Malik ul Mulk: 84 Owner of All

This is the eighty 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:


Lesson for Malik ul Mulk: Owner of All

The name Malik ul Mulk can meant being held by God like a key.  For this medallion we chose to depict an antique Ottoman key.  The recitation of this name can help those who are hesitant to trust.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What does it mean to be held by God like a key?

Does God use us for particular purposes?

Has there ever been a situation in your life when you had difficulty trusting God?

 

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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).

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Ar Rauf: 83 The Clement

This is the eighty 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:


Lesson for Ar Rauf: The Clement

The name Rauf can mean resting in God from difficulties, not being acknowledged, or healing.  For this medallion we chose to depict a sun to suggest clement weather or good weather or a resting point between bad weather cycles.  The recitation of this name can suggest tempering, like tempering metal when making a sword or soothing where there is hostility.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

Is there a time or a place that you feel safe or there is a pause in any difficulties in you life?

What times are we supposed to try and have that pause in our day?

Do you feel differently about your circumstances after your prayers that you did before your prayers?

 

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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).

Al Afu: 82 The Pardoner

This is the eighty 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:

Lesson for Al Afu: The Pardoner

The name Afu can mean divine forgiveness like the wind erasing footprints in the sand to erase errors.  For this medallion we chose to depict one person forgiving another.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

What is the best way to ask Allah (s) to forgive our mistakes?

What measures should we take to avoid making mistakes?

What is our reward if we stop ourselves before we make a mistake?

 

 

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Al Muntaqim: 81 The Avenger

This is the eighty first art 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 Al Muntaqim: The Avenger

The name Muntaqim can be like the word karma where whatever you put out comes back to you in kind or a harmony that comes through what appears to be by accident.  For this medallion we chose to depict the ark of Nuh (a) to represent the avenging nature of the flood and the balance that the flood restored on earth.  The recitation of this name can help those who are caught in a cycle of revenge.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

Have you noticed any good or bad deeds that came back to you?

How does the concept of Muntaquim or karma make revenge unnecessary?

How is revenge a form of disbelief?

 

 

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At Tawwab: 80 The Acceptor of Repentance

This is the eightieth 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 At Tawwab: The Acceptor of Repentance

The name Tawwab can mean to not carry a grudge and to grant forgiveness.  For this medallion we chose to depict a crying eye or someone crying because they are sincerely repenting.  The recitation of this name can help when you feel wounded or deficient.

Suggested discussion questions:

Have you ever sincerely asked for forgiveness?

Have you ever sincerely forgiven someone?

What is the right thing to do when we feel badly about something we have done?

 

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Al Barr: 79 The Gentle

This is the seventy 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:

Lesson for Al Barr: The Gentle

The name Barr can mean the perfect state or sweet and good as well as gentle.  For this medallion we chose a feather to suggest softness or gentleness. This recitation of this name is a remedy for feeling broken or feeling disillusioned.

Suggested discussion questions:

Have you ever felt disillusioned?

How did you regain your sense of faith after that experience?

Can you think of an example of Allah’s (s) gentleness?

 

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Ashura Party

Last year for Ashura we had a party with sweets and the children made animal cookies two by two for the ark of Nuh (a).  If you have ideas for this year’s celebration please share them with us.

First we made sugar cookies with animal cookie cutters.  Then we added the first layer of icing.

Then we added the faces and other details.

We also had cupcakes with these laser cut animal cupcake wrappers.


We are hoping to repeat the activity next year because the children enjoyed it so much and their cookie decorating went much better than we anticipated.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Ashura with children.

Hijra Journey 

This year I was able to find enough carved wood camels to do a small grouping of figures to represent the journey of the Prophet (s) from Mecca to Medina.

I have wanted to make a scene like this for a long time to represent the journey of the Prophet (s) and his arrival in Medina when his camel Qaswa sat before the home of Abu Ayyub (r).

Next year I would like to make a desert background to this scene and maybe a model of the house of Abu Ayyub (r) but this year I am happy to finally have the camels.

If you would like to read more about the story of the Prophet’s (s) arrival in Medina to your children please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil: chapter 18. The Entry into Medina.

If you are interested in our other Muslim New Years decorations please see our posts for the  Hijrah Windows 1439 series.

Please share your ideas for celebrating the Muslim New Year with children.

Ark of Nuh Craft

This is a project from one of our contributors.

First they drew a boat outline and then glued the popsicle sticks down.  Them they glued little foam animals down on the ark from Michael’s craft store.

This craft would be ideal as a preparation for the Ashura holiday.

If you would like to read the story of Prophet Nuh (a) to your child with this craft there is a chapter concerning him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Please share your ideas for creative projects to learn about the lives of the Prophets.

Ashura Creative Play Scenes and Gifts

This year for Ashura I was able to find Waldorf style dolls for Nuh (a) and Musa (a).  I used animal figures and a nested wave set to depict the flood and the parting of the Red Sea that coincides with the Asura Holliday.
We gave the pieces as gifts for Ashura.



We used the nested waves to show the parting of the Red Sea.

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We used animals in pairs, a nested wave set and a Waldorf Doll for this arrangement to learn about the story of Prophet Nuh (a).



This year my sons received The Animals of Paradise book by Karimah Sperling.  I hope to read this book with the children soon and post the review.

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The boys also received a book about Prophet Nuh (a) called Noah’s Ark by Lisbeth Zwerger.  I hope to read this book with the boys soon and post the review.



Please share your ideas for Ashura gifts and using creative play to celebrate the occasion with children.