Explain to children that while we believe in Qadar, we also believe that we are responsible for our actions because we can choose to do good or bad. Ask them to tell you a story where the tragic event was self-caused or caused by other people.
Before class, select one story per calamity type from activity 1. All together there should be 3 stories. Copy each story in the centre of a separate large A3/A2 sheet. Draw a bubble around the text. Then draw three bubbles extending from it. Label one bubble ’emotions’, the second ‘physical’, the third ‘thoughts’.
Divide the class into three groups, and give each group one of the three A3/A2 sheets. Tell them to imagine that the people in the tragic stories were their friends then put down ideas about the following:
- Emotionally- how can your friends feel better about their situation.
- Physically– what can your friends do or say to improve their situation.
- Thoughts– what thoughts will help your friends think positively about their situation.
Give them 6 minutes, then circulate the papers around until all students had had a go at adding to all three sheets.
Stick the papers on the board and ask each group to read out the ideas for the sheet they started out with.
Use this resource to enrich the discussion.
Subsequently, use this quiz to assess for learning. Ask students to work in pairs and then do the activity as a class.
Finally, assign a story from Activity 1 handout to each individual and ask them to write a character diary entry explaining:
- What happened to the character and how they felt
- What they think about what has happened to them
- Which type of calamity type it falls under
- How it is a مصيبة
- How their belief in Qadar helps them
- What they will do or say to help improve their situation
Encourage them to plan their writing and work in pairs. Go round the class to help individuals with difficulties.