This is the twenty first 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:
Lesson for Al Basit: The Expander
The name Basit can mean the origin of expansion which is temporary. In nature this is called a positive feedback loop, like a sneeze or childbirth where stability returns only after the event has past. This expansion can be described as horizontal so this medallion depicts the universe as horizontally expanding in space.
Suggested discussion questions:
What does expansion mean?
Is the universe expanding?
Do our lungs expand when we inhale?
What other things expand?
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.