the issue of the little ones not enjoying and/or being too young for some museums and their exhibits.

There are several homeschool events coming up, but they are best suited for children ages 6 and up. The others have to stay home as there are no accomodations for them.

When I have been brave and taken them in the past, it was a disaster. All they wanted to do was eat and cry! The life with littles.

C said...

Asalaamu Alaikum

It says this video is private.

Umm Umamah said...

Assalamo alaikum Ukhti,
I tried to see the video but it says this video is private. Is there another way to see it? Jazakallaho khairun for sharing your experience. I am wondering did you discuss the aspect of shirk and kufr with your kids?

Nakia said...

Wa alaikum as salaam,

yes, Umm Umamah, I constantly discuss shirk and kufr with them. We are bombarded with it all the time so it's good that they learn to recognize it by themselves. I hope that you were able to view the video, I changed the settings.