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5 pillars of Islam for kids

Teaching the 5 pillars of Islam

If you’re a teacher, or a home schooling parent and would like some tips to get started with introducing the 5 pillars of Islam to your kids, we’ve got you covered! Check out our last week’s blog on the 5 pillars of Islam for a more general overview and facts about the 5 pillars.

Start by explaining that Muslims practise the following 5 pillars: Shahadah, Salah, Zakah, Sawm and Hajj. You can then continue by looking at each pillar individually which will give kids a better understanding of each one. If they’re younger, just talking briefly about what each pillar is, should be sufficient. 

Teaching the 5 pillars of Islam to young kids

Very briefly explain the following:

  • Shahadah: means to believe in Allah as the one true God and to believe that Muhammad (S.A.W) is the last and final messenger
  • Salah: is to pray 5 times a day. There are 5 prayers: Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha. The first prayer is read in the morning and the last one is read at night. (For a more in depth look into the timings check out our previous blog here).
  • Zakah: means to give charity. All Muslims should give charity every year if they earn more than a certain amount
  • Sawm: Fasting in the month of Ramadan is compulsory on all healthy, mature Muslims
  • Hajj: Muslims must do the pilgrimage to Hajj at least once in their lifetime. 
A video about the 5 pillars of Islam for kids
Video for younger children about the 5 Pillars of Islam

This video takes a brief look at each pillar in a child friendly and informative way. Zaky is a popular Muslim cartoon character, who is part of the one4kids tv world. The website has tons of Islamic videos about various topics including series’ on learning Surahs, Prophet stories, Nasheeds and more. There is a subscription fee of $3.99 per month after a 14 day free trial which you can sign up for. (Please note: I am in no way sponsored or affiliated with one4kids tv).

The BBC have also made a good video on the 5 pillars for slightly older children. The pronunciation of some of the pillars is a little off, but the content and illustrations are great! Click here to access the video.

A video about the 5 pillars of Islam for children
A video about the 5 pillars by the BBC

5 Pillars of Islam books

There are a few books for younger children which briefly explain the 5 pillars of Islam. I have included 2 below. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment or email me directly and I’ll add it to the list.

5 Pillars of Islam Board book- written by Anwar Cara, illustrated by Azhari Zulkifli 

This is a small board book which very briefly covers the 5 pillars of Islam. 

The description listed on Amazon states: 

‘Written in simple, rhyming language and accompanied with bold, colorful illustrations, this book is perfect to introduce young children to the most important acts in Islam: the Five Pillars. Each spread features one of the Five Pillars: believing in Allah and His Messenger, praying, fasting, giving charity, and performing Hajj.’ 

You can purchase the book from Anafiya (U.K), Siraj (U.K) or Amazon. (Click on the highlighted text to take you to the relevant website). You can check the reviews for a look inside the book as some customers have taken pictures.

My First Book about the Qur’an: Teachings for Toddlers and Young Children Board book- written by Sara Khan, illustrated by Alison Lodge

This is a beautifully illustrated book, written by the talented Sara Khan. 

The description given for the book is as follows:

Stunning illustrations, full of color, bring the pages to life and the carefully written text is simple, easy to understand, and suitable to be read aloud. It also features some facts about the Qur’an and common questions children might ask, such as: what does the word “Qur’an” actually mean?

Purchase this book from Amazon, Anafiya and Siraj.  if you’re looking to buy a 5 pillars of Islam book for young kids.

The five Pillars of Islam Ebook

I have created a 5 pillars of Islam ebook for children aged 4-6. The language is simple and easy to understand. The illustrations will Insha’Allah appeal to children of any age. Whilst the book is for younger children, it can also be used for older kids as a refresher. The ebook can also be used to teach those children who might not be familiar with the 5 pillars of Islam. To access the Ebook, you will need to become a member of Primary Ilm. For more information on our membership, please click here.

5 pillars of islam ebook for kids
5 Pillars of Islam Ebook for kids

5 Pillars of Islam worksheets

Have you seen our wide range of printable worksheets about the 5 pillars of Islam?

Sign up for free today to access a growing library of Islamic resources. Some printables require a membership (find all the details about our yearly membership by clicking on the highlighted text). 

5 pillars of islam printable worksheets
5 pillars of Islam printable worksheets for kids

5 Pillars of Islam for ks2

We will be uploading resources for KS2 specifically very soon. Join our mailing list for updates on new uploads. In the meantime, check out related resources under the RESOURCES tab. Feel free to leave specific requests and we will do our best to accommodate them Insha’Allah. 

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Poster of the 5 pillars

Check out our latest addition to the 5 Pillars resource bank! This black and white poster can be coloured in and displayed anywhere at home or in the class. You can get the whole class to colour in their own individual posters and then they can vote for whichever one they would like to hang up in the classroom! Kids love seeing their work up on the walls and it gives them a sense of ownership and belonging. This then helps create a more comfortable and welcoming environment in which they will feel more eager to learn. To access this, please login (register first) and then you will be able to access it under RESOURCES > FIVE PILLARS.

5 pillars of Islam poster
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  1. Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarkatuh can you please provide free 5 pillars of islam video series

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