January 8, 2021

Surat Al-Fajr Lapbook

I have another fun surah lapbook study to show you today. Surat Al-Fajr! InshaAllah you and your children find it of benefit.

Basic Facts about Surat Al-Fajr:

This surah is number 89 in the Quran. It was revealed in Mecca. It is called a “Makki” surah meaning it was revealed in the beginning of his prophethood before the Hijrah.  It gets its name from the first ayah, the word Al-Fajr meaning The Dawn. This surah is about tests. Allah tests us by giving us good things we like or takes away things we like. Either way, it is a test and it is how we respond that counts. If we are patient and mind our duties to Allah, then we will enter Jannah on Yawm Al-Qiyamah.

*FYI-The Madini surahs were revealed later in his Prophethood, and those surahs are usually longer in length and are about law and society.

Surah Summary:

Allah is swearing by the dawn, the ten nights(of Dhul-HIjjah), the even and the odd and the night as it passes. The scholars explain these as follows:

  • the dawn as the first prayer of the day
  • the ten days are the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, these are the best days to do good deeds and extra worship
  • the even is referring to the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah which is Eid Al-Adha
  • the odd is referring to the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah which is Yawm Al-Arafat.
  • the night as it passes is referring to the different phases the night goes through until dawn

All these times are dedicated acts of worship. Those who are righteous are mindful of these times and fulfill their duties at these times. But some turn away from Allah’s signs and Allah talks about three nations in this surah who turned away from Allah.

The Tribe of ‘Aad

The first tribe is the people of ‘Aad. They were known as the builders of grand pillars, the likes of which have never been created before. The tribe of ‘Aad descended from Prophet Nuh(AS). The founder of this tribe was ‘Ad bin Iram bin ‘Aws bin Sam bin Nuh. This tribe were very skilled builders and very strong. There was no tribe skilled as them at that time. Allah gave them these blessings as a test.

Allah sent Prophet Hood(AS) to the tribe of ‘Aad. Prophet Hood(AS) reminded them to worship only Allah and to be grateful for all their blessings. He warned them that if they did not listen to Allah, they would be punished.

The people of ‘Aad ignored the prophet and continued to be arrogant by boasting that they were the mightiest. Allah gave them time to change their ways but they did not and therefore Allah(SWT) sent upon them a terrible wind that lasted for seven days and eight nights. It was a strong and powerful wind. When it was over the people of ‘Aad lay dead on the ground like hollow trunks of date palms(69: 7-8). Allah destroyed them because they were not righteous or mindful of their duties. There is no trace of them. Allah says in the Quran, “Do you see any remnants of them?”(69:7-8)

The Tribe of Thamood

The next tribe are the people of Thamood. They were also known to be skilled builders and carved stone in incredible ways. They carved beautiful artwork in the mountains and made exquisite castles.

Allah sent Prophet Salih(AS) to the people of Thamood and a miraculous camel. Allah had given them many blessings to test them. Again Prophet Salih(AS) reminded his people to worship only Allah and to be grateful for their blessings, just as Prophet Hood(AS) did to the tribe of ‘Aad. He warned them that if they did not listen Allah would punish them.

They continued to be arrogant and ignored Prophet Salih(AS) and even killed the camel. You can learn more about this andthe tribe of Thamood in Surat Ash-Shams in the lapbook and notebook pages that I offer.

Allah had given them time to change their ways and they refused to listen. Allah sent upon them a terrible storm which Allah describes in the Quran in different ways. It is described as a mighty blast that overtook them, and the earthquake that took them by surprise and by thunder and lightning. All that was left was the ruins of their homes.


Phirown was a powerful king. He ruled over the Egyptian people and was very cruel and arrogant. He was known as the owner of “stakes”. The scholars have understood this to mean they were iron nails he would use to crucify those who disobeyed him. And other scholars have understood this to mean these stakes were Phirown’s armies who carried out his command.

Allah sent Prophet Musa(AS) and his brother, Prophet Haroon(AS) to Phirown. The Prophets reminded Phirown to worship Allah alone and to be thankful for the blessings that were bestowed upon him. They showed Phirown many of Allah’s signs. Prophet Musa(AS) warned him that if he did obey Allah, he will be punished.

Phirown did not listen and was claimed himself as God. (28:38) He went after Prophet Musa(AS) until he came to the sea. Allah opened up the sea to allow Prophet Musa(AS) and his people to escape from Phirown. Phirown and his army followed Prophet Musa(AS) through the sea. As soon as him and his army were in the walls of the water, Allah allowed the water to fall upon them and they drowned.

Allah(SWT) tested all these nations with blessings and they failed to obey Allah because of their arrogance.

Allah tests us with good things like money and power to see if we will do good with the blessings we have been given. Allah also tests us with difficult things as well. Although it is very difficult, we must be patient and be mindful of our duties to Allah.

In this surah, Allah tells us He tests us for 4 reasons:

  • We do not take care of the orphan
  • We do not encourage one another to feed the poor
  • We take right from otheres, like inheritance
  • We love wealth very much

Yawm Al-Qiyamah

Allah tells us what will happen when Yawm Al-Qiyamah comes:

  • The earth will be leveled; crushed to a powder
  • And your Lord will come with the angels, rank upon rank
  • And Jahannam will be brought to view; everyone will see and remember

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-Fajr mini-book or the Surat Al-Fajr 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

Minibooks on facts about Surat Al-Fajr

More Minibooks on facts about the surah

Minibook on the vocabulary words

Tafsir Minibook

There are more minibooks and tracing pages for the kids to practice their arabic. 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!


The content of this lapbook is copyrighted intellectual property and offered solely here for  purchase download and personal use(one household) exclusively.  I also offer classroom license if it is for a classroom or co-op setting.

This is an Amanah(trust) that the appropriate license will be purchased for the appropriate use.  May Allah(SWT) reward you in abundance for teaching our children.

If you would like a copy of this lapbook, you can purchase it in my shop here.

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

Check out my entire shop 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)




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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