Zero Period - Meaningful Acts of Compassion:

During the Zero Period the lesson on Meaningful acts of Compassion was conducted.  It was discussed that in love, truth, sensitivity, compassion and empathy we respond to each other and these gestures add meaning to our lives and with it we add beauty and harmony to the world.
Activities:
Students were asked to list down 3 to 4 acts of compassion which they felt were quite meaningful. The most common responses were giving money to the poor, appreciating others, being polite and helping others etc.
Some poems were written on the board and the facilitator helped students comprehend the theme. Later they were asked to write a short poem of similar theme. The themes of few good poems were caring for others, caring for the environment, leading life in vain and reflection of their own acts.
Students were asked to recall a phrase of any poem that might have influenced them. One    student shared Iqbal’s poem“Lab Pe Ati Ha Dua Ban Ke”
The poem “The Neem Tree” By Elizba Kazi was read in the class. Students were asked to explain the meaning of the words tolerance, shelter, and sacrifice. Later they were asked to relate it to their daily lives.
Students were asked to share their views about ways of helping humanity and being compassionate.
The objective of these activities was to make students realize that through meaningful living we become an inspiration for others.

The learning outcome of these classes was that students have started realizing the importance of being compassionate and the teachers are trying to communicate that there is no virtue more important in the world than compassion and it should be acquired as a valuable human asset. Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken away from something, it leaves the thing tarnished.” – Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Manners.