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Al-Ghazali for Kids

Al-Ghazali\'s The Mysteries of Prayer for Children
Al-Ghazali's The Mysteries of Prayer for Children
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Details: Al-Ghazali's 'The Mysteries of Prayer for Children'
Including Workbook and Curriculum, New,
*[A4+] Hardback - 312 pages, 
by Imam al-Ghazali [d.505h],
Illustrations by Demi,
Book Four [IV] of the Ihya Ulum al-Din,
Published by Fons Vitae, USA.
Part of the 'Al-Ghazali Children's Project.'





Description  :


Even though young children do not yet have to pray (though many join in!) the spirit and inner life of prayer can be taught from now by word, story and the example of parents and teachers.


What Imam al-Ghazali, may Allah be pleased with him, explains about the essential internal conditions necessary for true prayer are in fact necessary during every moment of daily life for all people of any age. And in one sense we can say that our lives are prayers. Our daily lives must be permeated with reverence, humility, good intentions, understanding, veneration, hope, and shame, the Heart s presence and sincerity. These elements are what Imam al-Ghazali discusses in his Mysteries of Prayer.


The children’s version of this book strives to show them the canonic prayer (al-salat), which in addition to being one of the Five Pillars of the religion, is first and foremost an opportunity for communion with the Divinity, for focusing and concentration, and for expressing gratitude to God through words, physical postures, and inward state.




Approaching the Prayer :

This chapter explains to children the meaning of the Prophet’s saying, “A person only gets from the prayer that of which he or she is mindful.” In this chapter, they learn what it means “to be mindful.” This begins with Imam al-Ghazali’s example of what intention means when he teaches that if we really wanted to thank another human being for a favor they have done, we would probably say to ourselves before doing so, “I really need to make a point of thanking them,” which includes remembering both the favor and the need to say thank you.


This is the disposition that Al-Ghazali teaches should be brought to the prayer and kept present in the mind especially at the moment when the words “God is greater,” which begin the prayer, are pronounced.


The virtues stressed in this section are mindfulness and gratitude.



Reducing Distractions in the Prayer :

This chapter explains Imam al- Ghazali’s teaching about how distraction works and what pious people of the past have done to remove objects which distracted them during the Prayer from their field of vision, which Al-Ghazali calls a “gentle” remedy. He also teaches about a harder remedy, which involves becoming detached from some object of desire. For children, this may mean clothes, sports, shoes, or a game they want to buy.


His ultimate remedy, however, is for the love and veneration for God, Who is the Giver of all our blessings in life, to become present in the heart.


Imam al-Ghazali also suggests how returning to a concentration on the Arabic words of the prayer can help overcome distraction. If a child does not understand the whole text, it is enough to understand that the first words in the opening of the Prayer – al-hamdu li’llah – mean “praise and thanks to God,” and that anything else pronounced in the Prayer is either another way of saying this or a way of asking God’s help.


Thus, this chapter continues to focus on the virtue of mindfulness, overcoming selfishness, and gratitude and love for God.



The Meaning of the Postures of the Prayer :

In this chapter, children come to understand some of the meanings which Imam al-Ghazali explains in relation to the postures of the Prayer.


When a child stands upright to begin the prayer, for example, he or she should remember what uprightness in character and spirit means: honesty in speech and ethics in the way we deal with others.


Bowing and prostrating express humility, the sense that before the vastness of God and God’s creation, we are truly small. Children are encouraged to remember that, according to a hadith, when they are prostrate and repeat the formula “Glorified be my Lord Most High,” they are the closest they can come to God in this world.


This prayer ends in the posture of sitting in a kneeling posture which is halfway between standing and prostration. This posture in itself should bring to mind that the religion is part of the middle way, following the Qur'anic verse, “We created you a people of the middle,” and the Prophet’s saying, “The best course in all things is the middle way.”


The seated position is also where a worshipper says, just before the testimony of faith, “May peace be upon us and upon all God’s servants.” This, and the closing salutation of “Peace be upon you and the mercy of God,” is said turning to the right and then to the left to acknowledge all human beings, which teaches us that we cannot truly bear witness to God without first wishing for peace upon both ourselves and all creation.


The virtues being stressed in this section are uprightness, humility, gratitude, moderation, and goodwill towards others.



Manners relating to the Friday Prayer :

This chapter summarizes what Imam al-Ghazali teaches about the congregational prayer (Jum'ah) on Friday with emphasis on the manners connected to it in a way that is easily understood by children.


The subject is introduced by calling the children’s attentions to the literal meaning of jum'ah (Friday) in Arabic, which is, “gathering. “To attend the Friday congregation is something that is enjoined in the Qur'anic verse “When the Call is made for the Friday Prayer, hasten to the remembrance of God and cleave off trade” [62:9]. Thus it is a special day which is designated to increase the remembrance of God.


Children are also taught the manners of attending the mosque on Friday, which include cleanliness, punctuality, concentration, and respect for those around you. Al-Ghazali points out, for example, that although there are hadiths which recommend sitting in the front row of worshippers, someone who arrives late should by no means step over other people to get there.


