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April 29, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 4/29/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed last week's discussion about different salah types (Eid, Jum'a, Janazah). Then we covered lesson 23 (Taqwa). We started with the definition of Muslim and Mu'min and differences between them. Then we introduced the concept of taq'wa and muttaki and talked about how we can achieve this status.

Homework for May 6th: Read Lesson 23 and answer questions at the end of the lesson.

April 22, 2018

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 4/22/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, students did their final presentations of their term projects. Two of the teams also presented at the assembly. In the remaining time, we discussed the following prayers, their conditions and how they are performed: Jum'a prayer, Eid prayer, and Janazah Prayer.

Homework for Apr 29: No homework.

April 15, 2018

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 4/15/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Today, students presented their projects to the class. Then they received feedback from the class. They will incorporate their feedback into the slides and present them one last time next week. Homework for Apr 22: Integrate the class feedback into your slides and practice, practice, practice.

April 08, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 4/8/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

This week students attended the workshop. Therefore, we did not have any class.

Homework for Apr 15: Students are expected to present their projects. Therefore, homework is to finalize their projects and practice for presentation.

March 25, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/25/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Angels (Lesson 21). We also reviewed students' progress on their projects. Each team is expected to create a shared Google Slides document this week and put their templates including a title slide and agenda/overview slide. Then, they are expected to work on the remaining slides together. I'll check their progress on Sunday (even though there is no school). Their completed drafts are due on April 8th.

Homework for April 8th: Finish your project drafts. Each team is supposed to share their Google Slides document with me so that I can check their progress.

March 18, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/18/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today I've distributed the term project to students. Each student joined a team and signed up for a topic. Over the next 3 weeks students will work on this project. Drafts are due by April 8th. Presentations will be done on April 15th. Please see the attached document for details.

We also finished our discussion on Ruh and Nafs (Lesson 20).

Homework for Mar 25: Work on the term project. Each team is expected to report on their progress for the week.

March 11, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/11/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered concept of praying in jama'ah and its etiquette. We talked about benefits of praying in jama'ah, concept of imam and how we choose the imam to lead the prayers, how to pray with 2 people vs 3 or more and how to join the jama'ah after the salah started.

We also covered lesson 20 (Ruh and Nafs) and reviewed lesson 19 (Qiyamah).

Homework for Mar 18: Read lesson 20 (ruh and Nafs) and answer the questions at the end.

March 04, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/4/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we administered the first test of the semester. Before the test we played a Kahoot game and reviewed the subjects. After the test we went over the questions/answers.

Homework for Mar 11: Read Lesson 19 (Al Qiyamah) and answer the questions at the end of the chapter.

Feb. 25, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 2/25/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Since we have the first test of the semester next week, we dedicated a good portion of the class today to review salah related materials that we covered so far. We also briefly talked about what is halal to eath and what is not (including types of animals and kosher products).

We also covered the subject of Qiyamah (Lesson 19).

Test 1 is next week (Mar 4th): The first test of the semester is next week. I've distributed the study materials to students in the class today. They are also attached to this update as a pdf. Please review them with your child.

Homework for Mar 4th: We have senior jeopardy qualification quiz next week and I'll use that test as the homework for next week. Please make sure your child prepares for the qualification quiz. Study materials are available on our web site. Here is the link:

http://sundayschool.mapitt.org/updates/senior-jeopardy-study-materials7510744

Feb. 18, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 2/18/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we reviewed last week's subject (purification) and then covered Lessons 17 and 18 (Aisha (RA) and Fatima (RA)). 

Homework for Feb 25th: Senior jeopardy is fast approaching and all level 6 students are required to participate in the qualification quiz. To better prepare the students, I've assigned a related homework for this week. Students are required to read the last two topics of the study materials and prepare 10 questions for each topic. That is:

Download the study materials from here:
http://sundayschool.mapitt.org/updates/senior-jeopardy-study-materials7510744
And prepare 10 questions and their answers for "Women in Paradise" and "Muslim Contributions to Math, Science and Medicine".

