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Sunday School Seerah Discussion Homework

September 29: Week 3 Update

As we are entering week 4 of our class, it is now pertinent that we begin utilizing the textbook required for this class. Instead of needing to purchase a hard copy, I have attached a PDF version of the book we will be using to guide the discussions on a week-to-week basis.

 

Should you have any issues downloading it, please let me know and I will find an alternate way to have it forwarded to you.

 

As a quick refresher, here's a link with a short bio about me:

October 27: Week 5 Update

In class, we took some time to review the first and second chapters of the textbook. Most of the students have not been keeping up with the readings and progress has been slow for us to move along through the curriculum.

Nonetheless, the time we spent discussing the chapters was fruitful and students engaged in dialogue when called upon.

 

Next week, we will continue more of the same and the expectation will be to bring more curiosity about the content.

Recap of Class:

 

1. Introduction to the textbook and Chapter 1 of reading.

- We watched a few videos to understand the character of Prophet Ibrahim and how far his influence extended. Who his two sons were and how all 3 Abrahamic faiths came to be passed on through them.

- Aside from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Prophet Ibrahim is the most revered Prophets mentioned by name in the Qur'an and a Prophet whose name we mention in our 5 daily prayers.

 

2. Setting expectations.

- I did not emphasize this much, primarily since I have not followed this myself for the last couple weeks, but I expect my class to have cameras on if I have them on. This being a discussion class means that everyone is expected to share at some point. We will work on improving participation but this class is only as valuable as the students who participate in it. This is YOUR class.

 

Questions and curiosity are highly encouraged.

 

There will be some weeks where we step away from the book and talk about topics from the seerah that can be applied in our own lives. We will use content from youtube and other reputable sources to guide our discussions

What to expect next week:

 

I would like everyone to come in having watched the Story of Prophet Ibrahim on youtube (link embedded).

 

Admittedly this is meant for a younger audience so the depiction is somewhat diluted, however, the events are important to recognize. Prophet Ibrahim is the father of the 3 Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). If you are pressed for time and would prefer a more summarized version to detail the events, please read the following article:

 

https://humanappeal.org.uk/news/2017/08/the-story-of-the-prophet-ibrahim-as

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am available by email or phone (text preferred),

Best regards.

Nasah A.

630-656-7963

September 19: Week 2 Update

Nasah: teens 6/7 seerah

In today’s Seerah discussion class, students were provided a 10 min video overview of the origins of Islam till the end of the Prophet’s (PBUH) life. Although students may have felt like they were drinking water out of a firehouse, the wealth of information will be filtered down over the course of the school year into each of the major events and to take lessons from how the Prophet (PBUH) carried himself and the ummah.

Teens expressed curiosity in different parts of the overview, whether it was about reconciling Islam being a ‘religion of peace and its history of wars, or the origins of tawaaf when we perform umrah, among others.

 

 

Week 1 Update

Good morning Students and Parents,

It was nice having you all for our first class of the school year! As I mentioned, I have attached a PDF version of the book we will be using to guide the discussions on a week-to-week basis. Should you have any issues downloading it, please let me know and I will find an alternate way to have it forwarded to you. Similarly, you are more than welcome to order a physical copy of the book if you like.

Recap of Class:

1. Meet & Greets / Ice breakers

I want everyone to feel comfortable sharing or asking any questions that they may have.

2. Setting expectations.

I did not emphasize this enough, but I expect my class to have cameras on. This being a discussion class means that everyone is expected to share at some point. No, not just 3-4 people; everyone. We will work on improving participation but this class is only as valuable as the students who participate in it. This is YOUR class. There will be some weeks where we step away from the book and have small group projects. They will be presented based on where students will be expected to lead a discussion on a topic relevant to the content we've learned up to that point.

What to expect next week:

I would like everyone to come in with just the Introduction read; it's only a few pages. This will provide the context for how we want to approach our discussions. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am available by email or phone (text preferred),

Best regards.

Nasah Ahmed