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- Introducing Children to the Concept of the Unseen (Ghaib) - March 28, 2019
Believing in the unseen is a prerequisite to be a Muslim. Little children do not understand abstract concepts as easily as concrete ones. Ghaib is sometimes a difficult concept for adults to grasp as well, and tackling this topic with kids can be tricky. However, the earlier the concept is established, the easier it is to accept the reality of the unseen. The following are some ideas to help children understand the concept of ghaib
Introduction: The Ghaib Envelope
Take an envelope and write Ghaib on top. Place six cards inside with the following words on them: Allah, Angels, Books of Allah, Prophets, Day of Judgement, Qadar (predestination).
Tell the children that the word ghaib means unseen. Tell them that six cards are inside this envelope. Can you see them? The children will say no. Tell them: Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Then open the envelope and take out each card and explain what each word means. Ask them if they have ever seen any of these. The children will say no. Let them understand that just like when these cards were inside and we couldn’t see them similarly, these six things are hidden and we will eventually see all of them.
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