Level 4B - Sr. Amani





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Bismillah el Rahman el Raheem.

Asalamu alaikum to all!

Welcome to Level 4B! My overall goal for this year is to ensure that each student develops emotionally and intellectually as it pertains to Islam and being a Muslim in America. Throughout the class, students will learn about the Word of Allah (swt), the Quran, in an new and comprehensive approach that will IA provide an appreciation for the miracle that it is. We will enhance our discussion and analysis skills through in-depth conversations on Islamic identity, privilege, responsibility, and justice through the lense of 5 surahs, and how they pertain to the lives of our Prophets (pbut), the sa7aba (rA), and the ourselves as Muslims in this day and age. 


Please bring all of your books to class unless otherwise stated in the weekly announcements. 

Textbooks: 
  1. I Love Islam 3, textbook and workbook
  2. Easy Steps in Quran Reading
  3. Easy Steps in Arabic Handwriting 
  4. Students Guide to Juz Ama 
Classroom Expectations

Rules for Success (Student Responsibilities) This course has four important rules. If you choose to follow these rules, your odds of learning the material and earning a good grade in this class will improve greatly (these rules will also help you succeed in your other classes).

 1. Show up!
To succeed in this course, you must choose to attend every scheduled class period in its entirety. If you must miss class due to an authorized activity such as an athletic competition, you must provide written notification prior to class. For absences such as illnesses or personal problems, you must contact me prior to class. If a true emergency prevents you from contacting me prior to class, contact me as soon as possible following the emergency. Every student has one “free” unexcused absence (although it is really not free, you always miss something when you miss class). A second unexcused absence will result in a single penalty and a third absence a trip to the principle's office. More than three unexcused absences may result in a recommendation to retake the class. If you have other classes that have more lenient attendance policies, I strongly recommend that you not take advantage of the “freedom” to skip class. Going to classes is the single most important rule in succeeding in school (not to mention you are paying a lot of money for the privilege of attending these classes)! Tardiness of over 10 minutes will result in an absence for the day.

2. Do the work! To succeed in this class, you must choose to do your very best work in preparing for each class session and on all your assignments. Homework is essential to understanding the material in your classes. Find enjoyment in it and always attempt to exceed the expectations of those around you! 

3. Participate actively! To succeed in this class, you must choose to stay focused and involved in every class, offering your best comments, questions, and answers. Active discussion is expected of all students. Students who participate and contribute most to the class's learning will earn a reward for the week. Do your best!

4. BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE. 

Each student in class starts off with 20 gold stars for the year. Failure to maintain 13 gold stars will result in the student not being able to participate in the fun activities we have planned for class. Students will be periodically updated on their performance in class. 
The number of gold stars you have depends on your attendance, participation, the respect you have for your peers and classroom, and successfully completing your homework. 

Food and phones will not be allowed in class, except during recess. 

Art on a Cart with Dua

This segment is run by Sr. Dua, who will help students tap into their creativity by allowing them to explore the different topics we discuss in class through art.

Women of Islam Project Requirements: 

Every student will be required to give a 5 minute presentation on a woman who has made significant contributions to Islam, Islamic study, Islamic civilization, etc. Please keep in mind that there can be no repeats, so this will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a great resource to combat any form of prejudice and seeks to empower American Muslims. For more information about them and on how to contact them, follow this link: http://cairseattle.org/
 


