The Excellence of the Mosques-Grade 1

The Excellence of the Mosques   Imam Muslim related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means “The best of the places on Earth are the mosques.” Muslims pray the five prayers in the mosques. They also become acquainted with each other in the mosques and thereby love each other. Allah loves the mosques, as do the prophets and the righteous Muslims.    

Good Treatment-Grade 1

Good Treatment   The Muslim loves the Muslims. When the Muslim meets his Muslim brother, he says to him: “As-salamu ^alaykum” The Muslim brother responds with: “Wa ^alaykumus-salamu wa rahmatullah.” The Muslim treats the Muslims gently and politely. If his Muslim brother treated him well, he says, “BarakAllahu fik,” “May Allah bless you,” “May Allah give you good things,” or “Ahsanallahu ‘ilayk,” or “May Allah reward you with good things,” or “Jazakallahu khayra.”                  

Obedience to the Parents-Grade 1

Obedience to the Parents   Allah said in Surat al Baqarah, Ayah 83, what means “And be benevolent to the parents.” Also, in Surat al Isra, Ayah 23, Allah, ta^ala, said what means, “Do not say ‘uff’ to them and do not talk harshly to them, but instead speak to them in a good and gentle manner.” The Muslim deals with his parents politely and respectfully. The Muslim does not raise his voice in the face of his mother and father. The Muslim does not lie to his parents. The Muslim says, “O my Lord, forgive me and my Muslim parents and have mercy upon them, as they raised me when I was young.”              ...

Islamic Manners-Grade 1

Islamic Manners   When I wake up in the morning I say:  “We lived through to the morning, and the Worlds remain under the Dominion of Allah. Praise and thanks to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” Before sleeping, I say:  “We lived through to the evening and the Worlds remain under the Dominion of Allah. Praise and thanks to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” Before starting to eat and drink, I say: “I eat and drink with the Name of Allah.” After I finish eating and drinking, I say: “Praise and thanks to Allah, who gave me food and drink, made them easy to swallow, and created an exit for them.”                ...

Among the Traits of the Muslim-Grade 1

Among the Traits of the Muslim   The Muslim recites the Qur’an. He loves his Muslim parents and respects them. The Muslim treats well both those who treat him well and those who do not. He helps the poor and the orphans. He honors his guests and treats his neighbor with kindness. The Muslim does not steal, or hit or insult a Muslim unjustly. The Muslim does not drink alcohol or use drugs.

How I Pray the Nightfall Prayer-Grade 1

How I Pray the Nightfall Prayer           I pray the ^Isha’ (Nightfall) Prayer like the Dhuhr (Noon) Prayer, except I say in my intention: “I now pray the obligatory ^Isha’ Prayer.” Then, I recite the Fatihah and the Surah of the Qur’an out loud in the first and second rak^ahs. However, in the third and fourth rak^ahs, I recite the Fatihah in a whisper, just like in the Dhuhr Prayer.     Know by heart, that which means: “O Allah, make the beginning of this day good, its middle successful, and its end prosperous, O the Most Merciful.”  ...

How I Pray the Sunset Prayer-Grade 1

How I Pray the Sunset Prayer I stand up facing the noble Qiblah. I raise my hands to the level of my ears and say, “Allahu akbar.” While I am saying “Allahu akbar” out loud, I also say in my heart, “I now pray the obligatory Maghrib Prayer.” I do the first and second rak^ahs like the first and second rak^ahs of the Subh Prayer. However, after the second sujud of the second rak^ah, I sit and recite the Tashahhud, then say, “Allahumma salli ^ala Muhammad.” I say, “Allahu akbar” and stand up for the third rak^ah, which I do like the other rak^ahs, except while standing I only recite the Fatihah in a whisper, and continue the rest until the second sujud. After the second sujud in the third rak^ah, I sit and recite the Tashahhud, the Salatul-Ibrahimiyyah and the...

How I Pray the Mid-Afternoon Prayer-Grade 1

How I Pray the Mid-Afternoon Prayer           I pray the Mid-Afternoon Prayer exactly like the Dhuhr (Noon) Prayer except for the intention, which is: “I now pray the obligatory ^Asr Prayer.”    

