Alhamdulillah Gratitude Rocks {Tutorial}

We made these Alhamdulillah gratitude rocks today to take some time and give thanks to the things that are around us in everyday life.

Alhamdulillah is an Arabic phrase meaning “Praise be to God”. It is frequently used by Muslims everywhere, and some Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews.  It is the equivalent of Hallelujah.

Arabs and Muslims say Alhamdulillah when they need to use a praise that includes within it a greater shukr (Arabic for gratitude) for what they believe God has ordained.

With Eid Al Fitr, the holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan, less then one week away, we thought we would use today to count our blessings.

My youngest cut out different things she were thankful for and sealed them in a pretty rock to put in her bedroom window sill. This way when she wakes in the morning for suhoor, Arabic for predawn meal, these last few nights, she’ll see the rock on her way to the kitchen.

My youngest did the craft today as part of our 30 day Crafty Ramadan challenge and she felt it was super easy.

Garden rock
2 foam brushes
Mod Podge

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I found this rock in our garden and brought it inside to hand wash. I left it out in the sun to dry and then my daughter painted it green.  We put it back out in the sun so the paint would set.

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I helped her write Alhamdillalah on the rock since she can’t write that small yet. I drew it out for her in pencil first so she can trace it with the Sharpie.

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My daughter then spent a few hours going through a magazine and cutting out things she was grateful for in her life.

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Once she had gathered all the words, she place a little bit of Mod Podge on the rock and added her word. She then sealed her word by adding another coat of Mod Podge.

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If she decides later, she can add more words as there is still plenty of room in the back.

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It was fun for me to see what she had cut out on her own. She did the basic items in life, but took the time to find whimsicaly things like cheesecake.

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What would you put on your rock?

For more fun painted rocks, check out Eid Rocks. Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab Pinterest page for more #CraftyRamadan tutorials.





I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.