Week 1: 10/1

Schedule:
  • Classroom Overview (expectations, rules, and layout)
  • Ice Breakers
    • Name & 1 word to describe what it feels like to be a Muslim in America.
  • Identity Exercise
    • What is identity? What how do I identify myself? What is the most valuable part of my identity to me? Why?
      • Graded in-class writing assignment will be returned to students next Sunday (10/8) inshAllah.
  • Quranic Studies
    • Surat al Fatiha
  • Overview of Imaan
    • Class discussion
      • What is Imaan? What does it mean to have faith? What is something that I know I saw/is true that someone else may not have seen?
      • How do do we have faith in Allah swt and His Holy Book, the Quran al Kareem? What makes the Quran a miracle subhanallah?
  • Class discussion of the 5 Pillars of Islam
    • How do these pillars lead us to be better people? How do they help us find our imaan?
Homework due 10/8
  • 1 well thought-out paragraph on a current event that is happening in any part of the world. How does this event affect me and/or how can I as a Muslim help make things better for those who are most affected by this event?
  • Thoughtfully answer the 4 questions on page A11 of your I Love Islam textbook. We will review these answers next class inshAllah. 
  • Practice/memorize Surat Al-Fatiha with correct tajweed
    • This audio may be of some use!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_LDRIo1sT0

Week 2: 10/8

Schedule:
  • Current Events Overview
  • Privilege
    • What is it? What is my privilege? How do I use my privilege to help others?
    • Story of Bilal (RA) and Abubakr (RA)
  • Surat Al-Fatiha
    • In-depth discussion of first ayah of Al-Fatiha: The meaning of "al-hamd"
      ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِين
  • Islamic Studies, Ch. 2
  • Dhuhr Prayer
Homework due 10/22
  • Memorize the saying on page A20 of the I Love Islam textbook.
  • Come prepared to summarize a current event that happened in the last week.
  • Memorize and translate two of Allah's 99 names.
    • Quiz on 10 of His names on 10/29!
  • 1 or 2 sentences describing a way a companion of the Prophet (PBUH) or the Prophet (PBUH) used their privilege to help someone else.
  • Answer questions on p. A15

Week 3: 10/15

Schedule: You will have a wonderful substitute teacher (Deenah) this class period, as I will be busy preparing for a family event this evening inshaAllah.
  • Discussion on current events
  • The 99 Names of Allah 
Week 4: 10/22

Schedule
  • Current Events
  • Stories of the Sahaba Game/Discussion
  • Prayer 101
    • Adhan
      • 1st and 2nd Rak'a
        • Takbeer ("Allahu Akbar")/Niyya (intention)
        • Al Fatiha & surah of your choice
        • Takbeer ("Allahu Akbar")
        • Ruqu' (hands to knees bow)
          • Say "Subhana Rabbiyal al-Adheem" 3 times. This means ""All praises to Allah, the Great"
        • Takbeer ("Allahu Akbar")
        • While rising up from ruku' bow, say "Sami' Allahu lamin hamida" which means "Allah listens to those who praise Him"
        • Then say, "Rabana walakel hummed" (ربنا لك الحمد), which means "Our lord, to you is due to all praise."
        • Takbeer ("Allahu akbar") 
        • Sujood (forehead to ground bow)
          • Say ""Subhan rabbi alAla" (سبحان ربى الأعلى) three times which means "Glory be to my Lord, the Most high."
        • Takbeer ("Allahu Akbar")
      • After you've completed this twice - meaning you have performed the second rak'a - remain seated after the second sujood.
        • Begin the "Tahiyat"
          • "Atta-hiyyatu lillahi was-salawatu wat-tayyibatu As-salamu 'alaika ayyuhann-Nabiyyu wa rahmat-ullahi wa barakatuhu As-salamu 'alaina wa 'alaa 'ibaadillaahiss-saliheen. Ash-hadu-al-la-ilaha illAllahu wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa Rasuluh" which means All worships - oral, physical and momentary - are for Allah. Allah's peace be upon you, O Prophet, and His mercy and blessings. Peace be on us and on all righteous servants of Allah. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.
          • If you are performing only two raka'ats, then this is the last raka'at. After saying the Tasyahhud, complete the prayer with Durud. Say "Allahuma sali ala sayyidna Muhammad wa ala Aali sayyidna Muhammad kama salayat ala sayyidna Ibrahim wa ala Aali sayyidna wa barek ala sayyidna Muhammad wa ala Aali sayyidna Muhammad kama barakata ala sayydina Ibrahim wa ala Aali sayydina Ibrahim fil 'alameen ennaka al-hameed al-majeed.
        • Complete the prayer by looking over your right and left shoulders (where the angels who record your good and bad deeds are) and saying "Assalamu 'aleikum wa rahmat Allahu wa barakato"
  • Quran: Surat al Ikhlas
  • End of Unit on Privilege by watching: "The Color of Friendship."
    • "How do you see privilege in this movie?"
    • "How does Mahree's privilege keep her from seeing the reality of the situations of others?"
  • Because the class has been so well-behaved, we had treats to celebrate! Everyone was a student of the day today! Great job, everybody.

