Curriculum


When small children are presented with truth, they recognize it; they cannot bear injustice or lying. The Ghazali educational package presents essential teachings in a simple and enjoyable way, making otherwise deep concepts accessible and easy to live and grow by.

 

Ghazali provides a map for all ages. The materials are for children who can read, but may easily be adapted by parents and teachers for a child as young as five years of age. Ghazali’s core teachings, which are presented in the stories and then reinforced by the workbooks, curricula, and children’s website, provide a systematic way to develop noble character in an enjoyable way.

Below, you will find the curricula associated with The Book of Knowledge, The Book of Belief and The Mysteries of Purification. All curricula are found in the back of the associated workbook. As we publish additional books in the Ghazali Children’s Series, the curricula will made available for your use as well.

Share your insights and discoveries with us. Feel free to submit school work or comments to fonsvitae.ghazali@gmail.com.

Table of Contents for texts:

Book of Knowledge

Book of Belief

Book of Purity

Soon to come are Book Four – Prayer and Book 5 – Zakat which will help children to love and understand the deep and beautiful levels al- Ghazali lessons offer.

 


Curriculum Objectives

The aim of the Ghazali Children’s Project materials is to support children:-in their ability to recognize and maintain their innate human dignity.

    -in becoming aware of their True Selves and in identifying with this pure aspect of their being rather than with the lower, false, egoic and separative nature which is centered on itself [al-  nafs al-ammara].
    -in becoming self-observant and self-correcting.
    -in realizing nobility of character through imitation of the Prophetic qualities realized by understanding, loving, and practicing the inner dimensions of all outward acts
    – to stop simply just “going through the motions”. -in living life with humility and in service.

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When small children are presented with truth, they recognize it; they cannot bear injustice or lying. The Ghazali educational package presents essential teachings in a simple and enjoyable way, making otherwise deep concepts accessible and easy to live and grow by.

Ghazali provides a map for all ages. The materials are for children who can read, but may easily be adapted by parents and teachers for a child as young as five years of age. Ghazali’s core teachings, which are presented in the stories and then reinforced by the workbooks, curricula, videos and children’s website, provide a systematic way to develop noble character in an enjoyable way.

Realization of the Objectives

The objectives of the curriculum of the Ghazali Children’s Project are achieved through:
a. Core teachings presented in stories and reinforced by workbooks, curricula, and the website (Ghazalichildren.org)
b. A curriculum which encourages self-observation and correction with activities such as quiet time doing one’s heart drawings, the Virtue Box, and more.
c. Social service built into the calendar
d. Play-acting, through which both the unpleasantness of the lower doing is better understood, and the correct act practiced is experienced as pleasurable. ( e.g. not sharing then sharing, meaness then kindness)
e. A key project feature is based on role modeling. The teachers, parents, and students must all strive to embody what Ghazali is transmitting so that everyone is a good example for the other. In this way, not only do the students improve, but the community as a whole will be transformed. The best schools will involve the parents, teachers, students, alumni, and the community at large.
f. And many other activities.

It is recommended that all parents and teachers first read straight through the children’s books. In this way they can easily convey and continually reinforce the ideas to smaller children during daily life activities and simplified bedtime stories, while at the same time becoming clear as to the changes they need to make in themselves.

Please emphasize that this learning is a community effort. Teachers, parents and students all need to work together with the material in order to reinforce what is being taught. Children can learn from role models better than from written paragraphs and stories. The ideal is for each parent and teacher to read through the children’s books 1-3, and use every opportunity in daily life to draw attention to these teachings. A class by itself will not be enough to transform the character of a child, based on the model of the Prophet, peace be upon him. The collective involvement also provides a precious opportunity for the parents and teachers to also observe and consciously correct themselves, thereby becoming the kind of role model/teacher which Imam al-Ghazali says we are to be. He concludes his Book of Knowledge-considered to be a summation of his entire Revival of the Religious Sciences, by emphasizing that we are all teachers.

THEMES

Imam al-Ghazali based everything he wrote on his profound understanding of Quran and Hadith.

Certain themes from al-Ghazali’s Book One are presented repeatedly in the children’s stories in order to emphasize their importance and underscore their urgency. Among them are:

-Divisions of Knowledge, their importance and Sacred Sources.
-The brevity of human life, whose true purpose is to know and worship God and prepare to meet Him.
-The Two Worlds: The fleeting enjoyment of this world and the Eternal Peace in the Abode of Permanence.
-Human dependence on God, trust in His Will.
-The polishing of the Spiritual Heart: self-observation and correction, key virtues, and harmful vices.
-The provisions and focus for life’s journey, the importance of not wasting time.
-The quality of the true teacher and responsibility of the student: we are all teachers.
-Putting knowledge into practice.

In Book Two, the Book of Belief/Creed, Imam al-Ghazali explains the nature of God – Who and What and Where He is. This has been adapted for children. This book then goes on to talk about accountability and what happens after we die.

The just released Book Three, The Mysteries of Purity, and soon to come Book Four, The Mysteries of Prayer, help children to love and understand the deep and beautiful levels of ablutions and prayer with a special emphasis on humility


Book One – The Book of Knowledge

 

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Textbook

Al Ghazali Book of Knowledge for Children Workbook Cover

Workbook

 

Certain themes from al-Ghazali’s Book One are presented repeatedly in the children’s stories in order to emphasize their importance and underscore their urgency. Among them are:

  • Divisions of Knowledge, its importance and sacred sources.
  • The brevity of human life, whose true purpose is to know and worship God and prepare to meet Him.
  • The Two Worlds: The fleeting enjoyment of this world and the Eternal Peace in the Abode of Permanence.
  • Human dependence on God, trust in His Will.
  • The polishing of the Spiritual Heart: self-observation and correction, key virtues, and harmful vices.
  • The provisions and focus for life’s journey, the importance of not wasting time.
  • The quality of the true teacher and responsibility of the student: we are all teachers.
  • Putting knowledge into practice.

You can read the full curriculum:


 Book Two – The Book of Belief

 

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Book of Belief – Textbook

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Book of Belief – Workbook

In Book Two, the Book of Belief, Imam al-Ghazali explains the nature of God – Who and What and Where He is. This book then goes on to talk about accountability and what happens after we die.

You can read the full curriculum:

 


Book three – The mysteries of purification

Mysteries of Purification Book for Children

Mysteries of Purification Workbook for Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have learned some ways to polish your heart from the Book of Knowledge and also about what happens to us after death from the Book of Belief, when we are responsible
and accountable for how we have used our lives in this world, we turn to this essential book which will help you to better understand the importance and the meaning of purity.

What we are giving you here, from Imam al-Ghazali’s third book of the Revival of the Religious Sciences, are some of the inner meanings of purity which you will find fascinating and useful.
What he explains will greatly help all of you in your noble effort to polish your beautiful, shining hearts.

 

You can read the full curriculum:

  • In the back of the Mysteries of Purification Workbook
  • Download a PDF