Islamic Studies Books


Curriculum would be meaningless if there are no books and lessons to go with the curriculum. All Islamic Studies books from weekendLearning have age and grade appropriate lessons. Even the length and depth of each lesson and sentences in the lessons are age and grade appropriate.

The lessons are tailored for 50-60 minute classes in simple and child-friendly language and sentences in the books. The language of the lessons and the treatment of the subjects are made from children’s perspective.  Even English spelling of Arabic words is age appropriate. The books do not simply disseminate knowledge, but make it relevant to the students’ life and their world. The lessons do not use a lecturing tone, but engage the students in a respectful discussion.

The lessons in the first and second grades start with a coloring page. This gives the children a pleasing time to compose them before the text of the lesson starts. The length of the text is appropriate to fully utilize the child’s attention span. Larger fonts and simple sentences make the lower level books pleasing to the young readers. They will enjoy doing a variety of homework or class work.

There are no one-size-fits-all lessons in the weekendLearning series books. For example, if students are learning about Hajj, the lesson has to be age and grade appropriate. The information in the lessons should meet the learning abilities of the students. Importantly, the length of the lesson is made to be just enough to finish in one class. For this reason, some of the topics are covered in multiple grades due to complexity, detail and emphasis needed at different grades.

For example, when a first grader learns about who Adam (A) was, his sister in 5th grade learns why and how Allāh created Adam and what happened to him in the Garden. At the same time a 7th grader delves in detail as to how Iblīs tempted Adam and why he fell into the temptation. Could he have prevented it from happening? What happened next and what is the lesson for us from the story of Adam? Around the same time, a 9th grader revisits the story of Adam from a different perspective—to understand significance of ‘nakedness’, covering with leaves and implication of being khalīfa on earth.

Each book ends with an appendix containing instructions about how to do wūdū and salāt. This allows a student, who starts an Islamic School in the middle of the curriculum, to gain the benefit of learning and performing regular salāt. Sadly, many older children have not learned how to perform salāt, and they do not have a ready reference to help them.