Gardens of Islam: Tree of Sulayman

This is our first post in the Gardens of Islam series that will look at the particular medicinal properties of flora in the Muslim word in a lesson plan for children. 

If you would like more information on the   Fruit of the Carob Tree please visit the website of our contributor who is translating the Hadiqat al-Azhar text so that we can learn about the traditional herbal medicine of the Muslim world.

Lesson Plan: 

First the children can experience the tree or its fruit if you are able to find some.  You may be able to find something made of carob so that the children can try it.

Next you can tell the children the story:

The story of this tree concerns the Prophet Sulayman (a).  In the sanctuary of Sulayman (a) he asked this tree what it’s name was.  The tree said that it was called the destroyer.  Shortly after this the reign of Sulayman (a) ended.

Next explain the medicinal benefits to the children:

The carob fruit can be used to help you go to the washroom and helps with tough skin, warts and other skin conditions.

Discussion questions:  do you remember how the reign of Sulayman (a) ended?  What does carob taste like?  

If you would like to read more to your children about the life of Sulayman (a) there is a chapter concerning him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  

Please share your ideas for teaching young Muslims about the natural world.  

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