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

Daily Quraan Reading

Advice to read quraan daily


Shaikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad ibn Dawud said,

"I was going with his eminence, may Allaah have mercy on him, from the Imaam Turki ibn Abdullaah mosque to his house when he asked me about reading the Quraan.  I told him I read it from time to time but that I did not have a set portion that I read daily.  So he said that I should take up an amount to read from the Quraan daily even if it was only a little, explaining that the person who has a set portion which he reads daily from the Quraan will finish it, but he who does not may finish reading it quickly one time but then months may pass and he will not have finished it, and he mentioned the example of a person who reads a juz a day finishing it in a month and he who reads two finishing it in fifteen days."
Mawaaqif Mudee’ah, p. 25. via http://salaf-us-saalih.com/

Sample daily quraan reading schedules/routines

Here is a schedule form that lists all the 1/4 hizb divisions. There are 240 1/4 hizbs, so reading this way you would finish the Quraan in 240 days. I found in the past,  the 1/4 hizb divisions are more digestible for us on a daily basis. You might try to read the Arabic and corresponding English translation each day, in sha Allah. On this form, you can fill in the dates as you wish.

Daily Quraan Reading Schedule

When to Make Morning and Evening Adhkaar/Duaas




Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
 The author (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Chapter on dhikr in the morning and the evening.
 What he meant by morning and evening was at the beginning of the day, and at the end of the day and the beginning of the night. The morning begins when dawn breaks and ends when the sun has risen at the forenoon. And the evening begins with ‘Asr prayer and ends with ‘Isha’ prayer or thereabouts.
  End quote from Sharh Riyadh as-Saaliheen

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Chapter on remembering Allah (dhikr) at the two ends of the day (as mentioned in Hud 11:114), which are the times between Fajr and sunrise, and between ‘Asr and Maghrib. Allah, may He be glorified and exalted) says:

“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon” [al-Ahzaab 33:41-42]. The “afternoon”: al-Jawhari said: This is the time after ‘Asr until Maghrib. And Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “and glorify the praises of your Lord in the ‘Ashiy (i.e. the time period after the midnoon till sunset) and in the Ibkaar (i.e. the time period from early morning or sunrise till before midnoon)” [Ghaafir 40:55].
 The ibkaar is the beginning of the day and the ‘ashiy is the end of the day. And Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “and glorify the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun, and before its setting” [Ta-Ha 20:130]. This interpretation is what is mentioned in the hadeeths about saying such and such in the morning and evening. What is meant is before the sun rises and before it sets. Therefore the time for these adhkaar is after Fajr and after ‘Asr.



Reading and Vocabulary Drill Sheet for Definition of Eemaan

Pillars of Eemaan Reading and Vocabulary DrillI love flashcards, but have the darnedest time keeping up with them.  So I try to make up reading and drill sheets to drill vocabulary.

With this particular sheet, students can practice reading the various words that make up the definition of eemaan, according to the hadith of Jibreel (alayhi salaam).  Then, they can also be quizzed on the English meanings of the words.

Reading and Vocabulary Drill Sheet for Definition of Eemaan

Pillars of Eemaan Worksheet

Pillars of Eemaan Test/Worksheet
Pillars of Eemaan worksheetA nice, simple clean test/worksheet on the pillars of eemaan from UmmMaimoonahRecords, 20 questions.



Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia...


Official Decision and Announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia...

Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha'baan (1434 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam):

((Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha'baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days)), [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].

Subsequently, we shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tomorrow (Tuesday 9 July 2013) after the 'Ishaa. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan on Wednesday 10 July 2013, inshaa.-Allaah.

Pillars of Eemaan Notebooking Pages


Version 1: This individual page allows student to enumerate the pillars. It also includes pictures of the pillars that can be glued on.

Pillars of Eeemaan Notebooking Chart


Version 2: This individual page allows student to enumerate the pillars, in a slightly different format. Also includes pictures so student can glue the pillar names on instead of writing.

Pillars of Eeemaan Notebooking Chart


Pillars of Eemaan Flashcards

These are some simple flashcards that I came up with to learn the terms for the pillars of eemaan. I made these for my middle kids, but my six year old LOVES flashcards so I can't wait to use these with her, in shaa Allah.



