Qur'an teachers using explanation aids to facilitate the memorization
Q: In kindergarten, female teachers teach the children some short Surahs (Qur'anic chapters)
and explain the meaning of some Ayahs (Qur'anic verses) using sensory means
to illustrate the meaning. For instance:- In Surah Al-Qari`ah, for the Ayah in which Allah (Exalted be He) says,
...like carded wool.
We show the children some wool.- In Surah Al-`Adiyat, we show the children pictures of some horses.- In Surah Al-Zalzalah, we bring the children a piece of wood on which we put some grains of sand and shake them in order to explain the meaning of Al-Zalzalah (earthquake).- In the story of Adam's creation (peace be upon him) from clay, we show the children a lump of clay.Is it permissible for us to do that knowing that most of the female teachers have little knowledge about Tawhid-ul-Asma' wal-Sifat (Oneness of Allah's Names and Attributes)? Please advise. (Part No. 3; Page No. 127) May Allah reward you with the best.
You must stop explaining the meaning of the Qur'an in the way mentioned above for the following reasons:First: Muslims in the past and present did not adopt that way in explaining the Glorious Qur'an. Scholars unanimously held that the Qur'an is to be explained through writing and orally, which were proved to be sufficient for the person whom Allah willed to guide and benefit.Second: Using pictures of animates is not permissible in the first place, so what will the case be if they are used to explain the Words of Allah (Exalted be He)?Third: This action involves belittling the sanctity of the Qur'an and taking its sublime meanings lightly. Moreover, it opens the door to tampering with the explanation of the meaning of the Qur'an by using new methods that Allah (Glorified be He) did not ordain.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.