This is the forty 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 Jalil: The Mighty
The name Jalil means divine strength. For this medallion we chose to depict an arch formed from natural rock. The arch is a form that gives great strength and in this case is a natural rock formation. For those who can see examples in nature to learn about the attributes of Allah (s) and take useful information from them the arch can represent the strength that holds aloft immense weight just as Allah (s) upholds the weight of the universe.
Suggested discussion questions:
What does it mean to be mighty?
What is divine strength?
Have you ever seen a natural arch or an arch on a building made by man?
What is the heaviest thing that you can hold up?
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.