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                                Quranic and Islamic Studies Curriculum:

Preschool (Level 1):

Summary:
Main Focus: To acquaint the students with introductory Islamic themes and practices.
Learning Abilities: very limited to simple commands and instructions. Memorization is generally limited
if it is not reinforced in different ways. Understanding of complex concepts is severely limited. Students
are still trying to learn how to be in a school and many of them will be crying and tired.
Formats to Avoid: Do not structure the class into a lecture format with a lot of note-taking or pencil
work. Do not make memorization of facts the main focus of the instruction.
Preferred Format: Fun activities are essential. (We don't want to burn them out of Islam this early!)
Employ painting, crafts, songs and rhymes, simple du'as and manners in greeting and eating, stories and
games to reinforce basic akhlaq (manners).

  In this level, it is preferable that Quranic and Islamic Studies should be taught by the same teacher in the
same class, as an integrated subject. Unfortunately, for Preschool, there isn't any one book a teacher can
use as a single "textbook" published yet. In this situation, then, several different materials will have to be
incorporated. Each text listed can be used in sequence with each other. The teacher will give the lesson,
based on the knowledge requirements they choose. Homework or classroom activities can be drawn from
these books. The homeroom/primary teacher will have to cooperate in the teaching of Islamic akhlaq and
Adab.

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

Qur'anic Concepts & Knowledge
1. Surahs: Al Fatihah, Al Kauthar and Al Ikhlas. (Learned in Arabic and simplified English.)
       A. Simple meaning of Al Fatihah:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Praise is for Allah, the Lord of the Universe; the
       Caring and Kind and Master of the Day of Judgment. We serve You (Allah) and we turn to You
       for help. Guide us on the straight way. The same way as the people You are happy with, not the
       way of the people You are angry with, and not the way of the people who went the wrong way."
       B. Simple meaning of Al Kauthar:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Indeed, We have given you a lot, so turn to your
       Lord in prayer and give a special offering. Indeed, your enemies are the ones who will come to an
       end."
       C. Simple meaning of Al Ikhlas:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Tell everyone: 'He is One God; Allah, Who is
       forever. He doesn't have children and He was never born, and there is nothing the same as Him.'"

2. The Qur'an is the Book of Allah. It was given to Prophet Muhammad.

3. It is a special book that gives good news to people and helps them be happy.

4. We must have clean hands before we can touch it and must treat it with care. (Students can actually
practice this as an exercise.)

5. When to say Tasmiyah and Ta'awwudh before recitation + saying "Sadaq Allahul owthzeem" when
finishing recitation along with the English meaning.
'Aqeedah
1. Allah is the Maker of everything and everyone.

2. Allah is just one and doesn't need any helpers.

3. Allah is never born and He never dies.

4. Allah loves us and wants us to follow His directions. Following His directions helps people to lead
happy and good lives. If we don't follow His directions, we are unhappy and treasures will never satisfy
us.

5. Allah is watching us and seeing how well we follow His rules. If we do a good job and love Him, He
will give us rewards and presents in another world.

'Ibadah
1. The Shahadah is what we say to be a Muslim. (It should be learned in Arabic and English) Use this
translation: "I say that there is no god but Allah and I say that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."

2. Muslims pray to Allah because we need to remember Him. Prayer is called Salah in Arabic and it
teaches us good lessons about being on time, remembering to be good and it also makes some of our bad
deeds fall away from us. (The teacher should practice Qiyam, Ruku, Sajda and Jalsa with the students at
least twice a week. Make it as an exercise and make it enjoyable. Praise them a lot!)

3. We wash ourselves before we pray. This is called Wudu.

(Teach the basic Wudu procedure only as follows:)
A. Niyyah: "Nuwaytul Wudu" "I'm going to make Wudu"

B. Tasmiyyah. "Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem."

C. Wash Hands, mouth, nose, face, forearms, wipe head, ears, back of neck, feet.

Du'as, Phrases & Ahadith
1. The following Du'as and hadiths should be learnt by the children in Arabic and English:

A. Before doing anything important we say, "Bismillahir Rahman ir Raheem." "In the Name of Allah, the
Caring and Kind."

B. "Rabbee Aghfirlee" "My Lord forgive me."

C. When we see something good happening we say, "Al humdulillah." "Praise Allah!"

Akhlaq & Adab
  (The teacher should practice a selection of these things several times a week, all year.)

1. The greeting of "Assalamu 'alaykum" and "Wa 'alaykum assalam." "Peace be to you!" "To you be
peace!"

2. Muslims shake hands with each other when they meet; boys with boys, girls with girls.

3. The best one is the one who greets first.
4. When coming to a group, the single person greets them first.

5. People should never say bad words. The Prophet said, "Allah does not like bad words or using them."

6. A Muslim never insults somebody or says something mean.

7. Muslims behave the best and always follow the teacher's directions.

8. A Muslim child always obeys his or her parents and is kind and helpful to them.

9. Muslim children always listen to older Muslims and respect them.

10. Muslims always are neat and clean and wear clean clothes.

11. We always wash our hands before and after eating and we say "Bismillah" before the first bite.

12. After we finish eating we say, "Alhumdulillah."

13. We never leave a place messy and always like to clean things up even when no one is watching
because we know Allah is seeing us.

14. We never go with strangers or people who make us nervous.

15. We brush our teeth whenever we can.

16. A Muslim should always keep their body covered up in front of other people. Girls wear Hijab and
boys wear kufis.

17. A Muslim must always apologize to someone if they hurt them. If a Muslim does something bad, he or
she must also apologize to Allah and ask for His forgiveness. Allah has promised to forgive us if we ask
nicely and mean it. Making Allah angry with us is worse than our parents being mad at us.

18. Muslims line up in rows and wait to follow directions. This is the case in group prayer and in
situations where the teacher is moving the class around. The Prophet urged us to keep our rows straight.

19. A Muslim says, "Shukran" to thank someone for doing something.

Sirah
1. Allah sends people as His Prophets. Some of the Prophets get Allah's Messages in the form of a book.

2. Prophet Muhammad was born in Arabia. His father's name was Abdullah. His mother's name was
Aminah. His father died before he was born and his mother was very sad.

3. Muhammad's grandfather took care of him and Aminah for several years. When Muhammad was six his
mother died. Muhammad was an orphan. He was very sad. Later his grandfather died leaving Muhammad
in the care of his uncle, Abu Talib.

4. The teacher should describe aspects of Muhammad's childhood relating to his manners and conduct. For
example, he didn't run around and get into fights like the other kids did. He always told the truth. He
helped his uncle out by tending the sheep and everyone thought he was a good boy.
History
1. The stories of the following Prophets/People should be taught in an interesting way. Make the stories
come alive by reciting their history in a dramatic and entertaining way. Don't just read from a book. Make
it a magical experience for them. Don't forget to bring props and visual aids. The children can even be
given puppet shows with hand puppets to make the stories more real.

A. Prophet Adam and his wife Hawwa. Draw the lesson of obedience and Allah's love from it and also
why we were put here.

B. Prophet Saleh & the Camel. Make it a lesson about the dangers of meanness and cruelty.

C. Prophet Yunus & the Whale. Make it a lesson about obeying.

D. The Owners of the Garden. (Surah 68:17-33.) Make it a lesson about sharing. Hand puppets and props
can be used.

E. The story of the sinful woman and the thirsty dog. (A Hadith about a sinful woman who was traveling
and saw a well. She got a drink but then saw a thirsty dog who couldn't get to the water. She climbed
down into the well, filled up her leather sock with water and climbed out and watered the dog. For that,
Allah forgave her sins.)

