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Atoms



Two atoms are walking down the street.
Says one atom to the other, "Hey! I think I lost an electron!"
The other says, "Are you sure??"
"Yes, I'm positive!"

We've been studying atoms this week at the upper elementary level and here are some resources we've used/come across.

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Notebooking & Notes







Worksheets


Miscellaneous

The Five Daily Salaat Summary Chart

This is just a little chart I put together to hang in our prayer area so I could easily review these basic concepts before prayertime, in shaa Allah.

The Five Daily Salaat Summary Chart




Jumuah (Friday)

Jumuah

  • Jumuah (Yawmul Jumuah) is Friday in Arabic.  
  • The word Jumuah comes from a word meaning "to gather." Muslims gather together on Jumuah for the Jumuah prayer. 

Jumuah is a significant day in Islam for many reasons. 
Learn about them here!

Significance of Jumuah

Here are some of the occurrences that have occurred or occur on Jumuah, according to Tafsir Ibn Kathir's Tafsir of Suratul Jumuah:

  • Allah created Adam, the first man, on a Jumuah
  • Adam was placed in Jannah (and taken out of it) on a Jumuah
  • The Day of Judgment will occur on a Jumuah
  • There is an hour on Jumuah where "no faithful servant asks Allah for something good, but Allah will give him what he asked for."
  • Muslims gather on Jumuah for the Jumuah prayer 

It's Jumuah! PowerPoint - learn about the merits and etiquette of Yawmul Jumuah

    The Jumuah Prayer

    On Jumuah, Muslims gather at the masjid for a two rakaat prayer and 2 short khutbahs (speeches).
     For more on the Jumuah Prayer, AbdurRahman.org has a wonderful section on Jumuah you can browse.

    Reciting Suratul Kahf on Jumuah



    “Whoever reads Surah Al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.”(Source)

    Learning/Recitation Powerpoint

    A powerpoint that I made for my kids to help remind them of the merits of reciting Suratul Kahf on Jumuah as well as audio and text of the 1st 10 ayaat.


    Download the (PPT) (PDF) forms. (you can also download the Powerpoint from Slideshare at the link above)

    Etiquette of Jumuah

     Among the etiquettes of Jumuah (Tafsir Ibn Kathir)
    • Make Ghusl (take a bath)
    • Wear our best clothes
    • Apply perfume (oil)
    • Use miswak (a tooth stick)
    • Leave the house early
    • Sit close to the Imam
    • Listen to khutbah without talking
     Narrated Salman Al-Farsi: Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said,

    “Anyone who takes a bath on Friday and cleans himself as much as he can and puts oil (on his hair) or scents himself; and then proceeds for the prayer and does not force his way between two persons (assembled in the mosque for the Friday prayer), and prays as much as is written for him and remains quiet when the Imam delivers the Khutba, all his sins in between the present and the last Friday will be forgiven.

     Source: https://greatrewards.abdurrahman.org/2011/07/29/get-your-minor-sins-forgiven-between-friday-and-the-following-friday/

     

     

    Greeting on Jumuah???

    Source: http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2012/10/19/ruling-on-saying-jumuaah-mubaarak/

    Sheikh Fawzan was asked the following question:
    Every Friday one of my colleagues sends me a text saying “Ju’muaah Mubaarak” and he continues saying that he hopes that I will add that to my cell phone greeting or to my greeting on the internet forums; what is your view of this?

    Answer: Sheikh Fawzan
    This is an innovation, Allah has not sent down any authority for this action. This is an action that is not known or narrated in the Sunnah; it has not been narrated that the Muslims should congratulate each other on Friday; rather it has only been reported that they would congratulate each other on Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr not on Friday. Therefore putting this is a text and encouraging others to do it is an innovation and from spreading innovation.

    Sheikh Abdul Musin Al Abaad was asked the following question:
    Based on the premise that Friday is a (Eid) holiday, is it permissible to greet each other saying, Ju’muaah Mubaarak or Ju’muaah Accepted?
    Answer: Sheikh Abdul Musin Al Abaad:
    By Allah, we don’t know of anything that proves the validity of this. As for the two Eids then it has been narrated that the companions when they would meet each other they would say, “May Allah accept it from us and you” or “May Allah accept your obedience”.

