SALAAH PATCH FOR GIRL SCOUTS
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The Salah is the first act of worship that was made obligatory by Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala. Therefore, due to its extreme importance to the believer, the salah should be one of the first acts of a Muslim.
“The first act that the servant of Allah will be accountable for on the Day of Judgment will be salah. If it is good, then the rest of his acts will be good and if it is bad, then the rest of his acts will be bad.” (Tabarani)
The Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts of the Islamic Faith can earn this patch by completing all required activities. The Daisy Girl Scout of the Islamic Faith can start learning about these activities through their first year to begin the process of earning this patch.
Remember, the Salah is the second pillar of our faith. The following activities will teach the Girl Scout of the Islamic Faith to fulfill this obligation. The Brownie Girl Scouts of the Islamic Faith must know all the steps that makes up one Rakah of the Salah.
Discover the importance of the second pillar (Arkan) of our faith
Know that the establishing of the salah is one thing that is physically, mentally and spiritually uplifting and beneficial.
When we offer our salah, we are standing before the One, Unseen, Merciful Creator, who is the Owner of all and everything
Parents, or the leader, read the story of Al Mairaj to the scouts, specially concerning the numbers of salah we perform every day..
Learn how to prepare for salah and what these acts are (the intention or niyah; and the wadhu, or ablution)
Know the names of the five daily salah (must be able to write them down or verbalize them)
Know the number of rakahs in salat-ul-fajr and zuhr prayers
Explain the meaning of salah in simple terms. (Girl Scouts can make a poster board or demonstrate this activity), Check out the Booklet for the Islamic Recognition Awards for the Brownie Girl Scouts of the Islamic Faith.
Demonstrate 4 of the seven obligatory positions in the salaah
Demonstrate to the group how to make wadhu
Know and be able to recite Surah-al-Fatihah in Arabic. Hear the meanings of this important Surah again and again
Demonstrate to the group or leader at least 2 rakah of Salah
Demonstrate at least 1 etiquette of Salah and the Masjid (e.g. being quiet when someone is praying, not passing in front of someone who has a sutrah in front of them, keeping the masjid area free of clutter and noise, etc.)
The Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts of the Islamic Faith can earn this patch by completing the following required activities:
Includes all the salah patch requirements for the Brownie Girl Scouts of the Islamic Faith, plus ...
As a group, review the stroy of Al-Mairaj together and its significance in the number of salahs we pray every day. Read a few paragraphs individually to the rest of the Girl Scouts.
Name the five daily Salahs and what time of day they must be performed
Learn a dua'a that you can say before and after performing wadhu
Learn the seven positions of Salah, and know two additional Surah's besides Al-Fatihah (2 short and 1 long or 3 of the Quls, that is, Surah Al Ikhlaas, Al Falaq and An Naas, #s 112, 113 and 114 of the Quran al-Kareem). Concentrate on their meanings when you learn and recite them in your salah.
Know what is meant by the word, 'fard', and what is meant by the word 'sunnah/nafl' in your salah
Know the direction of the Qiblah (the direction you should face for the salah)
Know a hadith about salah, and find at least one Ayah in the Quran al-Kareem which tells us that we should perform the salah (Junior Girl Scouts must know one hadith and one Ayah of the Quran al-Kareem, while the Cadette Girls Scouts must know two of each)
Learn at least three etiquettes of salah (and be able to explain, verbally or by poster board)
Know what is fard salah and how many rakahs in each of the fard salah
Demonstrate to a Brownie or Daisy Girl Scout or group, how to perform the wadhu, and two rakaah of salah
Perform the fard salah (any one) as a jamaa' (all together)
Share your knowledge of a hadith about salaah with the group
Make a daily chart on a poster board and give yourself a star every time you perform your salah.
Remember that the salah teaches us humility before our Most merciful, Most Magnificient Creator! We all stand shoulder to shoulder and bow down together signifying our complete submission before Allah SwT. All human beings, all souls are equal before Allah SwT, whatever our race, our wealth status, our worldly power and temperory might. Allah SwT is our Creator and we are all the offsprings of Adam and Hawwa alaihumus salaam (peace be upon them)!
Senior Girl Scouts of the Islamic Faith can earn this patch by completing the following required activities:
Includes all the requirements for Junior/Cadette Girl Scouts, plus ...
Discover a hadith about al-Isra and al Mairaj
Know why Allah prescribed for us to pray in the direction of the Kaaba. Learn the story behind Masjid al Kiblatain (the masjid of the two kiblaa)
Know the seven positions of salah and be able to explain them to the group. Remember, the positions have their significance in demonstrating complete obedience and submission before Allah SwT, who is All-Knowing, Most Merciful! Our salah teaches us that all those who stand before Allah SwT are united and at peace with those around them and with the society and environment at large!
Know three additional Surah (short Surahs) of the Quran al-Kareem. Concentrate on the meanings as you learn them and recite them.
Know the names of each of the salah positions, like rukuh, sujood, qiyyaam, etc.
Learn at least three etiquettes of salah. You msut be able to demonstrate or verbalize it
Discover different methods that can be used to teach someone how to perform the salah. Share it with the group (posters, internet, etc.)
Have your parents or relative teach you how to perform the nafl part of salaah. Share it with the group
Know the actions that can nullify the wadhu and the salah
Get up for fajr and make salah with your parents for a week. Make it a habit to do all your five salahs
Earn the Jumaa' Patch available at the National Islamic Committee on Girl Scouting website: nicgs.com
Ambassadors must know all of the above and two additional Surahs (including Ayat-ul-Kursi)
Includes all the requirements for Daisy/Brownie, Junior?cadette and Senior Girl Scouts
Teach a Brownie group how to make wadhu, and 2 rakaah of salah
Know a hadith about salaah, and 4 places where you can find mention of the Commandment to establish salah in the Quran al-Kareem
Teach a Junior Girl Scout who does not know how to pray, proper wadhu and make 2 rakaah of salah
Lead a salah with a friend(s), or with the women in your family
Know how and teach a younger group to write the word salah in Arabic
Create a compass, or use a compass, showing the direction to make salah as a group
Discuss with a group why we as muslims pray in that direction
Each Group should be able to answer the following questions:
Why do we pray Salah?
Junior/Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts learn what are the conditions for leading the salah in a congregation of women (i.e. age, knowledge, state of cleanliness, standing amongst the women in the same front row as others while reciting the salah portions to be read out aloud, etc.)
Brownie/Daisy Girl Scouts must be able to name the first Surah of the Quran al-Kareem (Surah Al Fatiha) and how many Ayahs it has?
Junior/Cadette Girl Scouts know the names of the second and third Surahs of the Quran al-Kareem and the number of Ayahs they have?
Senior/Ambassador Girl Scouts know the names of the fourth and firth surah of the Quran al-kareem and where they were revealed to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)?
What is the sutra and when can we use it?
Know these vocabulary words
Adhan - what it is and when it is said
When can you shorten your salaah?
What is Sunnah prayer and when can it be offered?
Learn why the words "Establish the salah" is used in the Quran al-Kareem, instead of "Read the salah" or "Say the salah"
Positions for Salaah
Seven conditions for a salaah
Takbir Tahrima (say Allaho Akbar, )
Qiraat (recitation of Quran by mouth gently)
Ruku (to bow)
Qa'da-i-Akhira (last sitting)
Fard (compulsory) Salaah
A Muslim must pray five times a day. The compulsory prayers are called Fard in Arabic. Each unit of a prayer is a Rak'ah. The Fard prayers are: