VERSES OF LIGHT

Verses of Light is a Qurʾān memorization curriculum based on selected āyāt of the Qurʾān that highlight important akhlāqi lessons. The curriculum contains a selection of 48 āyāt on topics such as respecting parents, interacting with fellow Muslims, rushing to do good deeds, and more!

The curriculum features a detailed, step-by-step teacher’s guide that includes hand gestures, stories, activities, and discussion questions through which parents and teachers can teach these āyāt in a fun and interactive manner. Each āyāt also has a video that features hand gestures to help children understand the meanings of the āyāt. The goal is to have children memorize these 48 āyāt, while at the same time internalize the important lessons transmitted through the āyāt.

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Lesson 1: Saying Bismillāh

ِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Transliteration: Bismillāhir Raḥmānir Raḥīm
Translation: With the name of Allah, the All-Kind, the AllMerciful.
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Fātiḥah, Verse 1 (1:1)

Lesson 2: Kindness to Parents


وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ‭ ‬إِحْسَانًا
Transliteration: Wa bil-wālidayni iḥsānā
Translation: And to your parents be good
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Isrāʾ, Verse 23 (17:23)

Lesson 3:  The Grace of Allah

هَـٰذَا‭ ‬مِن‭ ‬فَضْلِ‭ ‬رَبِّي 
Transliteration: Hādhā min faḍli Rabbī
Translation: This is from the grace of my Lord
Āyah Source: Sūrah an-Naml, Verse 40 (27:40)

Lesson 4: Peace and Friendship

وَٱلصُّلْحُ‭ ‬خَيْرٌ
Transliteration: Waṣ-ṣulḥu khayr
Translation: And (making) peace is better
Āyah Source: Sūrah an-Nisāʾ, Verse 128 (4:128)

Lesson 5: Praying for Knowledge

رَّبِّ‭ ‬زِدْنِى‭ ‬عِلْمًا 
Transliteration: Rabbi zidnī ʿilmā
Translation: My Lord! Increase my knowledge
Āyah Source: Sūrah Ṭā Hā,
Verse 114 (20:114)

Lesson 6: Cleanliness

وَاللّٰـهُ‭ ‬يُحِبُّ‭ ‬الْمُطَّهِّرِينَ
Transliteration: Wallāhu yuḥibbul-muṭṭahhirīn
Translation: And Allah loves those who are pure and
clean
Āyah Source: Sūrah at-Tawbah, Verse 108 (9:108) 

Lesson 7:  Spying on Others

وَ‭ ‬لَا‭ ‬تَجَسَّسُوا
Transliteration: Wa lā tajassasū
Translation: And do not spy (on others)
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt, Verse 12 (49:12)

Lesson 8: Entering After Being Invited

إِذَا‭ ‬دُعِيتُمْ‭ ‬فَادْخُلُوا
 Transliteration: Idhā duʿītum fadkhulū
Translation: When you are invited, then enter
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Aḥzāb, Verse 53 (33:53)

Lesson 9:  Wasting Food and Drink 

كُلُوا‭ ‬وَاشْرَبُوا‭ ‬وَلَاتُسْرِفُوا
Transliteration: Kulū washrabū wa lā tusrifū
Translation: Eat and drink, and do not waste!
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Aʿrāf, Verse 31 (7:31)

Lesson 10: Cleanliness

وَثِيَابَكَ‭ ‬فَطَهِّرْ
Transliteration: Wa thiyābaka faṭahhir
Translation: And your clothes make pure
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Muddaththir, Verse 4 (74:4)

Lesson 11: Rushing to do Good Deeds

فَاسْتَبِقُوا‭ ‬الْخَيْرَاتِ
Transliteration: Fastabiqul-khayrāt
Translation: So be quick to do good deeds
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Māʾidah, Verse 5 (5:48)

Lesson 12: Speaking Kindly

وَقُولُوا‭ ‬لِلنَّاسِ‭ ‬حُسْناً
 Transliteration: Wa qūlū lin-nāsi ḥusnā
Translation: And speak to people nicely
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Baqarah, Verse 83 (2:83)

Lesson 13: Allah Cures the Sick

وَإِذَا‭ ‬مَرِضْتُ‭ ‬فَهُوَ‭ ‬يَشْفِينِ
Transliteration: Wa idhā mariḍtu fahuwa yashfīn
Translation: And when I am sick, it is He (Allah) who cures me
Āyah Source: Sūrah ash-Shuʿarāʾ, Verse 80 (26:80)

Lesson 14: Blessed be Allah!