    The Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz was asked the following question:
    What is the ruling on the statement Ju’muaah Mubaarak?
    Answer: Sheikh Abdul Aziz
    There is no origin for sending out the greeting Ju’muaah Mubaarak on the cell phones. It is a bless day, no doubtAllah the Exalted has singled us out with this day, and the Jews and Christians have been lead astray away from this day, but as for giving a greeting every Friday then we don’t know of any origin for this.
    http://www.albaidha.net/vb/showthread.php?p=112005

    Duaas on Jumuah

    Reported by al-Bukharee and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

    "Indeed, there is an hour (opportune time) on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while praying and asks something from Allah, then Allah will definitely meet his demand. And he (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands." (Source)

    When is the Hour to Make Duaas?

     Source: The Clear Sunnah
    There are two opinions concerning the hour of response on Friday which are likely to be correct:
    • The first is that it lasts from after ‘Asr until the sun sets, for those who sit and wait for Maghrib, whether that is in the mosque or at home, making du’aa’ to their Lord, whether they are men or women; whoever does that is more deserving of seeing a response to his or her du’aa’. But men should not pray Maghrib or any other prayer at home unless they have a legitimate shar’i excuse, as is well known from the evidence of sharee’ah.
    •  The second is that it lasts from the time when the imaam sits on the minbar to deliver the khutbah on Friday until he finishes the prayer.
    Du’aa’ at either of these times is deserving of being answered.
    These two times are more likely to be the times of response on Friday, because of the saheeh ahaadeeth which indicate that. The hour of response may also be sought at other times of the day.

    And the bounty of Allaah is great.

    Among the moments when response may come to a du’aa’ in all prayers, obligatory and naafil alike, is the moment of sujood (prostration), because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The closest that a person may be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a great deal of du’aa’ in sujood.” (Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), in al-Salaah, 482).

    And Muslim (may Allaah have mercy on him) narrated in his Saheeh from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “As for rukoo’ (bowing), proclaim the greatness of your Lord in rukoo’ and strive in du’aa’, for you will be more deserving of being responded to.” (Muslim, al-Salaah, 479).

    Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Majallat al-Buhooth, issue no. 34, p. 142


       Fasting on Jumuah 

      Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: 
      I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) as saying: “None of you should observe fast on Friday except that he should observe fast either one day before it or one day after it.’‘
      [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
      Source

       

      The Qiblah


      What does Qiblah mean?

       Qiblah means "direction of prayer."

      What is the Qiblah of a Muslim? And how do we know?

       The Kabah is the qiblah of a Muslim. Allah informs us of the prayer direction in the Quraan:

      “Verily, We have seen the turning of your face (O Muhammad) towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (proper direction) that will please you. So turn your face to the direction of Al-Masjid-ul-Haraam.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 144]

      Audio: https://archive.org/details/Al-baqarah143-144 (Ayaah 144 --> time 2:11 to 3:40)

      How do we say "facing the qiblah/kabah" in Arabic?

      Istiqbaal-ul-Qiblah. Facing the Qiblah is the eighth condition of prayer. (Source)

      What do we do if we find out we didn’t pray facing the Qiblah?

      1. "If a Muslim is on a journey or in a land in which it is not easy to find someone to show him the Qiblah, then his prayer is correct even after it becomes clear to him that he did not pray towards the Qibla. But if he was in a Muslim land, his prayer is not correct, because he is able to ask someone to show him the direction of the Qibla, just as he is able to know the direction of the Qibla via the mosques." (Source)


      2. Source: AlIfta.net. "It is obligatory on a Muslim to face the Qiblah, wherever he is for this is one of the most important conditions of Salah (Prayer). Allah (Exalted and Glorified be He) says:  And from wheresoever you start forth (for prayers), turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid-Al-Harâm (at Makkah), and wheresoever you are, turn your faces towards it (when you pray) A person who is unable to observe the Qiblah is excluded from this stipulation; such as a person who is crucified and made to face another direction or a sick person who is cannot face the Qiblah. Allah (Exalted be He) says:  So keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him as much as you can.

      The same is true for a traveler who should take the direction of his way, even if he faces a direction other than the Qiblah. It is authentically reported that  The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to perform the supererogatory prayer on his riding camel facing any direction. But, it is better to face the Qiblah upon starting Salah and say Takbirat-ul-Ihram (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]" upon starting Prayer) according to a Hadith Hasan (a Hadith whose chain of narration contains a narrator with weak exactitude, but is free from eccentricity or blemish) related in this regard.

