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5. Illuminated Quran: The Food Lesson Review

This is the review for lesson plan  5. Illuminated Quran: The Food.

This surah speaks about permitted and forbidden foods.  I asked my son which foods we are allowed to eat and which foods are forbidden.  He said that we are not allowed to eat pig or other haram things but we are allowed to eat chicken and vegetables.  If you would like more ideas for teaching your children about this subject please see out post Haram and Halal.


I asked my son if there were any stories we knew of where forbidden food was mentioned.  We discussed the story of Adam (a) and the wheat tree or apple tree in Paradise.  My son wanted to know why we cannot eat from that tree.  I told him that if Allah (s) says not to eat it that it must be bad for us.  He asked if we can ask for apples in Jenna.  I said I did not know but that there are many fruits there and maybe there are apples that are permitted there as well. If you would like to read more about the story of Prophet Adam (a) there is a chapter about him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  The story of Prophet Adam (a) is also part of our Tree of Prophets project and the post concerning him can be found at this link: Tree of Prophets: Adam (a).

Please see our new chapter concerning Adam (a) in The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims Vol. 1 for more details about his story and other samples.

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This surah speaks about wudu or ablution.  I asked my son what wudu is.  He said it is washing yourself to pray or eat and that we should say bissmillah before eating.  I asked why we make wudu to pray and he said that if we are dirty when we pray that Allah (s) would not like that.

This surah mentions the miracle where Prophet Isa (a) created the bat for clay.  I asked my son where bats come from.  First he said they come from a cave.  Then he said that Prophet Isa (a) made the bat and then went to live in a cave.

This surah speaks about the event where Prophet Isa (a) asked for the miracle of the table.  I asked my son what he could remember about this event and he said that everyone ate from the table and some people believed and some did not.  He asked what happened to the people who did not believe and I told him that they turned in to pigs.  I asked him what he would think if a table came down from heaven.  He said that he would definitely believe.  Then he asked if the Christians ate the pig people  and a said I did not know but I did not think so.  If you would like to read more about Prophet Isa (a) to your children there is a chapter about him in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  The story of Prophet Isa (a) is also part of our Tree of Prophets  series and the post concerning him can be found at this link: Tree of Prophets: Isa (a).
Please share your ideas for teaching the meaning of the Quran to children.

Please see our new book The Illuminated Quran: Curriculum for Children available now on Amazon and add to the discussion by sharing your lesson experiences and artwork the children make for each lesson.

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The Tree of Light: Part 6

This is the sixth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Sulayman climbed down from the tree and kissed his brother, apologizing for the apple.  Yusuf hugged his brother and tried to climb the tree again. “Up up in the tree.”  he said.  They climbed the tree together while Grandfather took a nap. 

Grandfather found Sulayman and Yusuf in their room with their heads in the toy chest and their bottoms hanging out trying to reach all their stray blocks.  They built a little city with the blocks and were just a few pieces shy.  They did not want to come to dinner till it was finished.  Grandfather waited patiently as they placed the last pieces. Then he promised to tell them a story about a very beautiful and important chest after they had eaten their dinner and helped their mother wash up. 


 

The Tree of Light: Part 5

This is the fifth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Hawa (r) had many children and among them were Qabil and Habil.  Habil was a shepherd with flocks of sheep and Qabil was a farmer.  Each of them offered sacrifices, like a gift, to their Lord, but only Habil’s was accepted.  This and other jealousies between them caused enmity and Qabil killed his brother with a rock on Mt. Qasiyun in Damascus in the Cavern of Blood.

We must always remember that jealousy and bad feelings will harm us and the people we love.  Qabil regretted what he did to Habil but he could not take it back.  We must not be heedless ones.  We must use our mind and think before we do an action, this is why Allah (s) gave us a mind.

After a life of 1,000 years Adam (a) passed away and was buried on Mt. Serendib where he fell to earth and left Paradise.  In our time, we are blessed to only spend around 100 years or so away from our creator.

The Tree of Light: Part 4

This is the fourth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Adam (a) descended to earth and landed on Mt. Serendib in Sri Lanka and Hawa (r) landed in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Adam (a) and Hawa (r) sought forgiveness and it was granted to them.  Adam (a) and Hawa (r) were reunited at Arafat after they had completed the Hajj.  Adam (a) was asked to build the Kaaba.  Then they began to farm the land with oxen and grain from Angel Jibrail (a).  Adam (a) was given a staff from heaven that would later be given to Musa (a) and a ring that would later be given to Sulayman (a).

Grandfather took off his ring and handed it to Yusuf who was fidgeting now that his apple was finished. 

