Islamic Studies

  • Suad Sharif

    Islamic Studies Teacher, Grade K-5

    B.Bus., Accounting, Tennessee State University, TN, 2019

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  • Omar Sharif

    Islamic Studies Teacher, Grade 6-10

    B.A., Sharia, Islamic University of Medinah, KSA, 2018

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Islamic Studies Curriculum

The Islamic studies program takes students from the basics of Islam to more advanced topics across all religious areas; Aqidah, Fiqh, seerah of the Prophet (PBUH), hadeeth, and Islamic history. Each level begins with a presentation of Islamic beliefs based on age-appropriate and graded material. Some topics are covered in multiple levels for added perspective, details, and emphasis. In each level, however, several lessons are devoted to Islamic morals, manners, and values.

Early Childhood (PreK 3-4)

Young students in preschool are introduced to general Islamic knowledge based on the Quran and Hadith. They learn about the Creator and His creations, God’s blessings, stories of prophets, and short duas. Teachers incorporate stories, nasheeds, and fun activities such as coloring, sorting, acting, and playing to introduce each topic.

Elementary School (K-5)

In lower elementary, students get introduced to the basics of Islam through stories, nasheeds, and various activities; writing, coloring, sorting, or projects. They learn about the Creator and His creations, Islam and Muslims, pillars of Islam, Islamic manners, and Islamic festivals. Stories of the prophets and seerah are presented through concept-building exercises and interactive activities. Fun characters are introduced to students, inspiring them to learn important life lessons.

In upper elementary, students continue to build their understanding of Islam through stories, poems, illustrations, and thought provoking questions and activities. They are gradually introduced to the essentials of their faith and bring to light historical and cultural aspects of Islam. A wide range of carefully selected themes from Qur’an, Hadeeth, faith, worship, and Islamic character are covered. Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the history of other Prophets, and stories of the early generations of Muslims are introduced as role models to emulate.

Middle School (6-8)

In middle school, students begin to deepen their Islamic knowledge as they learn abstract concepts and social responsibility. Character building and understanding of human interactions are common themes in middle school as students develop a sound understanding of Islamic manners, values, and morals. Students recognize the ideal Islamic ethical framework of a society as they dive deeper into Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) biography as well as the life and contributions of few companions, including men and women, who shaped the early history of Islam. In addition, students learn more detailed rules of Hadith, Fiqh, and Aqeedah.

High School (9-10)

The High School program is aimed at having students come to understand Islam as a mission that provides specific guidelines for them to follow in all aspects of their lives. High school students analyze more complex topics and are introduced to moral-building topics with greater depth. Thought provoking topics such as Ponder Over the Qur’an, Islam and Violence, Peer Pressure, Alcohol and Gambling, Status of Women in Islam, Marriage, Racism and Islam and so forth are covered. As students progress to higher grades and develop intellectually, other topics are covered such as Controlling Your Thoughts, Lower Your Gaze, Maintaining A Relationship, Overcoming Temptation and so forth. All topics are sure to provide high-school students sufficient materials for serious, intelligent discussion as well as inter-faith discussions.

The Islamic studies program takes students from the basics of Islam to more advanced topics across all religious areas; Aqidah, Fiqh, seerah of the Prophet (PBUH), hadeeth, and Islamic history.