Begin Your Day in the Very Best Way

The first few minutes of the day set the tone for the next many hours you spend with your students, so it’s important to make them outstanding. Add blessings from the start with Suratul Fatihah (click on the image to read the verse in English, in Arabic or with transliteration).

Suratul Fatihah joins us together from the very start, reinforcing the unity among us. Sitting in a circle on the floor close to one another when we recite joins us physically and spiritually as well. These words are used to begin the Qur’an, so if Allah uses them to start what He has to say, shouldn’t we? We use these words to ask Allah to protect us and help us throughout the day. We ask Him to guide us to the right path and help us walk together as a team, strengthening one another.

Discipline problems melt away quickly just by reminding students of this surah and some related hadiths when children conflict with one another. In this way children go home happy at the end of the day and pass these positive feelings along to their parents and siblings, too.

And what better reward is there as a teacher to know that you have brought both your students and their families closer to Allah today?

By Ferial Daher

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3 Responses

  1. This is a super way to start the class. It adds great blessings to our class and teaching. When Surahtul Fatiha is brought into the picture, the teachers and students do feel a spiritual connection. Allah becomes our focus and our energy, our raison d’etre, is geared towards Him.

    Moreover, it is easier to motivate and manage the class. When the love and understanding of Allah is nutured, students are more apt to succeed because they aren’t simply working for an A or for a teacher. They are working in this life, this school, this classroom and connecting that to the next life. They see the global picture and do not get caught up in the hurdles. Life just becomes exciting. The ‘Wow Energy’ rushes forth :o)

    In public schools, we cannot always play the religion card. And our toolbox of motivation tools can become empty. So, I pray that teachers of Al-Hijrah school utilize this great oppurtunity.

  2. The Quran and the beauty of having salaat performed as a whole school are two of myriad reasons why I pray to Allah swt that I will always be so fortunate to work in an Islamic school. Alhumdulillah I can look back and remember the beauty that these two mainstays of Islamic education imprinted in my memory.

    T~T

    http://teachertamara.wordpress.com

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