Misc.
1. The following manners of eating and drinking should be taught:

A. Never gulp liquid.

B. Never overeat.

C. Keep your eating place clean.

D. Don't blow on food or drink. (Explain that it puts bad germs on the food or drink.)

E. Don't waste food or eat too much candy. Dates are the best snacks.

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

A. Allah, Prophet, Angel, Book of Allah, Qur'an, Masjid, Nabi, Rasool.

B. Shahadah, Salah, Zakah, Sawm, Siyam, Hajj, Ka'bah, Mecca.

C. Good Deed, Bad Deed, Last Day, Shaytan.

D. Islam, Muslim, believer, Sunnah, idol-worshipper.

Teacher Resource                              Enrichment
IQRA Preschool Curriculum                     Color Me
(IQRA)                                        (Misc. Activities)
                                              (Sound Vision)
                                              Enrichment
                                              Color a Story: Adam; Nuh
                                              (Kazi Publications)
Preschool (Level 2)

Summary:
Main Focus: To acquaint the students with introductory Islamic themes and practices.
Learning Abilities: Limited to simple commands and instructions. Memorization is generally limited if it
is not reinforced in different ways. Understanding of complex concepts is severely limited.
Formats to Avoid: Do not structure the class into a lecture format with a lot of note-taking or pencil
work. Do not make memorization of facts the main focus of the instruction.
Preferred Format: Fun activities are essential. (We don't want to burn them out of Islam this early!)
Employ painting, crafts, songs and rhymes, simple du'as and manners in greeting and eating, stories and
games to reinforce basic akhlaq (manners).

  In this grade, it is preferable that Quranic and Islamic Studies should be taught by the same teacher
assisted by the Imam, in the same class, as an integrated subject. Unfortunately, for Preschool, there isn't
any one book a teacher can use as a single "textbook" published yet. In this situation, then, several
different materials will have to be incorporated. Each text listed can be used in sequence with each other.
The teacher will give the lesson, based on the knowledge requirements they choose. Homework or
classroom activities can be drawn from these books. The homeroom/primary teacher will have to
cooperate in the teaching of Islamic akhlaq and Adab.

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

Qur'anic Concepts & Knowledge
1. Surahs: Review Al Fatihah, Al Kauthar and Al Ikhlas and add Al-Falaq, An-Nas, Al-masad, An-Nasr,
Qurish, Al-Feel, Al-Asr (Learned in Arabic and simplified English.)
       Simple meaning of Al Fatihah:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Praise is for Allah, the Lord of the Universe; the
       Caring and Kind and Master of the Day of Judgment. We serve You (Allah) and we turn to You
       for help. Guide us on the straight way. The same way as the people You are happy with, not the
       way of the people You are angry with, and not the way of the people who went the wrong way."

       Simple meaning of Al Kauthar:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Indeed, We have given you a lot, so turn to your
       Lord in prayer and give a special offering. Indeed, your enemies are the ones who will come to an
       end."

       Simple meaning of Al Ikhlas:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Tell everyone: 'He is One God; Allah, Who is
       forever. He doesn't have children and He was never born, and there is nothing the same as Him.'"

       Simple meaning of Al Falaq:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Say out loud: "I want to be safe with the Lord of the
       sunrise, from the fear of (any danger in) what He made, from the fear of the night time, from the
       fear of bad magic and from the fear of a jealous person when he's jealous."

       Simple meaning of An Naas:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Say out loud: 'I want to be safe with the Lord of
       People, the Ruler of People, the God of People, from the secret bad whispers in the hearts of
       people from the jinn other people.'"

       Simple meaning of Al Masad:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Whatever Abu Lahab's hands have done is cut off!
       His money and his things won't save him, because he will be surrounded by a hot fire. And his
       wife, who will add more wood to the fire, will have a twisted fiber chain strung around her neck.

       Simple meaning of An Nasr:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. When Allah's help comes and you (Muslims) win,
       you will see lots of people entering the lifestyle of Allah, so glorify your Lord and look for His
       forgiveness. He is the one who forgives."

       Simple meaning of Al Quraish:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. The treaties of Quraish. The treaties which protect
       them on their caravans through winter and summer. They should obey the Lord of this Shrine (the
       Ka'bah), because He is the One Who provides them with their food-supplies against hunger and
       their security against danger.

       Simple meaning of Al Feel
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Didn't you seen how your Lord dealt with the Army
       of the Elephant? Didn't He stop their evil plans? He let loose upon them a flight of flying things
       that hit them with stone-hard blows they couldn't escape. They looked like a farm field that was
       harvested and cut down.

       Simple meaning of Al 'Asr:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Time proves it! People are truly lost. All except the
       ones who believe, do what is right, and who teach each other the truth and how to be patient."

2. The Qur'an is the Book of Allah. It was given to Prophet Muhammad.

3. It is a special book that gives good news to people and helps them be happy.

4. We must have clean hands before we can touch it and must treat it with care. (Students can actually
practice this as an exercise.)

5. When to say Tasmiyah and Ta'awwudh before recitation + saying "Sadaq Allahul owthzeem" when
finishing recitation along with the English meaning.

A. Simple meaning of the Tasmiyah: "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind" (Bismillahir Rahmanir
Raheem)

B. Simple meaning of the Ta'awwudh: "Allah protect me from the rejected Shaytan." (Owthzubillahi
minash Shaytanir Rajeem)

C. Simple meaning of the closing Du'a after Qur'an reading: "The Great Allah has spoken." (Sadaq
Allahul 'Owthzeem)

6. People must read the Qur'an everyday so they will become more happy and Allah will love them more.

7. The Qur'an was given in the Arabic language, that's why we should learn how to read it in its first
language so we can understand more.

'Aqeedah
1. Allah is the Maker of everything and everyone.
2. Allah is just one and doesn't need any helpers.

3. Allah is never born and He never dies.

4. Allah loves us and wants us to follow His directions. Following His directions helps people to lead
happy and good lives. If we don't follow His directions, we are unhappy and treasures will never satisfy
us.

5. Allah is watching us and seeing how well we follow His rules. If we do a good job and love Him, He
will give us rewards and presents in another world.

6. Allah made Angels to watch over us and record our good and bad deeds. They are made of light and do
everything Allah wants them to.

7. The Angel that brought the Qur'an to Prophet Muhammad was named Jibra'il.

8. There is a bad creature called the Shaytan who wants to hurt the good people. He is invisible and only
Allah can protect us against him.

9. Allah chooses people to bring His messages to other people. These special people are called Prophets.
The first Prophet was Adam and the last Prophet was Muhammad.

10. Sometimes the Prophets are given a lot of Allah's teachings and rules. When this happens, we call all
those things put together a Book of Allah. There were many Prophets who got Books. The Prophets who
got books are given another, more special name. They are called Messengers because they are bringing the
messages of Allah. The last Book of Allah is the Qur'an. That's why it's special.

11. A Prophet is a regular person that Allah gave special things to. A Messenger is a special kind of
Prophet who got a book to give to everyone. The word Rasool is the meaning of Messenger. Prophet
Muhammad was both a Prophet and a Messenger.

12. The word for Prophet in Arabic is Nabi.

13. All people must try to follow Allah. When you follow Allah, you are following what is called Islam.
The word Islam means to obey Allah and be happy. The people who do this are called Muslims.
Following Allah means you are a Muslim. A Muslim must be good and never bad. If a Muslim does do a
bad thing, he or she has to ask Allah to forgive him or her. Allah loves to forgive us if we ask Him.

14. People who do bad, and never ask Allah to forgive them or say they are sorry to Allah will be
punished. Even if no one sees them in this world, Allah sees them and will see that all wrongs are made
right.

15. People who do good and believe in Allah will be happy in the next life and will have many friends and
wonderful things.

