Laying the Foundations for a Successful Tomorrow

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Why Buy These Books?

Rationale and Objectives

Education is perhaps the most influential social institution in any society. The role of schooling is to transmit a common set of beliefs, values, norms, and ways of understanding from the adult members of a society to its youth. Muslims worldwide share a common set of values based on the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam). It is the function of Islamic schools and parents to teach these values to Muslim students through the use of well designed curricula.

The overall objectives of this curriculum are to:

  • Provide a framework for instruction in Islamic studies for English speakers;
  • Assist young Muslims in learning the issues and practices of the religion of Islam thus imparting to them beliefs, values, norms and ways of understanding based on Islamic teachings;
  • Instruct young Muslims in Arabic - the language of the Noble Qur’aan;
  • Provide a knowledge base that prevent young Muslims from adopting cultural practices that are contradictory to Islamic values.

The instructional content is arranged in the following order:

  • Aqeedah (Islamic Doctrine),
  • The Noble Qur'aan and its sciences,
  • The Sunnah, Seerah (Biography of the Prophet and History),
  • Acts of worship and dealings,
  • Morals and manners.

These five areas of emphasis are detailed at each grade level.

Organisation of the Islamic Studies Curriculum

The entire curriculum is organized by grade levels. Each grade level is equivalent to a year group in UK schooling as in Year 2. Each grade level is subdivided into twenty nine units and each unit has three forty-minute lessons. The live instructional content areas are presented using a spiral approach in which students revisit the content area and study it in greater depth each year. Each grade has a student textbook that contains the subject text of the lessons, exercises and activities. Throughout the text there are integrated review units. These units require students to draw upon all of the instructional material presented previously across the content area.

It is essential that every learning event incorporate a number of well-structured educational activities. To achieve this, an activity book has been included with each grade in addition to the activities and exercises in the Student's Textbook.

The Activity Book is an invaluable resource for both student and teacher, comprising of a collection of supplementary learning and assessment activities to support the content in the Student's Textbook. Although it is presented as a separate entity, the Activity Book is an integral part of the overall educational experience this curriculum offers.

Also available separately are Teacher’s Manuals for each grade containing tips for teaching each lesson, suggested pedagogical practices and solutions to exercises and activities found in the Student‘s Textbook.

Effective Implementation of this Curriculum

The twenty-nine units contained in each grade were designed to cover a whole academic year. It is recommended that three lessons are covered each week. For example, Islamic studies classes held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays could easily cover a unit per week. The syllabus designers recognise that individual parents/home schoolers/schools are structured differently. In a setup in which three lessons per week is the norm, the implementation of the curriculum is straight forward. However some setups may have Islamic studies classes everyday. In those instances the additional two classes could be used for Supplementary Qur’aanic recitation practice. Since each lesson contains exercises and two or three activities which are sufficient for a forty minute lesson, additional weekly class sessions could also be used for enrichment using these additional activities.