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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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4. Illuminated Quran: The Women Lesson Review

This is our lesson review for 4. Illuminated Quran: The Women.

This surah speaks about ladies and families.  I asked my son how the Prophet (s) treated ladies.  He said that he was nice and gave gifts to the ladies of his family and helped with cleaning and laundry in the house.


The surah speaks about Isa (a) and Mariam (r).  I read the story of Isa (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.  This story is also part of our Tree of Prophets  project and the post for Isa (a) can be found at this link: Tree of Prophets: Isa (a).

I asked my son if we believe that Mariam (r) is the mother of Prophet Isa (a). He said yes.  I asked him if we believe that Prophet Isa (a) was killed by the Romans.  He said no that we believe that the Romans killed someone who looked like him.  My son wanted to know why the Romans wanted to kill Prophet Isa (a) and I told him that there were people who did not like the things that Prophet Isa (a) was teaching.

My son asked what will happen when Isa (a) returns to earth.  I told him that he is going to bring a time of peace.

We discussed the laws of inheritance mentioned in this surah and what happens when someone passes away.  I asked him what we do with their possessions and he said that the family receives it and uses it to live after their family member passes away.

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4. Illuminated Quran: The Women

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

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4. THE WOMEN

The fourth surah of the Quran concerns ladies and families.  Part of the chapter also corrects the story about Prophet Isa (a).  There is also a section on inheritance laws.

The surah mentions the mercy and gentleness of the Prophet (s) towards ladies and children and emphasizes that it is not permitted to abuse or persecute them.

  • How did the Prophet (s) treat Khadijah (r) and Fatimah (r)?
  • How are we supposed to treat ladies in Islam?

The surah mentions the story of Prophet Isa (a) as we understand it in Islam.

  • Do we believe that the mother of Prophet Isa (a) was Sayyidina Mariam? Do we believe that the Romans killed Prophet Isa (a)?

The surah also discusses the laws of inheritance.

  • When someone passes away what happens to the things they own?

THE ILLUSTRATION

 

This illustration is meant to represent several ladies in Persian miniature style.

 

 

3. Illuminated Quran:  House of Imran Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 3. Illuminated Quran: The House of Imran.

This surah reviews the stories of Zachairiah (a), Mariam (r) and Isa (a).

First we read the story of Zachariah (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

I asked my son why Zachariah (a) asked for a child after he saw Mariam (r) with a bowl of fruits in her prayer niche (mihrab).  He said that Zachariah (a) asked this because he really wanted a baby.  My son said he would want fruit too and maybe some candy.

Next we briefly reviewed the part of Isa’s (a) story where he created a bat out of clay.  My son wanted to know if the bat was created in the day or the night.  I said that I did not know but that it was an interesting question.  I asked him why he wanted to know.  My son said that Bats live at night and eat mosquitos.  Then he wanted to know what happens if a bat bites you.  I said that you might bleed but that most bats only eat insects.


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Please see our new book The Illuminated Quran: Curriculum for Children available now on Amazon.

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3. Illuminated Quran: House of Imran

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

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3. HOUSE OF IMRAN

The third surah of the Quran concerns the House of Imran – the family of Zachariah (a) and Sayyidina Mariam.

The surah mentions the dedication of Sayyidina Mariam to the temple and a miracle she experienced there.  If you would like to read about Zachariah (a) to the children there is a chapter concerning his story in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

 

  • When Zachariah (a) saw that Sayyidina Mariam had fruits from Allah (s) in her prayer niche why did he decide to ask Allah (s) for a child?

Another miracle mentioned in this surah is where Prophet Isa (a) made a bird of clay and brought it to life which we now know as the bat.

  • Why do you think Prophet Isa (a) created a bat?
  • What do you know about bats?

 

THE ILLUSTRATION

The illustration for this chapter is a painting of the prayer niche of Sayyidina Mariam.

 

 


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25. Illuminated Quran: The Criterion Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for 25. Illuminated Quran:  The Criterion.

We began this lesson by looking at the watercolour wash painting for this surah of light above and dark bellow.  My son wanted to talk about what the light and dark meant.  He wanted to know if light is good and dark is bad.  I asked if that is so how do we know what is good without bad.  He said if we listen to Allah (s) we are good and have light and powers like he gives to the Prophets.  He went on and said that if we are bad we are like orcs (demonic Tolkien book characters) and Allah (s) will put you in Hell and maybe forgive you and take you up to Jenna.  He said that even if you go to Jenna after being bad you won’t have the light because you listened to Shaitan.


I asked my son if he could think of an example of right and wrong.  He said that people think light is up and down is black.  Lights are like Jenna and down is like the fire of Hell.  He said it is wrong if robbers are bad and steal.  He said that the all the Prophets do right things.

I asked my son if we have night and day for a reason.  He said we are tired so Allah (s) gave us time to rest for a long time and then wake up.

I asked my son what light and dark mean.  He said Shaitan is dark and bad and Allah is light and Jenna so maybe that means that light is good.

I asked my son what it means if there is a shadow.  He said that dark is bad and sometimes black.  He said that in the dark (darker room) his shadow is lighter.  He said “I glow like light in the dark.”

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24. Illuminated Quran: The Light Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for 24. Illuminated Quran: The Light.

This surah speaks about animals being created from water.  I asked my son why water is important for living things.  He was not sure.  I asked him if the planets without water look dead.  He agreed.  He asked why they are dead and did they once have life.  I said that some people are trying to find out if they had life once and then lost it but we also do not know if any other planets have life now.  I explained that Mars maybe had life if it had water.

This surah speaks about animals that crawl and walk on 2 legs and 4.  I asked if he can think of an animal that crawls and he said a baby cheetah.  I asked if he could think of an animal that walks on 2 legs and he said a squirrel, or that at least they can stand on 2 legs.  I asked if he could think of an animal that walks on 4 legs and he said a cheetah.

 
This surah speaks about some rules around respecting privacy and taking permission before entering a room etc.  I asked my son what privacy is and he wasnt sure.  I explained that it means you get to have a private place in your home.  I asked him why we are supposed to knock before entering a room.  He said that if a lady is getting dressed we need to knock first.

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23. Illuminated Quran: The Beleivers Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 23. Illuminated Quran: The Believers .

This surah speaks about the story of the Prophet Nuh (a).  This section is part of our Tree of Prophets  series: Tree of Prophets: Nuh (a)

I asked my son if he would be afraid if he were on the ark in the flood.  He said that he would not be afraid.  He said that if you slept and someone put you in a boat maybe you wouldn’t be scared.

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I asked my son what the most important part of the story was.  At first he said that the ark finding dry land was the best part.  I asked why and he said because it gives us hope.  After he said that the best part was when Nuh (a) made the ark.  I asked him why that was important.  He said that it was really clever to learn how to make a boat of wood and that it was more clever to build the boat before the flood came.

I asked my son what happened to the believers.  He wasn’t sure so we discussed how they landed after the flood and started having families.

I asked my son if the earth is like an ark that carries life through the solar system.  He said that sounded right and he wanted to know why he can’t feel the earth moving around the solar system.  I explained that the earth is moving so fast that you can’t feel the speed and that gravity is pulling us down so we don’t fly off the earth.  He then wanted to know why airplanes are not pulled down by gravity.  I explained that airplanes travel so fast that as long as they have a certain speed they will not fall down.  Like when we throw a ball in the air, it will not fall immediately but later once it slows down.

This surah speaks about the context of creation and biological life.  For this surah I decided to talk about the ideal placement of the earth in the solar system to support biological life.  First I played my son a short YouTube video about mars so that he could see the differences between a planet with life and a planet that appears dead.  My son wanted to know “why the water is gone from Mars.” I explained that this is one of the things scientists are studying right now but they do not know for sure.


I asked my son where earth is in the solar system.  He said he did not know so I pulled up a model of the solar system on my phone and showed him that we are the third planet from the sun.  My son asked if there is life on other planets and I said that we think so but that we have not yet found proof.  He asked if there is life on Jupiter.  I said we do not know but that it was not likely because of the conditions there.  He asked if anyone ever went to another planet and I told him not yet but that many people want to.  I told him that people have gone to the moon.  He wanted to know why they did not die.  I explained that they brought water, air, food and warm space suits.

I asked my son if it would be hard to live on Mars or Venus.  He wasn’t sure so I asked if you can breathe there; he said no.  I asked if there is water to drink there; he said no.  I asked if there is food to eat there; he said no.  I then asked if the earth is special in that way and he said yes it is.

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22. Illuminated Quran: The Hajj Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for 22. Illuminated Quran: The Hajj.

This surah speaks about the Kaaba.  I asked my son why we go around the Kaaba on hajj.  He thought that it might have something to do with the black stone witnessing our presence.  My son went on to say that the stone is actually white but it became black with our sins.

I asked my son how the stone became black.  He said it is black because we are being bad.  He asked why the stone won’t be white again.  I said that is did not know if it could be white again.


This surah discusses idol worship and how an idol cannot even make a fly.  We talked about why some people worship idols.  My son said that he did not know why they do that.  I asked him why he gives sadaqa and prays to Allah (s).  He said because he is a muslim.  I asked if he ever asks Allah (s) for anything.  He said yes.  I asked him if people go to idols to ask for things like we ask Allah (s).  He said that those people do not know that when you pray to an idol the idol cannot answer their prayer.  I said that this was so and that is why they do this, because they have something to pray for but they do not know the best way to ask.

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21. Illuminated Quran: The Prophets Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed our lesson plan for 21. Illuminated Quran: The Prophets.

This surah speaks about the story of Prophet Ibrahim (a).  I asked my son what Ibrahim (a) is trying to teach his people by destroying the idols.  My son said that he was trying to teach us that they real God is Allah (s).

I asked my son why the fire was cool for Ibrahim (a).  My son said that Allah (s) protected him.

This surah discusses the scope of creation so I played the Powers of Ten video for my son on YouTube to give an idea of the size of the universe. 

My son asked what a galaxy is.  I said that a galaxy in a collection of stars in a spiral.

My son wanted to know why we can’t see farther than they show in the video.  I explained that the telescopes cannot see farther than the light goes.  He asked why we cannot go further than that with our own light.  I explained that this is farther than any ship can travel right now and would take longer than anyone would live.

He asked if you would need to bring a lot of food on such a long journey.  I said yes.  He asked why we can’t live millions of years.  I explained that our cells are designed to live a certain amount of time and then they stop working.  He asked why our cells cannot live longer and I said that Allah (s) made our cells that way.  He asked if anyone can live to be 200.  I agreed that sometimes the prophets live a very long time or even longer than 200 years.  He asked why some prophets lived longer.  I said that maybe Allah (s) needed them to live longer to teach people.  My son wanted to know how long he would live.  I said that Allah (s) knows how long we will live.

This surah mentions that living things are made from water so I asked my son why water is important for life.  I asked what happens to plants without water and he said they die.

We discussed the purpose of creation and we concluded that life is created to make dhikr and worship Allah (s).  My son said that Baba says we are made to be humble servants.

I asked my son why there is more than one creation.  He said maybe it gives us many chances to be good and go to Jenna and the unseen like we have eternity chances.

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