This is the third part of our series on 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 Al-Malik: The Absolute Ruler
This medallion depicts a scepter to give the idea of this name which means to hold all the universe in the hand in both the outer and the inner world. Ya Malik al-Mulk means to have permanence when there is change. This name explores the idea that the universe is held and supported by Allah (s) and that this manifestation never leaves the hand of Allah (s).
Suggested discussion questions:
What is a scepter?
What is an absolute ruler?
What is permanence?
What would happen to the universe if Allah (s) did not support and hold the universe?
What can we do in our lives to support those that are weaker than us?
If a person is in charge of something what is their responsibility?
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 share your ideas for teaching the meaning of the 99 Names: A Visual Tasbih to children.