      If a person is performing an obligatory Prayer and able to face the Qiblah, he is not permitted to direct to another side whether they are a resident or on a journey. As for those who are traveling by ship, plane or the like, it is obligatory on them to observe the Qiblah as much as possible and turn along with the ship or the plane. If a person does not notice that he is away from the Qiblah sometimes, there is no blame on him. Allah (Exalted be He) says:  Allâh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.  ...and He has not laid upon you in religion any hardship  So keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him as much as you can The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:  When I command you to do anything, do of it as much as you possibly can."

      The Story of the Changing of the Qiblah

      Imam Al-Bukhari reported that Al-Bara’ bin `Azib narrated: “Allah’s Messenger offered his prayers facing Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) for sixteen or seventeen months, but he wished that he could pray facing the Ka`bah (at Makkah). The first prayer which he offered (facing the Ka`bah) was the `Asr (Afternoon) prayer in the company of some people. Then one of those who had offered that prayer with him, went out and passed by some people in a mosque who were in the bowing position (in Ruku`) during their prayers (facing Jerusalem). He addressed them saying, `By Allah, I bear witness that I have offered prayer with the Prophet facing Makkah (Ka`bah).’ Hearing that, those people immediately changed their direction towards the House (Ka`bah) while still as they were (i.e., in the same bowing position). Some Muslims who offered prayer towards the previous Qiblah (Jerusalem) before it was changed towards the House (the Ka`bah in Makkah) had died or had been martyred, and we did not know what to say about them (regarding their prayers towards Jerusalem). Allah then revealed:
      (And Allah would never make your faith (prayers) to be lost (i.e., the prayers of those Muslims were valid)) (2:143).”
      Al-Bukhari collected this narration, while Muslim collected it using another chain of narrators. Muhammad bin Ishaq reported that Al-Bara’ narrated: Allah’s Messenger used to offer prayers towards Bayt Al-Maqdis (in Jerusalem), but would keep looking at the sky awaiting Allah’s command (to change the Qiblah). Then Allah revealed:
      (Verily, We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haram (at Makkah).) (2:144)
      Source: https://abdurrahman.org/2014/01/27/changingqiblah/


      Learning Resources

      The Qiblah (PowerPoint) TJ Homeschooling


       Download The Qiblah from TJ Homeschooling at SlideShare


      Notebooking Pages



      Lesson on the Qiblah - a brief  5 page lesson on the qiblah for younger students.



      Prophet's Prayer Described Lesson on Facing the Qiblah  (from 2006)
      You can find other lessons that I made to go along with the book here.

      Lessons to Accompany "The Prophet's Prayer Described"

      Art Resources


      We don't generally do a lot of art in our homeschool, but I'm trying to incorporate it more as my daughter loves it and I want to expose my son who's more partial to computers and robotics (and really not much else these days) to it. These are some resources that we've used or that I've found along the way.

      Seasonal Art/Crafts

      Color 

      Art Prompts 

      • Art Prompts - when you need quick ideas for art, try art prompts

      Playdough, Clay, Goo, Etc. 

      Wudhoo - Ablution for Prayer

      Books/Treatise to Use for or With Study

      Al Wajeez fee Fiqhis Sunnah wa Kitaabul 'Azeez (PDF) - this is an English translation and it seems like a pretty good book to base Wudhoo lessons on. The content is broken down into lessons: 
      • Types of water
      • Impurities
      • How to purify impurities
      • Sunnah of the fitrah
      • Toilet manners
      • Purification for the prayer
      • Sunnahs of the wudhoo
      • Things which break wudhoo
      • Things for which wudhoo is obligatory/recommended
      • Wiping over leather socks
      • Al Ghusl, the bath
      • The recommended baths
      • Tayammum
      • Menstruation/after birth bleeding

        Nullifiers of Wudhoo

        1. Whatever comes out from the two private parts
        2. Any foul impure substance that comes out from the body
        3. Loss of consciousness (i.e. sleep/insanity)
        4. Touching a woman with sexual desire
        5. Touching one’s private part with the hand, whether it is the penis or the anus
        6. Eating the meat of camels
        7. Bathing a deceased person
        8. Apostating from Islaam, may Allaah protect us from that!
        Source: The Conditions, Pillars, and Requirements of Prayer By Imam Muhammad binÂAbdil-Wahhaab

