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Quraan Audio

Places to Download QuraanWhen I started listing Quraan audio years ago, there weren't quite so many places to find Quraan audio. Now they are plentiful, alhamdulillah. At any rate, here are a few of my go to's for Quraan audio:
  • Quranic Audio - Download or stream mp3 files; dozens of Qaaris (recitors)
  • MP3 - Download or stream mp3 files; dozens of Qaaris (recitors)

Ideas for Structuring Your Quraan Period/Class

Ideas for Structuring Quraan Class/Period

Here is a sample outline for what a Quraan class/period could look like:

1. Review

Tip: Always start each session with review or make sure that there is a review session daily.

Things to review: previous surahs (read/recite), vocabulary, tafsir concepts.

Tip:You may want to make up study question lists or flashcards for quick reviews.
This review can be done by the instructor or the students themselves depending upon student’s capacity and time.

2. For starting new surahs or new ayaat

(some activities may not be suitable for younger students)

Introduce the surah.

    1. Write surah title on board/paper.
    2. Discuss what the name means. If students are older, have them try to determine the root letters of the name. Have students look up the root letters and write out the meaning as used in the title.
    3. Survey the surah by completing Part I of the Surah Study Guide

Study the Surah

  1. Read the related tafsir for the new ayaat. Discuss.  Have student generate study questions from the material. Turn headings into questions and then make questions from statements in the reading. (Record on Study Questions template—). Student may also outline the reading. See Outline form.
  2. Read/recite the ayaat to students. Reread and have students repeat after you.
  3. Define new Arabic/English vocabulary from the first set of ayaat to memorize. Have student write the words down in notebook and/or have student copy the ayaat and write its corresponding English translation below each line…use Ayaat breakdown form, attached, or write in notebook.
  4. Discuss selected grammar rules in the ayaat.

Begin to Memorize the Surah

  1. Either work with student or have him/her listen to Quraan audio to pronounce the ayaat correctly.  Allow time for student to begin memorizing the ayaat; in addition, schedule other study times that student should work on memorization.. Assign a specific number of repetitions per session if student needs help staying on task.. Use hifz counter from TJ or have student use tally marks to keep track of repetitions.

Work with the Surah

  1. Assign homework/independent work.
  2. Use activity ideas from the Quraan Homework Activity list (below) to assign students work to learn/practice/reinforce vocabulary and concepts.
  3. Once student has memorized the target ayaat, repeat steps 5-10 for each new set of ayaat.

Quraan Homework/Independent Practice Activity List

Activities to assign for homework/independent practice

  1.  Write each new word (x number of times)
  2.  Write review words (x number of times)
  3.  Take dictation on vocabulary words
  4.  Write the current ayaat or surah
  5.  Answer comprehension questions based upon tafsir/discussion or complete writing assignment
  6.  Answer application questions (in writing/demonstration/orally) or complete writing assignment:(E.g. This ayaah (number) is about making wudhu, demonstrate the proper way to make wudhu.  When should/would you say when…….?)
  7.  Alphabetize Arabic/English vocabulary
  8.  Match English to Arabic words
  9. Given the English word, write the Arabic word
  10. Given a clue, write the correct Arabic word
  11. Unscramble a word or ayaat
  12. Supply the missing letters in words or missing word in ayaat
  13.  Make flashcards to review vocabulary and concepts

Independent Quraan Period Activities

  • Listen to Quraan on tape, CD, etc.
  • Use computer software (Juz30, ‘Alim, Arabic Playhouse, Vocabulary Master, etc)
  • Copy surahs or ayaat in Arabic/English. (or for smaller children, words). For Quraanic copywork, see TJ's Quraan by the Surah pages or
  • Help younger sibling(s) practice reciting
  • Review known surahs (recite or read); review vocabulary, content

Some ways to review (content):

  • When initially reading tafsir, make up study questions and during this time go back and review (answer) those questions. See Talibiddeen Jr;’s Surah Study Guide templates for a Q/A blank form
  • Use a quiz program (software) and enter questions and then review during this time
  • Make games using Quraan subject matter that children can play during Quraan period: bang, bingo, climbing ladder game, speed contest, homemade board games, hopscotch, name that surah, Sameer says, tic tac toe, memory/matching games, hang “man” (use flower or image of something without a soul)
  • Read/listen to Tafsir
  • Complete simple writing assignment based upon current or past surahs (answer comprehension questions, write an essay, etc).
For printables for reviewing quraan (what you've memorized), see TJ's Quraan Progress Charts and Quraan Certificates sections.

