Islamic studies, Laylatul Qadr, Ramadan

I’tikhaf

I did a short reminder to my Alimiyyah students encouraging them to sit the Sunnah or Nafl I’tikhaf. The talk and presentation covers:

  • Why?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • How?

I used the following resources for my talk: A fantastic booklet by Mufti Taqi Uthmani on I’tikhaf, an informative article by Seekers guidance , this blog and my own experiences.

You can download the speaker notes and Powerpoint slides below:

Islamic studies, Makkan Period, Seerah

Lesson 6 – Journey to the heavens

Aim

  • To be able to recall what happened during the boycott of Banu Hashim and what effects this had on the Muslims 
  • To understand the reasons why the 10th year of revelations is called the year of sorrows 
  • To be able to explain how losing these key personalities impacted Islam and Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him)
  • To be able to recall the events that took place in the journey to the heavens and the reasons for this journey

Resources

Islamic studies, Makkan Period, Seerah

Lesson 5 – Open preaching and torture

Aim

  • To  understand the story of how Islam was openly preached and the reaction of the Quraysh 
  • To reflect on the persecution faced by the early Muslims 
  • To be able to recall the key points of the story of migration to Abyssinia 
  • To understand the story of the conversion of Umar and Hamza (ra) and how this impacted Islam 
  • To recognise the pain the Muslims went through during the boycott period 
  • To create companion fact files

Resources

Islamic studies, Makkan Period, Seerah

Lesson 4 – The Revelation

Aim

  • To understand and reflect on how the revelation came to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and how this had an impact on his life 
  • To recognise the support the Khadeeja (ra) gave Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) and Islam
  • To be aware of who the early Muslims were how Islam was preached in the private years 
  • To encourage discussions amongst the students about the Seerah and encourage them to develop their own thoughts and opinions

Resources:

Islamic studies, Makkan Period, Seerah

Seerah – Makkan Period

You will find resources below to teach my Seerah Module 1 – Makkan period course. I taught this course over one half term (seven weeks). Each lesson was once a week and two hours long. This class was aimed at teenage girls who had come to attend a post – maktab islamic studies class.

Students were enagaged in activtities, discussions and Arts and crafts projects throughout module. They were rewarded with Class dojo points for effort, hard work and contribution.

As well as teaching the Seerah, the students were taught research, team work and interpersonal skills. I have highlighted these in the aims of the lessons.

The module also included project based learning, where weekly students would work on their Makkan period lapbooks for homework and where possible, time was given for this in class also.

The module was assessed with a 45 minute end of module written assessment and a submission of the students Makkah period lapbooks.

Lesson 1 – Pre-Islamic period

Lesson 2 – Early years of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)

Lesson 3 – The family of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)

Lesson 4 – The Revelation

Lesson 5 – Open preaching and torture

Lesson 6 – Journey to the heavens

Lesson 7 – Revision and assessment

Other useful resources to assist you to teach the Seerah

Islamic studies, Makkan Period, Seerah

Lesson 3 – The family of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)

Aim

  • To understand the role of Khadeeja (ra) in the Prophet Muhammad ﷺlife
  • To appreciate the virtues of Khadeeja (ra) 
  • To be able to recall the simple biography of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ four daughters
  • To create a fact file

Resources

Islamic studies, Makkan Period, Seerah

Lesson 2 – Early years of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)

Aim

  • To be able to recall the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) family lineage to Qusaay 
  • To be able to recognise the importance of Abdul Muttalib and Abu Talib in the childhood of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
  • To be able to recall and relate the events in the childhood of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
  • To be able to work collaboratively in researching and presenting information 

Resources

Mental Health, Wellbeing, Workshops

Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshop

This aim of this workshop was to discuss what is the balanced path of moderation in Islam, how moving from it affects our wellbeing and most importantly tips on how to maintain our wellbeing at the highest point.

Allah Ta’alah says in the Qur’an:

 We have made you a moderate nation so that you could be an example for all people and the Prophet an example for you.” (Surah Baqarah – Verse 143)

I used the 5 NHS steps to mental wellbeing and mapped them with evidence to Qur’an and Ahadeeth which orginally encouraged us to use these steps to self care.

I would recommend this to be a 2 hour workshop and you will need a pack of raisins, one for each attendee for the raisin mindfulness activity.