For the last few days we have been focusing on the concept of charity in Islam. I recently designed this lapbook and my children worked together to complete it. You can download the templates for this lapbook HERE.
This lapbook is made using two sheets of A3 card taped side by side and then fold inward until the lapbook closes as A4. Here is how it unfolds:
We began this lapbook with a review of Surah Al-Ma’un in which Allah rebukes and warns against those hypocrites who deny even small kindnesses to those in need. My older children already know this surah so they were able to help their younger sisters in reciting and memorising.
We then looked at the tafsir of the surah and discussed the meaning of each ayah. We learned how Allah rebukes and warns against the hypocrites, mentioning six evil character traits, the last of which is to deny even small kindnesses, i.e. acts of charity.
We then looked at an ayah from Surah Faatir which promises a reward that will never be lost to those who give charity.
The pictures on the flap help with breaking down and memorising the ayah. Underneath each flap Amina, my 6 year old, wrote an explanation of the meaning of each part of the ayah.
We then looked at the ayah from Surah Al-Baqarah 2:215 in which Allah lists five categories of people in order of precedence who are must deserving of receiving charity.
Under each of the flaps, my children took turns to write a short explanation to show why each of those group of people are deserving of charity. In the discussion of this ayah I mentioned the hadith of the Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam, in which he stated that the best dinar a man can spend is that which he spends on his family, and also the hadith which mentions that the one who gives charity to his relatives will get a double reward: one for giving charity and another for keeping the ties of kinship and kindness to relatives.
In the top flap my daughter practised her Arabic handwriting and wrote an explanation to the meaning of the word ‘sadaqah’ from its root form ‘sidq’.
You may be wondering what a fire hose has to do with charity … Well, inside this flap is the hadith in which the Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam explained that giving charity extinguishes sins like water extinguishes fire.
In this flap, we read and discussed this hadith which states that the one who truly has nothing at all to give in charity can still gain the reward of charity by doing good deeds and keeping away from evil deeds.
The Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam, taught us that every good deed is an act of charity, so my children used the cloud chart to list ways in which we can be charitable.
Beside the cloud chart are three flaps, each of which contains a hadith and explanation about certain simple acts of charity. In the flap below you can see that my daughter, Amina copied out the hadith about giving even half a date in charity. She then wrote in her own words why giving dates as charity can help others who are hungry.
My son wrote up a page about charity using a page from his A-Z of Akhlaaq Notebook Pages. He focused on the explanation of the hadith in which the Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam, instructed that everyday a Muslim must perform an act of charity, something even as simple as smiling and greeting someone.
On the opposite page are two flapbooks, one about sadaqah (voluntary charity) and one about zakat (obligatory charity).
Each booklet contains 8 question flaps. The books can be used to make a look at the differences between zakat and sadaqah according to the sharee’ah. The answers to the questions are included in the template files which you can download from the link at the start of this post.
Yusef wrote out the answers to the Zakat questions, while Samira wrote out the answers to the ones about sadaqah. Next they read out the answers to each other to learn about the differences between each form of Ibadah (worship).
In the centre is a flapbook which focuses on ‘sadaqah jaariyah’, the continuous charity. It is an act of charity that continues to earn us reward even after our death inshaa’Allah.
Inside the flap are 8 small flaps showing examples of sadaqah jaariyah.
Inside each flap my children wrote how each act of charity can continue to benefit others even after we have died.
On the reverse of the lapbook is a fun wordsearch which I designed to help my children think about and remember examples of charitable acts which are mentioned in the Sunnah.
If you like this lapbook why not check out some more of our character and virtues in the Adaab & Akhlaaq Section