||Why Islam, What is Islam?
||Students will be introduced to the beauty of Islam to help them understand that Islam is the chosen religion of Allāh. They will learn that Islam is not just a religion to believe and follow, but it is a complete way of life.
||The Qur’ān: Its Qualitative Names
||The Qur’ān has many qualitative names. These names tell us specific things about the objectives of the Qur’ān. Students will learn the names for the Qur’ān in order to understand its objectives and follow up with these objectives so that their daily lives may be more meaningful.
||Istighfār: Seeking Forgiveness and Protection
||Seeking forgiveness from Allāh is one important medium for avoiding punishment. Students will learn why and from whom we need to seek forgiveness. They will learn why we need to seek istighfār and why the prophets sought istighfār.
||Allāh: Angry or Kind
||Allāh is more kind than angry. His anger is only for the sinners. However, if sinners repent and turn to Allāh, He turns to them with forgiveness and shows kindness. Students will learn that the kindness of Allāh supercedes His anger. However, we must qualify to earn His kindness.
||Islamic Greeting: Wishing Peace
||The Islamic greeting of “Salam” is unique in many ways. Students will learn why salam carries more meaning than any other form of greeting. This greeting can be wished to all people regardless of their age, gender, or religion. The example of Ibrāhīm (A) is mentioned to encourage students to adopt the Islamic forms of greeting.
||Ādam(A): The Trial of the First Human Being
||Students will learn the conversation that took place between Allāh and the angels before human beings were created. The angels submitted to mankind, but Iblīs refused. Students will learn how Iblīs tempted Ādam (A) and why he responded to the temptation. Ādam (A) subsequently prayed for forgiveness. Students will learn how the moral of the story can be applied to our daily lives.
||‘Ād and Thamūd: Consequences for Defying Allāh
||The story of ‘Ād and Thamūd carries a great moral lesson for people of every generation. The two tribes lived in two different regions, yet their conduct and ultimate fate was the same. The chapter discusses their brief history to show the consequence of rebellion against Allāh and His messengers.
||Life of Ibrāhīm(A): Early Life and Mission
||This chapter discusses the early life of Ibrāhīm (A) until he was forced to abandon his hometown. Students will learn the key events in his early youth that shaped the rest of his adult life. It is a story about his struggle to establish truth and his great migration across Iraq and ancient Arabia.
||Life of Ibrāhīm(A): Beginning of a New Generation
||In the second part of the history of Ibrāhīm (A), students will explore his adult life by learning from the Qur’ān and also from history. During this period, Ibrāhīm (A) was married, interacted with Lūt (A), traveled to and from Makkah and Egypt, and continued to establish Islamic monotheism. It is a story of struggle by a great prophet—a story that sheds light on his career and achievements.
||Sacrifice of Ibrāhīm(A)
||After having a significant dream, Ibrāhīm (A) decided to sacrifice his beloved son Isma‘īl (A). His decision and his son’s readiness to give up his life are examples of the greatest sacrifices in the history of mankind. The moral of this incident is highly appropriate for our generation. The lesson discusses how we can emulate the examples of Ibrāhīm (A) and Isma‘īl (A) in our own lives.
||Lūt (A): Message for the Modern Societies
||The history of Lūt (A) provides everlasting moral value. Students will learn the teachings of Lūt (A) and understand why Allāh punished his community. As our present society overlooks the moral downfall of people, the teachings of Lūt (A) appear more significant than ever.
||Yūsuf (A): Will to Overcome Temptation
||The story of Yūsuf (A) shows his determination and courage to overcome temptation. The lesson describes the incident in ‘Azīz’s house and explains what steps Yūsuf (A) took to overcome temptation. Students will learn important moral guidance from the story.
||The Companions of the Cave
||The Companions of the Cave were followers of One God. In order to preserve their faith, they chose to isolate themselves in a cave. There were three reasons for seeking isolation. They brought three accusations against their own people. What happened after that is fascinating. This lesson describes the story of the Companions of the Cave as narrated in the Qur’ān.
