. This step-by-step teaching method of Surah Aser word meanings Translation, tafsir, and activities.
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Surah Al-Asr is the 103rd chapter of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. It is a short but powerful surah, consisting of only three verses, and is considered one of the most profound and impactful surahs in the Quran.
The word “Asr” in Arabic means “time” and the surah emphasizes the importance of utilizing time wisely. It serves as a reminder to believers that time is a precious and finite resource and that they must use it wisely in the pursuit of their spiritual goals and in doing good deeds.
The surah also emphasizes the importance of faith, good deeds, and patience. It reminds believers that these are the key ingredients for success in both this life and the hereafter.
Surah Aser Word-by-word Meanings and Translation:
Here are the Arabic words in Surah Al-Asr, along with their English translations:
Verse 1: وَالْعَصْرِ (Wal-‘Asr) – By the time
Verse 2: إِنَّ (Inna) – Indeed الْإِنسَانَ (al-insana) – mankind لَفِي (lafi) – is in خُسْرٍ (khusr) – loss,
Verse 3: إِلَّا (Illa) – Except الَّذِينَ (alladhīna) – those who آمَنُوا (āmanū) – have believed وَعَمِلُوا (wa ‘amilū) – and done الصَّالِحَاتِ (al-ṣāliḥāti) – righteous deeds وَتَوَاصَوْا (wa tawāṣaw) – and advised each other بِالْحَقِّ (bi-al-ḥaqqi) – to truth وَتَوَاصَوْا (wa tawāṣaw) – and advised each other بِالصَّبْرِ (bi-aṣ-ṣabr) – to patience.
Here’s the complete translation of Surah Al-Asr:
Verse 1: وَالْعَصْرِ (Wal-‘Asr) –
By the time
Verse 2: إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ (Inna al-insana lafi khusr) –
Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Verse 3: إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ
(Illa alladhīna āmanū wa ‘amilū al-ṣāliḥāti wa tawāṣaw bi-al-ḥaqqi wa tawāṣaw bi-aṣ-ṣabr) –
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.
“By the time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.”
Each word in Surah Al-Asr carries significance and contributes to the overall meaning of the chapter, emphasizing the importance of faith, good deeds, and mutual guidance toward truth and patience.
Surah Al-Asr is a short but powerful surah that carries a deep message about the importance of time and the consequences of wasting it. Here’s a brief tafsir (explanation) of each verse:
Verse 1: “By the time,
The first verse of Surah Al-Asr highlights the importance of time and the value of every moment. The phrase “By the time” refers to the fleeting nature of time, and how quickly it passes by.
Verse 2: Indeed, mankind is in the loss.”
The verse then goes on to state that humanity is in a state of loss or ruin, emphasizing that time is a precious resource that should be used wisely to seek Allah’s pleasure and to do good deeds.
Verse 3: “Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.”
The third verse of Surah Al-Asr offers hope to those who have faith and do good deeds. It emphasizes that those who believe in Allah, perform righteous deeds, and encourage each other to truth and patience will be exempt from the state of loss mentioned in the first verse. The verse highlights the importance of working towards the betterment of humanity, promoting truth and justice, and encouraging each other towards good deeds and righteousness.
“Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”
The final verse of Surah Al-Asr emphasizes the importance of patience in the face of adversity. It reassures believers that Allah is with those who show patience and perseverance and that He will reward them in this life and the hereafter. The verse reminds us that life is full of challenges and difficulties, but with patience and faith in Allah, we can overcome them and attain success and happiness.
Overall, Surah Al-Asr reminds us that time is a precious resource and that every moment should be used wisely to seek Allah’s pleasure and to do good deeds. It encourages us to have faith in Allah, perform righteous deeds, and encourage each other toward truth and patience. The surah is a powerful reminder of the ultimate purpose of our existence and the importance of working toward the betterment of humanity.
Step by Step teaching method:
Tajweed and Recitation:
It is necessary to read Quran with perfect Tajweed. Children need to memorize this surah with good recitation and proper tajweed rules. So our quran teacher will start to teach them this surah in Quran class. We also provide Tajweed videos to children. Within 2 or 3 weeks, while we will complete the translation and tafsir of the surah and other activities, students will be able to recite this surah with good recitation. In sha Allah
Word by word Translation of My first Quran with pictures book:
From ”my first quran with Picture” book, we will do word-by-word translations of the Surah. Word-by-word translation will be done online from the soft book and children will write meanings on their copies or Quran notebooks. word by word translation and verse-by-verse translation are compulsory to memorize by heart. So daily revision and class work will make it easy to learn by heart. (More pictures in Gallery)
Tafsir and explanation from Islamic education book
Tafsir and explanation are done during word meanings and translation of the surah from the picture book. For the deep study, we get help from the book ‘Islamic Education’ by ‘Darusslam for more detail and complete understanding. The tafsir in this book is pretty easy and age-appropriate. You can download this book form here.
My first QUran with pictures has the best infographics for children. It is quite easy to draw the important graphics from the book. But we appreciate our children using their creativity. So children may draw, or create with the help of any app. Children may draw their imaginary understanding of the surah. Discussion on their creativity is the next part of our class lecture.
Lesson and implication of this surah:
There are 4 life goals that Allah emphasizes in this surah. We have learned from this surah that life is very short. We have to fulfill world duties, but for life hereafter is also. Our life should be spent on these purposes of life
- Faith in Allah
- Good deeds/actions
- Advice for good to others
- Advise patience to others
The last verse of the surah is the central subject of the surah. This verse is about the whole deen. In this surah Allah, Subhan was Tallah informed us of the strategies of a successful life in this world and hereafter. So we will understand this topic with two activities.
We will make an hourglass to see how time is passing ( see video or gallery)
We will have an experiment with ice blocks. We will make a target to fulfill a task before melting a small block of ice.
Revision and Exercise:
Children will tell word meanings with full translation. Then the introduction of the surah will be revised. And we will have a discussion on the lesson and practical things we started to follow after learning this surah. Exercises from the Islamic education book will be solved by the children themself.
The stories of the Muslim faith hold immense importance for children as they provide a powerful medium to instill Islamic values, inspire good behavior, and nurture a strong sense of identity and love for Allah and His religion. These stories shape their character, moral compass, and understanding of Islam, equipping them with the knowledge and values needed to navigate the world as faithful and conscientious individuals. So we selected the story of Ibrahim’s faith for children from boo” My first quran stories book. Pictures are in the gallery.
Time management story is also a good exposure for children. So We can select any other story about it.
We have mindmaps from Islamlive.org which we use in our class. It is a very helpful activity that after teaching everything about surah, children would sum up what they have learned from the Surah so You can see the mindmap prepared by our students in the picture. A video of the mindmap of Surah Aser will also be provided to students for deep understanding and long-term memory. (See Gallery)
Excellency of Surah Al-Aser
Surah Al-Asr is often recited in daily prayers and other Islamic rituals, and its message is considered relevant and applicable to all Muslims, regardless of their background or circumstance. Its concise yet powerful message continues to inspire and guide Muslims around the world.
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