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April 08, 2019

Weekly Update for April 7, 2019

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today we listened to few children so the recitation for Quran Competition. All children were not prepared to do the recitation and we did not ask them to do the recitation.

We also spent a lot of time reviewing and finalizing the skit lines. The final version of the skit lines are attached; please have your children memorize these lines. I have added lines for Faaris and Hebah since the skit is now scheduled for April 28 (and not for April 14).

Let us know if there are any questions.

Br. Ishfaq Ahmad (ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com)

Sr. Raya Alabwaini (Raya.Alabwaini@gmail.com)

March 24, 2019

Weekly Update for March 24

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today we listened to children recite Dua' Qanut and graded them for HW #12. You can see their grades in Think Wave by the end of this afternoon (inshallah). Students can still improve their grades by memorizing the dua' without any mistakes. They will have to ask the teachers in class to listen to them for regrading.

We also continued our discussion of the skit based on Surah Al-Baqarah (last 3 verses). Here is the final format of the skit:

Scene 1 - Lunch & Bullying: Fatima B and Alina are having lunch and getting to know each other as friends. Fatima B is new to the school and does not know anyone. Three Bullies (Abeeha, Faatima T and Maryam) show up and start harrasing Fatima B and Alina. Alina gets scared and leaves and Abeeha makes Fatima B cry but verbal bullying.

Scene 2 - Cousin Talk: Abeeha talks to her cousin Zaid about the school and how she made the new student cry. Zaid explains to her that Allah is always watching and will hold us responsible for any bad deeds. He also recites verse 284 and the meaning. Abeeha started to feel bad.

Scene 3 - Friend Talk: Fatima B and Alina are talking about lunch. Alina felt bad having abdondoned Fatima B and suggests that they talk to an adult. They go to their teacher Sarah and explains to her what happened. Ms. Sarah assured them she will talk to the bullies and put a stop to the bad behavior.

Scene 4 - Repenting: Three bullies are skipping ropes and talking. Faatima T and Maryam boasted how three of them scared Alina to leave and how Abeeha made Fatima B cry. Abeeha, having had the talk with her cousin, is feeling bad about her behavior and tells her friends that they should stop the bad behavior. She reminded them how Allah (SWT) is always watching and will hold each person accountable for their thoughts and actions. 

Scene 5 - Teacher Talk & Apologizing: Ms Sarah finds the 3 bullies talking in the playground and talks to them about the bullying incident. She reprimending them on being so unwelcoming to a new student and tell them to stop such behavior or be ready for consequences. Abeeha explains to the teacher that they have already feeling bad and will apologize to Fatima B and to Alina. They also said they will repent to Allah (SWT) for their bad behavior. They then walk over to Alina and Fatima B who are having lunch and apologizes to them and asks for their friendship.

Here is the timeline for this skit:

  • March 27 - Email lines to the teacher (see email at the bottom)
  • March 31 - Practicing the lines (try to have them memorized)
  • April 7 - Final Rehearsal in the prayer hall. Lines must be memorized. If extra time needed, students will be asked to stay after school. 
  • April 14 - Present the Skit in front of an audience & parents during the first period. Each student must have at least one parent to be present.

Please note that this schedule is very tight and students are expected to finish all their work as outlined above. All students will receive the same grade based on everyone's performance in the skit..

Here are the roles that students are assigned:

Bullies: Abeeha, Faatima T, Maryam
Student being Bullied: Fatima B
Friend of Student being Bullied: Alina
Teacher: Sarah
Narrator: Naeema
Cousin: Zaid

Let us know if there are any questions.

Br. Ishfaq Ahmad (ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com)

Sr. Raya Alabwaini (Raya.Alabwaini@gmail.com)

March 17, 2019

Weekly Update for March 17, 2019

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today we listened to children recite Dua' Qanut as part of HW #12. It appears they are all making progress (alhamdulillah). Please continue to work with your children to make sure they memorize the entire Dua' by next Sunday (3/24) when the HW will be graded.

We discussed the ideas suggested last week for the Surah Al-Baqrah skit and decided on the following:

"A new students is bullied by 3 students; one of the bullies feel bad for the new student and their own behavior; that bully then regrets and asks for forgiveness."

