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Seeking Refuge from 4 Things After Tashahhud

 

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“The Prophet (sal-Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to say:

‘When one of you has finished the [last] Tashahhud, he should seek refuge with Allah from four things; [saying]:

1. Allah! I truly seek refuge with You from the punishment of Hellfire,

2. and from the punishment of the grave,

3. and from the trials of living and dying,

4. and from the evil [trials] of the False Christ.

[Then he should supplicate for himself with what occurs to him.]

"He (sal-Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would supplicate with it in his own Tashahhud." 1

 

 

I’ve created a unit to help in the study and memorization of this Istiadhah.

I hope you enjoy it. I used it for my 10 and 12 year olds (and it went over well, ma sha Allah), but I think it is adaptable for younger and older ages.  Ayaah from the Quraan and ahadith are given to explain each line of the istiadhah.

 

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IS Study Guide to Accompany “Five Ways Allah Uses Problems”

“The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how Allah wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.”

 

This is an excerpt from a treatise, written by Shaykh Saalih Al Fowzaan, which enumerates five ways Allah uses problems to help us.

 

Here’s a short study guide that I have put together to go along with reading the article.  The text of the article is included in the study guide, as is a brief biography on the shaykh.

 

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Islamic Studies for High Schoolers/Adults

 

Study Program Outline

 

Over at one of my favorite sites for authentic Islamic information, www.understand-islam.net, I came across a study plan outline which I think would be great for my high schoolers as well as myself:

 

http://understand-islam.net/studyprogram/Study Program Info.pdf

At the main site, you can find audios that go with the study program.  In addition, there are many written articles that can be used to supplement. I think the site has been redesigned since this PDF was initially made, so some of the directions for locating audio are different, but insha Allah they are all probably still there.

I am still trying to work out what our study schedule will be like, but have begun to make study guides to go along with the plan.  As we go along, insha  Allah I hope to put together a linked outline so that the material can be easily accessed from the outline, insha Allah.

 

At any rate, whether you are looking for something for yourself or your kids, I think the outline is super helpful, insha Allah.

 

Here’s the beginning of my version:

 

High School/Adult Islamic Studies Plan

Adapted from Understand Islam

Unit #

Topic

Text/Audio

Study Guide/Lesson

1-001*

Shahadah, Part I

The Shahadah, What Does it Mean? Pages 1-7:

http://understand-islam.net/site/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=67

Unit 1-001 Study Guide

Status: Completed& Posted on blog 1/2/10 (see below)

1-002

Shahadah, Part II

The Shahadah, What Does it Mean? Pages 8-13:

http://understand-islam.net/site/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=67

Unit 1-002 Study Guide

Status: To be posted week of 1/3/10 insha Allah

* The first number denotes the level #, the second denotes my unit numbering of the content.

Study Guide 1

 

The first topic for level 1 is the Shahadah. Before moving to the audio suggested for this, I decided to start on the article: “The Shahadah, What Does it Mean?”

 

 

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Contents
About the Author …………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Study Guide, Part I: La ilaha illAllah………………………………………………………… 4
Think About It:……………………………………………………………………………….. 8
Check up: ……………………………………………………………………………………. 11
Match the condition with the example/definition that fits ………………………….. 12
Match Arabic term with the English …………………………………………………….. 13
Unscramble the conditions of La Ilaha illAllah ………………………………………… 14
Other activities: ……………………………………………………………………………. 15
Sample Lesson Plan ………………………………………………………………………….. 16

 

 
 

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Study Guide: Advice to the Muslim Woman

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Treatise: Advice to the Muslim Woman, 16 pages, PDF, at Calgary Islam

 

I’ve come up with a study guide to go along with this work.

14 pages.

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mona-yellowpixeldesigns_comThe treatise itself, should be read by males and females alike as it is important for the male to understand issues concerning women and to understand the great role of women in Islam as wives, mothers, and daughters. However, the study guide that I put together, was made with the preteen/teen Muslimah in mind (so it’s a bit girly).

At any rate, I hope that Muslim moms/daughters will enjoy the study guide as I think it is great to do it together.  Hoping to do it with my daughter soon, insha Allah.

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Some graphics: Courtesy Muslima Online Artists

 
 

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Adhaan Learning Activity Ideas

This is a follow up to the Adhaan resources I posted earlier.  A member in one of my homeschooling groups was asking the group for some more ideas for teaching about the adhaan. Here are some I came up with:

 

  • You Tube has some nice videos of the adhaan.  The ones I saw just had pretty pictures displayed while the adhaan “played.”
  • Make strips with the text of the adhaan and cut out. Student must put them in order. 
  • Make a worksheet with certain words of the adhaan missing
  • Memorization of the adhaan and iqama; learn what each word means
  • Practice calling the adhaan. Maybe at prayer times in the house/class if you don’t hear the adhaan where you live.  Have a student be the muadhdhin of the day.
  • Not sure if this is playing with it too much, but you could have one student say the first line of the adhaan, the next student says the next, and so on. 
  • Learn about Bilal, the first muadhdhin, have students write a mini biography about him or write a book report about an article or book about him.
  • Make a lapbook and include the text in Arabic and English and other key facts associated with the adhaan,  including the supplications made after them.  You might use my earlier resources to start off……….
  • Make a public service announcement ad about the adhaan
  • Learn about minarets; do a related craft, maybe make a diorama or clay minaret display; draw a picture of a masjid with a minaret; minaret coloring page. Find daleel against/for the argument that minarets are an innovation in the religion.
  • Write a magazine article or newspaper article about the adhaan.
  • Incorporate learning about the sense of hearing
  • Current events (you knew this was coming?) read about the recent banning of minarets in Switzerland.

 

Some notes on the Adhaan that were used for a homeschooler’s lesson plans: Lollie’s Place

 

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