فَتَبَارَكَ‭ ‬اللهُ‭ ‬أَحْسَنُ‭ ‬الْخَالِقِينَ
Transliteration: Fatabārakal-lāhu aḥsanul-khāliqīn
Translation: So then blessed is Allah, the best of Creators
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Muʾminūn, Verse 14 (23:14)

Lesson 15: Brotherhood and Sisterhood

إِنَّمَا‭ ‬الْمُؤْمِنُونَ‭ ‬إِخْوَةٌ 
Transliteration: Innamal-muʾminūna ikhwah
Translation: Indeed the believers are brothers (and
sisters)
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt, Verse 10 (49:10)

Lesson 16: Congregational (Jamā’ah) Prayers

وَارْكَعُوا‭ ‬مَعَ‭ ‬الرَّاكِعِينَ
Transliteration: Warkaʿū maʿar-rākiʿīn
Translation: And bow down with those who bow
down in worship.
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Baqarah, Verse 43 (2:43)

Lesson 17: Whispering

إِنَّمَا‭ ‬النَّجْوٰي‭ ‬مِنَ‭ ‬الشَّيْطَانِ

Transliteration: Innaman-najwā minash-Shayṭān
Translation: Indeed (evil) whispering is from Shayṭān
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Mujādilah, Verse 10 (58:10) 

Lesson 18: Being Thankful to Allah

لَئِنْ‭ ‬شَكَرْتُمْ‭ ‬لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ
Transliteration: Laʾin shakartum laʾazīdannakum
Translation: If you are thankful (to Allah), then I
will give you more
Āyah Source: Sūrah Ibrāhīm, Verse 7 (14:7)

Lesson 19: Being Grateful to Parents

أَنِ‭ ‬اشْكُرْلِىْ‭ ‬وَ‭ ‬لِوَالِدَيْكَ
Transliteration: Anishkurlī wa liwālidayka
Translation: Give thanks to Me (Allah) and to your
parents
Āyah Source: Sūrah Luqmān, Verse 14 (31:14)

Lesson 20: Helping One Another

وَتَعَاوَنُوا‭ ‬عَليٰ‭ ‬الْبِرِّ‭ ‬وَ‭ ‬التَّقْويٰ
Transliteration: Wa taʿāwanū ʿalal-birri wat-taqwā
Translation: And help one another to do good
deeds and be God-conscious
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Māʾidah, Verse 2 (5:2)

Lesson 21: Making Fun of Others

لَا‭ ‬يَسْخَرْ‭ ‬قَوْمٌ‭ ‬مِّنْ‭ ‬قَوْمٍ
Transliteration: Lā yaskhar qawmum-min qawm
Translation: Do not make fun of one another
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt,

Verse 11 (49:11)

Lesson 22:Du˛a

وَقَالَ‭ ‬رَبُّكُمُ‭ ‬ادْعُونِي‭ ‬اَسْتَجِبْ‭ ‬لَكُمْ
Transliteration: Wa qāla rabbukum udʿūnī astajib lakum
Translation: And your Lord has said: Call upon Me,
I will answer your prayers
Āyah Source: Sūrah Ghāfir, Verse 60 (40:60)

Lesson 23: Water

وَجَعَلْنَا‭ ‬مِنَ‭ ‬الْمَآءِ‭ ‬كُلَّ‭ ‬شَىْءٍ‭ ‬حَيٍّ
Transliteration: Wa jaʿalnā minal-māʾi kulla shayʾin ḥayy
Translation: And We made from water every living thing
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Anbiyā, Verse 30 (21:30)

Lesson 24:Allah is Aware of What We Do!

اَلَمْ‭ ‬يَعْلَمْ‭ ‬بِأَنَّ‭ ‬اللهَ‭ ‬يَرىٰ
Transliteration: Alam yaʿlam biʾannallāha yarā
Translation: Don’t you know that Allah is always watching
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-ʿAlaq,
Verse 14 (96:14)

Lesson 25: Speaking Calmly with Others

وَاغْضُضْ‭ ‬مِنْ‭ ‬صَوْتِكَ
Transliteration: Waghḍuḍ min ṣawtik
Translation: And lower your voice (and speak calmly)
Āyah Source: Sūrah Luqmān, Verse 19 (31:19)

