April 29, 2018

Weekly Update for April 29, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

'Dua Qanoot' is the last assigned HW (see attached). Students have until May 6 to memorize the dua'. Although I will not be in class on May 6, Sr. Maysaa (the class parent) will listen to all students recite the dua for their HW. Children can also do any of the missing HW assignments or tests; just let me know before Friday so I can alert Sr. Maysaa.

Please note that May 6 is the last class. I will be turning in the final grades by May 7 to school administration. School graduation ceremony will be held on May 13; hope to see you all there (inshallah).

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

April 23, 2018

Weekly Update for April 22, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Following students were selected for the Quran competition from Level 5:

  • Yazan Alissa
  • Huma Iren
  • Saad Shahzad

I also assigned 'Dua Qanoot' as the last HW (see attached). Students are encouraged to finish memorizing it by next Sunday but will have until May 6 if they need extra time.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

April 08, 2018

Weekly Update for April 8, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

We spent the class period practicing for the Assembly presentations. Alhamdulillah, all students performed really well and all presentations were a success and well liked by the audience.

Students will review/recite all the surahs they have memorized this year so far. Please have the children review them before next Sunday.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

March 27, 2018

Weekly Update for March 25, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Children spent the class time cleaning up their presentations and skits and then rehearsing it to the class. I made changes to almost everyone's work and you should have them practice at home to you and to the family. This will make them more comfortable with the contents of the presentation material.

We are planning to do another practice session on April 8; please make sure your children bring the final write-up with them on a piece of paper (having it typed up would be better); they can also email it to me if that is easier. They should also memorize their lines.

Each presentation/skit is worth a test grade.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

March 18, 2018

Weekly Update for March 18, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

We have only two weeks left before our students will present their presentation or skits during the assembly on April 8. We reviewed the  all presentations/skits and I suggested changes to almost all of them. We are planning to do a practice session on coming Sunday so please make sure your child is ready for his/her presentation or skit. They should bring the final version with them on a piece of paper and try to have all lines memorized. Each presentation/skit is worth a test grade.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

March 11, 2018

Weekly Update for March 11, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today students took Test 3, verses 284-286 to Surah Al-Baqarah. I will hand them their test grades. You will be getting the mid-term grades for Sunday school shorlty and today's test grades will be included on the report. Please note that children can retake the test to improve their scores anytime before the end of the year.

We have only two weeks left before our students will present their presentation or skits during the assembly on April 8. I have reminded all students to complete their presentations/skits over next 2 weeks as they will have a practice round in class on March 25 (inshallah). Please help with your children and let me know of any concerns or questions.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

March 04, 2018

Weekly Update for March 4, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Children are making slow progress in memorizing last 3 verses of surah Al-Baqarah. However, we have run out of time and Test 3 will be on next Sunday, March 11 (inshallah). Please help your children to finish memorizing the verses and get ready for test. I have attached the verses they are supposed to memorize.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Feb. 25, 2018

Weekly Update for Feb 25 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

I listened to children recite last 3 ayah of surah Al-Baqarah (HW #11). Most still need more practice; some of them had not even memorized a single verse yet. Please help and encourage your children to memorize the verses by keep practice reciting them 3 times a day. 

I have set aside next two classes for Test 3 - recitation of last 3 verses of Surah Al-Baqarah from memory. Students can choose whichever day (March 4 or March 11) for taking the test.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Feb. 18, 2018

Weekly Update for February 18, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

I gave a challenge to students last week that they should recite the verses from Surah Al-Baqarah (HW #11) three times every day for an entire week and have the parents sign the HW sheets. If they do that, they will get full credit for HW #11 even if they did not have the verses memorized.

There were very few students who acted on the challenge. Remember that this is the last HW on 3 verses from Surah Alb-Baqarah and they should have already memorized first two verses from earlier HWs. Anyway, I gave them another 2 weeks to memorize all 3 verses. There will be a test on these verses on March 4; those who still need another week, can take the test on March 11.

Our class is also scheduled for an assembly presentation on April 8. Both Islamic Studies and Quran class teachers decided that students can do short presentations on Beautiful names of Allah (SWT), about 12 names that were covered in last 3 verses from Surah Al-Hashr. Most students insisted to have a skit instead of short presentation. I have asked all students to come up with a short story that they can present as a skit by next Sunday to make sure we have enough information to do skits. The Islamic Studies teacher will send the list of names of Allah (SWT) assigned to each student. Please review and work with your son/daughter to come up with a story for their assigned name.

