This is the twenty sixth 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 As Sami: The Hearer of All
The name Sami means divine hearing or hearing all. This can also mean the sounds that we hear and the sounds we do not hear or sacred sounds. This name can mean to open the mystical ears. Our ears are limited and cannot hear when we do not know the meaning, like when we hear a foreign language but we do not understand it.
One example that can illustrate this point for children is the language or elephants. Part of their language is bellow our range of hearing but with microphones and amplification their language can be made audible to humans.
Suggested discussion questions:
What does divine hearing mean?
What is a sacred sound?
What are mystical ears?
Are there sounds that we cannot hear?
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.