Pillars of Eemaan Flashcards



Pillars of Eemaan Flashcards


Pillars of Eemaan Flashcards


Pillars of Eemaan Coloring Book

A coloring book that I made up for my kids. 9 pages.


Pillars of Eemaan Coloring Book

Pillars of Eemaan Coloring Book

Belief in the Angels and Its Effect on the Life of the Ummah - Shaykh Fawzaan

Belief in the Angels and Its Effect on the Life of the Ummah - Shaykh Fawzaan
Excellent treatise for building Islamic Studies lessons from, in shaa Allah

Shabaan Fatawa

The month of Sha'baan (1436/2015) has arrived (Tuesday, May 19, 2015).  We have one more month until the month of Ramadan. Alifta.net has a comprehensive collection of fatawa related to the month of Sha'baan.



If you have trouble accessing the fatawa, during the month of Shabaan, links to the fatawa are usually featured on the home page and you can search using this spelling (Sha'ban) during the rest of the year, in shaa Allah.

Topics covered:

o   Knowing the first day of Sha‘ban
o   The Hadith: “Rajab is the Month of Allah and Sha‘ban is my month”
o   Sha‘ban, an overlooked month
o   Slaughtering a sacrifice in Sha‘ban
o   Missed fasts must be made up for before the next Ramadan
o   Ruling on fasting in Muharram, Sha‘ban, and the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah
o   Visits made during Sha‘ban to the grave of Prophet Hud
o   Ruling on intention to observe Sawm, then falling ill
o   Fasting the first half or the entire month of Sha‘ban
o   Ruling on gifts sent to one’s fiancée on religious occasions
o   Is the night of mid-Sha‘ban the one meant in Surah Al-Dukhan?
o   Mid-Sha‘ban night supplication
o   Celebrating the Mawlid and mid-Sha‘ban
o   Special Sadaqah on the night of mid-Sha‘ban
o   Ruling on fasting the middle days of Sha‘ban
o   Reciting Surah Ya-Sin and the Prophet’s birth narrative
o   Degree of reliability of the Hadiths about the merit of mid-Sha‘ban
o   Attending the celebration of mid-Sha‘ban although convinced of its impermissibility
o   Desirability to fast the White Days even in Sha‘ban
o   Is it true that the Qur’an was sent down on the night of mid-Sha‘ban?
o   Reconciliation of two Hadiths on fasting after Sha‘ban is halfway over
o   Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays after the 15th of Sha‘ban
o   Permissibility to delay making up for Ramadan until Sha‘ban, without an excuse
o   Fasting on the last day of Sha‘ban
o   Sawm on the 30th of Sha‘ban if it coincides with a day that is habitually fasted on
o   Impermissibility of Sawm on the Day of Doubt, even if the sky is overcast
o   Fasting the Day of Doubt; Does it suffice instead of the first day of Ramadan?
o   Completion of Jumada II and Rajab does not mark the incompletion of Sha‘ban
o   Not observing Sawm and finding out later that it is the first of Ramadan
o   Using observation instruments to sight the new moon



Prayer Reminders List

Often when we're praying someone does something incorrectly or seems to omit something and I wish I had reminded them BEFORE the prayer so that they wouldn't forget or would be more mindful, in shaa Allah. So, I sat down to make a list of items to review right before we make prayer so that they can be fresh in our minds and in shaa Allah, allow us to pray more acceptable prayers. I posted it in our prayer area so that it can be read before praying, in shaa Allah.

To keep from being monotonous, perhaps at each review, a different child can read the list aloud to others who will be praying.

