11. Tarbiyah & Self Evaluation


Allah, the Almighty Lord, addresses Muslims thus:

“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.”Surah al Hashr 59:18

Umar Ibn al-Khattab (R.A) is authentically reported to have said:

حاسبوا أنفسكم قبل أن تحاسبوا، وزنوها قبل أن توزنوا، فإن أهون عليكم في الحساب غداً أن تحاسبوا أنفسكم اليوم، وتزينوا للعرض الأكبر، يومئذ تعرضون لا تخفى منكم خافية

“Hold yourself accountable before you are held accountable and weigh your deeds before they are weighed for you. It will be easy for you tomorrow (i.e. the Day of Judgement) should you evaluate yourself today, and be prepared for the great assembly on a Day when all things will be revealed and nothing will be hidden.”

Self-assessment or Self-evaluation is the act or process of judging one’s own achievements or progress. In Islamic parlance, it is called as Muhasabah or Ihtisaab.

Purpose of Self-Evaluation: 

  1. Islah – Reformation
  2. Ihsan – Improvement & Excellence
  3. Itqan – Enhancing Quality of work to obtain the most perfect result.

Self-evaluation process trains you to advance through the stages of Islam – imaan, ihsaan, itqaan – every striving to quality for successively higher levels.

Having attained imaan, one reaches for ihsaan. Ihsaan means to continue improving performance without giving up. It is a continuous process that involves islaah of performance.

Alluding to the improvement he sought in his people, Prophet Shuayb (A.S) said to them: I seek nothing but reform.

Reform, therefore, must be the vision of a Muslim. One must work efficiently and effectively to quality for the title ‘excellent’. And excellence is not an ordinary thing nor can it be achieved by wishful thinking!

As Allah says إِنَّ سَعْيَكُمْ لَشَتَّىٰ ‘Indeed, your efforts are diverse’ and وَأَن لَّيْسَ لِلْإِنسَانِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَىٰ ‘And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives’, I am presenting some models of Deeds Management, that is Self-evaluation sheets. It is left to individuals to strive his/her utmost to attain excellence in this world and in the Hereafter.

Remember the Promise and Declaration of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala:

وَمَنْ أَرَادَ الْآخِرَةَ وَسَعَىٰ لَهَا سَعْيَهَا وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ كَانَ سَعْيُهُم مَّشْكُورًا

“Whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer – it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allah]” Surah al Israa 17:19

Key Steps: Set your intentions right, make du’aa to Allah, build self-confidence, continue to do your best, evaluate your performance, try to overcome shortcomings, do better next time. Repeat the process.

Steps to self develpment

Always remember this ayah:

My success can come only from Allah

My Success can come only from Allah. Upon Him I trust, and unto Him I turn.

Note dated 23rd Dec. 2017: This Page was previously named ‘You can Write’.

47 thoughts on “11. Tarbiyah & Self Evaluation

  1. assalamualaikum! i have a question that i really need the answer for right now, because my exam is tommorow:'( so my question is ..when does idul-fitr come about?

  2. assalamualaikum
    there was a site where teacher /parent guideline planner pages were available as a pdf down load can u tell me is that site still available if yes can u send me the link .

  3. assalamualaikum
    sir can u tell me is there any international bench mark scheme that islamic education in dubai should follow if yes can u advice me and is there any standard rubric that we can use for student evaluation .
    pls advice on both matters
    jazak allah

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah
      I really appreciate your zeal and enthusiasm to explore these fields which are hardly taken care of by others.
      There is no such benchmark scheme which can be specifically followed either in dubai or other emirates.
      Even for student evaluation, dear sister, unfortunately no standard set of pattern is followed here.
      What more, the subject itself is not given importance in many of the schools and if at all some care is taken, it is only due to the fact that Islamic is compulsory subject under uae educational set up.
      If you are teaching IGSCE Islamiyaat/A and AS level, then you must be aware that something of guidance is given there. But as for as the Islamic Studies/Education of UAE for Grades 1 to 12 is concerned, there is no standard rubric.
      To my knowledge and assessment, every school follows its own method for evaluation.
      As I mentioned before, we as teachers of Islamic Studies are in dire need of a standard set of rubric to be followed in all schools across uae.
      PS: In case you are not teaching IGCSE Islamiyaat, then visit these links, Inshaa’Allah:

      • Asalamu Alikum
        Could you please help me?
        I am going to apply for the KHDA test as Islamic Teacher for non-arab
        I need any information that help me
        what the educational question I may face them
        and in the oral test , must I answer on the educational questions in English.
        My English is very good but I Lack some Educational vocabulary.
        if you have any information that help me , please send them to me . I am afraid of losing my job if I fail because I am new here in The UAE
        jazaki allah khair

  4. A/A, I wanted to study my daughter to study quaran or related quaran course after 10 class. where the facility in uae, or ksa. free or for fee pls sent me the details insha alla

  5. Dear Sir ! Assalamu Alaikum I Wish to apply for the Arabic Teaching
    I am a M.A Graduate and and got Degree in DarulUloom Deoband India.
    Overall I have 20 years of experience in Arabic Teaching field 10 years of experience as Arabic Teacher in Singapore. and 4 Years Exp in Shipping Co. in Saudi.

