Tag Archives: Juz Amma

Qur’anic Arabic Vocabulary

Bismillah,

Up for a challenge? Use the following worksheet will help you learn at least 20 keywords that regularly occur through out the Qur’an.

I will be using this worksheet with my Year 10s to help them revise the 20 words. I’ve uploaded the keywords and example ayaahs here for those of you who are learning them for the first time.

With Ramadan coming up – it will be useful to learn keywords to understand the Qur’an in Arabic as you recite it during the day, in prayers, in Taraweeh and when the Imam recites ayaat containing these keywords.

Blank worksheet for 20 Qur’anic Arabic keywords

20 Qur’anic Arabic keywords answers pdf

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Enjoy! Hope you manage to learn all 20 inshallah!

HM

 

Arabic Verbs matching game

Bismillah,

Here is an activity I created and used with my 3 classes. It was a good way of helping the girls review the verb list I handed out to them. Check this post out to get your hands on the pdf of a list of verbs oft-used in the Qur’an.

Here is a picture of one of the works by a team who managed to put it all together and presented the game in their own creative way 🙂

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Preparation:

I printed the sheets out in colour and laminated each sheet. I then cut out each image (apples) leaving a thin white border around it. Then, I cut each apples in half. I stored each set of verbs in mini ziploc bags.

How I used this resource:

I then asked the girls to place a tick around the verbs they were already familiar with on the page (cover the English to see which ones they could translate without looking).  I then handed out the resources which was played in pairs. Mashallah, the girls got on very well.

Benefits of pair-work:

Students love working together and helping each other. Pair up students who are different abilities to allow them to teach each other and learn not only the material but soft skills too e.g. patience, politeness. The benefits will show up as better class cohesion and healthy competition.

PDF of Apples Arabic Matching game

Here is an example of what the resource pdf looks like:

Past tense apples matching game-page-003Hope your students find this activity as fun as my students did insha Allah 🙂

HM

Surah al-Burooj kids handout

Bismillah,

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:

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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. Don't Explode with Anger Object Lesson 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

Surah al-Inshirah tafsir handout

Bismillah,

The next lesson for year 8 girls will feature learning about the tafsir of Surah al-Inshirah.

Here is a handout I created for the girls using inspiration from christian sunday school worksheets that focus on the theme of relying on God.

Here is the Surah  al-Inshirah tafsir handout pdf  for you to use in your classrooms.

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I hope you find this worksheet useful insha Allah. I will of course expand on the themes featured in the Surah and worksheet.

Any comments and suggestions are welcome. Don’t forget to like the facebook page!

HM

Reflections on Term 1

Bismillah,

I usually dedicate the month of December to reflecting over the year that is leaving and planning for the coming one in whatever capacity I can. From September 2014, I started teaching teenage Muslim girls at Al Barakah school in London. I wouldn’t have considered this a BIG step had I not been commissioned by the school to design the advanced Arabic textbooks and to draft out their curriculum. I am now piloting the scheme in my classes and the books will be available in the UK market in about 2 years time insha Allah.

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Qur’anic Arabic workbooks for Year 8, 9 and 10 (Term 1)

Me + Planning

I am someone who has always lived life based on 5 year plans (as soon as I could make them lol). I’ve now reduced my planning to just 1 year but alhamdolillah I have always kept the long term big picture in mind – so it’s not too bad. This adjustment has also impacted the way I approach most things now. I’m less of a planner and now much more into taking spontaneous decisions, a change which has positively affected my teaching style. I mention this because I’m designing my life based on my Core Desired Feelings. And of course Arabic Adventures comes into it. [Look out for a separate post on this coming soon insha Allah].

So here is a blog post on reflections of my teaching in Term 1:

Praising and encouraging the girls: I dislike praising children insincerely and for every little thing. Unfortunately, the girls are used to a praise burger delivered to them on a daily basis in their schools. So when they don’t hear praise from me it is a disappointment to them. This term I started off being stingy with praise but half way through realised everybody needs encouragement and that has made all the difference. A kind word has changed the most naughty student to a teacher’s pet and it’s been a real lesson for me.

One activity: The day I used just one activity in about 4 different ways turned out to be a really good lesson. It definitely saved a lot of precious time during the week designing, cutting, gluing and laminating. Tasks  I often end up having to delegate to family members. Lessons don’t have to be a series of  new activities changed every 10 minutes.