Lesson 26: Establishing Prayers

وَ‭ ‬أَقِمِ‭ ‬الصَّلاَةَ‭ ‬لِذِكْرِي
Transliteration: Wa aqimiṣ-ṣalāta lidhikrī
Translation: And establish the prayers to remember Me
Āyah Source: Sūrah Ṭā Hā, Verse 14 (20:14)

Lesson 27: Consulting With Others

وَ‭ ‬شَاوِرْهُمْ‭ ‬فِي‭ ‬الأَمْرِ
Transliteration: Wa shāwirhum fil amr
Translation: And consult with one another (for important decisions)
Āyah Source: Sūrah Āl-ʾImrān, Verse 159 (3:159)

Lesson 28: Pride & Arrogance

وَ‭ ‬لَا‭ ‬تَمْشِ‭ ‬فِي‭ ‬الْأَرْضِ‭ ‬مَرَحاً
Transliteration: Walā tamshi fil arḍi maraḥa
Translation: And do not walk on the earth proudly
Āyah Source: Sūrah Luqmān,
Verse 18 (31:18)

Lesson 29: Backbiting

وَ‭ ‬لاَ‭ ‬يَغْتَبْ‭ ‬بَّعْضُكُمْ‭ ‬بَعْضاً
Transliteration: Wa lā yaghtab baʿḍukum baʿḍa
Translation: And do not backbite one another
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt,
Verse 12 (49:12)

Lesson 30: Bad Names

وَ‭ ‬لاَ‭ ‬تَنَابَزُوا‭ ‬بِالْأَلْقَابِ
Transliteration: Wa Lā Tanābazū bil Alqāb
Translation: And do not insult each other with bad names
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Hujurāt, Verse 11 (49:11)

Lesson 31: God Consciousness (Taqwā)

إِنَّ‭ ‬أَكْرَمَكُمْ‭ ‬عِنْدَ‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬أَتْقَاكُمْ
Transliteration: Inna akramakum ʿind-Allāhi atqākum...
Translation: Certainly, the most honorable of you near
Allāh is the most God conscious of you
Ayāh Source: Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt, Verse 13
(49:13)

Lesson 32: Praying for Parents

وَقُلْ‭ ‬رَّبِّ‭ ‬ارْحَمْهُمَا‭ ‬كَمَا‭ ‬رَبَّيَانِي‭ ‬صَغِيْراً
Transliteration: Wa qur Rabbir ḥamhuma kamā rabbayānī ṣaghīrā
Translation: And say, ‘O my Lord! have mercy on them (my parents)
just like they took care of me when I was small
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Isrāʾ, Verse 24 (17:24)

Lesson 33: Allah is the Best Protector

فَا‭ ‬للهُ‭ ‬خَيْرٌ‭ ‬حَافِظاً‭ ‬وَهُوَ‭ ‬أَرْحَمُ‭ ‬الرَّاحِمِينَ
Transliteration: Fallāhu khayrun ḥāfiẓaw wa huwa arḥamur rāḥimīn
Translation: So Allah is the best protector and He is the Most
Merciful
Āyah Source: Sūrah Yūsuf, Verse 12 (12:64)

Lesson 34: Unity Among Muslims

وَٱعْتَصِمُوا‭ ‬بِحَبْلِ‭ ‬اللهِ‭ ‬جَمِيعاً‭ ‬وَلاَ‭ ‬تَفَرَّقُوا
Transliteration: Waʿtaṣimū biḥablil-lāhi jamīʿan-wa lā tafarraqū
Translation: And hold tight to the rope of Allah all together, and do not become disunited
Āyah Source: Sūrah āl-ʾImrān, Verse 103 (3:103)

Lesson 35: Ranks of People with
Allah

وَاْمُرْ‭ ‬أَهْلَكَ‭ ‬بِالصَّلاَةِ
Transliteration: Wa likullin darajātum-mimmā ʿamilū
Translation: Everyone will be (given) ranks according to what they have done
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Anʿām,
Verse 132 (6:132)

Lesson 36: Encouraging Your Family to Pray

وَاْمُرْ‭ ‬أَهْلَكَ‭ ‬بِالصَّلاَةِ
Transliteration: Waʿmur ahlaka biṣṣalāh
Translation: And encourage your family to pray
Āyah Source: Sūrah Ṭā Hā,
Verse 132 (20:132)

Lesson 37: Making Peace

فَأَصْلِحُوا‭ ‬بَيْنَ‭ ‬أَخَوَيْكُمْ
Transliteration: Faʿaṣliḥū bayna akhawaykum
Translation: So make peace amongst your brothers (and sisters)
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt,
Verse 10 (49:10)

