Chocolate Crafts

We did this craft with kids after reading J. Samia Mair’s, Amira’s Totally Chocolate World. We found this activity to be fun and easy for kids of all ages.



    • Pipe cleaner
    • Jiggly eyes
    • Feathers Butterfly wings (available at craft stores or make your own)
    • Construction paper, felt or foam sheets
    • 2 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Chocolates per Kritter
    • Glue (low heat gun, non-toxic craft glue, glue stick, confectioner’s glue, or clear tape)



1. Glue 1 pair of butterfly wings to the flat side of one chocolate.

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Fathers in Islam

The Importance of Fathers

It is well known that Islam places a heavy emphasis on the importance of loving and respecting parents.  In fact Allah (swt) has repeatedly mentioned in the Qur’an that parents hold the next highest status after our Lord and beloved Prophet (s).  Allah (swt) is our supreme provider, sustainer, and protector. He uses parents as a means to provide us, as we grow, with food, shelter, clothing, guidance, and protection from harm.  As creations of Allah (swt) we can never return the favors of our Lord except by being obedient and showing gratitude.  The same can be said for parents.  As children we can never repay the countless favors of our parents accept by being obedient and showing gratitude.  Allah (swt) says in Surah 17 Ayah 23:

“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor.’

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Standardized Testing

It’s that time again where schools across America set aside classroom time to carryout a series of standardized testing.  The purpose of these tests are to compare the performance of a broad range of students based on standard curriculum in order to determine how well each student has mastered material at a certain grade level.

What is Standardized Testing?

A standardized test is one form of assessment used by a school community.  In most cases tests are designed, distributed, and scored by an outside vendor in order to eliminate bias, ensure validity of test questions, and provide expert analysis of data and scores. 

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Earth Day

Make it a Great EARTH DAY!!

Here’s what we are doing at IQRA’ to take care of our Earth


  • We conserve energy at our office by turning off the lights when we leave a room (prayer room, copy room, bathroom)
  • We recycle our office paper and plastics
  • We agreed to no longer use paper products (paper cups and plates) when eating lunch.  Each member brings in his or her own plate, glass and mug in order to reduce waste
  • We Equipped our kitchen with appliances (electric kettle and toaster oven) that use considerably less energy then a conventional oven
  • Many of use laptops instead desktops to conserve energy

Try This?

Here are some things you can do with your family at home

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Dr. Abidullah Al-Ansari Ghazi
Executive Director of IQRA’ International Educational Foundation

Once again we are celebrating Eid al-Adha! Rasulullah (S) said that all people have their days of celebration, and Allah has given us two such days: Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

Both of these days are unique as our celebrations, like our religion, have four major dimensions:

1. We believe in One God and glorify Him.

2. We follow the commandments of Allah and His messenger.

3. We constantly thank Allah for His infinite blessings and mercy in our life.

4. We share with others His favors to us with all others.

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Dr. Abidullah Ghazi
Executive Director of IQRA’ International Educational Foundation

Recently, I have been reading the Qur’anic Tafsîr by Khajah Abdullah Ansari (1006-1088 CE), the distinguished descendent of the noble Abu Ayyub al-Ansari and a prominent scholar and Sufi who wrote a voluminous Persian-language commentary entitled Kashf ul-Asrâr (Revelation of The Secrets) an spiritual reading of the sacred Word of Allah.

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