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Hifz and Science Exploration at Tarbiyyah Training Centre

December 15, 2012 2 comments

So the elder sisters have been to hafazan class the past three weeks, today was the last day. I went early to chat with the hafiz ustaz but only to find one of the lady teacher there, apparently they do some activities first before hifdz, ah..well, we had to get back, so I didn’t get to meet the ustaz. InshaAllah there will be weekly science programmes next year on thursday mornings. The girls come back everyday beaming and having exciting things to say about the program, so I think we will be back there next year inshaAllah.

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Islam Guide – Science and the Qur’an

July 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve always wanted to write like history of the world/universe with really scientific slant with sources from the Qur’an and hadith, that’d be one cool book. So far here’s another cool book, not mine no, it’s online,and now in my to read list:

Islam Guide: A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam, Muslims, & the Quran

Qur’aan Lego People & Free Online Early Reader Arabic Books Online

July 11, 2011 2 comments

Added new links:

Qur’aan Lego People – Really cool site, just check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ – Online Arabic Flip books from Singapore


Ramadhan Story Book, Moon Phases

July 8, 2011 Leave a comment

we read Fatima’s First Fast tonight:

didn’t finish it, just read it halfway.

and explored the meaning of taqwa, from wiki(!):

According to Tafsir ibn Kathir, the root meaning of taqwa is to avoid what one dislikes. It was reported that Umar bin Khattab asked Ubay ibn Kaab about Taqwa. Ubay said, “Have you ever walked on a path that has thorns on it?” Umar said, “Yes.” Ubay asked, “What did you do then?” to which Umar replied, “I rolled up my sleeves and struggled.” Ubay said, “That is taqwa, to protect oneself from sin through lifeโ€™s dangerous journey so that one can successfully complete the journey unscathed by sin.”

Ibn Abbas said about verse 2:5 in the Quran, “guidance for the Muttaqin”, that it means, “They are the believers who avoid shirk with Allah (swt) and who work in His obedience.” He also said that Al-Muttaqin means, “Those who fear Allah’s (swt) Punishment, which would result if they abandoned the true guidance that they recognize and know. They also hope in Allah’s (swt) Mercy by believing in what He revealed.”

and also looked at the moon (it’s 5th of Shaaban, 7th July) it’s a waxing crescent, but as I’m writing, it now says the moon has entered the first quarter and here’s is one of the best visual explanations of moon phases I’ve seen, unfortunately it’s not public domain, so no cut&pasting here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

here’s a similar diagram:
Moon Phases

from this page, with more explanations on seasons, eclipses,solstice,equinox etc.

and a moon calendar for one’s own locality.

Months in Islam

June 3, 2011 Leave a comment

What we did today, learning months in Islam (I look I see album). Follow up was supposed to be writing down the day in Hijri & Masihi, but wasn’t done successfully.

These are the months in Islam
(I look, I see – Yusuf Islam and friends)
Rabi’ul Awwal
Rabi’u Thani
These are the months in Islam

Jumadal Uula
Jumaadal Ukhra
Rejab and

Ramadhan 2x and
Zhul Qa’idah and
Zhul Hijjah
These are the months in Islam..

We did some du’a, then H and H2 just played and sang the months song from time to time, even H2. So something stuck.

Offered Waldorfy writing, H did some, should have sat have sat down with her, still not perfect circles, infinities, eights, more work.

Played some skipping, then later badminton with a bean ball, and that rhyming clapping hands thingy on their own.

Only M sat down for some time and continued with her bird unit. We decided to do: types of feet, eggs, beaks, flightless birds and ref of birds in the Qur’an Sunnah. I did prepare question and answers on the above subjects based on the adventist wikibook I mentioned earlier. I would upload it here, as I think it’s useful for elementary and could give some ideas for 3-6 yo, but I think it might violate copyright. Is the Wikibook site copyrighted? Sometimes you only have to refer to the page, I haven’t had the time to burrow through the terms. I did cut and paste quite a bit,added some more bird facts and the Qur’an bit at the end, so no uploading here for now.

Birds in Our Garden

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

So, M wants to do something on birds in our garden. I’ve managed to capture 3 species on camera within our house compound.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Passer montanus
Ciak Eurasia/Pipit rumah

The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen, pg. 99
 Mari Mengenal Nama Burung, FEP International Sdn.Bhd. (pipit), pg.27

Olive-backed Sunbird / Yellow-breasted Sunbird
Nectarinia jugularis
Kelichap Bukit

The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen, pg.8
 Mari Mengenal Nama Burung, FEP International Sdn.Bhd.only has kelicap pisang, pg.22

*pic to upload*

The third species is peaceful dove

Geopelia striata

 The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Vol. 3, Prof. Dr.Yong Hoi Sen,pg.53

Initially I thought of a nature journal, but it was hot and the birds would not get close enough for us to have a good look. Anyway, my mum kept this book, a book I had as a child. It’s published in 1980 and there’s a whole series, of which I can only see ‘Mari Mengenal Alat Musik’ on the book shelf. Both are really good, and I have not been able to find anything similar on common Malaysian birds for kids except for a MNS publication, also an old book I used to check out from PJ Playcentre.