Lesson 38: Suspicion

إِنَّ‭ ‬بَعْضَ‭ ‬الظَّنِّ‭ ‬إِثْمٌ
Transliteration: Inna baʿḍaẓ-ẓanni ithm
Translation: Certainly in some cases, suspicion is a sin.
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Ḥujurāt,
Verse 12 (49:12)

Lesson 39: Reciting the Noble Qur’an

فَاقْرَءُوا‭ ‬مَا‭ ‬تَيَسَّرَ‭ ‬مِنَ‭ ‬الْقُرَآنِ
Transliteration: Faqraʿū mā tayassara minal Qurʾān
Translation: So read as much as you can of the Qurʾān
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Muzzammil, Verse 20 (73:20)

Lesson 40: Saying But Not Practicing

لِمَ‭ ‬تَقُولُونَ‭ ‬مَا‭ ‬لَا‭ ‬تَفْعَلُونَ
Transliteration: Lima taqūlūna mā lā tafʿalūn
Translation: Why do you say that which you do not do?
Āyah Source: Sūrah aṣ-Ṣaff, Verse 2 (61:2)

Lesson 41: Looking good

خُذُوا‭ ‬زِينَتَكُمْ‭ ‬عِنْدَ‭ ‬كُلِّ‭ ‬مَسْجِدٍ
Transliteration: Khudhū zīnatakum ʿinda kulli masjid
Translation: Put on your best of things in every masjid
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Aʿrāf, Verse 31 (7:31) 

Lesson 42: Sleep

وَجَعَلْنَا‭ ‬نَوْمَكُمْ‭ ‬سُبَاتاً
Transliteration: Wa jaʿalnā nawmakum subātā
Translation: And We (Allah) made sleep for you to rest
Āyah Source: Sūrah an-Nabā, Verse 9 (78:9)

Lesson 43: Not Claiming Spiritual Purity

فَلَا‭ ‬تُزَكُّوْا‭ ‬أَنْفُسَكُمْ
Transliteration: Falā tuzakkū anfusakum
Translation: So do not claim you are better than others
Āyah Source: Sūrah an-Najm, Verse 32

(53:32)

Lesson 44: Touch the Qur’an only when
you’re clean!

لَا‭ ‬يَمَسُّهُ‭ ‬إِلَّا‭ ‬الْمُطَهَّرُونَ
Transliteration: Lā yamassuhu illal-muṭahharūn
Translation: None shall touch (the Qurān) except those
who are purified.
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Wāqiʿah, Verse 79 (56:79)

Lesson 45: Manners of Eating Food

فَلْيَنْظُرِ‭ ‬الْإِنْسَانُ‭ ‬إِلىٰ‭ ‬طَعَامِهِ
Transliteration: Falyanẓuril-insānu ilā ṭaʿāmih
Translation: So let each person look at his (own) food
Āyah Source: Sūrah ʿAbasa, Verse 24
(80:24)

Lesson 46: The Qiblah

فَوَلِّ‭ ‬وَجْهَكَ‭ ‬شَطْرَ‭ ‬الْمَسْجِدِ‭ ‬الْحَرَامِ
Transliteration: Fawalli wajhaka shaṭral-masjidil-ḥarām
Translation: So turn your face in the direction of Masjid
al-Ḥarām
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Baqarah, Verse 149 (2:149)

Lesson 47: Not Helping Each Other in Doing Bad

وَلَا‭ ‬تَعَاوَنُوا‭ ‬عَلىٰ‭ ‬الْإِثْمِ‭ ‬وَالْعُدْوَانِ
Transliteration: Wa lā taʿāwanū ʿalal-ithmi wal ʿudwān
Translation: And do not help one another in doing sins and
bad actions
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Māʾidah, Verse 2
(5:2)

Lesson 48: Respecting Your
Parents

فَلَا‭ ‬تَقُلْ‭ ‬لَّهُمَا‭ ‬أُفٍّ‭ ‬وَ‭ ‬لَا‭ ‬تَنْهَرْ‭ ‬هُمَا
Transliteration: Falā taqul-lahumā uffin wa lā tanhar humā
Translation: So do not say uff! (a word of disrespect) to them
(your parents) and do not raise your voice at them
Āyah Source: Sūrah al-Isrāʾ, Verse 23
(17:23