This is the first part of our new series about the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.
Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the 99 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 Ar Rahman: The All Compassionate
In this medallion we have a drawing of bread to suggest the giving of bread from mercy to feed the hungry.
The arabic root for the word Rahma is RHM meaning womb of love. When we are growing in the womb we receive our rizq automatically from our mother easily without toil. Before birth we receive this nourishment in Rahma.
When we are born we are disconnected from the Rahma in the way that Adam (a) and Hawa (r) were separated from the Rahma of Paradise and we have to work for our bread.
Suggested discussion questions:
What is mercy?
What does Rahma mean?
Why do we give bread to the poor and people who cannot work?
How did Adam (a) and Eve (r) feel after they left Paradise?
Why do we have to work for our bread here on earth?
What can you do to show mercy to others?
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 send us your feedback on the 99 Names: A Visual Tasbih project and share your suggestions on how to approach the 99 Names with other projects for children.