Weekly Classroom Themes – Secondary



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In the Name of Allah; Most-Merciful, Most-Compassionate.

Weekly Classroom Themes – Secondary

The following series is designed for teachers to create a weekly theme in the classroom that will build Islamic worldviews and ethics. This is not a lesson substitute, rather it is a theme that the class adopts for a week. A teacher might introduce the topic on the first day of the week during a five-minute opening discussion. Then, throughout the week the students and teacher can refer back to the theme of the week with regards to other materials / lessons / units being studied. Since each class will have unique materials being taught, what follows is merely an outline with some suggestions for classroom discussions.

The teacher may decide to post a focal Prophetic narration, or even just have the theme of the week (for example: Generosity) on the board throughout the week. This exercise is aimed to get students thinking within an Islamic worldview and from Muslim ethics during all classes, not just the Islamic studies class. A teacher may decide to tie in the example (for example: generosity) into social studies, mathematics word problems, writing assignments and so forth. Having gone through many of the following weekly themes, inshaAllah, students will have been exposed to and been thinking about a variety of concepts targeted to their level.

Only three series were created: Elementary, Middle and Secondary. The topics were categorized in such a manner in order to target the level and abilities of the respective students, however some weekly topics introduced at the lower levels are again taught in higher levels. A 36-week schedule has been developed, based upon a typical school year.



Weekly Themes

Week

Theme

Week

Theme

1

Doing good deeds

19

Caring for orphans

2

Bad conduct

20

Differences of opinion

3

Arbitration

21

Jurayj

4

Leadership

22

Kindness to parents

5

Showing off

23

Marketplace

6

Evils of debate

24

Wisdom

7

Best time for du’a

25

Character

8

Self admiration

26

The Last Day

9

Ali ibn abi Talib

27

Earning Halal

10

Communal responsibilities

28

Community Development

11

Interacting with the Qur’an

29

International Development

12

Disputing

30

Rights

13

Enduring good deeds

31

Tests of Allah

14

Disobedience

32

Umar ibn al-Khattab

15

Qur’an

33

Fiqh of Zakah

16

Sleeping habits

34

Tazkiyah

17

Chivalry

35

Balance & Ihsan

18

Dawah

36

Going green

Week 1

Doing Good Deeds


In the Name of Allah; Most-Merciful, Most-Compassionate.

Good deeds are those which are in accordance with sharee’ah, and which are done sincerely for the sake of Allah (swt).


It is recorded that the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention and protect him from every evil) said: “Make the orphan come close to you, and be nice to him, and wipe his head, and feed him from your food. That will cause your heart to be soft and your needs to be fulfilled” (recorded in al Tabarani).
Allah calls Muslims to all sorts of good deeds, and there is specific reward in doing those good deeds. A beautiful addition to that is the situation of the believer, in a general sense, which is made better when good deeds are done. Anas ibn Malik (may Allah have mercy upon him) was once asked by a person to make du’a (supplication) for him. He said: “Verily, du’a is raised by good deeds.” In saying this, he was directing the questioner to make better his situation by doing good deeds, if he wants his du’a to be accepted. Wahb ibn Munabbih (may Allah have mercy upon him) said: “The example of the one who makes du’a without doing any good deeds is like the one who tries to shoot arrows without a bow.”

Muslims should persist in doing good deeds, even if they are little. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) loved actions that were done consistently, even if they were little. A small action done persistently is better than a greater action done intermittently.

In Islam, we learn that the good deeds remove or wipe out the bad deeds.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “If any one of you improve (follows strictly) his Islamic religion then his good deeds will be rewarded ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is.”

May Allah make us among those who constantly do good.

Ibn al Qayyim mentioned some reminders for us regarding the manners of making du’a: Our heart ought to be present and mind of full concentration, our heart meek and full of humbleness. One ought to face the qibla in a state of wudu’ raising their hands to Allah, beginning with praise of Him and salutations upon the Prophet (may Allah exalt his mention and protect him from every evil). One should seek forgiveness and be persistent in asking Him and calling upon Him. All of which in a state of balance between fear, love and hope.

Questions: What is du’a and why do we make it?

Research one Sahabah who used to do many good deeds. Present it to the class.

What good deeds can we do every day?

Which kind of activities are available at the school and in the community that we can join that would be considered doing good deeds?

Which good deed would you give great importance to and why?

Name a good deed that someone has done for/towards you and write about how it impacted your life or inspired you to perform more good deeds.

Suggested Activity for the Week (Individual):

Write down at least 7 good deeds and try to do at least one good deed a day.

Some examples of good deeds:


  • Feed a hungry animal.

  • Give good advice to a friend.

  • Help someone move their furniture.

  • Volunteer at a hospital or visit a sick person.

  • Donate at least $1 for a good cause.

  • Recycle and pick up trash.

  • Spend quality time with family.

  • Forgive someone who has hurt you in the past.

  • Avoid gossiping, backbiting and insulting others.

  • Greet those you know or do not know.

  • Smile

  • Observe a voluntary fast.

Suggested Activities for the Week (Group):

  • The class picks up trash around the school or community.

  • The class makes sandwiches/lunches for the needy in the community.

  • Everyone in the class brings at least one canned food item for the community food bank.

Week 2


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