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Curriculum

Kickstart your Curriculum with Yaqeen

As the world has changed over the past 20 years, many Islamic studies curricula have not. 

Muslim-centered teaching resources have not kept up with mainstream educational materials and often fail to address what students need to know.

How can educators and youth leaders foster discussion with Muslim youth around unique, relevant topics while equipping them to engage the world around them with an Islamic foundation?

Yaqeen Curriculum was designed to offer a practical solution to tackling unique, contemporary issues tailored to the concerns of Muslim youth today.

Who is the Curriculum designed for?
Our curriculum is designed for a high school audience to be used by educators in full-time Islamic schools and weekend schools. It is also suitable for community leaders to use with their youth groups.
Do I need to have an educational background to teach the Curriculum?
Although it is ideal for our users to have experience in teaching Islamic Studies, our curriculum provides step-by-step directions and explanations so even those with less experience can learn how to effectively teach our units. For those who have a history in teaching, we encourage you to modify the lesson plans where needed, and share with us your results!
How do I use the Curriculum?
Our curriculum is designed as a supplement to existing Islamic Studies’ curricula to enhance the classroom experience with relevant and contemporary topics. You can incorporate our lesson plans into your classroom schedules on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. You can also select individual lesson plans to teach from each curriculum unit that best fit your needs.
How long is each curriculum unit?

Each curriculum unit consists of 3-5 lesson plans, with each lesson designed for approximately 50-minute sessions each. Lesson plans can be taught within the allotted time period, or shortened or extended to meet student needs.

How is each unit broken down?
All units include learning objectives, ready-made presentations, worksheets, and assessments. You can preview and download unit 1 as an example below.
UNIT 1: Why Does God Ask People to Worship Him?
Learning objectives

Towards the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and appreciate as finite humans with limited knowledge, capabilities, and capacities, the full essence of God’s nature evades human attempts at comprehending it.
  2. Understand that the question “why does God ask people to worship him” operates on a presumption attributing limited human qualities and motivations to God (eg. demands arising from needs).
  3. Explain and appreciate that God’s requests and demands for worship arise both from His absolute power and will (thus, His worship is necessary) and the value it holds for the benefit of His servants (thus His worship is beneficial).
    1. Understand that demands and requests arise for a variety of reasons that do not necessarily imply need or narcissism.
    2. Recognize it is more appropriate to re-frame the question ‘why does God ask people to worship him?’ as ‘why do we need to worship God?’ and to replace the notion of God’s supposed narcissistic demand to be worshiped with a more grounded human recognition of His majesty and His love to see the value of worship permeate His servants’ lives.
  4. Differentiate between general worship (as overall obedience to God’s commandments) and ritualistic worship (as specific routines and practices such as five daily prayers, supplications, pilgrimage).
  5. Explain and appreciate the value of worshiping God (through rituals) are many—including achieving inner-peace, clarity, purpose through spiritual fulfillments, and closeness to God.
  6. Contrast the following two conceptualizations of ritualistic ʿibadah: I. Worship that is mechanical, issues from felt compulsion (whether through internal or external forces) and is devoid of personal meaning vs. II. Worship that is intentional, issues from felt love and liberation, and offers personal guidance and meaning.
  7. Conceptualize and strive toward ʿibadah in its paradigmatic form as it implies a recognition of God’s absolute right to be worshiped and of His compassionate regard for the well-being and benefit of His servants.

Get started by downloading our Curriculum Unit and its supplementary materials:

Curriculum Unit 1

Lesson Plan 1 Presentation
Worksheet 1.1.1
Worksheet 1.1.2

Lesson Plan 2 Presentation
Worksheet 1.2.1

Worksheet 1.3.1
Worksheet 1.3.2

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UNIT 2: The Proofs of Prophethood
Learning objectives

Towards the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain and find compelling the necessity of
    prophethood as a fulfillment of the human need for
    guidance and to have a relationship with our
    Creator.
  2. Explain and find compelling the appropriateness
    of God choosing a human prophet to communicate
    to mankind.
  3. Identify some main subtopics in the discourse on
    the proofs of prophethood in general (i.e., why
    prophethood is necessary) and the proofs for
    Muhammad’s prophethood in particular (i.e., why
    Muhammad is a prophet).
  4. Paraphrase some salient parts of Prophet
    Muhammad’s صلى الله عليه وسلم message that support the veracity of his claim to prophethood.
  5. Appreciate the function and relevance of
    prophethood and the message of Muhammad,
    especially in relation to the contemporary societal
    condition.
  6. Recount some physical miracles of the Prophet and appreciate the support they lend to his claim of prophethood.
  7. Infer from the accomplishments of the Prophet
    Muhammad the inability of others to combine such
    traits and feats in a single person.
  8. Understand and feel inclined to consider
    themselves as carriers of the prophetic responsibility
    of the final Prophet.

Get started by downloading our Curriculum Unit and its supplementary materials:

Curriculum Unit 2

Lesson Plan 1
Worksheet 2.1.1
Worksheet 2.1.2
Worksheet 2.1.3
Worksheet 2.1.4

Lesson Plan 2
Worksheet 2.2.1
Worksheet 2.2.2
Worksheet 2.2.3

Lesson Plan 3
Worksheet 2.3.1
Worksheet 2.3.2
Worksheet 2.3.3

Lesson Plan 4
Worksheet 2.4.1
Worksheet 2.4.2

Lesson Plan 5
Worksheet 2.5.1
Worksheet 2.5.2
Worksheet 2.5.3

Cumulative Assignment

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