April 21, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 4/21/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we did a final review of salah related subjects. Then we administered the optional (oral) test for those students who wanted to raise their scores from test 1. Finally, we practiced our skit.

Students performed their skit in the assembly today. Alhamdulillah they did a wonderful job. The skit has been both educational and fun. 

Homework: Since it is the last week of the school, no homework.

April 14, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 4/14/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we practiced our skit and reviewed the salah related subjects that will be covered in the test. Due to shortened classes today, we will do the oral test next week.

Optional Oral Test on Apr 21st: We are making the oral test optional as we have been practicing the salah related subjects weekly in the second semester. If a student decides to take the test, I'll use highest of the two test grades as the final grade. If he/she does not take the test, I'll use the grade from the first test. Test subjects are below:

* How to perform fard, wajib, strong sunnah and weak sunnah prayers properly (see the study guide from test 1)
*   How to perform witr, janazah, jum'a, and tarawith prayers
*   Know about musafir prayer and jamm (merging) of prayers
*   How to perform prayers in jama'ah (how to line up, what to recite behind imam, what to do if you join late)
*   How to perform wudu and ghusl

April 07, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 4/7/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we practiced two skits that the class will be performing during Assembly on April 21st. We also talked about Salatul Jum'a and Salatut Tarawih.

Oral Test on April 14th: As announced last week, we will have an oral test on salah related subjects next week. Please make sure your child knows the following subjects clearly:

  • How to perform fard, wajib, strong sunnah and weak sunnah prayers properly (see the study guide from test 1)
  • How to perform witr, janazah, jum'a, and tarawith prayers
  • Know about musafir prayer and jamm (merging) of prayers
  • How to perform prayers in jama'ah (how to line up, what to recite behind imam, what to do if you join late)
  • How to perform wudu and ghusl

March 31, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/31/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we discussed how lunar year and lunar months work, compared Islamic lunar months to Jewish lunar months, talked about how to determine beginning and end of an Islamic month by simply looking at the shape of the moon. Students should be able to determine the end of Rajab and beginning of Shaban this week by simply looking at the moon. Please work with your child so that he/she can practice what they learned this week.

Test 2: We have been focusing on salah related subjects in the second semester. Our second test will be on these subjects, but it won't be a written test. Instead, I'll ask students to put what they learned this semester into practice by showing how they can perform the required tasks (e.g., pray the first sunnah of Asr prayer). This test is scheduled for April 14th. 

Homework for Apr 7th: Study for the upcoming test by reviewing the subjects we learned this semester. In particular, how to pray a fard prayer, weak and strong sunnah prayers, witr prayer, janazah prayer, musafir (travelers) prayer, how to jamm (merge) prayers, how to perform wudu and ghusl. 

March 24, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/24/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed salatul witr and prayer times (i.e., how to figure out praye times based on the position of the sun). Then we covered salatul janazah. I handed out a cheet sheet on how to pray janazah prayer and did a brief demonstration in the class. Finally, as a preparation for the upcoming month of Ramadan we talked about Islamic Calendar and how lunar calendar works based on the positions of earth and moon.

Homework for March 31st:

  • Quite a few students did not complete their homework from last week (memorize Dua Qunut). I gave them another week to memorize it. This is a dua they learned last year in the Qur'an class, but many of them forgot. We are refreshing their memory as part of the witr prayer subject we have recently covered. 
  • Write down the names of months in Islamic Calendar, identify which month (in Islamic Calendar) we are in now, and learn how lunar months are calculated using the positions of the moon and earth.

March 17, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/17/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed witr prayer (Unit D, Chapter 4) and covered Misafir Prayer (prayer of the traveler) (Unit D, Chapter 5). We talked about under which conditions we are allowed to shorten our prayers and how to perform shortened prayers. We also discussed jam'e (combining prayers) while traveling and not traveling.

Homework for Mar 24th: Memorize Dua Qunut for witr prayer.

March 10, 2019

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 for 3/10/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered prayer times. We talked about how and why prayer times changes based on the location and time of the year. Then, on a diagram, we showed how we can use the position of the sun to determine the prayer times. Finally, we illustrated the concept in the classroom using various subjects and ligh sources. 

 

In the second half of the class we practiced the steps of various types of prayers using a table. Students filled out the table, their friends veried their answers and then we went over the answers. 

Homework for March 17th: Fill out the prayer tables for fard, strong sunnah, and weak sunnah prayers that were handed out in the class.

March 03, 2019

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

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today I handed out the graded tests back to students and we reviewed the subjects that were covered in the test while going over the answers.

Homework for March 10th: Read Unit D, Chapter 4 (Salat-ul-Witr) and do Exercise 1 from the worksheet book (page 61).

