As Samad: 68 The Satisfier of All Needs

This is the sixty eighth 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.

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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 As Samad: The Satisfier of All Needs

The name Samad can mean a circle that expands internally.  For this medallion we chose a mother bird that cares for the needs of her chicks.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What is a want versus a need?

What needs does your mother help you with?

Why is heaven under the feet  of the mother?

 

 

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Al Ahad: 67 The Indivisible

This is the sixty seventh 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:

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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 Ahad: The Indivisible

The name Ahad can mean the one without second, the one without opposite.  Ahad is the center of the circle without a circumference, or the point that cannot be divided to put it in Euclidian terms.  For this image we chose a hydrogen atom to indicate the smallest point or particle (proton) of an element within the nucleus.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What does indivisible mean?

What is a point in geometry?

How many protons does a hydrogen atom have in its nucleus?

 

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Al Wahid: 66 The Unique

This is the sixty sixth 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.
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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 Wahid: The Unique

The name Wahid can mean the unique in all or that everything is a mirror of God.  For this medallion we chose to depict a snowflake as each is known to have a unique structure.  The students could choose another structure that is unique to illustrate this concept.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What does it mean to be unique?

What other things are unique?

Are fingerprints unique?

 

 

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Al Majid: 65 The Glorious

This is the sixty fifth part of our series on the 99 Names of Allah (s) for children.

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Lesson for Al Majid: The Glorious

The name Majid can mean light so for this medallion we chose the luster of the sunset because of the way the white light splits into many colors while traveling through that angle of our atmosphere.  The blue and violet wavelengths of light are scattered at sunset and so the longer wavelengths of yellow, orange and red are more pronounced.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What sources of light are there?

What is the light like at Maghrib time?

What is your favorite kind of light.

 

 

 

Is finding something in a spiritual way different from finding something in an ordinary way?

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Al Wajid: 64 The Finder

This is the sixty 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.

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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 Wajid: The Finder

The name Wajid can mean divine ecstasy where God becomes the eye through which you see.  Wajid can also mean the measure of the spiritual station.  For this medallion we chose the astrolabe for the other translation meaning “finder.”

Suggested discussion questions:

What is an astrolabe?

How does an astrolabe help you to find your way?

What is a spiritual station?

Is finding something in a spiritual way different from finding something in an ordinary way?

 

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Al Qayyum: 63 The Self Existing One

This is the sixty 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.

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Lesson for Al Qayyum: The Self Existing One

The name Qayyum can mean eternal time or that which transcends the passage of time.  This name can also mean that which exists after death.  For this medallion we chose the oroboros or snake biting its own tail which symbolizes the eternal cycle of renewal.

Suggested discussion questions:

 

What part of us exists after death?

What is time?

What is there that exists outside of time?

 

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Gardens of Islam: Kitchen Garden Harvest

Today we harvested our fist crop of alfalfa sprouts. 

Our little gardeners pulled up the sprouts.

Washed the sprouts.

Dried the sprouts, and then ate some as well.


Please share your ideas teaching children about horticulture.  

Al Hayy: 62 The Ever Living One

This is the sixty second 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:

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Lesson for Al Hayy: The Ever Living One

The name Hayy can mean the one who truly lives or the life principle that never dies.  The recitation of this name of this name gives life energy and is an antidote to sorrow and a dead heart.  For this medallion we have chosen to depict Khidr (a) who is ever living.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

Why is Khidr (a) ever living?

Why is it unusual that Khidr (a) is ever living?

Why is it important that Allah (s) is ever living?

 

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Al Mumit: 61 The Taker of Life

This is the sixty first 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:

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Lesson for Al Mumit: The Taker of Life

Al Mumit can mean the one who causes death.  For this medallion we have chosen to depict Azrail, The Angel of Death, suggested by the form of a butterfly.  For the believer death is a chance to reunite with the Lord.  This name can also help us to contemplate the idea that we can “die before we die” or experience fannah (annihilation) where the ego is dissolved.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What is fannah?

What happens to our soul when we die?

What spiritual practices do we do to prepare for death?

 

 

 

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Al Muhyi: 60 The Giver of Life

This is the sixtieth 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.

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Lesson for Al Muhyi: The Giver of Life

The name Muhyi can mean the one who gives life or causes life to quicken.  For this medallion we chose to depict life sprouting from a hand to suggest that life is not random and there is a hand of creation and a design in every living thing.  The recitation of this name can help those with depression.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

Have you ever planted something and watched it grow?

Did you have to care for the plant?

How did growing something make you feel?

 

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