How I Pray the Noon Prayer-Grade 1

How I Pray the Noon Prayer     I stand up facing the noble Qiblah. I raise my hands to the level of my ears and say, “Allahu akbar.” While I am saying “Allahu akbar” out loud, I also say in my heart, “I now pray the obligatory Dhuhr Prayer.” I recite the opening supplication in a whisper. Then I recite the Fatihah and another Surah of the Qur’an, even if it is a short one, in a whisper. Then I say, “Allahu akbar” then bow for ruku^ and say, “Subhana Rabbiyal-^Adhim,” three times. Then I straighten up from ruku^ saying, “Sami^allahu liman hamidah” and when I am up I say, “Rabbana wa lakal-hamd.” I say, “Allahu akbar,” then make sujud (prostrate) and say, “Subhana Rabbiyal-A^la” three times. I say, “Allahu akbar,” sit up, and say, “Allahumma ghfir-li...

How I Pray the Dawn Prayer-Grade 1

How I Pray the Dawn Prayer           I stand up facing the noble Qiblah. I raise my hands to the level of my ears and say, “Allahu akbar.” While I am saying “Allahu akbar” out loud, I also say in my heart, “I now pray the obligatory Fajr Prayer.” I recite the opening supplication in a whisper. Then I recite the Fatihah and another Surah of the Qur’an, even if it is a short one, out loud. Then I say, “Allahu akbar,” then bow for ruku^ and say, “Subhana Rabbiyal-^Adhim,” three times. Then I straighten up from ruku^ saying, “Sami^allahu liman hamidah” and when I am up I say, “Rabbana wa lakal-hamd.” I say, “Allahu akbar,” then make sujud (prostrate) and say, “Subhana Rabbiyal-A^la” three times. I say, “Allahu akbar,” sit up, and say, “Allahumma ghfir-li warhamni.” I...

The Supplication at the End of the Prayer-Grade 1

The Meaning of the Supplication at the End of the Prayer           The meaning of the supplication at the end of the prayer is: “O our Lord, grant us obeying You in this world, and grant us Paradise in the Hereafter, and protect us from the torture of Hellfire. O our Lord, do not deviate our hearts after You have guided us, and grant us a mercy from You. Surely, You are the One Who gives generously without being obligated to do so.”   Know by heart, that which means: “We lived through to the morning, and the Worlds remain under the Dominion of Allah. Praise and thanks to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.”        ...

The Meaning of the Salatul-Ibrahimiyyah-Grade 1

The Meaning of the Salatul-Ibrahimiyyah   The meaning of as-Salatul-Ibrahimiyyah is: “O Allah, we ask You to raise the rank of Muhammad and have mercy upon the Al of Muhammad, as You raised the rank of Ibrahim and had mercy upon the Al of Ibrahim. Surely, You are the One Who deserves to be praised and thanked, and the One Who is glorified. O Allah, we ask You to bless Muhammad, and the Al of Muhammad, as You blessed Ibrahim and the Al of Ibrahim. Surely, You are the One Who deserves to be praised and thanked, and the One Who is glorified.”   Know by heart, that which means: “O Allah, strengthen my body. O Allah, strengthen my hearing. O Allah, strengthen my sight.”  ...

The Meaning of at-Tashahhud-Grade 1

The Meaning of at-Tashahhud           The meaning of at-Tashahhud is: “Allah owns all the blessed salutations, prayers, and the good deeds. O Prophet of Allah, may the safety and the mercy of Allah and His blessing be upon you. May the safety be upon us and upon the righteous slaves of Allah. I testify that no one is God but Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”     Know by heart, that which means: “I seek refuge, with the perfect words of Allah, from the evil of what He (Allah) created.”      

The Meaning of al-Fatihah-Grade 1

The Meaning of al-Fatihah     The meaning of al-Fatihah is: “I start my recitation with the Name of Allah, Who is ar-Rahman and ar-Rahim. Praise and thanks to Allah, the Owner (Rabb) of the humans and jinn, for the endowments He granted without Him being obligated to do so. Allah is ar-Rahman and ar-Rahim. Allah is the Owner of the Day of Judgment. To You (Allah) only we dedicate worship, and from You (Allah) we seek help. Keep us guided (firmly) on the Straight Path (Islam). The Path of those upon whom You bestowed guidance—not the path of those whom You willed to punish, or the path of those who went astray.”        ...

The Opening Supplication-Grade 1

The Opening Supplication     The meaning of the opening supplication of the prayer is: “My worship is to the One Who created the heavens and Earth, avoiding the false religions, being a Muslim, and not among those who associate partners with Allah. Surely, my prayer, my slaughter, my life, and my death belong to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, Who has no partner. With this I was ordered, and I am one of the Muslims.”  