Feb. 24, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 2/24/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Unit D, Chapter 3 (Salatud Duha). We also administered first test of the semester.

Homework for March 3rd: Prepare 20 questions and answers from the Senior Jeopardy study materials (5 questions per section, there are 4 sections). Study materials are available on our web site:

http://sundayschool.mapitt.org/updates/senior-jeopardy6480755

 

Feb. 17, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 2/17/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Since our first test of the semester is scheduled for next week, today I handed out the study guide to students (attached to this announcement as well) and we went over the subject one by one and reviewed each subject. We focused on the following subjects the most:

- How to properly pray in jama'ah: how to line up, how to pick an imam, what to recite behind the imam

- How to join the jama'ah prayer when you already missed some of the raq'ahs

- How to do "sahv sajdah" when you make mistake in salah

- How to do wudu and ghusl

 

Test 1: is scheduled for Feb 24th. Please see the attached study guide.

Homework for Feb 24th: study for the test

Feb. 10, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 2/10/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Today we covered the concept of Masbooq (joining the jamaah after the prayer have already started). This is an important, yet not very intuitive subject. We went through various exercises to show students how the logic works. We’ll review it again in the coming weeks to make sure students get a full grasp of the subject. Please see the attached informational sheet.

Homework for February 17th: Describe how to complete the following prayers when you join the jama’ah in the second raq’ah of Magrib prayer and 3rd raq’ah of Isha prayer.

Feb. 03, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 2/3/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we did a class exercise on how to pray a fard, strong sunnah, and weak sunnah prayer to compare the differences between them. We watched a video for each prayer type and students checked their answers on the study sheet I had handed out in our last class. We used the following web site for the prayer videos. I highly recommend you also play them with your child:

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

In the second part of the class we covered Al-Khushoo (Unit D, Chapter 1) from our textbook.

Homework for Feb 10th: I handed out a study guide on how to join a jamaah prayer after it has already started. Students are expected to read this guide and get ready for our discussion next week.

Jan. 13, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 1/13/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Today we covered Salman al Farisi from our textbook. As part of the discussion we introduced the concept of “sahaba”, “tabiun”, and “atbau Tabiun”. We also briefly discussed famouse scholars of early Islam and how the concept of “mazhab” came about. In salah section, we reviewed the differences between fard, strong sunnah, and weak sunnah while performing these prayers. Homework for Jan 20th: Fill out the handed out homework sheet that describes the steps in performing a 4 rak’ah fard, weak sunnah, and strong sunnah prayer (e.g., Fard of Isha, first sunnah of Zuhr, and sunnah of Asr). Homework sheet is also attached to this post.

Jan. 06, 2019

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 1/6/2019

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Unit B, Chapter 5 (Hud (AS)). We also reviewed how to pray 2, 3, 4 rak'ah salahs, the difference between praying fard vs sunnah and weak vs strong sunnah (i.e., who do we do differently in these prayers). 

I handed out graded Test 2 to students. This is the salah related test and scores are lower than expected (class average is 76%). We'll emphasize these subjects in the coming weeks to make sure students are comfortable with the material.

Homework for Jan 13th: Read Unit B, Chapter 5 (Hud (AS)) and do exercises 1 and 2 from the worksheet book (page 44).

Dec. 16, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 12/16/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we had the second test of the semester. Test was about salah related topics. Before the test, we played a Kahoot game on subjects covered in the test. The following students won bonus points towards their test grades from Kahoot:

1. Huma

2. Amr & Rayyan

3. Saad & Yazan & Taha

I also handed out graded test 1 from last week. Please go over the graded test with your child and make sure he/she is comfortable with the questions he/she missed. Class average for this test was 91%.

Homework for Jan 6: We have a two week winter break. Next class will be on Jan 6th. No homework for Jan 6.

Dec. 09, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 12/9/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we administered first test of the semester. We also played a Kahoot game before the test. Top 3 teams will get bonus points towards their test scores. Below are winners:

1. Saad & Yazan

2. Amr

3. Navid & Rayyan

We also briefly went over the study guide for salah related test we are going to have next week. 

Test 2 is on Dec 16th (next week): The second test of the semester will be from salah related topics. I handed out the study guide for this in the class today and attaching it to this update as well. 

Dec. 02, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 12/2/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Today we covered salah related topics. In particular, we went into details of how to pray, learned names of the positions, learned the duas and their meanings in each position. We also reviewed the study guide I’ve distributed today for the first test of the semester we will administer next week. This study guide is also attached to this update. Since we have a shortened semester due to building closure, we will give two tests back to back. The first test will be from our text book and will cover the four chapters we studied so far. See the attached study guide for the details. This test will be given next Sunday, Dec 9th. The second test will be purely from salah related topics. I’ll give out the study guide for this test next week and this test will be administered on Sunday, Dec 16th. I’ll appreciate if you could spend some time with your kids for the next two weeks and make sure they are ready for the tests. Also make sure they don’t miss school for the next two weeks. We’ll play a game of Kahoot before each test. Therefore, if your child has a tablet or smart phone, please send it with your child to school for the next week. Homework for Dec 9th: Study for the test.

