Earn Money at Home With Prolific Surveys!

Over the summer, I learned about Prolific Surveys from some fellow MTurkers (MTURK is a platform where you can make money performing Artificial Intelligence tasks. Check out my MTURK tag for info on how to get started). I started back in July Prolific after hearing about it on one of my MTURK groups.

When you sign up, you answer eligibility questions. These will qualify you for surveys. Then, on a regular basis I get more eligibility questions for more chances to qualify for surveys.

What I like is that I only* get offers for surveys that I qualify for. (*When I started writing this post, that was the case, however I have gotten 1 survey that I did not qualify for, but I've done over 40 surveys, so that's not so bad to me) This is in contrast to my experiences with sites like Swagbucks, With Prolific I'll only get an offer to participate for a survey if I am qualified (with that one exception). With Swagbucks, I would go through lengthy prequalification questions only to be turned down for the majority of the surveys which was very frustrating. MTURK is generally better as any prequal questions are generally any where from one question to maybe 10, but they are generally quick--(in a lot of cases, there are no prequalification questions with MTURK). Now, with Prolific, it is even better because I answer eligibility questions when they appear on my dashboard and wait for them to contact me with surveys I prequalified for. (However, you can always check your account to see if there are surveys because a few times there have been surveys that I didn't get an email about).

I generally get several surveys a week so far. Most are under a £ (they use £, not dollars) but recently I've gotten a £1 and  a £2 dollar survey. I've missed a few survey invitations (at first I didn't realize that that is what they were in my email). So far, since July, I've earned $38 which is not a lot, but I have cashed out one time and the money did come in handy at the time, so that's a win. I am not sure what other make from Prolific on a monthly basis, but I'm off to a pretty good start as the surveys generally don't take much time and I just see it as an extra way to make a little money.

If you'd like to check out Prolific, you can try here: https://www.prolific.ac

A caveat: The payout for Prolific is made through PayPal or Circle. A catch is that PayPal cash outs are charged PayPal's 2.9% + 20p fee and there is a fee as well for Circle, though I think if you accumulate £20 then there is no fee with Circle (but I'm not really familiar with Circle). I have cashed out once via PayPal and they took maybe the equivalent of $1. The payout was really quick, I think it took 1 day, maybe 2 tops for me to receive the money in my PayPal account.

Eating Etiquette in Islam

Eating and Drinking in Islam

For Reference:

Learning Resources

Islamic Eating Etiquette Lessons - from 2009 - 5 lessons on eating etiquette with hands on activities, duaas and more!

Islamic Eating Etiquette Guide (2006)

Eating Etiquette Lesson Review Booklet - This was a little booklet I made up to review what we learned in our eating etiquette lessons.

Eating Etiquette Skills Checklist - a list of points to help review eating etiquette. Includes reference for your to refer to

Eating Etiquette PowerPoint - I made this back in 2009 for my then 4 year old. (It may be a tad bit wonky in a few places as it was made with an older version of PowerPoint)

Left Hand and Right Hand Poster - TJ (2017) - version 1 (ash-shimaal as left)
Left Hand and Right Hand Poster - TJ (2017) - version 2 (al yasaar as left)

Using the Left and Right Hand -TJ  (2006) poster illustrating uses of right/left hands


Teaching About the Right and Left Hands/Side in Islam

Ruling on Using Left Hand

Q: What is the ruling on taking and giving things with the left hand; is it Haram (prohibited) or Makruh (reprehensible)?
A: According to the authentic reports, giving and taking things with the left hand is prohibited.
It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“Let one of you eat with his right hand, drink with his right hand, take with his right hand, and give with his right hand, for Satan eats with his left hand, drinks with his left hand, gives with his left hand, and takes with his left hand.” [1]
(Related by Ahmad and Ibn Majah, and this is his narration).
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Member Member Member Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
Source: AbdurRahman.org

Umdatul Ahkaam – Purification – 15 – Using Left Hand to Cleanse Oneself (Audio)

Excellence of the Right Hand

Islamic Resources for Teaching About the Left and Right Hand

Left Hand and Right Hand Poster - TJ (2017) - version 1 (ash-shimaal as left)
Left Hand and Right Hand Poster - TJ (2017) - version 2 (al yasaar as left)

Using the Left and Right Hand -TJ  (2006) poster illustrating uses of right/left hands

Left and Right Activities - A Muslim Child is Born

Secular Resources for Teaching About Left and Right

This one gives kids practice with the left and right hands:


Rounding Up/Down

Rounding to nearest 10

Rounding to nearest 10, 100, 1000.... (older students)


These are a few things I have made over the years for my kids to practice rounding

Rounding to Nearest 10 Helper
Rounding to Nearest 10 Game 
Use 1-100 number cards (not included) or just write a number on the board and student places a card or says what ten the number rounds to.

