Zahra Osman

#017: Time Management Tips for Muslim Teachers with Tushar Imdad

After sincerity, time management is the most important tool a teacher needs to thrive, our guest today is an expert and he’s showing us the best time management practices we can use as Muslim teachers to save time and energy while reaping the barakah.

#016 How to Teach With More Impact This Year, and Build a Legacy as a Muslim Teacher

Teaching is a calling they say. I believe it too. As a Muslim teacher or homeschooler, this is a job Allah selected for you. But the question is, what are you doing with that calling? How are you showing up to do the job Allah honoured you with?

More importantly, are you teaching for impact? Are you aiming for a transformation and long lasting changes in your students?

If you’re reading this, I’m 100% sure you’re a awesome teacher who cares. You teach seeking Allah’s pleasure. You’re in this field for the impact.

I know, that one of the things that keep you going, even when you don’t feel like it, you’re motivating knowing you are molding a Muslim child to becoming someone great. And if that’s really you, or that’s what you want to be, this episode is for you!

This week’s episode is full of motivation and practical tips to make you an extremely impactful Muslim teacher. My aim is to get you to look at your role in this world from a new perspective. You don’t just teach, you nurture minds and mold characters, whether you do it intentionally or unintentionally.

Here’s the thing, if you’re intentional about your role and the legacy you want to leave behind, then I have some amazing strategies that you need to implement. I must warn you though, many of these strategies will require you to change yourself, and transform your habits, and adopt a new mindset. But it will all be worth it! 

This is what you’ll learn, in today’s episode,

  • How redefining your role and getting clear on your ‘why’ will get you in the right mindset for an impactful year.
  • Why you should focus on results and actions and not just on acquired knowledge (i.e. curriculum content).
  • How being vulnerable and humble make you a more effective teacher and mentor.
  • How to instill an Islamic vision in your students, and the importance of promoting inquiry and critical thought.
  • Why you should spend time cultivating brotherhood/sisterhood in the learning environment how that goes beyond the classroom and impacts the Muslim community at large.
  • Accepting that your paycheck could never compensate all the work you do as a teacher, and where to look for compensation and motivation instead (hint: it’s not in this dunya).
  • Teaching with impact can only happen when you care about your students and the ummah at large.
  • And so much more. Listen here or here for Android.

My goal in this episode is to get you to look at your job differently. Look at it as a role you play in the progression of this ummah. If you can impact the students in your care to be productive contributing Muslims, then you are on your way to building your legacy! And that is something that can only be compensated justly by Allah!

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#015: Teaching Hajj & Other Islamic Themes to Strengthen Academic Skills w/ Jameela Ho

Hajj activities, lessons, and ideas that will leave you inspired & energized even if you don’t teach Islamic studies or have little time to plan.

#014: The Power of Self-Reflection: How to use it to be a more passionate & impactful Muslim teacher

Self-Reflection for Muslim teachers is a powerful tool for spiritual and professional development. In this episode, I’ll show you what questions you should be asking yourself so that you start teaching with the right mindset.

#013: Islamic Pedagogy, Social Justice, and Engaging Parents w/ Dr. Nadeem Memon

What does social justice, education equity, privilege have to do with students and parent engagement? Listen and find out!

#012: The Difference Between a Muslim School & an Islamic One, and Where You Fit In

Listen in to learn the key differences between Muslim schools and Islamic schools and how you as an educator can play your part to provide an Islamically transformative education to your students.

#011: A Step by Step Guide to Designing an Effective, Islamically Integrated Lesson Plan

If you’re not having fun teaching, or you’re finding yourself more stressed and frustrated after class than you’d like, or you’re spending way too much time (or too little) on one unit, then I’m going to take a wild guess and say you’re not lesson planning…. effectively.

I know the days I go into class with no lesson plan or a vague outline of what I hope to cover, are usually my worst teaching days. The students are not engaged, they are rowdy, and I feel frazzled and disorganized because I’m spending energy on thinking how to deliver this concept, or what to do next, instead of using that energy to monitor and assist students.

But the days, I have an well thought out lesson that I actually write down in my lesson plan template, are really some of my favourite days teaching.

They are the days I end the class with a huge smile on my face and a reaffirmation of why I love teaching! The best part is that they are the days the students also enjoy the lesson and learn the most!

Lesson planning is not just about putting ideas and page numbers on paper, it’s a thought-out process of how you intend to deliver a lesson from beginning to end in a way that engages the learner and walks them throw a journey of optimal and lasting learning.

