Teach Your Kids the Sunnah: Caring for the Earth

Earth DayDid you know April 22 is national Earth Day!  It is a special day that is set aside annually to create awareness about important environmental issues.  Children across America use this month to reflect on our planet and study the different ways to keep it healthy.

Earth Day is a good opportunity to tie in what your children are learning in school to Islam.  Explain to your children what it means to be Allah’s Kalifah – explain that Muslims have a serious responsibility to care for all of Allah’s creations.   Learn about the benefits of caring for our planet by reading environmental hadith.  And finally follow the Sunnah by taking action.  Here are some simple ways in which your family can work together and contribute to the well-being of plants, animals, and naturals resources. 

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Muslims Now Using Standardized Tests – Creating Uniformity in Islamic Education

Female student

What is a Standardized Test? A form of  test that requires all test takers to answer the same questions in order to objectively measure a student’s or group of student’s mastery of core curricula concepts. 

 

 How Does this Apply to Islamic Education? Since the establishment of Islamic institutions in North America, administrators have all agonized over the same issue: What to teach? Over the years, Islamic schools across America ended up making individualized decisions on curriculum instead of collaborating to define national benchmarks.  What researchers are finding now is that learning outcomes very tremendously from child to child, school to school, and state to state. While some schools focus heavily on Quranic memorization, other schools prefer to concentrate on the principles of Aqidah, Fiqh, and Akhlaq, while others prefer not to teach Aqidah and Fiqh at all. 

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