Nearest 10 Worksheet

Nearest 10 File Folder Game

Have fun rounding to the nearest 10 with this mini practice pack!

-Rounding to nearest 10 helper (for students who have a hard time visualizing which two sets of 10 a number is inbetween)
-Two sorting activities to mix it up a little bit
-One rounding worksheet.

Women and the Prayer

There is No Difference Between the Man's Prayer and the Woman's Prayer

"...there is no difference between the man's prayer and the woman's prayer. As for what some of the jurists mention from the difference [in the prayer of the man and the woman] then there is no evidence for it..." Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said "Pray as you have seen me prayer." "[This hadeeth]is a fundamental principle which generally includes everybody and the legislations are in generality for men and women except for when there is established proof making it specific. So the Sunnah for the woman is that she prays as the men pray in the rukoo' (bowing), the prostration (sujood), the recitation, putting the hands upon the chest and other than that. This is what is best, this is how to put them (hands) upon the knees in the rukoo', this is how to put them upon the ground in prostration either in level with shoulders or in level with the ears, this how you make your back level in the rukoo' and this what is said in the rukoo' and the prostration and after the rising from the rukoo' and rising up from the prostration and between the two prostrations. All of it is just the same as the men acting in accordance to his (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) statement: "Pray as you have seen me praying" [Reported by al-Bukhaaree in as-Saheeh.]"
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Noorun 'alaa ad-Darb - Majmoo' Fataawa wa Maqaalaat al-Mutanawwi'ah Vol.11.
Translated by Abu 'Abdillaah al-Kashmiree

There are however, certain conditions/requirements that apply to women or issues that arise for the woman when she is performing the prayer and some are shared below:

Wiping the Head for Wudhu

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.

Wiping Over Headwear

Does wiping over ones khimaar and turban replace wiping over the ears

Women Covering Feet in Prayer

Q: “Should a woman cover her feet when she prays?”
Shaikh al-Albaani:

“It is not permissible for her to pray with her feet uncovered, indeed it is not allowed for her to walk in the streets with her feet uncovered, because the feet are part of the `awrah of a woman based on Allaah’s (`azza wa jal) Saying: {And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment}.[1] The woman during the Days of Ignorance used to wear what is known in the Arabic language as khalkhaal (anklet), meaning a bracelet with small bells. So when the woman walked, she in order to turn the men’s attention to her would strike the ground with her feet so the anklet would make a noise and the men would hear that; and such was due to shaitaan`s whisperings to her.

This means that the feet used to be covered. Because of what? Because of the jilbaab that the women were commanded to cast down from over their heads, according to Allaah’s Saying: {O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their outer garments (jilbaabs) close upon themselves}.[2] And it is mentioned in the authentic hadeeth that the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said one day during a gathering in which there were also women: `Whoever drags his garment out of pride, Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection. One of the women said: `O Messenger of Allaah, then our feet will be exposed.’ He (`alayhi ssalaam) said: `let (the women) lengthen (their garments) by a hand-span.’ She said: `Then a wind may come and uncover (their feet).’ He (`alayhi ssalaat wa ssalaam) said: `let them add another hand-span, i.e. a cubit, and not go beyond that.’[3] [4]

In this manner, the jilbaab of the Muslim woman at the time of the revelation of the above-mentioned verse: {to draw their outer garments (jilbaabs) close upon themselves} used to cover the feet since the socks that are widespread nowadays among both women and men were not widespread at that time. The woman used to cover her shins and feet with the long jilbaab that resembles the `abaa.ah. Therefore it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to uncover her feet while she is on the street, and it is even more impermissible for her to pray with her feet uncovered.”


Disruptions During Prayer

Doorbell rings while I am praying

Question: If I am praying and somebody rings the doorbell, and nobody is in the house except me, what shall I do?

