Our Islamic studies program runs in parallel with our primary and elementary programs. All children take time out of their day to focus on learning key topics and texts in Islam. This is a unique and innovate program that seeks to develop children to love God and his Prophet (pbuh), attain a balanced and holistic understanding of the religion, and develop an Islamic character.
Key Principles of our program that make it unique:
Focus on the Love
One of the key aspects of MSE Islamic curriculum is that we focus on building the child’s appreciation and love of God as our Creator, Provider and Protector, love of the Prophet (pbuh), love of our families, and love of each other. Instead of framing Islam as a draconian set of do’s and don’ts, we teach it as a way to peace and prosperity.
Focus on the Understanding
Instead of focusing only on memorization and following rules, we also focus on developing a strong appreciation and understanding of the Qur’an, hadith, and beliefs and practices that come from them. While one can force children to accept a way of life at a young age, they will be free to choose their faith and practices when they grow older. Thus, we want to instill in them the correct understanding they will need to make the right choices for themselves.
Hands on Curriculum
We employ the same experience-focused approach to teach Islamic concepts that we do in our primary and elementary programs. Montessori-style materials that involve the children’s five senses have been developed to teach Islamic beliefs and practices.
Islamic Studies Subject Areas:
We believe that the Qur’an was revealed to be understood and applied, not just to be memorized. Teachers spend a great deal of time explaining and showing the concepts and values from the surahs (chapters) they teach while guiding each child to memorize at his or her own pace. The program begins with short surahs and progresses to longer ones.
Students learn the 6 pillars of faith: Belief in one God, the Prophets, the Angels, the Books, The Hereafter, and Divine Destiny.
Life of the Prophet (Seerah)
Students learn the timeline of the Prophet’s (pbuh) life and key stories that illustrate his character.
Children learn the basic rules of everyday living and how to practice the 5 Pillars of Islam.
Children learn daily duas found in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
Islamic Manners (Akhlaq)
Islamic virtues and manners are explained and incorporated into the everyday classroom setting.