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10/2015
We're using this program right now, level 1. My daughter loves it so far.

Rational Numbers Notebooking Elements

Rational Numbers Notebooking Elements
coordinates with Glencoe PreAlgebra Chapter 5-2, but can be used in general, in shaa Allah.




What is the Difference Between Duaa and Thikr?




By Shaykul Islam ibn Taymeeyah (728H) (May Allah have mercy on him)

The meaning for Thikr and Dua are both included in each other.  What is noticeable is the person who supplicates to Allah remembers Him. Likewise the one remembering Allah supplicates to Him. The Meaning for this is found in the hadeeth when the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salim) said:

The best supplication is the dua for the Day of Arafah,: There is absolutely no deity worthy of worship but Allah, He is alone without any partners. To him belongs the dominion of the heavens and earth, and to Him belongs all praises. Allah has the ability to do everything.[ Al-Bayhaqi Kubara 5/117.Al-Bayhqai graded this hadeeth as being weak]

What’s more is the Dua for Grief:
There is absolutely no deity worthy of worship, except you, and verily I have been among those people who oppress. Any Muslim asking Allah through this supplication will be answered.[ Hakim 1/505 Al-Hakim graded this hadeeth as being authentic]

The book Ad-Dua by At-Tabarani contains various remembrances of Allah. The scholars of Fiqh consider the various remembrances done prayer as supplication.
There are three instances and situations for remembering Allah:
1: The intention to have a request granted only.
2: The intention to remember Allah only
3: To have a request honored and remember Allah together.

At any rate whenever the person intends one of these actions, the other action will be achieved. This is similar to a person pleading a request. It’s a must that he attaches great importance to the heart, know Allah and fear Him. On one hand, the individual who intends to remember Allah, worship Him and make everything other than Allah a means to reach his goal. On the other hand the person who only wants to have his needed fulfilled, he places Allah as a means to reach this objective. This is the servant of Allah. He knows and is aware that it is Allah Who causes harm and benefit. There is no Lord other than Allah.

Wisdom behind Prophet Muhammad’s practice of polygyny

Wisdom Behind Prophet Muhammad's Practice of Polygyny

Wisdom behind Prophet Muhammad’s practice of polygyny (Salaf-us-Saalih.com)  original source:  alifta.net

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) married to several wives following his migration to Madinah. His practice of polygyny was not something novel, as polygyny was widely practiced by all people and nations. Some societies allowed unlimited number of wives until some men had more than seven hundred wives, not including slave women. Some Arabs were reported to have taken in marriage more than ten wives. When Ghilan ibn Salamah Al-Thaqafy embraced Islam, he was married to ten wives. The Prophet (peace be upon him) instructed him, saying: Choose four of them (and divorce the rest).

Polygamy was also practiced by the ancient Greeks in Athens, China, Babylonia, Assyria, ancient Egypt, and the Jews were also polygamous. Prophet Sulayman (Solomon, peace be upon him) had seven hundred free women as wives and three hundred slave women. Al-Bukhari related in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith: Sulayman (the son of) Dawud (David) said, ‘Tonight I will go to a hundred women, each of whom will give birth to a boy who will fight in the Cause of Allah.’ The Angel said to him, ‘Say: In sha’a-Allah (If it be the Will of Allah).’ But he did not say so, as he forgot. He went to them but none of them gave birth, apart from one woman who gave birth to half a child. The Prophet (peace be upon him) further said, ‘Had he said: In sha’a-Allah, he would not have broken his oath and he would have had more hope of fulfilling his wish.’ The Christian church also permitted polygyny and did not object to it.


The Prophet’s marriage to nine wives at the same time was merely an implementation of Divine Instructions and Wisdom. Allah (may He be Exalted) states:
So when Zaid had accomplished his desire from her (i.e. divorced her), We gave her to you in marriage, so that (in the future) there may be no difficulty for believers in respect to (the marriage of) the wives of their adopted sons when the latter have no desire to keep them (i.e. they have divorced them). And Allâh’s Command must be fulfilled. There is no blame on the Prophet (peace be upon him) in that which Allâh has made legal for him. That has been Allâh’s Way with those who have passed away of (the Prophets of) old.
Stating the fact that it is Allah Who made it lawful for His Messenger to marry several wives, He revealed:
O Prophet (Muhammad peace be upon him)! Verily, We have made lawful to you your wives, to whom you have paid their Mahr (bridal-money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), and those (slaves) whom your right hand possesses – whom Allâh has given to you Allah then limited the number of the Messenger’s wives to nine, all of whom he was forbidden to divorce. Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted) states:


