This is the thirty fourth 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 Ghafur: The Hider of Faults
The name Ghafur means to forgive all the way to the deepest place. For this medallion we chose to depict an ostrich hiding its head in the sand, just as we hide from the reality of what we have done when we error. The recitation of this name can be a salve for shame and unworthiness.
Suggested discussion questions:
What does it mean to hide from our own faults?
Do you have faults that you try to overcome?
What does it mean to be unworthy?
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.