Stories from the Quraan

Stories from the Quraan
The following is a list of some stories from the Quraan. The stories listed below are in the footnotes of the Al-Hilaali/Khan English Translation of the Interpretation of the Meanings of the Noble Quraan and are narrations from ahadith. The numbers indicate the ayaah where the footnote occurs.

  • Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as an Interceder, 2:31
  • The Thief, 2:255
  • A Dream of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam), 2:279
  • Abu Sufyan visits Heraclius, 3:64
  • The Body, 3:71
  • Seeing Allah on the Day of Resurrection, 4:40, 68:42c
  • The Leper, the Bald Man and the Blind Man, 5:78
  • The Shepherd and the Wolf, 6:143
  • The Story of the Debtor, 12:67
  • Story of the building of the Kabah, 14:37
  • Sarah and the King, 16:71
  • Ikrimah Ibn Abi Jahl, 17:67
  • Musa & Al-Khidr, 18:60
  • The Story of Al- Miraj (Ascension), 53:12
  • Story of the Boy and the King, 85:1
  • Questioned about Delights of this World, 102:8
  • Army of the Elephants, 105:5
  • The Screen, 111:5

Other Sources

Stories of the Quraan

Quraan Bulletin Board: Educate, Stimulate, Decorate!

Make a Quraan bulletin board to chart your progress and display reference/learning material!

Some things you might want to put on your board:
  • List of all surah names
  • Progress trackers
  • Poster representing current surah working on; its Arabic text, meaning, etc.
  • Reminders about Quraan etiquette (reciting, handling, etc)
  • Background information on the Quraan
  • Quotes as to its virtues and purpose

Pick up some goodies for your Quraan board from Islamic Bulletin Boards:

Quraan Quote Accents

Surah Name Cards

Quraan Borders

Have you done a Quraan bulletin board/learning center?

Leave a link in the comments section to share your board with other TJ visitors!

Planning a Unit on the Pillars of Islam

If you are new to planning units of study, here are a few tips:

1. Start with learning objectives

  • This may seem a little academic-y, but it is very helpful to establish what it is that you want your kids to learn. 
  • Be sure to make sure that your learning objectives meet the following criteria so that they are usable and not just words on paper. I like to use my learning goals as checklists for mastery at the end of a unit and for review at a later date.

“Learning Objective statements may be broken down into three main components:

1. an action word that identifies the performance to be demonstrated;

2. a learning statement that specifies what learning will be demonstrated in the performance;

3. a broad statement of the criterion or minimum standard for acceptable performance.”
Here are some learning objectives that I have identified for my kids on this topic, the Pillars of Islam (in an overview unit where we do not get into a great amount of detail for each pillar):
  • State the pillars of Islam in the order of the hadith (using Arabic terms).
  • Recognize the Arabic and/or English terms visually
  • Spell the names of the pillars of Islam without looking (Arabic and/or English)
  • Answer: What is the proof for these pillars?
  • Answer orally: What is shahadah?
  • Answer orally: What is salah?
  • Answer orally: What is zakaah?
  • Answer orally What is hajj? (answer should include where/when it is made)
  • Answer orally: What is sawmi Ramadan?
  • What month (number) is Ramadan? (optional)
  • Who is the narrator for the hadith of the pillars of Islam?
  • Recite the hadith of the pillars of Islam in Arabic from memory.
  • Read the hadith of the pillars of Islam (fluently), pointing to each word as it is read.

2. Create an outline

WhatYouSee_OutlineI love to make outlines because they are great timesavers and lesson planning aids. After I have identified the main points (which I take from my learning objectives as well), I have a kind of map to follow. At that point, I can search for resources to go along with each item in the outline.
A sample unit outline for an overview unit on the Pillars of Islam may be:

I. Introduction to the pillars of Islam, and their role in Islam. (use hadith of Ibn Umar; use TJ PowerPoint)
II. Names of the Pillars in order (according to the hadith)
III. Sight recognition of Pillars of Islam names (Arabic/transliteration or both)
IV. The Pillars, one by one (briefly)
a. Shahadah
b. Salaah
c. Zakaah
d. Hajj
e. Sawmi Ramadan

V. Learn to read the hadith in Arabic fluently.
VI. Memorize this hadith as proof for the pillars.

3. Locate your materials

Now, that you’ve got a plan (like a skeleton), it is easier to flesh it out with some meat, some substance.
To make the learning experience richer, remember to include as many multisensory media that you can, including:
  • video/flash
  • PowerPoints/slide shows
  • games
  • books
  • articles/treatises
  • fatwa
  • the Quraan and ahadith
  • games
  • audio
  • writing exercises

4. Capture your learning

5lapbook-girlmasjidartPlan for the creation of lapbooks, notebooks, file folder centers, posters, mini books and other products to help summarize what is learned for the end of the unit and to serve as review days, weeks, months, and even years later and also to document your studies.