'Ibadah
1. The Shahadah is what we say to be a Muslim. (It should be learned in Arabic and English) Use this
translation: "I say that there is no god but Allah and I say that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."

2. Muslims pray to Allah because we need to remember Him. Prayer is called Salah in Arabic and it
teaches us good lessons about being on time, remembering to be good and it also makes some of our bad
deeds fall away from us. (The teacher should practice Qiyam, Ruku, Sajda and Jalsa with the students at
least twice a week. Make it as an exercise and make it enjoyable. Praise them a lot!)

3. We wash ourselves before we pray. This is called Wudu.

(Teach the basic Wudu procedure only as follows:)
A. Niyyah: "Nuwaytul Wudu" "I'm going to make Wudu"

B. Tasmiyyah. "Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem."

C. Wash Hands, mouth, nose, face, forearms, wipe head, ears, back of neck, feet.

D. Say the Shahadah after making Wudu, although slightly differently. "Ashahadu an la ilaha illallah.
Wah dahu la shareeka lah. Wa ashahadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasulhu."

4. The names of the Five daily prayers and the time in which they are prayed.

5. Muslims stay away from food and drink for one month every year. This is called fasting, or Sawm. It
happens in the month of Ramadan. We learn to feel sorry for the poor. Another name for fasting is Siyam.

6. Muslims all want to go to the city of Mecca for Hajj. This is a journey to visit the place where Prophet
Ibrahim made a special place for Allah to be prayed to.

7. In Mecca is the Ka'bah. It is a square building that is special for all Muslims. No bad things are allowed
near there. It is the center of the world for Muslims.

8. Muslims like to give to the poor people. We call this Zakat. (The teacher should organize a simple
charity-type drive in the class and collect pennies and nickels over the course of a week. The collected
money at the end should be given to a charity to help the poor. Photos of poor people eating should be
tastefully chosen.

9. Being nice is a way to show Allah you are good. Listening to parents, picking up the trash, even helping
someone do something is pleasing to Allah.

The Teacher should organize frequent 'Ibadah "exercises" throughout the week to get the children in the
habit of trying to help and be good. A "star chart" and award system can be implemented in every class to
reinforce this concept of getting rewarded for doing good. Tie it to the concept that when we do good,
Allah put a star on a chart for us that He keeps with Him. Don't go overboard, however, and give awards
for every little thing, because then you may spoil the child. Limit this to specified "helper" jobs like
cleaning the board, emptying the basket, keeping a clean desk, etc...

Du'as, Phrases & Ahadith
1. The following Du'as and hadiths should be learnt by the children in Arabic and English:

A. Before doing anything important we say, "Bismillahir Rahman ir Raheem." "In the Name of Allah, the
Caring and Kind."

B. "Rabbee Aghfirlee" "My Lord forgive me."

C. When we see something good happening we say, "Al humdulillah." "Praise Allah!"

D. When we see someone doing something bad we say, "Astaghfirullah." "Allah forgive that."
E. "As Salatu 'eemadud Deen." "Salat is part of this lifestyle."

F. "Asleem Taslam" "Surrender (to Allah) and have peace."

G. "Ta 'ahadool Qur'an." "Take good care of the Qur'an."

H. "Ad-dinu Yusrun." "This Lifestyle is easy!" (Ask the kids: "What lifestyle is easy?" Train them to
answer, "Islam!")

Akhlaq & Adab
  (The teacher should practice a selection of these things several times a week, all year.)

1. The greeting of "Assalamu 'alaykum" and "Wa 'alaykum assalam." "Peace be to you!" "To you be
peace!"

2. Muslims shake hands with each other when they meet; boys with boys, girls with girls.

3. The best one is the one who greets first.

4. When coming to a group, the single person greets them first.

5. People should never say bad words. The Prophet said, "Allah does not like bad words or using them."

6. A Muslim never insults somebody or says something mean.

7. Muslims behave the best and always follow the teacher's directions.

8. A Muslim child always obeys his or her parents and is kind and helpful to them.

9. Muslim children always listen to older Muslims and respect them.

10. Muslims always are neat and clean and wear clean clothes.

11. We always wash our hands before and after eating and we say "Bismillah" before the first bite.

12. After we finish eating we say, "Alhumdulillah."

13. We never leave a place messy and always like to clean things up even when no one is watching
because we know Allah is seeing us.

14. We never go with strangers or people who make us nervous.

15. We brush our teeth whenever we can.

16. A Muslim should always keep their body covered up in front of other people. Girls wear Hijab and
boys wear kufis.

17. A Muslim must always apologize to someone if they hurt them. If a Muslim does something bad, he or
she must also apologize to Allah and ask for His forgiveness. Allah has promised to forgive us if we ask
nicely and mean it. Making Allah angry with us is worse than our parents being mad at us.
18. Muslims line up in rows and wait to follow directions. This is the case in group prayer and in
situations where the teacher is moving the class around. The Prophet urged us to keep our rows straight.

19. A Muslim says, "Shukran" to thank someone for doing something.

Sirah
1. Allah sends people as His Prophets. Some of the Prophets get Allah's Messages in the form of a book.

2. Prophet Muhammad was born in Arabia. His father's name was Abdullah. His mother's name was
Aminah. His father died before he was born and his mother was very sad.

3. Muhammad's grandfather took care of him and Aminah for several years. When Muhammad was six his
mother died. Muhammad was an orphan. He was very sad. Later his grandfather died leaving Muhammad
in the care of his uncle, Abu Talib.

4. The teacher should describe aspects of Muhammad's childhood relating to his manners and conduct. For
example, he didn't run around and get into fights like the other kids did. He always told the truth. He
helped his uncle out by tending the sheep and everyone thought he was a good boy.

5. The teacher should then describe the negative aspects of Arabian life such as the worship of idols, the
neglect of the poor, the cheating, lying and stealing, the constant wars and even how the strong oppressed
the weak.

6. Explain in simple detail how Muhammad hated these things. Describe how he met Khadijah and the
loving nature of their relationship. Describe their children and home life.

7. Muhammad wanted to know more about Allah and why he was here on earth. Describe how he used to
get out of town to think. Describe the cave he found.

8. In simple terminology, explain the beginning of revelation and how his family, especially 'Ali, accepted
Islam.

9. Give a few examples of what the blessed Prophet was teaching; that Allah was one, that all are equal,
that the rich should help the poor, that people should be good and truthful, etc... Then explain why the
idol-worshippers of Mecca hated him. (They wanted to go on being bad and praying to stones.)

10. Explain the Hijrah and how the Prophet barely escaped with Abu Bakr. Go through the hiding in the
cave incident and then explain why the people of Medina loved to have the Blessed Prophet with them.
(He settled their arguments, brought friendship, and the people loved Allah, etc...)

11. Explain that the Meccans tried to defeat Islam but after some big battles, (mention only Badr, Uhud
and Khandaq , but don't go into any serious detail about these battles) they , themselves, were defeated.
And this even though they were so mean and cruel. (Give light examples.) Everyone wanted to enter Islam
because they realized that only Allah could help the Muslims stay strong even though they were always
outnumbered.

12. Explain how Allah helped the Muslims because they had real love for their Maker. Allah helps those
who are true and who follow what He asks of them.

13. Explain that the best person to copy is the Blessed Prophet because he followed Allah's directions the
best. Allah said, "Laqad kana lakum fee rasulillahi uswatun hasanatun." (33:21) "The Messenger of Allah
is the best person to follow." (Note: the translation is simplified, of course.) When we are following his
ways we say we are following the "Sunnah." The word Sunnah means the example of the Prophet.

