16. Illuminated Quran: The Bee Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 16. Illuminated Quran: The Bee.

This surah speaks about Allah (s) knowing about what we do openly and in secret.  I asked my son if we act differently when we are alone.  He said yes but that Allah (s) can still see us.  I asked my son if we are ever really alone and he said no we are never really alone because Allah (s) is with us wherever we go, where we are buried, and in Jenna.

This surah speaks of Allah (s) teaching the bee to make their hive so I played a short time-lapse video on YouTube of bees building a hive.

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After the video we talked about what sort of places bees build their hives.  He said that bees live in a box of wood that is closed but has a door open for the bees to get out.  I asked him if bees could make hives in other places out in the wild.  He said yes that bees used to make hives out in the wild and now they make it in a box.  I asked my son how bee hives are similar to our houses.  He said we both have rooms but our rooms our bigger.

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15. Illuminated Quran: The Rock Lesson Review

Tonight I reviewed the lesson plan for 15. Illuminated Quran: The Rock with my son.

This surah reviews the creation of Prophet Adam (a).  I asked my son how Adam (a) was created.  He said that Allah (s) created Adam (a) with clay and water and light.  Then we discussed the Ruh of Allah (s) as the magical ingredient.

I asked my son why Iblis refused to bow to this new creation.  My son said that he refused to bow because of his ego.  My son asked what we are supposed to do when our ego whispers to us.  I asked him if he could remember what we are supposed to do.  He said authubillahi min ashaitan irajim bismillah arahmanirahim.

This surah speaks about the Hijri people so I played my son a short YouTube video about the Nabateans so that he could see some of the archaeological sites and information about these people.

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We discussed who Hijri were and my son said they lived in stone buildings carved out of rock.   Then we discussed why they did not listen to Prophet Salih (a).  My son said that they did not listen for the same reason Iblis did not listen, they were listening to their egos.

I asked my son why the Hijri people fell and we discussed the story of Salih (a).  If you would like to read more about the story of Prophet Salih (a) there is a chapter concerning him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

The story of Saliah (a) speaks about 9 evil people among the Tahmoodi (Hijiri) people.  My son wanted to know if the evil people were zombies.  I asked my son what miracle he would have asked for if he were a Tahmoodi person.  He said he would have asked for all the evil people to leave.

We discussed the miracle of camel and my son said he would have had a huge party for the camel and her baby.

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Tree of Prophets: Salih (a)

Tonight we reviewed the story of Salih (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

We discussed who Hijri people were and my son said they lived in stone buildings carved out of rock.   Then we discussed why they did not listen to Prophet Salih (a).  My son said that they did not listen for the same reason Iblis did not listen, they were listening to their egos.

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I asked my son why the Hijri people fell and we discussed the story of Salih (a).

 

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The story of Saliah (a) speaks about 9 evil people among the Tahmoodi (Hijiri) people.  My son wanted to know if the evil people were zombies and I said not exactly.  I asked my son what miracle he would have asked for if he were a Tahmoodi person.  He said he would have asked for all the evil people to leave.

We discussed the miracle of camel and my son said he would have had a huge party for the camel and her baby if he had been there.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the lives of the Prophets (a).

14. Illuminated Quran: Ibrahim Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for 14. Illuminated Quran: Ibrahim .

We read the story of Ibrahim in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  If you would like to know more about our lesson for Ibrahim (a) in our Tree of Prophets  project please see Tree of Prophets:  Ibrahim (a).

This surah says that the mightiest lead mankind out of darkness and into light.  When I asked my son what it means to be mighty he wasn’t sure so I told him it meant the strong.  I asked him what was the darkness that Ibrahim (a) wanted us to leave behind.  We discussed how Ibrahim (a) wanted the people to leave the worship of idols.

This surah speaks about Ibrahim’s (a) prayer that his family be preserved from worshipping idols in Mecca.  I asked my son who built the first Kaaba.  He couldn’t remember so I asked him who the first man on earth was and he said that Adam (a) built the first Kaaba.

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I asked my son who built the second Kaaba.  We discussed how Ibrahim (a) and his sons built the second Kaaba.  I asked my son why Ibrahim (a) prayed to be saved from idol worship.  He said that Allah (s) is the only God and Allah (s) doesn’t like idol worship.

