It’s pretty normal for small kids to be frightened by the sound of thunder (and I have to admit, it does make a grown up a little jumpy too, sometimes!), some more afraid than others. I remember when my eldest child was around 2-3 years old, he would start crying, putting his hands over his ears (and refused to remove them from his ears until the thundering completely stopped) and snuggled with us when it was thundering outside.
However, just as fascinating as the alternation of day and night, rainfall and other miracles that we have explored in previous posts, there’s actually more to the sound of thunder than its loud, startling sound.
Allah ‘azza wa jall says in Surah Ar-Ra’d, verse no. 13:
“And the thunder exalts [Allah] with His praise, and the angels too, in awe of Him…” (Surah Ar-Ra’d: 13)
As children grow, it becomes easier for us parents to make clear to them why certain things happen, especially things that they can relate to their senses, in this case, the sense of sound.
The above verse tells us about the fascinating reality that we can teach our children – that human beings are not the only ones that praise and glorify Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala; angels and thunder do the same too!
Subhaanallah, what a great wonder.
Teaching them about this fact actually helps to cultivate the seeds of imaan in the hearts of our children, since we are well aware that as Muslims, not only do we believe in things that are visible to us, but also those that are unseen.
As Allah also mentions in Surah Al-Israa’, verse 44:
“…And there is not a thing except that it exalts [Allah] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting.” (Al-Israa’: 44)
This is another powerful verse that you can refer to, which contains a great lesson for our children: human beings have limited capabilities and understanding. Just because we can’t hear them, it does not mean that other living creatures and things that Allah has created do not praise and glorify Allah. They all do this in their own ways that we humans are not able to see and understand.
Now let me share some activities that you can do with your children:
- Discuss what it means to praise and glorify Allah. Teach them the phrases SubhaaaAllah, Alhamdulillah, Laa ilaaha Illallaah and Allaahu Akbar and their meanings. Ask them to write them down so that they won’t forget.
- Teach them the supplication to read upon hearing thunder: سُبْحانَ الَّذِي يُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ، وَالمَلائِكَةُ مِنْ خِيْفَتِهِ (Translation: Glory is to Him Whom thunder and angels glorify due to fear of Him.) [Source: Hisnul Muslim]
- Read this together with your kids: Thunder Facts For Kids
- “Thunderstorm in a cup” activity by Brie Brie Blooms. Very interesting indoor activity for pre-schoolers!
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