    Recently I was working as Principal in United India Muslim Association, Singapore, finished the contract by October 2014. Now i am working in a co. Dubai.

    I have attached my detailed resume with this mail for your consideration.Contact no :

    Regards & JazakAllahu Khaira
    K. Jawahar Saddique

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu.
      MashaaAllah you are such an experienced teacher.
      With rich experience, you will get placement easily, InshaaAllah.
      Try in Dubai colleges where they teach Grade 12 and 13 students. They have good packages.
      Also try looking for advertisements in Gulf News. Arabic subject teachers get good opportunities alhamdulillaah.
      This blog comment won’t accept any attachment. So I didnt get any CV.
      If I come across any vacancy in places known to me, then InshaaAllah i will contact you through email, InshaaAllah.
      May Allah help you.

  6. Assalamu ‘alaikum brother,

    Masha Allah! A wonderful website! I gave me a real great insight in what we can expect from UAE. I thoroughly enjoyed most of your links. Jazaakallah for all your effort!!!

    I am from Chennai, India. We are planning to shift to Dubai as a family post my husband’s job confirmation. He plans to leave by January and I might have to stay back till my children’s schooling is over here.
    But, as you know schools in Chennai finish by March. So, how do I help my children get admissions in Dubai or Sharjah. Some points which concerns me are:

    1. Many schools accept only online registrations with valid emirate id cards and visa (which we may get only by march or april (Insha Allah)
    2. Schools to select :
    If CBSE – I have to enroll my children in April – son (9 yrs on 31st july 2016) and daughter (5 years on 31st july 2016) for classes 4th and UKG which have to be repeated again next year. (as they are already in 4th and UKG).
    If UK curriculum – I may have to wait till September. So, what do I do with my kids for nearly 5 months. Shouldn’t I send them to school?
    3. I would like to join the same school for teaching. But, most schools do not follow Islam perfectly. And schools like ISCS and Al-Ansar (which I would prefer joining) have a very high fee structure. In that case, would it justify if I teach in a school and let my children study in another school.

    I would really appreciate if you could help me out with these queries and Insha Allah, I hope for His Guidance through you as I see you are the only person whom most expatriates trust upon.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
      Jazakillaahu khayr for your kind words. Thank you so much.
      Nice to know that you are from Chennai. I miss my Marina Beach!
      Please give me some time I will get back to you with some technical details InshaaAllah.
      Please be informed that other than CBSE and Pakistan board schools, education is costly in UAE.

    • Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullaah.

      1. As your husband is coming to UAE by January, he can visit the schools closer to his residence or any other preferences/priorities and select one. We may guide him to refer to few schools once he arrives here InshaaAllah.
      2. Emirates ID may be produced till July. So there is no issue with this.
      3. Most schools give concession in fees to their teachers’ children. This is there in both streams, CBSE and British Curriculum schools.
      4. In case you prefer schools whose academic year start from September, then my personal opinion would be that you can use those five months to send them to a good Qur’an Learning Centre wherein they can learn Tajweed and basic reading skills. In that case, you need not consider those five months as waste of time 🙂

      May Allah bless you and your family.
      Jazakillaahu Khayra.

      • Wa ‘ alaikum Assalam Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatuhu,

        Jazaakallahu Khair Brother for your timely help. Insha Allah, once my husband reaches there, I shall give you his details and may be he can contact you for the necessary guidance. May Allah bless you and your family too.

  7. Masha Allah! a very nice website. Keep up the good job brother. Also, is this only for students to write or can teachers also submit some articles for your blog.

  8. Asalamu alaikum valuable Brother

    Alhamdulilah i have given my khda test (Islamic studies B),and waiting for the result.I want to know do you have any idea within how many days result will be declared? if you came to know any news regarding this kindly let me know.

