Practical Examples on How to Answer Children’s Faith-Based Questions
The following answers are primarily directed to parents - as well as teachers, mentors and others - who are requested to provide answers fit to their child’s age level and cognitive ability. There is no answer that fits all age levels and cognitive abilities. Therefore, what concerns us is the content and practicality of the answer rather than the exact words used to deliver it.
Questions on Allah
The following answers are primarily directed to parents - as well as teachers, mentors and others - who are requested to provide answers fit to their child’s age level and cognitive ability. There is no answer that fits all age levels and cognitive abilities. Therefore, what concerns us is the content and practicality of the answer rather than the exact words used to deliver it.Faith-Based Questions on Allah
The most frequent questions children wonder about at a young age revolve around Allah. Here are some of the children’s most asked questions:
Who Is Allah
First, we should not wait until the child asks about Allah; we should rather initiate discussion about Allah whenever possible. The correct answer to children’s question about Allah and His Traits establish Monotheism in children’s minds and hearts early. The best way to teach children about Allah is to direct their minds from thinking about the nature of Allah to thinking about His signs and wonders of creation that illustrate His greatness (e.g. the sky, the clouds, the stars, the sun, the moon, the sea, the trees, etc.). Therefore, when a child asks: “who’s Allah?!”, we should simply respond that and provide examples for this. Children will then know Allah through evidence. In order to draw children’s attention to the sky and the vast land with mysterious and intricate system, we should ask them: “You see this system? The creator and organizer of its laws is Allah the Almighty.” Teaching children the short chapters at the end of the Quran is useful because they contain the best information about Allah’s and His Traits. He is Allah who “Neither begets nor is born, nor is there to Him any equivalent”.The Answer
Who is Allah?The Answer (to children 4-10)
Allah is our Creator and Sustainer. He is the One who created everything and everyone around us. He created us including our organs (e.g. eyes, ears, mouth, tongue, hands, feet, and our whole body). He created the sky, land and all the trees. Allah is the One who created everything, and nothing is like Him. He is the Most Merciful, the Sustainer, and the Generous. He has Names and Traits that are all beautiful. That is why He - Alone - without any companions - deserves devotion. He commands adults to take care of children, help them and provide for them and for everyone. He notices, rewards, and punishes us for good and bad deeds, respectively. He is the One who rewards the generous for their generosity and punishes the offenders for their offence. As a result, we thank Allah for His blessing by worshipping Him and doing good things. He created the trees, the rivers, the seas, and everything in this life; He is the source of power. Whenever He wants something, He just says “be” and it becomes.Possible conversation model:
- Who bought you those beautiful clothes? Dad
- Who takes you to school? Dad
- When you get sick, who takes you to the doctor? Dad
- Who takes you out for a picnic? Dad
- So, your father takes care of all your stuff? Yes
Likewise, Allah bestows mercy upon us; He is the One who takes care of all of us. Allah is the Creator of everything. Everything you see is Allah’s creation: the sun, the moon, the clouds, the seas, the mountains, humans, animals, birds, angels, and jinn. Allah is the Creator of the whole universe; He is Generous and Merciful. He takes care of us and always provides us with abundance
How does Allah look like? How Come Nothing is Like Him
In order to answer this question, we must draw the child’s attention to our limited abilities to conceptualize things and fully understand everything. The rationale here is that we cannot conceptualize all of Allah’s creation. If we cannot conceptualize all of Allah’s creation, then ultimately we cannot conceptualize Him. This answer might disappoint the child. However, we can ensure him or her that we will eventually see Allah when we meet Him in the Hereafter. Furthermore, we should explain to the child that Allah did say something about Himself in the Quran. Therefore, we do know a little bit about Him but we should not Fantasize about His appearance. Only religion and the Quran can tell us about Allah. The Quran says: “There is nothing like Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.” Accordingly, Allah is not like us or anything else. This indicates the greatness of Allah who we should love, hope for, and fear. We know that Allah is great through his creation (e.g. Heaven) and we will see him in Heaven.The Answer
How does Allah look like? How Come Nothing is Like Him?The Answer
We do not know. There is nothing like Allah. He is the One who created me, you, and everyone. Allah is different from man. Man cannot create man, while Allah can; He can do anything He wants. And since nobody can see Allah in this life, then nobody can describe how he looks like. We cannot see Him in His full beauty and grace because our abilities are limited. No matter how far our minds grow and understand, they are still limited to know only what Allah allows them to know and nothing else. It is impossible to know everything because we are humans. If Allah was a human like us, He would get sick like us, eat and drink like us, and die like us. However, Allah does not get sick, he does not eat, drink, or die. He always exists. He is the Creator of the skies.
Our hearing is limited; we can only hear from a certain distance. If we hear everything, we would become exhausted. Our vision is limited, too. We can only see to a certain distance. We cannot see what is behind a wall, for example. Our mind is limited just like our hearing and sight; it cannot conceive everything. The human mind is limited and cannot understand everything. From the day Allah created humanity until now, what we do not know is more than what we know. The human soul - for example - is so close to us, yet we cannot conceive it. If we cannot conceive what is inside us, how can we know what is outside us? Accordingly, if our mind is limited, it cannot understand Allah’s form.Possible Model Conversation (age 8-10):
- We can (theoretically) ask a child to stare at the sun without blinking and ask: “Can you keep staring at the sun”? No
Same thing for Allah, We cannot stand the light that radiates from Allah’s veil. But when we go to heaven, we will see Him - may Allah permit.
