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Islamic Studies

Eighth Grade

Age group: Teenager

Main Focus:  To reacquaint the student with the spiritual side of Islam.  Hitherto spirituality and sincerity have been mentioned, but now a true exploration into the heart of Eman is necessary.  Also, a complete overview of the Islamic worldview will be presented.  "Bringing it all together" could be the theme of this grade.

Learning Abilities:  Students settle down for the most part.   Differences among students regarding their intelligence, patience and thinking abilities becomes glaring.

Formats to Avoid: Overly-technical discussions of an irrelevant nature.

Preferred Format:  Although some limited lecturing is possible, the students of this age group especially need to feel as if they are participating in their learning experience. 

Encourage them to ask questions.   They also are eager to express their feelings, experiences and stories.   Indulge them within the context of their lessons.  Action-oriented activities are encouraged.  For example, visiting a soup-kitchen, food drives, an Islamic studies newsletter, essay writing for compilation in a book, etc...

 

 

Primary Textbook


 

Primary Textbook

Primary Textbook

Enrichment

 Islamic Art

Enrichment

In the Path of the Holy Prophet: Classic Traditions for Contemplation

Nasheed (Songs)

Echoes of Light

Raihan

We All Come From Two - The Da'wah Ensemble

 

After the Completion of this Grade
the Students Should Know the Following:

Qur'anic Knowledge

1. Surahs Al Inshiqaq, Al Mutaffifin, Al Infitar. Specific Ayat: 2:284-285, 58:7, 36:1-12, 22:11-22, 67:1-2, 36:13-32, 55:35-55. (English/Arabic)

'Aqeedah

1.  All the information on this subject as contained within the textbook, "What Islam is All About".

'Ibadah

1.  All the information on this subject as contained within the textbook, "What Islam is All About".

2.  How to perform the prayer of fear.

Du'a, Phrases & Hadith

1.  Memorize the Qur'anic du'a contained in ayah 2:286 in Arabic and English.

2.  "(Ramadan) is a month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from the fire."  (A Hadith as related in Ibn Khuzaimah)

3.  "Inamal 'amalu bin niyyah.  Wa innama lekulli amre'in maa nawa'"  "Actions are judged by intentions and every person will have what they intended."  (Bukhari)

4.  Memorize the Du'a al Qunut.

5.  "At-tahuru nisfu al Iman."  "Cleanliness is part of Iman."  (Tirmidhi)

6.  Memorize the Du'a to be said after hearing the adhan.

7.  Memorize the hadith of the five pillars:  "Buniyal Islamu 'ala Khamsin: Shahadati an laa ilaha illalla wa anna muhammadar rasulullah.  Wa iqamis Salati wa ita-izakati wa hajjil bayti wa saumi ramadan."  (Bukhari & Muslim)

8.  Memorize the Du'a for passing by a graveyard: "Assalamu 'alaykum ya ahlal Qabur yaghfirullaha lana wa lakum wa antum salafuna wa nahnu bil athar."  "Peace be upon you, people of the graves.  May Allah forgive us and you.  You have gone before us and we will follow you."

9.  "Khairaqum man ta'alam al Qur'an wa 'alamauhu."   "The best among you is the one who learns the Qur'an and teaches it (to others)."  (Bukhari)

10.  "Kun fid Dunya ka'anaka gharibun ow 'abirus sabeel."   "Be in the world as though you were a stranger or drifter."   (Bukhari)

11.  Whenever we are worried we should say, "Hasbun Allaha wa ni'mal wakeelu 'alal lahi tawakkalnaa."  "Allah is enough for us.  He is an excellent guardian and we put our trust in Allah."

Akhlaq & Adab

1.  All the information on this subject as contained within the textbook, "It's all about Islam."

Sirah

1.  All the information on this subject as contained within the textbook, "It's all about Islamt."

Sahaba


1.  The following Sahaba are presented in detail and highlighted in the textbook:

Umm Salamah, Rumaiysa Bint Milhan, Khadijah, Abu Bakr, Asma bint Abi Bakr, Bilal ibn Rabah, Abu Darda, Abu Hurairah, Abu Dharr al Ghiffari, Fayruz Ad Dalylami, Abu Ayyoub Ansari, Julaybib, Salman al Farsi, Fatimah bint Muhammad, Mu'adth ibn Jabal and Umar ibn al Khattab.

History

1.  The stories of the following Prophets/People are taught in the textbook, "What Islam is All About."

A. Adam, Hawwa, Habeel, Qabeel, Nuh, Ibrahim, Muhammad, 'Esa, Musa, Dawud, Sulaiman, Talut, Bilquis, Zulaikha, Asiya, Maryam, Yusuf, Hud, Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Ali, Fatimah, Khadijah, Khidr, Yahiya, A'ishah, etc...  Peace be upon them all.

Misc.

1.  All the information on this subject as contained within the textbook, "It's all about Islam."

 

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