History
1. The stories of the following Prophets/People should be taught in an interesting way. Make the stories
come alive by reciting their history in a dramatic and entertaining way. Don't just read from a book. Make
it a magical experience for them. Don't forget to bring props and visual aids. The children can even be
given puppet shows with hand puppets to make the stories more real.

A. Prophet Adam and his wife Hawwa. Draw the lesson of obedience and Allah's love from it and also
why we were put here.

B. Prophet Saleh & the Camel. Make it a lesson about the dangers of meanness and cruelty.

C. Prophet Yunus & the Whale. Make it a lesson about obeying.

D. The Owners of the Garden. (Surah 68:17-33.) Make it a lesson about sharing. Hand puppets and props
can be used.

E. The story of the sinful woman and the thirsty dog. (A Hadith about a sinful woman who was traveling
and saw a well. She got a drink but then saw a thirsty dog who couldn't get to the water. She climbed
down into the well, filled up her leather sock with water and climbed out and watered the dog. For that,
Allah forgave her sins.)

Misc.
1. The following manners of eating and drinking should be taught:

A. Never gulp liquid.

B. Never overeat.

C. Keep your eating place clean.

D. Don't blow on food or drink. (Explain that it puts bad germs on the food or drink.)

E. Don't waste food or eat too much candy. Dates are the best snacks.

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

A. Allah, Prophet, Angel, Book of Allah, Qur'an, Masjid, Nabi, Rasool.

B. Shahadah, Salah, Zakah, Sawm, Siyam, Hajj, Ka'bah, Mecca.

C. Good Deed, Bad Deed, Last Day, Shaytan.

D. Islam, Muslim, believer, Sunnah, idol-worshipper.

3. The students should be able to recite all du'as, ayat, ahadith and phrases in Arabic and English that have
appeared thus far.

4. Islamic songs and rhymes must be employed in the class. I can't emphasize this strongly enough.
5. Children should be taught the word Masjid. It should be described as a place where Muslims go to pray
together. Friday is the day the Muslims go to the Masjid. Allah told us this is the day to get together to
pray as a group.

6. Muslims have two holidays called 'Eids. One comes after Ramadan, the other after the Hajj. 'Eid ul
Fitr, 'Eid ul Adha.

7. Whenever an 'Eid is coming, the teacher must make a big deal about it with class parties, presents and
gift exchanging, special treats, excitement, etc... Remember, you're competing with Christmas, Easter,
Halloween and birthday parties. Don't make Muslim holidays seem drab and meaningless. In the Madina
of the Blessed Prophet, they had festivities, shows and fun during 'Eid. Check your hadith books. Even in
Muslim countries they usually make it a fun time. It's only in the West that Muslims have become sour
and boring. Let's change that.

Primary Textbook:                             Enrichment
I am Muslim                                   Color Me
(Resource Binder by Susan Douglass)           (Misc. Activities)
(Halalco)                                     (Sound Vision)
Primary Textbook                              Enrichment
Islamic Manners Coloring Book                 Color a Story: Adam; Nuh
(IQRA)                                        (Kazi Publications)
Teacher Resource                              Enrichment
IQRA Preschool Curriculum                     Zeenat's All About Prayer Rugs
(IQRA)                                        Coloring Book
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                                              We are Muslims Vol. I
                                              Noorart
                                              Kindergarten:

Summary:

Main Focus: Introduce the students to the themes, stories and values of an Islamically-oriented milieu.
Learning Abilities: Children at this age level are able to comprehend simple concepts. While writing is
still at the very basic level, their reading ability is getting well underway with halting and sometimes
difficult growth stages in their comprehension.
Formats to Avoid: Do not lecture. They will not be able to pay attention for more than a few minutes at a
time. Their attention span is limited. Preferred Format: Interaction, stories, hands-on activities and group
activities. Children at this age love making things with their hands. Posters, scale-models, paintings, sand-
art, etc... are wonderful activities for reinforcing Islamic awareness.

After the Completion of this Grade, the Students Should Know the Following:
Qur'anic Knowledge

1. Surahs: Review Al Fatihah, Al Kauthar and Al Ikhlas and add Al-Falaq, An-Nas, Al-masad, An-Nasr,
Qurish, Al-Feel, Al 'Asr and add. Al-Kaferoon, Al-Ma’oun, Al-Homazah, Ayat Al-Kursi (Simplified
English and Arabic + revisit previous surahs.)

       Simple meaning of Al Fatihah:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Praise is for Allah, the Lord of the Universe; the
       Caring and Kind and Master of the Day of Judgment. We serve You (Allah) and we turn to You
       for help. Guide us on the straight way. The same way as the people You are happy with, not the
       way of the people You are angry with, and not the way of the people who went the wrong way."

       Simple meaning of Al Kauthar:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Indeed, We have given you a lot, so turn to your
       Lord in prayer and give a special offering. Indeed, your enemies are the ones who will come to an
       end."

       Simple meaning of Al Ikhlas:
         "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Tell everyone: 'He is One God; Allah, Who is
       forever. He doesn't have children and He was never born, and there is nothing the same as Him.'"

       Simple meaning of Al Falaq:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Say out loud: "I want to be safe with the Lord of the
       sunrise, from the fear of (any danger in) what He made, from the fear of the night time, from the
       fear of bad magic and from the fear of a jealous person when he's jealous."

       Simple meaning of An Naas:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Say out loud: 'I want to be safe with the Lord of
       People, the Ruler of People, the God of People, from the secret bad whispers in the hearts of
       people from the jinn other people.'"

       Simple meaning of Al Masad:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Whatever Abu Lahab's hands have done is cut off!
       His money and his things won't save him, because he will be surrounded by a hot fire. And his
       wife, who will add more wood to the fire, will have a twisted fiber chain strung around her neck.

       Simple meaning of An Nasr:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. When Allah's help comes and you (Muslims) win,
       you will see lots of people entering the lifestyle of Allah, so glorify your Lord and look for His
       forgiveness. He is the one who forgives."

       Simple meaning of Al Quraish:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. The treaties of Quraish. The treaties which protect
       them on their caravans through winter and summer. They should obey the Lord of this Shrine (the
       Ka'bah), because He is the One Who provides them with their food-supplies against hunger and
       their security against danger.

       Simple meaning of Al Feel
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Didn't you seen how your Lord dealt with the Army
       of the Elephant? Didn't He stop their evil plans? He let loose upon them a flight of flying things
       that hit them with stone-hard blows they couldn't escape. They looked like a farm field that was
       harvested and cut down.

       Simple meaning of Al 'Asr:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Time proves it! People are truly lost. All except the
       ones who believe, do what is right, and who teach each other the truth and how to be patient."

       Simple meaning of Al Kafiroon:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Declare, "All you who reject (belief in Allah)! I don't
       serve what you serve, nor do you serve what I do. And I won't serve what you serve, nor will you
       serve what I serve. To you, your way of life, and to me, mine."

       Simple meaning of Al Ma'un:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Have you ever seen a person who is against the
       Deen? He pushes the orphan away and doesn't feel bad for the poor. So, a warning to people who
       pray but who are careless about it, whose prayers are only for show; refusing to share even the
       smallest kindness.

       Simple meaning of Surah Al Qadr:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. (Allah began) this revelation on the Night of Power!
       And what is the Night of Power? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months, because
       lots of angels come down and the (Angel Jibrail comes too), all of them have their Lord's
       permission. They do every kind of job. Peace is everywhere until the sun comes up!"

       Simple meaning of Ayat ul Kursi:
       "In the Name of Allah, the Caring and Kind. Allah! There is no god but He, the Living, Who
       doesn't need anyone else but Whom all others need. He never gets tired and He never needs to rest.
       To Him belongs space and the earth; who can say anything without His permission? He knows
       everything people have done and will do, and no one can know the least of His knowledge, unless
       He wants them to. His throne covers over space and the earth and He doesn't get tired in
       protecting them. Only He is the Most High, the Lord Supreme."

