WORKBOOK COVER & INTRO – 30Days with the Names of Allah

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Assalamo ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

I perfect Umm Yusef’s style, the cover and introduction to the workbook come at the end!

Alhamdulillah.

Please find the links to the workbook pages for the four weeks (or so) of Ramadaan here: WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3, WEEK 4.

Please, do NOT skip the introduction: the correct understanding of the Names and Attributes of Allah is vital to sound belief and so many in have gone astray because of deviant understandings of this topic…(may Allah protect us fro that). The following is a super simplified 1 page version of the guidelines on the correct way to understand the Names and Attributes of Allah according to the methodology of the salaf, alhamdulillah. I couldn’t make it any simpler. Alhamdulillah.

RAMADAN WORKBOOK – 30 Days with the Names of Allah – COVER AND INTRODUCTION

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I ask Allah to keep my intentions pure and for this little effort of mine to benefit my family and yours.

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PART 4 – Ramadaan: 30 days with the Names of Allah

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Assalamo ‘alaykum.

Please find below the last instalment of the Names of Allah workbook I will be doing this coming Ramadaan with my children, insha’Allah. (Here you will find my original post with week 1 ,week 2 and week 3) Alhamdulillah.

May Allah purify my intention and help my family and yours benefit from this little effort. Ameen.

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 22 – Ash-Shakoor

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 23 – As-Samee’

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 24 – Al-‘Azeez

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 25 – Al-Ghafoor

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 26 – Al-Ghanee

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 27 – Al-Fattaah

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 28 – Al-Qaadir

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 29 – Ar-Rafeeq

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 30 – Al-Malik

PART 2 – Ramadaan: 30 days with the Names of Allah

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Assalamo ‘alaykum.

Following my previous post on the Names of Allah Workbook I am putting together for my kids for the upcoming Ramadaan insha’Allah, here is the pages for week 2. Alhamdulillah.

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 08 – al-Baseer

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 09 – at-Tawwaab

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 10 – al-Haafidh

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 11 – al-Haseeb

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 12 – al-Haqq

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 13 – al-Mateen

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – day 14 – al-Hakeem

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Ramadaan: 30 days with the Names of Allah

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Assalamo ‘alaykum.

In an attempt not to let it creep up on us, I started thinking about Ramadaan. As usual, I plan for it to be our yearly break from formal homeschooling insha’Allah, but with some sort of Islamic activity for the boys.

Masha’Allah, I have a 9 year old who loves learning (but hates writing) and a 5 year old who cannot sit down for more than 3 minutes at a time but would be terribly offended if I didn’t plan something for him to do too…. so I thought: meaningful & simple.

I am working on a little workbook on the Names of Allah, something that both boys can do to their level, insha’Allah. They will be given a page each day (in the usual Ramadaan mailbox, they don’t want to let go of it!).

My sources are:

Each page focuses on one of the Names of Allah (I chose 30 of those I found easier to understand and explain) and will include:

  • The Name of Allah in Arabic with some Arabic writing practice
  • The short translation of the meaning of the Name
  • An absolutely minimal explanation of the Name.
  • An exercise to find the shaahid (proof) of it being a Name of Allah in the relative ayah of the Qur’an (which they will be required to copy out in English translation too).
  • A small space for reflection on how to implement belief in that Name of Allah in their life.
  • Title, banner, and little things that can be coloured if the child is in the mood to do colouring (but not so much that it looks incomplete if left in black & white!)

No frills, as usual. Because I can’t and I don’t have time to learn right now .

Here is what it will look like:

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Alhamdulillah, I am posting a week’s worth of pages to stop myself making further changes or additions and spending more time than needed in putting this together (insha’Allah!). Click on the links for the PDF files insha’Allah. Don’t forget me in your du’a.

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – Day 01 -Allah

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – Day 02 – al-Ahad

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – Day 03 – al-Mujeeb

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – Day 04 – al-Awwal

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – Day 05 – al-Aakhir

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – Day 06 – al-Baatin

Names of Allah RAMADAAN WORKBOOK – Day 07 – al-Baaree’

 

 

 

CORRECTIONS: “The Prophet’s prayer described” workbook

Assalamu ‘alaykum,

going through the book with Yusef I have found 2 mistakes.