Who Created Allah
Here we should note the prophetic advice: Seeking refuge in Allah and subtly directing the child’s thoughts towards another issue so the he or she does not carry on with these questions is the key here. We redirect the child’s thought away not because we lack an answer. We rather do it to eliminate suspicion.The Answer
Who Created Allah?The Answer
No one. Allah is the creator of everything. That is why we worship Him alone. We do not worship anything that is created. Allah is not created; the process of creation applies only for the creature. No one can ever bring Allah from nonexistence. Otherwise, He would be a creature, too. Allah has neither a beginning nor an end. If we assumed that there is a creator of Allah the Almighty, the same question remains unanswered: “Who created the creator of the creator?” Then, “Who created the creator of the creator of the creator?” and so on. Abu Huraira narrates that the prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Satan comes to one of you and says, ‘Who created so-and-so?’ ‘till he says, ‘Who has created your Lord?’ So, when he inspires such a question, one should seek refuge with Allah and give up such thoughts”.Possible scenario (for 10 years old):
- If someone asked you about the length of the fourth side of a triangle… you will not have an answer because the triangle only has three sides.
- Let us take the ‘soldier and bullet’ example. A soldier wants to fire a gun, but in order to do so, he must take permission from the soldier behind him. That soldier - in order to give permission - must take permission from the soldier behind him… and like that to a no-end. The question is: “Will the first soldier ever fire the gun.”? No, because no one can reach the soldier who can give the order to fire. Exactly ! The soldier can only fire the gun if there is a last soldier who can give orders without consulting with the one behind. Without that soldier, no matter how many soldiers there are, the gun will never fire. All other soldiers are like zeros; they are beside each other but no matter how many they are - even if they are infinite - they will always be nothing except if we put before them a number: 1 or more.
Same thing for Allah, We cannot stand the light that radiates from Allah’s veil. But when we go to heaven, we will see Him - may Allah permit.
Where Did Allah Come From? How Old Is He? Who was there before Allah
The answer to these types of questions requires explaining the idea that time and space are creations of Allah. Allah created everything and by everything we mean everything, whether physical, mental, or conceptual. If we get children to understand that, then answering these questions can become easy. Here we should note the prophetic advice: Seeking refuge in Allah and subtly directing the child’s thoughts towards another issue so the he or she does not carry on with these questions is the key here. We redirect the child’s thought away not because we lack an answer. We rather do it to eliminate suspicion. Furthermore, like the question about creation, we should note the prophetic advice: Seeking refuge in Allah and subtly directing the child’s thoughts towards another issue so the he or she does not carry on with these questions is the key here. We redirect the child’s thought away not because we lack an answer. We rather do it to eliminate suspicion.The Answer
Where Did Allah Come From? How Old Is He? Who was there before Allah?The Answer
Since Allah was not created and that He neither begets nor was born, then He has no beginning or an end. He does not have an age like humans, because He is the Creator. Allah Almighty is the First ever. Nothing is before him and He is the Last. Nothing is after Him. He said: “He is the First and the Last, the Ascendant and the Intimate, and He is, of all things, Knowing.” Time is like space; it does not limit Allah. Time is one of Allah’s creations; creatures cannot limit or contain their creator. Allah owns all the traits of perfection and beauty.”
Is Allah Male or Female
Similar to the question about how Allah looks like, we should briefly answer this question and shift the child’s thoughts away from thinking too much about Allah’s appearance. Here, we better clarify to the child that gender is a necessity to differentiate between types of creatures and that Allah has actually the creator of creatures.The Answer
Is Allah Male or Female?The Answer
Allah is not male or female. He is the creator of these two concepts. He said: “And that He created the two mates - the male and female.” Allah the Almighty is above classification. In fact, there are other creatures that are not under such classification (e.g. the angels). Even the sky, clouds, air, and water are not male or female. Therefore, if some creatures do not fall within gender classification, then Allah primarily does not, too: “There is nothing like Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”
How do we know that Allah Exists
Belief in Allah is an undeniable human instinct and evidence of Allah’s existence is plenty. Every day, people in every field discover evidence of Allah’s existence. The nature in human soul proves Allah’s existence; Allah says: “The innate nature (fitrah) of Allah upon which He has created all people” (Quran 30:30). Every single one of us has an inner voice that tells him about Allah’s greatness, power, and care. Key to the answer to this question is to illustrate the complexity of this world and its system.The Answer
How do we know that Allah Exists?The Answer
There are two types of evidence that proof Allah’s existence: Logical and tangible. As we can see. This world is very intricate. Either it happened by chance, created itself, or it is created by a Creator. The first two options are impossible; therefore, only the third one possible and the Creator is Allah. In the Quran, Allah says: “Were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Rather, they are not certain”. He has control over the sky and Earth; Allah says: “Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.” In addition, Allah perfected human creation; He says: “And in yourselves. Don’t you see?” He also created the stars, mountains, animals, etc. All these point to the Creator’s mastery. Signs of Allah’s existence are spread across the World. Moreover, Creatures have a purpose: they all worship Allah who has no associate, whatsoever.Possible Scenario for a logical evidence (age 9-12)
- Abu Haneefa was once asked to prove Allah’s existence. He replied: “First, tell me about a ship from Degla that sails - to carry food and goods - by itself, returns by itself, docks by itself, empties itself by itself, and does the same thing all over again by itself.”
