Qur’an Workshop on

Sinful Speech

 

 

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

 

یٰۤاَیُّہَا  الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا لَا یَسۡخَرۡ قَوۡمٌ مِّنۡ قَوۡمٍ عَسٰۤی اَنۡ یَّکُوۡنُوۡا خَیۡرًا مِّنۡہُمۡ وَ لَا نِسَآءٌ  مِّنۡ  نِّسَآءٍ  عَسٰۤی اَنۡ یَّکُنَّ خَیۡرًا مِّنۡہُنَّ ۚ وَ لَا تَلۡمِزُوۡۤا اَنۡفُسَکُمۡ وَ لَا تَنَابَزُوۡا بِالۡاَلۡقَابِ ؕ بِئۡسَ الِاسۡمُ الۡفُسُوۡقُ بَعۡدَ الۡاِیۡمَانِ ۚ وَ مَنۡ لَّمۡ یَتُبۡ فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الظّٰلِمُوۡنَ (11) وَ لَا یَغۡتَبۡ بَّعۡضُکُمۡ بَعۡضًا ؕ اَیُحِبُّ  اَحَدُکُمۡ  اَنۡ یَّاۡکُلَ  لَحۡمَ اَخِیۡہِ  مَیۡتًا فَکَرِہۡتُمُوۡہُ ؕ  وَ اتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ ؕ اِنَّ  اللّٰہَ  تَوَّابٌ  رَّحِیۡمٌ.(49: 11-12)

 

 

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

 

یٰۤاَیُّہَا:    O

الَّذِیۡنَ:   those

اٰمَنُوۡا:   have professed faith

لَا:   do not

یَسۡخَرۡ:   make fun

قَوۡمٌ:   a group of men

مِّنۡ:   of another

قَوۡمٍ:   group of men

عَسٰۤی:   it is possible

اَنۡ:  that

یَّکُوۡنُوۡا:   they

خَیۡرًا:   are better

مِّنۡہُمۡ: than them

 

یٰۤاَیُّہَا

الَّذِیۡنَ

اٰمَنُوۡا

لَا

یَسۡخَرۡ

قَوۡمٌ

مِّنۡ

قَوۡمٍ

عَسٰۤی

اَنۡ

یَّکُوۡنُوۡا

خَیۡرًا

مِّنۡہُمۡ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II

 

وَ:    and

لَا:    not

نِسَآءٌ:     women

مِّنۡ:     of

نِّسَآءٍ: other women

عَسٰۤی:    it is possible

اَنۡ:    that

یَّکُنَّ:    they be

خَیۡرًا:    better

مِّنۡہُنَّ: than them

 

وَ

لَا

نِسَآءٌ 

مِّنۡ 

نِّسَآءٍ 

عَسٰۤی

اَنۡ

یَّکُنَّ

خَیۡرًا

مِّنۡہُنَّ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III

 

وَ:    and

لَا:    do not

تَلۡمِزُوۡۤا:    defame

اَنۡفُسَکُمۡ:  one another

وَ:    and

لَا:    not

تَنَابَزُوۡا: call one another

بِالۡاَلۡقَابِ:    bad names

بِئۡسَ:    evil

الِاسۡمُ:    the name

الۡفُسُوۡقُ:    of defiance

بَعۡدَ:    after

الۡاِیۡمَانِ: faith

 

وَ

لَا

تَلۡمِزُوۡۤا

اَنۡفُسَکُمۡ

وَ

لَا

تَنَابَزُوۡا

بِالۡاَلۡقَابِ

بِئۡسَ

الِاسۡمُ

الۡفُسُوۡقُ

بَعۡدَ

الۡاِیۡمَانِ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV

 

وَ:   and

مَنۡ:    those who

لَّمۡ:    do not

یَتُبۡ:    repent

فَاُولٰٓئِکَ:    they are the ones

ہُمُ:    they

الظّٰلِمُوۡنَ: unjust

 

وَ

مَنۡ

لَّمۡ

یَتُبۡ

فَ

اُولٰٓئِکَ

ہُمُ

الظّٰلِمُوۡنَ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V

 

وَ:    and

لَا:    not

یَغۡتَبۡ:   backbite

بَّعۡضُکُمۡ:   one of you

بَعۡضًا:   to others

اَیُحِبُّ:     would like

اَحَدُکُمۡ:     any of you

اَنۡ:   that

یَّاۡکُلَ:   he eats

لَحۡمَ:    the flesh

اَخِیۡہِ:     of his brother

مَیۡتًا:    dead

فَکَرِہۡتُمُوۡہُ:  so you regarded it to be detestable

 

وَ

لَا

یَغۡتَبۡ

بَّعۡضُکُمۡ

بَعۡضًا

اَیُحِبُّ 

اَحَدُکُمۡ 

اَنۡ

یَّاۡکُلَ 

لَحۡمَ

اَخِیۡہِ 

مَیۡتًا

فَکَرِہۡتُمُوۡہُ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VI

 

 وَ:    and

اتَّقُوا:    fear

اللّٰہَ: God

اِنَّ:     indeed

اللّٰہَ:     God

تَوَّابٌ:    Ever-Forgiving

رَّحِیۡمٌ: Ever-Merciful

 

  وَ

اتَّقُوا

اللّٰہَ

اِنَّ 

اللّٰہَ 

تَوَّابٌ 

رَّحِیۡمٌ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step II: Write out your 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:

 

O those who have professed faith, a group of men should not make fun of another group of men; it is possible that they are better than them. And women should not make fun of other women; it is possible that they are better than them. And do not defame one another; after faith, even the name of defiance is evil. And those who do not repent, they are the ones who are unjust. And do not back bite one another; would any of you like that he eats the flesh of his dead brother; so you regarded it to be detestable. And fear God. Indeed, God is Ever-Forgiving and Ever-Merciful. (49:11-12)