Nov. 18, 2018

Weekly Updated for Islamic Studies 6 - 11/18/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we covered Prophet Noah (Unit B, Chapter 3) and reviewed essentials of salah.

Homework for Dec 2nd: Do Exercise 1 of Unit B, Chapter 3, Pages 35-36 of Worksheets book. Read Unit B, Chapter 5.

Nov. 11, 2018

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

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we had an off-site event at Marshall Elementary School where students played games for the Seerah Competition as well as some organized/team games. We also had a shortened class where we reviewed Chapter B2 (Prophets of Islam). 

Homework for 11/18/2018: Read Unit B, Chapter 3 (The Story of Prophet Nuh), pages B24-B33 and do Exercises 1 and 2 of Unit B, Chapter 1 (pages 28, 29) of the Worksheets book. 

Nov. 04, 2018

Weekly update for Islamic Studies 6 - 11/4/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Sunday school will be meeting at Marshall Elementary School gym next Sunday (Nov 11th) at 11am for a fun-and-fitness day. We’ll have a short class on that day as well. The main activity on that day will be Seerah competition. Therefore, I request that you download the study materials from our web site (see the link below) and make sure your child studies them well. Here is the link: http://sundayschool.mapitt.org/updates/annual-seerah-scavenger-hunt

Oct. 28, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 10/28/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

As we are taking a break from school due to ongoing facility issues, it is really important that we keep the students engaged. Towards that end, please spend some time with your child over the next week to make sure they read Unit B, Chapter 1 (Prophets of Islam, pages B2-B12). Then, do the lesson review at the end of the chapter (page B13) together to ensure your child is comfortable in answering those questions.

Homework for Nov 3: Read pages B2-B12 and answer questions on page B13. Students are not required to write the answers to these questions, just verbally describe them to their parents.

Oct. 14, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 10/14/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

This week I was out of town. Therefore, our substitute (Br. Imtiaz) taught the class. He covered Unit B, Chapter 1 (Prophets of Islam). We'll continue our discussions on this subject next week as well. 

Test 1 of the semester is scheduled for Oct 28th.

Homework for Oct 21st: Since the first test of the semester is in two weeks, I'd like the students to review the chapters we covered so far (Unit A: Chapters 1 & 2, Unit B: Chapter 1) as a preparation for the upcoming test. We'll play a Kahoot game this week from these chapters. Please allow your child to bring a tablet/smart phone to school.

Oct. 07, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 for 10/7/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents, Today we finished discussion of Asma al Husna. We reviewed the concept and the need for Asma al Husna from last week and covered 10 of Allah’s beautiful names. We talked about the meaning of each of these names, what they mean for us, and how they are relevant for our lives. Homework for Oct 14th: Read Unit B, Chapter 1 (Prophets of Islam, Pages B2-B13).

Sept. 30, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 09/30/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed the subject of "Tawheed" and started talking about "Asma al Husna". We introduced the general concept and talked about why names and attributes of Allah (swt) are relevant. We'll continue this subject next week.

Homework for Oct 7th: Read Unit A, Chapter 2 (99 Names) and do exercises 1-3 on this Chapter (pages 8&9).

Sept. 23, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 09/23/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we continued our discussion on Chapter 1 (Tawheed). We reviewed last week's subject, then discussed types of tawheed. We also reviewed the subject of wudu.

Homework: Finish exercises 4 & 5 from Chapter 1 (Pages 6 & 7). Read Unit A, Chapter 2 (99 Names).

Sept. 16, 2018

Weekly Update for Islamic Studies 6 - 09/16/2018

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today we started covering "Tawheed" (Unit A, Chapter 1). We gave definitions of tawheed, shirk, and kufr. Talked about the historical perspective of these terms, how Islam is unique compared to other religions. We did a basic verse-by-verse translation of surah al Ihklas and talked about its relevance in this context. We'll continue this subject next week.

Homework for Sep 23: Read Unit A, Chapter 1 from the textbook and do the first 3 excercises from the Workbook (pages 4-5).

Sept. 09, 2018

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

from:Iren, Sami

to:Islamic Studies 6

Dear Parents,

Today, we had a conversation with students about what they understand from Islam. Then we talked about three main legs Islam sits on: faith, ibadat (prayers), and muamalat (following Islam's instructions in our daily life). We discussed why each of these are important and what the consequences would be if we ignore any one of them.

We also reviewed types of salahs and five daily prayers.