2. The Qur'an was sent to the Prophet Muhammad (p) by Allah. Allah asked the Angel Jibra'il to carry the
Messages to him. Allah is to powerful and important to bring them to a small human by himself, although
he can do it. A person could not handle all the power and light he would see.

3. The Qur'an was given in the Arabic language because the Prophet and his people spoke that language.
Also, Arabic is a language that is good for rhyming and poems. The Qur'an often uses rhymes so it is easy
to memorize and learn. We also have English translations but the Arabic is better.
4. The Qur'an has chapters called, "Surahs" and verses or sentences called "Ayahs." Their are 114 Surahs.
The longest is Surah Al Baqarah and the shortest is Surah Al Kauthar.

5. Muslims learn the Qur'an by heart and say it in their prayers. They also learn it by heart so they
remember the directions Allah wants us to follow. We get rewarded by Allah for reading the Qur'an,
saying it out loud and learning it by heart. Every letter gives us a reward.

6. The Qur'an can only be touched if you are clean. We need to make Wudu if we need it before we hold
the Qur'an. We don't need Wudu if we are only saying it out loud and not holding the book.

7. Another name for the Qur'an is "Kitabullah" or "The Book of Allah." The word Qur'an means, "The
(Book) to read."

8. The whole Qur'an was revealed, or given, to the Prophet Muhammad in his life. He could not read or
write himself so he learned all of it by heart as the Angel told it to him. Then the Prophet would go to the
people who could write and tell them what to write.

9. The Qur'an has never been changed by people and Allah promised He would never let people change it.

10. Muslims should read a little bit of the Qur'an everyday.

'Aqeedah
1. Allah is just one and has no partners or helpers, and He doesn't need any.

2. Introduce the word "Tawheed" and its significance, in simple terms, to the doctrine that Allah is one.

3. Allah has no children, wife, husband or parents. Allah is not a boy or a girl. We only sat the term He
because in Arabic there is no word for "it." And anyway, it wouldn't sound nice to call Allah an "it."

4. Allah is not a creature, spirit or a thing we can see, but His knowledge is everywhere all at the same
time. When we believe in Allah, we have "Eman" or belief. (Sometimes "Eman" is spelled "Eemaan" or
"Iman" or "Imaan".)

5. We should say, "Subahanahu wa ta'ala" (Glory to Him and the Highest) whenever we say the holy
name: "Allah."

6. The angels are not male or female. They can move super fast and do whatever Allah tells them. They
are made out of light. Allah does not need them but they need Allah.

7. There is another kind of creature called a Jinn. The jinns are invisible and are made from fire energy.
Some are good and some are bad. The bad ones come to bother people and make them think bad thoughts.

7. Allah chooses people to bring His messages to other people. These special people are called Prophets
and Messengers. There were many of them. Every group of people everywhere got a Prophet a long time
ago. The Qur'an tells us the story of some of them. The last Prophet Allah sent in the world was
Muhammad.

8. The world will all end one day and we will all stand in front of Allah and find out how we did in our
life. We are alive to be tested. We must try to be as good as we can and we must never forget that we will
have to face the One Who made us and He will give us our final grades.
9. Allah knows what happened yesterday, today and what will happen tomorrow.

10. Allah knows all our hidden thoughts and we can't keep any secrets from Him.

11. In the next life, after we die, we will be sent to Hell-fire if we were very bad and we will go to
Paradise, Jannah, if we were good and we believed in Allah.

12. Hell is a bad place where bad people are punished. Paradise is a fun place where the good people get
endless fun and rewards. Everyone is always happy there and there is no crying, fear or sadness.

13. The biggest bad Jinn is named Shaytan. He disobeyed Allah a long time ago and said he would hurt all
the people and make them disobey Allah also. Hell is where Shaytan will go, too.

'Ibadah
1. Our biggest job in life is to serve Allah. The word for this is 'Ibadah, or service to Allah. (Use the word
"serve" for 'Ibadah and never use the word "worship." 'Ibadah comes from the root word "'Abada" which
means to serve. We don't say "Worshipper of Allah" when we translate the name 'Abdullah, get it?
Worship is the one word we must avoid because it is a Christian term denoting simply praying and hoping.
Nothing more.)

   Allah is good and He loves goodness from people. Allah hates it when people do bad. Mention Tawhid
in more detail.

2. The word Islam is the name of our way of life. Islam means to do what Allah asks so we can feel nice
and peaceful inside. A Muslim is a person who follows Islam. A person becomes a Muslim only if they
say and believe in what the Shahadah means. Anyone can become a Muslim and everyone should. The
words of the Shahadah are: "Ash hadu an la ilaha illa Allah wa ash hadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah."
(It should be learned in Arabic and English) Use this English translation: "I say that there is no god but
Allah and I say that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah." Islam is a Deen, or way of life.

3. Students will be taught the basic Salah procedure, in order, concentrating mostly on all of the physical
movements. The terms Rak'ah (section), Sajda (bowing), Jalsa (sitting), Qiyam (standing) and Ruku
(bending forward) will be introduced and the students will be taught that they are supposed to look at the
spot of Sajda during the whole Salah procedure.

4. The verbal parts of Salah will be taught. The Tahiyat and Durood Sharif may take most of the year to
teach it right. Go easy on the students this year concerning those two items and let them learn at their own
pace. Don't give a deadline for these items. Never be harsh or do anything that will make the students
associate Salat with disappointment, anger or fear.

5. Teach the number of Rak'ahs in each Salah as well as the concept that there are extra prayers called
Sunnah prayers. Only teach the wajib (two rak'ah) prayer before Fajr and the two-rak'ah Sunnah prayer
after 'Isha. Introduce in more detail, the names and times of the Salah.

6. Zakah is the way Muslims help each other. A monthly collection system of pennies can be used to
demonstrate how Zakah can benefit the community (class). The proceeds at the end of the month can be
used to buy food for the needy local Muslims, or a canned food drive, using the food as symbolic money,
can be organized. Teach civic Islamic duty early!

7. Muslims stay away from food and drink for one month every year. This is called fasting, or Sawm.
(Siyam is an alternate way of pronouncing this word.) It happens in the month of Ramadan. We learn to
feel sorry for the poor and we learn to control our hunger. From before sun up to sunset we don't eat, drink
or let ourselves get angry.

8. Children should not fast all day yet. The amount of "practice" fasts and the length is up to the parents.
Make a special accommodation for those students "practice" fasting and encourage them lavishly. Monitor
closely so they don't faint or get sick. If any child seems very weak, make them eat and encourage them by
telling them that they are only "practicing" right now and look how long they went today!

9. Ramadan is a special month. The Qur'an started to be given to the Prophet Muhammad in this month, a
long time ago. Surah 97 tells us about the night it first started to happen.

10. It is the month where all our good deeds get extra rewards, up to 700 times more!

11. Sahoor and Iftar concepts should be introduced.

12. At the end of Ramadan is the special holiday called 'Eid ul Fitr. Teachers must make the 'Eid as special
and as festive in the school as Christmas is for non-Muslims. Otherwise, the children will long for
Christmas and think 'Eid is nothing very special. Encourage gift-giving in the class and a special party
should be held in the school before the 'Eid vacation begins. Give the children 'Eid gifts.

13. Muslims pray more in Ramadan, especially in the Masjid at night. This is called Tarawih.

14. Ramadan is the chance to get lots of bad deeds forgiven, if we do our fasting the right way. Ramadan
comes once a year.