The Five Prayers-Grade 1

The Five Prayers           There are five obligatory prayers. 1-   The Morning Prayer (Subh);   2-   The Noon Prayer (Dhuhr);   3-   The Mid-afternoon Prayer (^Asr);   4-   The Sunset Prayer (Maghrib); and   5-   The Nightfall Prayer (^Isha’). Imam Ahmad narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “Allah made five prayers obligatory on the believers.”   Know by heart, that which means: “O Allah, with Your Power we lived through to the morning, and with Your Power we lived through to the evening. With Your Power we live, and with your Power we die.”  ...

Cleaning After Using the Bathroom-Grade 1

Cleaning After Using the Bathroom After urinating, and when the urine completely stops, the person cleans himself by wiping the eliminatory outlet with tissue or the like. Then he pours water on the outlet. If the najas-filth is removed such that no color, taste, or odor remains, then the outlet becomes pure. Similarly, after defecating, one wipes the eliminatory outlet with tissue or the like. Then he pours water with his right hand on the outlet, rubbing it with his left hand. If the najas-filth is removed such that no color, taste, or odor remains, then the outlet becomes pure. One could use water only, and, in some cases, tissue only to remove najas-filth, however using both of them as mentioned before is better.     Know by heart, that which means:...

Invalidators of Ablution-Grade 1

Invalidators of Ablution There are matters that invalidate ablution, some of which are: urinating, defecating, or passing gas. Also, sleeping on the side, back, or stomach invalidates the ablution. If one of the above-mentioned matters occurs to a person, he must renew his ablution before he prays.     Know by heart, that which means: “Praise and thanks to Allah who took away the harm from me, and relieved me from it.”              

Integrals of Ablution-Grade 1

Integrals of Ablution           The integrals of ablution are six: The first is the intention while washing the face;   The second is washing the whole face;   The third is washing the hands and forearms including the elbows;   The fourth is wet-wiping part of the head;   The fifth is washing the feet up to and including the anklebones;   The sixth is performing these acts in the order mentioned.     Know by heart, that which means: “O Allah, make me among those who repent frequently, and make me among those who purify themselves.”      ...

About the Prayers-Grade 1

About the Prayers     The guardians must teach their children how to pray and order them to pray each prayer once they become seven lunar years old. In the following lessons, an outline of the performance of the five prayers is given, mentioning both the required and some optional parts. However, only the required parts of the wudu’ are outlined. The optional parts are introduced in Book II of this series.

Islam is the Religion of All the Prophets-Grade 1

Islam is the Religion of All the Prophets     All the prophets were Muslim. All the prophets said “No one is God except Allah.” Our Master, Adam, may peace be upon him, was a Muslim prophet. He was the first of the prophets. Our Master, Nuh (Noah), may peace be upon him, was a Muslim prophet. Our Master, Ibrahim (Abraham), may peace be upon him, was a Muslim prophet. Our Master, Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, was a Muslim prophet. He was the last of the prophets. I love all the prophets.              

Islam is My Religion-Grade 1

Islam is My Religion     Allah said in Surat Al ^Imran, Ayah 19, what means: “Certainly, the only religion accepted by Allah is Islam.” Islam is the correct Religion. Islam is the Religion of Muhammad, ^Isa (Jesus), and Musa (Moses), may peace be upon them. Islam is the Religion of all the prophets. The believers will have Paradise, and the blasphemers will have Hellfire. I am a young Muslim, and I love the Religion of Islam.   Know by heart, that which means: “O Allah, make me among Your pious slaves, and admit me to Paradise with the forerunning Muslims.”      ...

The Best of the Deeds-Grade 1

The Best of the Deeds Imam al-Bukhariyy related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said which means: “The best of the deeds is the belief in Allah and His Messenger.” Imam Malik, the son of Anas, related that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The best of what I and the prophets before me said is: ‘No one is God except Allah.’”

Explanation of Suratul-Ikhlas-Grade 1

Explanation of Suratul-Ikhlas     I start with the name of Allah, the One Who is Merciful to the believers and non-believers in this world and the One Who is merciful to the believers only in the Hereafter. Ayah #1 of Suratul-Ikhlas means: Allah is One without partner. Ayah #2 means: Allah does not need anything and everything needs Allah. Ayah #3 means: Allah does not have children and Allah does not have a mother or a father. Ayah #4 means: No thing is similar or equal to Allah.                  

Allah Exists without a Place-Grade 1

Allah Exists without a Place     Allah exists without a place. Allah does not resemble anything. Allah does not need anything. Allah is not a body. Allah does not have organs. Allah does not need a place. Allah exists without a place.   Know that our Master ^Aliyy, may Allah raise his rank, said what means: “Before creating the place, Allah existed without a place, and after He created the place, Allah exists without a place.”      

