As part of our studies on the Pillars of Eemaan (Belief) I have designed this lapbook on the Angels which can be completed in conjunction with the book ‘Knowing the Angels’ by Muhammad al-Jibaly. You can download the templates for this lapbook HERE.
- This is what the lapbook looks like when opened out.
The purpose of this lapbook is to teach the Pillars of Eemaan so our first focus was to establish the understanding that Belief in the Angels is a fundamental part of our faith and its rejection negates one’s faith. In this fold my daughter wrote about this point. My children know how important it is to include daleel (evidence) for everything stated or learned, so through the lapbook they have included ayat and ahadith written in red.
In this fold is an explanation to answer the question about when the Angels were created.
These 3 small flaps contain the answers to 3 commonly asked questioned regarding the Angels.
Unlike the Christians, Muslims do not believe that Iblis (Shaytaan) was once an angel. My son included the ayah from Qur’aan that clearly states Iblis is a Jinn.
Another common question is regarding the number of Angels. This tri-fold flap contains the clear and simple answer.
I designed this tab book to included information on the Angels which are mentioned by name in the Qur’aan or authentic Sunnah.
This flap contains the names of other angels that may be mentioned amongst the people. Some of their names and titles are authentic and reported in the Qur’aan and Sunnah while others come from the Isra’eeliyaat – the narrations of the Jews – and some have no basis in Islamic sources at all.
I created a 12 page stacked book which contains the Physical Qualities of the Angels regarding their creation, their size and strength, their appearance, etc. I also created these 6 flaps covering some of the characteristics of the Angels.
In these sets of flaps my son glued down the relevant ayat which give details on how the Angels worship, obey and fear Allah.
In these three folds there are details explaining how the Angels interact with the Believers, with the Disbelievers and with the Prophet Muhammad, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam.
This is the flap on how the Angels interact with the Believers. It details 8 ways in which the Angels help and support the Muslims.
This flap contains details on how the Angels deal with the Disbelievers and sinners.
This flap contains information on how the Angels interact with our Prophet, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam.
It is well known that the Angels make du’aa for the Believers.
Inside this flap are 10 mini flaps, each focusing on a specific time or reason when the Angels make du’aa for the Believers.
Inside these two flaps are more details on how we are to understand the world of the Angels and their jobs and duties.
In this flapbook my son wrote out four ahadith that tell us about the Angels saying ‘ameen’ to our du’aas.
This final stacked book looks at how the Angels interact in general with all of mankind, for example, recording their deeds – good and bad.
It is also known from the ahadith that the Angels breathe the souls into the foetuses in the womb. We found this subject really fascinating.
After reading the interpretation of the hadith regarding creation in the womb it is a known fact that the scholars are of two opinions: one, that the soul enters the foetus at 40 days; two, that the soul enters the foetus at 120 days.
There are quite a number of ahadith which mention an Angel coming to the foetus around 40 days. Below are three ahadith recorded in Sahih Muslim:
“After the drop (nutfah) is in the womb for forty or forty-five nights, the angel comes to it and says: ‘O Lord, will it be fortunate or unfortunate?’ And these matters shall be written. Then he says: ‘O Lord, will it be male or female?” (Sahih Muslim)
“When the drop (nutfah) passes forty-two nights in the womb, God sends to it an angel who shapes it and creates its hearing, seeing, skin, flesh, and bones. Then he says: ‘O Lord, is it a male or a female?’ Then your Lord decrees whatever He wills.” (Sahih Muslim)
“The drop (nutfah) remains in the womb for forty nights. Then the angel appears to it.”(Sahih Muslim)
Subhaan’Allah, when I read the hadith which mentioned forty-two nights it reminded me of a video by Baby Center which details the creation of the foetus in the womb. Medical science shows that the foetus’ heart begins to beat at around 6 weeks old … or around 40 days.
The beating of the heart is the indication of life, life and being alive is the indication of the soul being resident in the body. Based on the ahadith and with the support of scientific proof I happily accept the opinion that the soul enters the foetus at around 40 days.
Regarding the differing opinion that the soul enters at 120 days – I did some research, or rather had my husband do some research for me (in Arabic) regarding this subject and the opinion of the reputable ulema of the past. He came across an interesting article with commentary from Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah, rahimahullah and his student Shaykh Ibnul Qayyim, rahimahullah.
According to these ulema, they were able to reconcile between the differing narrations using ijtihaad. They gave their opinion that the ahadith mentioning the soul refer to the ‘ruh’ and the ‘nafs’. The ‘ruh’ being the soul which gives life to the body is that which enters the body of the foetus at 40 days and the ‘nafs’ being the soul which controls our decisions and desires which will be called to account on Yaumul Qiyamah is that which enters the body of the foetus at 120 days. This may also account for the opinion of present-day ulema who hold the opinion that there must be a janazah (funeral prayer and burial) for the foetus after 120 days; because it contains a soul which will be accountable for judgement before the Lord of Mankind.
Whichever of these two opinions is the most correct is of no real importance. I only mention them as a matter of personal interest in this fascinating and wonderful subject. The ulema will receive reward for their ijtihaad either way inshaa’Allah. This remains to be, and always will remain to be a matter of the Unseen and we should bear in mind Allah’s statement:
And they ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) concerning the Ruh (the Spirit); Say: “The Ruh (the Spirit) is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little.” (Qur’aan 17:85)