8. Illuminated Quran: The Spoils of War Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 8. Illuminated Quran: The Spoils of War.

This surah concerns the history surrounding the Battle of Badr so we began with reading the chapter concerning this battle in the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know why the Prophet (s) had armor and a sword instead of using powers to win.  I told him I was not sure but that the example of the Prophet (s) is very important to Muslims so maybe we needed his example to know how Muslims are supposed to behave if there is a battle.  Having said that the Prophet (s) did throw a handful of dust at this battle to blind the enemy before the army of angels and Muslims descended.  This battle also has examples of the special powers given to the Prophet (s).

We discussed some points from the surah concerning the division of the spoils of war.  I asked my son how war is different now than it was then.  My son said that now when people have wars it is not to capture wealth from a caravan but to destroy other people’s homes or countries.  I asked why people fight now and he said they fight to protect their home or their country.  We discussed how some early Muslim warfare was for the purpose of protecting the Muslims as well and not capturing caravans.  My son said that now people get money from business and banks not from fighting.

We discussed how the Prophet (s) conducted warfare.  My son said that he started by praying to Allah (s) for assistance in the battle.  We also discussed the fact the Prophet (s) spared the prisoners captured in the Battle of Badr  and allowed them to be ransomed.

We discussed why part of the wealth from the battle was given to the poor and people who did not fight in the battle.  My son said that they gave the money because sadaqa is nice and then those people could eat.

We discussed the warnings sent to the Quraysh and the Egyptians.  I asked my son if these warnings were similar.  He said that both peoples did not listen to their Prophet very well. I asked my son what miracles they rejected.  He said that the Egyptians did not listen after they saw the miracle of Musa’s (a) staff turning into a dragon and the Quraysh did not listen after the Prophet (s) split the moon in two.

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

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