March 22, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/22/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Our assignment for this week was to turn in the first draft of the projects. I've provided feedback to those students who turned in their projects. As of today, I have not received draft projects from the following students:

-Naeema
-Sarah
-Heba
-Vasila
-Faatima T.

Please make sure your student turns in the project as soon as possible but latest by Sunday, Mar 29. I will deduct points from projects I receive after Mar 29th.

Assignment for Mar 29: Work on your projects. If you have not turned in your draft yet, please complete your draft and email it to me by Mar 29th. If you already turned in, revise your project based on my feedback. Final project is due by Apr 4th.

March 17, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/15/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

I hope our students and your family are in good health and spirit in these challenging times. First draft of our term project is due this Sunday, Mar 22nd. Therefore, the assignment for this week is to finish the draft project and send it to me via email by Sunday evening. Please see the attached project hand out for details.

March 08, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/8/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we continued our discussion on jama'ah prayers. We talked about silent and loud prayers and what to recite when we are praying behind an imam. Then we covered the subject of masbooq. That is, how to complete a jama'ah prayer when you join the jama'ah late. I've handed out a summary sheet that explains how to do this. It is also attached to this update. Please go over it with your child and make sure he/she is comfortable with it. We'll have a quiz on this next week.

Homework for Mar 15th: Work on your project.

March 01, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for3/1/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we continued our discussion on how to pray in jama'ah. We also reviewed some of the earlier discusions we had on seerah, sunnah, and hadith and how they are relevant for us as a resource for our religion.

We finalized the teams for the upcoming project. Below are the teams:

1. Fatima B. & Mayram

2. Faatima T. & Sarah

3. Vasila & Naeema

4. Zaid & Faaris

Still needs team: Heba and Abeeha

Homework for Mar 8th: Identify the four traits your team will cover for the term project and write down a verse and/or hadith for each one.

Feb. 23, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for2/23/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Salat-ud-Duha (Unit D, Chapter 3). In the process, we reviewed salah times based on the position of sun. We also started talking about conditions and etiquettes of praying in jama'ah. We'll continue this subject next week. 

This semester we will have one test and one project. Therefore, we will not have a test next week per our lesson plan. The test will be scheduled for late March or early April. Therefore, in this report card period students will not have a test grade.

I handed out the term project guidelines today. It is also attached to this announcement. Students are expected to partner with a friend in the class. The deadlines and expectations are defined in the handout. Please ensure your student starts working on this right away.

Homework for Mar 1: Work on term project.

Feb. 16, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for2/16/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we talked about our term project, what the expectations are from the project and reasons for picking this particular project. Detailed rubric will be provided next week. Within the same context, we also talked about three essential components of Islam (faith, ibadaha, and muamalat) and why our characters/traits are essential part of being a muslim.

Then, we moved into Unit D, Chapter 2 (Nafl prayers) and briefly reviewed the concept of nafl prayers and their importance. Finally, we showed the proper positions of the prayer and how man and woman are supposed to perform those positions.

Homework for Feb 23rd: Prepare for senior jeopardy qaulification quiz. We'll use the score from this quiz as a bonus homework point for students.

Feb. 09, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 2/9/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we talked about how to determine time of daily prayers based on the position of the sun. We also covered times of the day where we need to avoid praying nafl prayers.

Homework for Feb 16th: Study for the Senior Jeopardy materials posted on Sunday School web page. We'll do an in-class test/kahoot on the material.

Feb. 02, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for2/2/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed the concept of Khushoo. Then we focused on details of the 6 essentials we need to do before salah. In particular we covered the subjects of dressing up modestly for the prayers (for boys and girls), how to determine the direction of the qibla based on location, and how to determine the time of day for each prayer. We'll continue our discussion on the last subject (time of prayers) next week.

Homework: Study the steps of praying fard, strong sunnah, and weak sunnah prayers. Homework will be given in the form of a small quiz in the class. Attached is the quiz sheet students should prepare for.

