Friday, 7 February 2014
Learning Tawheed Through Stories!
I wanted to share with you all a great resourse to use with children that teaches the basics of Tawheed as well as giving a basic understanding of Allah's names through stories. I myself have found them greatly beneficial with my children as well as myself so adults will also benefit from reading them.
I have been using the 'Perfecting Pillars' series by Ad-Duha with my children over the past few years. It is a series of eight books that are titled in four sets of two using the main characters' names.
Muhammad & Maryam (Books 1 & 2) = This is about a young brother and sister who homeschool and their parents teach them about Allah. For ages approx 3 - 6.
Ibraheem and Iman (Books 3 & 4) = This is about a Grandmother who is helping her son raise her Grandson (after his wife passes away). They study Allah's names through paintings done by the grandfather that are kept up in the attic. For ages approx 6 - 9.
Khadija and Khaled (Books 5 & 6) = This is about the two eldest children of Ibraheem who is now a grown man and an Imam of a masjid. They learn about their great grand fathers' paintings and help their parents with their siblings. Khadija grows up to marry a convert brother and have her own child. (from books 3 & 4)
Fatimah and Fuad (Books 7 & 8) = This set is about a homeschooling brother and sister who are given an assignment to do about salah and they realise they don't know much and embark on a journey of research to learn the Fiqh of salah but also the meaning and importance of it in the life of a Muslim.
Each story follows the characters as they grow up and go about their lives, experiences and discussions and incorporates a life lesson about Allah/Salah in each chapter. The chapter is then followed by some questions and answers to reinforce each lesson and review previous lessons (particularly when Allah's names are being covered). Each duo set gets progressively detailed, longer and 'maturer' in content which works perfectly as your children get older and you complete each set.
I have found the books to be especially helpful in my own understanding of Allah and His names as well as giving excellent opportunities for my children and I to discuss and reflect upon the Names and Attributes of Allah through the relatable stories. Each chapter takes 5-10 minuntes to read but we find ourselves discussing things all the way through the story and for up to half an hour Alhamdulillah.
I often think that without these stories, perhaps I wouldn't know where to start with explaining Allah to my children and how to help them grasp the reality of our 'unseen' Creator and Maker as this was not something I had grown up with and so didn't really know how to.
Families can read the books perhaps once per week or as a daily bedtime story.
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