Quran and Islamic Studies Curriculum
The primary objective of the school is to introduce and instill the main teachings of Islam. The school uses a very structured approach to teach Islam as a way of life. Students will, inshaAllah, have a grasp of the following:
Faith & Worship: Articles of Faith, Five Pillars and Worship of Allah (SWT).
Salaat: Goal is to make sure children know how to perform the salaat before they get to an age when it becomes mandatory. Children in the 4th grade and higher are expected to know how to perform Salaat.
Teaching of the Quran: Basic Teachings of Islam as mentioned in the Quran; Islamic morals and manners in light of the Quran and the Hadith.
Recitation/Reading Quran: The objective of the school is to facilitate students in the reading of the Quran. Children in the 4th grade and higher are expected to be able to read Quran.
Memorization of Surahs & Duas: Memorize 15-20 surahs and duas related to salaat and everyday affairs.
Introduction to Hadith: Introduction to the science of Hadith and some important Ahadith.
Introductory Fiqh: Introduction to basic fiqh.
Introduction to the Prophets: Stories of the Prophets for smaller children.
Seerah: Life history and Shama’il of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught at various levels.
Introduction to Islamic History: Brief overview of the Islamic history (khulafa-Rashidun, Umayyad & Abbasid periods, Muslims in Spain, Ottoman Period, Crusades, Islam in Africa & Islam in America)
Islamic contributions to civilization taught at the middle school level
For higher grades there is more emphasis on teaching the meaning of the Quran (as opposed to recitation) and general Islamic history (in addition to the Seerah of the Prophet – SAW). Advanced subjects that include fiqh, science of hadith, and Islamic akhlaq and adab are introduced at the middle school level. Though the advanced classes use the same structured approach as the rest of school they tend to be more discussion oriented and deal with current events and topics of general interest to the older students.