Let Sr. Zunaira or myself know if there are any questions.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Feb. 11, 2018

Weekly Updates for Feb 11, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

I listened to students recite verses 284 & 286 of Surah Al-Baqarah; most did not know. We talked about the importance of practicing 3 times a day (at different times) for the entire week. I also handed out HW #10 (attached) and gave them two weeks to finish memorizing all 3 verses (284-186).

We also reviewed the previously memorized surahs (so far this year).

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Feb. 04, 2018

Weekly Update for February 4, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

There were quite a few students missing today (again!). And many who were present had not done the HW #9. I assigned HW #10 today (attached) but will credit for HW9 if students can do it next week.

We also reviewed the previously memorized surahs (so far this year) and also reviewed the salat.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Jan. 28, 2018

Weekly Update for January 28

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Almost all of the children who missed taking Test 2 from last week were missing from the class this week as well. Next Sunday is the last class period to take Test 2; please make sure you children are prepared (if your child needs to take the test).

I introduced the next set of verses today in class - Verses 284-286 of Surah Al-Baqarah. Next HW assignment is attached in case your child missed the class. It is due next week (Feb 4).

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Jan. 21, 2018

Weekly Updates for January 21, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today children took test 2. Students who were missing can take the test next Sunday.

I have sent detailed status to all parents via system email. Please review and let me know if there are any questions.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Jan. 07, 2018

Weekly Updates for January 7, 2018

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today I listened to children recite verses 21 through 24 of Surah Al-Hashr for HW #8. Some of them slipped backwards (perhaps due to school being out for 2 weeks) but most had done their work. Please make sure to sign their HW sheets so they can earn the extra credit.

None of the students were ready to take Test 2 today, which is fine. However, this means there is only on class period on Jan 14 to take the test. Please make sure your child is not absent on that day. Test 2 will consist of reciting verse 21-24 of Surah Al-Hashr from memory.

There is also an "Art Project" related to Surah Al-Hashr and it is due on Jan 21. I have attached all the details; please review and let me know of any questions.

Laslty, please listen to your children recite Surah Al-Alaq at least once a week so they don't forget.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Dec. 17, 2017

Weekly Updates for December 17, 2017

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today I listened to children recite verses 21 through 23 of Surah Al-Hashr for HW #7. Most did better than last week (masha' Allah) although some slipped backwards (perhaps due to Jeopardy or other reasons). They can still earn credit for today's HW assignment when they memorize verses 21-24 next week for HW #8 (attached). Please encourage them and help them. Also make sure to sign their HW sheets so they can earn the extra credit.

Ther is no school for next two weeks due to Winter Break. When children return to school on Jan 7, we will only have two class periods left in Fall Semester. Thus, Test 2 will be conducted on Jan 7 and Jan 14. Students have the option to take the test on either Sunday. Test 2 will consist of reciting verse 21-24 of Surah Al-Hashr from memory.

There is also an "Art Project" related to Surah Al-Hashr and it is due on Jan 21. I have attached all the details; please review and let me know of any questions.

Laslty, please listen to your children recite Surah Al-Alaq at least once a week so they don't forget.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Dec. 10, 2017

Weekly Updates for December 10, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today I listened to children recite verse 21 & 22 of Surah Al-Hashr for HW #6; most of them needed some help in reciting the verses and many had not memorized it at all. They can still earn credit for today's HW assignment when they memorize verses 21-23 next week for HW #7 (see attached). Please encourage them and help them. Also make sure to sign their HW sheets so they can earn the extra credit.

We also played the "Salat Game" to repeat the duas we say during the prayers. Many needed help with this as well. This is something we expect children to know by heart by this age. Please work with your children to make sure they have memorized the duas. 

Feel free to contact me if there are any questions.

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Dec. 03, 2017

Weekly Updates for December 3, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today I listened to children recite verse 21 of Surah Al-Hashr for HW #5; Many of them had not done their HW although they had two weeks to memorize one verse! They can still earn credit for this verse next week when they do their next homework (see attached). Please encourage them and help them. Also make sure to sign their HW sheets so they can earn the extra credit.

I continued explaining the importance of learning the beautiful names of Allah (SWT). I will assign them a project next week which will consist of making one-page posters of one of Allah's beautiful names.

Feel free to contact me if there are any questions.

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Nov. 19, 2017

Weekly Updates for November 19, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum: Today we started learning about the last four verses of Surah Al-Hashr. I will continue explaining the importance of learning the beautiful names of Allah (SWT) in next few classes and also the meaning of the names that are contained in the last 3 ayat.

I handed over HW #5 (also attached). The instructions on the top of the printed HW sheet are not clear; please review the instructions on the attached doc.

There is no school next Sunday due to Thanksgiving break. HW 5 is due on Dec 3 (after returning from the break).

Feel free to contact me if there are any questions.

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@786@gmail.com

Nov. 13, 2017

Weekly Updates for November 12, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum, 

Students delievered the Surah Al-Alaq presentations this past Sunday. I will hand them presentation grades on this coming Sunday (inshallah).

We are now entering Quarter 2 (Fall Semester) and are at week 10. We are one week behind our lesson plans but I plan to catch up (inshallah). This coming Sunday, I will introduce last four verses of Surah Al-Hashr and we will also start the recitation. Over next few weeks, we will review the meaning of the beautiful names of Allah (SWT) that are included in last 3 verses of Surah Al-Hashr. 

Please continue to listen to your children recite Surah Al-Alaq (from memory) at least once a week. Children have worked very hard to memorize this surah and we don't want them to forget it. 

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Nov. 05, 2017

Weekly Updates for November 5, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Salam, All:

Today we conducted test 1 for those students who had not taken in last week. We also were able to do presentations by a few students but could not finish them due to time constraints and some technical issues with the TV. We will finish presentations next week (inshallah). If your child did not present today, please make sure they are ready to do so next week (inshallah).

Students also received their mid-semester report cards. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Nov. 03, 2017

Weekly Updates for October 29, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Only a few children took the test (Surah Al-Alaq) last week. I graded the tests for those students and asked them to have parents sign the test and bring it back next Sunday. 

If your child did not take the test past Sunday, he/she only have one more chance on Nov. 5. 

All students are also supposed to deliver their presentations on Surah Al-Alaq this Sunday (11/5). Those wanting to use their own devices will need to bring an Apple handheld (iPhone, iPad) or Mac (computer). These are the only devices that can be hooked up to the TV using AppleTV. Alternatively they can bring their presentation on a USB or email it to me the night before and then play it on my laptop.

Let me know if there are any questions.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Oct. 22, 2017

Weekly Updates for October 22, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to students recite verses 1-19 of Surah Al-Alaq for the second round of homework 4. Most did better thanl last time although only a few got the perfect score. I adjusted the grades for previous HWs based on their performance today, and most should benefit from it (inshallah).

We will have Test 1 (reciting complete Surah Al-Alaq) next week on October 29; please encourage your children to continue practicing the memorization so they do good in the test (inshallah).

Please also note that the Surah Al-Alaq Presentation is on Nov 5. However, your child is ready to present it next week, they are more than welcome to do so. They still should submit the Outline 3 (please see the attached handout for more details).

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Cell: 412-417-3826

Oct. 15, 2017

Weekly Updates for October 15, 2017

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to students recite verses 1-19 of Surah Al-Alaq for homework 4. Most needed help and only a few got the perfect score (19). Please make sure your child continues revising the surah and get it memorized entirely; they can recite is again next week for an improved score in HW #4. I will also update their scores in HW1-3 based on their score in HW4 next week (inshallah).

Test 1 (reciting complete Surah Al-Alaq) is on October 29, so there is still 1 class period left to perfect the memorization. Please continue to encourage your children to keep up the good work!

Just a reminder that Surah Al-Alaq Presentation is on Nov 5. If your child will be absent that day, they can do the presentation on Oct 29. There are 3 outlines due for the presentation on Oct 15, Oct 22 and Oct 29 (please see the attached handout for more details). Some students handed in their outline today while some others promised to email it to me this evening. Please remind your children to hand the the outlines in on due dates. There are no points for accuracy and completeness; they will receive full credit for just turning the outlines.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Cell: 412-417-3826

Oct. 08, 2017

Weekly Updates for October 8, 2017

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to students recite verses 1-14 of Surah Al-Alaq for homework 3. Many needed a little bit help and only a couple got the perfect score (14). I forgot to mark the scores on their HW sheets (many did not bring them); write to me if you would like to know your children's score in HW and I will email it to you (inshallah).

I handed out HW #4 sheets which consists of verses 1-19 (complete Surah Al-Alaq); it is also attached with this message. This HW is due next Sunday (Oct 15). Please work with your children to make sure they memorize the surah and do the necessary practice. I will go back and revise their HW #-13 grades based on their performance in HW 4.

Test 1 (reciting complete Surah Al-Alaq) is on October 29, so there are two class periods still left to perfect the memorization. Please continue to encourage your children to keep up the good work!

Just a reminder that Surah Al-Alaq Presentation is on Nov 5. If your child will be absent that day, they can do the presentation on Oct 29. There are 3 outlines due for the presentation on Oct 15, Oct 22 and Oct 29 (please see the handout for more details). These are to encourage students to start working on the presentation ahead of time and not cram on the last day. Please remind your children to hand the the outlines in on due dates. There are no points for accuracy and completeness; they will receive full credit for just turning the outlines.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Cell: 412-417-3826

Oct. 04, 2017

Surah Al-Alaq Presentation Handout

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Parents, 

Assalamu Aalikum: I have attached the handout for a presentation that each students is supposed to deliver on Nov 5. Please review it with your chlidren to make sure they are clear on what is expected. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thanks,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Cell: 412-417-3826

Oct. 03, 2017

Weekly Updates for October 1, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today I listened to the students recite the first 8 verses of Surah Al-Alaq for their second homework. Most had the verses memorized without any serious mistakes (alhamdulillah). Thank you for your encouragement. Please ask your children for their graded HW sheets and let me know of any questions or concerns.

I have attached the next HW (#3) which consists of memorizing verses 1-14 of Surah Al-Alaq; it is due this coming Sunday (Oct 8).

Most of the students also had an opportunity to recite 1 or 2 old surahs (see the list of all old surahs at the end of this message). Please continue to encourage your children to refresh these surahs; they will have an opportunity to recite 1 or 2 surahs in almost every class (inshallah).

I also handed out the details of a presentation project on Surah Al-Alaq to all students; the handout is also attached with this update. Please go over it with your children so they are clear on what is being asked of them. Once again, feel free to contact me with any questions.

There is a Service Project this coming Sunday (Oct 8) which is optional. All participating students will earn bonus points. For this service project, students will accompany other students from Sunday school to visit the elderly in St. Barnabas Assisted Living facility in Gibsonia. It is only a few minutes drive from MAP mosque. Students can play an instrument, read a book or simply talk to the elderly residents who always welcome visitors.

Here is the schedule for the Service Project:

  • 2:00pm Leave MAP
  • 2:15pm: Gather at St Barnabas (address to be provided). Br. Omar Khawaja will go over the logistics and discuss activities
  • 2:30pm: Start the visit with Barnabas residents
  • 3:30pm: Depart St. Barnabas 

If you would like your child to attend, please make sure to sign a permission slip on Sunday and arrange for a ride (unless you will be taking them yourself).

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Cell: 412-417-3826

Surah Name
Surah Al-Fatiha
Surah Al-Ikhlaas
Surah Al-Kauthar
Surah Al-Falaq
Surah An-Naas
Surah An-Nasr
Surah Al-Kafiroon
Surah Al-Massad
Dua Tashahhud
Surah Al-Maa'oon
Surah Quraish
Surah Al-Fil
Surah Al-Asr
Surah At-Takaathur
Darood Ibrahimi (Allahuma Salle'Ala)
Surah Al-Humazah
Surah Al-Qariah
Surah Al-Adiyat
Surah Az-Zalzalah
Surah Al-Bayyinah
Dua-“Rabbena atina fiddunya…”
Dua-“Rabbenagfirly wali walidayya..”
Surah Al-Qadr
Surah At-Teen
Surah Al-Inshirah
Surah Ad-Duhaa
Surah Al-A'la
Ayatul Qursi

Sept. 24, 2017

Weekly Updates for September 24, 2017

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Parents, 

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to the students recite the first 5 verses of Surah Al-Alaq for their homework. Most had the verses memorized without any serious mistakes. Many of them can benefit from practicing with proper pronunciation (with with parents or with a good reciter). A few students did not do their HW at all; these students need to catch up fast because a new HW will be assigned in every class now to finish memorizing the entire surah. They would not want to fall back!

I request parents to ask all your children to see their graded HW and provide any support that your children need.

I have attached HW #2 (memorizing verses 1-8 of Surah Al-Alaq) and it is due next week (Oct 1). 

We also played a game to learn the identification and meaning of a couple of words from the surah and will continue to do that in future classes. We also recited the dua's and verses that are said while offering the daily prayers (salat).

Please encourage your children to also refresh any old surahs they memorized in previous grades. We have a chart in class to keep track of the progress of older surahs.

Lastly, there is an Open House next week (Oct 1) and all parents are invited to arrive at school by 11:45 and report to the prayer hall. There you will receive instructions and then attend abbreviated versions of the Quran and Islamic Studies classes from 12:00-12:30pm. You will be able to learn the objectives of the classes and get to meet both teachers (inshallah).

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Cell: 412-417-3826

Sept. 17, 2017

Homework 1 - Surah Al-Alaq (Verses 1-5)

from:Ahmad, Ishfaq

to:Qur'an 5

Quran Level 5 Homework 1 Attached. Students need to memorize first 5 verses of Surah Al-Alaq in correct pronunciation. Please have them follow a reciter from the internet or a CD (unless parents can teach them correct pronunciation). I suggested a couple of methods of memorization in class but students can use whatever method works for them.

Please call with me any questions.

Best Regards,

Br. Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826