    Jazakum Allah Kheyr .

    your sister

  9. Assalamu Alaikum

    How are you brother? May Allah bless you sound ans stable faith and health. Ameen.
    You asked me to write/guide something about KHDA test for Islamic and Arabic teachers.I could not reply you soon because i was working on it.I had finished it now as much as i could .i had asked my 3 colleagues who had also appeared for the exam. i attempted it two times.So,i have compiled all the information that would be extremely fruitful for the teachers who want to give this exam. Insha-Allah

    1.Exam is always in the month of May, September and December .
    2.We can not appear privately .Its always assisted by school you teach in.
    3.We (teachers/school) are informed the exact date about three days before.So we should continue our preparation without waiting the final date.Because months are final.
    4. Total Marks break-up: Section A:40 marks section B: 30 Marks and Section C :30 Marks
    Duration/Timing of the Test: 2:30 hr

    Now here is the information about paper

    Total Marks: 100 passing marks:50(i asked the invigilator inspector/head) its not mentioned there

    Section A:40 (Qura’an ,Hadith ,tajweed)
    Questions are asked like this:
    reason of revelation of the given ayahs .this time surah Noor’s ayah no 63 was given. IN may’s exam surah kaaf was there .Usually they give the surah/ayahs which has ahkam,rules and regulations related to daily life.related to ijtmaiat,society e.t.c like surah Hujurrat.
    2. Words meanings from the given ayahs .about three/four
    3.Rules of tajweed e.g Madda Tamkeen . give three forms (this came this time)

    Section B:30(Fiqh ,co curricular related questions)
    1.Kinds/types of hadiths e.g sahee ,MUslim .Authentic,Daeef,Madoo, e.tc
    Difference between hadith Qudsi and Hadith Nabvi.Hadith JIbreel.
    2.History questions are also there .
    When was first Qibla changed ?year and month?
    Name the sahabi who was with prophet at the time Hijrah?
    List three actions Muslims were not prohibited at the time of Jhaliyyah.
    3.FIqh questions are related to curriculum as well.like What is Waqf? how it plays an active role for the society .
    4. How voluntary working can benefit in the class and out of the class list the ways(4/5/6)

    5.MUST PREPARE THIS: about every time(95%) questions from this list are asked
    i.What is meant by assessment in education?difference between test and assessment.
    ii.Assessment for(formative assessment ) and assessment of(Summative) assessment.
    iii.What is Syllabus?and What is curriculum?Difference/comparison
    iv.What are the curriculum activities and co curriculum activities .list the activities and define the difference.
    v.What is active learning and passive learning/problem solving learning .
    vi.Difference between progress and attainment? How these work.
    6.Teachers’s personal experience and expressions are judged e.g
    i.Make more(2/3) critical thinking ,challenging and differentiated questions from the given question.
    How you can make sure the learning of the students of all levels. i.e high achiever,middle and slow learner or low achiever .
    Section C: 30 Marks. It consists a lesson plan (now they are asking to make only one lesson plan before 2015 i.e in 2013-2014 we were supposed to make two lesson plans 15 marks for each .but now it has been changed only one lesson plan either for primary or for preparatory classes i.e class seven on words .

    NOTE:While making lesson plan DO NOT FORGET:
    i.write appealing high order thinking ,specific applicable and brief OBJECTIVES of the lesson.
    ii.Co curriculum link .
    iii.relate with U.A .E if possible in any case and most of the time it is.
    iv. Differentiation in plenary and in activities also
    v.Resources which can fulfill 21st century needs and satisfy the students also and enhance their curiosity .
    vi.H.W based on search or learning not too much time consuming and interesting as well.
    vii.You may give H.W according the levels of all students based on LA/M.A/H.A
    VIII.Time management 45 mins.
    starter : about 5 mins
    intro/expla:10 mins
    activities:15 25 mis
    plenary :rest of time about 5 mins

    Instructions are given in the paper also.
    these were the Topics we had experience to make a lesson plan
    Seeratun Nabi
    Holy Prophet as a role model
    Seeking Knowledge is obligatory .
    Usually general topics are not given .
    What ever i knew i had explained but if any one wants to clear further doubts may do.He/She is welcomed .

    Your Sister,

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi w a barakatuhu.
      I am fine by the grace of Allah.
      Thanks a million for this huge information which you and your colleagues have shared here. May Allah reward you abundantly both in this world and the Hereafter. Aameen. May Allah help you all to come out in flying colours. Aameen.
      InshaaAllah I will include this worth sharing information in the relevant KHDA Page of this blog.
      Once I thank you for taking time to write these lines for the benefit of all.
      Jazakillaahu Khayran Kaseera.
      Vassalamu Alaikum.

    • jazakallah,

      This is the best guidance for me. i really thankful to you and all who are ready to help for the sake of Allah SWA.


      SOBIA aLI

  10. Asalamu alaikum

    By mistake the division of th KHDA test is mentioned in correct .Here is the correct division

    Section A:40 marks section B: 30 Section C :30

    Duration/Timing :2:30 hr

      • Sister, You have mentioned about the marks correctly only, alhamdulillaah 🙂
        Once again I thank you for taking pain in writing such a long information and that too on a Friday when people are busy going out…..Jazakillaahu Khayra.