The Tree of Light: Part 3

This is the third sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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Adam (a) was lonely in the garden and Allah (s) created Hawa (r) so that they would be together.  They were asked to not eat the fruit of one tree there in the garden.  They were deceived by Iblis who entered the garden inside the peacock.

He deceived Adam (a) and Hawa (r) with fear and lies, telling them that they would suffer a terrible death if they did not eat the fruit of the forbidden wheat tree.  They regretted their error and dressed themselves with the leaves of the fig tree because they were ashamed.  Some are saying they were ashamed because they were naked but when we do wrong sometimes we are hiding, wanting to hide what we have done and hide ourselves from punishment.

Grandfather glanced up into the tree where Sulayman was hiding.  Sulayman hid behind the branch again. 

 

“Do not forget that we cannot hide from the things that we have done and do not forget that it is written that we have done these things so that we can learn from our mistakes and ask for forgiveness.”  Grandfather rubbed Yusuf’s head again and took his miswak tooth stick from his pocket. 

The Tree of Light: Part 2

This is the second sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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The soul entered this clay form and the heart began to beat with the dhikr of Allah (s).  Adam (a) was taught the names of all the things in creation.  Within Adam (a) was placed a special light, and the angels bowed low to Adam (a), but Iblis did not obey because he could not see this light; he was only seeing the clay.

 

“Where were all the other people?”  asked Sulayman.  “Where was Adam’s family?”

 

“Hmm.” Grandfather looked up.  “If Allah blesses us with family then we have to be kind and gentle with them or we will be alone and unhappy.” 

The Tree of Light: Part 1

This is the first sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon.  This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets.  This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets  project featured here on our website.  In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.

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“And we have honored the children of Adam.”

 

Sulayman and Yusuf were playing in the garden of their Grandfather.  Sulayman climbed the branches of the apple tree and dropped an apple on Yusuf’s head and kept climbing as Yusuf cried and scuttled after his big brother.  Yusuf slid down the trunk unable to reach the lowest branch and sank to the ground next to the apple. 

 

Their Grandfather found Yusuf and helped him up, cleaned the apple for him and rubbed his sore head before shooting a reprising look at his naughty brother above.  Sulayman hid behind a branch feeling ashamed and wanting to disappear. 

 

Grandfather sat under the tree with Yusuf and told him to eat his apple.  “Do you know the story of the Tree of Knowledge and our Father Adam (a)?”  Grandfather asked. 

 

Yusuf shook his head, juice running down his chin, eyes wide with interest.  Grandfather took a handkerchief from his pocket and wiped Yusuf’s face gently.  “Then I will tell you his story, and when I am done you can tell me if you think your brother should be punished.”  Grandfather glanced upward and Sulayman hid again making the tree sway.

 

1 ADAM (a)

Once upon a time in a garden far far away there was a man named Adam (a) that was created by his Lord from clay, water and divine breath.

When Allah (s) wished to create Adam (a) He sent his angels to the earth to bring Him clay.  Angels brought clay from all the corners of the earth and from heaven and from hell and from the core of the earth.  Allah (s) took this clay and formed it into the shape of a man, but this was only a shape, a physicality, until Allah (s) added one more and most important ingredient.

“Do you know what it was?”  asked Grandfather. 

 

A butterfly landed on Grandfather’s walking stick and Yusuf giggled and pointed at it. 

 

“When Allah (s) wished to bring his creation to life he gave breath to Adam (a), and he came to life with the light of Muhammad (s).”

 

Grandfather gently blew on the butterfly and it fluttered and flew away. 

A great master named Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi once said that the creation is unfolding here on earth something like this:

I died as a mineral and became a plant.

I died as a plant and rose to an animal,

I died as an animal and I was a Man.

Why should I fear?

When was I less by dying?

Yet once more I shall die as a Man, to soar with blessed angels, but even from this I must pass on because all except Allah will perish.

When I have sacrificed this soul, I shall become what no mind before conceived.  Oh, please let me pass into nothingness, please let me to be annihilated and return to The One who made me.

“How is Allah making us from clay?  Where is my clay?”  asked Sulayman, sliding down to a lower branch looking at his hand. 

 

“Hmm,” smiled Grandfather.  “Many people are interested in how, but the people who understand more ask why Sulayman.  And for real understanding you must know both.  I am saying that the unfolding of creation is more than we can understand.  If creation is like a large banquet table, then we are seeing the creation of Allah (s) like our dinner at that table.  The food is arriving at the table one dish after another.  Some are saying that the food arrives, cooked, seasoned, heated and chilled perfectly by accident.  They say there is no chef, there is only an oven and pots and pans cooking but no recipe; there is no waiter to bring the food.  They are thinking that the food cooks itself randomly alone in the kitchen.” Grandfather chuckled. 

 

Yusuf pointed up above his head, “I see table now.”

