Ghazali Children Project Curriculum

The curriculum is based on Imam Ghazali’s 11th century 40 series book of Ihya Ulum al-Din translated as ‘The revival of the Religious Sciences’. The purpose of the book is to show Muslims how the outer aspects of Islam and their inner spiritual meanings can change every situation into one that strengthens the innate human nobility of character. It has a strong focus on the Purification of the Heart.

The book has been re-crafted for families and schools by Fons Vitae and the curriculum is supervised and supported by a team of scholars including Hamza Yusuf and Abdul Hakim Murad.

The curriculum is intended for children ages 7 to 13. The Book of Knowledge and Book of Belief is appropriate to be read aloud by an adult to any age group. Children who are mid-year 3rd grade or in year 4 and higher could read the Book of Knowledge and Book of Belief themselves. The reading materials and curriculum could be simplified for younger children and children with special needs and may be adjusted for older adolescents at your own discretion.
The project aims to establish, from the start of a child’s life, reflexive habits such as humility, patience, love, altruism, gentleness, forbearance, and respect for other faiths while providing children with real and effective tools to address such failings as selfishness, backbiting, arguing, laziness, envy, bragging, hypocrisy, greed, wasting time and pride. This is sought by supporting children to realise the nobility of Prophetic qualities and imitate them. The project also aims to support children in understanding, loving, and practising the inner dimensions of all outward acts of worship
The first book out of the 40 is the Book of Knowledge. The children’s Book of Knowledge contains 40 chapters in the form of connected stories and is supplemented with a workbook that contains 40 chapters respectively. The second book out of the 40 the Book of Belief. The children’s Book of Belief contains 7 chapters in the form of connected stories and is supplemented with a workbook that contains 7 chapters respectively. The Book of Purity and the Book of Prayer are nearing completion. The curriculum also contains the original translated texts of the Book of Knowledge and the Book of Belief for parents and children.

The overall learning outcome of the curriculum is to help raise spiritual beings who are self-observant and self-correcting, who live life with humility and in service to the Creator.

Each chapter in the Children’s books is supplemented with relevant questions and activities in the corresponding workbook. The questions and activities test children’s understanding and engage their imagination and spirit by encouraging high order thinking, description and story writing, along with other creative tasks for children to use in order to visualise and experience their learning, such as colouring, drawing and role-playing. Children are also taught how to develop positive habits and are supported in carrying out community service.

Each book in the curriculum is complemented with a parent and teacher manual which contains:
• Guidelines on teaching methods
• Rules on written work
• Required teacher and student supplies
• Guidance for introducing Ghazali Children’s Series
• Note for Children with Special Needs
• Chapter by chapter review and explanation
• Instructions and suggestions for carrying out and preparing for chapter activities

1- A complete translation of the Book of Knowledge, in readable English, of Ghazali’s original text for parents and teachers, available in print or e-form
2- The Book of Knowledge for children
3- DVD showing how to stories can be adapted for younger children
4- The Book of Knowledge workbook for children
5- The Book of knowledge Curriculum and Activities Manual for parents and teachers.

6- A complete translation of the Book of Belief, in readable English, of Ghazali’s original text for parents and teachers, available in print or e-form
7- The Book of Belief for children
8- The Book of Belief workbook for children
9- The Book of knowledge Curriculum and Activities Manual for parents and teachers.

10- On website venue for children to participate in story-time contests and share videos on lessons from Ghazali.
11- On website venue for parents and teachers to benefit from resources, discussions, curriculum updates and feedback

For more information on the Curriculum and how you can access those resources, please visit: http://www.ghazalichildren.org/