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13. The Illuminated Quran: The Thunder Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 13. Illuminated Quran: The Thunder.

I asked my son where thunder comes from and he said the clouds.

This surah speaks about the creation so I asked my son what was the first thing created.  He said the light of Muhammad (s).  Then I asked about the last things created and he said that we are the last things to be created.

I asked my son when you hear thunder what do you hear.  He said he hears Allah’s (s) mercy like ocean waves or waves of thunder.  I told him that this surah says that thunder praises Allah (s).


This surah speaks about the Umm al Kitab or book that is the source of all divine revelation.  I asked my son where the idea of writing came from.  He asked me if Allah (s) created the pen and I said yes.  I asked him what did the pen write and he said bissmillah.

My son had many questions about the universe at the time the pen was created and wrote bissmillah.  He wanted to know what was outside of outer space and I said we could not see beyond a certain point with telescopes so Allah (s) knows what is farther away than we can see.  He wanted to know more so I played him The Powers of Ten video on YouTube.  He wanted to know why the sun is so far away from earth.  I told him that if the sun were too close it would burn us.  He asked me if only Allah (s) knows what is outside of space and I said yes Allah (s) knows this.

Returning to the subject of the pen I asked my son why we write down the books of the messengers.  He said we write them down because we are Muslim and we discussed that Muslims and other believers write down the words of the prophets.

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Silsila: The Map

This project is designed to review the stories of the Naqshbandi Silsila with children.  The text we will use with the children is called Links of Light: the Golden Chain: a child’s version of the Naqshbandi Sufi Way.  In order to prepare the map I needed to use The Naqshbandi Sufi Way and Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Way as references.

First I prepared the medallions based on each of the 40 stories:


Then I placed each medallion on the map with a lead to the approximate locations of each maqam:

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When we begin the project each medallion will be added near to the city to which it belongs.

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We have now completed this project and all the medallions can be found with their coresponding posts under Silsila on our main menu.  The first post for this project is for the Prophet Muhammad (s): Silsila: 1. Prophet (s).

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Prophet (s) and the Awliah.

12. Illuminated Quran: Yusuf Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for 12. Illuminated Quran:  Yusuf.

The following section is part of our Tree of Prophets series: Tree of Prophets: Yusuf (a).  The comments in this section are the subjects we discussed when we read about the story of Yusuf (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  We read this story to compliment our understanding of this surah about Yusuf (a).

My son wanted to know if Pharaoh was bad.  I said that the Pharaoh at the time of Yusuf (a) let him out of prison and made him master of the storehouses so maybe he was good.

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My son wanted to know why there were a lot of Pharaohs.  I explained that Egypt was a kingdom for a very long time.  He asked me if all the bad Pharaohs went to hell.  I said that Allah (s) knows.  He asked if there are Pharoahs in the museum.  I told him that there were and I found some photos online to show him.  I found a photo of a mummy and a sarcophagus.  My son wanted to know why they looked scary.  I told him that they used bandages and herbs to preserve the body and it looks scary because dried bodies and bones can be frightening because looking at death and thinking about death is unnerving.

My son asked why they make the mummy dry.  I told him that it was part of their religion to preserve the body so that their soul could find the body again after death.  My son wanted to know why people think mummies are monsters.  I explained that some people dress up as mummies for Halloween and that is why they are associated with monsters but that Halloween has nothing to do with ancient egyptian religion and those two ideas were mixed up later on.

After reviewing Yusuf’s (a) story I asked my son why Yusuf’s (a) brothers threw him into the well.  My son said they threw him in the well because their father didn’t love them as much as Yusuf (a).  I asked my son why they would throw Yusuf (a) in a well because their father loved him more.  We discussed the concept of jealousy.

I asked my son what the most important thing about Yusuf’s (a) story was.  We talked about the way he began to guide the people of Egypt.

My son wanted to know why Yusuf’s (a) brothers threw him the well.   My son said they threw him in the well because their father didn’t love them as much as Yusuf (a).  I asked my son why they would throw Yusuf (a) in a well because their father loved him more.  We discussed the concept of jealousy.

I asked my son what the most important thing about Yusuf’s (a) story was.  We talked about the way he began to guide the people of Egypt.

