This is the fifth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.
Please see Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine 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:
Fix the medallion to the format you have chosen such as a poster or wall with double-sided tape.
Lesson for As Salam: The Source of Peace
This medallion depicts the dove that landed on an olive tree when the flood waters receded after the flood. Nuh (a) sent the dove to search for dry land and the dove returned with a twig from an olive tree. When the dove landed on the branch the Sea of Wrath splashed the feet of the dove and that is why the feet of the dove are hairless to this day.
If you would like to read the story of Nuh (a) to your students please see My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.
The name As Salam means peace, or to be safe. During and after the flood the people of the Ark found safety with Nuh (a).
The recitation of this name can bring harmony to relationships and can be a prayer for the departed.
Suggested discussion questions:
What does Salam mean?
What is peace?
How do we use this name every day as Muslims?
Did the followers of Nuh (a) find peace and safety after the flood?
How can we find peace and safety in our time?
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.