Leadership Training camp Syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Lamya Almas
Location: Dar Alfarooq, 983 17th Ave. SE. Minneapolis, MN 55414
Welcome to Summer 2010 Dar AlFarooq Leadership Camp! My name is Sister Lamya, so please free to call me so. I am from Yemen, situated in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula. You might know it as the land of Queen Sab’a (English Sheba)—the 34th Surah in the Qur’an is named after her/ Or you might know it to be home of Shibam also known as ‘the Manhattan of the desert’ which is home to the world’s oldest surviving skyscrapers.
Above I have listed all my contact information. Email is the best way to reach me.
Course Age Requirements: Age 12 + (I am also willing to accept girls aged 10—as long as they can focus during the lecture section).
Class Meetings: We will meet once a week Saturdays from 9:45am-1pm. We will start our first class on the 26th of June and end July 31st, 2010. Please be on time, we want to pray Tahiyat Al-Masjed before we start. You will also be meeting with Sister Aryati on Wednesday 7-8pm to implement some of the concepts we talk about during the mostly theoretical and discussion part of this camp insha Allah. In other words, you will be putting what you learned to action with Sister Aryati Insha Allah.
Girls Leadership Camp Description: A six-week camp in which we will look at the Seerahs (life stories/autobiographies) of 6 inspirational and exceptional women from our rich Islamic history. Through their stories we will add to our knowledge of them, identify what made them so great, develop our leadership potentials by following their examples, aspire to be as successful as they were, and develop our interest in studying other characters of their likes,. We want to raise the banner, “We want to be Muslim women leaders!” very high Insha Allah by starting with ourselves.
Girls Leadership Camp Goals:
- Educate ourselves through stories of our mothers such as Khadijah (raa) and Aishah (raa), and of other exemplary Muslim women who have done great things for Islam. We also, want to learn the names of our mother’s—the Mother’s of the Believers. Have you heard of anyone who doesn’t know the names of their mothers? Do we know the names of the daughters of Rasool Allah (saw).
- We want to be inspired by their stories to motivate ourselves to take them on as examples in our own lives. So we are not only going to KNOW about them, but we are going to follow their great examples in our everyday lives.
- We want to find ourselves. Who are we REALLY like? Are we like Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her), or Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her), or maybe Nusaybah Bin Ka’ab (may Allah be pleased with her).
- Find out what made them great Muslim women leaders, and see if we possess leadership potential. In other words, do we have what it takes to be leaders? Do we have talents to lead and serve others at home, school, community, and the world at large.
Books I will be using:
أسد الغابة في معرفة الصحابة
الاستدراك في معرفة الأصحاب
الإصابة في تمييز الصحابة لابن حجر
Some of the books are available on this site Insha Allah: http://www.almeshkat.net/books/open.php?book=400&cat=12
I will also make use of lectures I have heard from Da’ees such as Dr.Tariq Suwaydan, Dr. Umar Abdul Kafee, Dr. Amr Khaled among others.
- An e-mail account. I will pass out a sign-up sheet on our first class meet.
- A lined notebook (with removable pages) for your in-class writing, note taking, activities and short tests.
We want to surrender our eyes, ears, hearts and minds for the sake of Allah (SWT) in the hopes that Allah (swt) will accept our coming together for the camp as a gathering of remembrance of Him (swt). That He (swt) and shower us with his Mercy. We want that when Allah (swt) looks down at us he finds us on our best behavior, and in turn is pleased with us, and mentions our individual names to the Angels and dwellers of the seven heavens. We want Allah (swt) to look into our hearts and find them undistracted. So, let us show Allah (swt) the best of us Insha Allah.
- You are expected to attend all class meetings and participate in discussions and activities. If you cannot make it to a given class make sure you ask your peers about what they learned and make sure you do the homework for the following week. It will help to know the email or number of someone in the camp, so you can email or call. Or you can email me or call me. Part of being a leader is taking your responsibilities seriously.
- Foul language and other aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and can be grounds for suspension from the camp.
- Be punctual. I would like for you to attend at 9:45am so you can pray Tahiyat al-masjed before we start class. Being late to class not only makes it hard for you to follow along, but it is a distraction for your peers as well. Plus Allah (swt) loves those who are PUNCTUAL. It means they care—and we all care don’t we?
- Please turn off or silence your cell phones during class. Absolutely no text messaging during class.
- Eating during class is not allowed. I will give you two short breaks—one for a quick snack and the other for lunch. Please bring packed snacks and lunches!
Let us work together to make this a fun experience.
Assignments for the Course:
- Quizzes: You will be quizzed at the beginning of every class period on the personality we discussed the week before.
- In Class Activities: these will be different every class period.
- Homework: will be assigned every class period. Details will be provided with the homework. Always due on time.
Schedule for Summer Leadership Camp
|Week 1||Among the leaders of the women of Paradise: Fatima Bint Mohammad (May Allah be pleased with her)
|Week 2||“Learn a portion of your religion from this lady”: Aishah Bint Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with her)
|Week 3||She of the two girdles: Asma Bint Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with her)|
|Week 4||“O Allah! Make this family my friends in Paradise.”: Nusaybah Bin Ka’ab, also known as Umm ‘Umarah.|
A “professional”: Al-Shifa bint Abdullah
|Week 6||“Preacher of Women”: Asmâ’ bint yazid ibn as-Sakan|