Hadith-e-Kisa

At the beginning of programs that we attend, we often hear Hadith-e-Kisa (The Story of the Cloak). But for our kids, if they’ve only ever heard this story in Arabic, then they have no idea what they are listening to. As we remember Bibi Fatemah Zahra (SA) during the days of her shahadat and her wiladat, it is a good time to learn more about this story.

To discuss this story, we decided to make circles to represent each person. We discussed not drawing the people, remembering that in stories we read, they never show the faces of the Imams/Prophets. We made circles and wrote each name inside, to represent the person. We used a blanket as our cloak.

Then, we acted out the story. Here is a simplified version of the story [on page 134]. You can find the entire Hadith-e-Kisa here.

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Afterwards, we summarized the story on a sheet of paper, in one image. We glued the circle with Bibi Fatemah (SA) in the center, and surrounded her with her family, drawing arrows and describing the relationship on those arrows. Then, we took another sheet of paper in a different color, and cut it in the shape of a cloak. We put that paper on top, and glued just the edge down, so that we could lift the cloak to see who is under it. On top of the cloak, we wrote, “Under this ‘kisa’ are the FIVE people who are the most PURE and the most PERFECT!”

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