  11. Asalamu Alaikum .

    Brother i am waiting for my KHDA test result.Did you get any news regarding this?KHDA informs school only , and my school did not get any news. So, if you came to know that result is declared kindly let me know and remember me in your prayers .

    Your sister

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.
      I don’t know have any idea at the moment, will let you know if I come across any news InshaaAllah.
      I make du’aa to Allah for your success in the test.
      May Allah bless you.

  12. Assalam o alikum,

    I am looking for a school that gives Quran memorization as well as normal education both together but I dont find any. I want my son to be hafiz. Now its time for his admission in coming new session. please help me find some good school and I live in ajman. I am quite worried about this what Should I do if dont find any such type of school. Please give me some advices because its my first time experience.

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.
      May Allah fulfill your intention and make your son a righteousness Muslim. Aameen.
      There isn’t any school which provides such a facility on a full-fledged way.
      Try ‘School of Creative Sciences’ which doesn’t offer both the education as you are seeking but is better.
      You can also try my school which also doesn’t provide such dual system but we conduct Tajweed classes on regular basis which will be beneficial to the child to gain a footing for Hifdh.
      Thank you for reposing confidence in this blog and seeking advice. May Allah bless you and your family. Baarakallaahu Feek.

  13. Dear Sir,
    Asalam a laikum wrwb,
    Alham du lillah … wonderful site.May Allah protect you and add barakah to your work.

    I have opened an Islamic Montessori in India, Mysore(kids from 3 to 6 yrs)which will be operating from June 2016 In sha Allah.
    I would like a good Arabic Syllabus with International standards/rubrics. Please could you guide me on the same( Syllabus, books, rubrics) help required.
    Alternately my mailed is ……

    Jazak Allahu Khair,

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      inshaallah will get back to u thro email
      due to other engagements could not reply to you in time, sorry for that.

  14. Assalam wa alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu…

    my daughter is 3 year old.. I live in discovery gardens ….actually in search of a ustazah or any class nearby to teach her noorani Qaida… I know she is too small but to learn quran age should not matter much . secondly want her to learn tajweed from the start…please do help me..and I would appreciate if I would get a ustazah as soon as possible


    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      it is nice to note the enthusiasm of a mother to teach the noble Qur’an to her daughter…..mashaaallah.

      Yes, your child is too small and in that age picking up Tajweed is extremely hard..
      if i come to know of any teacher willing to teach such a small child, inshaaAllah will let you know.

      here, however, is the link for the Noorani Qaaida, it has audio links too…..you can download and see in what way you yourself can start telling the child, InshaaAllah:


      May Allah bless you and your daughter…..may she become a great reciter of the Qur’an one day, InshaaAllah.

  15. Assalam wa alaikum warahmatullahi barakatuhu

    Jhazakhallahu khairan kaseera for ua efforts anf giving time to reply… Will in sha Allah follow the link, but incase u get any teacher plz let me know … Ameen ya rabbul alameen… Assalam wa alaikum warahmatullahi barakatuhu

  16. Jazak Allahu brother for your effort and good willingness to share your work.
    Have you got any idea of Islamic workshops/training taking place at some point this year?

    • Thank you, sister, and Baarakallaahu Feek.
      I don’t think there is any such schedules in UAE.
      If you wish, you can organise it for your school InshaaAllah.

  17. Asalamu_alaikum
    I have questions please . what are the expected educational questions we may face in the KHDA test
    and in the oral test , Must we speak fluent English? or we can speak Arabic when answering on the educational questions. My English is very good, but I do not know some of the educational vocabulary.
    the last question is , Must I have Islamic degree if I apply for the test as non-arab islamic teacher.
    I am new here in the UAE and I am afraid of losing my job.
    please any one can help in some information just send me any of them on my E-mail
    Jazakum Allah Khairan

  18. asalamu alikum brothers and sisters
    are the questions of non arab teachers in the khda test for approval different from the questions of arab teachers ?
    I have no idea about the approval test.
    I am teaching non arab from year 1 to 6 and they are easy for me but last week I read questions for Arab teachers and I found difficulties to answer on them….
    please help and Jazakum allah khairan …

  19. Asalamu Alaykum
    Could you please any one send me anything related to educational questions to study them like assessment , evaluation , critical thinking , active learning , the differences between syllabul and curriuculum ets
    Jazakum Allah khayran

  20. Assalamoalaikum,
    I want to print the deeds management and self evaluation (Ramadhan) from this site for my students and also to some other students of different schools as we have invited them for Qirat competition,for this I need your permission if I can do that as sadaah jariyah.

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
      Yes, with pleasure you can utilise the resources, InshaaAllah. No problem at all.
      Jazakillaahu Khayra for sharing and spreading the khayr. Baarakalllahu Feek.

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