Imagine if that’s how the world works!
Let’s take a look at what Allah says in Surah Ali-Imraan, verse 190:
“Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and day are signs for men of understanding.” (Ali-Imraan: 190)
The night and day phenomenon is really an amazing subject to explore with our children, and more importantly, it’s one of the most obvious signs around them that they can see and relate to the Greatness of Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala. Even before they learn about this concept formally in school, it’s never too early to teach young children that everything that happens, including something as routine as the alternation of night and day, occurs by the Will of Allah SWT.
Children might not often see the night changing into day (and vice versa) as “a big deal”, but ask them to imagine: what would it be like if it’s only day time or it’s only night time all the time?
There are different ways to engage our children in learning about the concept of night and day:
- Ask them to list different things that can be done during the day and things that can be done at night time. You can divide a sheet of paper into two columns (Day column & Night column) for this purpose.
- Once they’re done with their list, ask this question to let them think and reflect: would they be able to do all of those things if there’s only day time or only night time? What if Allah only created daytime, or only created night time? This would enable them to see that the day-night system that Allah has created actually helps people to live comfortably.
- Demonstrate how different parts on earth experience day time while other parts experience night time using a globe to represent earth and a flashlight as the “sun” (later at dinner time, you can remind them that their friends on the other side of the planet is just about to have breakfast and getting ready for school :)). Additionally, you can show them short videos/documentary on day and night alternation, but I think you’d agree with me that hands –on learning using the globe and flashlight would definitely be more fun!
- The concept of night and day can actually be a great start to introduce kids to other aspects of Islam, such as prayer times. We can ask them to list which prayer to perform at which time of the day/night (e.g. Fajr in the early morning, Dhuhr at midday, etc.).
- Encourage our children to memorize different du’a (supplication) to read at different times of the day and night.
The alternation of night and day is probably something that we often take for granted. But as Allah ‘azza wa jall says in the above verse, and many other similar verses in the Quran, the phenomenon of night and day is a great sign that we should reflect on. InshaAllah, we can help our children do the same 🙂
Have a wonderful, blessed day/night everyone!