This is the seventy fourth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.
Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah for more information about each name in this project if you would like to know more.
Present the lesson bellow and discuss one or some of the suggested questions.
Assist the students with ideas for the artwork for this name or ask them to make their own interpretation of the medallion provided here:
Lesson for Al Aakhir: The Last
The name Aakhir can mean the one fully manifest in time, the still point after you exhale or the final destination. For this medallion we chose to depict a sundial to suggest a moment in time that appears to be still while the time is passing.
Suggested discussion questions:
Are there times when you feel like time is passing more quickly or slowly?
Are there moments that seem to stand still and not move at all?
What happens to your sense of time when you concentrate on your breathing?
Try a short breathing exercise where you breathe in an out slowly 3 times and then discuss how time feels during the exercise. Ask the students to describe how fast or short each inhale, exhale or pause feels.
We suggest you choose a space that can accommodate all the 99 Names or to fix the names to a fold out accordion book in sequence if you do not have an appropriate space available.
Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).