- “That is impossible!”, people said. Abu Haneefa replied, “If it is impossible for a ship to do this, then how can the world function on its own?!” It is impossible that a perfect world happens without an All-Capable, All-Knowing Creator.
A parent can also ask the child: when you get hungry, you automatically look for food to satisfy your hunger. When you get thirsty, you look for something to quench your thirst; when you smell something beautiful, you feel happy and the opposite happens when you smell something foul. When you look at the flowers, the roses, the sky, and the nature around us you feel ecstatic. Similarly, we feel the need for Allah for refuge to feel safe and calm. When we feel sad and depressed, we return immediately to Allah and call Him and when we feel happy, we praise Him and thank Him.
Does Allah Hear, See, and Talk Like Us
The answer to this question provides an opportunity to teach children self-control: “If Allah is All-Hearing and All-Seeing, is it appropriate that He hears or sees us doing something unacceptable to Him?”The Answer
Does Allah Hear, See, and Talk Like Us?The Answer
Yes. Allah talks, hears, and sees. He says: “Certainly Allah has heard the speech of the one who argues with you, [O Muhammad], concerning her husband”, “[Allah] said, “Do not be scared. Indeed, I am with you both; I hear and see”, and “Indeed, He is aware of what you do.” However, He does not do it like us. Allah is different from His creation. He hears sounds no matter how low they are; He sees things no matter how far they are. He hears and sees everything; yet, His hearing and vision do not resemble those of the deficient and weak creatures. Allah is unmatched. He says: “There is nothing like Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”
Does Allah Get Hungry and Thirsty Like Us
Key to answering this question is the explanation that hunger and thirst are aspects of weakness and Allah Almighty is perfect and flawless.The Answer
Does Allah Get Hungry and Thirsty Like Us?The Answer
No, Allah does not get hungry or thirsty. He does not need food or drink because He is the Creator of everything and does not need anything. If He ever needs anything, He would not be Allah. Creatures are the ones that need food and drink and Allah provides it for them. There is no comparison between the creature and the Creator. Not everything we make needs what we need. The same thing goes with Allah.Possible Scenario (age 10-12):
- Let me ask you a question… Who made the bike? The bike manufacturer.
- Let us imagine that the bike talks and asks its maker: ‘What do you eat? What do you drink?’ How will you respond? I will say: “It is none of your business. What will you gain from knowing such a thing; your main purpose is to travel fast without any defects?”
Excellent. Same thing when it comes to Allah. Allah created us to worship Him: “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” These questions are not going to benefit or help us achieve this task. On the contrary, it will distract us from completing our tasks. When can bikes ask questions? When they are broken; they go to their manufacturer to get fixed. That is why we seek refuge in Allah through prayers and supplications when we find ourselves weak in worshipping Him or when something bad happens to us
How Powerful Is Allah
Key to answering this question is that if we were talking about limited power or ability, then we are talking about a trait of weakness; the end of power means the beginning of weakness, and weakness is not a trait of Allah the Almighty. This question is also beneficial to explaining the importance of worshipping Allah alone. He is the only one capable of providing our needs and sustenance.The Answer
How Powerful Is Allah?The Answer
Allah’s power is infinite. Nothing stands in His way; He said: “Allah is competent over all things.” Whenever He wants something, He says: “be”, and it becomes. Allah is capable of everything because He is the Creator of everything. Nothing in land or sky defeats Him. Only creatures have limited powers because they are created with limited abilities. The Creator’s ability, however, has no boundary or weaknesses. He is the One who crushes the mountains, moves the oceans, orders the water to sink into earth. Nothing in the universe occurs without His order and will. The Creator does not need any creature. The sky is one of His creations, and His existence is not dependent upon any creature. He does not need them; He does not need anything.
Where Is Allah? How Big Is He
Once children understand that Allah is the One who created us and blessed us, we then explain that Allah is in heaven. He said: “Do you feel secure that He [who holds authority] who’s in the heaven…”. It is false to say that Allah is everywhere, though, because this means that He is present inside everything, which is not true. We are committed to what is mentioned in the Sunnah. The prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) asked a maid servant: “Where is Allah?”, she said: “He is in the heaven”. He said: “who am I?” She said: “You are the messenger of Allah”. He said: “Grant her freedom; she is a believing woman”. Even though Allah is in the heaven, He can see and hear us everywhere. Constantly stressing that Allah sees and hears us increases the child’s self-control. Allah the Almighty is in heaven, but His knowledge encompasses everything; He said: “He is with you wherever you are.”The Answer
Where Is Allah? How Big Is He?The Answer
Allah Almighty is in Heaven. He is not compared to anyone of His creatures. He is greater than everything; Allah is bigger than all of His creatures. If His creatures are great, their Creator is greater.
How Come Allah Sees Us but We Do Not See Him
We can utilize the answer to this question to explain to them that we cannot see Him, yet we believe in Him. We believe that He is Merciful, that He loves believers, that He is powerful, and that he is capable of everything and knows everything. He knows we are talking about Him right now.The Answer
How Come Allah Sees Us but We Do Not See Him?The Answer
Our vision is limited; we cannot see most things. That is why we use microscopes and magnifying tools. If we cannot see created objects, then - logically – we cannot see Allah the Almighty. Human’s capabilities in life prevent them from seeing Allah. Allah is high above us; therefore, He sees us all at the same time like someone who climbs a roof and sees those walking in the street while they do not see him. Allah sees us while we do not see Him. There are many things that exist that we cannot see.Possible scenario (6-10):
We tell the child: “Our eyes cannot detect everything. We cannot see voices, yet we hear them. We cannot see air, yet we feel it. Our eyes cannot see Allah Almighty in this life; however - may Allah permit – we will be given better eyes in the Hereafter that will allows us to see Allah. That is why, “Vision doesn’t perceive Him, but He perceives [all] vision; and He is the Subtle, the Acquainted.”