Homework due (10/29)
  • Current event
  • Memorize the spelling and meanings of 10 of Allah swt's names:
    • Al-Muhaymin: The Guardian
    • Al-Matin: The Forceful One
    • Al-Hakim: The Perfectly Wise
    • Al-Jabar: The Compeller
    • Al-Aziz: The Victorious
    • Al-Quddus: The Pure One
    • Al-Aleem: The Knower of All
    • Al-Hasib: The Accounter
    • Al-Razaq: The Sustainer
    • Al-Mo'min: The Inspirer of Faith
  • Continue to practice reciting Surat al-Fatiha and Surat al-Ikhlas with tajweed
  • We will be going over the Arabic alphabet next class inshaAllah, so bonus points will be awarded to students who come in with their names written in Arabic script!!
Week 6: 11/12

Schedule:
  • Current events. This is the last current events discussion we will have this year. Instead, we will be focusing on our prayer logs - discussing the importance and difficulties that come with salah.
  • Instead of a quiz, we opted to do group presentations on Allah's names. 
  • The names and duties of the 8 different angels listed in the Quran/Their 'debate' with Allah swt/How they differ from human beings
  • Art with Sr. Dua
  • Quran
HW Due (11/19)
  • Your name in Arabic script
  • Pages 10 & 11 in "I Love Islam" Workbook
  • Prayer log for the week with parent's signature! 

Every child has been given a prayer log sheet that they are expected to complete weekly and turn in. Parents, please sign your child’s prayer log before sending them to Sunday school. It is important for parents to be involved with this to encourage and remind their children to pray. If possible, parents should lead their children in prayer as often as possible and work to instill its importance in our lives.


Week 6: 11/12

Schedule:

  •    Checking off and discussion of prayer logs
    • Importance of Salah
  • Continuation of angels' discussion & activity (Workbook pages 10-11)
  • Reading & discussion of the third pillar of Iman: Allah's Scriptures
  • Quran: Surat al Masad and Surat al Humazah
  • Arabic alphabet/names & activities on how to connect Arabic letters into words
  • Arabic Word of the Day
  • Inspiration Series and discussion
HW Due (12/03)

  • Prayer Logs
  • Memorize Surat Al Fatiha, Masad, and Humazah
  • Page 13 in I Love Islam Workbook
  • Memorize this song and know each letter by name & look.

Week 7: 12/3


Schedule

  • Checking off and discussion of prayer logs
  • Arabic alphabet recitation
  • Arabic alphabet pop quiz
  • Quran
  • Hijra Presentation
  • Discussion of the prophets of Allah
    • difference between Nabi and Rasool
  • Discussion of the story of Yunus (AS)
HW for 12/10
  • Prayer logs
  • Pages 5-6 in Arabic workbook
  • Presentation on your chosen prophet
    • Choose a prophet and summarize his story to present to the class.

      • Who was he sent to? What was his life like? Why was he sent? What was a significant event that happened in his life?