“Then there are others, who eat the food at the other end of the table.  They are no mind ones as well.  They say that the food has no oven has no need of cooking, no recipe no work to make it and takes no time to prepare.  They say Allah (s) is making like this with magic wand ‘puff.’  They have faith but no mind.  I am liking to sit in the middle and I am laughing at them both because if you are knowing the truth many things are very funny.  There is a chef, there is an oven, there are ingredients, and the chef has a recipe for his creation.  Each recipe has its time to prepare and to cook and then Lord of Heavens is sending his creation to earth with angels who are like the waiters.  Do not believe the people who are thinking there is no chef and do not believe the people who think there is no kitchen for they are both having no mind, but they are very funny.”  Grandfather took his prayer beads from his pocket and began his recitation. 

Then Allah (s) created the ego.  Many trials were given to the disobedient ego but it only became more defiant, more naughty.

“Do I have an ego?” asked Sulayman.  “I make everyone cross when I am naughty.”

 

Grandfather started laughing and rubbed Sulayman’s head as tears ran down his cheeks. 

Then the Lord placed the ego in the Valley of Hunger, and after it stayed there for a long time the ego recognized Allah (s) as its Lord.  This is why we are not eating in Ramadan.  We are training our egos to be obedient and not wild crazy ones.

38. Illuminated Quran: Sad Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 38. Illuminated Quran:  Sad.

We read the story of Adam (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil because his story is explored in this surah.

For this surah I asked my son why Allah (s) told the angels to bow to Adam (a).  He said that he did not know.  We talked about how Allah (s) was maybe testing the angles.

I asked my son why Iblis refused to bow to Adam (a).  My son said that it was because Iblis thought he was better than clay, the clay that Allah (s) used to make Adam (a).  My son asked if Iblis was jealous of Adam (a) and I answered that Iblis was jealous of Adam (a).

My son asked if Iblis was an angel and I said that I did not know but that angels are made from light and that Iblis is made from fire.

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My son asked if Iblis was good in the beginning, when he was a baby.  I said that is did not know if Iblis was ever a baby but that he used to pray all the time before he was cursed.  My son asked if Iblis had prayed to Allah (s) and I said yes, there was a time when he did.

My son asked why Adam (a) is higher than Iblis.  I said that I do not know for sure but I asked what did Allah (s) use to make Adam (a).  My son said clay and water and I added that ruh/breath was the third ingredient. I asked my son if he thought that ruh was the secret ingredient and he said yes.

Please share your idea for exploring the meaning of Quran with children.

Tree of Prophets Workshop: Adam (a)

We recently began a weekly workshop for the Tree of Prophets project.

One of our mamas read the story to the children and she did such an excellent job of making the story exciting.

At the end she asked the children a few questions about the story.

She asked the children what Adam (a) did that made him an exile from Jenna.  One of our young ladies said that Adam (a) ate from the wheat tree.

The mama then asked what was written on the throne and one of our young gentlemen said Allah (s) and Muhammad (s) is written on the throne.  (This part of the story in not found in the text we are using but the mother reading the story added a few more details when she told it.)

Next our mama asked what the children learned from the story and they said we should listen to Allah (s) and not Shaitan.


Next our mama asked the kids who Adam’s (a) wife is and one of our little girls said Hawa (r).

After the story the children worked on their mediallions to take home for their own Tree of Prophets  project.

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If you would like to know more about this story or read it to your children please see My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the lives of the Prophets.

20. Illuminated Quran: Ta Ha Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for 20. Illuminated Quran: Ta Ha.

This surah speaks about Prophet Adam (a) so we discussed the story.  I asked my son if Adam was the only one that ate from the Tree of Knowledge.  We talked about Eve (r)

My son wanted to know if Adam (a) and Eve (r) forgot the rule about not eating from that tree.  I said no I think they did not forget I think they were misled by Iblis who told them that if they did not eat from the tree they would die.


My son wanted to know if what Iblis told them was true.  I thought about it and said that if Adam (a) and Eve (r) were in Jenna then no they could not die but when they were thrown out of paradise and fell to earth then they were mortal and could die so Iblis lied to them mislead them.

We discussed the subject of death and I asked my son what would happen if people did not pass away on earth.  My son said that if people stay in life and do not die they would become bad because we don’t belong here bur we are here to learn good from bad.

I asked my son if it was true that every soul tastes of death.  He said that we don’t know what Allah (s) knows.  I asked him which prophet is till living.  We discussed Khidr (a).  My son wanted to know if we could call Khidr (a) on the phone.  I said no I did not think so.  My son wanted to know how we could see him.  I said that there is a dua for this I think but I would need to find out.

Please share your experiences with exploring the meaning of the Quran with children.