Islamic Foundation of North America

Islamic Studies

Fourth Grade

Age group: 9-10

Main Focus:  To learn the beliefs and practices of Islam in more detail.

Learning Abilities: Students at this age are on the cusp of good self-control and have a glimmer of understanding that can be detected in their heightened ability to make logical connections and independent deductions.

Formats to Avoid: Keep things varied often because the lecture format will not work here.

Preferred Format: They prefer activities and stories. You can read lessons and have them do activities from their books.



Primary Textbook

Islam for Children (Muslim Children's Library)

Teacher Resource 2

Introduction to Geography: Where in the World do Muslims Live? 
Resource binder by Susan Douglass


Primary Textbook

Qur'an Textbook

The Holy Qur'an for Kids - Juz 'Amma: A Textbook for School Children with English and Arabic Text

The Holy Qur'an for Kids  
Juz Amma with Arabic Text

Version with no Arabic text, but with transliteration, is available

General Reading Text

The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an for School Children

 What Should We Say?

Teacher Resource

IQRA Elementary Curriculum: Developed for Grades 1-6

Nasheed (Songs)

The Colors of Islam

(Sound Vision)


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

Qur'anic Knowledge

1. Surahs: At Teen, Ad Duha, Al 'Alaq, Ash Sharh, Ayat 59:22-24. (English/Arabic)


1.  The seven beliefs of the Eman ul Mufassil will be discussed one at a time.

2.  The laws of Allah are more important than any laws people make.

3.  Any laws people make that go against the laws of Allah must not be followed.

4.  Allah has forbidden some foods because they are harmful to us.

5.  Non-Muslims don't care what they eat even though Allah sent Prophets to their ancestors telling them not to eat pigs or blood or badly prepared food.

6.  We eat Dhabiha meat.  Dhabiha means prepared Islamically.

7.  Go over the rules for dhabiha.  Emphasize that animals cannot be slaughtered in front of each other, they must die painlessly and they can't be made to feel scared.  Muslims do not believe in cruelty to animals!  Non-Muslims slaughter cows, chickens and other animals in a cruel way.


1. Teach the boys how to say the Adhan and the Iqamah.

2. Teach both boys and girls that they must repeat the words of the Adhan when they hear it. Read the Hadith on this subject to them. Also, they should memorize the Hadith Qudsi about Allah commenting on the shepherd who makes Adhan and prays on a mountain top.

3. The procedure for performing the 'Eid prayer, Witr and Tarawih can be introduced.

4. Tayammum will be learned.

Du'a, Phrases & Hadith

1.  When we see something that is nice we say, "Masha'llah."  "As Allah wills."

2.  Learn all 7 Kalimas in Arabic and English.

3.  "When entering the Masjid we say, "Allahumma aftahli abwaba rahmatika."  "O Allah open for me the doors of Your mercy."   (Muslim)

4.  "Miftahul Jannati Shahadatu an la ilaha illallah."   "The key to Jennah is to say that there is no god but Allah."   (Ahmad)

5.  "Alaykum bil Jamaa'at."  "Pray with the group."  (Nasa'i)

6.  "Talibul 'ilmi fareedatun 'ala kulli Muslimin wa Muslimat."  "Learning is a duty on every Muslim, male and female."   (Ibn 'Adi)

7.  "La dina liman la ahda lahu."  "Whoever doesn't keep their promise has no deen."  (Ibn an-Najar)

Akhlaq & Adab

1.  When Maghrib time comes, we say, "Amsaynaa wa amsal mulku lilahi rabbil 'alameen."  "We enter the night and so does the kingdom of Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds,"

2.  When we break our fast at the end of a day of fasting, we say, "Allahumma laka sawmtu, wa 'ala rizquka aftartu."  "O Allah I fasted for you and I break my fast with what You gave me."

3.  Whenever we start to think of doing a bad deed, drive the Shaytan away by saying, "Owthzubullahimin ash Shaytanir Rajeem."  "Allah protect me from the rejected Shaytan."


1.  Lessons can be drawn from various sources.  One good source is the IQRA textbooks entitled "Our Prophet."


1. Students should be able to define the following words based upon all the syllabus requirements enumerated thus far:

A. Iqamah, Halal, Haram, Tayammum, Witr, Tarawih.

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