Islamic studies, islamicteachingresources, Workshops

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 –

Arabic

Arabic revision activity

End of term one revision activity

Alhamdulillah an entire term has passed since i started teaching Arabic every Sunday morning for two hours.

It is the end of term and i wanted to plan a fun activity for them to revise all the rules we had covered so far.

There was 2 parts to lesson.

  1. Retrieval activity – Students were given keywords that we had covered this term. (or words that prompt them to remember rules we had learnt). Students had to brainstorm on A3 paper what they could recall about each keyword. They had 10mins to do the task first without using their books – forcing them to retrieve information from their brains and then as a treat allow them a few minutes to use their books to fill in any missing gaps. (But don’t tell them that they will be able to use their books later on). See pictures below.

2. Translation competition – In groups of 3 students were given different short stories to translate from English to Arabic. The stories incorporated all the rules they had learnt over the term. There was 14 points available per story. However students could not move on to the next story until they had got the first story 100% correct. Every time they got they asked the teacher for help or submitted it incorrectly they lost 0.5 marks. They were allowed to use the vocabulary list and the A3 paper which they had brainstormed the rules on (mentioned above). In order to differentiate the tasks i made mixed ability groups and for every story i asked a different person to write.

The students had lots of fun and the winning group won by 0.5 marks. There was prizes for the winning group and chocolates for all!

Alimiyyah resources, Quran Tafseer

Juz 28

I created these powerpoint slides when I was teaching the Tafseer (Quranic explanation) of Juz 27 – 30. It helped me summarize the information and gave the students a resource they could take home and use a reference rather than need to scribble down every word that was said. I shared the resources with my students through a google classroom, however you could just direct them to the blog if easier.

However, the powerpoint slides can be used in many ways

  • Personal study of each Surah
  • Teacher resource for teaching Tafseer
  • Could be used for a study group discussion

The powerpoint slides need to be studied alongside an authentic Qur’an translation and preferably with a teacher also.

My main reference was Mutfi Taqi Uthmani’s ‘Maariful Quran’ along with some other research. Please let me know how you use this resource and i pray it would be beneficial to you inshallah!

Please leave feedback in the comments below

JazakAllah!

Islamic studies, Workshops

Modesty

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

Social media, Workshops

Social Media and Islam

This workshop is based on 5 key questions:

  • What is social media?
  • Why do you use social media?
  • What are the advantages of social media?
  • What are the disadvantages of social media?
  • What are your limits/boundaries on social media?

The main purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of the impact of social media on our lives. The session aims to make you more wise, critical and accountable about the way you use social media in light of Quran and Hadith.

The session was delivered in 1hr 30min workshop to women of all ages. Every time we approached a key question, there was time for disucssion in pairs and then an oppertunity to feedback. We also used post – it notes to gather peoples views on the positive and negative impacts of social media. You can see some example suggestions below.

You can find the powerpoint and speaker notes below

Suggestions of positive and negative effects of social media

Alimiyyah resources, Islamic studies, islamicteachingresources, Quran Tafseer, Quranic studies

Tafseer of the Quran

Juz 27

I created these powerpoint slides when I was teaching the Tafseer (Quranic explanation) of Juz 27 – 30. It helped me summarize the information and gave the students a resource they could take home and use a reference rather than need to scribble down every word that was said.

However, the powerpoint slides can be used in many ways

  • Personal study of each Surah
  • Teacher resource for teaching Tafseer
  • Could be used for a study group discussion

The powerpoint slides need to be studied alongside an authentic Qur’an translation and preferably with a teacher also.

My main reference was Mutfi Taqi Uthmani’s ‘Maariful Quran’ along with some other research. Please let me know how you use this resource and i pray it would be beneficial to you inshallah!

Great women in Islam, islamicteachingresources, Workshops

Great women in Islam – Khadeeja (ra)

Salam!

This is a recent talk i did at a charity event which was titled ‘Great Women of Islam’. I decided to speak about Khadeeja (ra) because there are so many lessons we can all take from her life regardless of what stage we are in our lives and regardless of our current roles.

The talk covers:

  • What does it mean to be a successful muslim women in modern day?
  • The life of Khadeeja (ra)
  • 4 main lessons we can take from the life of Khadeeja(ra)

The talk was 45min long and the speaker notes ( i write everything i say for my own sanity) and presentation slides are below.

Islamic studies, Marriage, Workshops

Marriage talk part 2 – Being Mrs Right

This talk was part 2 in our two-part series on marriage. Its a topic that we can discuss for unlimited sessions. The target audience was married women and girls looking to getting married (wives and potential wives to be insha’Allah).

This talk covers:

  • The relationship between the husband and wife
  • Qualities needed in a successful marriage                          
  • Analysing marriage scenarios

I would recommend this to be 2hr session giving sufficient time for discussions and questions

Please see the presentation slides below. I used a website called mentimeter to make the workshop interactive and to pool together the audience’s answers. If you do not have access to the internet you could do a mind map or collect responses on sticky notes instead.

The scenarios were printed in A3 paper and each group was given board markers. I also ensured that each group included married and non-married women to create deeper and more reflective discussions.

The speaker notes will soon follow inshallah

Alimiyyah resources, islamicteachingresources, Qasas

Qasas un Nabiyeen – Resources

Ibrahim (as) story

I just finished teaching the story of Ibrahim(as) in Qasas to my first-year Alimiyyah students and thought I would share some resources that I found useful whilst teaching.

The start of the year was a bit difficult as Qasas was the student’s first exposure to Arabic vocabulary and translation. ThereforeI would give them the keywords and then some time to make sentences together. But alhamdulillah as the term progressed and they became more familiar with Arabic I taught them how to use the Hans Wehr dictionary or online app (available on Android or Apple) and they had to come to class with the vocabulary definitions already found. This allowed them to become independent in using an Arabic dictionary confidently and able to find the verb variations themselves also.

Support in teaching the content

Vocabulary – story by story

You will find the vocabulay here organised into keywords for each story. Every verb will have the past tense verb and the present/future tense verb given. Every noun will have the singular and plural shown. Even though the student has not learnt the advanced grammar needed to understand how these are created. It creates familiarity in the student and aids them later in the learning. These keywords were compiled by a collegue of mine and i would like to thank her for allowing me to share them with you all on my blog.

Assessment papers

Revision Summary Sheets

I created these sheets for my students so they could revise the content we have covered. Each sheet has vocabulary nouns and verbs for students to recall, 2 paragraphs of translation from random stories as well as a few questions regarding the context of the story and some basic practice at grammatical analysis. I would recommend you to print them in A3 to allow more space for writing.

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 1-7 – Microsoft word 

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 1-7 – PDF

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 8-13 – Microsoft word

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 8-13 – PDF

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 14 – 3 – Microsoft word

Revision summary sheet for Ibrahim (as) story 14-3 – PDF