22 Apr 2015

Is It Good For My Soul?

Lesson Objective:
- To know that Allah has given us instructions on how to look after our soul
- To understand how every action impacts our soul
- To understand that our aim is to return to Allah with a clean soul.

Quran Verse:
Man amila saalihan, falinafsi
Whoever does good, it is for his own soul 45:15

Key Learning Point:
We must focus on doing what Allah loves, and keep away from what He tells us is wrong, so that we can return to Allah with a clean soul.

Lesson Introduction:
Allah is Al-Quddus, He is the most Pure, the Perfect. To reach close to Him and become what He wants us to be, we have to make sure we keep our souls clean and spotless and away from anything that will mark it. In sura shams, Allah tells us that those who purify their souls are successful.

Allah out of His love and Kindness has taught us how to keep our souls pure, so that we can become close to Him. He has made certain actions wajib, because they are good for our soul and keep it clean. And He has made some actions haram, because they are harmful to our soul. 

Sometimes we might not understand why something is good or bad for us, because we can’t see what it does to our soul. But Allah the Creator of our soul knows what things benefit/harm our soul. He loves us 70x more than our mothers! He is our Rabb, He knows what we need. 

When we obey what Allah has said, it doesn’t affect Allah, but it benefits our own soul.

When we lie, we might think its ok because no one found out. But by doing something that Allah has told us not to do, think about what damage and affect it had on your soul.

Activity: Is it good for my soul?
Give each child a different coloured glass, label with their names 
'Allah created us all with different bodies, we all look different on the outside. But inside each of us, Allah placed a perfect pure soul.' 
Fill each cup with water.

Write corresponding numbers or label up a dice with the terms 'Wajib', 'Haram', 'Makrooh' and 'Mustahab', reminding what each one means. Alternativelty, you could also write actions to represent these terms. 

Have the children take turns to roll the dice once each. Depending on what the dice lands on, ask 'If you did something that was __________, would it make Allah happy? If yes, then it is good for our soul and keeps it clean and pure. If it is a negative action, then it harms our soul and puts a mark on it. If that is the case, have the child place a drop of food colouring into their cup.
Explain how the colour of the glass on the outside didn’t change. From the outside, you still look the same. The body doesn't change, but your soul inside has blackened.

The winner is the child whose water at the end of the round remains clean and pure!

We must focus on doing what Allah loves, and keep away from what He tells us is wrong, so that we can return to Allah with a clean soul.

Activity: Feed the Soul

The game can also be incorporated when learning about tawba and seeking Allah's forgiveness. The term tawba could be added onto the dice, which upon landing on, the child could be given fresh clean water. This dimension could be used to emphasize the necessity and importance of astaghfar daily, as a means of keeping our soul clean.

Blow a trumpet sound and announce that it is the Day of Judgement. 
Have the children place their cups in a line before a clear glass. 
Explain how our soul will return to Allah who can see what it looks like.
Role play and say to the 'cups', oh but you look so lovely, you must be a good person.' Then empty the coloured water into a clear glass for all to see. 'Oh no, even though your outside looked so good, your soul is not!' With another cup say 'oh you're so bad at sports, you always wear mismatched clothes and aren't really good at anything'. Pour the cup with the clear water into the clear glass. Oh but your soul is so pure and clean! Discuss and emphasise how the body is just a covering for the soul, the "real" person inside. In this world, Allah has hidden our deeds from the people around us, but Allah can see our soul and who we really are. 
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