Class Notes 2018-19 by H age 13 – (actual note(s) from student(s))
(actual note(s) from student(s)) submitted withing one week of class – Start date Sep 2018
(These notes are mostly unedited and represent a GISLA students understanding of the previous class the attended.) Student attend class on Sunday and submit their essay of what they learnt before the next class. Interestingly, as can be seen below the same class yields different lessons for each student even though the content of the class they hear was the same.)
Students graduate level 1 IF and WHEN they pass the Level one exam (some do it in 6 weeks and some take 3 years and counting…) and students from anywhere in the world can test out to pass and earn the GISLA Level one trophy)
week 1 9/9/18 by H 10th grade – Late submission Last Sunday being my first week, I learned about the basics of the class which included learning about a list of 53 words and phrases with a hidden meaning.
For example, number 36 is “Fajr”. After Teeach asked us if we knew the story of the time Satan woke a man up for Fajr, he asked Omaar to tell us the story, here it is: There once was a very religious Muslim man who would never miss a prayer, then one day, he missed his Fajr prayer in the morning and he had so much remorse for missing Fajr, that he got closer to God that day. The next morning, Satan woke him up for Fajr so he would have less remorse and not be as close to God as he was the day before.
Teech also explained to us that the Green Stairs Masjid course is unlike any other Sunday School program. In the Green Stairs academy instead of memorizing a ton of surahs that you won’t remember, Teech will teach us to understand the meanings of a few short surahs. We will also memorize the entire Salat in Arabic and English
Week 2 H 10th grade – Late submit
This week I took my second class in the Green Stairs Leadership Academy Program and was able to understand more what happens in the class every week.
This week I was tested for my homework assignment which was to memorize Surah Fatiha in English. Now, I have no idea of this is something that happens every week, but I basically just stalled for the the first 15 minutes and we didn’t end up reciting what we memorized for the first hour or so. The first thing that we talked about was how doctors and lawyers are able to retain information more easily because they went to school for so long, that they can retain information easily now.
There was another very interesting concept that TeecherJi taught us that I believe everyone can use in their daily life. He said “Everybody is born with a goodie bag, the goal is to learn what is in your goodie bag,” these might not always be good things, you could be born with a disability, or you could be great with math and numbers, It’s up for you to find out what is in your goodie bag.
After our initial discussion we were all tested and assigned our homework. This week was able to complete my assignment and I was assigned to memorize the first rakat in Arabic and English for homework.
after we ate the whole class went outside and we walked around the field until Dhur. We had to tell Teeacherji one thing that he did not know about us. I told him about the time that I accidentally ate pork in a lasagna. We kept having discussions and a parent told us a story about a baby tree that cut a car in half on Little River Turnpike
week 3 H 10th grade
This week I took my third class in the Green Stairs Leadership Academy and I will say that I think that I could list what we do in each class in order.
First we always start the class with saying the pledge of allegiance in class along with the shahadah and after that we pray 2 cycles of practice prayer or Fajr if we haven’t already.
After that we typically have a discussion and start to recite our homework. Last class our general discussion was about an acronym the teacher made up called CCA, common sense applied. It literally is what it says. You need to apply you’re basic prior knowledge to where it is applicable. We also learned a concept which essentially said that it is easier to fight for your principles than to live for them. People will always protest for Islam, but will never go to Jummah prayer.
The last concept that we learned this week was the pen and pencil concept. Some parts of your life are written in permanent ink (destined to happen) and other parts of your life are pencil and can be positively or negatively affected by your actions.
week 4 10/5/18 (sent in late) This week at the Green Stairs Leadership Academy I built upon some of the concepts that I had learned earlier in the year and learned some new concepts as well. At the beginning of class all the students were tested on what they had memorized of the Islamic Prayer in Arabic and English and were given assignments on what to memorize next week.
After we recited our homework the teacher had to leave and the TAs stepped up to teach the class. We learned some of the 60+ topics that the teacher had written on the board and took notes. One of the stories we learned about was how Prophet Muhammad (S) once fell asleep with his caravan and was taken to heaven by a flying donkey. When the donkey came to pick him up, it stopped in Juresalem at the Masjid. He then visited the seven levels of heaven and met all the angels and prophets. Gabriel said that only Prophet Muhammad(S) was allowed to go to the seventh level and he went there himself. The concept for this story was APS, which stands for Angel Parcel Service. Angel Gabriel was in charge of sending down revelations of God and retired once they were all sent down.
Another concept we learned about from the TAs was socks. The main idea is, you could have a couple of really nice socks, or you could have a lot of average socks and also help other people have socks. We also learned about the 6 Cardinal beliefs that all Muslims and people of God should have. Belief in God, Angels, Prophets, Day of Judgement, books sent by God, and the Divine Laws. Another concept that we learned was bullseye. Many people try to hit the bullseye on life by doing one good deed, but it is more efficient to go for the easier points. We also talked about how good thoughts, even if you don’t end up doing them, still count as good deeds, while bad thoughts don’t count as sins unless you perform them. We also ta