Prayer Reminders List (PDF) (click here or click picture to the right to download)

These are the items it includes:

Before Prayer:


·         Make sure we have wudhu
·         Make sure our prayer clothes are clean
·         Make sure prayer room/area is clean
·         Girls: Make sure we have socks on or our feet are covered by our prayer garment
·         Come to prayer in a calm manner (not playing)
·         Review what breaks prayer
·         Boys: Call the iqaamah

During Prayer:

·         Make sure to say the opening duaa
·         Recite slowly, (may stop after every ayah)
·         Vary the surahs recited after fatihah
·         Look down at the place of prostration, don’t let eyes wander
·         Make sure hands are placed correctly in all positions
·         Do not make excessive/unnecessary movements (bite nails, rock back and forth)
·         Do not talk/laugh
·         If you are leading prayer, say takbeer loud enough so followers can hear
·         Do not recite thikr of positions until you are at rest  in a given position
·         Do not go into sujood before leader is in sujood position
·         Seek refuge with four things before salaaming out
·         Don’t let anything come between you and your sutrah
·         Join feet together
·         Prostrate on seven bones: the forehead and the nose, the two hands [palms], the two knees, and the two feet

After Prayer:

·         Make thikr
·         Put up prayer garments (girls)
·         Discuss things that were done incorrectly or omitted

There are also blank lines so you can add your own review items.



Teaching Children About Extremism/Terrorism

Teaching Children About Extremism

I came across a work, geared toward the Muslim parent, that has some very helpful teaching points to teach Muslim children about extremism and terrorism from an Islamic standpoint.

"The Necessity of Teaching Children to Despise Terrorism and the Terrorists'
AuthorAbū ‘Umar al-‘Utaybī


Source: Sughayyirah.wordpress.com

Counting Chart (to 20)

Counting Chart to 20 - Preschool to Kindergarten


Use the chart for the following daily routine:

  • Point to numbers and count to 20, several times.
  • Point to a number and student tells you what it is.
  • Call out a number and student points to the number.
  • Ask student what comes after/before a number, in between two numbers
  • Point to numbers and count backward from 10 to 1. 

Prostration of Thankfulness

via: http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2013/03/23/sujood-ash-shukr-the-prostration-of-thankfulness-shaykh-al-albaani/

“How does one perform sujood ash-shukr (the prostration of thankfulness)?”
Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah):
“It comprises of one prostration, and none of the preconditions needed for prayer are stipulated for it. So it is like sujood at-tilaawah, they both have the same ruling. Neither of them have a precondition such as being in a state of purification, facing the qiblah, making the takbeer, making the tasleem, and so on. Rather, if he is surprised by some blessing, he prostrates immediately the way he is and praises Allaah with whatever (words) he can for that blessing that He gave him, out of thanks to Him. Likewise if he recites a verse of prostration from the Book of Allaah (‘azza wa jal), he prostrates immediately, whether he has wudhoo or not, whether he is facing the qiblah or not, without making takbeer al-ihraam and without making any tashahhud or salaam.”

Division Facts File Folder Set

Practice the division tables (2s-12s with this colorful, fun set). Includes a division facts tracker.

TJ Division File Facts File Folder Set.




Also see TJ's Multiplication Facts Set

Multiplication File Folder Games

A project that I started 4-5 years ago was to make multiplication file folder games for my third grader. I had finished five sets of games and then stopped. Over the years I had gotten requests for the whole set and almost five years later, with the help of my 11 year old, we finished!

This set includes file folder matching activities for the x2s - x12s.

TJ Multiplication File Folder Sets
includes multiplication facts progress chart



Also see TJ's Division Facts Set

XtraMath.org - Online Math Facts Practice and Tracking Program


XtraMath.org

I  had been looking for a FREE online program that would help me get the kids to practice their math facts daily and a way to track their progress and I stumbled upon XtraMath.org. 

We just started using it this month and most of the kids are doing well with it.
First, they take a placement test to see what facts they have mastered (able to answer in 3 seconds or less). Then, they are given daily practice with a set of unmastered facts.

You can set up a teacher/parent account to manage your students (kids).
Each child gets their own account/login.

I really like the program because there are many ways to see a child's progress.

  • There is a table that shows, by color, which facts have been mastered, and which are close to being mastered.
  • You can also see a graph of day to day progress.
  • For each day of practice, you can see which facts were practiced and mastered.
Some of the other features I like about the program are that it notifies you by email when a student has not logged in/practiced for a while.  When  you log in, you can see what days the student practiced and how they did (by color coded dots).

It's a very helpful tool and a timesaver because I have wanted to make math facts practice a daily thing, but just haven't gotten around to it (being consistent); this makes it much easier.

Ideally, you can supplement this with online and offline games, flashcards, etc, but if you struggle, like me,  to get things like that in, this is a great aid.