How Can Allah See too Many People
This question is related to the previous question. The answer is similar and it can also be used to raise the child’s ability to self-control.The Answer
How Can Allah See too Many People?The Answer
Because Allah Almighty is above us all. Allah is the Competent over everything.Possible Scenario (age 5-10):
To practically answer this question, we can take the child to the street and ask him or her to count the people he or she sees. Then, we go to a second floor and count again. Then we go to the roof and ask the child to count the people he or she sees for a third time. Then we give the child a binocular and ask for a more accurate count. From this example, we explain to the child that we should not measure things with our limited human capabilities. Allah’s ability is greater than that of His creatures altogether. And we must stress that: “Allah is competent over all things.”Another possible scenario:
We can ask the child: “Do you think an ant can see us with full details, or does it just see a ghost or a shadow?” The child will respond that the ant can see only a very small part of the toe, and it might consider the toe a huge mountain.
- We can ask the child: “Do you think an ant can see us with full details, or does it just see a ghost or a shadow?” The child will respond that the ant can see only a very small part of the toe, and it might consider the toe a huge mountain. “Alright. Do you think the ant can ask: “How do you see us all at the same time?” Your answer will be: “It is natural”. It suits your abilities that Allah gave you. The ant’s abilities are limited. While it is easy for you to see many ant-shelters in the room all at the same time, an ant - with its limited abilities – can only see one. Since we agree that nothing is like Allah the Almighty, and that He is capable of everything, therefore, our limited abilities cannot comprehend what is “natural” for Allah. Allah’s ability is greater than the ability of all the creatures because “Allah is competent over all things.”
Does Allah See People in the Dark? How Does Allah Sees Us When at Home with the Doors and Windows Shut? How Does Allah Know About All Our Actions? How Can He Watch All People
Key to answering these questions is that Children must learn that Allah has all the traits of beauty and perfection. They must know that Allah’s abilities are limitless; He is the Omnipotent and the Almighty. He says: “Allah is competent over all things.” Because His ability is limitless, nothing on earth or sky can defeat Him. We cannot compare Allah’s ability with that of creatures, no matter how great the creatures are. Allah is greater. Like previous answers, the answer to this question is suitable to link to the importance of self-control and religious devotion.The Answer
Does Allah See People in the Dark? How Does Allah Sees Us When at Home with the Doors and Windows Shut? How Does Allah Know About All Our Actions? How Can He Watch All People?The Answer
Yes, Allah can see All people in the Dark and behind doors and walls.Possible Scenario 01:
First, we should show the child a movie scene with military soldiers using night-goggles, animals and birds that see in the dark, first-person video games with tools players use, such as x-rays gadgets, to detect objects behind walls or in the dark. After that, we ask: “If a weak human sees in the dark, can’t Allah who created humans see in the dark, too? If Allah is the One who gave us the ability to create gadgets, can’t He - the All-Capable and Overseer - do that? Allah is greater and more capable, and His ability has no boundary”.Possible Scenario 02
We should show the child a picture of a medical scan and tell him that a technician - who is created by Allah - can see the bones inside us with an X-ray. Allah who created people, sees us while at home with all the doors shut. Nothing is like Allah; He is not like humans whose vision are blocked by buildings. Allah is unlike any creature because He is capable of doing anythingPossible Scenario 03
The example of surveillance camera recording clarifies this. A camera records and detects every minor and major detail in front of it. Allah’s ability is greater than the camera; He can watch everyone at the same time because His ability is boundless. Allah’s knowledge is absolute and inclusive of everything. Surveillance cameras help children grasp the omnipresence of Allah. A company can survey its employees with a camera that records and displays everything in monitoring screens, spontaneously. If people can invent this surveillance method, then Allah, the Creator Himself, can survey his creatures all the time.
Why Doesn’t Allah Die Like us
Key to answering this question is that children understand that Allah created death and the circle of life. He is beyond His creation and the rules of His creation do not appl to him. Also, it is important to understand that Death is a sign of weakness. Allah is never weak. He was not created and will not die. Furthermore, key to this is explaining that death is part of Allah’s plans for people. Death is the first stage of After Life.The Answer
Why Doesn’t Allah Die Like us?The Answer
Because Allah created everything and he created the circle of life. Everything he created dies. He says: “Every soul will taste death. Then to Us will you be returned.” A person’s death is the beginning of his or her Hereafter, the most important part after life. People, however, are creatures that die. Allah’s life is not like ours; our lives end with death. Every creature vanishes, and nothing remains except Allah the Almighty. Allah is perfect, infinite life is a trait of perfection. This is why one of the names of Allah is the All-Living who never dies.
Does Allah Love Me
Allah Almighty is forgiving and merciful; He loves the benevolent, the pious, and the truthful. He says: “He loves them, and they love Him.” The signs of Allah’s love for His worshippers include honoring them, nurturing them, handling their issues, sustaining them, and forgiving them. Everyone feels Allah’s kindness and generosity. Allah loves the person who obeys Him, endeavors to get closer to Him and seeks His love by praying, honoring parents, giving charity, generosity, honesty, reciting the Quran, supplications and other good deeds. Allah loves whoever believes in him and commits to these actions.
