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Shaban Moon-splitting Craft

Shaban Mubarak! I am so pleased to share another craft from Kelly G. and to thank her for contributing. She decided to create a craft around the event where the Prophet (s) split the moon in two as a miracle to prove to the Quraysh that he was indeed a Prophet (s) of Allah (s).

She began with a drawing of the night sky and then gave the children a moon to split with scissors and glue to attach the split moon to the composition. She asked the children to include a short ayat concerning this event from the Holy Quran.

This craft is an excellent example of what we do here at Sirajunmunira, using creativity and love to help children learn about the Prophet (s) and the message he brought for all humanity.

Our humble thanks once again to Kelly G. a we welcome her and you to contribute your projects so that we can learn from you.

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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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5. Illuminated Quran: The Food

 

This sample is the fifth 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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5. THE FOOD

The fifth surah of the Quran contains some information about food and food laws, a description of wudu/ablution, and a miracle. In this surah, the rules for permitted and forbidden food are established.

  • What foods do we eat and what foods do we not eat as Muslims?
  • Have we ever heard another story where there was a forbidden food?

There is a description of the ritual ablution that we perform before prayer.

  • What is wudu?
  • Why do we make wudu before we pray?

In this chapter, the miracle of the table is described where the people asked Prophet Isa (a) for a miracle and Allah (s) sent the table down with food.

  • When Prophet Isa (a) asked Allah (s) to bring down the table as a miracle what happened?
  • What would you think if a table came down with endless food?

THE ILLUSTRATION

This is an image of a traditional table covered with food.


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

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.

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

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

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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.


Please share your experiences when teaching your children about the meaning of the Quran.

 

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.

 

 


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

The Tree of Light: Part 23

This is the twenty 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.

Part 23:

After some time, the ark came to rest on Mount Judi on the Day of Ashura.  Ashura is also the name for the sweet pudding they made from all the leftover food on the ark.

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This is a photo of Ashura pudding that

is still made to celebrate the holiday.

After they had landed Nuh (a) found the earth to be white from all the bones of the drowned creatures.  Nuh (a) wept at the vastness of this destruction.  Allah (s) instructed Nuh (a) to take clay and make earthenware vessels and pile them up high.

Then he was told to pull out the pot on the bottom, so causing all of them to fall and break.  Nuh (a) was anguished by the destruction of all his hard work.  In this way Allah (s) showed to Nuh (a) what it is like for a creator to destroy his own creation, as when Allah (s) accepted the prayer of Nuh (a) and destroyed the unbelievers and their world.  Nuh (a) was warned not to pray against anyone ever again or his name would be erased from the book of prophets.

The Tree of Light: Part 21

This is the twenty 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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Part 21:

“Why did Allah (s) let Iblis get on the boat?” 

 

“Hmmm.” Grandfather smiled.  “That is a very good question.  Why do you think Allah (s) let Iblis sneak into the boat?”

 

Sulayman thought for a moment; it appeared to be painful to think so hard.

 

Grandfather chuckled.  “Sulayman, when you are in a dark room with no light can you see where you are going?”

 

“No.”

 

“If you are in the dark and come out in the sun where it is very bright can you see anything before your eyes adjust?”

 

“No.”

 

“Everything that Allah (s) created has its purpose.  The light and the dark make a shadow that allows us to see the shape of things.  You must contemplate these things.  It is the work of your life to understand them.”

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2. Illuminated Quran: The Cow

This sample is the second 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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2. THE COW

This second surah is the longest chapter in the Quran and contains many ideas that can be used to encourage analytical thought with children. There are some very important points about belief and then a summary of prophetic history from Adam(a) to Dawud(a).

Within this summary is a parable about the sacrifice of a cow that loosely means we cannot hide our errors from Allah(s).

The first point you can share with children is that the Quran was sent for people who believe in things they cannot see.

  • Is there something you believe in that you cannot see (in addition to Allah(s))?

The second point is that people who do not believe cannot see the truth.

  • Is there anything that you do not understand (like why the sky is blue etc.)?
  • How would you feel if you could never find the answer to your question?

The third point is the story of the fall of Adam(a).  Adam(a) and Hawa(r) were in paradise until they were tempted by Iblis to eat what Allah(s) had forbidden. They were sent down to earth as a punishment.

  • Have you ever broken an important rule?
  • What happened when you broke the rule?

The fourth point is a recount of the Exodus where Prophet Musa(a) and his followers leave Egypt and the Red Sea is parted (2.51).

  • Can you think of any other miracles like the parting of the Red Sea?
  • Why do you think miracles happen?

The fifth point is the sacrifice of the cow for which the surah is named. The text refers to a sacrifice of a cow in the time of Musa (a). The people tried to delay the sacrifice by asking many questions about the cow because they felt guilty about the bad thing they had done. The parable indicates that it is not possible to hide our errors from Allah(s). There are many instances where the Quran recommends a sacrifice in order to correct an error.

  • Have you ever done something wrong?
  • Have you ever tried to hide it because you were afraid of getting into trouble?

The sixth point mentioned are the rites of Hajj and Ramadan. The importance of the Kaaba is discussed and the construction of the Kaaba by Ibrahim(a) and Ismail(a).

  • What is the Kaaba?
  • Why is it important?
  • Why do we fast in the month of Ramadan?

The seventh point is that there is no compulsion in religion (2.256).  As much as Muslim parents and educators want the children to believe it is very important to discuss what it means that no one can be forced to believe or to practice religion.

  • Why is it that we cannot force people to believe or to practice Islam?
  • How would you teach your children about Islam; what would you tell them?

It may not be possible to cover all of these points in one lesson because the younger a child is the shorter is their attention span. You can pick and choose which points may be more significant to the children and perhaps review the parable of the cow for the illustration.

 

THE ILLUSTRATION

 

The image for this surah is of the head of a golden cow to represent the cow mentioned in the parable.

 

 

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