Opening Session

  • Recitation of the Holy Qur’an by a Tifl.
  • Translation of the Holy Qur’an by a Tifl.
  • Atfal Pledge, lead by Nazim Atfal or Qaid Majlis. (View Atfal Pledge)
  • Hadith by a Tifl.

Announcements

Class Agendas

Class April 16/17

Today’s class will be about the month of Ramadan.

Before going into today’s lesson please gather updates from each tifl regarding their progress towards the following two objectives: memorization of salat and recitation of the Holy Qur’an.

Please keep a close update on each tifl’s Salat/Translation memorization progress and work with Murabbiyan Atfal to help follow up with parents every week. Please do the same with improving each tifl’s recitation of the Holy Qur’an.

Please assign the pages 89-97 for the younger Atfal (7-10) to read at home, so that they are ready for a brief discussion in next week’s class: https://www.atfalusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/My-Book-About-God-2018.pdf

Please assign pages 104-129 for the older Atfal (11-15) to read at home, so that they are ready for a brief discussion in next week’s class: https://www.atfalusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Our-God.pdf

Along with getting updates about salat and Holy Qur’an recitation, Nazimeen Atfal should also work with the Murabbiyan Atfal to convey to parents to sit with the Atfal and ensure that the readings are done and that discussions are carried out at home about what they’ve read so that the classroom environment is carried into the home as well. 

At the start please ask the Atfal what they think the significance and purpose of fasting is. Also, please ask the Atfal if they have had any discussions in school regarding Ramadan and what they talked about.

After this please begin a discussion and focus on some of the following key points regarding Ramadan.

  1. Emphasize to the Atfal that Ramadan and fasting is not merely about abstaining from food or drink, but is a means of increasing one’s spirituality and nearness to Allah. Regarding this the Promised Messiah (as) has said: 
    1. “Fasting is not merely staying hungry and thirsty… It is human nature that the less one eats, the more one’s spirit is purified and thus his capacity for [spiritual] visions increases. The will of God is to decrease one kind of sustenance and to increase the other. A person who is fasting should always be mindful that he is not just required to stay hungry. On the contrary, he should remain engaged in the remembrance of God so that he can cut asunder ties of worldly desires and amusements and is wholly devoted to God.” (Malfuzat Vol. 5).
  1. An important objective of Ramadan is to bring about a moral revolution in oneself. Regarding this, the Holy Prophet (saw) said:
    1. “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah does not need his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting).” (Sahih al-Bukhari).
  1. Feeling sympathy for those who may not have the privilege of food and drink, and its importance to the welfare of today’s society:
    1. Beloved Huzoor (aba) said: “When fasting is based on taqwa (righteousness) it produces a beautiful society, creating a spirit of sacrifice for each other. One is drawn to the needs of one’s under-privileged brothers and this is very important because it was the blessed model of the Holy Prophet (saw) that during Ramadan his alms-giving and charity would gain intense momentum like a gale storm. This becomes a source of removing anxiety from society and creates feelings of empathy for the less fortunate among those who are well-off; and feelings of love and gratefulness in the hearts of under-privileged believers for their well-off brothers.”
    2. Very briefly, please share this short article regarding how Muslims lead the way in charity as a result of Ramadan. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/survey-uk-muslims-give-more-to-charity-than-jews-christians/2013/07/24/a9acf49a-f49b-11e2-81fa-8e83b3864c36_story.html

 

Class April 23/24

Today’s class will be a continuation of the discussion from last week.

Before going into today’s lesson please gather updates from each tifl regarding their progress towards the following two objectives: memorization of salat and recitation of the Holy Qur’an. 

Please keep a close update on each tifl’s Salat/Translation memorization progress and work with Murabbiyan Atfal to help follow up with parents every week. Please do the same with improving each tifl’s recitation of the Holy Qur’an.

Please ensure that the younger Atfal (7-10) have read pages 89-97 from the following book and have a brief discussion: https://www.atfalusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/My-Book-About-God-2018.pdf

Please ensure that the older Atfal (11-15) have read pages 104-129 from the following book and have a brief discussion: https://www.atfalusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Our-God.pdf

Along with getting updates about salat and Holy Qur’an recitation, Nazimeen Atfal should also work with the Murabbiyan Atfal to convey to parents to sit with the Atfal and ensure that the readings are done and that discussions are carried out at home about what they’ve read so that the classroom environment is carried into the home as well.

Please go over some of the following key points from Beloved Huzoor’s Friday Sermon on April 8th. (These points have been taken from the summary on Al Islam:  https://www.alislam.org/friday-sermon/2022-04-08.html)

  1. The Opportunities Provided by the Month of Ramadan
    1. It is a month for the acceptance of prayer, as God has announced that with His mercy, prayers will be especially accepted during this month.
    2. The Holy Prophet (saw) said that “When the month of Ramadan enters, the gates of Heaven are flung open and the gates of Hell are shut, and Satans are chained.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari). Therefore, this month is a chance to truly attain the nearness of God.
  2. The meaning behind “Satan being chained” during this month.
    1. Beloved Huzoor (aba) recited the following verse: ‘And when My servants ask thee about Me, say: “I am near. I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he prays to Me. So they should hearken to Me and believe in Me, that they may follow the right way.”’ (The Holy Qur’an, 2:187). Regarding this Beloved Huzoor (aba) said that those being spoken of in this verse are the “servants of the Gracious God” who wish to be freed from the clutches of Satan and come under the protection of God. Thus, God said that when such people are in a state of anxiety and fear wondering where and how they can find God, tell them that God will answer when they call unto Him. It is for such people that Satan has been shackled in Ramadan.
      1. Please emphasize to the Atfal that Beloved Huzoor (aba) advised to pray to become true servants of God, to fulfill His commandments and to complete our faith, in order to take advantage of the opportunities of Ramadan.

Ask the Atfal if they have any questions regarding these points, and discuss with them how they can implement what they have learned during this month of Ramadan.

  1. If time permits, please share the following pieces of information regarding Ramadan
    1. The word ‘Ramadan’ is derived from the Arabic word Ramdh (رمض), which means, ‘intensely hot’ or ‘burning’. The month of Ramadan is named as such for three reasons:
      1. One who fasts becomes hot due to thirst.
      2. Worship and devotion in this month burns away the traces of sin.
      3. Devotion in this month produces the necessary warmth of love in man for his Creator and fellow beings. (From The Holy Qur’an with English Translation and Commentary. Vol. 1, (2:186).
    2. ‘The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination.’ (Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 186.)
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