History of Masjid Al Aqsa Lapbook

We are starting an Islamic History project focusing on the History of Al Quds and this lapbook looks at the History of Masjid al Aqsa, the third most sacred mosque, from the time of Prophet Adam (as) right through until the present-day Zionist Occupation.

I couldn’t find anything in the way of lapbooks on this subject online so I have designed this from scratch with the help of two amazing books by Abu Huzayfa, may Allah reward him.

I have created lapbook templates which can be downloaded HERE

The first book is History of Masjid Al Aqsa

And the second is called The Prophets in Palestine – Prophet Ibrahim (as)

Both of these books are available from most Islamic books and can also be purchased from the Friends of Al Aqsa website, alongside some other wonderful products, masha’Allah.

***UPDATE*** You can read also listen to/read the History of Masjid Al-Aqsa and Palestine by Shaykh Saalih Ibn al-Uthaymeen, rahimahullah.

This lapbook has been made by taping two sheets of A3 card together and then folding in to form a square. I also taped in an A4 sheet wordsearch page which served as extra space for the last few mini books. Here’s how it looks as it unfolds.
This is my son, Yusef’s lapbook. First of all he started by learning where Palestine is by colouring it on a map and labelling the surrounding countries using this shutter book.
And inside this flap is a map which closes in on Palestine, showing Gaza and the West bank and pin-pointing Jerusalem and Masjid Al Aqsa.
In this flap he wrote how Palestine got its name.
Inside this flap I created 3 columns for Yusef to write about three important structures: Masjid Al Aqsa, the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall.
This is an accordion book showing the land grab by the Zionist state from 1946 upto the present day.
Inside this double flap Yusef wrote about Prophet Adam (alayhi salam) building the first two masajid on the earth.
This flap tells the story of Prophet Ibrahim (alayhi salam) after he left the idol worshippers of Ur (Iraq) and travelled to the land of Canaan where he set about rebuilding the masjid Al Aqsa.
In this accordion is a small family tree decending from the Prophet Ibrahim (as)
This is a tag on which Yusef wrote ayah 1 of Surah Al Isra from the Qur’an that mentions Masjid Al Aqsa and the blessed land.
And in this double flap Yusef wrote from the ahadeeth that mention the importance of visiting Masjid al Aqsa and the reward for praying there.
This is a multi flap book that tells the story of the Prophet Yusuf (alayhi salam) and how, in the end, when his brothers and father, Yaqub (alayhi salam) moved to Egypt the masjid Al Aqsa was eventually abandoned.
 In this quarter book, Yusef wrote about the story of Prophet Musa (alayhi salam) and how the people were rescued from Egypt and made their way to the Holy Land and how, when they refused to fight for the land of Palestine, Allah caused them to be lost in the desert for years. During that time Prophet Musa (as) died.
This is a pop-up flap which talks about the time of Prophet Dawud (alayhi salam) and how he began rebuilding the Masjid Al Aqsa.
Prophet Dawud (as) died before he could complete the masjid so his son, Sulayman (alayhi salam) took over and completed the masjid.
In this small flap book, Yusef wrote a few details about other important figures in the history of Masjid Al Aqsa.
Inside this flap he wrote details on how the Romans destroyed Jerusalem 70 years after Isa [Jesus] (alayhi salam) ascended to heaven and the people were prohibited from praying there up until the time of Prophet Muhammad (sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam).
This double  matchbook flap talks about the first Qibla (direction of prayer) towards Jerusalem and how it was changed towards the Ka’bah in Makkah.
On these cards Yusef wrote about the miraculous journey of Prophet Muhammad (sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam) from Makkah to Jerusalem in one night and how Allah brought all the prophets together to pray behind Prophet Muhammad (sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam) at the site of Masjid Al Aqsa.
I also felt it was appropriate at this point to teach him that although some Muslims take this night as a night of celebration (usually 27th Night of Rajab), there is nothing in the authentic Sunnah to support this. In fact we have no proof at all that the Israa and Miraaj took place in Rajab. If you wish to educate your children regarding some of the innovations surrounding the Month of Rajab, you will find more information HERE.
This flap contains details on how Jerusalem came under Muslim rule and how Muslims were free once more to worship in Masjid Al Aqsa.
Inside this flap Yusef wrote about the building of the Dome of the Rock.
This shutter book contains the details of the Crusades when the Christians from Europe fought and took over the Holy Land killing thousands of Muslims.
This folding flap book tells the story of Salahuddin Ayoubi and how he united the Muslims to defeat the Crusaders to take back Jerusalem. From that time onward Jerusalem was a place of peace and a centre of learning for the Muslims.
This worsearch tells the story of Salahuddin Ayoubi.
This T-book looks at the history of Palestine from 1918 when the British took over from the Muslim rulers up until the Zionist occupation today.
On this final flap are details showing how the land has been divided by the separation barrier built by the Zionist state to divide the land and make life unbearable for the Palestinians.

