Here’s a visual demo based around a very popular verse in S.Layl about giving Charity and a craft activity for S.Layl – a Sura of Opposites!
Ayah 18 is demonstrated visually by two foam cups – the Giver and the Stingy.
- Paint the inside of the cup with black water-based paint
- Label the cups
- Poke a few holes (2-3) in the ‘Stingy’ cup
- Poke many holes in the ‘Giver’ cup (with each hole think of those in need e.g. Orphans, refugees, animal shelters etc, or name the different charities to increase awareness)
- Pour water in them and look out for the cup that ‘purifies’ itself by ‘giving’ of its content
- Then read ayaah 18 together! It’s very effective and “magical”
The craft is a S.Layl wheel which nicely illustrates the first 10-12 ayaahs- how this sura especially talks about opposites – Day and Night; Male and Female; Giver and Stingy etc.
Use two circular card – black and white
- Make 6 sections on the white card
- Opposite wedges will represent opposites mentioned in this Sura e.g Day and Night, Male and Female, Giver and Stingy
- Let your child decorate each to how he or she wishes. For the Giver and Stingy we quotes the qualities given in the verse
Stingy: Doesn’t give + doesn’t fear Allah + doesn’t believe in good = Ends up with difficulties
Giver: Gives of his/her own wealth + Fears Allah +Believes in good = Has Ease in Life
- Optional: Make little arrows with the Arabic terminology to point to the corresponding white section. This helps test their memory with Arabic vocab (Al Layl & An Nahar, Adh Dhakara & Al Untha, Al Usra & Al Yusra)
Alternatively the arabic term can be written in the white section
- Serves as the top card with details of the Sura e.g. name, number, Makki/Madani etc
- Cut out two 1/6th sections (opposite to each other) so they’ll serve as a window to the white card
- Fasten the black card onto the white card