November 8, 2021

Surat Al-A’laa Lapbook

I have another fun lapbook to share with you today. Surat Al’A’laa! InshaAllah you and your children find it of benefit. This lapbook had a lot of minibooks. There are some grammar minibooks about Alif Maksoorah. If your children are too young to learn this you can omit them and add them later when they are older.

Basic Facts about Surat Al-A’laa:

  • This surah is number 87 in the Quran.
  • It was revealed in Mecca.
  • It gets its name from the first ayah, the word Al-A’laa which means The Most High.
  • This surah is about reminding us to glorify Allah(SWT) for the many blessings He has given us.
  • Those who listen to Allah will go to Jannah and those who do not will go to Jahannam.
  • This message was being given even in the times of Prophet Ibrahim(AS) and Prophet Musa(AS).

Special Facts about this Surah:

  • Prophet Muhammad(SAAS) liked to recite this surah on Salat Al-Jum’aa and for both the Eid prayers. He would recite this surah along with Surat Al-Ghashiyaa or Surat Al-Jumu’ah.
  • Prophet Muhammad(SAAS) recommended reciting this surah for Isha’ prayer because it is not too long or too short.
  • Prophet Muhammad(SAAS) used to say, “Subhana Rabbi Al-A’laa after the first verse.
  • It is one of the five suwaar in the Quran named after a description of Allah(SWT).

The other four suwaar are:

  1. Surat An-Noor
  2. Surah Faatir
  3. Surah Ghaafir
  4. Surah Ar-Rahman

Surah Summary:

Reading the Quran is like having a private conversation with Allah(SWT). That is why it is very important for us to learn Arabic, which is the language of the Quran. We must listen and respond to what Allah is telling us to do and in order to do that we must learn Arabic. Just like we must listen and respond to what our parents tell us to do. When we understand Arabic, we will then know what Allah is telling us and our hearts will be guided to do what Allah asks of us.

In this surah Allah tells us of all the blessings he has bestowed upon us.

  • How he has created everything in its best form
  • How he has decided what will happen and how to guide each creation
  • How he has given us produce and established them in which season they will grow and wither
  • How he helped Rasulallah(SAAS) to remember the Quran except what Allah wills.

Allah tells us in this surah to remind others of the blessings so they will glorify Allah as well. Those who do not listen will go to Jahannam. Jahannam is a fire like any on this earth. He tells is in ayah 13, “they will not be living or dying.” There are some people who will be taken out of Jahannam out of Allah’s mercy, but only Allah knows who these people are. Those who do listen to Allah will go to Jannah where they will abide forever.

Allah has taught the message to all the people from all times. We know this from the previous books Allah has sent. You will find the same message inside these books. The last ayah of this surah talks about how this message was from the Scriptures of Prophet Ibrahim(AS) and Prophet Musa(AS).

Alif Maksoorah

This surah has a lot of Alif Maksoorah. Alif Maksoorah is a two letter combination. ىٰ  It looks like a yaa with a little alif on top. It is found at the end of almost every ayah. It is actually a type of alif. (though it looks like a yaa). It means “shortened alif”. It is pronounced like an alif with a fatha, aa, like the name of this surah, A’laa.

Some rules of alif maksoorah:

  • It is almost always found at the end of a word
  • It is usually found at the end of an ayah
  • Sometimes it has no “little alif” on top
  • Sometimes it has a wavy line above the little alif. (this is called a medd)
  • It always has a fatha on the letter before it. It never has a kasra. If the letter before it has a kasra, then it is yaa.

There are so many rules because in the beginning the Arabic did not have all these marks above and below the letters because the Arabs could read without them. But as Islam began to spread to other countries and places, those people either spoke a different dialect of Arabic or did not speak it at all. The scholars worried this would change the meaning of the words they were trying to read. The scholars solved by creating a system of marks called “tashkeel”. These marks taught the non-arabic speakers how to read it correctly. There are many more rules when it comes to reading the Quran correctly.

The ages for these lapbooks:

This lapbook is meant to be used with the Ad-Duha Institute Mini Tafseer Books.  You can purchase the Surat Al-A’laa mini-book or the Surat Al-A’laa e-book.   Be sure to click the correct book format when purchasing.  You can buy each book separately or as a set.  Check out the pages of the books here.  I gave a book to each child so that they can color and participate by reading along with me.

These lapbooks can be used at the elementary level grades 1-5.  If you have older students you can have them read and do the minibook themselves.  They can either cut and paste the answers into the mini books or they can write it in themselves.  You can give them a quiz after a review to see if they have fully understood and retained the information.  I will be sharing a study guide and quiz later so be sure to keep a look out.

If you have younger readers you can read it together as a group and then you can help them cut and paste the answers inside the mini books.  The very young may not be able to do all the mini books.  You can pick and choose which ones you would like your students to do.  Another option is for the parent/teacher to cut out all mini books and paste them into the lapbook so it is ready for the younger student to use.  Then the student can paste the answer inside the minibook. This way the parent or teacher can focus on spending time going over and explaining the surah.

If this is too easy for your older students then you can soon check out my Surat Al-Fajr Notebooking Pages where they can write out what they know and learned from the surah.

How long will it take to complete this lapbook?

It all depends on you and your family.  Older students might finish in a few days to a week and younger students may take a couple of weeks or more.  Do not feel pressured to finish in a certain time.  Pace yourself and your kids to what best suits your family.

What is included in this lapbook?

  • Facts about the surah mini books
  • Vocabulary mini book
  • Trace the arabic letters of the surah
  • Tafseer mini book
  • Translation mini book
  • What you should say before reciting Quran mini book
  • 19 other mini books

Mini book on the facts about Surat Al-A’laa

More minibooks

Minibooks on Alif Maksoorah

Vocabulary Minibooks

There are more minibooks and tracing pages for the kids to practice their arabic writing. You can chose what you would like to print depending on the age of your child/student.

Before you download my lapbooks, please note the following!

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY PORTION OF THIS BOOK BE DOWNLOADED AND SOLD FOR PROFIT.

The content of the book is copyrighted intellectual property and offered solely here for free download and personal use exclusively.

If you would like a copy of this lapbook, you can download it here.

If you would like a copy of the Surat Al-A’laa Notebooking Pages, you can download them here.

If you find a mistake or would like me to add a minibook or have other ideas please leave a kind comment below or email me at:   lessonsfromthegulf@gmail.com

Supplies Needed:

2 file folders (or 2 large sheets of construction paper)

scissors

glue

tape

Check out these links to see how I make the lapbooks.

What is a lapbook?

How to make a lapbook video tutorial

Hope it is of benefit.

Peace and Blessings,

Deanna | Lessons from the Gulf
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