Feb. 11, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 2/11/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered "Purification in Islam". We reviewed the essentials of Wudu, Ghusl, and Tayammum, talked about when and how to do them, and watched some informative videos on Ghusl and Tayammum.

Homework for Feb 18th: Senior jeopardy is fast approaching and all level 6 students are required to participate in the qualification quiz. To better prepare the students, I've assigned a related homework for this week. Students are required to read the first two topics of the study materials and prepare 10 questions for each topic. That is:

  • Download the study materials from here:
    http://sundayschool.mapitt.org/updates/senior-jeopardy-study-materials7510744
  • And prepare 10 questions and their answers for Ushra Mubasharah 1 and 2.

Feb. 04, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 2/4/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Today we covered Lesson 15 (Khatijah (RA)). We also covered the subjects of physical cleanliness and purification in Islam. We talked about why physical cleanliness is important, what it means to be clean, and how to properly dress. Then we talked about three types of purification: wudu, ghusl, and tayammum and covered why and how to perform ghusl and its essentials. We’ll continue this subject in the coming weeks. Homework for Feb 11th: Read Lesson 16 and answer questions at the end of the lesson.

Jan. 28, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 1/28/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered lesson 15 (Isa (A) and Maryam (RA)). We started with a review of the history of Ibrahimic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), the story of Banu Israil, and conditions of the society when Isa (A) was born. Then we covered story of Maryam (RA). We then talked about how Islam's view of Isa (A) is different than that of Christians.

Homework for Feb 4th: Read lesson 15 and answer the questions.

Jan. 21, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 1/21/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Lesson 14 (Musa (A) and Khidir). In the context of this chapter, we discussed the purpose of life and how to handle the tests we are presented with. We talked about things that we can control and things that are beyond our control and our responsibilities for each one. 

Homework for Jan 28th: As part of the semester project, students will be preparing reports/presentations on famous Muslim Scientists. For this week's homework, they are asked to pick three Muslim Scientists they would like to study and write a short paragraph on each one. I'll assign one of those scientists as the term project in the coming weeks.

Jan. 07, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 01/07/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Lesson 13 (Bani Israi'il). We also reviewed the proper way to do wud'u.

Homework for Jan 14th: Read Lesson 13 and answer the questions at the end of the chapter.

Dec. 17, 2017

Weekly Updated for Islamic Studies 6 - 12/17/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we administered the second test of the semester. Prior to the test, we warmed up with our Kahoot game which included questions from the topics students studied for the test. The following students ranked at the top and they will be getting bonus points for their tests:

  1. Nameer
  2. Haris
  3. Bilal

After the test, we went over the answers to the questions on the test.

Homework for Jan 7th: Enjoy your break.

Dec. 10, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 12/10/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

We will have our second test of the semester next week (Dec 17th). Today, I handed out the study guide (also attached to this post) and we went over and reviewed the subjects with the students. We also covered Lesson 12 (Musa and Fir'awn).

Note that we will do Kahoot game next week as part of the preparation for the test. Please send a smart device (phone/tablet) with your child if he/she has one.

Homework for Dec 17th: Study for the test.

Dec. 03, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 12/03/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we covered Lesson 10 (Dawud (A) and Sulaiman (A)) and 11 (Sulaiman (A) and the Queen). We also reviewed essentials of Salah.

Homework for Dec 10th: Memorize the dua of Talut and Dawud (A) prayed to Allah (SWT) with its meaning. This is on page 43 of the textbook (also Surah Baqarah verse 250). Also review the dua from page 16 of the textbook we had memorized earlier along with its meaning. See the attached file for both dua.

Nov. 19, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 11/19/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we played our Kahoot game which included questions from the last three chapters as well as questions from Salah. Every student received bonus points towards their homework grades based on the number of questions they got correct as well as their rankings. 

In the second part of the class, we introduced the concepts of "mono-theism", "poly-theism", and "a-theism" and covered lessons 8 and 9 (Noah (AS) and Dawud (AS)). 

Homework for Dec 3: Read lesson 9 (Dawud (AS)) and answer questions at the end of the lesson.

