Ruling on showing the children pictures of some horses when explaining Soorah al-`Aadiyat

Question 128: In kindergarten, female teachers teach the children some short Soorahs (Qur’aanic chapters) and explain the meaning of some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) using sensory means to illustrate the meaning. For instance:

– In Soorah Al-Qaari`ah, for the Aayah in which Allaah (Exalted be He) says, …like carded wool. We show the children some wool.

– In Soorah Al-`Aadiyat, we show the children pictures of some horses. – In Soorah Al-Zalzalah, we bring the children a piece of wood on which we put some grains of sand and shake them in order to explain the meaning of Al-Zalzalah (earthquake). – In the story of Aadam’s creation (peace be upon him) from clay, we show the children a lump of clay. Is it permissible for us to do that knowing that most of the female teachers have little knowledge about Tawheed al-Asmaa’ wa al-Sifaat (Oneness of Allaah’s Names and Attributes)? Please advise! May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: You must stop explaining the meaning of the Qur’aan in the way mentioned above for the following reasons: First: Muslims in the past and present did not adopt that way in explaining the Glorious Qur’aan. Scholars unanimously held that the Qur’aan is to be explained through writing and orally, which were proved to be sufficient for the person whom Allaah willed to guide and benefit... read more here.

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