Qur’an Workshop on

Pride and Vanity

 

 

A. Individual Study Segment

 

I Filling out the Worksheet

II Writing out the Translation

III Comparison with a Standard Translation

IV Random Checking of Translation by the Instructor

V Writing out the Arabic

VI Reading aloud the Arabic by a Participant

VII Volunteers’ Direct Translation of the Verse

 

 

B. Group Study Segment

 

I Comprehension Questions

 

 

C. Evaluation Segment

 

1. Quiz

 

 

D. Follow-up Segment

 

I Listen to the Recital of the Verses  

II Memorize the Verses

III Self-Evaluation Diary

IV Reconsider the Quiz

V Awareness Campaign

 

 

Text under Scrutiny

 

وَ لَا تُصَعِّرۡ  خَدَّکَ  لِلنَّاسِ وَ لَا  تَمۡشِ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ مَرَحًا  اِنَّ  اللّٰہَ  لَا  یُحِبُّ  کُلَّ مُخۡتَالٍ  فَخُوۡرٍ  وَ اقۡصِدۡ فِیۡ  مَشۡیِکَ وَ اغۡضُضۡ مِنۡ صَوۡتِکَ  اِنَّ  اَنۡکَرَ  الۡاَصۡوَاتِ لَصَوۡتُ الۡحَمِیۡرِ.  (31: 18-19)

 

 

A. Individual Activity Segment

 

Step 1: Fill out the first lines of the following tables by placing the translation of the Arabic word below it and then make the scrambled sentence into a meaningful one in the last lines of each of the tables.

 

 

I

 

وَ:  and

لَا:  not

تُصَعِّرۡ  خَدَّکَ:   arrogantly turn away

لِلنَّاسِ: to people

وَ:  and

لَا:   donot

تَمۡشِ:  walk

فِی:  in

الۡاَرۡضِ:  the land

مَرَحًا: proudly

 

وَ

لَا

تُصَعِّرۡ  خَدَّکَ 

لِلنَّاسِ

وَ

لَا

تَمْشِ

فِي

الْأَرْضِ

مَرَحًا

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II

 

اِنَّ:   indeed

اللّٰہَ:   God

لَا:   not

یُحِبُّ:   like

کُلَّ:  every

مُخۡتَالٍ:   arrogant

فَخُوۡرٍ: conceited

 

اِنَّ 

اللّٰہَ 

لَا 

یُحِبُّ

کُلَّ

مُخۡتَالٍ 

فَخُوۡرٍ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III

 

وَ:  and

اقۡصِدۡ:  be modest

فِیۡ:   in

مَشۡیِکَ:  your gait

وَ:  and

اغۡضُضۡ مِنۡ:  lower

صَوۡتِکَ: your voice

 

وَ

اقۡصِدۡ

فِیۡ 

مَشۡیِکَ

وَ

اغۡضُضۡ

مِنۡ

صَوۡتِکَ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV

 

اِنَّ:   indeed

اَنۡکَرَ:   the worst

الۡاَصۡوَاتِ:  of voices

لَصَوۡتُ:  braying

الۡحَمِیۡرِ: of donkeys

 

اِنَّ 

اَنۡکَرَ 

الۡاَصۡوَاتِ

لَصَوۡتُ

الۡحَمِیۡرِ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step II: Write out the complete translation here:(note: before you do this exercise, please hide with a sheet of paper if the standard translation written in the next step is visible to you)

 

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Step III: Compare your Translation with the Following:

 

And do not arrogantly turn away from people nor walk proudly in the land: God does not like the arrogant and the conceited. And be modest in your gait and lower your voice; indeed, the worst of voices is the braying of donkeys. (31:18-19)

 

Step IV: Random Checking of Translation by the Instructor

 

 

 

 

Step V: Writing out the Arabic Text

 

وَ لَا تُصَعِّرۡ  خَدَّکَ  لِلنَّاسِ وَ لَا  تَمۡشِ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ مَرَحًا  اِنَّ  اللّٰہَ  لَا  یُحِبُّ  کُلَّ مُخۡتَالٍ  فَخُوۡرٍ  وَ اقۡصِدۡ فِیۡ  مَشۡیِکَ وَ اغۡضُضۡ مِنۡ صَوۡتِکَ  اِنَّ  اَنۡکَرَ  الۡاَصۡوَاتِ لَصَوۡتُ الۡحَمِیۡرِ.  (31: 18-19)

 