The virtues stressed in this chapter are punctuality, respect for others, and respect for a sacred space.



Concerning the Times and the Direction of Prayer :

In this chapter, children become aware of what it means to be aware of time, and how determining the times of prayer and direction of the qibla (the position of Mecca with respect to wherever you are on earth) led early Muslims to scientific inquiry and discoveries in astronomy.


Children are given examples that they can explore themselves.


The virtues being emphasised here are awareness of time and scientific curiosity.






Table of Contents :


---A Word from the Publisher,
---Introduction by Hamza Yusuf,
---Prologue.


---Chapter [1]. The Mysteries of Prayer,
---Chapter [2]. What is So Special for Us in the Adhan?
------How is it We Can Make Our Prayers Sad?
---Chapter [3]. The Mystery of Praying with Others and Sujud,
---Chapter [4]. Special Ways to Be During Prayer,
---Chapter [5]. The Importance of the Extra Sunna Prayers,
---Chapter [6]. How to Pray,
-----The Outward Parts of Prayer,
---Chapter [7]. The Bowing and What Comes After,
---Chapter [8]. Finding the Home of Haj Abdullah,
---Chapter [9]. The Practices for the Heart,
---Chapter [10]. The Six Important Ways We Need to Be Inwardly,
---Chapter [11]. "Heaven Is Reached by Way of Prayer"
---Chapter [12]. Even Before Entering Prayer,
---Chapter [13]. The Opening Prayer Itself,
---Chapter [14]. Humility and Presence of Heart in Prayer,
---Chapter [15]. Prayer Is Part of the Next World,
------The Imam and the Muezzin (the Adhan Recitor),
---Chapter [16]. The Friday Prayer,
---Chapter [17]. The Big Day Comes at Last.

---Three of the Recommended Prayers for Certain Times,
------The Prayer for Seeking the Good, Salat al-Istikhara,
------The Prayer for Pressing Need,
------The Prayer of Glorification,


Workbook : Al-Ghazali's Mysteries of Prayer,

---A Word from the Publisher,
---Prologue.

---Chapter [1]. The Mysteries of Prayer,
---Chapter [2]. What is So Special for Us in the Adhan?
---Chapter [3]. The Mystery of Praying with Others and Sujud,
---Chapter [4]. Special Ways to Be During Prayer,
---Chapter [5]. The Importance of the Extra Sunna Prayers,
---Chapter [6]. How to Pray,
---Chapter [7]. The Bowing and What Comes After,
---Chapter [8]. Finding the Home of Haj Abdullah,
---Chapter [9]. The Practices for the Heart,
---Chapter [10]. The Six Important Ways We Need to Be Inwardly,
---Chapter [11]. "Heaven Is Reached by Way of Prayer"
---Chapter [12]. Even Before Entering Prayer,
---Chapter [13]. The Opening Prayer Itself,
---Chapter [14]. Humility and Presence of Heart in Prayer,
---Chapter [15]. Prayer Is Part of the Next World,
---Chapter [16]. The Friday Prayer,
---Chapter [17]. The Big Day Comes at Last.


Curriculum : Al-Ghazali's Mysteries of Prayer,

A Parent-Teacher's Manual :
My Shining Heart Curriculum & Activities for the Book of Prayer,

Teaching Methods for Parents and Teachers,
------Curriculum Delivery,
---Goals,
---General Teacher Supply List,
---General Teacher Student Supply List,
---Teacher Etiquette,
---Rules of Written Work.

My Shining Heart Program; Curriculum Overview,
---Comprehension Tools,
---Class Preparation,
---Seven Steps to A Successful Class Routine,
---Daily Home Practice,
---Classroom Tools,
------Salat Cards,
---Virtues of Salat Interactive Skits and Games.

---Prologue Curriculum Guidance;
---Chapter [1]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [2]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [3]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [4]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [5]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [6]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [7]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [8]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [9]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [10]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [12]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [13]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [14]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [15]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [16]. Curriculum Guidance,
---Chapter [17]. Curriculum Guidance.







The Al-Ghazali Children's Project :


Many scholars consider Imam al-Ghazali’s Revival of the Islamic Sciences (Ihya Ulum Al-Din), to be the most important literary contribution to the Muslim tradition after the Qur’an and the compilation of Hadith. By presenting Al-Ghazali’s insights, The Ghazali Children’s Project seeks to instill prophetic character and values in children through storytelling, guided reflection, workbooks, and through many other activities included on this website. We are finding children truly love Imam al-Ghazali’s idea of ” polishing one’s heart.”


A team of 'Al-Ghazali' experts have been carefully translating his work into readable English for both parents and teachers. These volumes will accompany the beautifully illustrated children’s books and workbooks. Also included are parent-teacher curriculum manuals of enjoyable games and activities, which reinforce Al-Ghazali’s teachings.








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*Dimensions : 28.6 x 22.4 x 2.5cm.







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