Salaah Bulletin Board

Make a Salaah bulletin board to teach and remind about the salaah

Our Salaat Center

Resources for Salaah Board:

Duaa booklets, Salaat Center (aka salaah bulletin board)

  • My very first post on the subject of the Salaat bulletin board, this link includes many printables.

 More Salaah Board Stuff

  • Over again at the TJ blog, more printables that would be great for your board

Salaat Bulletin Board Addition

  • Still more stuff I came up with to add to the board

After Salaat Adhkaar Reminders

  • and more………

Prayer Milestones

  • and these……

Sample Salaah boards around the ‘net

Islamic Bulletin Boards – Salaah bulletin boards

  • View other versions of Salaah boards from sisters around the net as well as other resources for your board that my bud, Umm Abdul Basir and I put together.

Umm Abdul Basir’s Blog

  • Check out the beautiful Salaah board from my bud, Umm Abdul Basir. She adds her custom made borders to her version to give a nice finish!
salaat board

Pillars of Islam Learning Resources

What are the five pillars of Islam?
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
Allah's Apostle said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles):

1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Apostle. 
2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly. 
3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) . 
4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca) 
5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan. 
Saheeh Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 7


Article: Planning a Unit Study on the Pillars of Islam (TJ Homeschooling)

The Pillars of Islam (TJ) (PDF)
There are pillars in  nature, pillars in space, 
pillars in Italy, 
pillars in England....
and there are pillars of Islam...

This was, at one time, a PowerPoint presentation and is currently in PDF format.

Posters/Anchor Charts

Pillars of Islam Definitions Poster - Arabic text, English transliteration and English translation of the pillars.

Pillars of Islam Definitions Poster

Pillars of Islam Terms Poster  - Arabic text and English transliteration

Pillars of Islam Terms Poster
Please note: I realized when I was reposting this resource that in the poster it says "sawmi Ramadan" with the "sawm" written with a kasrah (i)ending. Technically, in the poster, it stands alone so it should read with a "dammah." In the context of the hadith of Ibn Umar about the pillars, it actually takes the kasrah then....

This is one of the first Islamic Studies computer printables I made for my kids. When I started homeschooling in 1998, I made most of our stuff by hand.
Pillars of Islam Poster


Pillars of Islam Activities

Pillars of Islam Writing Practice

Pillars of Islam Writing Practice Worksheet

Student reads the clue and fills in the blank with the pillar that matches.

Pillars of Islam Worksheet

This printable is really versatile as students can match up many things in it. They can match a picture of a pillar to its term in English and/or Arabic; they can match a definition to the term or picture, etc, so it makes it adaptable for different ages and literacy abilities, in shaa Allah.

In this Pillars of Islam Sort, your student will read clues and sort the clue cards under the correct pillar which the clue describes.
Pillars of Islam Sort
Please note: On the third card (middle card) of the third row it says "On the day of Judgment, no one will accept this." There was a typo and it should not say "on the Day of Judgment." This is one of the signs of the approaching of day of Judgment, but the hadith  did not say on the Day of Judgment.

Also, the sorts are great for file folder activities.

Note: In the posters with the shahadah, the word "Muhammad" Arabic has an alif on the end that does not belong. Tip: White out before photocopying/presenting to student. (I no longer have the original to edit)

10/2012: A visitor pointed out that the second Meem in Muhammad (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam is missing)

Pillars of Islam File Folder Game from Umm Abdul Basir’s Creative Corner


A lapbooking/scrapbook kit I made up for the pillars of Islam. It contains lots of different elements to color, cut out, and paste.....

Pillars of Islam ScrapbookPillars of Islam ScrapbookPillars of Islam Scrapbook

Pillars of Islam Unit Cover

I made up a learning file folder to hold my Pillars of Islam activities and worksheets and this was the cover for it.  The picture could be cut out and used for a lapbook or title page for notebooking.

