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Al Muqtadir: 70 The Creator of All Power

This is the seventieth 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 Muqtadir: The Creator of all Power

For this medallion we chose to depict the staff of Musa (a) becoming the serpent to give the idea of a person becoming who they are suposed to be.  The name Muqtadir can mean to put you on the path to God or to guide you like a shepherd.  This name can also mean that each soul has a purpose and that we need to be guided to that purpose.

 

Suggested discussion questions:

How can we be guided to our purpose?

Have you ever been given the responsibility to teach someone a new skill?

Was it difficult to teach another person something that they did not know?

 

Display:

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).

Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Astonishement

This is the 37th part of the Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.

 

VALLEY OF ASTONISHMENT

 

In the night Musa (a) saw the acacia tree did not burn yet was full of flames.  We live in a dream yet Musa (a) awoke in this valley and heard the voice of Allah (s).  We have nearly arrived so take heart.

Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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Pool of Paradise: The Valley of Understanding

This is the 34th part of our Pool of Paradise project for children in Ramadan.  Today we pass the Valley of Understanding.

 

VALLEY OF UNDERSTANDING

 

The Prophet Muhammad (s) said “Seek knowledge even if you must travel to China.”  Today we see the Valley of Understanding below us and we seek that knowledge.

 

After the believers made the Exodus out of Egypt Sayyidina Musa sought greater knowledge with Khidr (a) at the place where the river and the fish were joined again.  Khidr (a) told Musa (a) that his knowledge was not for Musa (a) but they travelled together for a time.  Khidr (a) drilled holes in the boat that carried them, struck a young boy dead, and rebuilt a falling wall, but Musa (a) was not able to understand why.  Khidr (a) tried to share his knowledge with Musa (a) but he did not see until he was told that the boat was to be stolen and was saved by the minor damage; the boy was to be a tyrant and his believing parents were saved from misery; the wall concealed a treasure belonging to orphans that would have been stolen if Khidr (a) had left the wall in ruin.  Khidr (a) still walks the earth.  He bids us salaam and asks us to greet Musa (a) when we reach the Pool of Paradise.

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Please share your ideas for teaching children the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out new book for this project:  The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum.

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36. Illuminated Quran: Ya Sin Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 36. Illuminated Quran: Ya Sin.

This surah speaks about the fire that did not burn in the story of Musa (a).  We reviewed this story in chapter 17 of  The Story of Moses by Karima Sperling.

After reading the story I asked my son why the fire on the acacia bush did not burn.  He said you could put infinity water on it and the flame would not go out.  I asked him if it was a special kind of fire and he said yes.

I asked my son what this miracle shows about the power of Allah (s).  He said yes that Allah (s) can make a fire that does not burn and a sandwich with air in it, but only my son knows why that would be miraculous.


I asked my son what Musa (a) thought of the tree of flames.  He said he did not know.  I asked him if Musa (a) thought the tree of flames was strange.  He said yes.

I asked my son what Musa (a) thought of the voice from the tree of flames.  He said that Musa (a) understood that it was Allah (s) because the things the voice said are not the kind of things that Shaitan would say.

This surah speaks about the miracle of the created world.  I asked my son why did he think Allah (s) created the world.  My son said he did not know.  I asked my son what we have to do here in the world.  He said we come here to learn.  I said yes, inshallah.

I asked my son if he could think of any other miracles of Allah (s).  He said no.  I asked him about the parting of the Red Sea and he said yes, that was a miracle.

Please share your ideas for teaching the meaning of the Quran to children.

 

28. Illuminated Quran: The Narrative Lesson Review

Recently we reviewed the lesson plan for 28. Illuminated Quran:  The Narrative .

My son had a friend visiting who decided to do these lessons with us.  We started this lesson by looking at the illustration of Musa (a) in the river Nile.

My son’s friend said that in the story he knew the baby Musa (a) was placed into a box in the stream.  I asked the boys why the baby was put into the river.  The boys said that Musa (a) was in the river to be protected from Pharoah’s soldiers.


I asked the boys why Musa’s (a) mother Yohabith (r) trusted Allah (s) and put the baby in the river.  They were not sure so I explained the part of the story where Yohabith (r) threw Musa (a) into the oven fire to hide him from the soldiers and found him unharmed when she went to take him out.  I said that maybe this was why she was brave enough put the baby Musa (a) in the river because she had already experienced that miracle.  (This detail of Musa’s (a) story is in the adult version on the Lore of Light: Volume 2 by Hajjah Amina Adil.)

