Dome of Rock Structure

09 Jun

Alberta Grade 3 Science – Building Things and Testing Materials and Design.

For this topic DS1 had to build a structure (with parental guidance) and present it to the class. After considering many different buildings, he decided on the Dome of Rock. This was mainly based on the unique shape of the building but still not too complicated to build.

This project also gave us the opportunity to stress on the fact that this building is not Masjidul Aqsa. However it is still an important Islamic building and is part of the “blessed area”. It’s significance to us is in the rock that lies beneath the dome. It is the rock which Rasulullah (SAW) climbed onto prior to his ascension to the sky and heaven. You can see and learn more about this the Dome of Rock at Islamic Landmarks.

Below are picture of the actual structure we made.

We started off by making 8 of these sides using cardstock

Sides glued together

We created 4 pillar out of cardstock and attached them to the inside of the structure

We them made a circle large enough to cover the top of the structure out of cardstock. The circle was attached to the pillars by making slits on the pillars and gluing the circle down. The dome was a round styrofoam ball that we removed the bottom quarter of it and painted it with gold acrylic paint. The dome was glued onto the circle that was attached earlier.

All of the mosaic patterns were printed off the internet and carefully pasted onto the structure. Alhamdulillah we were proud of the end result.

These are the picture of our presentation board. I basically folded the poster board into a lapbook format. This made it much more organized for DS1 to present.

Top half of the presentation cover

Bottom half of the presentation cover

Inside flap (left) - listing materials used

Inside flap (left) - reason for choosing the materials used

Inside (middle) - building steps. Above that was a picture of Dome of Rock.

Inside flap (right) - testing for stability of structure

Insha-Allah I found a little booklet on this marvellous building at Friends of Al-Aqsa. You can access it here.



Posted by on June 9, 2011 in School Project


8 responses to “Dome of Rock Structure

  1. Umm Maimoonah

    June 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Assalaamu Alaikum!

    Masha Allaah great project and well done! I never knew the foot print is there!!! Is this information authenctic sis, if you have any source please share Insha Allaah! All of you have been upto great hands on work and had great fun too masha Allaah!

    • Umm Sayang

      June 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Assalamualaikum Umm Maimoonah.
      Jazakillah for the comment. I was typing this late last night. “Footprint” so should not have been the word to use. Rather he (SAW) climbed onto the rock . . . that was what I intended to say. I have made corrections according. Again, thank you for reading my post and commenting.

  2. ummtafari

    June 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    As salaam alaikum,

    It looks great. Did he enjoy the process?

    • Umm Sayang

      June 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Assalamualaikum Umm Tafari. He was a reluctant participant at the planning stage. However once we started putting pieces together and the structure was starting to take shape, he was Alhamdulillah totally on board. Gluing the mosaic paper on the roof brought it home for him. And of course, his favourite part was painting and attaching the golden dome.

  3. Abu Huzaifa

    July 10, 2011 at 7:58 am


    I’m the owner of and just want to let you know that the link you are showing has expired and been replaced with

    Jazakallah for linking to our site

    Abu Huzaifa

    • Umm Sayang

      July 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Assalamualaikum Abu Huzaifa.
      Jazak-Allah for updating me on this.


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