Response: If the prayer is a voluntary prayer, the matter is much easier as there is nothing from preventing you from stopping your prayer and seeing who is at the door. However, if it is an obligatory prayer, then you should not rush your prayer unless it is something very important that you fear will be missed. If possible, you may alert the person at the door that you are busy in prayer, by saying subhanAllaah for men or clapping for women, that would be sufficient. The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said, "If anything happens to someone during the prayer, the men should say subhanAllaah and the women should clap." If you can make it clear to the one at the door that you are in prayer, by the man saying subhaan-Allaah and the woman clapping then you should do that. However, if that will not help because the door is far away and the person will not hear you, then there is no harm in you breaking off the prayer, in particular if it is a voluntary prayer. If it is an obligatory prayer, you should only do that if it is expected that that is something very important. In that case, you may break off the prayer and then repeat it from its beginning afterwards.

And all praises belong to Allaah.
Shaykh Ibn Baaz
Fataawa al-Mar.ah

Delaying the Ishaa Prayer

Source: FatwaOnline.com

Question: What is the ruling concerning delaying the 'Ishaa. prayer to a late time?

Response: The best act with respect to the 'Ishaa. prayer is to delay it until its last time. Whatever amount it is delayed is better. This is true except in the case of men. If a man is going to delay the 'Ishaa. prayer and by so doing is going to miss performing it in congregation, then it is not allowed for him to delay it and miss the congregation. As for women in their homes, the more they delay the 'Ishaa. prayer, the better for them. However, they cannot delay it beyond half of the night.

Fatwa 2

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen

Fataawa al-Mar.ah

Q 33: Is it permissible for women to pray the ‘Isha’ (night) Prayer after twelve o’clock at night? Is it disliked to perform it at eleven thirty, for instance ?

A: The time of ‘Isha’ Prayer extends until midnight. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The time of ‘Isha’ Prayer extends until midnight. It is impermissible for women to delay the ‘Isha’ Prayer until midnight.

The length of the night varies, so if there are nine hours of night, for instance, then half of this is four hours and half, according to the time of sunset. If it is twelve hours, according to the time of sunset, then its half will be six hours and a half. After this that, it is not permissible for the sick or women to delay it until midnight.

As for men who are not ill, they are to pray with the people in the Masjid (mosque).However, if a man prays at home due to illness, he should pray before midnight and the same applies to the woman.

Fatwas of Nur `Ala Al-Darb

Ameen, Athaan, Iqamah of Women

A Woman's Ameen, Athaan, and Iqamah
(All three links are to the same material, I'm just providing multiple links as over time, sometimes links get broken)

Towards the very end, it discusses where the woman leading other women should stand in relation to those she is leading.

The Iqaamah for women

Question: When the women gather to perform the prayer, do they make the iqaamah for the prayer?

Response: If they make the iqaamah, there is no harm in that. If they do not do so, there is no harm in that either. This is because the adhan and iqaamah are only obligatory upon the men.

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa al-Mar.ah

Are Women Required to Perform Adhaan or Iqamah
Fatwa 1

Source: AlIfta.net
Q:Are women obliged to perform Adhan (call to Prayer) or Iqamah (call to start the Prayer) at the time of Salah (Prayer)?

A:Men are obliged to perform Adhan and Iqamah. This is Mashru` (Islamically permissible) for them, even if the man is alone, because Adhan and Iqamah are a collective obligation on a group of people - that is, if one of them performs it, the others are excused from this obligation. If one man performs Adhan and Iqamah, this will be enough. There was controversy concerning their obligation on one man as well as the person who should perform them, if it is only one man who should perform Adhan and Iqamah. As for women, they are not obliged to perform either Adhan or Iqamah, as the matter of calling to congregational Prayer is related to men only,as well as that of informing the people of the times of Prayers. Women perform Salah at home, and are not obliged to that matter. We mean that women are not obliged to perform Adhan or Iqamah. They should start Salah with Takbir (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]") and perform it in the way men do. However, women are not obliged to perform Adhan or Iqamah because there is no evidence on this matter.

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
Fataawa al-Mar.ah

Praying in House vs. The Masjid

Fatwa 1
Source: Fatwa-Online.com

Question put to our Noble Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen after Salaat al-Fajr in al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah on Tuesday 27 Ramadhaan 1420/ 4 January 2000

Which is better for the woman, to pray in her house or pray in al-Masjid al-Haraam (Makkah)?

