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I took the idea for this lapbook from a set of lessons devised some years ago by a friend. The original lessons were given to a group and involved lots of role play, discussions and verbal games. I did not feel that the lessons in their original form could be easily delivered to only one or two children, but I wanted to present the same concepts. I just needed a different format.

The project begins from the ayat on the cover of the lapbook: “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).”  Adh-Dhariyat: 56.

The concepts are as follows:

To explain the meaning of worship (to be understood by young children) as pleasing Allah, obeying Him, and doing what He commands us to do.

To emphasise that worship of Allah is an integral part of our everyday lives, and should be the intention behind our every action.

To relate the concept of worship to the reality of the life of a young child, by giving them practical things they can do now, to worship Allah. For this reason actions such as Hajj or paying zakat are not included as these are not things a young child can do. However salaah is included, as young children can always join in the salaah, to the best of their ability.

There are many, many examples which could be included in such a lapbook project, but to avoid the work becoming too lengthy, and thereby boring I have limited the content. This is a very flexible project which is easy to personalise to match the experiences of the child. For example, a child whose father is often able to take him to the mosque could include that, a child with very elderly or sick relatives could include the sunnah actions towards visiting and looking after them. The project could also be used to positively encourage types of behaviour a child may be struggling with, for example good table manners, playing nicely with siblings, sharing and so on.

For this particular project I worked with a friend, and with her help the children managed to produce some artistic folds to present their learning, maashAllah. Of course there was lots of discussion too!

prayers, eating halal food and being kind

This photo shows the booklet on salaah, designed to look like a prayer mat, using felt; a booklet on eating halal food and a colouring page about exchanging gifts and being kind to eachother. Even though children cannot buy gifts themselves they can certainly make gifts, or give one of their toys to another child.

Several times in this lapbook I have made use of Islamic colouring sheets. These particular sheets were given to me by another friend and I don’t know where they came from. You may find useful colouring pages for this project here. Other links can be found at Islamic Lapbooking.

The colouring book “Our Way Of Life” contains many pages suitable for this project. (Can be found in Islamic bookshops, including online bookshops).

inside prayers booklet and eating halal food booklet

having turned the centre page

about behaviour with parents


salaam fold, dawah and dua folds

The fold about exchanging the salaam was cut from a colouring page. It opens up to show two people exchanging the salaam, with the words in the speech bubbles.

fold open


speech bubble open

Summary of contents:

1. Salaah. Prayer is worship, and the names of the prayers inside a prayer mat styled booklet.

2. Eating halal food. There may be occasions where children want to buy non-halal food (eg. sweets or yoghurts containing gelatine), and we have to tell them they can’t have that particular product. It may help them to understand that by being careful to choose halal foods they are worshipping Allah.

3. Being kind to one another and exchanging gifts. Loving for your brother what you love for yourself.

4. Reading and learning the Quran

5. Being good to parents.

6. Using the greeting of “Assalamualaykum”.

7. Dawah. (explained as telling others about Islam.)

8. Making dua.

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