  1. Page 3: I asked to colour a country in yellow twice in the same exercise so I changed it with orange.
  2. Page 13: In the second of the adhkaar I wrote رَبِّي  while it should be رَبُّ . It is quite obvious if you know any Arabic, even if you didn’t know this specific dhikr. It must have been a “copy&paste” mishap!

This is the CORRECTED PDF FILE Insha’Allah.

I do apologise for the mistakes, I hope I did not cause confusion to anybody. May Allah protect me from transmitting incorrect knowledge in any form and to any degree. Ameen!

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Flashcards in the chaos

Assalamo ‘alaykum.

It has been a while since my last entry… not that there was much to report homeschooling-wise! Our family has been blessed with the arrival of little Hind nearly 2 months ago, just 3 days into the new Islamic year, masha’Allah. Talk about “a new beginning”, eh?

A new baby in the house is a bit like a tornado hitting hard the usual family dynamics. Between the demands of the baby and family coming to visit from abroad, formal homeschooling is struggling to resume. And did I mention that Bilal has started learning how to read too? (Allahumma baarik alayh, there goes the loosely Montessori “let’s just play” approach!).

Alhamdulillah, I have some awesome homeschooling friends that gave me some brilliant advice, among them Umm Saphia: sister, friend and home educator extraordinaire! (Allahumma baarik). I had to name names, I cannot take credit for the following:

  1. Ease yourself and the children in.
  2. Work around the baby (not much other choice at this stage anyway!)
  3. DO NOT have a schedule. Instead, have a cut off point after which you will no longer try to finish school work that day.
  4. Start with something they want to learn.
  5. Give and plan rewards; first daily, then weekly and monthly… until they are back into learning mode.

So, we started off with what my two “screen starved” and technology obsessed boys are into the most at the moment: literacy subscription websites (obviously with limits!). There are games to familiarise himself with letter sounds and starting to blend them for the little one and lots of reading comprehension for the big one (who wouldn’t find it so fun if he had to do the exact same thing off the page of a book rather than a screen!).

As I felt more confident, I started breaking one of my biggest homeschooling taboos: teaching outside the morning hours! In fact, I decided WE WERE going to read some tafseer, regardless of the time. So I started gathering the boys next to me on the sofa well after dark and took out the translation of excellent tafseer of imam as-Sa’dee (rahimahullah) and we started from the end of juz ‘amma.

While clearing a drawer (to make even more room for pink baby clothes!) I found stacks and stacks of flashcards I had made when I started studying Arabic, about 10 years ago, when the thought of having to make room for baby clothes hadn’t even crossed my mind (HA!). Yusef was intrigued by this ever so-low tech technique, so I jumped at the chance and suggested we could make some for the words he doesn’t know from the Qur’an, as we encounter them in the tafseer. He was excited about it (as long as he got to write only one side and me the other; he settled for the Arabic one).

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Alhamdulillah, sometimes simple, unsophisticated things are just what you needed.

The basics of Hajj poster/map

Assalamu ‘alaykum.

Alhamdulillah, we are no longer in the complete darkness about the rites of Hajj! it’s not just multitudes of people dressed in white cloth and looking really busy…

I wasn’t feeling very creative up to a few days ago so I started a Hajj and Dhul Hijjah Pinterest board, where I collected some relevant talks as well as some activities I that I might find inspiring. I sketched down a list of the main rites that occur on the different days of Hajj (the format was inspired by this Hajj day by day activity) and a basic map of the main Hajj locations with numbered arrows to show the sequence of events. We reproduced this on a poster, adding the definitions of some Hajj related Arabic terms.

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It was a lot of fun to make it and we learned a lot. I am so happy to have come to grips with the basics of Hajj, alhamdulillah. We put the poster near the kitchen table, so these days we’ll be able to talk about it while sitting all together, insha’Allah. It seems to have worked well for Yusef too: he feels well versed about what goes on on Hajj (he was a bit concerned that they don’t have ihraam clothes at the moment*smile* all in due time insha’Allah).