The Noble Shaykh (hafitha-hullaah) briefly responded by saying it is better for the woman to pray in her house for that which is mentioned in the hadeeth:

((Do not prevent your women from going to the masaajid, however, their homes are better for them)).

The word masaajid (plural of masjid) encompasses all the masaajid inclusive of al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah, al-Masjid an-Nabawee in Madeenah and al-Masjid al-Aqsaa in al-Quds (Jerusalem). Therefore based upon this hadeeth it is clear that it is better for a woman to pray in her home.

Fatwa 2
Is it permissible for a woman to pray in a masjid in these (present) times?

Yes it is permissible for the woman to pray in a masjid in these (present) times. The messenger of Allaah said “Do not prevent the female slaves of Allaah from the masaajid of Allaah.” And he said “The best row for the men is the first row and the worst is the last one. And the best row for the woman is the last one and the worst is the first one”
Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fataawa Mar’atul Muslimah Pg. 124 (Daar al-Ghad al-Jadeed)
Translated by Umm Ibraheem Bint Ameen

Fatwa 3
Source: Fatwa-Online.com

Ruling concerning women using incense when they are going to the mosque

Question: During Ramadhaan, some women use incense in the mosque. We advised them to stop but to no avail. We want from you, dear Shaykh, to make this issue clear to them and to us.

Response: It is not allowed for women to use incense when they go out to the mosque or inside the mosque. This is because they become a temptation, then, when they return to their homes. It has been authentically reported from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he prohibited women from using any kind of perfume when leaving their house to go to the mosque. He said, ((Any woman who has incense over her should not attend the 'Ishaa. Prayer with us)). The same applies to them using such fragrances in the mosque because then they go outside to the market while being scented. The same is the ruling for their using it when they go some place other than the mosque.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz
Fataawa al-Mar.ah

Women Leading Women in Prayer

On the Imaamate of Women in Prayer
Discusses women leading other women in prayer, specifically in the house.
Women should stand in the middle of their first row and lead.

Alphabet Posters

Alphabet Posters - set of 26 (A-Z) Useful for introducing and reviewing the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.

My Salaat Companion

My Salaat Companion (PDF, 14 pages)
This was a little booklet that I made back in 2006 and was on my old Wordpress blog but apparently it's not here at TJ Homeschooling, so I thought I would make it available here. I'm hoping to update this soon, inshaa Allah, but I think it's handy as it is still, so I wanted to reshare it.

Belief in the Angels

Angels are a creation of Allah and they were created from light. Belief in the Angels is one of the pillars of Eemaan.

Below are some resources from around the internet to teach about the Angels.

Learning About Ahadith

Ahadith (singular: hadith) are narrations of things that Prophet Muhammad said, did, or approved of, in other words, things that form  his "sunnah."  As Muslims, we first and foremost take our knowledge from the Quraan and Sunnah. So, it is important to learn about ahadith, which transmit the sunnah to us.

This post contains resources to help teach kids about ahadith.

Categories of Actions (Rulings of Fiqh)

Actions in the study of fiqh are divided into 5 categories.....

  • Waajib (obligatory)
  • Mustahabb (recommendable)
  • Mubaah (permissible)
  • Makrooh (detested)
  • Haraam (forbidden)
We have studied the categories (on the introductory level of course) in our homeschool and here are some resources that I made:

Categories of Actions - Chart

Categories of Actions - Homeschool Teaching  Notes includes handwriting practice of the 5 terms in Arabic. 8 pages, PDF

    Categories of Actions Worksheet - (Rulings of Fiqh: Waajib, Mustahabb, Mubaah, Makrooh, and Haraam). Two worksheets where students categorize different actions.

    Waajib, Mustahabb, Mubaah, Makrooh, Haraam WorksheetsWaajib, Mustahabb, Mubaah, Makrooh, Haraam Worksheets

    Related Links

    The Hijri Calendar

    The Hijri calendar is the calendar that Muslims use. In this post you'll find some basic facts about the Hijri calendar as well as printables to help you teach your kids/students about it.

    Hijri/Islamic Calendar Wall/Bulletin Board Display Sets (Arabic & English)

    Hijri Calendar Bulletin Board Display Set, updated 2017 (FREE)

    Use a bulletin board display to help teach the Hijri calendar!

