Project Ummah

Arabic in the Quran-Introduction

Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem

I have not posted for a very long time as I was overseas attending an arabic and leadership camp in Pahang, Malaysia organised by my school conducted by Al-Bayaan instructers(for the arabic part) and Akademi Azam D’Perkasa Rebutia(the Islamic leadership camp) I’ve learnt a lot there Alhamdulillah. I’ll share it with you some day, not now as my schedule is a bit packed.

One of the things that occupy my schedule is what I am posting today.

My aunt decided to form a group to develop a curriculum for teaching Arabic in the Quran for children aged 6-8. This is because she observed that if a person is learning a foreign language, it is difficult for him to learn, read and appreciate it without understanding it. In Singapore and Malaysia, kids learn to read the Quran(Arabic) by just learning to read it, pronounce its letters correctly etc. without really understanding it. This is being unfair to Arabic  A Malay kid in Malaysia who doesn’t know how to speak English will first understand English before they read it but then, when it comes to Arabic, they learn to read it first. So, as a result, the child gets bored as he is learning something he doesn’t understand and what seems like a waste of time. Thus, he reads the Quran out of dread and as he was forced to do so. This makes his relationship with the Quran void from love.

What prompted her observation was about 15 or 20 years ago, when she was reading her Quran in Makkah, a Somali spoke to her in Arabic so she said she did not understand Arabic. The Somali was shocked and replied that how can she read the Quran without understanding Arabic?

Also, 5 years ago, she started a project in Camdodia to teach the local Muslim Children in a poor Muslim village in Cambodia English and now, Alhamdulillah, they are very fluent in English. So she had been thinking to apply that to teaching Arabic in Singapore to Muslim children who have no basic knowledge on Arabic.

So, I would really appreciate your help in making the materials.

This is the rough plan of each lesson…(conducted once a week)

First lesson:

1) Learning and recognising letters a, ba , ta and tsa.

-how, to pronouce, how to write, how do they look like as a letter and how do they look like in the middle, starting and end of a word. And also, few words in the Quran which contain these  letters. Also, their different shakl eg, ta, ti, tu.

2) Worksheets- practice writing

3) Story telling (stories in the Quran)

4) Songs to further blossom their love for the Quran and its letters

Second lesson:

1) Sukn, Shaddah and Tanween+recap last lesson

2) Worksheets- practice writing

3) Story telling (stories in the Quran)

4) Videos and Songs to further blossom their love for the Quran and its letters

Third lesson:

Same as the first but with letters ja, ha and kha.

Fourth lesson:

Same as the second lesson but with letters ja, ha , kha.

This is continuous. Just figuring out where to insert mad.

I’d really really appreciate your help with the materials(especially with the worksheets and videos) and the curriculum planning:)

I’ll upload what I have made when I have made it In sha~a Allah

Please make du’a for all involved in this pilot project to be blessed by Allah and to ease their all affairs and their efforts to instill love of Allah’s Words in the hearts of all Muslim children

Jazakumullah Khayran and I apologise for not being able to post frequently:( Pray for me to have time and steadfastness.

Wassalaam:)

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Project Ummah: Introduction

In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful

I’ve just watched this very popular movie that I was urged to watch by its fans-My Name Is Khan. Most people don’t really see the meaning behind this story, not my classmates that is. They only focus on the first part of the film, romance, while totally ignore the second part-the part with the unfortunate reality of this life violence, hatred and misconception.It shows the treatment Muslims faced in America after the 9/11 attacks. Not a while back, I watched a story called slumdog millionaire, which portrays the life of Indians living in slums in India. Right after watching this movie, the news of Somalia facing drought reached me. Little bodies, just skin and bones and air, looking helplessly into cameras filming their suffering just to show us pampered individuals how lucky we are and also to move us to help them. Also the news of a women in Indonesia having an affair with her son as she thought it was okay as she was not doing it with other people, but her own son. What a warped understanding! Also Muslims youths worldwide indulging in drugs, alcohol, following the slacking lifestyle of non-muslims etc.

All these news set me thinking: what has happened to the ummah of Muhammad pbuh? The very ummah that he so cared for.

Below is a hadith to ponder upon regarding the last moments of our beloved Muhammad PBUH..

(368) Hadith Number 1.
Anas Radiyallahu ‘Anhu narrates: “The last glimpse I had of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam was at the time of his last illness on a Monday morning when he lifted the curtain of his house (to take a look at his ummah performing the salaah). At that time his mubaarak face was shining and clear as if it was a page of the Mus-haf (Qur-aan). At that time the people were performing the (fajr) salaah behind Abubakr Radiyallahu ‘Anhu. The people began moving back (in happiness after seeing him, thinking that he would come to join them. Before this too on an occasion when Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam became ill, Abubakr Radiyallahu ‘Anhu led the salaah. When he was recovering he would come and join the congregational prayer). Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam made a sign to the people to remain in their places. Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam passed away on that day”.

A nice article: http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?44106-The-True-Love-amp-Mercy-of-the-Prophet-(Pbuh)-for-Mankind&highlight=ummatii

As an ummah, we must work together to preserve the ummah our beloved Prophet pbuh so cared for. We can’t let his efforts go to waste. The world is now  loaded with problems, every single one is related to us Muslims.

InsyaAllah, I will compile some of the problems in this world and their solutions. I ask all you dear readers some of your precious time to contribute to this list and maybe some ideas to solve them. Jazakumullah Khairan Kathiiran!!! I call it Project Ummah.

Thank you so much for spending time to read this meagre post of mine. I really hope you could contribute. You could leave your thoughts in the comments box. Syukran!!! Jazakumullah again.

May Allah bless our efforts in shaping a better ummah InsyaAllah.

Wassalaam…

Note: This was edited as the earlier story posted did not come from authentic sources and may have elements of Shiite in it.

Jazakallah to themiddlepath in prompting me to start the research on what really happened.

I apologise for the mis-information

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