13 Apr 2022

Nahjul Balagha Gems by Academy for Learning Islam


4 Apr 2022

Juz Highlights Bookmark

Learning Objective:
To encourage children to engage with the Quran and become familiar with a key verse from each Juz by highlighting the selection within their own personal copy during each day of Ramadhan.

Video lessons selecting three highlights from 15 surahs of the Quran

30 Daily Ramadhan Duas by Tayyiba Publishers

30 Daily Ramadhan Dua Cards with beautiful practical reflection and action points for each day. 

 Download 30 Dua Cards by Tayyiba Publishers

See also: Salamoji Ramadhan Dua Book


24 Sept 2021

Prophets in the Quran

Learning Objective:
- To recap the role of the Prophets
- To be familiar with the named Prophets in the Quran
- To understand the concept of ismah, the infallibility of the anbiya.

Quran Verse:
Our Lord is He who gave everything its form and then guided it. Surah Taha 20:49-50

Allah has built within us a fitrah, a natural instinct to believe in God. However, this natural instinct is not sufficient for our guidance, and Allah has therefore sent Prophets (anbiya) and Imams (a’immah) to guide us to the right path, teaching us how to use our potential and become our best.

All 124,000 Prophets (Nabi, Pl. Anbiya) were sent with the same message of Tawhid to guide mankind. 21:25. Some of them were sent with a special message or a reveled book and these prophets are called rasul. There are 28 Prophets mentioned by name in the Quran.

Activity: Prophets in the Quran
Have a look through the contents page of the Holy Quran listing the titles of the surahs. Can you find the surah named after the Prophets? Read the following verses of Surat al-Anbiya (21) highlight and list the prophets mentioned. How many did you find?

A Nabi must have the following qualifications:
1. Must be sent by Allah.
2. Must possess ismah which means to be sinless and never disobey Allah. A person who has ismah and is infallible is called a ma'sum. 
3. Must be able to perform miracles.

It is important to understand that the ma‘sumin are not forced by Allah or unable to commit sins. They keep away from sin by their own free will. A ma‘sum keeps away from sin because of his or her deep understanding of how sin harms the soul of a person and also because he is aware and conscious of Allah’s presence at all times. This is just like ordinary people who have the free will to hurt their bodies but they don’t do it because they know how painful and harmful it will be. People commit sins because they don’t realise how much they are harming their souls. If they knew that, they would not even think of committing a sin.

Activity: Discussion about infallibility
- Why is it important for messengers to be infallible? Find and read Surah Najm 53: 3-4. What does Allah tell us about the Holy Prophet (S) and why do you think He said this?
- Does being a Ma'sum guarantee that your family will be safe too? What does Allah tell Prophet Nuh when he asks for his son to be saved? 11:45-46
- Are there any stories that made you think the Prophets had committed a sin? (P.Adam/P/Yunus)
Such ‘mistakes’ made by the anbiya are not actually sins that affect their position as spiritual guides. Instead, such actions are called Tark al-Awla which means ‘leaving the better option’. It is possible for the Prophets to sometimes make a choice that is not the best even though it is not a sin. 
- The fourteen ma‘sumin are Allah’s most perfect creation and do not commit even tark al-awla. Read Surah Ahzab 33:33 what does Allah say about them in the Quran?


23 Sept 2021

Perfection in Creation: The Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio in Nature

Learning Objective:
- To understand the wonders of creation that indicate perfect and precise design. 
- To explore the golden ratio in the human body

Quran Verse: 
And He shows you His signs; which then of Allah's signs will you deny? Surah Ghafir 40:81

Lesson Introduction: 
Wherever you look in the universe, there is order, and proof of design. This precise order and design can be observed everywhere – from the orbits of the planets and the stars, right down to the microscopic level of our cells and our very DNA. This perfect design of our universe, the way it is so finely tuned as so often described by science, proves that randomness and chance can have had no part to play in the design of the universe. The presence of intelligent design proves the existence of an intelligent designer, i.e. Allah.

The Fibonacci Sequence in Nature 
Fibonacci's famous sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8..., and so on, with each term equalling the sum of the previous two terms. This seemingly random sequence has baffled mathematicians and scientists alike, as the sequence and its converging ratio keep appearing in nature. 

- Tree start off with one trunk which splits into 2 and this pattern continues with each new branch.

Several flowers have petals that are numbers of the Fibonacci sequence. Lilies have 3 petals, buttercups have 5 petals, and daisies have 34 petals, for example.

- You are an example of the beauty of the Fibonacci Sequence. You'll notice that most of your body parts follow the numbers one, two, three and five. You have one nose, two eyes, three segments to each limb and five fingers on each hand.

The Golden Ratio
If you divide each term of the Fibonacci sequence by the previous result, you will find that as the numbers get bigger, the ratio converges to 1.618 known as the 'golden ratio'.

Activity: You are Mathematically Perfect!
In pairs, complete the Human Body Measurements Chart. Use inches and carefully measure in a straight line trying not to bend the tape. 

It is incredibly fascinating that even through we all look so different from each other, the proportions in the human body follow the Golden Ratio. Allah has created us with such precision and perfection!

For centuries, artists and sculptors have used the golden ratio to create sculptures and artwork of the ideal human figure. To this day, surgeons and dentists use it to restructure the human face.

Activity: You Can Never Count Allah's Blessings!
The golden ratio an irrational number which means that it never ends and all its digits can never be counted.  Look up Surah Nahl 16:18 in the Holy Qur’an. "If you try to count Allah’s blessings, you will not be able to count them." Doesn't this correlation leave you awe struck?! There is no randomness in creation!

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