Scroll down to see the first three steps you will need to begin your children’s journey of spiritual fulfillment.
#1 Acquire the Curriculum
To start teaching your children al-Ghazali’s Ihya, we recommend owning hard copies of the Ghazali Children’s Series. E-books are also available. We recommend reading the books in order, starting with The Book of Knowledge for Children (Book 1 in the series), which contains the foundational, core principles and teachings of the Ihya, which are referred to over and over throughout the series.
#2 Begin Lessons
We recommend one chapter per session, beginning with The Book of Knowledge for Children. Each chapter contains one central theme that can serve as the structure for the session.
After reading the chapter, discuss it with your children. Then, have them fill out worksheets in the corresponding workbook (usually located in the back of the book).
#3 Supplementary Materials
Besides the materials recommended in the curricula that come with each book, there are lots of worksheets, stories, comics, activities, and exercises created by parents and teachers that can be found on the Parent/Teacher resources page. Introducing these supplementary materials a few days or weeks after the lesson can help students practice what they learned in the chapter.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What ages are the GCP best suited for?
The books are appropriate from ages 5-14 to adulthood depending on various considerations. Parents and teachers often recast teachings to make them relevant to different ages and contexts.
Each book set includes:
1) The Adult translation, which is a parent/teacher book. This is for adults. Late teens?
2) The Children’s book can be read by or to children from 6/7 years old up to adulthood. This can also be read by adults to younger children, say 5 years olds.
3) The Children’s Workbook contains readings and exercises to be done by children from 6/7 years old up to adults. Parents use the stories with 4-5 year olds by telling them these stories at their level. Teenagers are often asked to teach the younger ones.
Parents, teachers and schools like the Hub Club in Solihull (see the Ghazali Project film on this Pilot school) have the teachers of each age group make an age related lesson plan. Parents use the stories with 4-5 year olds by telling them these stories at their level. Ages 6/7 to adulthood is fine for all the children’s materials. Teenagers are often asked to teach the younger ones. [Note: Books 1-2 are written in a younger language. The rest of the books 3-6 are for any age.] The books are used by a mix of parents, teachers and children, and in all of the categories: school, home, homeschools and pilot schools (like Sunday schools).
Are there any online resources for Ghazali students?
We encourage you to introduce your children to the content in the Kids website, where children are introduced to al-Ghazali, then extend their learning by watching videos on the core teachings from the books, on virtues and vices (made by kids), and finally, pre-recorded lessons by teachers and parents. In addition, we have a full library of flip book and comics for them to read on their own or guided, and a section of games and quizzes which is currently under construction.
How can I best support my child/student?
This learning is a community effort. Teachers, parents and students need to work with the material to reinforce what each is learning. Children can best learn from role models. We have found that the most effective way of transmitting the material is for each parent and teacher to read through the children’s books, and then use every opportunity in daily life to reinforce these teachings. A class by itself will not be enough to transform the character of a child who needs to try to practice daily the character of the Prophet, peace be upon him. This is also a precious opportunity for the parents and teachers to observe and correct themselves consciously, thereby becoming the role model/teacher which Imam al-Ghazali says we are to be.
How can I connect with other families/schools teaching the GCP?
There are over 500 registered Ghazali schools around the world. See a list of all schools and their locations here. If you would like to register your own Ghazali school, click here.
There are also online Ghazali classes you can take to connect with other Ghazali students. Radiant Hearts is program run by the Hub Club School based in Solihull, England. Their online courses teach the Ghazali Children’s Project for many ages.
How can I find other resources for teaching the GCP?
- Kids’ website
- We encourage you to introduce your children to the content in the Kids’ website, where children are introduced to al-Ghazali, then extend their learning by watching videos on the core teachings from the books, on virtues and vices (made by kids), and finally, pre-recorded lessons by teachers and parents. In addition, we have a full library of flip books and comics for them to read on their own or guided, and a section of games and quizzes which is currently under construction.
- Resource database
- Search our database for resources such as lesson plans, activities, inspiration, and bonus books, including contributions from parents and teachers.
We need your feedback
Feedback is also a critical component for improving the materials and the supporting resources. If you have found a creative way to communicate a lesson, or you have seen any noticeable impact of the material on children’s character, or if you find parts of the material unclear – please share this with us. As a community, we support each other in this endeavor of character development. In addition we send out surveys, which are short but provide us with much needed feedback for improving our program.