Related to Angels
Angels are one of Allah’s beautiful creatures. They are made of light. Allah created them before us; they got a will, a mind, and wings. They can take the shape of humans after permission from Allah. They neither eat nor drink. They are servants of Allah who follow His commands. They are honored on different levels.
There are many angels and only Allah knows the exact number. Jibreel, Mikael, Israfeel, Rudwan, Malik (peace be upon them) are the ones we know of. There are also the carriers of Allah’s mighty throne, the writers of people’s actions, and others. Jibreel (peace be upon him) is the most noble. He is responsible for delivering the revelation to messengers (peace be upon them). There are Mikaeel, Israfeel, and others. Some Angels are responsible for continuously protecting humans. There are a huge number of angels; each has a specific task.
Allah Almighty created angels to do good; they are pure hearted. They never do evil or think of doing it. Angels are in Heaven; however, they descent to Earth to for certain tasks Allah commanded them to do, such as protecting, caring for, and watching us. They also descend to deliver scriptures, attend religious gathering, etc. Children should know that angels have two main tasks: worshipping Allah and taking care of the issues of the universe.
Humans do not have the ability to see angels in their original form; therefore, angels transform into the shape of humans so that prophets see and deal with them. Jibreel (peace be upon him), for example transformed into a Bedouin to teach the pillars of Islam.
Jinn are one of Allah’s creations. They are made of fire. Allah gave them different abilities we do not have such as flying and transporting objects fast. However, Jinn are commanded to obey orders and avoid whatever is prohibited like us. They die like us. We do not have the ability to see Jinn. Their nature differs from us; we are made of clay while jinn are made of fire.
Angels are more powerful. Angels do not die until the Day of the blowing of the Horn (for whom Allah wills to die); jinn, however, die earlier. The angel of death takes the souls of jinn upon Allah’s command: “Allah takes the souls at the time of their death.” Furthermore, jinn fear the angels. In the battle of Badr, for example, Satan saw the angels sent by Allah to support the believers, and said to the non-believers: “I am disassociated from you. I see what you do not see; indeed, I fear Allah. And Allah is severe in punishment.
Yes, angels are one of Allah’s creations; everything dies except Allah the Almighty. He is the Ever-Living and the Sustainer of all existence. He says: “Everything will be destroyed except His Face.” Everything on Earth and Heaven will die except things Allah permits to stay alive.
Related to Scriptures
They are scriptures Allah sent to His messengers (peace be upon them) to deliver Allah’s message and laws. Scriptures are guidance, mercy, and source of happiness in this life and in the Hereafter. We know that Allah sent the Scriptures of Ibrahim (Abraham) (peace be upon him), the Psalms of David (peace be upon him), the Torah of Mousa (Moses) (peace be upon him), the Gospel of Isa (Jesus) (peace be upon him) and the Quran of Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).
Quran is a book of guidance that shows us the way to success, now and in the Hereafter, the same way a manual shows us how to operate a machine. Allah the Almighty said: “Doesn’t He know what He created, and He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?” Since the prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is the final prophet with no successors, his miracle, the Quran, is eternal; its message and orders are obligatory to the Last Day. The most important proofs of the inimitability of the Quran are lingual and rhetorical. Allah challenged the Arabs known for their linguistics and rhetoric mastery – to produce the liking of the Quran. Humans and jinn failed to do so. That is why the Quran is a miracle.
Allah Almighty does what He desires. He has reasons for that - some of them we know and others we do not. Previous books were not miracles in themselves; therefore, it was not essential that they remain unchanged. Moreover, they were temporary regulations for certain people.
This question is usually asked by middle or High school students; therefore, we should quietly and carefully explain the proof of the Quran’s authenticity. Whenever things are repeated, they settle; whenever they spread, they are affirmed.The Answer
The Quran was delivered to us by succession. Muslims inherited the Quran generation after generation. They study and recite the Quran in their prayers; they also teach it to their children. If a Sheikh makes a mistake in a letter, we immediately correct him. The Quran is delivered to us, protected from any addition, omission, or alteration. Refuting this evidence leads to disproving historical facts, like the existence of the prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him), his companions, and famous figures in history; this is rejected by every rational person. Also, Allah challenged humans and jinn to come up with something similar to the Quran and both failed. The narrative and legislation of the Quran has no contradictions or distortions; this indicates that it is not a work of humans whose can be contradictory and distortive. The Quran is from Allah. He has taken care of protecting it.
Related to the Messengers
Prophets and messengers are chosen human beings. Allah made them prophets and ordered them to deliver the message to their people; this message is to worship Allah Alone. The first prophet is Adam (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him); the final prophet is Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). There are many prophets. Allah sent them to every nation on earth.
Allah sent messengers to deliver His message. Every prophet in every historical period called his nation to worship Allah and follow the straight path. They are mercy and guidance for people. The messenger is a well-respected man among his people prior and after revelation. Allah chose messengers as role models for people. They teach us manners, positive attitudes, and they guide us to whatever benefits us and forbid whatever harms us. Sending the messengers is a testimony that there is one religion that calls for worshiping Allah alone. People need guides in their own language to show them the right way; Allah sent the books with His messengers in their tribes’ mother tongue so that the message reaches clearly and accurately.
Prophets are humans and humans make mistakes. Allah protected the prophets from making mistakes only in what relates to their message and whatever might taint their status as role models for people. Therefore, it is important not to allow anyone to point an accusation towards the Message prophets carry. However, prophets are liable to everyday mistakes (e.g. the prophet’s misjudgment about agriculture or war).