||Dhu al-Qurnain: The Journey of a King
||Students will learn about Dhu al-Qarnain, his activities, and his travel across different kingdoms. Wherever he traveled, he faced unique situations. This informative account shows the different dimensions of Dhu al-Qarnain’s personality.
||Abū Sufyān: His Life and Achievements
||Abū Sufyān was once an enemy of the Muslims, but then he accepted Islam. He fought many battles against the Muslims. This lesson provides a summary of his life and activities. The early history of Islam was largely shaped by his activities for and against Islam.
||Khālid Ibn Al-Walīd: The “Sword of Allāh”
||Khālid Ibn Al-Walīd is known as one of the top army generals in the history of Islam. He began his career as an enemy of Islam, but later accepted Islam and helped propagate the message of Islam to distant places. Students will learn a brief summary of his life and achievements.
||How to Achieve Success
||There is a difference between success in this world and success in the Hereafter. This lesson discusses what type of success in this life will have a lasting value and what type of success all students of Islam should seek to attain.
||Character of the Prophets
||All the prophets had common character traits. Students will analyze some of the common character attributes that distinguished the prophets. This lesson describes how these character traits can be emulated by all Muslims in their daily lives.
||Marriages of Muhammad (S)
||Several aspects of the Rasūlullāh’s (S) marriages are unusual. For example, he married an elderly woman and he married several women later in his life. Students will analyze the different aspects of his first marriage. They will also study the circumstances that prompted him to marry several other women.
||Purification: Physical and Spiritual “Hygiene”
||Purification of the body is as important as purification of the mind. Islam encourages both forms of purification. One form of purification can be done by wūdū and ghusl. The other form of purification can be done by giving charity. The lesson discusses both forms of purification and encourages students to remember to purify their bodies and souls.
||Permitted and Prohibited
||Permitted and prohibited items and actions include the food that we may eat and the social behaviors that we may adopt. This lesson discusses what is permitted and prohibited in Islam and provides a useful summary for ease of understanding and practice.
||Lailatul Qadr: The Night of Majesty
||The importance of Lailatul Qadr is enormous in terms of its blessings, its majesty, and its unique position in the history of Islam, particularly because the Qur’ān was revealed on this blessed night. Yet, we do not know for sure which night was the blessed night. This lesson provides a summary of why Lailatul Qadr is such a majestic night.
||Fasting in Ramadan: The Month of Endless Benefits
||The importance of fasting during the month of Ramadan is enormous. It is not just a ritual, but a systematic process to eliminate or minimize our shortcomings and help us emerge as purified human beings. This month is not only about abstaining from eating, but also abstaining from all forms of evil. This lesson discusses some of the blessings and the importance of fasting during Ramadan.
||My Family is Muslim Now
||A large number of non-Muslims in the West are choosing Islam. They are attracted to Islam for a variety of reasons. However, the new Muslims also face challenges. This lesson describes these experiences from the viewpoint of a new Muslim.
||Amr bil ma’ruf: Enjoin Good Deeds
||Early Muslims were highly successful because they practiced amr bil ma‘rūf, that is, they encouraged each other to do good deeds. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the concept of enjoining good deeds and forbidding evil. Students will learn how they can encourage good deeds—first, by applying the concept to themselves. This lesson discusses the benefits of enjoining good deeds.
||Guard your Tongue: Think Before You Speak
||Speech can be both good and bad. If we are not careful, misuse of the tongue can cause serious trouble. The purpose of this lesson is to identify different kinds of sins committed by the tongue, in the form of negative speech. The lesson also discusses ways to remedy such sins.
||Lessons from Past Civilizations
||All past civilizations achieved their glory days and then they came to an end. Why were they destroyed? The Qur’ān asks us to travel the earth and see why these civilizations no longer exist. This lesson discusses some examples from history to provide a moral guidance for people today.
||Science in the Qur’ān
||The Qur’ān contains several fascinating scientific facts. People learned many of these scientific facts only after recent scientific discoveries. The Qur’ān mentioned these facts more than 1,400 years ago. This lesson discusses some of the scientific facts mentioned in the Qur’ān.