Al Matin: 54 The Steadfast

This is the fifty 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.
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:

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Lesson for Al Matin: 54 The Steadfast

The name Matin can mean the strength to carry on.  For this medallion we have chosen a walking staff to suggest mastery, stability and a grounded quality that gives rhythm like a pace with a walking stick.  This name can also suggest the strength to handle defeat and failure.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

 

What is stability?

Why can both success and failure call for strength?

Why does mastery require strength?
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Al Qawiy: 53 The Strong

This is the fifty third 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:

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Lesson for Al Qawiy: 52 The Strong

The name Qawiy can mean the strength not to use the power bursting within us – like a chick bursting through an eggshell.  The eggshell also has a strength from outside to hold the weight of the mother hen and the strength comes from the shape of the shell.  This strength is divine strength and we need this kind to strenth to combat the ego, a strength that stays within certain internal and external limits.

Suggested discussion questions:

 

What is strength?

What is divine strength?

Why do we need strength to curb the ego?

Have you even watched a bird born from its shell?
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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 children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Gardens of Islam: Kitchen Garden

We recently used some vegetable trimmings to start a kitchen garden.  We were interested in having some growing food in the kitchen and using the trimmings in a way that would reuse the food.  Another way to reuse the trimmings is to compost but we have not tried that yet.

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We placed the trimmings in a little water in vessels on the counter and watched them grow.

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And grow…

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And grow…

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We learned recently on an organic and sustainable agriculture course that some vegetables that are harvested in the field will grow back 3 times.  This small kitchen garden in an example of how to glean a fourth.

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Our final step was to put the plants into the ground and we hope to harvest some larger vegetables soon.

Please share your ideas for gardening with Muslim children and teaching them about the importance of avoiding waste.

Gardens of Islam: Terrace Garden

Terrace gardens are an excellent option when living in an urban environment and we have a roof terrace with nice bright sunshine so we are planting some succulents and vegetables.  For the traditional Muslim home without an interior garden courtyard the terrace is an idea place to have a garden.  We hope to repeat this activity throughout the year depending on the season.

We began by preparing the planters and the soil.

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Then we transplanted some succulents.

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Then we planted a few vegetable seeds.

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We reminded the children to say Bissmillah when they planted their seeds in the soil to help them grow and then they added water.

Please share your ideas for gardening with short Muslims.

Dervish Dolls: Spring is Here

This spring I visited my niece and found that the Dervish Dolls I gave her at Mawlid time have a special place in her collection.  The lady doll is the Scherherazade I sent her with a copy of Tenggrens Golden Tales of the Arabian Nights.  I also sent her one of our bearded Dervish Dolls that is supposed to be an old wali.


We played with the dolls a bit and found that they looked quite happy with the trees that have just bloomed.


I was so pleased to see that she enjoys the Dervish Dolls in her creative play.

Please share your ideas for creative play with Muslim children.

Al Wakil: 52 The Trustee

This is the fifty second 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:

 

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Lesson for Al Wakil: 52 The Trustee

The name Wakil means the one worthy of complete trust.  For this medallion we have chosen to depict a closed door because the Wakil is the one that is trusted to be the keeper of the key.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What does it mean to be trusted?

Have you ever trusted someone with something important to you?

Has someone ever trusted you with something important to them?

 
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Isra wal Miraj: Gift Giving Ritual

In our family we have established a gift ritual for the Muslim holidays where the children dress up as little angels and pass out the gifts just as the real angels bring the gifts of Allah (s) to earth.


This year I gave my son a book I wrote for him about the history of the Prophets (a) with photos of all the Maqams for the Prophets (a), maps, artifacts etc.

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I am currently looking for a literary agent or publisher that would be interested in this project so please let me know if you have any contacts.  I will need a lot of help with this because there are so many images so I hope there is a publisher out there who would be interested in the scope of this project.

Update for 2018:

I am pleased to say that volume one has now been published and is avaiale now on Amazon: The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims Volume 1

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I also gave the Dervish Dolls with wood peg bases that I recently made for the boys.



I also gave the Dervish Dolls: Rabia (q) that I made from a cloth Waldorf lady doll and altered adding a bucket and a torch.

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Please share your ideas for making Isra wal Miraj special for children.

Please see our new book Isra wal Miraj for children available now on Amazon.

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Al Haqq: 51 The Truth

This is the fifty 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.
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:

 

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Lesson for Al Haqq: The Truth

The name Haqq means the truth itself and the root of this word means to journey into the heart.  For this medallion we chose to depict the light from the bush that did not burn when Musa (a) sought fire for his family in the desert to symbolize the journey into the heart.  Musa (a) was able to commune with the divine in the desert just as the divine can be found in the human heart.
Suggested discussion questions:

 

What is truth?

Where can Allah (s) be contained?

How can we journey into the heart?

 
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Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).

Ash Shahid: 50 The Witness

This is the fiftieth 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:

 

 

Lesson for Ash Shahid: The Witness

The names Shahid means to witness as we witness things with our 5 senses.  When we recite the Shahada we are saying that we witness that there is one Allah (s) and that Muhammad (s) is a prophet of Allah (s).  The recitation of this name is an antidote to attachment.
Suggested discussion questions:

What does it mean to witness?

What are the 5 ways we can witness something we experience?

What do we witness when we recite the Shahada?

What do we become attached to?  Why is attachment sometimes bad?
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Al Baith: 49 The Ressurector 

This is the forty ninth 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:

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Lesson for Al Baith: The Resurrector

The name Baith means to resurrect or awaken to the eternal life.  For this medallion we chose to depict the tailbone or coccyx bone that will be used to resurrect us on the Day of Judgement.  This bone will be preserved until the Day of Judgement and from this bone each person will be resurrected.
Suggested discussion questions:

What is resurrection?

How will we be resurrected?

What will happen on the day of judgement?

 

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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 children about the 99 Names of Allah (s).