Organizing Your Islamic Studies into Strands

Islamic Studies Strands

As with any other subject you teach, Islamic Studies is broad. In math, you have category divisions known as "strands." Examples of math strands are numeration, geometry, measurement, and data analysis.  In English you have reading, grammar, spelling and writing.  You can break down Islamic Studies into strands as well.  The strands can help you to cover the bases. Below is how I have chosen to break Islamic Studies down into strands:

  • Aqeedah (Tawheed, pillars of Islam, Emaan, Ihsaan, etc)
  • Salaah (Prayer, Wudhu)
  • Ibaadah (acts of worship, especially physical acts such as giving sadaqah, preparing for Jumuah,  etc.)
  • Adab/Akhlaq (manners, and character)
  • Quraan
  • Duaas/Thikr (supplications)
  • Islamic history (prophets and messengers, Sahabah, scholars, events, Islamic calendar, etc.)
  • Arabic (although this can count as a foreign language instead, but I currently try to teach it through/in the context of the Quraan, Duaas, and ahadith, etc.)

Breaking IS down into strands can make it easier to plan your instruction or helpful when selecting a packaged curriculum as it can give you ideas of what to look for in a program (making sure it addresses as many strands as possible).

In the next part of the series, you'll find a sample list of specific topics you may want to cover along the way, in sha Allah....

Originally posted 5/11/11

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