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Step VI: Reading aloud the Arabic Text by a Participant

 

وَ لَا تُصَعِّرۡ  خَدَّکَ  لِلنَّاسِ وَ لَا  تَمۡشِ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ مَرَحًا  اِنَّ  اللّٰہَ  لَا  یُحِبُّ  کُلَّ مُخۡتَالٍ  فَخُوۡرٍ  وَ اقۡصِدۡ فِیۡ  مَشۡیِکَ وَ اغۡضُضۡ مِنۡ صَوۡتِکَ  اِنَّ  اَنۡکَرَ  الۡاَصۡوَاتِ لَصَوۡتُ الۡحَمِیۡرِ. (31: 18-19)

 

Step VII: Volunteers’ Direct Translation of the Verses

 

 

B. Group Study Segment

 

Step I: Comprehension Questions

 

1. The verse suggests a few manifestations of pride and arrogance like the style of walking and tone of one’s voice What are the some of the other forms and manifestations of pride and arrogance?

 

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2. Suggest ways to overcome pride and vanity

 

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3. Can you name a few people/races in history who have become symbols of arrogance and pride?

 

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4. When are you most tested by pride?

 

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C. Evaluation Segment

 

How Proud are you?

 

1.  Around your home are photographs:

i. mostly of your family and friend.

ii. mostly of places you have been.

iii. mostly of yourself.

 

2. When you realize that you have been very rude to someone, you:

i. apologize after sometime after realizing your mistake.

ii. apologize personally as soon as you realize it.

iii. never say anything.

 

3. When you meet your servant:

i. you wait for the servant to say salam.

ii. you take the initiative in saying salam.

iii. you do not even reply to your servant who says salam to you.

 

4. You are the captain of the team that won a big national sports tournament. In your speech you say:

i. I have won the cup for my team.

ii. My players have helped me win this tournament.

iii. Our team has performed very well to win this tournament.

 

5. You keep optional fasts every month. You:

i. try to conceal this as much as you can. 

ii. want to communicate your piety without sounding boastful.

iii. often mention this before whoever you come into contact with.

 

6. You show up in a gathering and everyone begins to compliment your clothes or style. You:

i. turn your nose up and feel conceited.

ii. start explaining where you got your expensive clothes from.

iii. just say “thankyou.”

 

7. You just returned to your parents home after four years away getting your college degree, and your parents begin to lecture you about responsibility after seeing your choice of clothing, hairstyle, manner of talking etc. How do you respond?

i. Instantly show your annoyance.

ii. Begin a heated discussion about your opinion on the subject.

iii. Harshly scold your parents and angrily leave for a friend’s house.

iv. Patiently listen to your parents’ point of view and politely reply.

 

8. When you find a person has done something very noble, you:

i. praise that person whole heartedly.

ii. feel miserable because you could not do it but you stay quiet.

iii. feel jealous of that person.

iv. spread the false news about the wickedness of that person.

 

9. Other people tend to regard you as:

i. humble.

ii. slightly conceited.

iii. very conceited.

 

10. You ridicule and make fun of people:

i. sometimes.

ii. almost never.

iii. most of the time.

iv. whenever you get the  chance.

 

 

 

D. Follow-Up Segment

 

I Listen to the Recital of these Verses

http://thequranrecitation.com/luqman.html?language=arabic

 

II Memorize these Verses

 

III. Improve yourself through Self-Evaluation

Write a “Pride and Vanity” diary for two weeks. Each day write down any acts in which you showed pride and vanity. At the end of two weeks, share this with your closest friend or with your instructor or just destroy it.

Make a commitment to yourself that in future you will be more careful in showing pride and vanity in future.

 

IV Reconsider the Quiz

Go back and study the quiz you have attempted. In particular, study the answers in which you have scored less. Re-evaluateyour choices and make a commitment to improve in this area.

 

V Become a Volunteer for the Pride and Vanity Awareness Campaign in the Following Ways:

 

(1) Search the Internet for:

i. Videos about the Evils of Pride and Vanity

ii. Songs about the Evils of Pride and Vanity

iii. Essays and Stories about the Evils of Pride and Vanity

iv. Poems about the Evils of Pride and Vanity

v. Powerpoint Presentations about the Evils of Pride and Vanity

 

(2) Conduct this Pride and Vanity Awareness Workshop among your Friends

 

(3) Design Activity-Based Workshops for Kids about the Evils of Pride and Vanity

 

(4) Create a Website on the Evils of Pride and Vanity

 

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