    • NOTE: Many students left class before telling me which prophet they will present on next Sunday. Below, you will find a list of the prophet every student is assigned to present on.
      • Prophet Idrees (AS) - Imaan
      • Prophet Nouh (AS) - Mia G.
      • Prophet Houd (AS) - Awais
      • Prophet Salih (AS) - Miya K.
      • Prophet Ibraheem (AS) - Faris
      • Prophet Lout (AS) - Maryam
      • Prophet Isma'eel (AS) - Irtaza
      • Prophet Is-haq (AS) - Sofia
      • Prophet Yaqoob (AS) - Rana
      • Prophet Yousuf (AS) - Rihan
      • Prophet Ayyoob (AS) - Lila
      • Prophet Thul-kifl (AS) - Hala
      • Prophet Shu'ayb (AS) - Neeyah
      • Prophet Moosa (AS) - Nadia
      • Prophet Haroun (AS) - Abdulrahman A.
      • Prophet Dawoud (AS) - Zainab
      • Prophet Sulayman (AS) - Navaal
      • Prophet Ilyas (AS) - Yousif
      • Prophet Adam (AS) - Seda
      • Prophet Younus (AS) - Adn
      • Prophet Zakariyya (AS) - Arfa
      • Prophet Yahya (AS) - Abubaker
      • Prophet Isa (AS) - Abdulrahman B. 
      • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - Samrah

Presentations should be in either PowerPoint or presentation board format. Each presentation should be around 3-4 minutes long. Well rehearsed, interesting presentations are expected and will receive credit. Make it fun to present and listen to! These are stories, so don't be afraid to be creative with your storytelling!! I can't wait to see what you all have in store next Sunday, inshaAllah.


Week 9: 1/7


WELCOME BACK!

  •  Prophets "Heads Up 7 Up game" to test students on their knowledge and retention of content from prophet presentations.
  • Discussion of the meaning and significance of placement of Surat Al Ikhlas, Surat Al Falaq, and Surat Al Nas in the Quran.
  • Discussion of one of the last pillars of Imaan, Yawm al Qiyama, as well as the different Surahs that describe that inevitable day (Surah Al Qariah and Surah al Zalzalah)
HW for next class: 
  • Pray, pray, pray! No prayer logs need be turned in any longer, as students and parents should have gotten into the habit of praying and checking in on each others' salah practices. 

Week 10: 1/14

We will be discussing the final pillar of Iman, "Qader" or "fate."

Assalamu aleikum parents,

I hope this email finds you in good health and Iman. This upcoming Sunday (1/21), levels 4A and 4B will take part in a newly organized "Hijab Day." On Hijab Day, we will collectively discuss the meaning of the hijab for ALL Muslims. We will take their thoughts on it and then separate the boys and the girls into 2 different classes.

Led by young Muslim American women and men who can relate to our youths, these discussions will be centered on the different parts of Islamic life that are specific and relevant to the kids.

One of the discussions will center around a more comprehensive lesson regarding the male AND female hijab, different Islamic perspectives on it, and - for the girls - various tutorials on how to wear and style the scarf to increase confidence, self-expression, and empowerment. For this part of the class, we ask that you please make sure your daughter brings a scarf, a safety pin, and a under-scarf to Sunday School. 

Jazak Allah khair for your time. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, inshAllah.

Best,
Sr. Amani


1/21: Hijab Day
  • Mixed Discussions
    • Discussed the story of Nusaybah bint Ka'ab
    • Islamic female empowerment
    • The meaning & purpose of the hijab
      • lowering of the gaze
    • Gender roles in Islam/The Prophet's (PBUH) treatment of his family (may Allah be pleased with them)
  • Girls
    • More discussions on the hijab
    • The female 'awra
    • Hijab tutorials - how to style your hijab
  • Boys
    • The male hijab
    • How to dress at the gym, etc
For homework: Write a sentence for each of these concepts:
  1. What you want your sisters in Islam to know about what you learned last class
  2. What you want your brothers in Islam to know about what you learned last class
  3. What you want your non-Muslim friends to know about what you learned last class