Category: 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.

4th/5th Islamic Studies Update

Salamualaiukum wa rahmtullahi wa baraktu,

This week we talked about relating everything we covered during the semester, including good character and basic tenets of Islam, into the world we live in today. We talked about being Muslims living in a non-Muslim country and that as Muslims we must abide by the laws of the land we live in so long as it doesn’t conflict with our core principles as Muslims. We gave examples such as following traffic laws and civic laws. We then gave hypothetical examples of situations where laws in place are contrary to our core beliefs and what our response should be as Muslims. We also began talking about our role and responsibility as Muslims and citizens of the world.

Mr. Nasr

Salamulaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktu,

This week we reviewed the homework which was to learn ayat al kursi at home with their parents. Most of the students did not do this so if the parents can make an effort to teach them it so they can come prepared this week. We then continued to discuss dhikr and why it is important. Theyre homework is to try and say some of the daily athkar at least once daily (subhanallah wa bihamdihi subhannallah al atheem, astughfurallahah, la illaha illa Allahu wahdahu la sharika la lahul mulk wa lahul hamd wa huwa ala kulla shay’in qadeer).
We then began the topic of zakat and sadaqa and the difference. We talked about the root word of sadaqa being sidq or sincerity and it necessitating sincerity only for Allah sw when giving charity. We also discussed the hadith explaining charity is of many kinds:
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.”
Narrated by Tirmidhi
-Mr. Sharif Nasr

Asalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi baraktu,

This past week we discussed dkhikr, or remembrance of Allah sw, and why it is prescribed and why its important. We discussed that it is a sign of gratitude to Allah sw for all that we have. We discussed that there are many forms of dhikr including the many duas we say during the day from when we wake up to before eating and when riding in a car, etc. We then discussed the adhkar after prayer including astaghfurallah, ayat kursi, tasbeeh, tahleel, and tahmeed. We then talked about the daily adhkar than can be done including astaghfurallah 100 times, subhannallah wa bihamdihi subhannallah atheem 100 times, and la illaha illa Allah wahdahu la sharika lahu mulk wa lahu el hamd wa huwa ala kula shay’in qadeer 100 times and the reward for each.

Their homework is:
1) to begin learning at home with parents ayat kursi and the translation of it
2)remember to say the adhkar after prayer
3)try and remember to say each of the daily adhkar at minimum one time a day

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Sunday, February 26th. Because teachers will be meeting during their non-teaching hours on Sunday, there are limited slots available. Parents are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. If none of the times available work for you, please email your child’s teachers to set up a phone conference.

Asalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktu,

This past sunday we had the midterm exam. I will grade them and return them back to the students for their review. After the exam we very briefly continued our topic of learning about Allah swt and his attributes we then covered ahadeeth about his mercy and then the saying of Sufyan al Thawri:

I would rather have Allah judge me than my parents on the Day of Judgement. Because I know that Allah (swt) loves me more than my parents.

Salamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktu,

This week continued the series of topics on aqeedah, the oneness and description of Allah sw in the quran and hadith, and his names and attributes. This week we covered some ahadeeth in depth and had a class discussion on a previous hadith which we had not finished and a few new ones:

-On Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah has one hundred parts of mercy, of which He sent down one between the jinn, mankind, the animals and the insects, by means of which they are compassionate and merciful to one another, and by means of which wild animals are kind to their offspring. And Allah has kept back ninety-nine parts of mercy with which to be merciful to His slaves of the Day of Resurrection.” (Muslim)

-It was narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Some prisoners were brought to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and there was a woman among the prisoners who was searching (for her child). When she found her child she embraced him and put him to her breast. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to us, ‘Do you think that this woman would throw her child in the fire?’ We said, ‘No, by Allah, not if she is able not to.’ The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this woman is to her child.’”

-O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]: Be Mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be Mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, then ask Allah [alone]; and if you seek help, then seek help from Allah [alone]. And know that if the Nations were to gather together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what Allah had already written for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what Allah had already written against you. The Pens have been lifted and the Pages have dried.

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