English and Language arts are the core subjects which are widely taught to school-aged children whether they are in public, private, Islamic or homeschool setting. In our homeschool, we use popular books like Wordly Wise to help my children expand their vocabulary and to supplement our language arts curriculum . However, one night as we sat listening to the Quran recitation of Surah Al- Mulk with its English translation, I started to wonder how much of it did they actually understood. Because the Language of the Quran is so eloquent, deep and meaningful, we often find more sophisticated vocabulary that we may not use in our daily conversations nor may we encounter them in most language arts workbooks. It was then that I realized that if there was one vocabulary list that I had neglected, it was the Quranic vocabulary.
Since Surah Al- Mulk is such a powerful Surah, and one of the important Surahs to learn as it provides the believer with protection from the punishment of the grave, we have started to really make an extra effort to understand the meaning of this Surah.
Here is a list of 15 words which you can incorporate in your child’s next vocabulary list. Knowing these words will give you a strong foundation to understanding other Surahs as well, as you will most likely run across them.
You can download and print a blank Quran Word list as well as a Quran Vocabulary page here. You can use this list to document the new words your child is learning. Hang it on the fridge or your white board so that you can incorporate them into other lessons or crafts. You can also turn them into word search puzzles, tracing pages or crossword puzzles.
One of the books which really helped me to learn quran and its meanings was the the Juz ‘Amma: 30 for the classroom book compiled by Abidullah Ghazi. I first found out about it at the Masjid, as they used it at the weekend Islamic School. This book gives you the background and context of each Surah, and breaks it down word by word, providing not only its meaning, but also its transliteration for those of us who are still struggling with reading Arabic. This set is available in 2 volumes, and once you are done with Volume 1, Volume 2 covers the last remaining (and longer) Surahs.
For advanced students who want a comprehensive and complete explanation of the Quran, nothing compares to Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir of the Quran.
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