    Take a peek at what's included in this kit:

    Advice on Raising Muslim Children (from the Sunnah)

    This was posted on one of my homeschooling e-groups some years ago. It is very long but I found it extremely helpful.(sorry for the formatting, it didn't copy well) ;) Worth a read!

    Various ahadeeth on raising children - dars given by the talib ul ilm Musa Richardson.
    Musa did his research on the topic from the following sources:

    • 6 main books of ahadith, which are bukhari, muslim, tirmidhi, abu dawud, ibn majah and an nasa'ee and their explanations.
    • A'laamul hadith by Imaam Khataabee, which is the explanation of saheeh Bukhari,
    • Muf'him, which is the explanation of saheeh muslim by Imaam Qurtubee.
    • Iqmaal al mu'lim of Imaam Qadee Iyaad.
    • Ifsaah of Imaam Ibn Ubayrah.
    • Sharh of Imaam Nawawee of saheeh muslim.
    • Mishqaat al masaabeeh.
    • And other sources too.

    The Importance of Establishing Daily Routines

    Children thrive on routines. They help give them a sense of security and help them to become more self-disciplined.

    Below are a few articles that discuss the importance of routines for children and following, a few printables that I have made over the years for my kids for daily routines.


    This one is for multiple children
    Islamic Oriented Morning Chart 2
    This one comes in six different color choices (I used to color code my kids for everything when they were all little). This one is for 1 child.
    This one is for multiple children

    This one comes in 4 different colors (sorry, the pink one is messed up and I don't think I have the original file). This is for a two sided template so that 1 child can check off each day for 1 month.

    51 Practical Tips for Establishing (or Re-establishing) an Islamic Atmosphere in the Home

    51 Practical Tips for Establishing an Islamic Atmosphere in the Home

    The first several years after we became Muslim, no matter what we had, it felt like an Islamic household. Over the years (especially after moving to Muslim countries, go figure), that Islamic feel had begun to creep away. So, I brainstormed ways to get that atmosphere back (and did a little googling) and came up with these tips, some of which I have started using (or re-using) already. The checklist list is categorized so you can quickly find tips to put into action according to your biggest/most pressing needs, in shaa Allah.

    Creating an Islamic atmosphere is much more than gussying up the decor of your home, in fact it's just a small part. While the checklist includes suggestions for visual enhancements it also includes behavior/actions you can take to get (or put back) that Islamic feeling in your home, in shaa Allah.

    Creating an Islamic Atmosphere in the Home (PDF)
    (from 2011)

    Islamic Parenting Advice

    • Rights of Children
    • General Advice on Upbringing
    • Education & Socialization
    • Protecting Your Children
    Rights of Children
    General Advice on Upbringing
    Luqman’s Advice to his son
    Education & Socialization
    Protecting Your Children

    Aboo Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah, salallahu 'alaihi wa salaam, kissed Al-Hasan while Al-Aqra ibn Haabis at-Tameemee was sitting near him.  Al-Aqra said, "Indeed I have ten children and I have never kissed any of them."  The Messenger of Allah looked at him and said,  "Whoever does not show mercy will not be shown mercy."  [Saheeh al-Bukhaari, 426/10]

    Countdown to Eidul Adhaa Poster

    I made up this little poster to help us countdown to Eidul Adhaa...

    The printable comes with the poster and number squares to count down from 30 (well technically from 32..)

    I laminated the poster and number squares. I used velcro dots to attach the number squares to the poster.

    1st Grade Resources

    Grade 1 Science










      Summer Review Packets (great to prevent summer slide or for review anytime of the year)





      *These go together

      Links checked: 9/21/2017

      2nd Grade Resources

      Color In Alphabet Progress Chart (Recognition & Sound)

      I wanted a chart that my daughter could color in as she learned the letters of the alphabet and I wanted to be able to mark off whether she had learned to recognize a letter (upper case and lower case) as well as when she learned its sound, and I couldn't seem to find one that captured all three, so I made one up:

      My daughter colors in the upper/lower case when she came recognize each and then she colors in the ear when she has learned the sound.

      The Letter S

      Letter S Poster

      Letter S Cards

      Letter S Mini Book (cover + 8 pages)

      Some of our letter S activities:

      This cute download from the Measured Mom:

      We were eating skittles and I had her point out all the S's on the packaging.

      And that led to this activity: