Category: 4/5 Islamic Studies

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Islamic studies 4/5

As-Salaam-Alaikum
We have just finished unit 5 which was the five pillars of Islam, but I mainly focused on zakat. The student learned the difference between zakat and charity. In this unit we went over the questions below:
Who should  charity/Zakat be given to?
When must we give charity/Zakat?
How much  charity/Zakat?
On what items do we pay on behalf of charity/Zakat?
Is it mandatory to give charity/Zakat?
Can zakat/charity be given to non muslims?
What does charity/Zakat mean ?
Can we give up charity/Zakat to our family?

Islamic Studies 4th and 5th

As salaam alaikum,
We are in the second week of unit 4. The students learned who benefits from a charity. We went over an Ayah in the Quran that mentioned charity. The students learned three new hadiths that relate to charity, and how they interpreted the hadiths.
the Ayah: Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a profit that will never perish (35:29)
‘Hadith the students learned in class:
Narrated ‘Adi bin Hatim heard the Prophet saying:
“Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit in charity.”- Sahih al-Bukhari Book 24 Hadith 498
One of the companions of Allah’`s Messenger (peace be upon him) told him that he had heard him say, “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his sadaqah.”- ( Al-Tirmidhi, hadith 604)
Abdullah ibn Harith (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“I never came across a person who smiled as much as Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Prophet Muhammad regarded smiling to a brother as an act of charity.” (At-Tirmidhi, 3641)
Ms. Eman
Salam Alaikum,
We stared a new unit which is the five pillars of Islam. We talked. about the importance of Sadaqah. We went over a haidith and the students wrote down how they interpreted this hadith: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The Prophet said finally: “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524
Ms. Eman

4th/5th Islamic Studies Update

Salaam  Alaikum,
Last week we started a new unit called Spirituality and Connection with God. In this unit, the students will learn the importance of maintaining their relationship with God and why we need God in our lives. The students were taught 3 of the 99 names of God: Al- Wadud, Al-Mumin, and Al-Khabir. As a class, we discussed why we need Allah in our lives and how we should thank Him every day. Next week we will continue on in this unit.
The students will be given a test when they come back on the first two units. I linked the study guide below.
Hope you had a great break!

4/5 Islamic Studies

Salaam Alaikum,
It was nice meeting you all at the parent-teacher conference!
This past Sunday we finished up the unit on role model. We finished off by discussing the traits that their role models hold. For example, a student picked her mother as a remodel and a trait her mother holds is a hard worker. The students were then put in groups of the four were they chose a person in Islam as a good role model. From their, the students presented their person to the class and the traits that person holds. This upcoming Sunday we will start a new unit which is Spirituality and Connection with God.
The students do have to watch this video, but I do recommend the students to watch it.  The Queen Of Sheba
-Ms. Eman

4/5 Islamic Studies

Salaam Alaikum,
The students learned the importance of having role models in their daily lives.  We discuss some of the prophets and how they were good models. I explained to the students how each prophet came down at a low point in humanity when humans did not have anyone to lead them towards the noble and righteous path, and the prophets came down to spread the message there is no god but god. The students also learned that Allah understood the importance of role models were needed for humans, and so he sent down the prophets to lead them to the right path.
This link is a youtube channel called The Prophets Path, and they make videos about the prophets lives. The students should listen to any one of the stories. Although it’s not homework, I do recommend your kids to watch it.
Asalaam Alaikum,
Unit: Role Models and Prophets
This past Sunday the students learned the importance of having good role models in their life. They also learned that Muslims need positive role models from present and past in order to not be tempted to commit sins. As a class we discussed that the best role model in Islam to have is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Activity: The students wrote down how they interpret role models and what qualities they believe a role model should have. Then we discussed their answers together in class. The students watched a short video on social conformity.
-Ms. Eman

Categories: 4/5 Islamic Studies

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Salamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktu,

This week we talked about the Muslim community in the United States and the world in general. We talked about how Muslims make up approximately 23% of the world’s population and the most populous Muslim nation is Indonesia. We also mentioned that the largest subset of Muslims in America are African-Americans. We also covered the topic of culture vs Islam. We discussed how Islam is accepting of different cultures and customs so as long as it does not conflict with Islamic principles. We then began to talk about how the muhajireen left Mecca for Medina and how the Ansar accepted them and helped them get settled and many times gave them half of their wealth since the muhajireen had left all of their belongings in Mecca. We then correlated that to the current situation with refugees and took what we learned from that story to what we can do to help refugees in our communities.

Salamulaikum wa rahmatulahi wa baraktu,

This week we finished talking about Malcolm X and his effect on both the African American community and the still young muslim American community. We concluded that he was both a man of sincerity in his faith and a dedicated servant to his people. We then read the prophets sas last sermon and compared what he sas was saying 1400 years ago compared the challenges we face on our time and in the past century, including civil rights and equality, womens’ rights and suffrage, and a code of conduct for all of humanity. We then discussed the concepts of democracy and Shura.

Salamualaikum wa rahmtullahi wa baraktu,

This week we continued our discussion of our roles as muslims living in the US. We also talked about various relationships we have and how we must give them their due rights. We talked about our relationships with other people, animals, and the environment as it is our duty as muslims to uphold our responsibilities to each. We then talked about the civil rights movement and its origins. We then talked about Malcolm X and a brief overview of his life and his mission. We finished class reading the letter he sent to his wife Betty from Hajj detailing his transformation.

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