 

Step IV: Random Checking of Translation by the Instructor

 

Step V: Writing out the Arabic Text

 

یٰۤاَیُّہَا  الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا لَا یَسۡخَرۡ قَوۡمٌ مِّنۡ قَوۡمٍ عَسٰۤی اَنۡ یَّکُوۡنُوۡا خَیۡرًا مِّنۡہُمۡ وَ لَا نِسَآءٌ  مِّنۡ  نِّسَآءٍ  عَسٰۤی اَنۡ یَّکُنَّ خَیۡرًا مِّنۡہُنَّ وَ لَا تَلۡمِزُوۡۤا اَنۡفُسَکُمۡ وَ لَا تَنَابَزُوۡا بِالۡاَلۡقَابِ ؕ بِئۡسَ الِاسۡمُ الۡفُسُوۡقُ بَعۡدَ الۡاِیۡمَانِ وَ مَنۡ لَّمۡ یَتُبۡ فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الظّٰلِمُوۡنَ (11) وَ لَا یَغۡتَبۡ بَّعۡضُکُمۡ بَعۡضًا  اَیُحِبُّ  اَحَدُکُمۡ  اَنۡ یَّاۡکُلَ  لَحۡمَ اَخِیۡہِ  مَیۡتًا فَکَرِہۡتُمُوۡہُ ؕ  وَ اتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ ؕ اِنَّ  اللّٰہَ  تَوَّابٌ  رَّحِیۡمٌ.(49: 11-12)

 

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Step VI: Reading aloud the Arabic Text by a Participant

 

یٰۤاَیُّہَا  الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا لَا یَسۡخَرۡ قَوۡمٌ مِّنۡ قَوۡمٍ عَسٰۤی اَنۡ یَّکُوۡنُوۡا خَیۡرًا مِّنۡہُمۡ وَ لَا نِسَآءٌ  مِّنۡ  نِّسَآءٍ  عَسٰۤی اَنۡ یَّکُنَّ خَیۡرًا مِّنۡہُنَّ وَ لَا تَلۡمِزُوۡۤا اَنۡفُسَکُمۡ وَ لَا تَنَابَزُوۡا بِالۡاَلۡقَابِ ؕ بِئۡسَ الِاسۡمُ الۡفُسُوۡقُ بَعۡدَ الۡاِیۡمَانِ وَ مَنۡ لَّمۡ یَتُبۡ فَاُولٰٓئِکَ ہُمُ الظّٰلِمُوۡنَ (11)وَ لَا یَغۡتَبۡ بَّعۡضُکُمۡ بَعۡضًا  اَیُحِبُّ  اَحَدُکُمۡ  اَنۡ یَّاۡکُلَ  لَحۡمَ اَخِیۡہِ  مَیۡتًا فَکَرِہۡتُمُوۡہُ ؕ  وَ اتَّقُوا اللّٰہَ ؕ اِنَّ  اللّٰہَ  تَوَّابٌ  رَّحِیۡمٌ.(49: 11-12)

 

Step VII: Volunteers’ Direct Translation of the Verse

 

 

 

B. Group Study Segment

 

Step I: Comprehension Questions

 

1. Mention some of the common sins that we commit through the tongue?

 

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2. How can we control our anger?

 

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3. Mention some virtues of soft speech

 

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C. Evaluation Segment

 

How Careful are you in your Conversation?

 

1. I make fun of others:

i. most of the time.

ii. sometimes.

iii. almost never.

 

2. When I get angry at someone, I:

i. abuse that person mercilessly.

ii. restrain my anger and do not utter a word.

iii. restrain my anger and politely point out his / her mistake.

 

3. I indulge in back biting:

i. most of the time.

ii. sometimes.

iii. almost never.

 

4. You are selling a car which has a defect only you know of. You:

i. clearly tell each buyer of this defect.

ii. hide this defect as much as you are able to.

iii. reveal this defect only if the customer asks about it.

 

5. You tell or listen to dirty jokes:

i. most of the time.

ii. sometimes.

iii. almost never.

iv. never.

 

6. You check information before reporting it to others:

i. always.

ii. most of the time.

iii. sometimes only.

iv. almost never.

 

7. You spread disinformation about your enemies:

i. always.

ii. most of the time.

iii. sometimes only.

iv. almost never.

 

8. You indulge in idle talk:

i. most of the time.

ii. sometimes only.

iii. almost never.

 

9. To achieve your objective, you flatter the concerned person:

i. most of the time.

ii. sometimes only.

iii. almost never.

iv. never.

 

10. You use disrespectful language with your parents:

i. most of the time.

ii. sometimes only.

iii. almost never.

iv. never.

 

 

D. Follow-Up Segment

 

I Listen to the Recital of these Verses

http://thequranrecitation.com/al-hujurat.html?language=arabic

 

II Memorize these Verses

 

III. Improve yourself through Self-Evaluation

Write a “Sinful Speech” diary for two weeks. Each day write down sinful words and statements you have uttered. 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 your speech and conversation.

 

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 Sinful Speech Awareness Campaign in the Following Ways:

 

(1) Search the Internet for:

i. Videos about the Evils of Sinful Speech

ii. Songs about the Evils of Sinful Speech

iii. Essays and Stories about the Evils of Sinful Speech

iv. Poems aboutthe Evils of Sinful Speech

v. Power point Presentations about the Evils of Sinful Speech

 

(2) Conduct this Sinful Speech Awareness Workshop among your Friends

 

(3) Design Activity-Based Workshops for Kids about the Evils of Sinful Speech

 

(4) Create a Website on the Evils of Sinful Speech

 

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