 Today’s episode is based on a live workshop I did for a group of educators, teachers and homeschoolers, and they found it super useful. It increased their confidence to teach and plan, gave them clarity on what to focus on during a lesson, and outlined a blueprint for them to help them organize the information in a way that makes sense for the student.

It was so good, I thought I should redo the workshop for my podcast listeners.

So here it is, your step by step guide on designing an effective, Islamically integrated lesson plan for optimal learning. I’m giving you the blueprint I use to ensure every moment of my lesson is meaningful and purposeful, so you can start transforming your lessons too. 

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • how lesson planning makes teaching so much more enjoyable
  • the benefits having a written lesson plan and the impact it has on student behaviour
  • how to plan & write SMART objectives for a lesson
  • what 5 steps to include in any lesson for optimal learning
  • some ideas for end of lesson assessment and the benefits of self-assessments 
  • how to integrate Islam into the lesson regardless of topic.
  • many ideas, examples, and motivation to give you the confidence and tools needed to become a lesson planning pro

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Jazakumullahu khairan for listening! Now it’s your turn to share your knowledge…. In the comments, tell us one thing you learned in this episode that can help you become a better educator.

#010: 3 Energy saving hacks for teachers to make the most out of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.

Learn 3 hacks to help you save more energy, so that you can make more use of it at night when you most need it.

#009: 10 Ramadan Teaching Ideas you can still do w/ little prep and great impact.

It’s not too late to incorporate Ramadan lessons in your teaching. In today’s episode, I’m walking you through 10 teaching ideas and activities to make this Ramadan a transformative learning experience for your students.

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If you really want to help your students develop a strong connection with the month of Ramadan, but you don’t know how or have the time to plan it, or if you’re just looking for some ideas to supplement what you’re already doing, then this episode is for you!

I’m covering 10 easy to implement activities that don’t demand you to stray away from your curriculum. If you’re already combining Ramadan topics or themes with your curriculum then hats off to you! Mashallaah, that is fantastic, and we’d love to hear what you’re doing with you class in the comments section. But if you want to learn some strategies that help develop a spiritual culture throughout Ramadan and beyond, then listen on in, because I promise you’ll be fired up by the end of this episode!

Ramadan is about growth


Although the month of Ramadan lasts only 29/30 days, the lessons learned, and the character nurtured is supposed to continue beyond Ramadan. The teaching ideas I’m covering in this episode take that into consideration. They’re intended to develop a culture of spirituality, progress, and transformation. Because, here’s the thing, Ramadan is about growth and transformation. And real beneficial education is supposed to be about growth and transformation. Content is only half the process. That’s why these 10 Ramadan teaching ideas I’m covering are not lesson based. They don’t require much planning (especially since I have resources ready for you to use so you don’t have to), and they don’t require much time (just a few minutes out of your day). But the impact is great, bi-ithnillah!


Here are the 10 Ramadan Teaching Ideas I’ll cover in this episode:

  1. Ramadan Themes and teachable moments
  2. Reflective Journal Writing
  3. Energizers
  4. Community Circles
  5. Goal setting
  6. DEAP – Drop Everything And Pray
  7. DEAR – Drop Everything And Recite
  8. Daily Public Speaking
  9. Photo Essays
  10. Selective Summative Assessment topics

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This episode is incredibly insightful and actionable. This is some of what you’ll learn,

  • Why its not too late to incorporate Ramadan teaching ideas in your class.
  • Where to focus your energy when planning Ramadan activities for your class (hint.. its not the lesson plan).
  • Why Ramadan related lessons should not be limited to the month of Ramadan only.
  • 10 teaching ideas and activities you can easily implement and how they’ll help develop your student spiritually, socially, and academically.
  • Explanations and examples of how to implement the above 10 strategies
  • And lots more. 

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Resources mentioned in this episode

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Are you subscribed to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast? You can subscribe on iTunes here. That way, you’ll be first to know when the next episode is released. I have a ton of amazing content in store for you, all to make you a more effective and happier educator. All I want from you in return is to implement, and share this episode with others!

Share this show on  TwitterFacebook, or Pinterest.

Anndd, if you’re feeling extra generous,  it would mean a lot to me if you left a review on iTunes. Reviews really help me improve and reach more Muslims looking for Islamic educational perspectives.

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Jazakumullahu khairan for listening! Now it’s your turn. Share some ideas you have with us in the comments section!

#008: Leadership and Islamic Education with Yawar Baig

Yawa Baig is on the show today to talk to us about leadership and the values Muslim educators should have and nurture.

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