Gifts: I think I could’ve given out more sweets or small presents during the term to motivate them. I can’t quite explain how much the girls love receiving things. I think for Term 2, I’ll buy a packet of sweets to hand out for good work every 2 weeks insha Allah. Gifts and praise should not be reserved only for those girls who achieve 100% on their Arabic tests – that attitude only comes from a skewed understanding of “success”. I’m also building their shakhsiyah (character) so anytime they display kindness, strong will, dedication, concentration, honesty, politeness and other good qualities the girls deserve to have that noticed and celebrated.

My diet: I’m used to short intense terms and then periods of rest which has been my schedule for the last 4 years. The 1st term at Al Barakah this year was exceptionally long and I crashed at the end. Mini crash. I am a bit of a workaholic with an inability to switch my mind off but I know it wasn’t so much the length of the term as it was the fact that I am on a diet (medical reasons). Being on such a strict diet has left me pretty tired, grouchy, emotional yet elated and hopeful. As I will continue for another 6 months at least on this diet, it’ll be useful to create strategies to deal with the situation adequately. I  want the girls to leave Saturday school with a positive image of Islam and that image is firstly shaped by their teacher: Moi 🙂

Lesson Objectives: Earlier in the term, I would attempt to teach  a new grammar concept, review the tafsir, do handwriting practise, play a game, revie old material all in one lesson. As I got used to teaching full time, it’s getting easier to tone down my enthusiasm  (lol)  and focus on one thing for each class. If the lesson objective is to review Surah keywords then I need to build all activities geared towards achieving this goal.

Best moment of Term 1:

Getting the girls to do a live talk show in pairs in front of their peers about the Tafsir of two of the Surahs they had learnt . The girls are so creative and incredibly funny mashallah. I am glad I was able to build their public speaking skills through Qur’anic Arabic and still make it a fun and humorous activity. Alhamdolillah.

My first term has been enjoyable and an eye opening one for sure. I’ve learnt so much about my self and my teaching style and I definitely want to make Term 2 even better insha Allah. I was assessed by the Head of Arabic, Teacher trainer and the Co-ordinator for the teaching assistant and I have noted down all their feedback. When the school has pushed me a little, I am glad I have been able to push back defend my ideas and be able to listen to their feedback and mold it into the vision that I have for my Arabic classes.

As for where Arabic Adventures, my blog is heading. I have a few ideas but I still need to flesh out a out year plan for it. Lot of exciting things to come insha Allah!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, for viewing and downloading the resources and for following me on this blog and my Pinterest page.

Barakallahu feekum,

Hiba Mohamad  

Surah Suprise

Bismillah,

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The last lesson of term saw my Year 8, 9 and 10 students exchange gifts. Why? Because I introduced a new concept called “Surah Surprise”. I know during Christmas time, students in their schools take part in “Secret Santa” and so I adapted the concept to Juz `Amma. I’ve been debating for a while whether I’m simply “halalifying” something, but I believe for those Muslim students who don’t participate in Secret Santa at school, this might be something they would feel comfortable participating in.

Each student had to get a small gift for another student in the class. They each picked another student’s name and had to make or buy something small that was either related to a keyword of one of their 3 Surahs or a something related to a key theme in the Surah. Alhamdolillah, most of them understood what I was trying to get them to do.

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Surah Surprise only works if the students stand up and explain why they got/made what they did. It’s not just about getting gifts for each other. But even if they do just get a gift: explain to them that they have just acted on one beautiful Sunnah: “giving gifts”. For those who know me personally, I love giving gifts and will happily spend all my money on getting just the perfect gift.

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Ashkur Rabbi that he has put me in a position where I can encourage others to follow this Sunnah. As a teacher standing looking at 25 faces eagerly waiting to gift and be gifted to and the smile that follows when they get something is beyond glorious.

Here are some example of what the girls came up with. They were very creative Mashallah.

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To help review the keyword: حامية

An ayah from Surah al-Bayyinah. My favourite gift because it's very creative!

An ayah from Surah al-Bayyinah. My favourite gift because it’s very creative!

Infinity pendant to help review the keyword "forever - khalideena"

Infinity pendant to help review the keyword “forever – khalideena”

"Olives - at-Teen" keyword from Surah at-Teen

“Olives – at-Teen” keyword from Surah at-Teen

to hep review the keyword "star - at-Tariq". Handmade gift made out of loom bands.

to hep review the keyword “star – at-Tariq”. Handmade gift made out of loom bands.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it has given you a new idea for your class insha Allah  🙂

HM

 

Early years: Surah al-Nas and Surah al-Falaq activity

Bismillah,

A few years back I used to teach Year 3 who were learning Surah al-Nas and Surah al-Falaq masha Allah.

Here is one of the worksheet I handed out to the class. I hope you find it useful insha Allah.

Why should I read Surah Nas and Surah Al Falaq? pdf

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HM