 

Nov. 12, 2017

Weekly Updated for Islamic Studies 6 - 11/12/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed last week's lesson (Compilation of Hadith) and covered the following subjects on Salah:

  • Types of Salah (Page 18 of Salah Book)
  • Things (feraid) we have to do before salah
  • Things (feraid) we have to do during salah
  • How to pray a 3-raqah fard prayer

Homework for Nov 19th: We will do Kahoot game on the topics we covered recently. Most of the questions will come from Salah, Compilatin of Hadith, and Shadah. However, there might be a few questions from previous chapters as well. This should give the students a chance to review their notes. Students will receive bonus points towards their homework based on their performance. If your child has a smart phone or tablet please send it with your child. We will need it for this game.

Nov. 05, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 11/05/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered lesson 7 (Compilation of Hadith). Students are expected to know the following from this lesson:

  • Vocabulary: Sunnah, Seerah, Hadith, Sahaba, Tabi'in, Taba Tabi'in, Sahih Sittah
  • Hadith is the second source of Islam behind Qur'an.
  • There are two parts to any hadith: (1) isnad (the chain of narration), (2) matn (actual text)
  • Know how hadith were collected
  • Know the names of six major books of Hadith

We also covered types of salah:

  • Fard: 2 types- fard ayn, fard kifayah) 
  • Wajib 
  • Sunnah: 2 types- strong vs weak 
  • Nafl

Finally, we demonstrated how to properly pray a 2-rakah salah.

Homework for Nov 12th: Read lesson 7 and answer the questions at the end of the lesson.

Oct. 29, 2017

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 - 10/29/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Today we covered lesson 6 (The Importance of Shahadah). Students are expected to know the following: * Know the two parts of shahadah and meanings of each * Know what shadah means beyond its literal meaning I’ve also distributed graded test papers. Please go over the test questions with your child. Homework for Nov 5th: Read Lesson 6 and answer questions at the end of the chapter.

Oct. 22, 2017

Weekly Updates for Islamic Studies - 10/22/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we administered our first test of the semester. I've graded the test papers and results are available on Thinkwave for your viewing. Class average is 92.5%. There was a 10 point bonus question on the test. That's why some students received grades higher than 100%.

We've also did first Kahoot of the semester as a preparation for the test. Students seemed to enjoy it. So, we'll likely do it again in the near future. Winners for today's Kahoot were: (1)Nameer (2)Hania (3)Adeel and Arsalan. These students received bonus points for their test scores in the amount of 5, 4, and 3 (based on their rankings).

At the end of the class we started covering "Details of Salah" from Salah book (pages 18-19). 

Homework for Oct 29th: Read pages 18 and 19 of the salah book and learn kinds of salah and essentials of salah. A copy of these pages are attched to this udpate in case you don't have the book.

Oct. 15, 2017

Weekly Updates for Islamic Studies - 10/15/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered lesson 5 (Previous Scriptures and the Qur'an). Here are the main points students are supposed to remember from today's class:

  • We believe in all the prophets Allah (SWT) sent from Adam (AS) to Muhammad (SAW) and their books (scriptures)
  • How are the previous scriptures different than Qur'an
  • What are the names of the four main scriptures and which prophet were they sent to?
  • Know the following vocabulary: al-Muhaimin, al-Furqan, lauhe mahfuz

Since we have our first test next week, I've handed out the study guide for the test (also attached to this update) and went over questions together with the class.

Test 1: Our first test of the semester will be given next week, Oct 22nd. Please see the study guide attached (above).

Homework for Oct 22nd: Study for the test.

Oct. 08, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 10/08/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed lesson 3 (Objectives of the Qur'an) and finished lesson 4 (Compilation of the Qur'an). Here are the main points students are expected to know from Lesson 4:

  • When did our Prophet start receiving the verses (ans: 610)? When was the last time he received any verses (ans: two months before he passed away)?
  • How did he receive them (ans: via Angel Jibril)
  • How did he preserve the verses (ans: he memorized them, asked his sahaba to write it, and memorize it)
  • What is a "hafiz"? (ans: someone who memorizes the whole Qur'an)
  • When was Qur'an compiled for the first time? Why?
  • When was Qur'an reproduced as a book and distributed to other cities?

