21 May 2017
24 Sha’baan 1438
Ramadan is the month in which the Holy Quran was sent to Mankind, and has thus gained much importance and significance. The Quran is a compilation of messages revealed to Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. through Jibraeela.s. from the All Mighty, Allah s.w.t. himself. And thus, these words which have been left behind for the future generations as guidance is the Language of Allah s.w.t.’s love, Al-Quran. As such, this Ramadan we planned a series of Quran-related activities from 3.30pm to Asar for all our students to participate in and get to know the Quran more. This event increased the anticipation for Ramadan and understanding the pivotal role that Quran plays in our faith in Islam. The themes focused over 4 weeks prior to Ramadan include Facts and compilation of Quran, Quran & Science, Prophetic stories in the Quran and discovering the meaning of Surahs’s names.
Beginning with the history of the first revelation to Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., till the publication of the existing printed Quran text, students learnt about the transformation of Quran and how it reached to the different parts of the world. Besides, they also learnt commonly occurring Arabic wordsand did a recap on the history of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.’s Prophethood and important revelations in his lifetime. They also caught a glimpse of the oldest manuscript of the Quran and its different prints.
This week, students discovered that many natural phenomena were described and explained in precise details in the Quran 1400 years ago while science just verified these facts a few years ago. The students explored the various creations mentioned in the Quran through posters, videos, quizzes, diagrams and charts. These creations include theorogenesis of mountains, production ofhoney in female bees, development of embryo and its chronological order, formation of the universe, facts about fruits and animals and many more!
Students had a hands-on learning approach of Prophets’ stories this week where they had to analyse excerpts from the Quran and guess the identity of the Prophet. Through this exercise, the students learnt to interpret parables in the Quran by referring to the translation with their ustazas’s assistance. Significant incidents from each Propehts’ lives were shared. The students then answered questions based on the excerpts to check their understanding. This gave both the students and the ustazas a breaks from the usual lecture-style classroom lesson.
In the final week, students were made to guess the names of Surahs based on images drawn and find out the meaning of the Surah and share its significance. While some illustrations were straightforward, others required knowledge of the content of the Surah. Indeed, the students had a great time finding out the names of the surahs.
وَاِنَّ الَّذِيْنَ اُوْتُوا الْكِتٰبَ لَيَـعْلَمُوْنَ اَنَّهُ الْحَـقُّ مِنْ رَّبِّهِمْؕ وَمَا اللّٰهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا يَعْمَلُوْنَ
Those who have been given the Book know it is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do.