15. Our parents use special time-tables to show the sahoor and iftar times.

16. The Hajj is a special month. It is the month where Allah invited every Muslim in the world to go to
Mecca and visit His special place. Everyone who can make it, goes there for Allah's invitation. The Ka'bah
is a building in Mecca that people face when they pray because the great Prophet, Ibrahim, made it a
special place for people who want to pray to Allah.

17. Introduce the concept that people do certain activities on Hajj and introduce the basic story of the
Prophet Ibrahim.

18. Introduce 'Eid ul Adha and what its lessons are, based on the example of giving up things you love the
most out of even more love for Allah. Make this Eid festive also.

19. Muslims have a duty to tell other people about Allah.

Du'a & Ahadith
1. The following Adiyat and ahadith should be learnt by the children in Arabic and English:

A. Before eating we say, "Bismillahi wa 'alaa barakatillah." "In the name of Allah and on the Blessing of
Allah."

B. "La Tanaafaru" "Don't fight with each other."

C. "Rabbana ateena fid Dunya hasantin, wa fil akhirati hasanatin, wa qeena athzabin narr." "Our Lord,
give us the good in this world and the good in the next and protect us from the painful fire." (2:201)
D. When we say the Prophet's name, or hear someone else say it, we should say, "Sallallahu 'alayhee wa
selem." "Allah's prayer and peace be on him." We say it to show how much we love our dear Prophet.

E. "Miftahul Jannati as Salah." "The key to Jennah is the Salah." (Ahmad, Ibn Majah)

F. "Af shoo Salama baiynakoom." "Greet each other with Peace."

G. "Bismillahi wa kool bee yameneka." "Start eating with Bismillah and eat with your right hand."

Akhlaq & Adab
1. Muslims eat with the right hand. We shake hands with the right hand. We use our left hand for the
bathroom. Teach the basic cleanliness of using the bathroom (instinja) and the importance of cleaning
with water. ("So the evil germs don't get us and make us stinky!")

2. Muslims greet older people first with the Salam and the young people offer their hand to the older ones
first.

3. Children must share their toys with others and always be patient if they don't get what they want right
away.

4. A Muslim doesn't call another Muslim a bad name or tease them. Allah said in the Qur'an that the mean
person who teases is the one who really deserves the teasing. (49:11-12) No one should talk about
someone in a bad way if they are not there. This is called backbiting. It is called that because you are like
an animal eating their body from behind their back.

5. Muslims must follow the directions of their teachers and parents. We never call an adult by their first
name without adding brother or sister first. i.e. Sister Zainab, or Brother Hameed. It is a good and
wonderful thing for students to use the terms brother and sister when they talk to each other. Muslims are,
after all, one big family in the world. The terms and concept of the Ummah can start to be introduced in
this grade.

6. A Muslim does not insult food, even if it tastes bad. Just don't take or accept any more or the food you
don't like.

7. If you love your friend, you should tell them that you love them for the sake of Allah.

8. Muslims don't put the Qur'an on the floor. We treat the book with great respect.

9. A Muslim doesn't waste food. Whatever we don't eat, we either give away or take back home.

10. When we stand in line, we keep the lines straight.

11. If someone comes and tells us a story about someone else we know, we don't believe it automatically
and we don't repeat the story. We try to find out the truth about it ourselves first. (49:6)

12. If we see someone doing a bad thing, we tell them to stop because Allah doesn't like bad deeds. If the
person doesn't stop, we tell the teacher or our parents.

13 . Allah loves the Muslim who tries his or her best in anything.

14. When we first wake up we say: "Asbahna wa asbahal mulku lillahi rabbil 'alameen." "We wake up
and the kingdom wakes up to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds."
Sirah
1. In this grade, more concepts of the Sirah can be introduced. Building on what was mentioned in KG, we
can now add a sense of continuity of Prophethood. Reiterate the concept that Allah sends His messages to
people and then tie this in with the flow of Prophethood beginning with Adam and then going to Nuh,
Ibrahim, Musa and up to Prophet Muhammad.

2. Introduce the incident with Abdel Muttalib and the vow to sacrifice one of ten sons if he found the well
of Zam Zam. Describe the results. Follow through to the baby Muhammad being an orphan.

3. Add more details to the Prophets childhood. Describe Arabian pagan society afresh.

4. Talk about the caravan trip to Syria and the incident with Bahira, the Monk.

5. The visit from Angel Jibra'il to cleanse his soul while Muhammad was tending sheep.

6. Muhammad's employment with Khadijah in simple terms and their marriage.

7. The children born to them.

8. The beginning of Prophethood and the teachings of Islam. Actually go over what the Prophet was
teaching people (in a simplified way) so the students can see they were good teachings. Introduce the term
Wahy (revelation or inspiration.)

9. Describe the bad reaction of some people.

10. Describe the stories of the early converts to Islam: Abu Bakr (the best friend), 'Ali (the nephew), Zayd
(the adopted son), and Khadijah and Fatimah (his wife and daughter).

11. Go over the secret plan to send some Muslims to a far off land called Abysinia to let some Muslims be
safe from the evil idol-worshippers.

12. Explain what idol-worship is all about.

13. Explain how some people from a city named Medina came to accept Islam and invited the Prophet to
come and live with them.. Go over introductions to the following Sahaba: Bilal the first Mu'adhan, Abu
Dharr, Rumaysa bint Milhan, Sumaiyya and Asma' bint Abi Bakr.

14. Detail the incident with 'Ali in the Prophet's bed while the Prophet and Abu Bakr escaped at night.

15. The incident with the cave can be retold with more details about the bird's nest and the spider's web.

16. Celebrate the triumphant entry to Medina with the song, "Ta'ala badru 'alayna."

17. More details about the building of brotherhood in Medina. Mention there were two big groups, the
Auws and Khazraj, who used to fight, but that the Prophet made them love each other.

18. Describe the battles of Badr and Uhud in simple detail.

19. Mention there were two more big battles, but don't explain them fully yet.
20. Go over the treaty of peace between the Muslims and Mecca in a simple way. Explain how the
Meccans broke it.

21. The peaceful taking of Mecca.

22. The spread of Islam far and wide.

23. The death of the Prophet and the great sadness.

24. The people elected Abu Bakr to be the leader of the Muslims. The wahy was ended but leadership
must remain.

History
1. The stories of the following Prophets/People should be taught in an interesting way. Make the stories
come alive by reciting their history in a dramatic and entertaining way. Don't just read from a book. Make
it a magical experience for them. Don't forget to bring props and visual aids. The children can even be
given puppet shows with hand puppets to make the stories more real.

A. Prophet Ibrahim and how he was a boy in search of Allah. How he rejected the moon, sun and stars and
also rejected the idols. Explain how he left his father and land by Allah's command. Introduce the concept
of Ibrahim settling his wife and his son, Isma'il, in Arabia. Then go into Hajir's search for water, finding
Zam Zam and the later building of the special Ka'bah by Isma'il and his father.

B. Introduce the story of the People of Saba (34:15-19) and how they cheated and oppressed people.

C. The story of the servant and the red cloth from Sahih Bukhari. A'ishah relates that a servant girl was
accused of stealing a red cloth when, in fact, a bird had snatched it from the servant girl's hand. The
servant girl protested her innocence for days but nobody believed her. One day, in front of everybody, the
same bird came flying overhead and dropped the red cloth on the ground and flew away. The servant girl
praised Allah and nobody doubted her word ever again. (This story may be used to emphasize that Allah
always lets the truth come out sooner or later.)

D. The story of Prophet Musa up until the day the armies of Pharaoh were crushed in the water.

E. The story of Prophet Nuh in a simplified form. Use in conjunction with the coloring book of the same
name.

F. The Hadith story of the man who brought baby birds to the Blessed Prophet and the Prophet made the
man return them to the nest saying that the mother bird missed her babies.

