Islamic studies, Laylatul Qadr, Ramadan


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


  • 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


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Lesson 5 – Open preaching and torture


  • 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


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Lesson 4 – The Revelation


  • 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


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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

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Lesson 3 – The family of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)


  • 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


Islamic studies, Makkan Period, Seerah

Lesson 2 – Early years of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)


  • 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 


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Productivity Workshop

Alhamdulillah i had the oppertunity to deliver a two part online webinar on Productivity. Stuck at home in the lockdown of Covid-19 a very good friend of mine organised ‘Heart to Heart daily reminders’ for the community just before the start of Ramadan 2020. She asked me to speak on ‘Productivity’. The webinar content is mostly very general and can be applied to any context.

The two sessions address the following five questions:

  • Why do i need to be productive?
  • What can i do with my time?
  • Methods to increase in productivity?
  • What prevents us from being producitve?
  • How to tackle these barriers

Each session was one hour long.

Session 1 covers what is productivity? Why do i need to be productive in the light of Surah Al-Asr and the hadith ‘5 before 5’ as well as discussing four methods to increase in productivity: planning, to do lists, breaking down tasks and routines.

Session 2 covers what prevents us from being productive? A discussion on procrastination and four methods to tackle procrastination: eat the frog, self-discipline, be your own cheerleader and Du’a.

I used mentimeter to help engage and get to know my audience. You can see the results below. I also used the chat box feature in Zoom to allow my attendees to answer any questions i asked.

You can find the speaker notes and powerpoint presentations below.

Session 1 resources –

Sessesion 2 resources –

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A very important and much needed topic for discussion in todays times. Where not only the meaning of the word is being changed but its interpretation is being altered also. It is important we teach the true meaning of Modesty in Islam and also important that we do not just limit the word modesty to external dress. Therefore we have seperated our sessions starting with internal modesty – a quality of the heart and mind and then moving on to external modesty.

Note regarding external modesty lesson – It is important that we do not dictate what specific clothing type is haram/halal upon students but rather teach them the tools to decide for themselves if a particular item falls into the modest or immodest category.

When teaching both lessons i never gave my own judgements or looked down upon anyones certain ideas of dress. The entire purpose of the sessions were to get students to think twice about what they choose to wear and why along with the true meaning of Modesty in Islam.

Any questions please get in touch