Category Archives: Islamic Studies: Knowledge/Skills Checklists

Islamic Studies Skills Knowledge Checklist: The Islamic Greeting



Use the checklist to keep track of skills learned or as a outline for creating your own IS lessons.  You can visit the main TJ site’s Islamic Studies section and download TJ’s Islamic Greeting lesson, in sha Allah.


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Islamic Studies Skills/Knowledge Lists – Duaas

1. Knows what a duaa is

2. Knows that we only ask (as in duaas) of Allah

3. Knows what to say at the beginning of duaas

4. Knows that you have to be certain and patient when making duaas

5. Knows to repeat duaas (not to ask just once)

6. Knows an appropriate voice to make duaas in (not loud or soft)

7. Knows that it is preferable to have wudhu when making duaas

8. Knows that it is preferable to face the Kabah/qiblah when making duaas

9. Knows to ask of Allah by His Names, especially a Name that fits a particular need

10. Knows manner of raising hands in duaa

11. Knows that we should be mindful of staying away from the haram in order to help our duaas get answered

12. Knows that we should ask of Allah by mentioning good deeds that we have done (duaa is elevated by good deeds); knows the story of the three men stuck in the cave

13. Knows that we should ask Allah in times of ease, not just in times of need

14. Knows the best times for duaa:

· In middle of night

· Between adhaan and iqama

· Fridays after asr

· When it is raining (also knows the duaa for rain)

· When fasting

· While making sujood

· On Laylatul Qadr

15. Knows that it is good to make duaas for others and what the angels say when this is done

16. Knows not to make duaas against self or someone else

17. Knows that duaas are answered for the traveler, parent, and faster

18. Has memorized authentic duaas of the prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam; among them:

· Duaa for waking up

· Duaa for getting dressed

· Duaa for wearing new clothes

· Duaa for going into bathroom

· Duaa for stepping out of bathroom

· Duaa after eating

· Duaa for leaving house

· Duaa for entering house

· Duaa for traveling

· Duaa when it rains

· Duaa after it rains

· During a wind storm

· Duaa to ask for clear skies

· Duaas after adhaan

· Duaa for going to sleep

· Duaa for drinking milk

· Duaa for host

· Duaa for breaking fast

· Duaa for undressing (bismillah)

· Duaa after making wudhu

· Duaa for going to the mosque

· Duaa for entering the mosque

· Duaa for leaving the mosque

· Duaas after the prayers

· Duaas for anxiety and sorrow

· Duaas for morning and evening

· Duaa for sick person

· Duaa when afflicted w ith a calamity

· Duaa as a condolence

· Duaa when hearing thunder

· Duaa upon sighting the crescent moon

· Duaa when sneezing

· When angry

· When seeing someone in trial or tribulation

· When sitting at a gathering/getting up

· When entering the market

· When delighted or amazed

· Duaa when seeking forgiveness

· When feeling pain in the body

· When you have insulted someone

For resources for teaching duaas, see:

TJ Main Site ( —Islamic Studies —–Duaas

Abdur – lots of articles pertaining to duaas

Duaa lessons right here at the TJ Blog (PDF)

And while you are making your duaas…………….please put in a duaa or two for my family!   😉

Happy Islamic Studies!


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Salat skills checklist


Helpful, in sha Allah, for review or for curriculum building……………………….