Muhammad is the final prophet sent by Allah. His full name is Muhammad ibn Abdillah ibn Abdilmuttalib Al-Hashimy Al-Qurashy. He was born in Mecca on Monday in Rabee Al-Awal of “The Year of the Elephant”. His father died while his mother was still pregnant with him. His mother died when he was six. After that, his grandfather, Abdulmuttalib, took care of him. His grandfather died when the messenger was eight years old.
There are many proofs of Muhammad’s (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) honesty. The most important one is the noble Quran. This miraculous book still amazes people with its dazzling treasure. Also, his behavior and morals attest to his honesty ; even his enemies praised him. Muhammad used to be called the truthful and the honest. Furthermore, his miracles are seen by his contemporaries and narrated for generations. The perfect and beautiful legislation he delivered is also a proof as it continues everywhere throughout history.
The prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was taken on the “Buraq” to Jerusalem. He then rose to heaven with Jibreel (peace be upon him). Allah Almighty is capable of everything; nothing in land or in sky defeats Him. Nowadays, people finally built super-sonic planes. They have also invented 3D technology that allows them to be present in more than one place. Therefore, Allah is bigger and his abilities are greater than His creatures.
Divine wisdom dictates sending prophets; when people forgot or distorted past scriptures, Allah send a messenger with a scripture that is not altered. Moreover, Allah took responsibility of protecting the Quran until the Day of Resurrection. Therefore, it is logical that the messenger (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) became the final prophet and messenger.
Loving the prophet is one of the pillars of faith. Loving Allah the Almighty is not complete without loving His messenger. Loving the prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is linked to loving Allah because Allah has chosen him from all people to deliver this great message. Allah chooses the best of people because He knows more than anyone who is capable of handling His message. Since Allah chose him from all people for this great task, it is our duty to specifically love him. After all, he is the one who taught us about Allah. He was the best messenger and the most merciful to his nation. We are not grateful to anyone after Allah more than him (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). He went through pain as he called people to religion and benevolence. He used to get very sad when people disbelieved him because he feared that they will enter Hellfire. Allah says: “Then perhaps you would kill yourself through grief over them, [O Muhammad], if they do not believe in this message, [and] out of sorrow.” That is why he (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) is the one who deserves our utmost love after Allah.
Related to the Hereafter
The judgment day is the day when Allah resurrects all creatures and holds them accountable for their actions. It is also called the Last Day because there is no day after it. After the Judgment day, Allah will grant Paradise for whoever did good and obeyed we are not grateful to anyanere not grateful to angane him in this life; conversely, Allah will punish whoever’s did evil or disobeyed Him. This day is also called the Day of Resurrection because it is the day in which people rise from their graves towards heaven for judgment.
No one knows the date of the Day of Resurrection. Allah says: “They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the Hour: when is its arrival? In what [position] are you that you should mention it? To your Lord is its finality You are only a warner for those who fear it.” Allah has hidden the date of that day so that we constantly do our best to prepare for it by doing good and avoiding evil. If we knew when that day is, we will only repent right after it and, consequently, life then would be full of evil more than what is present right now.
The day of accountability is the day when Allah gathers all the people He ever created. Allah says: “Say, [O Muhammad], “Indeed, the former and the later peoples Are to be gathered together for the appointment of a known Day.” Allah then shows people their actions and holds them accountable; He pays them according to their actions; whoever did good will be rewarded, and whoever did evil will be punished. Allah says: “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.”
Children six years or younger usually cannot conceive the full meaning of death and resurrection and that death is inevitable. Children between six and eight usually understand the meaning of death and its inevitability. Children between eight and ten usually understand death and resurrection; A child that age can experience a case of death in the family for the first time. We do not know how children feel when they hear about death and grave. Horror might fill their hearts. Therefore, we must explain the meaning of death without lying or sugarcoating (e.g. that someone is travelling ) as soon as we can. Sooner or later, a child will know the truth from others. Prior to the death of a family member, parents should show their child a dead bird, tree, or bug to clarify the concept of death.The answer
Death is a stage in life where a person moves from this world to another world. All of us will die when we grow up and catch up with those who died before us and live with them in Paradise - may Allah permit. Death is not the end of everything; it is a stage where a believer transfers to a better life and the wrong doer transfers to be punished. Allah loves us even though he takes away our lives. Allah takes our lives so that we may live beside Him in Paradise, a place that we cannot imagine its beauty. When a person dies, his soul remains alive; it ascends to the Creator and people will remember the good actions of a person. That is why one must prepare to meet Allah by doing good deeds and by committing to the teachings of Islam.
Children do not do evil, and they do not mean it; therefore, all children go to Paradise.
When our time comes, we go to the grave, the place where dead people go. For those who believe in Allah, obey him and do good deeds, the grave will be a garden from Paradise. A believer will be blessed in the grave until the day of resurrection.
Yes, the dead can hear the greetings (Salam) of people and can hear supplications; however, dead people cannot breathe like us because they do not need to breath. Dead people have a different life with different laws and nature. There is no breathing, eating, drinking, sleeping or working in the grave. A grave is either eternal bliss or eternal punishment.
