Our new Muslim children’s book title this month is a book about humility in Islam.
In this Noor Kids title – Not So Smartypants – we’ve addressed why humility is a fundamental attribute of believers.
We’re also putting together some fun Islamic activities for kids and resources about humility for parents. These Islamic projects and activities will help you cultivate humility in your children, so do stay tuned!
Allah has told us in His Quran,
“And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance. Verily, you can neither rend nor penetrate the earth, nor can you attain a stature like the mountains in height.” [Quran, 17:37]
As Muslims, we tend to think we have more power than we actually do.
To humble ourselves, we need to learn our place in the grand order of things. We also need to be content both with what we have and our role we have to play in this life.
About Noor Kids Islamic kids books
At Noor Kids we’re blessed to have been tasked with creating a powerful and comprehensive Islamic education program. Our monthly Islamic books for kids address all the most important issues facing Muslim kids today.
From teaching kids how to stand up to bullying or teaching them what it means to be humble, the Noor Kids books take aim at challenging topics.
Our goal is to present difficult and important subjects in a way that helps parent-child conversations flow. We also aim to help parents made these key concepts stick at a very young age.
Each book written by our creative experts and educators includes stories, activities, and a collectable “passport” badge for Muslim kids.
For parents, each Muslim kids book includes thoughtful discussion questions you can use to start conversations with your children.
The books also include an overview of the topic, theme, and key takeaway lessons.
Creating a Muslim kids book about humility in Islam
When it came to addressing an abstract character trait like humility, we knew we wanted stories that were understandable and relatable to young children. We also wanted to encourage this trait by teaching Muslim children humility in a child-friendly way.
For Muslims, humility may very well be a virtue that influences the development of strong character in a number of other important areas.
In Islam, Muslims also believe that all our good qualities have been granted by God, and that all praise and thanks is due to Him and Him alone. Allah shares with us that His power and abilities are far greater than our own. He explains that all the good that comes from our efforts is actually from Him.
Allah reminds us,
“Have you seen that [seed] which you sow? Is it you who makes it grow, or are We the grower?” [Quran, 56:63-64]
This verse reminds us to be mindful of Allah’s help with all that we do. Taking this verse to heart helps us be humble at all times and not become prideful or arrogant.
Islamic Parenting Articles and Islamic Art Activities
With this simple experiment, children can explore and understand the abstract concepts of humility and arrogance in a hands-on way.
This Islamic activity for 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 year old children uses a classic vinegar and baking soda experiment.
One of the easiest ways to teach both humility of self (and humility before God) is to examine the life cycle of plants and our relative lack of control over the growth process.
This Islamic craft and activity designed for 4-8 year old kids uses a plant life cycle to teach powerful lessons about both humility and tawakkul (trusting in Allah’s power and plan).
So, how can we be humble?
Humility, or the attitude of humbleness, entails having a modest and realistic view of ourselves in relationship to others. Humility in Islam is expressed in the form of admitting our mistakes, taking a hard looks at our weaknesses, asking for help, and listening to others.
Most importantly, humility comes from practicing humbleness in our view of, and relationship with, Allah (SWT) and accepting our place in relationship to Allah’s countless gifts.
How do you teach humility to your children? Let us know in the comments below!