Islamic Theme of the Month

Surah 6. Al-An’am, Ayah 162

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

Say: “Behold, my prayer, and [all] my acts of worship, and my living and my dying are for God [alone], the Sustainer of all the worlds.

Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 22:

The Book of Sacrifices (Kitab Al-Adahi)

The ‘Id al-Adha is commemorative of that unparalleled act of devotion of that noble soul. Abraham (peace be upon him), who, in obedience to the Command of his Lord, readily offered the life of his son Isma’il. The Holy Qur’an narrates this soul- stirring event in these words:” And when he (Isma’il) attained the age to assist him in his (Abrahm’s) work, he (Abraham) said: O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice. Now see what is thy view. The son said: O my father, do as thou art commanded. Thou wilt find me, if God so wills, patient. So when they both had surrendered themselves to (Allah), and he laid him down prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), We called out to him: O Abraham, thou hast indeed fulfilled the vision. Thus do We reward the doers of good. Surely this is a manifest trial. And We ransom- ed him with a great sacrifice. And We left (this blessing) for him among the later generations. Peace be upon Abraham I Thus indeed do We reward those who do good; for he was one of Our believing servants”  (xxxvii. 102-111)

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Allah's Names&Attributes

al mutakkabirAl-Mutakkabir – The Perfection of Greatness

The One who is supremely great. The One who is greater than all of creation.  The One who manifests greatness in all things and in all ways.  The One who has rights, privileges, and attributes which others have not.

Al-Muhsi – The Reckoner/The One Who Takes to Account

PrintThe One who knows the details of each and every thing. The One who possesses all quantitative knowledge.  The One who comprehends everything, small or great, inner or outer. The One who registers and records every thought and deed.  “That he may know that they have conveyed the messages of their Lord; and He has encompassed whatever is with them and has enumerated all things in number.” (72:28) Ahsa root meaning deals with counting, computing; therefore, Allah is Al-Muhsi Who counts what we do and readies it for the Day when we meet Him, that is, the Day of Judgment, the day of hisab, accounting or reckoning, the day of reward or punishment. Al-Muhsi knows all precise and minute matters, the secrets of what is decreed; He sees what is apparent and is fully knowledgeable of what is hidden. He counts the acts of obedience to Him, knows everything, counts our breath, and is acquainted with our insinuations. His knowledgeable of all beings in existence, when they move around or when they are still, and with all their affairs and deeds.

Al-Mughni – The One who gives wealth abundantly. The One who provides all that is needed.

al mughniThe One whose wealth fulfills all needs.

The One who enriches all of creation. The One who creates all appearances of independence or self-sufficiency.

The One who bestows satisfaction and contentment. The One who bestows spiritual wealth.  Sacrifice and charity are easy when know Allah as al-Mughni.  He will provide and will give you a sense of contentment and satisfaction.  Wealth is more than just money and possessions, but a wealth of faith, certainty, clarity, and understanding.

 

 

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Duas we are Learning

الحَمْـدُ لِلّهِ الّذي أَحْـيانا بَعْـدَ ما أَماتَـنا وَإليه النُّـشور

Al-hamdu li-l-lâhi l-ladhî ahyânâ bacda mâ amâtanâ wa ilayhi n-nushûr.

“All praise is for Allah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the resurrection.”

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    • Jumuah Etiquette:Weekly Highlights

    • By him in whose hand is my soul, if one of you were to carry a bundle of firewood on his back and sell it, that would be better for him than begging a man 

    • who may or may not give him anything. (Bukhari) 

    • The upper hand is better than the lower hand, the upper hand being the one that gives and the lower hand being the one that receives. (Muslim)   

    • Ummah of hard work, sacrifice, and charity.  We are not entitled to anything, we are not owed anything, and we are not of those who settle.  We seek Ihsan in all we do. 

 

Trivia Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who were the 10 companions who were promised Paradise?

 

  • 1} Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (573-634 C.E)
  • 2} Umar bin Al-Khattab Al-Faruq (584-644 C.E)
  • 3} Uthman bin Affan, Dhun-Nurayn (577-656 C.E)
  • 4} Ali bin Abi Talib (600-661 C.E)
  • 5} Talha bin Ubaidullah (596-656 C.E)
  • 6} Zubair bin Al-Awwam (596-656 C.E)
  • 7} Abdur-Rahman bin Awf (580-652 C.E.)
  • 8} Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas (600-675 C.E)
  • 9} Sa’id ibn Zayd (593-673 C.E)
  • 10} Abu Ubaidah Aamir bin Abdullah bin Al-Jarrah (583-638 C.E)

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5th Grade Boys:

During the  Fire Drill –  Once alarm sounded, the boys lined up and picked up the emergency file on their own, without teacher direction or instruction; ready for the teacher (shows responsibility and self-discipline)

Takbir for the 5th Grade Boys!

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Teachers

Sr. Mehnaz (STEM):

In my STEM class today we talked about formation of fossils and fossil fuels. I used the following Ayah from Surah Yaseen to lead the discussion in my class.  “Who hath appointed for you fire from the green tree, and behold! ye kindle from it. (36.80)  Then we talked about how research has proved that all fossil fuels are formed from the organic matter from the plants and animals that were living millions of years ago. The chemical and physical changes that earth has undergone transformed this organic matter into fossil fuel which we are using now.

 Sr. Melissa (Kg):

Looking at shapes from Islamic/Arabesque art.

 Sr. Halimah (7th grade-Math):

When students grasp the concept of using the tool of Algebra, then they will understand being a tool of Allah (swt). He that works evil will not be requited but by the like thereof, and he that works a righteous deed – whether man or woman – and is a Believer – such will enter the Garden (of Bliss): Therein will they have abundance without measure. Surah 40: ayah 40.

Sr. Taihisa (5th+6th Grade):

While discussing and exploring ideas about “The Big Question” in our literature series, students had to share their thoughts and opinions to answer “How Do We Decide What is True”?  I made the correlation between why it is important to know the truth when making decisions and disseminating information and the meticulous method that Imam Bukhari used when compiling Hadith.

I further explained that Imam Bukhari’s guidelines for accepting a hadith were so strict that before even considering a narration as sound, he would study the lives of each narrator to ensure that they were trustworthy and wouldn’t change or fabricate the wording of a hadith/ speech of Rasulullah (SAWS).  I also mentioned that he would discard any narration once he discovered that a person had openly sinned or was found untrustworthy.