Islamic Foundation of North America

Islamic Studies

Ninth Grade

Age group: 14-15

Main Focus:  To understand the history of Islam and Muslim people from the four Khalifas who were Rightly Guided until the present day.

Learning Abilities: Advanced.

Formats to Avoid: Straight lectures.

Preferred Format: Discussion round-table, facilitative topics, individual position papers and discussion time.  Research.



Enrichment Textbook

Illustrated History of Islam

Enrichment Reading

Primary Textbook

The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an in Today's English: Volume 3

The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an in Today's English Vol 3
by Yahiya Emerick

The idea is to study the short surahs contained in volume 3 in this grade, and then move down to volume 2 in grade 10 for the medium length surahs, and then to volume 1 in grade 11 for the longer surahs.


Enrichment Reading

An Illustrated History of Islam: The story of Islamic religion, culture and civilization, from the time of the Prophet to the modern day, shown in over 180 photographs


Primary Textbook


Enrichment Activities

Beyond a Thousand and One Nights
(Literature Sampler)


Teacher Resource

Strategies and Structures for Presenting Islam and World History
By Susan Douglass


Additional Resources:

1. A 16th Century Mosque (Astrolabe)
2.  Muslims in America: Seven Centuries of History  (
3.  Symbols of Islam
4.  Women of the Muslim Middle Ages  (AWAIR)

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

Qur'anic Knowledge

1. Surahs Al Takwir, 'Abasa.  Specific Ayat: 24:54-56, 8:20-28, 5:116-120, 4:135-141, 36: 33-50, 55:56-78. (English/Arabic)


1.  Islam is able to adapt and survive in any cultural environment.


1.  The prayer of istikhara, iti'qaf, 2 rak'a when returning from a journey

Du'a, Phrases & Hadith

1.  "Aayatul munaafiqi thalaatha edha haddatha kadhaba wa edha wa'ada akhlafa wa edha owtumena khaan."  "The signs of a hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he lies, when he promises, he breaks his promise, when he is trusted, he betrays."  (Bukhari)

2.  "Al mar-u deeni khalili fal yantur ahadukum man yukhaalil."  "A person follows his friend's deen, so each of you should be careful who you befriend."  (Ahmad)

3.  "Al hasabu a'malin."  "Goodness is in the actions."  (Ahmad)

4.  "La Tagh dab."  "Don't get angry."   (Bukhari)

5.  "La yu-minu ahadukum hatta yuhibba li akhihi ma yuhibbu li nafsihi."  "A person isn't a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself."  (Bukhari)

Akhlaq & Adab

1.  When we see our face in a mirror, we should say, "Allahumma anta hassanta khalqi fa hassin khuluqi."  "O Allah, You made my creation good so make my character good also."


1.  The entire panorama of Muslim history will be explored from pre-Islamic Arabia until modern times.


  1.  Muslims have a long history in the Americas.  Explore the presence of Muslims here from pre-Columbus times.


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