Nature Study

Rocks, Shells, Cicada, Peach pit, Fungus, Seeds

 

Several years ago, I created a nature study for my children.  Many of the activities I included were those that I engaged in on my own as a child.  Besides, my little ones benefiting from it, I also wanted to share it with families who may not be used to spending time outdoors.  It is appropriate for all ages and adaptable to all levels. 

 Download the Nature Study

The following is an excerpt from the above nature study explaining why we should study nature. 

Why study nature?

 The purpose of a nature study is to ponder the signs of Allah’s creation.   There are many ayat in the Noble Qur’an pertaining to Allah’s signs in nature.  In Surah Ash-Shura, Allah states, “And among His Ayât (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.) is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and whatever moving (living) creatures He has dispersed in them both. And He is All-Potent over their assembling (i.e. resurrecting them on the Day of Resurrection after their death, and dispersion of their bodies) whenever He will. (Ash-Shura 42:29)

Embarking on a nature study should increase and strengthen our emaan, insha Allah.  “And on the earth are signs for those who have Faith with certainty.” (Adh-Dhariyat 51:20)

In addition there are an abundance of beneficial developmental factors for studying and being in nature.  Some studies show that children’s cognitive, affective, and moral development is positively effected by direct contact with nature.   Exploring the unaltered outside world also may have an impact on the way children treat humans and other creatures in society.

 Insha Allah, these children who have been fortunate enough to have nature experiences may show more compassion, empathy, and respect for fellow creatures. Insha Allah, these beneficial encounters with nature will ensure our children will become Muslims who better understand the responsibility that Allah has given us in caring for the planet.
Truly, We did offer Al­Amânah (the trust or moral responsibility or honesty and all the duties which Allâh has ordained) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they declined to bear it and were afraid of it (i.e. afraid of Allâh’s Torment). But man bore it. Verily, he was unjust (to himself) and ignorant (of its results). (Al-Ahzab 33:72)

 

8 responses to “Nature Study

  1. AS
    JZK.
    I will use it inshaAllah.

    Where is the download link?

  2. Wa alaikum as salaam Umm Hannah,

    In trying to make it bigger and stand out, the program wouldn’t underline it as to make it look like a link. Please click on Nature Study now to download the file, insha Allah.

  3. JZK sis.

  4. Asak ww
    JazakAllah for this unit.
    May Allah swt reward you abundently, Ameen
    Wassalam

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  6. as salaamu `alaykum…

    Ooooh, this is SO lovely ma shaa Allah. May Allah reward you for your hard work ameen. I think the Muslim community needs to develop its own materials and I am glad to see you are making a contribution.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam Iman,

      Do feel free to share an attachment of the nature study on your blog. I have no problem with you sharing a copy of that or anything other download which I have offered for free, insha Allah.

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