Paradise is the home of peace. It is a beautiful place full of everything you love and wish for. Paradise is the destination of generous people with good deeds. It has eight doors and it is made of levels; believers enter Paradise according to their good deeds and mercy of Allah. Those who have more deeds go to a higher and more beautiful level than those with less deeds. Yet, everyone lives in happiness, pleasure, and bliss. In Paradise, we will live happily ever after. We will never get sick or tired, and we will meet Allah Almighty, the messenger (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him), the prophets (peace be upon them) and everyone we love - may Allah permit. Paradise has everything we love and want - food, drinks, entertainment, and bliss.
Hellfire is the place of punishment. It is a place that Allah made to punish those who do evil, hurt people, disobey Allah, and not follow His orders.
Animals are not accountable for their deeds since they were not given the choice to live the way they do. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will gather them and avenge the harmed ones from the wrong doers. For example, a hornless sheep will knock the sheep that knocked it previously. After that, Allah will order them to become dust, so they turn into dust.
Related to Destiny
Belief in Destiny is one of the pillars of faith in Islam. Allah says: “He has created each thing and determined it with [precise] determination.” -). To believe in Fate and Destiny requires us to believe that Allah knows about evets before they happen, that he wrote them, that he willed them, and that he created them.
Because Allah is the creator and because His knowledge contains details of us before, during, and after our creation. In addition, Allah is the One who created man, time, and space; therefore, He knows “what was”, “what will be”, and “what shall be before it becomes”.Possible Scenario:
We can explain this with a simple example; a toymaker knows what a toy can do before the toy does anything because he made it and put the fine details. Similar wise, Allah - who is capable of all things - created us; so, Allah is more capable of knowing what will happen.
This question might be asked by older children. The main answer should lead to what we call guidance and aberrance. We do not know what Allah wrote for us and we are not required to do so. Yet, we are required to believe that Allah’s knowledge is infinite (including fate and destiny). We should be concerned only with our will and how to obey Allah’s orders within our limits.The Answer
We are destined to do certain things and we have the choice in other things. We do not have a choice when or where to be born or die. We do not have a choice to choose our parents or our relatives. However, we are free to pray and believe in Allah. The will in this freedom is within Allah’s will - meaning that if Allah wants to force us to accept or reject something, He will; yet, He chose to give us the freedom; we will be held accountable for our choices; this is what Allah means when He says: “And you do not will except that Allah wills - Lord of the worlds.”Possible Scenario:
- instructor brings a glass-cup and asks a child if he or she can throw it on the ground and break it. “Of course, I can.”
- “What is preventing you, then?” “It is wrong.”
The instructor then comments: “Allah knows that you will not break this cup because you are a good child. He also knows that a naughty child will break it. So, did anyone prevent you from smashing the cup? Did anyone force the other child to break it? In a similar manner, We have the choice of what to do , but Allah knows what our choice will be.
Allah provided guidance to all people. He says: “And have shown him the two ways. This means that He showed everyone the right path and allowed us to clearly differentiate between truth and falsehood. Then, He gave us the freedom of choice; therefore, some of us choose the right path while others do not.
This knowledge is divine and we do not know why. All our assumption about the answers are illusions and ignorance. Therefore, humans are only responsible for what they do, and it is not possible for us to know our destiny before we act. Destiny is known only after events happen. So, why do we do good deeds and abandon bad ones? The answer is that we should do good deeds and avoid bad deeds because it is the safe path to Paradise. It is like choosing a road to a town. We avoid dangerous roads and travel on safe ones. We cannot use destiny as an excuse for being bad. Otherwise, criminals will argue that they are destined to do bad deeds. That is why humans must admit and surrender to Allah the Almighty who says “He is not questioned about what He does; yet, they will be questioned.” He is the Creator and He Has authority over Everything.
Allah said: “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me Alone.” Allah created us for a purpose that benefits us which is worshipping Him. The outcome for fulfilling or neglecting this purpose is Paradise or Hellfire, respectively. Allah masterfully created the universe with its skies, land, planets, and stars that are signs of His greatness. He made the sun provide us with warmth to help nurture plants and to kill germs. He made animals available to humans so we can eat them or carry our belongings on them. He said: “And [He created] the horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and an adornment. And He creates what you do not know.”
They will be under trial because Allah gave them intelligence. Allah will test these people and gives them orders on the Day of Resurrection; if they obey Him, they will enter Paradise. If they disobey Him, they will go to Hellfire.
Life is a test; it is like the first chapter of a two-chapter novel. The Hereafter is the second chapter. It is the home of reward, punishment, and vengeance of the oppressed. That is why evil people are not always punished in life. Everyone will rise on the Day of Resurrection and be held accountable for his or her actions. Allah says: “So whoever does an at- om’s weight of good will see it And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.”.
Allah created people and gave them the freedom to choose whether to do good or evil. One decides whether to be decent or not and will be responsible for the consequences. This is a blessing from Allah and His infinite wisdom because evil people can be good; it is our duty to help them. Yet, if they refuse and stick to what they do, then it is our duty to prevent them from harming people so that Allah loves and rewards us. Allah the Almighty is the Creator of everything in this life that is a home of test and distress. Allah says: “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in actions - and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving.. This test includes the presence of evil performed by the devils and human offenders.
Allah tests people with disorders and diseases. He will generously reward them for their patience and puts them in higher levels in Paradise. Noticing Disabled people reminds us of the blessings of Allah who gave us health. We must thank Allah for this. Noticing disabled people also reminds us of our weakness so that we are humbled and helpful. After Judgement Day, the benevolent will live a healthy eternal life in Paradise - may Allah permit.
