Tell us a little about yourself…
What inspired you to start this project with your children?
What book are you using to teach the 99 names of Allah?
And then one day I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a new book that had just been published by Chickpea Press, ‘The 99 Names Of God’ by Daniel Thomas Dyer.
Without having seen anything of the contents, I somehow knew that this book would provide me with the inspiration and motivation I had sought and required to begin teaching my son. I ordered it and it arrived a few months before Ramadan 2017. It was everything I had hoped and wished for. It explained each name in plain English. It provided examples of manifestations of the name evident in the world around us, it referenced the name within the Quran and it gave examples of discussion questions. I had now found my inspiration and my motivation was just around the corner alhumdulillah! I can’t quite recall who it was on Instagram who posted that there were 99 days left until Ramadan and who encouraged everyone to count down the 99 names during this time but this was the final push I needed.
How do you structure the sessions?
How do you teach a typical session and follow up craft?
Each day we would discuss the name informally as we went about our business, read the information available in our 99 names book and then complete the activity. It was very informal, relaxed and I tried to make the whole experience as pleasurable as possible for him. I would say that most of the lessons I try to impart to my son take this form- there is rarely the sense that he is being taught in the formal sense- he gets enough of that at school in the classroom. The proof that this technique was having its desired effect came each day as he eagerly awaited the activity and repeatedly asked me about it after waking. For me this was excellent motivation to continue going too- as much as I enjoyed the project, there came days where I was overwhelmed with multiple other tasks and his excitement and enthusiasm gave me the energy I needed to follow through with that day’s name.
What questions did your children ask about Allah?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start this project?
*For more on Stephanie’s awesome project check out the hashtag #99namesproject and #99namesproject2018 on Instagram. You can also follow her @kitabkids. Her fab project is also being shared by the publishers of the book she recommends – The 99 Names of God: An Illustrated Guide for Young and Old over at their instagram page @chickpea.press.
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