         Conditions and Requirements of Wudhoo

         The Ten Conditions of Wudhoo:
        1. One must be Muslim
        2. He must be sane and conscious
        3. He must have reached the age of maturity
        4. He must have the Intention
        5. He must intend to not stop until he completes his ritual purity
        6. He must remove that which makes ritual purity mandatory
        7. His private parts must be clean
        8. He must use clean water that is permissible
        9. He must remove all things that prevent the water from reaching his skin
        10. It must be the proper time. This applies to those who have extended periods of
        ritual impurity, such as menstruating women

        The Six Requirements of Wudhoo:
        1. He must wash his face, which is from ear to ear and forehead to chin, and which
        includes rinsing the mouth and inhaling water in the nose and blowing it out.
        2. He must wash his hands up to (and including) the elbows
        3. He must wipe his entire head, including the ears (with water)
        4. He must wash his feet up to (and including) the ankles
        5. He must maintain this sequence (i.e. 1 to 4)
        6. Each of the above acts must be done without any pause in between them so as to
        let the previous part of the body that was washed become dry.


        Source: The Conditions, Pillars, and Requirements of Prayer By Imam Muhammad binÂAbdil-Wahhaab

        Benefits of Keeping/Being in a State of  Wudhoo

        Benefits of Keeping WudhooSource: http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2013/07/20/benefits-of-always-being-in-wudhoo-shaykh-muhammad-al-uthaymeen/


        Q: What are the benefits that a Muslim will obtain if he constantly makes wuhdoo after everything that breaks it?

        A: Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen [d. 1421 AH], may Allah have mercy on him, answered:

        • The benefits that a Muslim obtains if he constantly makes wuhdoo after everything that breaks it are that he remains in a state of ritual purity, and remaining in a state of ritual purity is a righteous action.
        •  Also, he may be a person who constantly remembers Allah in all situations, so when he remembers Allah, he will be in a state of ritual purity. 
        • Likewise, he may need to pray, and the place he is in may not have any easily accessible water to make wudhoo with. So, in that situation, he will already be ready for prayer.
         What’s important is that when a person remains in a state of ritual purity, there are many benefits. 

        How to Make Wudhoo

        The Wudhoo for Salaat - PDF - Understand-Islam.net
        Step by step directions for making wudhoo; invalidators of wudhoo.

         The Wudhu for Salaat

        How to Make Wudhoo Posters

        How to Make Wudhoo Poster 1 (link not currently available;; working on restoring)



        Wudhoo Study Poster:
        Includes the steps of wudhoo, the proof for making wudhoo, the excellence of making wudhoo and a brief summary of things that break the wudhoo.

        Wudhoo Summary Poster

         "How to Make Wudhoo" PowerPoints

        Alhamdulillah, we completed our reading of the Prophet's Wudoo Described today (last summer). The first day we read, I just read through half of the book with the kids.  It went well, alhamdulillah, but I decided to do some visuals for next time as I read the book to engage them more.  It turned into a PowerPoint and I actually finished the book with them today, but solely with the PowerPoint instead of reading out of the book.

        SubhanAllah, I really enjoyed studying this book as it was a much needed refresher (for me as well as them, maa shaa Allah).

        Prophet's Wudoo Described Study Supplement from TJ Homeschooling

        Before I Pray Powerpoint - This is a powerpoint I made for my kids back in 2007 and revised back in 2008.


        Duaas After Wudhoo

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                        Download Poster 1                             Download Poster 2

        Set of 3 Duaa after Wudhoo learning posters
        Contains two sets of each duaa (one with Arabic and translation only and another set with Arabic, translation, and transliteration)
        Duaa after Wudhoo Learning Posters

        Duaa after Wudhoo Learning Posters

        Duaa after Wudhoo Learning Posters


        Wiping Over Socks

        Wiping Over Socks & Shoes for Wudhoo



        The Complete Guidance on the Rulings of Wiping : Shaykh al-Albanee
        Wiping over shoes, wiping over khuffs or socks with holes in them, time limit for wiping

        What is the ruling from the Salaf concerning wiping over the socks? - a question answered by Shaykh 'Abdullah Al Ghudayyaan


        Water Used for Wudhoo

         How Much Water to Use

         From the Prophet's Wudhoo Described:



        Picture Source: Bakkah.net
        About the Mudd

        (Source: SalafiTalk.net)

        The mudd is not simply a double-handful. 


