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.
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?
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).