1. Knows the number of waajib (obligator prayers) in one day

2. Knows the names of all 5 waajib prayers

3. Knows the names of all five wajib prayers in order

4. Can tell which salat is in at a given time of day (e.g. early afternoon- Dhuhr; late afternoon-Asr)

5. Knows how many rakah are in each waajib prayer

6. Knows which prayers are aloud and which are quiet

7. Knows the nine conditions of prayer

8. Knows the number of rakah in each prayer

9. Knows the names of the prayer positions

10. Knows the reason the adhaan is called

11. Knows to and how to respond to the adhaan

12. Knows to make duaa between the adhaan and the iqama

13. Knows how to make tahiyyatul masjid

14. Knows duaa for entering masjid

15. Knows duaa for leaving masjid

16. Knows what the qiblah for Muslims is

17. Knows the qiblah in house/classroom

18. Knows what a sutrah is; that prayer does not count without a sutrah and what things can be used for a sutrah

19. Knows that wudhu is necessary before one can pray

20. Knows the steps of wudhu and can perform them

21. Knows what breaks ones wudhu

22. Knows that excessive water should not be used to make wudhu

23. Knows the duaa to say after wudhu is made

24. Knows how to open the prayer with takbeer (what it means, how to open)

25. Knows where to look after making takbeer

26. Knows where to place hands after takbeer

27. Knows an opening duaa; knows what it means; that an opening duaa is necessary

28. Can name four things that break the prayer

29. Knows the etiquette for praying in shoes

30. Knows that prayer can be performed sitting down or lying down but that both count as less

31. Can recite fatihah

32. Can recite at least one other surah besides fatihah

33. Knows how to make takbeer in between positions

34. Knows how to make rukoo properly

35. Knows what to say in rukoo (and what it means)

36. Knows what to say upon coming up from rukoo (and what it means)

37. Knows how to make sujood properly (what should be touching ground)

38. Knows what to say in sujood (and what it means)

39. Knows how to sit in juloos position

40. Knows what to say inbetween sujood

41. Knows what constitutes one rakah

42. Knows how to join in the prayer after it has started (when others are praying)

43. Knows that missed salah must be made up

44. Knows how to make up for error in salaat when something has been omitted

45. Knows how to make up for error in salaat when something has been increased

46. Knows how to make tashahud

47. Knows what tashahud means

48. Knows how to send salaah upon the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)

49. Knows how to seek refuge from 4 things before tasleem

50. Know a supplication before tasleem

51. Knows how to make tasleem

52. Knows how to make dhikr after prayer (including reciting Quraan and duaas for specific prayers)

53. Knows what to do when the imam makes an error while praying

54. Knows what to do if someone tries to get between self and sutrah

55. Knows how to pray salatul fajr

56. Knows how to pray salatul dhuhr

57. Knows how to pray salatul asr

58. Knows how to pray salatul maghrib

59. Knows how to pray salatul isha

60. Knows how to pray in the masjid

61. Knows how to pray at home

62. Knows how to pray wherever you are (and if you can’t determine prayer direction from sun)

63. Knows that prayer cannot be made when one (a female) is menstruating

64. Knows what must be done to return to prayer after menstruating

65. Knows some surahs the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) recited in various prayers



Do you have any more to add?

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Posted by on March 28, 2010 in Islamic Studies: Knowledge/Skills Checklists, Islamic Studies: Prayer/Wudhu


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Islamic Studies Checklists Continued – Quraan



Next in the series, some possible Quraan goals:


* Can explain what the Quraan is and why it was revealed

* Knows who the Quraan was revealed to

* Has a basic understanding of how the Quraan was revealed

* Understands that the Quraan is written in a language called Arabic

* Knows the number of Surahs in the Quraan

* Knows the number of Juz in the Quraan

* Knows how the Juz get their names

* Knows what a hizb of the Quraan is and how many there are

* Can find any given surah in the Quraan

* Knows the name/number of each surah in the Quraan

* Knows what an ayaat is and can identify one in the Quraan

* Understands that each surah is made up of ayaat

* Can identify how many ayaat a surah has

* Can identify where a surah begins and ends in the mushaf

* Knows how to hangle a mushaf of the Quraan

* Knows to have wudhu when touching the Quraan

* Knows to recite the istiadah before reciting Quraan and why

* Knows that the basmalah is recited before each surah except Surah Tawbah

* Has memorized some/all surahs of the Quraan with the rules of Tajweed

* Understands what Tajweed means

* Knows the basic meaning of the surahs that have been memorized

* Knows individual words/phrases of the surahs memorized

* Can write surahs/ayaat that have been memorized, without looking

* Knows what Tafsir of the Quraan is and has read/been read tafsir for memorized surahs

* Can read the Quraan in Arabic (memorized and unmemorized surahs)

* Can recite memorized surahs with Tajweed

* Knows when to make sajdah for Quraan recitation and what to say


In sha Allah, once my series of checklists  is complete, they’ll all be in PDF/word form.

TJ can help with some of these objectives, in sha Allah!  For younger students:


Can you think of others to add to the list? 


In “Essential Lessons for Muslims,” I believe it lists that it is important to learn at least Surahs 99-114 (and Fatihah of course).  Of course memorization of the whole Quraan is the ultimate goal, but if you struggle in that area then this may at least be a smaller goal to work toward in the beginning.

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Posted by on March 25, 2010 in Islamic Studies: Knowledge/Skills Checklists, Qur'aan


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Islamic Studies Checklists – Eating Etiquette

My oldest child is 17 and I’ve really been concerned lately about what I’ve taught him and his siblings, Islamically. Has it been enough? Have I missed important things. Allahu ilm.

As homeschoolers, we should know that we cannot not teach our children everything, and, really, that is not the goal of  homeschooling or any schooling, as this task would be impossible.  We give our children basic knowledge and the skills to seek out that which they don’t know so that when they are on their own they can do so.

Having said that, I realized that there are many basic things Islamically that I want to teach/share with my children.  A great deal of these things, come naturally through our everyday experiences, but some don’t (well at least not every-everyday).  I’m the type of person who likes checklists so I decided to make one up for various aspects of Islamic Studies.

The first list completed is for eating etiquette.  It lists basic skills/knowledge pertaining to Islamic eating etiquette as well as the reference for proof of this action/skill. I mostly “stuck” to Bukhari and Muslim, but there are a few from Dawud as well.

If you think of any other skills that might go on this list, please let me know (providing a reference, please) and I’ll add it to the list for others (and myself) to benefit from, insha Allah.

Hope you find it  helpful………………………

Islamic Studies Skills Checklist – Eating Etiquette

Also be sure to check out my other Islamic Eating Etiquette Resources here at the blog:

UPDATE. The files below have been found (at my old site, plus were also emailed to me) thanks so much to the sisters who responded.

REQUEST:  My eating etiquette guide and bathroom etiquette guide appear to have disappeared from my server (or at least I can’t find them at the moment). If you happen to have a copy of either one (and you do if you are a true TJ fan—LOL….. I would greatly appreciate if you can send me a copy.

Tomorrow…..Quraan checklist, insha Allah.

Hope your homeschooling week is off to a great start!