Insha’Allah you have been following along with learning a Name of Allah every day. And, as promised, I have designed some game cards to help children improve their Arabic and English reading skills and to help them remember the names and attributes they have been learning recently.
Since we are counting down the 99 days to Ramadhan by learning 99 names of Allah I have decided to create the cards in sets. There will be 9 sets in all with 11 names in each set.
You can play any number of different games with these cards. I have designed 2 sets: one in black and white and one in colour. Both can be download by clicking on the links below Insha’Allah:
The cards can be printed, cut out and laminated if you wish. Laminating the black and white cards is a good idea since they can be used for Arabic writing practise too. You can use a dry wipe marker and have your children practise going over the names.
The colour set are great for the younger ones who can match by colour. My girls have been playing the memory game where they turn the cards face down and take a turn choosing two cards each. If the cards match, i.e. the Arabic name and its English equivalent then they can keep them, if not they must turn the cards face down again and play moves to the next child. The one with the most pairs of cards at the end win.
Another way to play is to lay the Arabic names out on the table and have the children pair them up to their English equivalent and vice versa.
Remember, counting and knowing the names is important but what is obligatory upon us is to understand the meaning of the Names and Attributes of Allah in order to know our Lord and how to worship Him correctly, since this is one of the three categories of Tawheed.
Malik bin Dinar said:
“The people of the world depart from the world without them having tasted the most beautiful thing from it.” It was said, “And what is it?” He replied, “The ma’rifah of Allaah [knowledge of His names, attributes, actions and their interplay and connection to the creation].”
Al-Siyar of al-Dhahabi (5/363).
I highly recommend referring to this article by Shaykh Naasir As-Sa’dee (rahimahullah) on the Names and Attributes of Allah.