Here is the pdf handout I have made on Surah al-Burooj. Insha Allah, this week’s lesson for my year 9 girls will be on the tafsir of this beautiful Surah. I am looking forward to having a discussion with the girls on Islamophobia and the small ways that people can be harassed for their religious beliefs.
It is important to teach the concept that Muslims should be eloquently and courageously stand up for their beliefs but also stand up for other faith members who may be facing such a situation.
We do not want to sit around the fire like the People of the Ditch and be witness to the persecution of a group of people, whether it is due to their skin colour or religious beliefs.
So here is the handout:
Additionally, I plan on expanding on “sabr” or patience that we need to develop as Muslims. In a recent Arabic class with Sheikh Akram Nadwi, we discussed how the 5th form of Arabic verbs carries the meaning to “make oneself do something” so in this category of verbs you will find verbs such as “to make one self have sabr”.
So a visual reminder to help them remember that one must be patient in difficult situations or when one becomes angry – I will take out a can of coke and shake it. Then ask them what will happen if I opened it right away? Of course, it will go everywhere. But what will happen if I simply let it sit for a minute or two and then opened it?
Similarly, when we are going through a test or are angry, it is good to walk away or try all the techniques to calm yourself down and seek Allah’s help through dua3.
It is important after such activities to ask the girls what they have learnt from this and to explain it in their own words. This would be an example of informal testing. I hop you have found this blog post useful insha Allah! Please share this site and the facebook page with all those whom you think would find it beneficial. HM