Here is the timeline for this skit:

  • March 24 - Lines due from all actors
  • March 31 - Practicing the lines (try to have them memorized)
  • April 7 - Final Rehearsal
  • April 14 - Present the Skit in front of an audience & parents

Please note that this schedule is very tight and students are expected to finish all their work as outlined. They are also expected to be available for extra practice after school on March 31 and April 7.

Here are the roles that students are assigned:

  • Bullies: Abeeha, Faatima T, Maryam
  • Student being Bullied: Fatima B
  • Friend of Student being Bullied: Alina
  • Teacher: Sarah
  • Narrator: Naeema
  • Roles TBD: Hebah, Zaid, Faaris

Let us know if there are any questions.

Br. Ishfaq Ahmad (ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com)

Sr. Raya Alabwaini (Raya.Alabwaini@gmail.com)

March 03, 2019

Weekly Update for March 3, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today we listened to children recite verses 284- 286 of Surah Al-Baqarah for HW #11. There were only a handful of students who had memorized all three verses; most had memorized the first two but not the last verse. Please make sure to work with your children to memorize the last verse and revise all three as next Sunday is the last day we will listen to students this HW. After that, they can still memorize and we can listen to them but we will not activel ask them, so its completely up to them.

We also handed out HW #12 (Dua Qanut) and it is also attached. Students will have 3 weeks to memorize this dua. Please note that there are two versions of this dua' on the HW but students are only required to memoize one of them. However, if they already know one of the versions, then please encourage them to memorize the other version.

We also asked all students to come up with an idea for a skit based on the translation for Surah Al-Baqarah verses (HW #9-11). The idea could be based on one or more verses from homework assignments.

Best Regards,

Br. Ishfaq Ahmad (ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com)

Sr. Raya Alabwaini (Raya.Alabwaini@gmail.com)

Feb. 17, 2019

Weekly Update for Feb 17 2019

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today we listened to children present their slides on the Beautiful names of Allah's (SWT). Thank you to those parents who attended the presentations to encourage their children. Afterwards we discussed the pitfalls of giving good presentations and public speaking.

We also listened to children recite verses 284 thru 286 of Surah Al-Baqarah for HW #11. Some children did not have any part of verse 286 memorized while others did not. Please continue to work with them at home. They should have it all three verses completely memorized by next week (Feb 24).

Storytime by Some of Quran 5 Students: Following children need to bring their notes for the story on the great event of first revelation in Cave Hira:

Naeema (Muhammad (S) Before Becoming a Prophet)
Faaris (Visit of Anegl Jibrael in Cave Hira)
Alina (Muhammad (S) Returns from Cave Hira to Khadija)
Hebah (Khadijah takes Muhammad (S) to her cousin Warqa)

They will practice the story in class on Feb 24. If they feel they are ready, they will tell the story to grade 1 on March 3 (inshallah).

I will not be in class next week (Feb 24) and Sr. Raya will take the class (inshallah).

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Feb. 10, 2019

Weekly Update for Feb 10, 2019

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum:

Today we listened to children recite verses 284 & 285 of Surah Al-Baqarah for HW #10. There was a good number of them who did not have it memorized. Please continue to work with them at home.

I have attached the next homework assignment (HW #11) which is due in 2 weeks. If they need more time, we can find another week. Based on their performance in this HW, I will also upgrade their score in homeworks 8 & 9. 

Beautiful names of Allah's (SWT) Project: Some children have already sent their slides. Others, please do so by Tuesday evening. Children will present these slides in the prayer hall on Feb 17 at the beginning of the first period. I would like all parents (or at least one parent from each family) to attend this presentation to encourage all children.

1. Al-Malik - Alina
2. As-Salaam - Faatima Tirmizi
3. Al-Muhaymin - Heba
4. Al-Aziz - Sarah
5. Al-Muttakabbir - Fatima Bokhari
6. Al-Khaliq - Faaris
7. Al-Baari - Zaid
8. Al-Jabbar - Maryam
9. Al-Mussawar - Naeema

Storytime by Some of Quran 5 Students: Following children have been working on a story for younger children on the great event of first revelation in Cave Hira:

Naeema (Muhammad (S) Before Becoming a Prophet)
Faaris (Visit of Anegl Jibrael in Cave Hira)
Alina (Muhammad (S) Returns from Cave Hira to Khadija)
Hebah (Khadijah takes Muhammad (S) to her cousin Warqa)

As of now we are planning to present this story on Feb 24 in Grade 1 class. I will send more reminders as we get closer to the date (inshallah). Please continue to help your children practice the story.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Feb. 03, 2019

Weekly Update for Feb 3 2019

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum:

I am happy to introduce Sr. Raya who have joined our class as a teacher's assistance. Sr. Raya is an experienced English and Science teacher as well as native Arabic speaking; she will be helping children with proper recitation using rules of Tajweed. She is also working on some other fun learning activties and already presented one today in class.

Today we listened to children recite verse 284 of Surah Al-Baqarah for HW #9. All of them did a wonderful job (masha' Allah).

I have attached the next homework assignment (HW #10) which is due next week. Please help them memorize the verses 284-285 of Surah Al-Baqarah.

Beautiful names of Allah's (SWT) Project:  Three children have prepared posters for their assigned names and I collected from them. Other children are working on slides (some have already sent it to me). Please send your children's slide by next Sunday. Children will present these slides in the prayer hall on Feb 17 at the beginning of the first period. I would like all parents (or at least one parent from each family) to attend this presentation to encourage all children.

1. Al-Malik - Alina
2. As-Salaam - Faatima Tirmizi
3. Al-Muhaymin - Heba
4. Al-Aziz - Sarah
5. Al-Muttakabbir - Fatima Bokhari
6. Al-Khaliq - Faaris
7. Al-Baari - Zaid
8. Al-Jabbar - Maryam
9. Al-Mussawar - Naeema

Storytime by Some of Quran 5 Students: Following children have been working on a story for younger children on the great event of first revelation in Cave Hira:

Naeema (Muhammad (S) Before Becoming a Prophet)
Faaris (Visit of Anegl Jibrael in Cave Hira)
Alina (Muhammad (S) Returns from Cave Hira to Khadija)
Hebah (Khadijah takes Muhammad (S) to her cousin Warqa)

As of now we are planning to present this story on Feb 24 in Grade 1 class. I will send more reminders as we get closer to the date (inshallah).

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Jan. 29, 2019

Weekly Update for Jan 27 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Although Sunday school was closed once again this past weekend due to inclement weather, I have attached the next HW assignment so we don't fall too far behind our schedule (inshallah). Please help them memorize the verses 284-285 of Surah Al-Baqarah (see attached).

Beautiful names of Allah's (SWT) Project:  Some children prepared posters for their assigned names. I will collect it from them next week and find a way to dispaly them in class. Other children have decided to come up with a slide show and I did receive from two students. Please send your children's slide if you not have already done so. I will let you know of a date in a 2-3 weeks when you can listen to your children talk about their slides during the class period; I hope you will make time to listen to your children's presentation (inshallah).

1. Al-Malik - Alina
2. As-Salaam - Faatima Tirmizi
3. Al-Muhaymin - Heba
4. Al-Aziz - Sarah
5. Al-Muttakabbir - Fatima Bokhari
6. Al-Khaliq - Faaris
7. Al-Baari - Zaid
8. Al-Jabbar - Maryam
9. Al-Mussawar - Naeema

Storytime by Some of Quran 5 Students: Following children will be working on a story for younger children (date to be decided) on the great event of first revelation in Cave Hira:

Naeema (Muhammad (S) Before Becoming a Prophet)
Faaris (Visit of Anegl Jibrael in Cave Hira)
Alina (Muhammad (S) Returns from Cave Hira to Khadija)
Hebah (Khadijah takes Muhammad (S) to her cousin Warqa)
Please work with your children on developing their part of the story.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Jan. 13, 2019

Weekly Update for January 13, 2019

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today, on the first day of Spring semester, I introduced verse 284 of Surah Al-Baqarah and handed out HW #9 (see attached). This HW is due next week (Jan 20), so please help your children memorize this verse.

There was a commment made in MAP Winter Fundraising Dinner by one of the youth that her little brother "got more HW in Sunday School than in regular school". Some youth also expressed that Sunday school expected children to memorize long surahs. I would like to hear your thoughts (as parents) on the amount of HW your children are assigned in Quran 5 and if you are concerned about the work load. You can see me on any Sunday after the class period ends at 12pm, or at other times by appointment.

Children should have received their Fall report cards today. Let me know if there are any questions are concerns.

Beautiful names of Allah's (SWT) Project:  Some children brought posters for their assigned names. I will collect it from them next week and find a way to dispaly them in class. Other children have decided to come up with a slide show and I have asked them to send me their slides by next Sunday so I can put all slides in one slide-show. I will let you know of a date in a 2-3 weeks when you can listen to your children talk about their slides during the class period; I hope you will make time to listen to your children's presentation (inshallah).

1. Al-Malik - Alina
2. As-Salaam - Faatima Tirmizi
3. Al-Muhaymin - Heba
4. Al-Aziz - Sarah
5. Al-Muttakabbir - Fatima Bokhari
6. Al-Khaliq - Faaris
7. Al-Baari - Zaid
8. Al-Jabbar - Maryam
9. Al-Mussawar - Naeema

Storytime by Some of Quran 5 Students: Following children will be working on a story for younger children (date to be decided) on the great event of first revelation in Cave Hira:

  • Naeema (Muhammad (S) Before Becoming a Prophet)
  • Faaris (Visit of Anegl Jibrael in Cave Hira)
  • Alina (Muhammad (S) Returns from Cave Hira to Khadija)
  • Hebah (Khadijah takes Muhammad (S) to her cousin Warqa)

Please work with your children on developing their part of the story.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Jan. 06, 2019

Weekly Update for Jan 6, 2019

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today children recited verses 21 thru 24 of Surah Al-Hashr for HW#8. All of them did a wonderful job (Masha' Allah). Thank you for your support and encouragement. Please check their HW sheets for their grades.

Children will receive their Fall report cards next week. Let me know if there are any questions are concerns.

Children should start working on the next which is to learn and explain the meanings of one of the names of Allah's Beautiful names. The assigned names are listed below; please work with your children to learn the name and its meaning and try to find reference from Quran or Hadith for these names:

1. Al-Malik - Alina
2. As-Salaam - Faatima Tirmizi
3. Al-Muhaymin - Heba
4. Al-Aziz - Sarah
5. Al-Muttakabbir - Fatima Bokhari
6. Al-Khaliq - Faaris
7. Al-Baari - Zaid
8. Al-Jabbar - Maryam
9. Al-Mussawar - Naeema

Children can decide how to present the meaning of their assigned name of Allah (SWT). They can make a story out of it, write a speech, do a skit or something else. I don't have a date for their presentation yet but it will be sometime in Feb or March.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Dec. 17, 2018

Weekly Update for Dec 16, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today children recited verses 21 thru 23 of Surah Al-Hashr for HW#7. All of them had the verses memorized without any mistakes. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

I handed out the next HW (#8) which is to memorize verses 21 through 24 by Jan 6 (school is closed for next two Sundays). HW is also attached for your reference and all children were given a copy.

When we return on Jan 6, following children will "audition" for the story teller role for next skit which (the story of first revelation of Surah Al-Alaq in Cave Hira):

  1. Naeema
  2. Alina
  3. Faaris

Lastly, the next project is for children to learn and explain the meanings of one of the names of Allah's Beautiful names. The assigned names are listed below; please work with your children to learn the name and its meaning and try to find reference from Quran or Hadith for these names. We will talk in more detail how children can present these names.

  1. Al-Malik - Alina 
  2. As-Salaam - Faatima Tirmizi
  3. Al-Muhaymin - Heba
  4. Al-Aziz - Sarah
  5. Al-Muttakabbir - Fatima Bokhari
  6. Al-Khaliq - Faaris
  7. Al-Baari - Zaid
  8. Al-Quddus - not assigned
  9. Al-Mu'min - not assigned
  10. Al-Jabbar - not assigned
  11. Al-Mussawar - not assigned

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Dec. 09, 2018

Weekly Update for Dec 9, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to children recite verses 21 & 22 of Surah Al-Hashr as part of HW#6. I am delighted that most children had worked hard to memorize and recited both verses without many mistakes. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

I handed out the next HW (#7) which is to memorize verses 21 through 23 by next Sunday (also attached with this message). Please continue to help your children.

We also had the following children "auditioned" for the story teller role for the next skit which (the story of first revelation of Surah Al-Alaq in Cave Hira):

Naeema

Alina

Faaris

Children had done a nice job with their stories but need more practice. Since children will also be busy with the Junior Jeopardy game, they can work on the story over winter break and we will have the next audition on Jan 9 (inshallah). 

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Dec. 02, 2018

Weekly Update for Dec 2, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to children recite verse 21 of Surah Al-Hashr as part of HW#5. I must say that it was disappointing to see most of the children had not done their HW. Children had 2 weeks to memorize this one verse and there is no excuse that they were not able to even if they read it by looking at it only once a day.

I handed out the next HW (#6) which is to memorize verses 21 & 22 by next Sunday (also attached with this message). Please help your children with their HW assignment.

We also started working on the next skit which is the story of first revelation of Surah Al-Alaq (first 5 verses) in Cave Hira. One of the following children will be selected as the story teller:

  • Naeema
  • Alina
  • Faaris
  • Heba

All these children should bring a sample of the story that is at least 1 minute long (the actual story will be 3-5 minutes during the skit). The final selection will be made based on the storyteller's ability to make the story interesting, descriptive (details), appropriate tone of voice, etc. Let me know if you have any questions. The date of this skit is yet to be determined.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

Nov. 18, 2018

Weekly Update for November 18 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

We met today at MAP (alhamdulillah) and I did an introduction to last 4 verses of Surah Al-Hashr. I also handed out HW #5 which is to memorize verse 21 of Surah Al-Hashr. Please help your children with their HW assignment.

There are several children who still need to memorize Surah Al-Alaq in its entirety. Please make sure you help them with that and have them practice it even if they have memorized it earlier. Children will have an opportunity to improve their scores in HW1-4 by reciting the entire surah next time we meet (Dec 2).

Lastly, children presented their skit today during the assembly. This skit was scheduled for Nov 4 but was delayed due to MAP building closure. The will earn a grade for this skit (inshallah).

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Nov. 11, 2018

Weekly Update for Nov 11, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

We met today at Marshall Elementary school Gym for Sunday school (as most of you probably know already). We only had 20 minutes for Quran class and I listened to all students recite surah Al-Alaq. Although some students need to practice more, we are going to start on the next assignment, which consists of last 4 verses of Surah Al-Hashr.

We are expecting Sunday school classes to resume in the MAP masjid from next week, Nov 18 (inshallah). Please look for a confirmation email from Sunday school. Please continue to have your children practice Surah Al-Alaq few times a week so they don't forget.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq

Nov. 05, 2018

Weekly Update for Nov 4 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

We will have Sunday school classes next week, Nov 11 at Marshall Middle School gym (inshallah) from 11-2pm. The HW for this week is to memorize the entire Surah Al-Alaq (verses 1-19). I will be listening to all students and they will be graded for this HW. 

Let me know if there are any questions.

Thank you,

Ishfaq

Oct. 31, 2018

Weekly Update for October 30

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

As you know we are not able to hold classes due to some work being done on MAP building. Meanwhile, children can easily forget Surah Al-Alaq unless they continue to practice. Please have your child recite (from memory) the entire surah Al-Alaq and email the recording to me at: 

ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

This will keep us on schedule. 

Thank you,

Ishfaq

 

Oct. 14, 2018

Weekly Update for October 14

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to children recite the entire surah Al-Alaq (19 verses). Many students had all verses memorized but several other needed more practice. I am giving another week for children to finish memorizing the entire surah and hope that you will work with your children (inshallah). HW4 is attached for your reference.

We also practiced the lines for the assembly play (to be done on Nov 4). These are the final role assignments for students and main characters have been assigned their lines. Please help your child practice their lines at home a couple of times so they are ready:

Almegdad: Dad (has lines)

Alina: Follower (No lines)

Fatima Bokhari: Mom (has lines)

Naeema: Follower (No lines)

Sarah: Kid (has lines)

Maryam: Narrator (has lines - I will email to parents)

Hebah: Follower (No lines)

Faaris Kamal: Will say iqama 

Zaid: Imam - will lead the prayers and say a few lines (I will email to parents)

Faatima: Kid (has lines)

Please note the children who are followers in this play will have more significant role in the next assembly play (inshallah).

