I was first inspired to make this lapbook after seeing a wonderful lapbook over on Umm Abdul Basir’s Blog.
My daughter Samira will be seven this coming weekend insha’Allah, and although we haven’t gone into great detail about hijaab at her young age, she still knows and understands enough about hijaab which made me realise I can explain the purpose of hijaab to her further insha’Allah.
She has worn a khimaar since she started attending the local Islamic nursery from about 4 years old, masha’Allah, and I’ve often heard her saying she wants to ’wear niqaab like mummy’ when she grows up, masha’Allah!
Insha’Allah she will learn to love hijaab and join the future generations of muhajabaat (women who wear the hijab).
Umm Abdul Basir kindly provided all the adorable templates for this lapbook, may Allah reward her abundantly, ameen. You can download them for free over on her blog (which everyone should absolutely check out!), and you can also find them to download from my BOX file share widget (which you can find in the white box as you scroll down the menu bar on the right of the screen).
There are mini books for the different sorts of hijaab, such as niqaab, jilbab, overhead abaya, khimaar and gloves and each book is shaped like the item it represents.
We got a bit creative with our mini books. Instead of simply colouring in each front cover, we went through our scrap materials box and drew around each template and created the mini books using material, making them look more like the real thing.
When the lapbook opens out you can see the various material mini books, and each one has a label next to it to know what style of hijaab it is.
Then the folder opens out to reveal more attachments in the centre of the lapbook.
Here is a close up of the niqaab (face veil) mini book made of brown felt.
The material cover lifts up in a note book style and inside on the first page Samira wrote a definition of niqaab.
And on the next page she wrote about the hadith in which Aisha (radhi’Allahu anha) mentions that when the verse of hijaab was revealed, the women immediately began to tear material from their aprons to cover their faces.
Next up is a style of hijaab known as the over-head abaya which covers from head to toe as a one piece, loose-fitting garment.
Inside this mini book she wrote down three parts from the verses of hijaab as mentioned in the Qur’an. In the picture below, the correct spelling of the Arabic word is JUYUBIHINNA (which is the neck, chest and bosom area).
These ayat (verses) are from Surat An-Noor (24:31) and Surat Al Ahzaab (33:59) and show the clear commandment that hijaab is an obligatory commandment for the Muslim women.
I sat and explained these verses to Samira and we read a little of the Tafsir from Ibn Kathir so that she could understand the comparison between the way the women used to dress before Islam came and the respect that women received after they began practising the hijaab. Masha’Allah she understood it all very well.
Next up is a mini book all about gloves and why some women choose to wear gloves as part of their hijaab.
We made reference to the hadith of At-Tirmidhi in which it is mentioned that the Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam said “The woman is awrah”.
Awrah, linguistically is that which is required to be concealed/covered, and is also referred to as ‘the private parts’. The awrah of a man is from navel to knee. According to the strongest opinion, based on this hadith, the whole of a woman is something which should be covered which also includes the face and the hands which is why some Muslim women wear face veils and gloves.
For more information on niqaab (face veil) and gloves, please refer to my blog for Muslim women in the article titled “Must a Woman Wear Niqaab?”
Next up is the Khimaar mini book. The khimaar is a head covering sometimes referred to as the head scarf.
Inside the cover of this mini book Samira wrote the definition of Khimaar.
Then on the following pages, after discussing each of the points, Samira wrote down the Conditions of Hijaab. You can read more about the conditions of hijaab here.
Then we put together the Jilbab mini book (sometimes refered to as an abaya or shoulder abaya).
Inside she added a few lines from her favourite poem about hijaab from the book “I Can Wear Hijaab Anywhere!” by Yasmin Ibrahim.
In the centre of the lapbook is a pocket containing a paper doll mounted on stiff card and lots of little items of paper clothing representing many different styles of hijaab.
Samira coloured in the paper doll and all the clothes and accessories and then we had fun dressing up the doll to be a little hijaabi or niqaabi.
And on the reverse of the folding out page is a pin wheel showing the virtues of hijaab.
At Samira’s tender age she won’t understand the full meaning of the virtues of hijaab, but from the little that I explained to her she understood enough to realise its importance, masha’Allah.
Then we put together the cardboard measuring tape and recorded her measurements in the heart-shaped mini book
Now all that’s left is for me to treat her to her first abaya, maybe as a gift for this Eid ul Fitr insha’Allah.