Allah is Not a Body-Grade 1

Allah is Not a Body Allah sees without a pupil. Allah hears without an ear. Allah speaks without a tongue or lips. Allah does not have organs. Allah knows without being taught. Allah does not resemble anything, and nothing resembles Him.   Know by heart, that which means: “I declare that Allah is clear of any imperfection. I praise Allah and thank Him. Without the help of Allah, no one has the strength to obey Him.”          

Allah Is Great-Grade 1

Allah Is Great     Allah is alive and does not die. Allah’s Will does not change. Allah has power over everything. Allah is the Owner of everything. Allah knows everything. Nothing is hidden from Allah   Know by heart, that which means: “Allah’s support suffices me. No one is God but Him. On Him I rely, and He is the Lord of the Grand ^Arsh.”    

Allah Does Not Resemble Anything-Grade 1

Allah Does Not Resemble Anything Allah said in the Qur’an, in Surat ash-Shura, Ayah 11, what means: “Nothing resembles Him (Allah) in any way whatsoever.” Allah does not resemble the angels. Allah does not resemble the humans. Allah does not have a shape. Allah does not have a color. Allah does not resemble any of the creations. Know that Imam Dhun-Nun al-Misriyy, may Allah raise his rank, said: “Whatever you imagine in your mind, Allah is different from it.”              

Allah is the Creator of Everything-Grade 1

Allah is the Creator of Everything     Allah created the first human from soil. Allah created the angels from light. Allah created the jinn from fire. Allah created the heavens and made them the residence of the angels. Allah created the Earth and made it a residence for humans, jinn, and animals.   Know by heart Ayah 16 of Surat ar-Ra^d, which means: “Allah is the Creator of everything.”            

Allah is the Lord of Everything-Grade 1

Allah is the Lord of Everything Allah is my Lord and the Lord of my mother and my father. Allah is the Lord of my brother and my sister. Allah is the Lord of my teacher and my friends. Allah is the Lord of the heavens and the Earth. Allah is the Lord of everything. I am a Muslim; I love Allah so much.   Know by heart, that which means: “Allah, Allah is my Lord. I do not associate anything with Him.”          

Allah is One, Without a Partner to Him-Grade 1

Allah is One, Without a Partner to Him Allah is One, without a partner to Him. Allah exists without a beginning or an end. Allah does not have a wife. Allah does not have a son or a daughter. Allah does not have a father or a mother. Allah does not have a brother or a sister. Allah does not resemble us.   Know by heart, that which means: “No one is God except Allah, the One without a partner to Him. Without Allah’s protection, no one can avoid disobeying Him, and without Allah’s help, no one has the strength to obey Him.”  ...

The Greatest Matters of Islam-Grade 1

The Greatest Matters of Islam Imam Muslim narrated that the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said what means: “The greatest matters of Islam are five: Testifying that no one is God except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; performing prayer; giving Zakah; performing Hajj; and fasting Ramadan.   Know by heart, that which means: “O Allah, help us learn what is beneficial to us, help us benefit from what You have enabled us to learn, and increase our knowledge.”                  

I am a Young Muslim-Grade 1

I am a Young Muslim     I love Allah, my Creator I love Muhammad, my prophet I love the Qur’an, my book. I love the Ka^abah, my qiblah I love Islam, my religion.   I testify that no one is God except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah I accept Allah as my Lord, Islam as my religion, and Muhammad as my Prophet.

Islamic Manners – Grade 1

Lesson 1 Among the Traits of the Muslim   The Muslim recites the Qur’an. He loves his Muslim parents and respects them. The Muslim treats well both those who treat him well and those who do not. He helps the poor and the orphans. He honors his guests and treats his neighbor with kindness. The Muslim does not steal, or hit or insult a Muslim unjustly. The Muslim does not drink alcohol or use drugs.                         Lesson 2 Islamic Manners   When I wake up in the morning I say:  “We lived through to the morning, and the Worlds remain under the Dominion of Allah. Praise and thanks to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” Before sleeping, I say:  “We lived through to the evening and the Worlds...

Acts of Worship – Grade 1

Introduction About the Prayers     The guardians must teach their children how to pray and order them to pray each prayer once they become seven lunar years old. In the following lessons, an outline of the performance of the five prayers is given, mentioning both the required and some optional parts. However, only the required parts of the wudu’ are outlined. The optional parts are introduced in Book II of this series.                           Lesson 1 Integrals of Ablution           The integrals of ablution are six: The first is the intention while washing the face;   The second is washing the whole face;   The third is washing the hands and forearms including the elbows;...