G. Introduce the concept that there were four leaders who came after the Prophet Muhammad who were
good and who loved Allah. There names are Abu Bakr, 'Umar, Uthman and 'Ali. "The Khulafa ar
Rashideen" or "The Best Rulers." Give a few sayings from each and a few of their great achievements.
Save more details for a higher grade.

Misc.
1. The following manners of eating and drinking should be taught:

A. Always share your food if you see someone with no food.

B. Don't start eating if you are in a group until everyone is ready and the Du'a was said.
C. Don't make a mess and clean up your own place.

D. Don't throw food away. Save it in a wrapper and eat it later. Refrigerate it if you need to.

E. After eating we say, "Alhumdulillahil ladhee at 'ammna wa saqana wa ja 'alnaa min al muslimeen."
"Praise Allah who gave us food and drink and made us Muslims."

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

A. 'Eid ul Fitr, 'Eid ul Adha

B. Tauhid, Iman, Ghafranak, Deen

C. Last Day, Shukran, Afwan, Wahy

D. 'Ibadah, Owthzubillah, Insha'llah

3. Students should be taught the following phrases and when to use them:

A. When we enter the bathroom we say, "Allahumma owdhoobika min al khub-ti wal khaba-ith" "Allah
protect us from the dirty things." We always enter with our left foot.

B. When we leave the bathroom we say, "Ghafranak" "(Allah's) pardon." We leave with our right foot.

C. When we see our parents we should say "Assalamu 'alaykum" first and then be nice to them.

D. When someone does something for us we should say, "Shukran" "Thank you." If they do something
really nice we say, "Jazakullah." (Allah reward you)

E. If someone says shukran to us, we reply, "Afwan" "You're Welcome."

F. Anytime we're happy we say, "Alhumdulillah!" or "Allahu Akbar!" "Allah is Great!"

G. Anytime we plan something or talk about tomorrow, we say, "Insha'llah" "If Allah wills."

Alternate Primary Textbook                     Enrichment
I Love Islam Series                            Let's Learn from the Holy Qur'an
Volume 1 + WB                                  (Coloring Book)
(Noorart)                                      (IQRA)
Secondary Textbook                             Enrichment
The Life and Sayings of Rasulullah             My Little Book of Du'a
(IQRA)                                         (Noorart)
Teacher Resource                               Enrichment
IQRA Kindergarten                              What Do We Say... by Kathryn
(IQRA)                                         Abdullah
                                               (IQRA)
Teacher Resource                               Nasheed (Songs Tape)
Eid Mubarak Resource Binder by Susan           We are Muslims Vol. I and 2
Douglass                                       Noorart
(IQRA)
Qirah Tape
Qur'an for Little Muslims
Noorart
                                               First Grade:

Summary:

Main Focus: To introduce the Qur'an and Islamic practices on a simple level with more substance than
Kindergarten
Learning Abilities: Maturity levels among students of this age vary widely. Some will seem like child
prodigies while others will barely be able to write their own name. Most children will fall somewhere in
between. The average student can read reasonable well if the text is not overly laden with three or more
syllable words. Concepts must still be somewhat simplified and using techniques such as life-reference,
narratives and stage techniques still need to be employed.
Formats to Avoid: Do not give too much homework yet, even though they know how to write. A
homework assignment should take no more than ten to fifteen minutes for the average child to complete.
Preferred Format: A mixture of reading from the textbooks, question and answer time, in class
assignments, story telling and fun activities. Students should be asked questions more often in this class
and the tone of voice of the teacher of Islam must be pleasant and loving as much as possible. Advice:
Never yell at a child because your lesson will be lost, even though you may feel great at having had a
release of pent-up anger and stress, the child will associate whatever you with Islam. Children at this age
level can be very trying. Learn the lessons of Sabr (patience) so you can give the lessons of Sabr.

After the Completion of this Grade, the Students Should Know the Following:
Qur'anic Knowledge

1. Review Surahs Al Fatihah, Al Kauthar and Al Ikhlas and add Al-Falaq, An-Nas, Al-masad, An-Nasr,
Qurish, Al-Feel, Al 'Asr, Al-Kaferoon, Al-Ma’oun, Al-Homazah, Ayat Al-Kursi, and add Ayat 49:13, Al
Humazah, At Takathur, Al Zalzalah, Al Adiyat, Al Qadr, Al Qari'ah, Ayah 4:136
 (English/Arabic + be able to explain what each is about)

2. The text of the Qur'an is called a Mus-haf. The word Mus-haf means a collection of pages.
3. The concepts of Surah Ikhlas can be revisited. It is equal to one-third of the message of the Qur'an.
4. Surah Fatihah is the most important Surah of the Qur'an, according to the Blessed Prophet.

'Aqeedah
1. Allah knows what happens all the time. He knows everything. When some bad thing happens, we are
being tested to see how we act about it. When a good thing happens we are also being tested. Allah never
makes us do bad. He is in today, tomorrow and yesterday all at the same time.

2. When we have Taqwa, we are true believers. Taqwa is knowing that Allah is there and always
remembering He sees us. We want to stay away from bad and like to do good when we have Taqwa.
Taqwa is like Iman, except it is a bigger thing.

3. Go into more detail about what Allah is and is not. Introduce the concept of Allah being known through
His attributes. The children can learn the following names and their significance: "Al Wadud" (the
Loving), "Al Rahman" (the Caring or Merciful), "Al Malik" (the King or Controller), "Baseer" (the One
Who Sees), "Al Quddoos" (the Special One or the Holy One).

4. You may begin highlighting a few of the false ideas about Allah that the Christians have. They say there
are three gods in one and that God is a man. They also say God has a wife mother and that God gave birth
to Himself. The skilled and informed teacher can have a lot of fun expressing the utter stupidity of these
beliefs to students. This is important so they can realize the value of Tauhid. Some people may disagree
with the approach of showing that Christianity is wrong, but to them I ask, "Then what do you believe is
right?"
5. The students should learn the Iman ul Mufassil in English only and be able to list the seven beliefs of
Islam. "I believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, the Measurement, both
the good and the bad are from Allah the High and in Life after Death."

6. The concepts of each of these can be broadened from knowledge taught in previous grade levels.

7. Elaborate on the purpose of life and the ultimate fate of people.

8. Elaborate on the concept that the proof of Allah is all around us in the perfection of nature and the
natural world. The science teacher should be aware that this concept must be promoted on a daily basis.
Don't just say, "Rocks were formed millions of years ago..." Say, "Allah caused rocks to form millions of
years ago..." Do you get the picture?

9. Introduce the concept of the Kiraman Katibeen, or Noble Writers. The Angels which figuratively hover
over our right and left shoulders taking down our deeds. Explain nothing is hidden from them.
10. Mention the Hadith about the Angel Jibra'il coming to a gathering and asking the Prophet about the
beliefs of Islam, Ihsan and the signs of the Last Day. Use this to show that Angels can disguise themselves
and take on human forms.

11. The names of the five known revelations of Allah tied to the Prophet who bore them must be
introduced. The purpose of revelation and how people are to follow it can be highlighted. The corruption
and losing of the books prior to the Qur'an must be mentioned.

12. Emphasize that all Prophets taught the same message. They taught surrender to Allah's will, i.e. Islam.

13. The Qur'an can be introduced in more detail. The textbook, "My Little Book about the Qur'an" may be
useful in this regard. The Qur'an is the Book of Allah and the Hadith are the sayings of the Prophet.
whatever is in either of them is binding on Muslims to follow.

