My son Yusef, aged 7, started his Hajj lapbook in the few weeks before Dhul Hijjah (Mid-October). We were hoping to have it finished in time so that I could blog it before Dhul Hijjah, but as it turned out he only manged to put the finishing touches to it a few days after Eid ul Adha, which explains why I am only just getting round to sharing it with you now. All the templates to make this lapbook are available to download HERE. I will provide links to borrowed templates from various other home-schooling blogs, and may Allah reward all those sisters for taking the time to make their templates and ideas available, ameen.
When the front flaps of the lapbook open out it reveals the first page dedicated to the Islamic months. On one of the inside flaps is some info dedicated to the subject of Sa’i between Safa and Marwa, and on the other flap are two mini books dedicated to the subjects of Ihram and the Talbiyah.
We put Arabic numerals onto the front of the flaps and because the month in focus was Dhul-Hijjah, the twelfth month, we made this numeral red.
When the flaps open the name of the Islamic months are revealed written in both English and Arabic.
In the centre of the page is a large flap which reveals the names of the Islamic months and their meanings. On the opposite side of the flap are some block font statements about Dhul-Hijjah and Hajj.
When the Islamic Months page is folded down it reveals two pages focusing on the rituals of Hajj day by day with a route map explaining the journey of the pilgrims.
I got the idea for making a Hajj Route Map simply by browsing Hajj tour guide websites. I selected and printed a simple map that shows the main stations of Hajj (Makkah, Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat). We created a colour key. The 5 colours represent the 5 days of rituals and the journey of the pilgrim can be followed easily day by day. The colours also correspond with the Hajj Day by Day circle flaps on the page below the route map.
Each of the rituals glued on the map are coloured coded according to the day on which they are usually performed.
This page is a collection of stacked circle flaps dedicated to the rituals of Hajj day by day. You can download the templates for this here from Umm Abdul Basir’s blog.
When the title flap is lifted, inside are a series of day by day flaps written up by Yusef to explain the rituals performed each day.
On the flap for day 2, Yusef wrote up an explanation of the Day of Standing in Arafat which corresponds with the circle flaps.
The circle flaps are nice and simple to explain the rituals of Hajj step by step, day by day.
These little circle flaps are so simple and easy to understand that I even used them with my younger girls when they made their Hajj Mini Lapbook.
On the inside of one of the front flaps is a piece dedicated to the ritual of Sa’i and how it came about. Yusef wrote a small recount of the story of Hajar (may Allah be pleased with her) and the Miracle of the Well of Zam-Zam.
On the other front flap are two mini books dedicated to the subjects of Ihram and the Talbiyah.
Front cover of the mini book on the state of Ihram. A purified state that the pilgrims must adopt before setting out to perform Hajj.
Inside the mini book, Yusef wrote some details on the state of Ihram, how the pilgrim prepares for Ihram and the prohibitions whilst in Ihram.
The front cover of the Talbiyah mini book.
When the Talbiyah mini book is opened it first reveals the talbiyah is transliterated Arabic and the meaning in English.
When the English translation flap is unfolded it reveals an explanation on the talbiyah written up by Yusef.
When the Hajj Route Map page is folded back it reveals two more pages of information and mini books.
These are a selection of mini books on the reverse of the Hajj Route Map page.
These two mini books are at the centre of the lapbook.
This the front cover of a mini book on the subject of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah.
When the flap is opened out it reveals the ayat from Qur’an from Surah Al Fajr where Allah swears by the 10 nights, meaning the first 10 nights of Dhul-Hijjah followed by a hadith from the prophet, sall’allahu alayhi wasalam, in which he declares that doing good deeds in those 10 days are more beloved to Allah than any other day.
Then Yusef wrote up several more flaps on different good deeds that a Muslim can perform during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah.
Next up is a nice mini book all about making Tawaaf (circling the Ka’bah).
On the front of the mini book Yusef wrote up a little piece explaining the spiritual significance of performing Tawaaf.
When the front cover is pulled down it reveals a bird’s eye view of the Ka’bah with directional arrows showing how pilgrims perform Tawaaf. It also icludes pointers to indicate where the Hajr al Aswad (Blackstone) is located as well as the Maqam Ibrahim. The Ka’bah itself is actually a cuboid net that when unfolded folds out 3 dimensionally, masha’Allah!
On the reverse of the Hajj Route Map page are 3 more mini books and a spelling tab.
This is the front cover of the D-H-U-L-H-I-J-J-A-H spelling tab courtesy of Umm Abdul Basir. If you like this tab you can download it via her blog here.
When pulled out the spelling tab looks like this, brightly coloured by Yusef.
This is the front cover of the mini book all about the Day of Arafat. It unfolds to reveal further pages written up by Yusef explaining all about the Day of Arafat, masha’Allah.
A famous statement from the Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam, on the Day of Arafat.
We used clipart to create this Pillar flap to explain that Hajj is the 5th Pillar of Islam.
Inside the flap Yusef wrote a few sentences on the call to Hajj by the Prophet Ibrahim (alayhi salam)
Finally we made a ram-shaped flap book to write up all about the sacrifice of Eid ul Adha.
Masha’Allah, making this lapbook with Yusef has been a real journey for the both of us and having been able to make the mini books at the same time as viewing the Hajj live on the TV made it even more special and exciting. My knowledge on the rituals of Hajj was very limited, but masha’Allah we learned together and both have a clearer understanding of this amazing pilgrimage.
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