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Islamic Studies

Seventh Grade

Age group: 12-13

Main Focus:  To understand the world of Islam.   In public school this grade usually studies geography and the history of regions.   Non-Muslim written books rarely ever mention anything positive about the Muslim world and its history, if at all.

Learning Abilities: Another plateau is reached by most students here.  The boys become rowdy again and tend to try to be the center of attention.  Many girls recede into the background and do not participate as well.   The fear of embarrassment, particularly among girls is high.  The skilled teacher will not call only on the vocal or noisy students.

Formats to Avoid: Group activities.  Students do not generally work well together at this age unless the teacher has a well-prepared and thought out group activity.  Students have to be motivated well enough to feel a part of the goals of any group activity.  It is good to announce upcoming group activities a few days before and to make the students aware of its goals so they can be brought on board.  Activities based on the model of "Mini-United Nations" are often well-received.

Preferred Format:   Disciplined reading of the lessons combined with real life discussion formats that encourage the free exploration of our faith, feelings and truths.

 

 

Primary Textbook

Primary Textbook

Primary Textbook

Enrichment

Historical Atlas of Islam

Enrichment Activites

Muslim Youth Speak: Voices of Today's Muslim Youth

Enrichment

(AWAIR)

Teacher Resource

Enrichment

The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World

 

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

Qur'anic Knowledge

1. Surahs Al A'la, At Tariq, Al Buruj, Al Hujurat.  Specific Sections- 16:111, 22:65-76, 10:1-20, 36:1-12, 55:19-34. (English/Arabic)

'Aqeedah

1.  Although not a main focus of this grade, a review of past grades learning can be initiated.

'Ibadah

1.  Review the five pillars and their importance and practice by way of review.

2.  Explore the importance of Jihad.

Du'a, Phrases & Hadith

1.  "Al waqtul awwalus salaati radwaanul lahi.  Wal waqtul akhiru 'afwullah." "To offer Salah in the first hour is to please Allah.   To offer Salah in late hours is to ask for Allah's pardon."  (Tirmidhi)

2.  "La Yuraddu ad du'aa-u bayna al adhan wal iqamah."   "No du'a made between the Adhan and Iqamah is rejected."  (Nisa'i)

3.  "Edha dakhala raamadaanu futihat abwabul jannati wa ghuliqat abwabu jahannama wa sulsilatish shayateen."  "When Ramadan begins, the doors of Paradise are opened, the doors of Hell are closed and the Shaytans are chained."  (Bukhari)

4.  "Innallaha harrama alaykum 'uquq ul ummuhaat."   "Indeed Allah has forbidden you to disobey mothers."  (Bukhari)  

Akhlaq & Adab

1.  Explore male/female etiquette.

Sirah

1.  Give a brief over-view of the Blessed Prophet's life before exploring Muslim history.

History

1.  The main subject matter of this grade level is on Muslim history from 632 to the present. The following main areas of subject matter should be explored. The textbook chosen for this grade, "An Illustrated History of Islam" is not the best one, obviously, but for now, it is the only book which covers the subject in full breadth. When our own textbook is completed, you may substitute it then.

A. The rule of the first four Khalifas in detail.

B. The rule of the Ummayids and Abbassids.

C. Islamic art, science, architecture and learning.

D. The coming of the Mongols and the destruction of the Abbassids.

E. The fractured Muslim world and the coming of the Crusaders.

F. The Safavids and the spread of Islam into south east Asia.

G. Muslim Spain.

H. The rise of the Turks and the fall of Muslim Spain.

I. The Ottoman empire.

J. The destruction of Muslim independence in the rise of colonialism.

K. The causes of the Muslim decline.

L. Muslim nationalist and independence movements.

M. The rise of modern Muslim nations.

N. The current state of Islam in the Muslim world.

O. Islam in the West.

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