Wednesday

Death

Lesson Objective:
- To understand that the soul gives life to the body.
- To understand that when we die, our body is left behind and our soul returns to Allah

Quran verse:
Inna lillahi, wa inna ilayhi raajioon 2:156
To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return

Activity:
Show a balloon that hasn’t been blown.
Allah created our body out of clay. Then He blew into it our soul.
Blow up the balloon.
Even though we can’t see the air inside the balloon, we can see that it is the air that gives ‘life’ and form to the balloon, which otherwise would still be limp and useless, like one of the balloons that is still empty.
People only see the outside of the balloon or the outside of people, and they tend to think that’s the important part. What’s really important, however, is what is on the inside, because what’s on the inside creates the outside.




Just like the air gives shape to the balloon,
It is our soul, that gives life to the body.

What would happen if I release the air from the balloon? The balloon will ‘die’ but the air will simply  rejoin the air outside the balloon, which is where it came from in the first place!
When we die, our soul leaves the body and the body dies. Without the soul, the body is just an empty shell which we bury it into the ground. The soul lives on and returns back to Allah, where it came from.


Extension:
- To understand how our inner good qualities, make up who we are.


Just as it is important to look after our bodies, we must also take care of our soul which is the ‘real’ person. It is the soul which makes you a caring, kind, good person and not your outside appearance. We must focus on developing these good characteristics more than just caring about how we look on the outside. It is our soul that will return to Allah.