I have searched and searched the internet looking for a lapbook on Prophet Muhammad, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam, but as of yet I have been unable to find anything, so I decided to make my own.
Last Eid ul Adha I got a wonderful set of timelines for my kids from Learning Roots which displays the Seerah (biography) of Prophet Muhammad, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam, in two parts – the Makkan period and the Madani Period.
Each separate timeline comes with a set of stickers containing specific events in the life of the Messenger of Allah, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam, and the children have to stick the events down on the time line in the correct order.
My son, Yusef made this lapbook in conjunction with the timeline, and we learned step by step the events that took place during the Prophet’s time in Makkah. We are also used the book ‘The Story of Muhammad (saas) in Makkah’ by Abu Zubair available from most Islamic bookstores (published by Darussalam).
If you would like to make a similar lapbook, you can download my lapbook templates HERE.
I made this lapbook by taping 3 sheets of A3 card together. When the lapbook opens out, this is how it looks. The front pages open like shutters.
The centre page folds down to reveal two more pages of mini-books.
The first page in view when the front cover is opened out is a page title ‘BEFORE PROPHETHOOD’. It contains 4 mini-books on Prophet Muhammad’s life before he received revelation.
First is a flap about his birth and childhood.
Then there is a flap about his youth and his journey with the trade caravan to Syria.
Next is a double flap about when he reached adulthood and got married to Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her).
Here is a T-fold book about the Black Stone dispute at the Ka’bah.
The page folds down to reveal the sectioned titled ‘THE SECRET CALL’
Here is a mini-book about the First Revelation in the Cave of Hira. From this point the different mini-books have subtitles above or below them indicating how many years after the advent of prophethood that each event occured.
Here is an oval-shaped tri-fold that talks about the first people to accept Islam and become Muslim.
Next is a flap about the call from Mount Safa – the beginning of the Open Call to Islam.
Below that is a shutter book about the miracle of the Splitting of the Moon.
In the section titled ‘THE OPEN CALL’ there is an accordion book all about the migration of the Muslims to the safety of Abyssinia.
Below that is a flap book all about the prophet’s uncle, Hamza and Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with them) accepting Islam.
When the book opens it reveals a pop-up Arabic calligraphy (Radhi’Allahu anhum – May Allah be pleased with them).
Attached to the centre of the lapbook is a collection of triangle-shaped cards which talk about the boycott of the tribes of Bani Hashim and Bani Abdul Muttalib.
Next to that is a collection of question and answer flaps focusing on the Year of Sadness in which the Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam lost his beloved wife, Khadijah and his uncle, Abu Talib, who had been protecting him.
This was followed by the Isra wa Miraj (The Night Journey to Bait ul Maqdis in Jerusalem and the Ascension to the Heavens)
The book opens out to reveal a series of flaps with questions of the front and the answers written by Yusef inside.
Also on the same page is a small flap about the Men From Madinah who came to embrace Islam.
The final section is titled ‘THE CALL BEYOND MAKKAH’ where Islam was beginning to spread outside of Makkah all the way to Madinah.
First up are two flaps that mention the pledge of Al Aqabah by the men of Madinah, followed the next year by 73 men and 2 women from Madinah, all who pledged allegiance to the prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam and promised to protect him from his enemies.
Finally is this quartered flap book that tells the story of the migration to Madinah and the miraculous story of the Cave of Thawr in which Allah protected the prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam and his companion Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) when they hid in the cave and the spider built its web over the entrance.