We talked about the staff of Musa (a) that could turn into a dragon and eat the other snakes of the Egyptian magicians. They mentioned the part where Musa (a) put his staff in the river Nile and it turned to blood.


I asked the boys what Musa (a) learned during his travels.  We talked about his encounter with the burning bush and his conversation with Allah (s).


Please share your ideas for sharing the meaning of the Quran with children.

 

 

26. Illuminated Quran: The Poets Lesson Review

Tonight we reviewed the lesson plan for 26. Illuminated Quran: The Poets.

This surah speaks about the story of Musa (a) and his staff.  I asked my son why the staff of Musa (a) turned into a serpent.  He said that the magicians had snakes and Musa’s (a) staff was actually a dragon.  My son loves to correct me.  I asked my son why the staff changed and what did it do.  He said the staff that became a dragon ate all the snakes that were from the staffs of the magicians.


I asked my son why the staff of Musa (a) had these special powers.  He said “I don’t know.” I asked him where the staff of Musa (a) came from.  We discussed how this staff was special because it came from the Prophet Shuayb (a) and they had fought over the staff as well.  My son wanted to know why Musa (a) did not give the staff back to Shuayb (a).  I said that Musa (a) became frustrated because Shuayb (a) kept trying to give him a different staff.

I asked my son if he thought that Allah (s) gives Prophets powers with a staff and my son agreed.

This surah speaks about the ruins of the Thamud people.  I asked my son what we can learn about history from the Quran.  We discussed how this can be a way to find out the real meaning of history.

I asked if we can also learn about history like an archaeologist.  He said yes.  I asked what we can dig up and he said dinosaurs.  He wanted to know why they find humans when they dig as well I explained that humans die and then their bones are in the ground.  He wanted to know what archaeologists do with human bones and I explained that they usually can figure out how they died and what they ate among other things.

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

Tree of Prophets: Harun (a)

Tonight we read about the story of Harun (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know why the staff of Musa (a) ate all the other snakes that came from the magicians’ staffs.  I explained that Musa (a) had real power and that was stronger than the magic of the others.

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My son wanted to know why the army of Pharoah drowned in the Red Sea when the water fell back in after the Banu Israil reached the other shore of the Red sea.  We discussed why Allah (s) made the water to fall onto the army of the Pharoah to protect the believers fleeing Egypt.

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

Tree of Prophets: Musa (a)

Tonight we read about Prophet Musa (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

My son wanted to know why Pharoah wanted to kill Musa (a) by killing all the babies.  I told him that the Phaoroah was afraid that he would be defeated by the man that baby would become.

My son wanted to know why Yohabith (r) put baby Musa (a) in the river.  I told him that she put him in the river to save him.

My son wanted to know if Pharoah killed other boy babies.  I told him yes that did happen.


My son wanted to know why the babas of the babies didn’t stop the Pharoah.  I explained that the babas were unarmed slaves and the Pharoah had an army.

My son wanted to know why Asiya (r) adopted the baby Musa (a).  I told him she adopted the baby because she found him and loved him.

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

Musa: Hidden Idolatry 

Tonight we learned about the hidden idolatry in the hearts of the believers among the followers of Musa (a).  

The penalty of the people who worshiped the golden calf was death but those people were taken to paradise for accepting the judgement of God.

My son wanted to know why the believers secretly loved things other than God more in their hearts and I told him that people are weak and get easily distracted so we have to hope there is mercy for our mistakes.  Even though we do not have idols that are statues exactly in our time there are many many things to distract us from God.  We talked about all the treats and toys and tv shows and devices we use all day long that we love so much and are distracting.  


Image:  this is supposed to be the golden calf on top of a chest with generic heiroglyphics.  

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40. Illuminated Quran: The Believer 

This surah speaks about a believer from the family of the Pharaoh who said it was wrong to kill Musa (a) because of what he believed.

Discussion question:  if it is wrong to kill a believer in the one God is it also wrong to kill people who believe differently than us?

If you would like to read the story this believer in the family of the Pharoah there is a chapter concerning him (29. Towering Arrogance)  in The Life of Moses by Karima Sperling.

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