Lesson 3: Bismillah, Alhamdulilah
Objective: Identify times when one should say bismillah and alhamdulilah.
Identify the meaning of bismillah and alhamdulilah
Materials: Book: The Life and Sayings of Rasulullah – copies of page 36
Book: Our Religion is Islam: copies of page 10
Song: What Muslims Say
Song: We Are Muslims 2: Bismillah
(The lyrics to the song are attached.)
Procedure: 1. Begin with circle time. Ask students to hand in homework. After
they hand in homework, ask them to say the hadith that they
learned about saying As Salam Alaikum. They should answer:
- Say “As Salam Alaikum” and you will love each other.
If they do not know the hadith, tell the students to practice saying it
a few times together.
2. Sing all the songs that the students have learned so far. These
should include: What Muslims Say and As Salam Alaikum.
3. Have a discussion with the students. Ask these questions:
- What are some important things that you do everyday?
(Expected answers: eat, sleep, play, go to school, etc.)
- Do you usually have a good day or a bad day?
- What kinds of things might happen that might make you
think you were having a bad day?
(Expected answers: the car could break down on the way to school,
you could get sick, you could get hurt, you might get in a fight with a
- Who can we ask to help us to have a good day? (Allah)
- How do we ask Him? (Expected answers: we can pray, we
can make dua, etc.)
4. Introduce song from We Are Muslims 2: Bismillah. Then sing the
song with the children. First have them listen to the CD. Then have
them sing along when you play it a second or third time.
5. Discuss the words of the song. Ask students when the children
in the song say bismillah and alhamdulilah. Make a list of these
activities on the board:
- when eating - when drinking
- when going somewhere - when sleeping
If your students are too small to read, then draw a symbol next to
each item (i.e., a fork and knife for eating or a bed next to sleeping)
6. Pass out copies of page 10 from Our Religion is Islam. Practice
with students to say Bismillah hi rahmani raheem. Then pass out
crayons and allow students time to color the handout. While they
are coloring the handout, circulate around the room and ask them
the questions below as an evaluation.
Evaluation: Ask students these questions individually while they are coloring
and record the accuracy of their answers.
What are you coloring?
What do you say when you begin anything?
What do you say when you are done something?
When do we say bismillah?
Why do we say bismillah and alhamdulilah?
Homework: Color copies of page 36 of The Life and Sayings of Rasulullah.