Pillars of Islam Lapbooks from around the 'net

Pillars of Islam Crafts/Projects

And my BFF, Umm Abdul Basir, who is so talented in my book, alhamdulillah, made a beautiful one for her kids and you can download the files from her site: Pillars of Islam Mobile

Pillars of Islam Mobile

Pillars of Islam Craft from

TJ's Pillars of Islam Pinterest Board:
Links checked: 10/4/17

Sadaqah Lesson Outline


I. What is Sadaqa?

a. The word Sadaqa comes from the word Sidq (the truth)
b. Every act of goodness is Sadaqa (Muslim #2197)

II. What types of things are Sadaqa?

a. Dates (Muslim #2211, 2215)
b. Good words (Muslim #2218)
c. Small things (Muslim #2247)
d. Money, clothes, food—Muslim #2219 (could make this hadith a reading story??)

III. Why should we give Sadaqa?

a. Rewards (e.g. 57:18); compete in giving sadaqa: 5:48),
b. We are encourage to give sadaqa: Muslim 2174, could make this hadith a reading story??); 2178 (encouraged to give sadaqa)
c. He who spends, he who withhold (reward vs. penalty, Muslim #2205-2210)
d. Protection from hellfire (Muslim #2215)

IV. To whom should we give Sadaqa to?

a. family (Muslim #2180-2182; 2183, 2185-2195)
b. to the poor (3:273, 9:60, Muslim #2261)
c. even to those who are undeserving (Muslim #2230)

V. When should we give sadaqa?

a. Anytime
b. Zakatul(sadaqa) Fitr must be given at a certain time(Muslim #2159)
c. In good times and in bad times (Muslim #2250)

VI. How should we give sadaqa?

a. Cheerfully (Muslim 2330)
b. Without causing damage to ourselves, our family
c. Without reminders or insult or injury (2:264)
d. Concealing (not showing off) 2:270, 2:274
e. give two of a thing (Muslim #2239)

VII. How should we receive sadaqa?(4:149)

VIII. Ideas for activities:

 List, draw some acts of sadaqah; make a poster or use Good Deeds and Sadaqah Poster
 Good deed record keeper/chart/daily diary
 Coloring pages
 Word search
 Fill in the blanks
 Poster of why we should give sadaqa
 Make a sadaqa jar/box/area at home
 Help out in the community (masjid)
 Design a and implement a community service program or service opportunity

Times to Ask Permission Before Entering Upon Parents


Seeking Permission Reminder Poster/Graphic

Should My Kids Memorize the Math Facts?

Should Kids Memorize Math Facts?


Is memorizing the facts really important?

Is it really important to have children memorize their math facts?

Won't they eventually learn them?

Yes and Yes.

Yes, insha Allah, they will eventually learn them, but I have seen my children struggle with math problems not always because they didn't understand the work, but because they hadn't memorized their facts. Not having the facts memorized really does slow them down. And let's face it, if you have children who are already not enthusiastic about math, well, that just adds to the frustration (for you and them).

Are drills really necessary?

I'm sure for most of us, thinking about memorizing the math facts brings back memories of one and only one thing: the math drill worksheets-- the timed drills.  Is it necessary? Well, many people will have their opinions on this.  I have spent so much time and energy researching different methods of getting kids to memorize the facts, trying to find that one perfect, fun way: games, memorization techniques, and the drill to name a few.

I've spent so much time and energy that we never really tried any one thing and stuck with it.  Then I thought, the old fashioned methods of drill worked for me in school, so if it ain't broke, why fix it? I use drills in other work that I put together, so it really makes since to use something that I believe is tried and true.

So my position is, why not give the old fashioned drills a try? If you find that they aren't working (after a good old college try) then by all means, switch to something different.

And, don't just stick with one method. Vary your resources and include games and traditional flashcards.

Quick Tips

  • Only work on mastering one group of math facts at a time (e.g. just the x3s or the +4s)
  • Besides drill sheets, you can use computer games, file folder/matching games, or you can mix it up and use all of them. Schedule it out if possible.
  • Set a regular time each day to do the drills.
  • After facts have been memorized, be sure to review at least weekly, then monthly for some time.


What about Math Facts? by Ruth Beechick
“In this article, best selling author Dr. Ruth Beechick answers several common questions concerning teaching mathematics.”
Should Speed Tests Be Used to Teach Math Facts?
“The debate about using speed tests with children has been going on for many years. There are some who think the tests put too much pressure on children. But if children are to do well at higher level mathematics, they need to master the basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Speed tests can help most children do just that.”
Learning Times Tables Can Help Children Learn Goal Setting Skills
"Helping your child learn the times tables is one of the best ways to teach valuable goal setting skills while ensuring their success in math."