14. The stories of the Prophets contained in the textbook "Islam for Children" can be used.

15. The concepts of the Last Day and life after death can also be utilized from that book.

'Ibadah

1. There are many different ways to say the Shahadah. Another word for Shahadah, which means "The
Declaration or Announcement" is the word Kalimah, or Statement. There are seven different Kalimahs.
Each one of them is a different way to say that there in no god except Allah. Some are long and some are
short.

2. The first Kalimah is called the "Kalimah Tayyib" or "the good statement." It is, "La ilaha illallah,
Muhammadar Rasulullah." "There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

3. The next Kalimah is the one we say to become a Muslim. It is, "Ashahadu an la ilaha illallah, wa
ashahadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah." "I say that there is no god but Allah and I say that Muhammad
is the Messenger of Allah."

4. The third Kalimah is what we say in our Salat everyday. It is called the Kalimah Shahadat. It is,
"Ashahadu an la ilaha illallah, wahdahu la shareeka lahu, wa ashahadu anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa
Rasulhoo." "I say that there is no god but Allah, Who is one with no partners, and I say that Muhammad is
His servant and Messenger."
5. The details of the Salat can be strengthened partially in this grade. During this grade level, the students
must have been able to master all the previous knowledge taught in lower grades. They should know the
terms for each movement of the Salat, they should know the times and the timings of Salat, they should
know the names of the five Fard prayers, they should also be introduced to the difference between Fard
and Sunnah prayers. Don't mention the terms Wajib, Nafl or Mustahab yet, save that for fourth and fifth
grade. The basic concept we want to impart here is that there are five required prayers and then extra
prayers which we do for extra credit called "Sunnah" prayers.

6. The "Sunnah" prayers they should be aware of, and encouraged to practice are: the two Rak'ahs before
Fajr, four before Zuhr and two after it, two before 'Asr, two after Maghrib and the two before and after
'Isha. If we can succeed in getting them to adopt those "Sunnah" prayers successfully, then a great
achievement will have been accomplished.

7. At this grade level, all the required phrases and statements of the Salat procedure will be expected to be
mastered. There may be a few students who couldn't get it right during first grade, gently, and I mean
gently, nudge them along so they can catch up.

8. The concept of Dhikr should be introduced. Dhikr literally means to remember. The students will be
taught that we should remember Allah so we can be more loved by Him and so that we can get good deeds
and feel better inside.

9. Along with that, of course, the concept of getting Allah's reward should be expanded. The introductory
Dhikr formulas that can be introduced are: saying, "Subhanullah," "Alhumdulillah," and "Allahu Akbar"
after the Salat has finished. Each phrase should be said 33 times each with the last phrase being said 34
times. Another phrase is: "La ilaha illallah" at least ten times. Explain that this is the best phrase a Muslim
can say and the most important. The Blessed Prophet said, "There is a phrase that is easy on the tongue but
heavy in the scale and that phrase is 'La ilaha illallah.'" (Hadith)

10. The institution of fasting will be broadened in scope. In addition to what was learned in lower grades,
we will be elaborating on the concept of sacrifice and self-control, in a simple way. The teacher should
mention a few simple ahadith about fasting and how much Allah loves it.

11. By this age, all of the students should be at least "practice" fasting. Any who are weak or weak-willed
may be exempted without shame.

12. Briefly discuss the length of Muslim months and how the moon is used to determine the days. There
are cross-curriculum benefits with science class.

13. The Islamic advice about eating should be introduced, "Keep one third of the stomach for food, one
third for liquid and one third for air." (Hadith) Over-eating and eating the wrong kinds of foods will be
discussed. Dates, milk, water and natural foods will be encouraged for every meal. (This is an important
theme because, unfortunately, almost all parents fill their children's lunch-boxes with candy, processed,
fat-laden food or chocolate.)

14. The concept that fasting was taught by all the Prophets can be introduced here.

15. The importance of Zakat, tied to the principle of sharing, can be elaborated on. Simple math exercise
can be done in math class to calculate imaginary Zakat payment.

16. More exposure to the benefits of Hajj will be introduced. The actual rituals will not be detailed.
Instead, the main rituals of Tawaf, Sa'i and Jamarat can be highlighted in a fun and interesting way. A
three-D model of the Ka'bah can be purchased and displayed. Students can write short essays based on
interviews with family members who went on Hajj.

17. The importance of da'wah can be introduced in a simple way.

Du'a, Phrases & Ahadith

1. The following Du'as and ahadith should be learnt by the children in Arabic and English:

A. When we go to bed we say, "Allahumma Bismika amootu wa ah-ya." "Allah, in your Name I die and I
live."

B. When we wake up we say, "Alhumdulillah." "Praise Allah."

C. "As Salamu 'alaikum qabla al kalaami." "Say peace be upon you before you start speaking." (Tirmidhi)

D. "'Alaykoom bis Sidqi." "Always tell the truth." (Tirmidhi)

E. "Al 'areeyatoo mu-addatoon." "Return what you borrow." (al-Kanz)

F. If a nightmare comes and scares us in our sleep, we should say, "Owthzubillahim ashaytanir rajeem."
"Allah protect me from the rejected Shaytan." Then we make a spitting motion (without spitting) to our
left three times and we will feel better.

G. "Allahumma a inni ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni 'ibadatika." "O Allah help me to remember
You, to thank you and to serve you."

Akhlaq & Adab

1. When we finish eating we say, "Alhumdulillahil ladhi at'amana was saqaanaa wa ja'alnaa min al
Muslimeen." "Praise to the one Who fed us, gave us a drink and made us Muslims." (Tirmidhi)

2. When we enter the bathroom we say, "Allahumma inni owdhubika min al khubthi wal khabaa-ith."
"Allah protect me from the dirty things."

3. When we leave the bathroom we say, "Ghafranak." "Pardon me."

Sirah

1. Follow the general guidelines in the IQRA elementary curriculum guide.
History

1. The story of Abu Bakr can be elaborated upon along with a few general details of his Khilafah. Stories
and anecdotes are paramount. His example of truth, friendship and faithfulness can be highlighted.

2. The stories of the following Prophets/People should be taught in an interesting way. Make the stories
come alive by reciting their history in a dramatic and entertaining way. Don't just read from a book. Make
it a magical experience for them. Don't forget to bring props and visual aids. The children can even be
given puppet shows with hand puppets to make the stories more real.

A. Abraha and the Elephant.
B. The evil Abu Lahab.

C. To woman who was forgiven her sin because she watered a thirsty dog.

D. The Hadith story about the bad man who killed 99 people and then went to look for forgiveness.
(Located in Riyadh as Saliheen)

E. The Hadith story about the Leper, the Blind man and the Bald man who were tested by Allah. (From
Bukhari)

Misc.

1. The children should be allowed to participate in the planning and execution of the Eid parties at least an
introductory level.

2. Children must be taught that a Muslim doesn't harm any living creature for no reason. If we are attacked
by a mosquito, snake or spider, we can kill it, but we don't kill for no reason.

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

A. Nasheed, Sa'i, Zakat, Tawaf, Jamarat, Dhikr, Hadith, ahadith, Mus-haf.


Primary Textbook                               Enrichment
Color and Learn Salah                          Our Book of Du'a
by Yahiya Emerick                              by F. Abdullah
Noorart                                        (IQRA)
Secondary Textbook                             Nasheed (Songs)
I Love Islam Series                            Our Children, Our Future (Shaam)
Volume 2 + WB                                  (Astrolabe)
(Noorart)
Teacher Resource                               Teacher Resource 2
Muslims in Our Community and                   IQRA Elementary Curriculum
Around the World                               (Sound Vision)
Resource Binder by Susan Douglass
(IQRA)
                                               Nasheed 2 (Songs)
                                               Allah ArRahman ArRahim
                                               (Astrolabe)