بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
We started our scrapbook on "Our Role Models - The Sahaabah". This approach is working well so far for us and I like the fact that we are able to cover many aspects of our dheen this way. We do not go into detail in our study here as the aim here is to make familiar the best noble individuals of this Ummah and create the love and a passion for imitating them to gain success in this world and hereafter Inshaa Allaah. Also this is something that will be continuously studied each year of course with more details Inshaa Allaah.
- The Definition of a Sahaabi
- The singular and plural in Arabic for sahaabah
- How do we call a male and female companion in Arabic
- The Merits of the Sahaabah
- Some Traits of the Sahaabah
- Who are the Muhaajireen and the Ansaar
- Foremost amongst the sahaabah
- Who are the Khulafaa ur Rashideen
- We also used this site and copied some of the Aayahs of the Qur'aan and the sayings of the Messenger of Allaah about the sahaba.
This is the cover page of the Scrapbook.
I explained to her the meaning of "Our Role Models". This I think is very important at this time especially because I feel that she is exposed to more reading materials and more information, Alhamdulillaah. As we all know you cannot find a large collection of quality Islaamic Books for kids, our kids are reading materials from others. And I sometimes fear that these characters and happenings even if they are true and innocent would make an impact on the kids no matter how much we try to justify ourselves. So the best is that we introduce our true role models to them and instill love in their hearts for them Inshaa Allaah. While explaining Role Models I also mentioned we name our children after the names of the Prophets and the Companions mainly because we want them to be like them and achieve success in this life and the hereafter.
These are the inside pages.
Abu Bakr As Siddeeq رضي الله عنه
We completed Abu Bakr As Siddeeq رضي الله عنه as our First Role Model - Companion. We used the following Resources for this.
- The Golden Series of the Prophet's Companion - Abu Bakr As Siddiq - The First Caliph of Islaam
- The Age of the rightly Guided Caliphs - Abu Bakr As Siddiq
- Saheeh Al Bukhari - The Merits of Abu Bakr Siddeeq رضي الله عنه (most of the hadeeth we read from the Saheeh Al Bukhari could be found here )
- Companion Quest
- A Concise Children's Encyclopedia of Islam
This is a brief description of how we get about this Inshaa Allaah.
To instill love in the hearts of the little ones you need to keep talking, really! You need to constantly narrate and tell them the stories or incidents involving the sahaabah to get them really interested. So this is what I try to do. We took turns and read all the above mentioned books. And Noted down the following and recorded on the scrapbook.
- His Birth - when, where?
- His true Name
- His Kunya
- Special Names - Here we discussed each incident why he was given that particular name
- His Parents' Names
- His Wives
- His Children
- His Death
Then I asked her to describe as to how he looked. She was to write them down but instead asked me to write them for her.
We used the Companion Quest and played the game on Abu Bakr As Siddeeq رضي الله عنه while learning the important facts about him. After which we wrote them down on the scrapbook making the same circle shape as the Companion Quest. We further read from other sources and noted down more facts about his Khilaafah and other incidents.
After talking and discussing about Abu Bakr and explaining some of the incidents from the seerah I asked her to now explain to me "How is he a Role Model for you?" . This is the fruit of the whole subject Alhamdulillaah, she was able to tell me this and write them down.
Then I asked her to explain to me each incident of what she has written that makes him a role model. Example, she said he was truthful - The incident of Al Israa and Mi'raaj, He was the Strongest in Eemaan - The incidents of the Cow and the Wolf talking, He was brave - He fought in all the battles and fought the False Prophets and those who refused to pay Zakaah, He was Generous - Freed the slaves and gave his wealth to Islaam and so on.
So that was the end of the lesson. Please note all of the above are not done in one day. We do Our Role Models Once a week, and some days we only read and other days we write some parts of it and other days we only discuss. So it may take three to four lessons or more to complete depending on the amount of information and of course the mood.
Some sisters ask me if she retains the information as we are doing many things. Well children as well as adults need revision and consistency, so after we finish a lesson we always go back to it again every now and then to refresh the information. Scrapbooks makes revision easy because it would take only less than 10 minutes to go through the 2 pages but there are plenty of information over there and reminds us all what we did in detail before.