In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Understand Qur’an Guidelines for
Teachers
Dr. Abdulazeez Abdulraheem
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Outline
Teaching what and whom? Can I?
Why should you teach?
Preparation
A typical Class
Do’s and Don’ts
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Teaching What? Whom? Can
I?
Let’s be absolutely clear.
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Teaching what?
To help you understand what you recite
everyday.
To help you start understanding Qur’an
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Teaching what?
To take simple basic lessons (for which
Qur’an is easy). That too, we will not go for
more than 2, 3 minutes per ayah in a class…
using a simple Tafseer.
Example: Qul huwallau ahad: Say He is
Allah, the one and only.
NO FIQHI OR TAFSEERI DISCUSSIONS
(Unless you are a scholar and that too in
another class)
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Teach whom?
Group learning. Nobody is a teacher (unless
you are a scholar)
Among your friends
Between breaks in the office
In your neighborhoods
Parallel for gents / ladies
Parallel for children
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Can I teach?
Have you studied upto 5th Class?
Can you read Arabic and English / Urdu?
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Why should you teach?
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Real Business with Allah!
A Muslim is a businessman
His business is with Allah
Look for activities that will pay you most!
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1. The continuing reward
The continuing reward (after your death) –
Among the 3 things
– Pious children
– Sadaqah jaariyah
Knowledge – And what knowledge? The
best one
AN EXCELLENT CHANCE TO MULTIPLY
LIVES (AND MORE GUARANTEED INSHAALLAH THAN OTHERS)
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2. Prophetic work!
4 tasks of the Prophet (pbuh)
TILAWAT
Tazkiah (purification)
TEACHING THE BOOK
Teaching the Wisdom
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3. Following the Advice!
Remember the advice / order of the
Prophet pbuh:
‫غوا عَ نِّي َولَوا آيَة‬
ُ ِّ‫بَل‬
Convey from me even if it is one verse!
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4. Among the best!
Uthman ibn ‘Affan (may Allah be pleased
with him) relates that the Messenger of
Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The
best among you are those who have
learnt the Qur’an and TEACH IT (to
others)” [Bukhari].
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5. Be the starter and get the
blessings!
On the authority of Abu Hurairah, may
Allah be pleased with him, that the
Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “…
No people gather together in one of the
houses of Allah, reciting the Book of
Allah and studying it among themselves,
without tranquility descending upon
them, Mercy (of Allah) enveloping them,
the angels surrounding them, and Allah
making mention of them amongst those
who are with Him” [Muslim].
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6. To learn (for yourself)!!!
The best way to learn is to teach it!
Some people say: I am still learning…
I say: IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LEARN,
THEN TEACH IT!!!
If you don’t teach (while you can), you are
not really interested to learn (fast
enough)!!!
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Do’s and Don’ts
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To start with…
Intention – for the sake of Allah alone
Many people may praise, thanks, but
always remember the intention and
correct it.
Ask Allah to help you! (After prayers and
…). Is it not one of the best job?
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You are a da’ee (not a teacher!)
A da’ee goes to people, whereas students
come to the teacher
Those people are your investment. If
some people are ready to come to you,
treat it as an excellent opportunity /
reward-earning gift from Allah.
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You are a da’ee (not a teacher!)
Treat them preciously.
– Never criticize
– Always encourage
– Evaluate your performance FIRST and
always before you do theirs
Pray for them regularly
Ask them to pray for you
Ask them to pray for each other (8th HW?)
Try your best to get those 7 HWs enacted!
Why? Next…
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Learning Efficiently requires…
Multi-track approach
– Class
– Cassettes
– Posters
– Stickers
– Book
– Index cards
– Pocket book
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Learning Efficiently requires…
Multi-event approach
– Salah
– With friends
– While doing tilawat
– Starting your job
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Rules of Memory
Systematic repetition
Next hour
Next day
Next week
Next month
Next semester
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Clarify Objectives
FIRST thing you do is… clarify objectives
To help you understand what you recite
everyday.
To help you start understanding Qur’an
Politely and humbly explain the objectives
and Dos and Don’ts
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In the class, you can ask…
The words which are not clear to you.
The translation of the words which is not
clear to you
The translation of the verse that is not
clear to you
The grammar part that is covered in the
class so far
Simple basic explanation only; not a
tafseeri level of explanation.
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In this class, please do not ask…
Any deeper interpretation of the verse
For this, you can ask any scholar near your
house.
We would love to go deep but then one
can talk about one verse for one hour and
still it may not be enough.
This is not a Tafseer class. This class is
just for basic understanding. We want to
work on basic meanings first.
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In this class, please do not ask…
Any fiqh issues such as:
– Is photography right or wrong?
– Should we say Aameen loudly or not?
– Where to put our hands in Salah?
These questions should be asked to
scholars
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In this class, please do not ask…
We don’t want to create any problems
because different students may follow
different schools of thought such as
Hanafi, Shafa’ee, ahl-hadeeth etc..
