Silsila: 17. Muhammad Bahauddin Shah Naqshband (q)

 Last night we reviewed the seventeenth figure on the Silsila:  Muhammad Bahauddin Shah Naqshband (q).

We learned that when Shah Naqshband’s (q) shaykh sent him out of the house that Shah Naqshband (q) waited on the front step in the snow all night.  I asked my son if he would have waited like that all night in the snow and he was very honest: he said no he would not have.  I told him that I probably would not have either.  I was sort of teasing my son but it is true that in this way like in many other ways we are not like the Awliya in our strengths or understanding.  We try to emulate but fail miserably most of the time.  

We learned about the three principles that Shah Naqshband (q) brought to the Naqshbamdi Sufi Way including the dzikr of the heart.

11 principles in all have been mentioned so far and I think that it would be nice to do a lesson plan on these principles along with this Silsila project.  I am going to think about it.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.  

7. Illuminated Quran:  The Elevated Places

The seventh surah of the Quran is called: The Elevated Places.  There are several points and stories in this chapter that are interesting to discuss with children.

In this surah it is mentioned that Allah (s) destroys cities with people who are doing bad things.

Discussion Question:  can we think of any city that was destroyed because of the bad things people did?  What does Allah (s) do to warn people about a punishment that is coming?

It is mentioned in this chapter that Iblis refused to bow to Adam (a) because he thought that fire was superior to clay.

Discussion Question:  why did Allah (s) ask the Angels to bow to Adam (a)?  Why did Iblis refuse?

There is a description of The Fall and Allah (s) admonishes us to avoid the mistake of Adam (a) and Eve (r).

Discussion Question:  what was the mistake of Adam (a) and Eve (r)?

In this chapter we are asked to dress in beautiful elegant clothes for prayer.

Discussion Question:  how are we supposed to dress when we pray?  Why?

The creation story is reviewed in this chapter:  the light of the Prophet (s), the heavens, the fire and Iblis, the waters, the land and animals, and then Adam (a).

Discussion Question:  why do you think Allah (s) created things in that order?

There is a review of the prophets that warned their people and the punishment that followed.

Discussion Question:  how did Allah (s) warn the people of Pharoah?

After the believing people left Egypt there were several miracles like the parting of the Red Sea and the 12 springs of water.

Discussion Question:  when Allah (s) sends a miracle what is the responsability of the believers after that?

Illustration:  in this illustration I used a hybrid of two ideas, the white hand of Musa (a) and the hand of Fatima (r) to symbolize the warning brought by the prophets.  This particular idea I credit to The Story of Moses (a) by Karima Sperling.

Silsila: 16. Sayyid Amir Kulal (q)

Last night we learned about the sixteenth figure on the Silsila:  Sayyid Amir Kulal (q).

My son was very interested in Sayyid Amir’s (q) early wrestling career and had many questions about wrestling and agreed that it is good to be strong so you can rescue people.  

We also learned how Sayyid Amir (q) would walk 5 miles to visit Shaykh Muhammad (q).  Shaykh Muhammad (q) asked Sayyid Amir (q) to teach Shah Naqshband (q).  

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.  

Silsila: 15. Muhammad Baba as-Samasi (q)

Tonight we reviewed the story of the fifteenth figure on the Silsila: Muhammad Baba as-Samasi (q).

We learned about how Shaykh Muhammad (q) and his Shaykh Ali Azizan (q) went on miraj together and reached to the Sidratul Muntaha.  My son was very excited by the possibility of going on Miraj and asked if he could one day; I said I would get back to him about that.


We also learned about how Shaykh Muhammad (q) met Shaw Bahauddin Naqshband (q) when he was a baby and arranged his education.


Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.

Silsila: 14. Ali ar-Ramitani Azizan (q)

Tonight we reviewed the story of the fourteenth figure on the Silsila:  Ali ar-Ramitani Azizan (q).  

We learned about the stew that a boy brought to the Shaykh as a gift. The boy asked to be like the Shaykh but then passed away after because he could not carry the light of the Shaykh but the boy died very happy.  

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.

Silsila: 13. Mahmoud al-Injir al-Faghnawi (q)

Today we reviewed the story of the thirteenth figure on the Silsila: Mahmoud al-Injir al-Faghnawi (q). 
We learned that Shaykh Mahmoud (q) spoke to his students as a bird atop the turban of Ali ar-Ramitani Azizan (q). My son wanted to know why the students fainted when they heard the bird speak. I told him that they were probably very surprised.  

We also leaned that people who visited Shaykh Mahmoud (q) during his life and in his Maquam experience great joy and amusement. 

 Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.

Silsila: 12. Arif ar-Rivgari (q)

Tonight we reviewed the twelfth figure on the Silsila: Arif ar-Rivgari (q).

We learned about how the heart of a believer can be like a mountain, a palm tree or a feather.  

My son wanted to know why the Silsila is called the Golden Chain as was mentioned in the chapter.  I admitted I wasn’t certain but that the chain means that the secret was passed from one shaykh to the next and its golden because the value of that secret and their guidance is high.  My son wanted to know why they don’t call it the Silver Chain so I explained the difference between gold and silver and how gold is more rare and therefore more valuable.  

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.  

6. Illuminated Quran: The Cattle 

The sixth surah of the Quran is called The Cattle.  There are 5 points in this chapter that are intersting to share with children.

In this chapter there is the story of Prophet Ibrahim (a) and how he sought to understand what Allah (s) is; first thinking Allah (s) is a star then the moon, then the sun, and then understood that Allah (s) is more than anything we can see.


Discussion Question:  Why did Prophet Ibrahim (a) think the star, moon and sun were Allah (s) before he understood more?

In this surah we learn that Allah (s) holds the keys to the unseen.

Discussion Question:  what is the unseen?

We also learn that Allah (s) causes the seeds to sprout.

Discussion Question:  do you know how to plant seeds so that they open and grow?  What do you need to grow a plant from a seed?

We are admonished in this chapter to worship only Allah (s).

Discussion Question:  why do we only worship Allah (s) and nothing other than Allah (s)?

Illustration:  For this chapter I chose to illustrate the story of Prophet Ibrahim (a) where he thought that Allah (s) was something he could see like the star, moon and sun before he understood more.

Please share your ideas for teaching the Tafseer of Quran to children.

Silsila: 11. Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani (q) 

Today we reviewed the eleventh figure on our Silsila: Abdul Khaliq al-Ghujdawani (q).  

We learned that Abdul Khaliq (q) received the secret of silent dhikr of the heart while he was submerged in a river.  My son decided that he wanted to try this at the next opportunity in the bath or swimming pool.  

We also leaned about the eight principles of the Naqshbandi Sufi way that Abdul Khaliq (q) brought to the Tariqua.  

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Awliya.  

Hadith Tree

This project is from one of our contributors and we are so excited to finally have a project to offer on the subject of Hadith.  

The children learn about the selected Hadith with stories and then they are added to the tree for their project. 

This is a beautiful family project that could be adapted to many ages.  Please visit this link for more projects from our contributor:

And this post:

I am always particularly interested in projects that give children the context and meaning of the Sunnah in a fun and engaging format.  

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Hadith of the Prophet (s).