Ministry Exam in Sharjah, May/June 2017

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Today we got the Portion for the Ministry Exam to be conducted in the Emirate of Sharjah for the Year ending 2016-17.

Grade 10, 11 and 12 will write their Islamic Studies Exam on 29th May 2017.

And Grades 6 to 9 will have theirs on 8th June 2017.

Following is the prescribed Syllabus for all grades:  Continue reading

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Arafah: What a Great Day This Is! Subhanallaah!

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11th September 2016 is the Day of Arafah / 9th Dhul Hijjah 1437.

Presenting here a collection of ahaadeeth on the significance and virtues of the Day of Arafah.

In addition, a few Jumu’ah Khutbahs on Arafah and Eid al Adhaa are also given here. 

Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for two years:

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim (no. 1162)] Imaam at-Tirmidhee said, “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” [Muslim (no. 1348)]

Allah frees slaves from the fire on Arafat more than any other day

Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]

Forgiveness of the Sins even if they are like the foam on the Sea

As for you staying till the evening in Arafah, then Allaah descends to the sky of the Dunya and He boasts about you to the Angels, and says: ‘My slaves have come to Me, looking rough, from every deep valley hoping for My mercy, so if your sins were equivalent to the amount of sand or the drops of rain or like the foam on the sea I will forgive them. So go forth My slaves! Having forgiveness and for what or who you have interceded for.’ [Reported by at-Tabarani in his book “al-Kabeer” and by al-Bazaar. Shaykh Al-Albani graded it Hassan. Taken from ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb’. Volume 2,Page 9-10, hadeeth no. 1112]

It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s Favour was completed:

In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

Allaah expresses His pride to His angels:

It was reported from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

The standing on ‘Arafaat is the hajj:

The standing on ‘Arafaat is the hajj. The crowds should remind you of the Day of Resurrection. Humble yourself to Allaah, manifest your ‘uboodiyyah to Him Alone through du’aa, sincere intention and strong determination to free yourself from the sins of the past and to build up a commitment to rush for doing what is good. Think of becoming a better person when you return. Rid yourself of false pride and showing off because it may ruin what you gain on this day.

Courtesy: The above collection is taken from here

Some Beneficial Links on Arafah:

The DU’AA of Arafah (post)

Things To Do on the Day of Arafah (post)

Excellence of the Day of Arafah (post)

Significance of the Day of Arafah (PDF, Arabic Khutbah)

Significance of the Day of Arafah (PDF, English Khutbah)

The Virtues of the Day of Arafah (post, English Khutbah)

Qurbani aur Ashara Zil Hijja ki Fadhilat (PDF, Urdu)

Yaume Arafah aur Eid al Adhaa (PDF, Urdu Khutbah)

Eid al Adhaa Mubaarak (PDF, Arabic Khutbah)

Farewell Address of the Prophet sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam (Doc, Arabic Khutbah)

Sacrifice-related links for Eid al Adhaa:

The Time for Udhiyah

Udhiyah in one’s own country and NOT sending giving money to charity!

Is it Essential to eat from the sacrificial meat?

Division and Sharing the Meat of the Sacrificial Animal

No Fast on 11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul Hijjah:

Not to Fast on the Days of Tashreeq

Baarakallaahu Feekum.

Sal-lal-laahu Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam.

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At a Glance Spread Sheet of All Lessons for All Grades

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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatuhu.

After a long gap, I am back here again by the Grace of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala.

🙂 Welcome to the Academic Year 2016-17 🙂

To begin with, I made this Spread Sheet, and thought of sharing it here. Alhamdulillaah. Continue reading

Ministry Exam Portion for June 2016

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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahamtullahi wa Barakatuhu.

 Today, 9th May 2016, we got the Ministry Exam Portion for Year 6 to 12.  This time the Education Zone has included even Year 10 and 11 for the Ministry Exam. The scheduled date of final exam in Sharjah is 13th June 2016.  You can download the portion from below:

Year 6       Years 7, 8 and 9          Years 10 and 11            Year 12

Baarakallaahu Feekum.

Facts about Israa wal Me’raaj

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Every year in the month of Rajab, we find Muslims around the world discussing/celebrating about this unique incident that took place in the glorious life of Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam. It has become a common ‘belief’ among general Muslims that this fascinating episode took place in the month of Rajab while the fact is otherwise! Continue reading

Surah al Muzzammil, Ayah 20

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Download Word-to-Word meaning of Surah al Muzzammil, Ayah 20

Baarakallaahu Feekum. 

Qur’an Quiz on Prophets and Messengers

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This PDF file was hiding in my hard disk since over 5 years, and I do not know the source to give credit.

The Quiz is done brilliantly. Clues have been given so that it guides one to get to the right answer.

Though this is meant for young boys and girls, even elders can give a try:) InshaaAllah. Continue reading

Surah As-Saff: The Successful Business

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Dear students/teachers

Surah As-Saff, verses 10-13, talks about the successful business with Allah and His Messenger.

I wrote about this in my Qur’an blog, and I hope the post will be of use to you as well, InshaaAllah.  Continue reading

Grade 6 and 7: Notes for All Lessons

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Sr. Sobia Ehsan, a teacher of Islamic Studies at a school in Dubai, did some hard work to make notes for all the lessons taught in Grade 6 and 7.

Jazakillaahu Khayr, Sr. Sobia for taking the pain and pleasure in making these notes, and also for graciously sharing them with everyone. Continue reading

99 Names, One Creator!

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Download this Learning Activity sheet for memorising Al Asma-ul-Husna, the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Video and Audio links are given in this file for your convenience 🙂 Continue reading

One Year Course for Teachers

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Respected Teachers,

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

In view of 2016 being observed as the Year of Reading, a One Year Self-study Course is designed for teachers.  Continue reading