Jan. 26, 2020

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 1/26/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today covered the importance of having Khushoo in our prayers and the conditions to achieve khushoo. Students are asked to count how many prayers they will complete in khushoo for the upcoming week. They will report their counts next week. Please spend some time with your child to talk about this subject and help them out in achieving khushoo in their prayers. We also continued our discussion on the differences between praying fard, strong sunnah, and weak sunnah prayers.

Homework for Feb 2nd: Do Exercises 1-5 in Unit D, Chapter 1 (Khushoo), pages 57, 58.

Jan. 12, 2020

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 1/12/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Unit C, Chapter 1 (Salman Al Farisi). We also started talking about the differences between praying a 4 raq'a fard, strong sunnah, and weak sunnah prayer. See the related homework below.

There were a few students who missed the test last week due to their travels. Those students will take the test next week. Until they take the test, their report cards will show a missing grade and their final grade will be affected by this. Once they take the test, final grades will be re-calculated. 

Homework for Jan 19th: Fill in the attached worksheet showing the steps for praying a 4 raq'a fard prayer, strong sunnah prayer and weak sunnah prayer. The first two raqas of a fard prayer has already been filled for you as an example. As a guideline you can watch the videos from the following web site:

https://questionsonislam.com/videos/prayer-salah

For the fard prayer: pick any 4 raq'a fard prayer (e.g., dhur, asr, isha)

For the strong sunnah prayer: pick first sunnah of dhur prayer

For the weak sunnah prayer: pick first sunnah of asr or isha prayer

Jan. 05, 2020

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 1/5/2020

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we administered the second test of the semester. We played a Kahoot game before the test and the following students earned extra credits towards their test scores:

1. Neema & Sarah

2. Alina & Vasila

3. Maryam & Fatima

We also covered Prophet Hud from out textbook. Next week is the last class of the semester. If your student missed today's test, please make sure he/she attends the school next week to take the test. Otherwise, the test grade on his/her semester report card will show a zero. 

Homework for Jan 12th: Read Unit C, Chapter 1 (Salman al Farisi) and do exercise 1 and 2 (page 50).

Dec. 15, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 12/15/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed the salah related subjects that will be covered in our second test of the semester on Jan 5th (right after the break). We also talked about 4 types of salah (Fard, Wajib, Sunnah, Nafl) and gave examples for each. 

Test 2: Scheduled for Jan 5th. Study guide was handed out in the class. It is also attached to this announcement.

Dec. 08, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 12/8/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we continued our discussion essentials of salah. We outlined 12 essentials (6 before salah, 6 during salah). Then we went over the brief duas/phrases we say during salah and discussed their meanings. We also assigned this as the homework for next week (see blow). Finally, we classified salahs into four categories. We'll continue our discussion on this subject next week.

Homework for Dec 15th: memorize the translation of the following duas we recite during salah:

  • Allahu Akbar - Allah is the greatest
  • A'udhu billahi minash shaijdanir rajim - I seek refuge in Allah from the cursed Satan (shaitan)
  • Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim - In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Kind
  • Subhana rabbiyal azim - Glory to my Lord, the Greatest
  • Sami allahu liman hamidah - Allah hears those who praise him
  • Rabbana lakal hamd - Our Lord, praise be to You
  • Subhana rabbiyal a'la - Glory to my Lord, the Highest

Nov. 24, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 11/24/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today I have handed out the graded tests back to the students. In the process, we reviewed the subjects that were covered in the test by going over test questions. We also started talking about essentials of Salah. Note that school is closed for next week.

Homework for Dec 8: No homework over the break.

Nov. 17, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 11/10/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered The Story of Prophet Nuh. We also talked about importance of having the right intention when we are doing good deeds as well routine daily activities to earn more rewards from them.

Homework for Nov 24th: Read Unit B, Chapter 5 (Prophet Hud) and do Exercises 1-3 from the workbook (pages 44 & 45).

Nov. 10, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 11/10/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we discussed the etiquettes of hosting a guest. We talked about importance of greeting others and smiling at them and how this small act of charity can change the mood of a household or neighborhood via "mirroring effect".

