I teach at my local Saturday School, and I mentioned in a previous post, I taught young children about Joseph. So last week I was covering for another teacher and this time I taught 9 year olds about a man called Luqman.
So my aim was teach these children 5 facts. First his name was Luqman, and then Chapter 34 in the Qur’an which is named after him. So everytime I said Luqman, they had to say 34. The other facts they needed to learn was that he was a Wise Man, in the Qur’an he says ‘Ya boonaya’ which means ‘O my Son’.
So this is how it went.
Me: There was this man called Luqman…
Me: He was a very…
Children: Wise Man
Me: In the Qur’an he says…
Children: Ya Boonaya
Me: Which means…
Children: O my Son.
Each fact was introduced one at a time, and I wrote it on the board. At the end of the lesson, I rubbed it off the board to test them, and about 50% got all the facts, and all of them got 34 and Wise Man, which I am happy with.
The actual activity in the class was what can we learn from the conversation between Luqman and his Son. So underneath every sentence (below), they had to explain it in their own words, or give an example about what they should do.
Luqman (Qur’an 31:12, 13, 16-19)
And certainly we gave wisdom to Luqman, sayings: Be grateful to Allah. And whoever is grateful, he is only grateful for his own soul and whoever is ungrateful, then surely Allah is Self-sufficient, Praised.
O my son! Do not associate anything with Allah; most surely polytheism is a great injustice.
O my son! Surely if it is the very weight of the grain of a mustard -seed, even though it is in (the heart of) rock, or (high above) in the heaven or (deep down) in the earth, Allah will bring it (to light); surely Allah is Knower of Everything.
O my son! Keep up prayer and do the good and forbid the evil, and bear patiently that which befalls you; surely these acts require courage:
And do not turn your face away from people in contempt, nor go about in the land exulting overmuch; surely Allah does not love any self-conceited boaster:
And pursue the right course in your going about and lower your voice; surely the most hateful of voice is braying of the donkeys.