12 comments on “History of Masjid Al Aqsa Lapbook

  1. Maa shaa Allaah, amazing work.

  2. Asalamualakum,I cant download the templates for this lap-book .Any ideas inshallah?

  3. Oh sorry I got it dont know what happened but it opened eventually.Jazzakallahu khairun,its very nice.May Allah reward you

  4. ma sha Allah, very inspiring work!! and amazing idea. May Allah reward you for sharing. I hope I can do it with my soon to be 6 year old. What age do you think is appropriate to work on this? Jazak Allah khair.

    • Asalamu alaykum, I would say from around 7-8 years old, depending on when your child is happy to write in the flaps themselves. Have fun making the lapbook Insha’Allah.

      • JazakAllah Khair for your reply. I’m kind of struggling to make a timetable and/or set routine for my children. I wish to seek some guidance/help. Your blog inspires me to homeschool my children but I need confidence and moral support. My DH is not so much in favour, and I’m entirely confident how this can be done? Any ideas? Can I email you or if it’s easier for you to e-mail me? JazakAllah jazeelan. As salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

      • Walaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu, the beauty of homeschooling is that you don’t have to be restricted to routine or time tables, although through experience and observation it’s clear that many children benefit from routine. So first take a look at your own daily life and see whether you are suited to a study plan according to time tables.

        For us, we are back into a routine now that my daughter is one year old and a bit more independent. My children have a progress chart and weekly and monthly themes which you can read about here: https://imanshomeschool.wordpress.com/category/education-tips/

        I prepare our studies based on the weekly and monthly themes, finding or preparing the resources upto a week in advance. The children have a set amount of textbook work that they have to complete as independently as possible which will then be supplemented with worksheets and lapbooks to ensure their understanding. We study for around 4-5 hours max a day and at the end of the day the kids complete their progress chart and review what they’ve learned for the day.

        We also do free-time learning where they can take up a subject of interest themselves and learn about it, complete projects etc.

        Perhaps try writing a mission statement where you can express what your aims are in homeschool, your expectations and your goals. Have a look at this example here: http://www.diaryofamuslimhomeschool.com/2013/04/home-school-mission-statement-planner.html

        I hope this helps. If you need me to be more specific then please contact again Insha’Allah. BarakAllahu feekum, may Allah bless you in your journey, ameen.

      • As-salaamu Alaikum waRahmatullahi waBarakatuhu, JazakAllah khair for your detailed reply. I need to sit down and make a plan, and also chalk out the budget. I’ll contact you again if I need more help in shaa Allah. I feel it would help if I know how you make the routine of each day. I have 3 girls, 6 years, 3 years and 7 months, alhamdulillah. I hope I can find some homeschooling mothers near where I live in London. In the meantime, could you please let me know how to type arabic in the tracing/colouring font (where children can practice writing and can also colour the words in), like the font that you have used in producing sheets for Allah’s name we are learning these days? This will indeed be useful to know. JazakAllah khair. May Allah bless you and your family with both ahsan duniya and aakhirah. ameen. Please remember me and my family in du’aa too. jazakAllah khair. Assalamu Alaikum. Mumtaz 

      • Walaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Sister,

        You will need to download a tracing font from one of the font websites. Perhaps these will be useful insha’Allah: http://www.fontspace.com/category/tracing. I don’t have the software to write in Arabic so most of the time I have to use http://www.arabic-keyboard.com to type and then copy and paste. I will try to make some tracer pages for the Names of Allah Insha’Allah and then you can download them.

  5. Assalamualaikum,

    Subhanallah! JazakAllah khair dear sister. Insya Allah my son is benefiting
    tremendously from your work. May Allah accept your work and reward you in this world and after. Thank you so much.

  6. Assalamualaikum
    How can i gain knowledge on this topic? I could not find the youtube link. Can you please recommend any book?

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