It is not lawful for you (to marry other) women after this, nor to change them for other wives even though their beauty attracts you
Therefore, the marriages of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were all necessitated by Divine Command. It is not permissible to compare other cases with that of the Prophet (peace be upon him). This matter was restricted to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) alone. None among the Muslim Ummah (nation) is permitted to marry beyond four women under the pretext that the Prophet (peace be upon him) married nine women.
Those who criticize the Prophet of Islam and brand Muslims as lustful are in manifest error. Worse still, we find Muslims who level blasphemous charges at the Prophet (peace be upon him) and take the subject of his marriages in jest. Had true faith entered their hearts, they would not have allowed such thoughts to occupy their minds. Had they carefully examined the circumstances that surrounded each marriage, they would have thought otherwise. The Prophet (peace be upon him) contracted marriages either to protect and support a widowed woman, or bring comfort to the families whose hearts were broken by the death of their beloved father, or to cement the bonds of love with the clan of his wives, or to honor a free woman who fulfilled Allah’s Command and went against the traditions of her society by marrying a slave rather than a master seeking the Good Pleasure of Allah.
Had the Prophet (peace be upon him) been lustful, he would have opted to marry when he was in his prime youth, a period when desire for sexual gratification is at its peak. However, he married several wives only after he had grown into old age, when his desire for women had weakened. At the young age of twenty-five, he was married to only one wife, Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (may Allah be pleased with her), who was fifteen years older than him. She was forty while he was only twenty-five. He remained with her until she died.
It should also be noted that all the women whom he (peace be upon him) married had been married previously, except ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her). The wives of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) were:

1- Sawdah bint Zam‘ah ibn Qays Al-Qurashiyyah (may Allah be pleased with her): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) got married to her following the death of her husband, Al-Sakran ibn ‘Amr ibn ‘Abd Shams. This took place after the death of his wife, Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, in Makkah and before his migration to Madinah. When
she grew old, she gave up her day and night to ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her).

2- ‘Aishah bint Al-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with her): The Prophet (peace be upon him) contracted marriage with her before Sawdah. However, he did not consummate marriage with her until after its consummation with Sawdah. Among all his wives ‘Aishah was the only virgin whom the Prophet (peace be upon him) married. His marriage to ‘Aishah was meant to strengthen the bonds of kinship with Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq, the first man to embrace Islam and to support and believe in every word the Prophet (peace be upon him) uttered. He also sacrificed all his wealth for the sake of Allah.

3- Hafsah bint ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with her): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) took her in marriage although she was a previously married woman who lacked feminine charm. The Prophet (peace be upon him) married her because of the close relationship he had with her father.

4- Umm Salamah Hind bint Suhail Al-Makhzumiyyah (may Allah be pleased with her): The Prophet (peace be upon him) married her following the death of her husband, Abu Salamah ibn ‘Abd Al-Asad. His intention was to support her children. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) proposed to marry her, she said: “A woman like me is not suitable for marriage. I have become a barren woman, and I am jealous and have children.” The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) replied: I am older than you; as for jealousy, Allah will remove it, and as for children Allah and His Messenger are responsible for them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) then married her.

5- Zaynab bint Jahsh (may Allah be pleased with her): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) married her after she was divorced by her husband Zayd ibn Harithah, the freed slave (and adopted son) of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). The Prophet (peace be upon him) was rewarding her compliance with Allah’s Command. It was through this marriage that Allah established the permissibility of marrying the wife of one’s adopted son, a matter which was difficult for the community at that time to undertake. Allah (may He be Exalted) states:
So when Zaid had accomplished his desire from her (i.e. divorced her), We gave her to you in marriage, so that (in the future) there may be no difficulty for the believers in respect to (the marriage of) the wives of their adopted sons when the latter have no desire to keep them (i.e. they have divorced them). And Allâh’s Command must be fulfilled.


6- Umm Habibah bint Abu Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with her): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) married her after her husband, ‘Ubaydullah ibn Jahsh, apostatized from Islam. She stayed away from him until he died.
She was in her thirties when the Prophet (peace be upon him) married her. He contracted the marriage while she was in Abyssinia (Ethiopia). The Prophet (peace be upon him) authorized Al-Najashy to conclude the marriage contract. Her authorizer was Khalid ibn Sa‘id ibn Al-‘As. Al-Najashy gave her four hundred Dinars as Sadaq (mandatory gift to a bride from the groom). This took place in the seventh year of Hijrah (the Prophet’s migration to Madinah).


7- Juwayriyyah bint Al-Harith (may Allah be pleased with her): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) married her after her husband Musani‘ ibn Safwan was killed on the Battle of Al-Muraysi‘. The Prophet (peace be upon him) intended to honor her people by this marriage relationship with them, especially after they had been taken as war captives in the Battle of Banu Al-Mustaliq.