Allah the Almighty provides sustenance. He is the one who tests humans. Sometimes He gives the good person sustenance, to test his generosity. Other times He may prevent sustenance to test patience and endurance against envy. As long as a good person is patient in life, his or her rewards grow bigger. Conversely, a person with many blessings who offends others and does not give charity will be punished on the Day of Resurrection because he or she did not appreciate Allah’s blessing.
Allah created people different so that the rich gives the poor and the strong helps the weak and poor. People have different languages, colors, races, character, and behavior. Everyone is tested in accordance with whatever Allah gave him or her. The rich are tested with money: will they pay their ‘Zakaa’ and give charity? Will they be generous? The poor are tested with their poverty. Are they going to be patient? Are they going to work hard? Are they going to accept bribes. Are they going to steal? Everything is a test; yet, Allah sustenance is for everyone and our financial status will not dictate whether we go to Paradise or Hellfire. Everyone is tested by what is bestowed upon them. If all people were rich, they would not serve each other and would not need each other. Allah says: “That they may make use of one another for service.” This means that we (people) are subjected to each other. That is how the circle of life moves; otherwise, life stops if everyone is the same.
Allah tests everyone to see if they endure illness or lose patience? Allah the Almighty will immensely reward the patient believer on the Day of Resurrection. Through illness, calamities, and distress Allah exalts the believers, purify their hearts from arrogance and pride, and loves them more. Also, worshippers get closer to Allah through prayers, patience, faith, and good deeds. They will also learn the blessing of health. We can ask chil- dren: “Why are cars made? For transportation, right? Why do they have brakes? Don’t brakes stop cars from moving? Brakes are necessary for safety. Cars are made to travel and the brakes stop them at the right time to protect drivers from harm. Allah created us to be happy by worshipping Him and appreciating blessings. He also created calamities to remind us of the great task we are made for so that we messing around, ask Him for forgiveness, and be patient as we wait for the reward.
Allah is the Creator and the Lord of everything. He created those creatures with His ability and wisdom; He is the All-Knowing and the Wise who knows about them what we do not know. Our knowledge is scanty compared to Allah’s knowledge and wisdom. That is why Allah says: “And you have not been given of knowledge except a little.” We do not know all the reasons for Allah creating these animals. One of these reasons, however, is to illustrate Allah’s intricate creation and masterfulness. Although they are a lot, Allah provides for all. He also tests us through them and rewards those these animals hurt; killing them illustrates courage and empathy towards them illustrate weakness. Moreover, we sometimes get medicine from harmful animals (e.g. snake venom). Some harmful animals also take care of pests that are harmful to us (e.g. snakes eat farm rats that wreck the crops). Many of these harmful animals are food for other useful animals; this forms balance in the circle of life that Allah perfected.
Worshipping Allah purifies and uplifts a believer’s soul. The effort made to perform them is minimal compared to their benefit. Prayers include recitation, remembrance and supplication. In fact, prayers contain all forms of worship; therefore, it is better than separate reciting, remembrance, or supplication.
Believers rejoice at prayers because it brings them closer to Allah Almighty and allows them to ask for everything they wish for; Allah answers our prayers. We pray because Allah ordered us to pray and we love obeying Allah’s orders. We are His worshippers; He is our Creator and Sustainer, and He deserves to be worshipped for His endless blessings. Allah says: “And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them.”. Praying is an expression of our love and gratitude to Allah Almighty and a declaration of our need for Him to guard our health, guide us to what benefits us, and protect us from evil. Allah does not need us to worship Him; He does not need anything from us, and He does not benefit from us. Prayers are commands from Allah who wants us to worship Him in the way that His prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) demonstrated. That is the meaning of the Muslim declaration of faith: we worship Allah Alone according to His messenger’s instructions. Worshipping Allah brings great rewards and it is a reason to enter Paradise. After all, Heaven is Allah’s precious reward that requires hard work (i.e. worshipping Allah and obeying Him).
There are ethics for supplication that we should consider. These include respecting the laws Allah put in this world. We pray to Allah and He chooses what is good for us. Your father would not give you permission to ride your bike in the middle of a street because he loves you and knows it might harm you. Allah is generous and he answers our prayers in three ways: He accepts our requests, protects us from a disaster that might happen to us, or rewards us for our prayers on the Day of Resurrection – which in turn gets us closer to paradise.
This is because Allah created everyone unique. All of Allah’s creation is beautiful. Allah says: “We have certainly created man in the best of stature.” - (95:4). Every person is unique in his or her own way; those who were created beautiful must thank Allah more, and those who are not as beautiful must accept the way Allah created them. Those who are thankful and patient shall reach high levels and gain huge rewards.
Allah tests us to differentiate between the good and the bad. Allah might test us so that we seek refuge in Him and stay close to Him. Allah tests His beloved with hardship to purify them and raise their ranks so that they become role models for others and learn how to endure distress. This is why the prophet said: “The most severely tested people are the prophets, then those nearest to them, then those nearest to them”; the firmer we are in religion, the more severe is our trial. That is why the prophets were severely tested; they were murdered, hurt, and sometimes tested with severe illness (e.g. Ayoub (Job) (peace be upon him). Our prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was severely hurt in Mecca and Medina; yet he was patient (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). The point is that the truly faithful and pious go through hardship in accordance to their piety and faith. So, we must teach children that Allah does what He decrees. We must not ask Him to justify His actions. We know he is the most Just of all in what He does, because He is the Most Just of all.
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