Al Latif: 30 The Subtle One

This is the thirtieth 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.

Lesson plan:

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:

The name Latif can mean that which is so subtle it is unknown.  It can also mean the subtle strength to tame the nafs.  The recitation of this name can help to curb or soften the ego.  For this medallion we chose to depict a calligraphic brush to suggest the subtlety of painting.

Suggested discussion questions:

What is subtlety?

Can you give an example of something that is subtle?

How can something subtle be strong?

How can subtlety help us to overcome the ego?


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.

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