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  • Adeeba Jafri

Prophet Salih

How did I derive a lesson on cyber bullying from the story of Prophet Salih?

Over the last few weeks, we have covered the stories of four different prophets: Adam, Nuh, Hud and now Salih. In three of these stories, the disbelievers were punished, either through a flood, a tornado, or a sound wave. That’s a lot of perishing to consider.

It took 9 leaders of Thamud to plan out the attack on the sacred camel, and only one person, the most evil of them all, to make the first move. I asked the kids to consider why all the people of Thamud were destroyed.

I gave the example of cyber bullying. The kids looked at this picture, chuckled, and then described what was happening in the picture. So then I asked them to consider the people who are in the same group chat, who are aware of what’s happening, and do nothing about it. Are they not accomplices or bystanders to the crime? Pin drop silence.

Here are the links for the lesson and presentation. There is an accompanying worksheet and independent activity that is meant for the kids to understand how they can set limits on their own behaviors.