We also talked about five daily prayers, their names, and how many rak'ah is each. Students are expected to know them by heart.

Test 1: Our first test of the semester is coming up in two weeks (Oct 22nd). I'll hand out a study guide next week, but it will pretty much the compilation of the bullet points I send out every week as part of the weekly updates. Please make sure you go over those with your child.

Homework for Oct 15th: Read lesson 4 and answer the questions at the endof the lesson (page 25). Some students turned in the wrong homework today. Instead of Lesson 3, they did Lesson 2. I gave them an extra week to turn in the correct homework. Also, if your child missed the class today due to travel, please make sure they turn in both this week's and next week's homework next week without penalty.

 

Oct. 01, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 10/01/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we reviewed the previous lesson (Lesson 2: The Promise of Allah) and mostly finished Lesson 3 (Objectives of the Qur'an). Here are the main points students are expected to know from Lesson 3:

  • What is the main objective of Qur’an?
  • What's "sirat al-Mustakim" (straight path)? Remember our discussion in the class about going to our destination (Jannah) via shortest path.
  • When (what year), where and how were the first verses of Qur’an revealed to Prophet Muhammed? Which surah do those verses belong to?
  • What is the opening (first) surah of Qur’an called? What is the content (subject) of this surah?
  • Basic facts about Qur’an: how many surahs (chapters) are there in the Qur’an (ans: 114)?  How many pages (ans: 600)? How many Juzz (ans:30)?
  • Is Qur’an a story book? Why or why not?

We also went through the homework and students recited verse 194 from Surah Al-i Imran from memory with its meaning. If your child did not do his/er homework for this week he/she can still turn it in next week with some points deducted as late penalty.

Homework for Oct 8th: Read Lesson 3 and answer questions at the end of the lesson (Page 21).

Sept. 24, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 9/24/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

files: dua.JPG

Dear Parents,

Today, we reviewed our discussion of Lesson 1 (Attributes of Allah) and mostly covered Lesson 2 (The Promise of Allah). Here are the things students are expected to know from Lesson 1:

  • Islam has three legs: faith, ibadat, muamelat
  • 5 pillars of Islam and 6 articles of faith
  • Why do we need to know the attributes of Allah (swt)
  • Do we know how Allah (swt) looks like?
  • What's "Asma al Husna?"
  • Know and understand the meaning of the following 5 names of Allah (swt): Rab, arRahman, arRahim, alMalik, AlAdl

Please review these questions with your child and make sure he/she is comfortable with the answers. 

Homework for Oct 31st: Today, we learned verse 194 of Surah Al-i Imran (3:194). It is a beautiful dua and worth memorizing along with its translation/meaning. Therefore, I've assigned it as a homework for this week: Memorize the verse in Arabic and its translation (attached to this update as an image, also available on page 16 of the textbook).

I've also asked students to turn-in first week's homework (Page 13) on a piece of paper instead of marking the answers on the book.

Sept. 17, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 9/17/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Due to a last minute administrative task, I could not attend the class today. In my absence Sr. Shagufta covered the class. They went over beatiful names of Allah (swt) and their meanings.

Homework for 9/24/2017: Review beautiful names of Allah (swt) and try to memorize as many of them as you can with their meanings.

Sept. 10, 2017

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 9/10/2017

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we covered Chapter 1 (Attributes of Allah). As part of the dicussion we talked about three legs of Islam: faith (iman), prayers (ibadat), and daily life (muamelat). We emphasized the importance of ibadat and muamelat to keep our faith alive and how treating others nicely can reflect on our faith.

We reviewed 5 pillars of Islam and 6 articles of faith (a few students don't remember the latter, so please practice these at home).

We went over a few of the names of Allah (swt), but could not finish the chapter. We'll continue next week.

Homework for Sep 17: Reach chapter 1 and answer the questions at the end of the chapter.