Please share your ideas for exploring the meaning of the Quran with your children.

 

 

Tree of Prophets: Yusuf (a)

Tonight we read the story of Yusuf (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know if Pharaoh was bad.  I said that the Pharaoh at the time of Yusuf (a) let him out of prison and made him master of the storehouses so maybe he was good.


My son wanted to know why there were a lot of Pharaohs.  I explained that Egypt was a kingdom for a very long time.  He asked me if all the bad Pharoahs went to hell.  I said that Allah (s) knows.  He asked if there are Pharoahs in the museum.  I told him that there were and I found some photos online to show him.  I found a photo of a mummy and a sarcophagus.  My son wanted to know why they looked scary.  I told him that they used bandages and herbs to preserve the body and it looks scary because dried bodies and bones can be frightening because looking at death and thinking about death is unnerving.

My son asked why they make the mummy dry.  I told him that it was part of their religion to preserve the body so that their soul could find the body again after death.  My son wanted to know why people think mummies are monsters.  I explained that some people dress up as mummies for Halloween and that is why they are associated with monsters but that halloween has nothing to do with ancient egyptian religion and those two ideas were mixed up later on.

After reviewing Yusuf’s (a) story I asked my son why Yusuf’s (a) brothers threw him into the well.  My son said they threw him in the well because their father didn’t love them as much as Yusuf (a).  I asked my son why they would throw Yusuf (a) in a well because their father loved him more.  We discussed the concept of jealousy.

I asked my son what the most important thing about Yusuf’s (a) story was.  We talked about the way he began to guide the people of Egypt.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the lives of the Prophets.

11. Illuminated Quran: Hud Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for the 11. Illuminated Quran: Hud .

This surah concerns stories of Hud (a) and Nuh (a).

I asked my son what happened to the people who did not listen to Nuh (a) before the flood.  We discussed what became of his son that went to the mountain.  My son wanted to know why he did not listen to his father.  I said I was not sure but that his son thought he would be safe from the water on the mountain but he was not and he drowned.

For this surah we reviewed the story of Hud (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  The following section is also part of out Tree of Prophets  project: Tree of Prophets: Hud (a).

My son wanted to know why the white cloud that came to the people of Ad had scorpions.  I told him that it was one of the clouds that were sent to punish the people who were not listening to Allah (s).

My son wanted to know why the second cloud was red.  I told him that the red cloud rains fire.  He wanted to know if the red cloud would rain fire on bad people.  I said maybe but the black cloud was chosen and not the red.

My son wanted to know why the people of Ad chose the black cloud.  I told him that they chose the black the cloud because they thought it was a rain cloud but it was really full of scary bird like creatures.  My son wanted to know why they did not choose no cloud.  I told him that the drought in that country had been very difficult for the people of Ad and they needed the rain.

I asked my son what happened to the people of Ad.  He said the black cloud killed them.  My son wanted to know why the black cloud killed them and I told him that they did not listen to the warning of Hud (a).  He asked why they did not listen to their prophet and I said that we all have difficulty to follow the prophets as well as we should.

We discussed the cities that fell and some that still stand after a prophet was sent to them.  We tried to think of a city that still stands and we thought of Mecca.  We tried to think of a city that was destroyed and we thought of area of the Dead Sea that was destroyed before Lut (a) left.

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Tree of Prophets: Hud (a)

Tonight we read the story of Hud (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  We reviewed this story as part of out Tree of Prophets  project and our 11. Illuminated Quran: Hud  lesson plan and review.

In the story of Hud (a) my son wanted to know why the white cloud that came to the people of Ad had scorpions.  I told him that it was one of the clouds that were sent to punish the people who were not listening to Allah (s).


My son wanted to know why the second cloud was red.  I told him that the red cloud rains fire.  He wanted to know if the red cloud would rain fire on bad people.  I said maybe but the black cloud was chosen and not the red.

My son wanted to know why the people of Ad chose the black cloud.  I told him that they chose the black the cloud because they thought it was a rain cloud but it was really full of scary bird like creatures.  My son wanted to know why they did not choose no cloud.  I told him that the drought in that country had been very difficult for the people of Ad and they needed the rain.

The artwork for this medallion is to represent the garden of Iram.

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