We made a lapbook on one of the greatest sahabahs : Sayidinna Abu Bakr As Siddiq. Z, my little one sponged the blue sky of the cover and wrote (or rather copied) the title. Bless him when he had trouble writing As Siddiq and the feltpen smudged the cover.
We described who Abu Bakr AsSiddiq was and made little notes and pasted it on the lapbook. Among them are : The first man to embrace Islam, made hijrah with rasullulah saw, the first khalifah and so on. Really fun activity because we were brainstorming what we know about him.
I put up a few hadith on what Rasulullah saw said concerning Abu Bakr As Siddiq r.a..
We made small booklets of his many nicknames. And a flip chart narrating Abu Bakrs r.a. generosity and also another flip chart describing that he was so generous, he was always freeing the Muslim slaves. Most of them are old and frail and also woman slaves. This seemed strange those days for people would prefer to free strong slaves. These slaves can help the person later. So what use would an old ex slave or a woman slave be to one? But Sayidinna Abu Bakr r.a. were only doing that to please Allah. May we have the same sincerity.
Do you know that some part of Surah Al Layl was about Sayidinna Abu Bakr. Refer to Al Layl 92:5-7, 18-21. May we be able to emulate his virtues.
We also listed down some of the “big” names that Abu Bakr made daawah to. Some of them are Uthman bin Affan r.a., Talhah and Abdul Rahman bin Awf. Masya Allah!
Then we read the story of when our beloved Prophet s.a.w. was ill and nearing his death. Abu Bakr was asked to lead the other Muslims in the congregation prayer.
I also included the small portion of rasulullah s.a.w last sermon when he said, “Allah gave a choice to one of His slaves either to choose this world or what is with Him in the Hereafter. He chose the later.” And how Sayidinna Abu Bakr r.a. cried listening to this because he knew what Rasulullah meant by that. This indicates their close relationship and his deep love to the Prophet s.a.w..
I asked H to write down a bit of Abu Bakr’s words when people could not accept the death of Rasulullah s.a.w. I emphasised to them. Rasulullah s.a.w is Abu Bakr’s closest friend. Of all the people, surely he would have been the most distraught. But he was the one who calmed everyone down.
We included in brief, the challenges Abu Bakr AsSiddiq faced when he first became Khalifah. We cut up a mean looking sword at that. 😀 And we made some working files of Abu Bakr’s first few challenges.
Then we traced a leaf, scratched on a leather and carved on stone telling in brief of Abu Bakr’s project of compiling the Quran. Except that all those are still papers. Just creating a bit of drama telling them what the verses were written on before. (And I am not sure how to draw shoulder bones)
And finally I put up a map to show the countries that was conquered under the reign of Khalifah Abu Bakr r.a. Subhanallah!
May my children learn to love the sahabahs. And the fact that they fought to instill haq back 1400 years ago, and with Allah’s will, light still exist in this world now. Alhamdulillah. May we be guided on the straight path always. May we be able to emulate their virtues and have faith as strong as the sahabahs radiallahuanhum.
1. Heroes of Islam – Prof Mahmoud Esma’il Sieny
2. Shining Stars Among the Prophet’s Companions Vol. 1 – Abdul Basit Ahmad.
3. Lecture by Sheikh Anwar Al Awlaki – Abu Bakr As Siddiq His Life and Times. You can listen it HERE.