Let me know if there are any questions.

Ishfaq Ahmad

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com

 

 

 

Oct. 11, 2018

Weekly Update for Oct 7 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Sr. Zunaira took the class this past Sunday since I was out of town. She listened to children recite the entire surah Al-Alaq as part of HW#4. She had sent me their scores which I will enter into the grading tool this weekend (inshallah).

For next couple of weeks we will be continue to practice the surah plus work on the play. Please have your children come to class with their lines written up so we can start practicing. The play will be done during the assembly on Nov 4 (inshallah).

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Oct. 02, 2018

Weekly Update for Sep 30 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to students recite first 8 verses of Surah Al-Alaq for HW2. Almost all students did a wonderful job (masha' Allah). I adjusted their HW1 grades as well (based on their HW2 scores).

I also assigned HW3 which consists of first 14 ayat (see attached). Please help your children memorize the additional verses as well as practice the first 5. HW is due on coming Sunday (Oct 7). Sr. Zunaira will be taking my class on that day as I will be out of town.

We spent a good amount of time on our first class assembly presentation which is scheuled for Nov 4 (inshallah). This will be a skit where children will play various roles to emphasize the importance of praying on time and without any distractions. Here is the line-up (although it may change as we practice and as I assign some additional roles). Please encourage your chidlren to come up with lines related to their roles.

Imam - Zaid Muddassar

Kids - Sarah Ghaffar & Faatima Tirmizi

Fatima Bokari - A mom praying salat

Naeema - A sister (of one of the two kids) praying salat

Alina Ammad - A sister (of one of the two kids) praying salat

Faaris (role to be assigned)

Almeghdad - A dad praying salat

Maryam - Will explain what went wrong with the prayers and how we can correct out behavior

Hebattallah Idalbi (role to be assigned)

 

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Sept. 24, 2018

Weekly Update for Sep 23, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today I listened to students recite first 5 verses of Surah Al-Alaq for HW1. Most had the verses memorized; some had only memorized 2 or 3 verses.

I also assigned HW2 which consists of first 8 ayat (see attached). Please help your children memorize the additional verses as well as practice the first 5. HW is due on coming Sunday (Sep 30).

I also reviewed the two assembly presentations that children will present as part of class and to earn points on their project 1. First presentation is scheduled for Nov 4; I will let them know the second date. Class will be divided into two groups for the two presentations (although I might have all students participate in both presentation - still deciding).

Stay tuned!

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Sept. 16, 2018

Weekly Update for September 16, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: Today we reviewed some of the highlights of Prophet Muhammad (S) life until he received the first revelation. Please go over the story of the first revelation in the Cave of Hira with your children. 

I also assigned the first HW assignment which is to memorize first 5 verses from Surah Al-Alaq (see the attached). One method of memorizing is to repeat the verses at least 3 times every day (at different times); within 5-6 days should have it memorized (inshallah). However, any other techniques and methods that you have found successful for your children will also work. 

I also explained to children that we will have an assembly presentation of the stories from Surah Al-Alaq in place of a test. If a child does not want to participate in the assembly presentation, he/she can then take the test (which is to recite the entire surah Al-Alaq from memory).

I will explain more details about the assembly presentations next week (inshallah). Please let me know if there any questions.

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Sept. 12, 2018

Weekly Update for Sept 9, 2018

from:Alabwaini, Raya

to:Qur'an 5

Dear Quran 5 Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum: On the first day of the class, I briefly reviewed the lesson plans (also attached for your reference) and we came up with class rules.

Please make sure to review the lesson plans and let me know if you have any questions. This class requires memorization of one long surah (Al-Alaq) and few long verses from Surah Al-Hashr and Surah Al-Baqarah. If students practice reciting the HW verses 2-3 times every day (preferably at different times), they will have it memorized in 5-6 days (inshallah).

If your child needs to learn to read Quran, I hope you have already made arrangements. Otherwise, Imam Khalid is available before school every Sunday.

Best Regards,

Ishfaq Ahmad

Cell: 412-417-3826

Email: ishfaq.ahmad786@gmail.com