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In this class, please do not ask…
Any advance grammar questions
They will come at their own time.
Ex: You don’t ask how a TV works in your
3rd grade science book. Even if it is
explained, you can not understand. Just
be patient and inshaAllah you will
understand when you enter advanced
grades.
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In this class, please do not ask…
Any Tajweed related questions
We would love to answer them but
because of lack of time, it is advised that
you ask any scholar or Qari near your
house.
Ex: You don’t ask English grammar and
pronunciation questions in a Science class;
even though science is explained using
English language.
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Excuses
for not coming forward to
teach
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1. Don’t know enough knowledge…
You don’t have to know enough.
Just being knowledgeable about the lessons
is enough
We are KG teachers of Qur’an. (Ex: If you
want your child to be an engineer, you
don’t look for a KG teacher with an
engineering degree!).
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2. Can’t answer Tafseer questions…
• You don’t have to know it all!
• Teaching basics of Qur’an does not
mean that you have to know enough
• Example: A physics teacher (electricity,
magnetism, wave motion?...) can not
repair an electronic watch.
• Example: A Biology teacher does not
have to give medicine to a sick student
• Will you blame those teachers? So,
why blame yourselves?
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3. Can’t answer Fiqh questions…
• You don’t have to know them!
• Even a simple graduate from an Islamic
school may not be able to answer them
• They should be referred to a fiqh
scholar
So, don’t feel embarrassed for not being
able to answer his question? It is not
your area.
Ask him politely to ask these questions to
a scholar
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4. Will not be able to Cover!
With experience, inshaAllah you will be
able to do that.
Just compare it with your English or Hindi
or Science subject and inshaAllah you will
be confident that you can cover it.
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5. Handling Adv. grammar
questions
Appreciate his/her interest and knowledge
(Masha-Allah you have …)
Don’t answer advanced grammar questions it
even if you know! It will scare others. It will
distract them too! Ask them to avoid …
If you don’t know, then politely ask them to
avoid advanced issues in this class.
Example: Will you allow someone to discuss
“Differential equations” in a simple math
class?
Just tell them that the time will come soon
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6. Handling relevant questions
Note down the question (in your mind /
paper)
Don’t discuss it right then
Tell them: All questions will be answered
after the class; in the next class; or when
time permits
Ask the students to focus on the current
lesson
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7. Don’t know Tajweed
If someone reads nice, encourage him …
MashaAllah Your reading is vey good.
Try to learn / practice it as much as
possible.
Excellent chance / push for you to learn
Practice the relevant part (from the
lesson)
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8. Don’t know myself!
Just listen to the CDs and practice the
sessions
Listen to MP3 / cassettes during
household work and driving
Keep the vocab sheet and refer to it again
and again at different times
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9. I don’t have perfect character
Nobody has it (except the Prophet pbuh)!
We all try to improve.
Tell students frankly that we are also
trying to be good Muslims
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9. I don’t have perfect character
What you are teaching are not your ideas
but that of Allah (Qur’an and Sunnah). You
are putting them directly in touch with
Allah’s words. So, they should be told to
look at the Messenger (pbuh) as an
example.
If it were your ideas, they can say that
why don’t you follow what you say. That
is not the case here at all.
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Guidelines for Every Class
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When you enter the class!
For yourself:
Make Du’aa to Allah that he makes it easy for
you; make it a means to forgive the sins, and
to get his pleasure. (O Allah, I am doing it
solely for Your pleasure. PLEEEEEEEASE
MAKE IT EASY FOR ME).
Ask it after EVERY PRAYER!!! WHY NOT? The
more you ask, the better the chance is that
you will be granted! Remember: astajib
lakum.
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When you enter the class!
For Students
Remind students (once in every 3 or 4
classes) that this is the most rewarding class
in the sight of Allah. That they will get the
reward for every moment. The 4 fadha’il will
be there. In the sight of Allah, they will be
best…
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Remind Students about HW
Tell them to start their HW (with just 5
min or at least 3 min.) with this subject
Tell them to practice understanding in
their Salah
Tell them to discuss it with their parents,
brothers, sisters, and friends and increase
the reward for themselves
Tell them to carry that small Vocab sheet
Play the cassette in your car / home
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Remind Parents
Let them start every day’s homework with
JUST 5 or 3 minutes from this part. It will
be inshaAllah a blessing for them
Let them also learn with the students
Let them have the Cassette or the CDs for
their learning too.
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Monthly Workshop
To review the problems
Tajweed – 15 minutes in every Workshop
Points & notes
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Some Suggestions
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Tajweed Challenge
Look for a teacher
Listen to that Shaikh-kid cassette
Memorize the rules
Practice as often as possible
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Learn Arabic
Try to do a little more (are you not
motivated with this lucrative business
with Allah?)
Use Multi-track approach; multi-event
approach
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Jazakumullahu Khairan
Whatever was right, is from Allah! Whatever is wrong, it is
from me and I ask Allah’s forgiveness for that.
‫والحمد هلل رب العالمين‬
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