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 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.