Even though I have been (mostly) off social media including the blog, I thought I’d quickly hop onto share the activities we have been doing this past week. Since it’s the Christmas season, we have been talking a lot about Prophet Issa/Jesus (AS) with our 5 year old. Our conversations have usually been a spin off from Mr 5 year old’s questions. “What is Christmas?”, “Who celebrates Christmas?”, etc etc.
Issa is Jesus (AS):
We have been talking about the story of Issa AS as told in the Qur’an. Starting off from Maryam (AS) how angel Jibrael came to her to inform her about the birth of her son. We talked about Issa’s miraculous birth and how Allah gave Him many miracles. Even though Mr A is a an auditory learner. He was fascinated by all the details especially Issa’s (AS) many miracles, I still decided to supplement our discussion with an activity.
I used various images along with short and age appropriate description to help us in our discussion about Issa (AS).
In the end we coloured up the various elements on the worksheet, cut them up and glued them on card stock to make a mobile of all facts we learnt about Issa (AS).
It was a fun lesson and we loved doing it. Even Miss 2 year old joined in and had her own fun of pointing out the objects and colouring in.
InshaAllah we can use this worksheet to build up conversations in the future. You can download the worksheet here.
Talking about Tauheed:
Telling story of Jesus AS was also a good time to super impose the idea of Oneness of Allah. I took advantage and briefly explained to Mr 5 the meaning of Surah Ikhlas with special emphasis on Allah’s names “Al-Ahad” and “As-Samad”. We have already been talking about Allah’s names so it was really exciting for Mr 5 to learn something new. It also reminded me of a video we had watched on youtube sometime back which we will be watching again.
What about Christmas?
Mr 5 has been asking questions about the Santa and what’s the tree for. For now we have been telling him it’s a fictional character. As he grows up, I am hoping we can look into all the history behind it’s origins.
The goal in our family is to raise children who our confident in their Islamic identity at the same time be accepting of all the differences with others. That’s why we have been very explicit in some details especially explaining to Mr 5 how Issa AS is not the son of God and he will return during the end of time.
How do you talk to your children about Jesus AS? Share your thoughts below.
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