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Islamic Studies

Twelfth Grade

Age group: 17-18

Main Focus:  To understand that Islam is a way of life that can carry their heart, mind and spirit for the rest of their days.  The spiritual healing and assurance of Islam can light their way for always.

Learning Abilities: Able to reason and understand even the most complex concepts. Competent enough to do extensive independent research.

Formats to Avoid: Never lecture for the entire period.  Encourage them with independent research activities, projects, reports and presentations.

Preferred Format: Lecture for about half of the class. Be sure to ask a generous amount of questions and let the students participate. Use the last half of the class for exercises, activities, further discussion, etc...

 

 

Primary Textbook

Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife: Book XL of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ghazali Series) (Bk. 40)

On the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife 
by Abu Hamid M. Al Ghazali

 

Primary Textbook

Prejudice Unveiled: The Myths and Realities about Islam

Prejudice Unveiled

Amazon

Primary Textbook

The Guidance of the Holy Qur'an

The Guidance
of the Holy Qur'an

by Yahiya Emerick

IFNA

Enrichment

Imam Bukhari's
Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

Imam Bukhari's Book of Muslim Morals and Manners

Enrichment

The Cultural Atlas of Islam

(AWAIR)

Enrichment

Al Talib magazine published by MSA-UCLA

(or any other magazine of a similar nature)

Teacher Resource

The Lawful & The Prohibited in Islam

Nasheed (Songs)

Life of the Last Prophet

(Islamicbookstore.com)

Additional Resources:

1.  Even Angels Ask. By J. Lang  (islamicbookstore.com)
2.  The Life of Muhammad. By M. Haykal (islamicbookstore.com)
3.  The Muslim Marriage Guide. By Ruqaiyya W. Maqsood  (islamicbookstore.com)

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

Qur'anic Knowledge

1. Surahs 61 and 67.  Other passages at the discretion of the instructor. (English/Arabic)

'Aqeedah

1.  All the beliefs of Islam as contained in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

'Ibadah

1.  How to perform the Nikah ceremony.

2.  How to perform the prayer of the eclipse.

3.  Before death, a person should repeat the Kalima often.  He or she should have a will prepared well in advance of any old age or sickness.  Any debts should be paid as soon as possible.  It is best for a Muslim to avoid debt as much as possible.

4.  When a dead body is lowered into the grave we say, "Bismillahi wa 'ala millati rasulillah."  "In the name of Allah and by the ritual of Allah's Messenger."

Du'a, Phrases & Ahadith

    By this grade level, at least forty hadith in Arabic and English should be known by the students.  If, upon entering 12th grade, the student knows fewer than 40, then the remainder will have to be learned in this year.  The Blessed Prophet once said, "Whoever learns forty of my sayings will be raised up in the company of scholars on Judgment Day."  That is why the goal of this KG-12th grade curriculum is to know at least a minimum of 40, though more are always encouraged.

1.  "Allahumma inni owthzubika min 'ilmil la yanfa'u wa qalbil la yakhsha'u wa dua-il la yasma 'u wa nafsil la tashba'u."  "O Allah, I seek your protection from knowledge that brings no good, from a heart that has no fear (of You), from a prayer that can't be answered and from a self that can't be satisfied."

Akhlaq & Adab

1.  All the manners and meritorious behavior that Islam teaches should be known and practiced by the students.

Classical Poetry to Memorize

1.  Sa'di Shirazi:  Who is the Real Seeker?

I will not say, O Brother, what the spiritual concert is,

Until I know who is listening to it.

If he begins his flight from the tower of the spirit.

The Angels will not keep up with his soaring.

But if he be a man of error, vanity and play,

The Shaytan will grow more powerful in his brain.

The Rose is torn apart by the morning breeze,

But not the log; for it can only be split by an ax.

The world feeds on music, drunkenness and rivalry.

But what does the blind man see in a mirror?

Sirah

1.  The students should have a complete grasp on the life story of the Blessed Messenger of Allah.

History

1.  The students should be well versed in all aspects of Islamic history and culture from the time of the Khilafa ar Rashida until present times.

Misc.

1.  The students should be able to explain the philosophical foundation of Islamic belief and defend it against all other belief systems with wisdom and clear rational methods.

 

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