“Allah! There is no god save He, the ever-living, the self-subsisting (by whom all subsist). Slumber does not seize Him, nor does sleep; … His throne (knowledge) extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of them does not tire Him; and He is the most high, the great.” (Holy Quran 2:255)
In Ayatul Kursi, Allah (SWT) tells us that He does not sleep. He does not get tired. He takes care of the heavens and earth, but He never gets tired. He takes care of the plants and animals, but He never gets tired. He takes care of all of us, but He never gets tired.
On the other hand, we get tired every single day. By the time the day ends and night comes, we’re tired and ready to sleep.
“(He is) the cleaver of the dawn; and He has made the night for rest, and the sun and the moon for reckoning. This is the measure of the almighty, the all-knowing Lord.” (Holy Quran 6:97)
Using the Earth that we made in this post, we decided to talk about night and day. We placed a pin in one place to represent where we are, and we placed another pin on the opposite side to represent where her grandparents live. For easy holding/rotating, we stabbed a stick into the bottom of our Earth. Using a flashlight to represent the sun, we discovered how night and day happens.
We kept the explanation as simple as possible. When one side of the Earth has direct sunlight and daytime, the other side has darkness and nighttime. When we are awake and having breakfast, it is time to sleep on the other side of the world. When we are going to sleep, the other side of the world is waking up to get ready for their day. (I felt like my daughter was too young to include discussion about the position of the moon and other planets. It would just confuse her. If you have older kids, that would be a wonderful science lesson.)
Allah (SWT) created the Earth to spin, to give us night and day, so that we can sleep at night, but Allah (SWT) never sleeps. We are tired at the end of every day, but Allah (SWT) never gets tired.
I love incorporating science into other discussions! What other ways have you discussed science in combination with Islamic topics? I’d love to know – let me know below in the comments section!
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