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Level 2

Teachers     : Sisters Amina and Izzati (Advanced)
Classroom  : Third Ladies Mussala
Time             Class meets  every Sunday starting 9:45am till about 1:00pm

 
Announcements

 Practice nasheed "Ya Makkah"  for Seerat Al-Rasul Masjid event is now on our website audio video library section.  Practice Song.
Curriculum (new, 2013/2014)

Objectives and Goals

Introduction

At this level, the skills of the students may vary widely, so while we’ll try to add more substance during the Qur’an studies  and Islamic practices, we will keep the concepts simple.  In this level we will approach different topics with an interactive method to reinforce the learning process and keep the children interested.

Qur’an studies

This period will be focused on:

·         -Proper recitation of the Surahs

·         Brief discussion of the general meanings of the Surahs and what can we learn from it

·         The memorization will, as usual, be at home

The Level two Surahs are:

·         Surat Al Fil

·         Surat Al-Humaza

·         Surat Al-Atakathur

·         Surat Al-Qari'a

·         Surat Al-Adiyat

·         Surat Al-zalzala

Materials and resources

·         -Qur’an, Juz Amma (available)

·         The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an for Kids: A Textbook for School Children - Juz 'Amma by Yahiya Emerick (available from Amazon ~$ 10)

Islamic Studies

We 'll continue to develop basic Islamic knowledge and reinforce the learned concepts

Aqeedah

We will learn about:

·         The Islamic belief system: the articles of faith (Al-Iman al-Mufassal, Belief in Allah, His Angels, His books, His prophets, the last Day, The Qadar, Life after death, etc…)

·         Good deeds by themselves are not enough, we need to have Iman and good intentions

·         Knowing Allah through His attributes (ex: Al-Wahed, Al-Wadud, Al-Rahman, Al-Basseer, etc…)

·         Introduction of the concept of Taqwa, knowing that Allah is always there and remembering He sees everything

·         Tawheed versus Shirk

·         Angels: What it means Keraman Katebeen, the name of some Angels and their jobs (ex: Jibril who brings the Wa’hey/revelations)

·         The name of five known books/revelations of Allah and the Prophets who bore them. Emphasize that all Prophet taught the same thing

·         Qur’an the last book (How it was revealed, how it was compiled).  The Qur'an is the Book of Allah and the Hadeeth are the sayings of the Prophet. Whatever is in either of them is binding on Muslims to follow)

o   The book I am a Muslim by Susan Douglass can be used here

·         Allah's Khalifa on Earth and the purpose of life

·         The concept of the last Day and life after death

Ibadaat

·         The Shahadah (there are different ways to say the Shahadah. In brief, we will elaborate on this concept more in the next Level Insha’Allah.

·         The Taharah: We'll learn about the nature and significance of Taharah, purity and cleanliness in Islam.  We'll recognize that impurity can be physical and spiritual. Reviewing the steps of Wudu and getting ready for Salat

·         The Adhan

·         Introduction to the difference between Fard and Sunnah prayers

·         At this grade level, all the required phrases and statements of the Salat procedure are expected to be mastered (the name and time of each Salat, the steps of two Raka'ahs salat, four Rak'ahs, the verbal part of each step, what breaks the salat

·         The concept of Thikr should be introduced. Students will learn that we should remember Allah so we can be more loved by Him and so that we can get good deeds and feel better and stay connected with Allah.  A simple formula of Thikir can be introduced here, example saying "Subhanullah, Alhumdulillah, Allahu Akbar" after the Salat has finished.

·         Fasting: In addition to what was learned in lower grades, we will be elaborating on the concept of self-control, in a simple manner. Some simple ahadith about fasting and how much Allah love the fasting people.

·         The importance of Zakat, tied to the principle of sharing, helping the less fortunate.

·         More exposure to the benefits of Hajj will be introduced. The actual rituals will not be detailed.  We'll highlight the main rituals of Tawaf,  Sa’ye, and Jamarat in a fun and interesting way (ex: Students can perform Hajj with a Kaabah model in the large Mussala).

Akhlaq and Adab

·         Adab and manners in the Masjid (How to show respect to Allah's house and Allah's book)

·         Etiquette of Salat

·         Halal and Haram food and drinks (from the Qur’an)

·         Etiquette of eating (manners of eating from the Sunnah,"Keep one third of the stomach for food, one third for liquid and one third for air" (Hadith).  Over-eating and eating the wrong kinds of foods will be discussed. Dates, milk, water and natural foods will be encouraged for every meal (This is an important theme because, unfortunately, almost all parents fill their children's lunch-boxes with candy, processed, fat-laden food or chocolate)

·         Perfection and Precision: A believer will strive to obey Allah, he will do his best in everything he is trusted with (in religious duties, at work, during studying, appointments, and dealings with others)

·         How to show respect to living creatures and the duties of a Muslim towards the environment where he lives

·         Adab Al Ist'ethan (requesting permission) from the Quran and the Sunnah

Seerah

·         The revelation begins

·         How the Makkian had  responded to the  Prophet 's revelation

·         Islam in Makkah before the Hijrah

History/Stories of the prophets

·         The story of Prophet Ibraheem (Peace be upon him)

·         The story of Prophet Musa (Peace be upon him)

·         Hijri or Islamic calendar

·         The story of Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him). We'll elaborate on his example of truth, friendship and faithfulness along with few general details of his Khilafah.

Du'a and Ahadith

·         What we say before we go to bed “Allahumma bismika amootu wa ahya“, “Oh Allah, by your name I die and I live.

·         What we say before entering the Masjid

·         “Alaykoom bis’sidq” Always tell the truth (Tirmithi)

·         What we do when we have a nightmare

·         Dua when thanking one another

Materials and resources

Primary books

·         We are Muslims grade 2 (TB/WB), could be ordered from Iqra ~$20

·         Islamic Education grade 2 (available)

·         Tell me about the prophet Mohammad(Peace be upon him)

·         My Du'a book

Enrichment

·         I love Islam series Vol 2

·         I am a Muslim (Book two)

·         Life of Perfection-Shamail of Rasulullah (Iqra~9$)

·         My First book about Islam (by Yahiya Emerick)

·         -Color and learn Salat (activity book from NoorArt)

·         -I am a Muslim by Susan Douglass



Class Description (old):

Class Description and Goals
The Islamic studies curriculum is focused on three concepts/questions that young Muslims must know:
  • Who  is your Lord ?
  • What is your Religion?
  • Who is your Prophet  ?

We are helping  the students learn these important concepts through:




  • Aquida (What Muslims believe) we are learning the pillars of faith:
  1. Allah the creator . (Tawheed)
  2. Names of Allah
  3. The Angels
  4. The books of Allah
  5. The prophets of Allah
  • Ibadat (What a Muslim should do ) we are learning the pillars of Islam:
  1. Tashahud
  2. The Salat  - Istinja , adab and manners of Wudu and how to preform it? The five daily prayers and how the pray, the Adhan
  3. The Sawm we will talk about it only briefly
  4. The Zakat, also briefly
  5. The Hajj, also briefly
  • Manners and morals in Islam (how a Muslim should act)
  • Seerah of the prophet (peace be upon  him)
  1. Who is our prophet
  2. What we learn from him 
  3. We will focus on his childhood and what made him special
  • Hadith/Athkar
  1. We will work on memorizing some of the prophet sayings and some Du'aa

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