Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the harvests, colorful changes, and appreciate the wonders of Allah’s creation. Walking out-of-doors with your children is a wonderful daily habit and an invigorating change of pace with many benefits.
Schedule a regular daily walk together in your neighborhood or once a week in a nearby area of nature. As the days get shorter, it is very beneficial to be in daylight and get some sun on your face. (Vitamin D)
Remember to take the following along to make your walk comfortable:
• Your curiosity. On the way, talk about things you might see and raise questions about them.
• Snacks and water.
• First aid kit.
• Magnifying glass for a closer look at details. The large size is handier to use for small things like bugs.
• Binoculars for long-distance objects like birds.
• Camera to capture images of nature.
• Plastic jar with mesh lid for insects.
• Plastic bags to collect items such as small rocks, shells, leaves, pine cones, or sticks.
• Sketch book or small notebook for notes.
• Regular pencil, colored pencils and a good eraser.
• Nature field guide(s) of trees, birds, insects, animals, plants, wildflowers, rocks, shells, etc. Look for those that specialize in species found in your state or region.
Start with Creation:
-Teach your children about creation directly from the Qur'an. (See my Curriculum page for Qur’an Reference for Science.)
-Teach your children to appreciate and wonder at God's creation as you drive, walk, view videos, or look at books. Notice its Beauty, Complexity, Order, Incredible dimensions, both large and small.
-Include Worship: Don't stop with appreciation and wonder; go on to express praise and thank Him for His creation. Praising Allah for Himself and the wonders of the world He has created (Dhikr) is an act of worship.
-Help your children see Allah's attributes in creation. Some examples include:
• Power, Majesty and Might- (Al-Jabbar- The Powerful; Al-Qadeer- The All-Powerful; Al-‘Azeez- The Mighty; Al-‘Adheem- The Exalted)
• Love, Mercy and Care- for the smallest bird (Ar-Rahmaan- The Compassionate; Ar-Raheem- The Merciful; Ar-Razzaq- The Continuous Provider; Al-Haafidh- The Guardian & Protector; Al-Qayyum- The Sustainer)
• Beauty, Design and Creativity- in scenery, flowers, leaves, sunsets, The variety and order of things in nature, etc. (Al-Moosawwir- The Fashioner, Al-Khaliq- The Creator, Al-Baaree’- The Originator)
• Infiniteness- in the expanse of the universe (As-Samad- The Eternal; Al-Hayy- The Ever-Living; Al-Awwal- The First; Al-Aakhir- The Last)
Finally, walking along, removed from the scene of your daily life, you can get a different perspective and a unique opportunity to visit with, and teach, your children in an informal setting.
Having this time to talk things through in a non-stressful time and place can greatly benefit your relationship with your child.