2023 Oct Week 3 Femail16 yrs

2023 October (week 3) AL–female 16
As we were on the road today, we were getting ready to test out because we received a message today saying that we were to be ready test out. When we came into the class, Teacher I told us when we come into a masjid we are supposed to pray to rakhas of prayer to show that you are entering the masjid, as it is called Tahiyyat al-Majid.
When teacher R came, she told us to start class. Unfortunately, we were supposed to test out today not doing class so started with the testing. When the students were directed to their teacher to test out, I was assign to teacher I and he asked me if I wanted this to be just a practice test which doesn’t count or the exam that counts, I choose to do the practice prayer. I was very proud to see the progress that I made. Teacher I told me that if I make 3 mistakes I were to go back and learn so we started I the only thing that I had problem with was the dua after the At Tahiya. He told me to go to one of the moms and learn the dua, so I went, and we practiced the pronunciation until he called me again. As I was reading the dua he told me that he needed fluency, so I went back. After a while I got to do the pronunciation correctly, so he told me to memorize the Arabic and the English.
As we were on a pizza break, teacher I asked us if we knew the story of the Surat number 107 which is Al- Maun, we told him no. Aal Maun is the story of a man who was slaughtering two lambs. An orphan came and asked him for some food, and the man became angry and hit the orphan with a stick. Al- Maun discusses the character of those who claim to be Muslims but are oblivious of the hereafter, these people deprive the orphans of their rights, these people discourage the feeding of the poor, those who are neglectful of their prayers, those who pray just for show and those don’t help others such as their neighbors.
Surat Al-Ars, which is one of the shortest, yet most compelling of the Quran. This Surat teaches that all human beings are in a state of loss, except those who have believe, do good deeds, seek the truth, and practice patience. This passage talks mostly about the human history, which was filled with war, betrayal, suffering and from humans that didn’t believe in Islam. Teacher I even made an example out of Bilal. Bilal was a slave and one of the most loyal companion of the prophet, he was from the earliest converts to Islam. He was tortured by his owner because he accidentally talked about the new religion, Abu Bakr freed him.
Teacher I told us that we misunderstood some of the terms or metaphors we talked about last week. Started with the term 20%, which is called the Hubs rule. The 20% rule is when you give out 20% to people that are in need. As an example, he gave the salaamNikah, some people spend more than $200.000 in a wedding, but they should give out at least 20% of that money which is 40.000 to people in need. We also talked about Ac which stands for accountability, we are accountable for our deeds and AM which is Amana in which God trust us to make in better, there should be no poverty in this world.
Didat was known for his knowledge of the Quran and the Bible. Didat had to pray. When he was paralyzed, the only part of his body that he could move was his eye lids, which he used to pray. He also gave the example of his dad too. He asked us why God was making those people go through such hard sickness, even if they didn’t have any sins. First God gives them ethe opportunity to erase all of their sins , second he is testing their faith and patience. He gave the example of Prophet Ayoub about how God tested his patience and faith. Prophet Ayoub was so sick, but He knew that his Lord would never abandon him, nor that He would afflict him with more than he could bear. And so, despite all his hardships Ayyub continued to say “Alhamdulillah.” And not thanking the only person who faithful to him which was his wife Rahma. Rahma was so angry because of that, she said horrible things to Ayoub, so Prophet Ayub put took the oath to beat his wife in rage later when he gets cured. Even though he did not want to beat her he had to because he made a promise.
We also talked about Khushu which is total absorption in God, it is related to phone connect and the 8 second rule. Miswak which is a stick that the prophet used to clean his teeth, which he found after many researchers since they didn’t have toothbrush; he found what was available to do the job. We used the metaphor of the moon to show that everything is planned ahead of time but if you choose to take another road everything changes.
The last thing we did was to have the new students from two weeks ago tell the new student that came today what the greenstairs program is about. In the greenstairs program we learn to understand the value of Islam, developing our skills that we don’t usually focus on, improve our writing skills, retentive skills, time management, leadership skills, and verbal skills. We also learn not to say anything in a language we don’t know. We also insert the metaphors we learn into our daily lives.
Today was short in a way because of the testing but we still made time to learn new things as always. The meaning of the Surat that we did was very interesting.

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