We, then, watched a video on gratefulness and discussed why and to whom we should be grateful for. You can watch the video with your child and have a conversation at home as well. Here is the video:

https://youtu.be/kythS5PB_Y0

Finally, we discussed how to perform wudu and ghusl properly. Most students are familiar with wudu, but a few knows how to do ghusl properly. I handed out a cheet-sheet. Please go over the sheet with your child and discuss how to perform both wudu and ghusl.

Homework for Nov 17th: Learn how to do wudu and ghusl properly.

Nov. 03, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 11/3/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we administered Test 1 of the semester. Before the test, we also played a game of Kahoot from the study materials. The following students ranked highest and earned to receive extra credit in their test scores:

1. Zaid Muddassar

2. Vasila Muminova

3. Faatima Tirmizi

Homework for Nov 10: Read Unit B, Chapter 3 (Prophet Nuh) and do Exercise 1 from the Worksheet Book (pages 35, 36).

Oct. 27, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 10/27/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we attended the Seerah Olympics at Marshall Elementary Gym. We briefly discussed Syriah (our designated country).

Test 1: Our first test of the semester was originally scheduled for today, but due to Seerah Olympics we had to reschedule it for next week. We'll have the first test on Sunday, Nov 3rd. Attached is the study guide for this test. Please make sure your child goes through every item in the study guide and gets ready for the test. We'll also play a Kahoot game before the test. If your child has a smart phone or table, feel free to send it to school.

Homework: Study for the test. Since I was absent from school for the last 3 weeks, students were unable to turn in their missing homework. So far we had 3 homework in the semester. If your child has any missing homework, he/she can turn them in next week. I went over the missing homework for each child today in the class. So, they already know which homework they are missing.

Oct. 20, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 10/20/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

This week, in my absence, Br. Imtiaz covered "Prophets of Islam". I'll resume my classes starting next week.

Homework for Oct 27th: Since we will be visiting Marshall Elementary Gym next week to hold our annual Seerah Competition, there is no homework.

Oct. 13, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 10/13/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Br. Imtiaz Ahmed covered the class this week in my absence. He covered "Prophets of Islam" (Unit B, Chapter 1).

Homework for Oct 20th: Read Unit B, Chapter 1

Oct. 06, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 10/6/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today Br. Omar Khawaja covered the class for me as I will not be able to teach in the next few weeks. They continued our discussion on asma al husna by playing a game to teach the students a few of the names of Allah (swt).

 

Homework for Oct 13th: Read Unit B, Chapter 1 (Prophets of Islam).

Sept. 29, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 9/29/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, reviewed our last chapter (tawheed) and started discussing Asma al Husna. We discussed the need for these names and why they are important. We'll continue this subject next week.

Homework for Oct 6th: Read Unit A, Chapter 2 (Ninety Nine Names)

Sept. 22, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 9/22/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we continued our discussion on Tawheed. We reviewed the vocabulary from last week. Then we covered the concept of shadah, it's translation and it's implications. We also learned the translation of Surah Ikhlas verse by verse. Finally, we talked about types of tawheed and it's benefits.

Homework for Sep 29th: Learn the meaning of surah al Ikhlas verse by verse. Also memorize Shahdah in Arabic and it's English translation. We'll have a quick written test (as homework) to make sure students learned the above.

Sept. 15, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 9/15/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered the lesson on "Tawheed". We discussed briefly the historical context when Islam was revealed and why the concept of tawheed is important. Then we talked about other monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism) and their relationship with Islam. Finally, we learned some basic terminology, specifically Tawheed (mono-theism), Kufr (a-theism), and Shirk (poly-theism). Next week, we'll continue this discussion.

Homework for Sep 22nd: Do exercises 4 and 5 from Unit A, Chapter 1 (pages 6, 7 from the workbook).

Sept. 08, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 9/8/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, ASA,

My name is Sami Iren. I'm the 6th grade Islamic Studies teacher for your child. Today, we introduced ourselves to the class, discussed our expectations from the class and talked about our Muslim Identities and what it means to be a Muslim in a non-muslim country. Next week, we are going to start with the first lesson from our book, titled "Tawheed".

Homework for Sep 15th: Read Unit A, Chapter 1 (pages A2-A11) from the textbook and do Exercises 1-3 from the Worksheets book (pages 4-5).