        A mudd is an actual physical container (like a small bowl or pot, or a large cup), a standardized unit of measurement, one that was widely in use in the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) in the marketplaces and in their houses. 


        It is based on a double-handful - don't get confused - but the Companions used to buy and sell using the containers (the mudd and the saa'), not their own individual double-handfuls, and they used to give their zakaat al-fitr with these containers (the saa' and the mudd).  The Prophet (sallaaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) used to have Zayd ibn Thaabit measure out mudds and saa's of food using the standardized mudd and saa'. 
        So Allaah did not legislate that big-handed people have to give more zakaat al-fitr, and people with small hands give less.  Rather there is a standardized measurement to be used, according to how it has been legislated. 


        Thus, it is known that it is incorrect to define the mudd referred to in the texts as simply anyone's double-handful, rather the mudd referred to was an actual container, which our scholars throughout history have busied themselves recording its size, shape, volume, and description. 
        And Allaah knows best. 
        For more information: http://www.salafitalk.net/st/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=24&Topic=9559
        Moosaa ibn John Richardson 


        More can be found here on the mudd and saa' (in regards to giving zakaat/sadaqah and measuring):



        How Women Should Wipe Their Head for Wudhoo

         via Salaf us Saalih.com
        Question:
        Is the wiping of the head for the woman similar to the man? And what should she do if she has long hair? Does she wipe to the end (of her hair) and then return, or is it sufficient to wipe within the boundaries of the head of the man?

        Shaykh Uthaymeen:
        It is obligatory for us to know that the legal rulings are consistent between the women and the men, and the men and the women, except where proof is established that differentiates between the two; based upon this: It is prescribed for the woman to wipe the head just as it is prescribed for the man. Thus she places her hands at the front of the head then she wipes to the back of the head, then she returns them to the place she began; just as the man does. And it is not incumbent upon her to wipe down to the bottom of her hair rather she wipes to the bottom of her hair-line. Likewise if the man has long hair down to the shoulders, then it is not incumbent upon him except to wipe down to the hair-line only.

         Misconceptions pertaining to Wudhoo


        Wrong understandings Regarding some of the Rulings of Wudu
        Seven different cases pertaining to wudhoo in which some may have a wrong understanding in including wiping over socks with holes, which side to start on, touching something impure and more...

        Wudhoo Lapooks & Notebooking Pages

        Lapbooks are a great way to reinforce and review concepts. Here are some neat examples of Wudhoo lapbooks.

        Miscellaneous

        Wudhoo Body Parts Vocabulary Poster - An old poster I made years ago

        Wudhoo Body Parts Vocabulary

        Super Chewy Sugar Cookies

        I remember when I was in college, they used to sell some of the best sugar cookies in the on campus cafe.  The other day I found an awesome recipe for sugar cookies, "The Best Chewy Sugar Cookies Recipe" from AddaPinch.com and I have to say, it is one of the best sugar cookies I've ever made.



        Ingredients

        • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
        • 1½ cups granulated sugar*
        • 1 egg
        • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
        • ½ teaspoon baking powder
        • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt ( I just used regular as it was what I had on hand)
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla
        • ¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies

        Directions


        1. Preheat oven to 350º F. 
        2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.** Add egg and mix until well-combined.
        3. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.
        4. Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
        5. Add granulated sugar to a large bowl for rolling cookie dough in before baking. Place each ball of cookie dough into the bowl of granulated sugar and roll to coat well. Place cookie dough onto baking sheet, spacing about 1½-inches to 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.***


        Things we did

        1. *Sugar - Now, I have a sweet tooth and I loved them, but some of my kids said they were too sweet (can you believe it?)  so you may want to decrease the amount of sugar.

        2. **Creaming the butter and sugar. I usually always cream the butter and sugar in a recipe with just a wooden spoon but this time I decided to use the mixer for the three minutes and the dough came out so light and fluffy!  It was probably the softest cookie dough I've ever worked with.

        3.  ***The directions call for cooking them 8-10. After 8 minutes they didn't look so done to me, so I left them in for 10 and I still wasn't satisfied so I ended up leaving them in for 15 minutes. I think this produced a crispier cookie than if I had left them in for the time specified, but they still had a great deal of chewiness to them, so I was satisfied.  I definitely want to try these again, in shaa Allah and I may reduce the time in the oven some from what I did this time as I know they still continue to cook on the cookie sheet for a bit.