7 Ways To Bring Alive The Story Of Ants In Your Classroom
By Dr. Abdalla Idris Ali & Sara Mujahid
Nearly a third of the content of the Quran can be classified as narratives. These include stories of the prophets and people of the past. One such story is the story of Prophet Suleiman (Solomon) and the incident of the ants as related in ch. 27, an-Namal, the Ants:
At length, when they came to a (lowly) valley of ants, one of the ants said: "O ye ants, get into your habitations, lest Solomon and his hosts crush you (under foot) without knowing it.
"So he smiled, amused at her speech; and he said: "O my Lord! so order me that I may be grateful for Thy favors, which thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may work the righteousness that will please Thee: And admit me, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants" (27: 18-19).
It is understood that Suleiman ordered his army to step aside so as to avoid stepping on the ants. Suleiman was grateful to Allah for the special gift of understanding the speech of animals and all the other gifts that Allah had bestowed upon him.
These verses also invite our attention the miracle of the ants. Scientists have recently been able to actually hear ants by placing recording devices in nests. See "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Ants" for more.
Creative Ideas For Teaching This Story:
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