Thursday, 9 January 2014

Inheritors of the Prophets - Imaam Sufyaan At Thawree

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The next scholar we completed some time ago in our Inheritors of the Prophets series was Imaam Sufyaan at Thawree Raheemahullaah.

We used the following link to read about his biography

We learnt about his birth place and about his father who was also a scholar of Islaam. We read that he was a Mujtahid, Imaam of the Memorisers and the most noble scholar at his time who was well known for acting upon his knowledge. 

We went through his teachers and his students and some of the wonderful saying of other scholars about him.

We read and re read some of his wise statements through which we understood that he was always seeking to learn hadeeth to the extent that people were asking him when will you stop seeking for hadeeth!

We learnt that he died of a stomach pain and in fact made wudoo 60 times that particular night before he died raheemahullaah.

The document we did for this could be downloaded here Inshaa Allaah.


A Muslim HomeSchool said...

Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah!

I love the way you and Maimoonah present your work mashaAllah!

Sorry if you have already posted this on your blog (I couldn't find) - how long do you spend intentionaly "schooling" each day, and how much time do you give to your subjects and projects?

BarakAllahu feeki

Umm Maimoonah said...

Alaikum salaam warahmathullaah Ukhtee

Jazzakillaah Khayr! No problem ukhtee.

We actually do "intentional" schooling as you say for about 2 to 3 hours including part of Qur'aan as I have included Qur'aan also with schooling. What works best for us is little at a time but consistency. Most of our time would be spent on Qur'aan at least an hour which includes listening to the audio of some of the old soorahs memorised and listening to the currently memorising soorah and reciting to me few olds soorahs and the current soorah. Then she would read from the Qur'aan 5 to 6 aaayahs a day. All this takes about 1 hour or little less. Then we move on to other subjects for the day, I strongly believe in having short lessons. So we do may be 15 minutes a subject depending on the work for the day. My explanations for each subjects are not too long as I do them in parts, for example if we are doing Human body - Skeleton for science, we may take 2 weeks to finish the whole subject if we do science 3 times a week. First day we will go through the introduction of skelton and its important with a diagram, next lesson I will give a worksheet to may be mark the parts of the skeleton on a diagram. The next day we will learn about Joints and read together the information from encyclopedias with regard to the topic. Next day we will do a worksheets on joints, and learn a bit about bones, then the next week we would do about muscles and so on. So within 6 lessons we would finish the topic with a final revision. She does not feel bored nor do I mainly because we do not spend time on one thing a lot.

As for Islaamic Studies it is the same. I prepare the materials in advance and we take it little at a time. this particular lesson on Sufyaan At Thawree took us 4 classes. First day we will read together all about him, second day we will cut out the materials we have prepared while re reading the main points in them. Then she will stick them on the scrapbook. Next day she would decorate the pages, again while she is doing that I will be talking about the life of Sufyaan At Tawree just for few minutes and talk about small incidents in his life or about what he has said. And the last day I ask her some oral questions about the Imaam, like when was he born where was he born? Can you remember one thing he said that is beneficial and so on.

Some days if I have to do some house work then we have breaks in between. We do one subject and she may finish some work she can do independently. and may be in the evening I will do the rest that she needs me. If for some reason I am not prepared with materials we just go through the things we have already done, like reading the usooluth Thalaathah scrapbook and so on.

I am sorry if this is a long reply. Its not only you but many sisters ask me the same question so I hope this gives you and others some idea how things work for us.

Also as you rightly said ukhtee as she is growing I can see her maturing too, so this makes things easier, but still I maintain the short lessons as I feel even if they are getting older its best to give little at a time so that they do not drain thinking "how much to do!". when they see the work is only little they get focused and tries to finish the work. Also I must tell you that little fun activity I keep in the work box drives her to finish the work fast any way!! Alhamdulillaah!

If I was not too clear please be free to ask again Inshaa Allaah!
Baarakallaah Feekum

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