8- Safiyyah bint Huyay ibn Akhtab (may Allah be pleased with her): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) married her to bring solace to her broken heart following the murder of her father, paternal uncle and husband.

9- Maymunah bint Al-Harith Al-Hilaliyyah (may Allah be pleased with her): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) married her following the death of her husband, Abu Rahm ibn ‘Abd Al-‘Uzza Al-‘Amiry. This marriage took place in the seventh year of Hijrah. She (may Allah be pleased with her) was approaching forty by that time.

Good Night, Little Muslim–Bedtime “Thikr”

Reposted from TJ Companion Blog.....

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This is a little book I made to share with the kids at bedtime.  It contains athkaar for night time that were said by the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) according to Hisnul Muslim.
I have two versions, a printable copy and one with audio.


Includes a little night time routine checklist.
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I printed it out on my printer 2 pages per page to make a small, book for easier handling

Quraan Surah Name Titles for Juz Amma

Simple black and white outlined titles that can be colored in and used in a Quraan notebook/lapbook.





Quraan Notebooking - Revealed in....badges

These simple "badges" can be cut out and affixed to the notebook to show whether a surah is classified as a Makki or Madinee surah.

Quraan Notebooking Revealed in Badges

Quraan Notebooking Revealed in Badges


Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Charts

I found these handyAddition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Charts from Busy Teachers Cafe.com.
They are great to put in student organizers/binders, display on the wall near student's study space, or even use as progress charts to track the facts.
Math Facts Charts
Math Facts Charts


Division Math Facts Practice


Math-Drills.com Division Facts
About half-way down the page (or so) there are links to division facts worksheets. They are the basic, dry type we did in school, but super helpful when you just need to get in there and get those facts mastered, in shaa Allah.

You can download it by the table ( divide by 2, divide by  3, etc) and they have an option for "All" so you can download a pack of ten worksheets (with answer keys) for each fact. 

There are also other division worksheets on this page as well.

Division Chart



Division Chart
We're getting ready to start memorizing the division facts (well, the kids that is, yuk, yuk) and I knew that I would most likely burning some midnight oil (or a good chunk of time at least) to cranking out one of these puppies for tomorrow's use, in shaa Allah, so I decided to save myself some trouble and look for one and I found this nifty one. 

I made each of the kids a math facts folder and inside they  have their progress chart, helper charts like these and then a practice area where they can work on math facts worksheets or a little guide sheet that I made up to help structure their independent math facts study time.

Why So Many Elementary Students Aren't Mastering Basic Math Facts




Why So Many Elementary Students Aren't Mastering Basic Math Facts
a two part article that I stumbled across today. 

I believe that students should memorize the basic math facts because I can see from my kids that haven't memorized them, they struggle with more advanced problems often not because they don't understand a concept but because they have to take time out to calculate a basic math fact. 

One point that the article mentions is that in schools, traditionally, ample time is not allowed to practice and master the facts.  Another point brought up in the article was that kids in lower grades are taught topics in the lower grades that they don't really need at younger ages and that this time could be spent mastering basic math facts.   

I thought it was a very good read and reconfirmed many of the things that I felt about math instruction today and was a great reminder, because at home, you can take the time to master these concepts, in shaa Allah, especially if you are an ex-pat abroad or don't live in a state where homeschooling requirements are strict. I have been reflecting a lot lately how as homeschoolers, if you don't have someone breathing down your neck, you can really go at your own pace and most likely, the kids will still end up at the same place (or higher) than they would at school.  I totally notice this with grammar where you get hammered the same concepts over 13 years with very little  new content each year.  Once you master a concept, sure review, but you don't have to spend several more years (I often just hate when we start a new textbook because the kids and I cringe when they start with something that they've already mastered and its just busy work, but you feel guilty for passing it up).

Anyway, good article to check out.  ;)

Cave Hira Coloring Page



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Teaching Mathematics with Foldables

If you are into Math notebooking, or want to be, Teaching Mathematics with Foldables is an excellent resource to use to get started. It has photographs and instructions for making various types of foldables/shape books and it contains detailed tables with specific activities (define, classify, explain, match, etc) for ver specific math concepts.

If you've been scratching your head as to where to get started, you definitely want to download this resource (free). I knocked out a handful of them yesterday alone for math, science, and even writing.


Top 12 Tips for Teaching Math Facts

Top 12 Tips for Teaching Math Facts a quick read over at TeachHub.com. Great, easy to apply tips.

Ten Companions Promised Jannah

Here are some resources I found on the internet with material about the ten companions who, by name, were promised Jannah in a hadith.


Ten Companions Promised Jannah
presented in table form, with a timeline of their deaths.

Ten Companions Promised Jannah


Ten Promised Jannah Graphic





Iqaamah Poster



Iqaamah Poster - Arabic text, English transliteration, and English translation