Math facts / drill - Many ideas! a forum thread I came across. Lots of ideas here. 

Drill Sheets/Timed Tests

I would suggest only using these for testing for mastery, not for everyday drill practice. Only work with one set at a time such as the +2s, or the 2s time tables (or even half of a set).






Math Facts Practice Center

I came up with a little "math facts practice center" in hopes of making drill time a little more enjoyable.
My Math Facts Practice Center

Each child gets their own file folder for his/her printables related to drill time. Most of the kids got a kick out of having their own folder.
So far, I have:

Progress Chart on the cover, they fill in the squares as they have mastered certain groups of facts.

Inside Left side: Current drill sheet they are working on. Its kept in a plastic page protector that is stapled to the file folder.

Underneath the current drill sheet, there is a "cheat sheet." They can use this during the drill to locate the correct answer. Once they are ready for their final mastery test (or maybe a little before this) the cheat sheet gets taken out.
On the right side of the file folder is their time tracker. I write down their drill sheet completion times. They can see the numbers going down, insha Allah and know that they are improving.

Fun Progress Charts to Look Forward To
If you want to liven up charting progress, instead of a traditional chart, you can try something like making a wall display.  For example, use ice cream scoops for each group of facts (e.g. x3s). Put a scoop on the ice cream cone when a group is memorized. I got this idea from a forum thread I found Googling at My Father's World.

Wives Preventing Polygyny

 Can a wife prevent her husband from taking more wives?
polygyny in Islam
Shaykh Albaani:
This is a much needed admonition to the muslimaat upon the sunnah, and may Allaah grant both men and women the akhlaaq (manners) to deal with such situations.  shaykh al-albaani (rahimahullaah) says:

“Of course, I believe that that is not allowed for (the woman) (to come between her husband and polygyny) because of two reasons:
The first (reason) is that she is hindering (her husband) from the path of Allaah, and other (reason) is that she is opposing the command of her husband. Because you know…that the obedience of a woman to her husband is obligatory the way the matter is with regard to the obedience of an individual from the individual members of a nation toward the Muslim ruler, with an obedience which I don’t say is blind but rather a complete obedience, except what is made an exception in the islamic legislation, which is (obeying someone) in disobedience to Allaah. And from this results islamically legislated rulings which (state) that if the Muslim ruler commands that which is fundamentally allowed, this command becomes obligatory for the one who is commanded with it to carry it out, because it is the command of the ruler. Exactly likewise is the command with respect to the husband with his wife.

So if the husband commands his wife with some command while that command is allowed in the foundation of the islamic legislation and while the woman is able to carry it out, then it is obligatory upon her to obey him. And if she does not obey him, then she has disobeyed Allaah and His Messenger [sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam].

So, concerning that which the woman undertakes of using hindrances that come between her husband and that which he wants to attain from what Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, has allowed, let alone if the allowed (matter) is that which is desirable (and) permissible, then no doubt she will be disobedient twice over.

The first time is that which preceded when I mentioned that indeed she is cutting off the path (of Allaah); and the other matter is that she is opposing her husband in a command that she has no right to oppose while she is able (to obey his command) and while he is not commanding or not wanting to do (an act of) disobedience to Allaah.”

Source : Asaheeha Translations
“PS : Webster’s New World Dictionary defines Polygamy as “the practice of having two or more wives or husbands at the same time.”  Since Muslim women are not allowed to have two or more husbands at the same time, let’s find a better word:  Polygyny.  The same dictionary defines polygyny as “a practice of having two or more wives at the same time.” Polyandry (Greek: poly- many, andros- man) refers to a form of marriage in which a woman has two or more husbands at the same time.”

Original Source



  • History of the Anklet
  • Fatawa regarding wearing anklets

History of the Anklet

History of the Anklet
From the ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia over 4000 years ago came the first evidence of the use of ankle bracelets.  Based on study of this civilization, it is believed that the jewelry of the wife signaled the wealth of her husband, much as jewelry can show the wealth of a women or her family today.
History of the Anklet from EHow

Fatawa regarding Anklets

Ruling concerning wearing anklets 
Question: What is the ruling concerning wearing anklets in front of one's husband only?

Response: There is no harm in wearing such in front of one's husband, women and mahram men. That is because it is a type of jewellery that a woman wears on her legs.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz
Fataawa al-Mar.ah