So M drew a pipit from the book,and I drew for H with lines pointing to various parts for her to label in Malay. M labeled hers in English based on this and this. But now I’ve come across this, which looks better:

I feel guilty not including H2 in the activity, he could have done mock feather cutting or something. He just watched in earnest as the sisters drew on.

So later, if M is up to it maybe more info collecting:

I’ll probably dictate notable facts of the birds and have her write them down.

Then we’ll probably discuss characteristics of a bird, pre-classification. MontessoriMaterials have some freebies for studying birds. The 6-9 yo printout includes listing the bird families. We haven’t started animal classification formally yet, and will probably skip that until later.

Update: we did some eggsperiments floating eggs in salt the next day (today). Then H asked if it would work with sugar.Thankfully I obliged, and guess what, the egg floats! What’s funny is when I asked where the sugar/salt went, H said it went up, like turned into air (gas)..he..I thought that was cute. Some more prompts and simple explanations. I refrained from saying the egg floated because the water is heavier, yes it’s heavier now within the same volume, i.e it’s denser. I just said there’s so much ‘stuff’, i.e salt/sugar dissolved in the water that it now can support the egg, making it float.

For more ideas on birds/eggsperiments:



Bird Song:
Kelicap Bukit
a list of bird songs recorded in Malaysia

Pictures of Malaysian birds:
more Malaysian bird pics online here (not my pics):

Although I’m no adventis, but these Youth Honours (Birds) info available online are impressive, similar in concept to earning scout badges I think:

Classification of Birds is discussed, as is parts of the birds are detailed in the Advanced Honours. I think they provide a good basis to work on. So all I need to do now is to put more Malaysian birds in, and put in Qur’an verses.

Al-Mulk (Dominion)

(ุฃูŽูˆูŽู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูŽุฑูŽูˆู’ุง ุฅูู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ุทู‘ูŽูŠู’ุฑู ููŽูˆู’ู‚ูŽู‡ูู…ู’ ุตูŽุงูู‘ูŽุงุชู ูˆูŽูŠูŽู‚ู’ุจูุถู’ู†ูŽ ู…ูŽุง ูŠูู…ู’ุณููƒูู‡ูู†ู‘ูŽ ุฅูู„ู‘ูŽุง ุงู„ุฑู‘ูŽุญู’ู…ูŽู†ู ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุจููƒูู„ู‘ู ุดูŽูŠู’ุกู ุจูŽุตููŠุฑูŒ (67:19

# 67:19 (Asad) Have they, then, never beheld the birds above them, spreading their wings and drawing them in? None but the Most Gracious upholds them: for, verily, He keeps all things in His sight.

I think Syed Qutb intrepreted the longer (mad) in ุตูŽุงูู‘ูŽุงุชูย  to represent the way a bird spends more time spreading their wings and the ูˆูŽูŠูŽู‚ู’ุจูุถู’ู†ูŽ read shorter to represent the shorter flap of the wings while drawing them in. Have to check that, but I don’t have tafsir Syed Qutb on hand atm. Wallahua’lam.

Stories on birds in the Qur’an (put bird in Qur’an search):

Fellow prisoner of Prophet Yusuf a.s. pecked by a bird
Birds singing praise (tasbeeh) with Prophet Daud a.s.
Prophet Ibrahim putting bird parts on 4 hills, and Allah putting them together again into a bird.
Prophet Sulaiman and Hud-hud
Ababil in Surah Al-Fiil
Raven ( ุบูุฑูŽุงุจู‹ุง) which scratched the Earth showing Qabil to bury Habil. Al-Ma’idah:31

Finally I’d recommend this Book of Life we have, I’ll come back with details. It’s really thorough starting with Prehistoric Animals, then covering Birds, Insect, Reptiles, Mammals, the Human Body..

Fellow prisoner of Prophet Yusuf a.s. pecked by a bird
Birds singing praise (tasbeeh) with Prophet Daud a.s.
Prophet Ibrahim putting bird parts on 4 hills, and Allah putting them together again into a bird.
Prophet Sulaiman and Hud-hud
Ababil in Surah Al-Fiil
Raven ุบูุฑูŽุงุจู‹ุงin the story of Habil and Qabil 5:31

Prophetic Timeline

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment
Another cool, really beautiful timeline. A bit on Prophet Ibrahim (2000 BC) until 11 Hijrah (632 CE)

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