"By the essence of all time. Verily, all humankind is in deep loss. Except those who believed (in the oneness of Allah) and performed good work and reminded each other of the truth and reminded each other to be patient."
Although Muslims may not celebrate the New Year, we are encouraged in the Quran and Sunnah to reflect on the passing of time and our use of it. Indeed, we will be asked about it in our graves. How will we respond? How will our students respond?
To prepare for these questions, we must be reflective while remaining forward-thinking. The New Year is an excellent time to reflect on what has passed before us and what lies ahead. As educators, what major goals do we have for ourselves, professionally? In addition, have we encouraged our students to develop their own goals?
This issue of iTeach ISLAM features articles and activities that remind us about the importance of time and its fleeting nature. In this vein, the articles aim to empower us to take hold of our life, finding a healthy balance in our responsibilities, while guiding our students to do the same.
In addition, we hope to share ideas with one another. We welcome your submissions at:
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Wishing you a blessed and productive year ahead.
Your Partner in Education,
Shaza Khan, PhD
Editor, iTeach ISLAM
The Hijri New Year has already dawned upon us and we are preparing to welcome the Gregorian New Year as well. As such, this issue focuses on ways in which this coming year can be more productive and filled with barakah!
Lessons for Educators from the Prophet's Hijra .................................... 2
Choice Theory: An Empowering Perspective for our Lives..................... 3
Teaching and Learning to Navigate Modern Challenges with Core Islamic Principles...4
Following the Prophet's Tradition with SMART Goals..............................6
Copy This! Free Stuff for your Class......................................................9
Teacher Spotlight: Nominate a Teacher!...............................................10
Noorart Spotlight................................................................................11
News from Noorart & iTeach ISLAM.......................................................12