All praise is due to Allah the most wise and powerful and we send the choicest of salutations upon His beloved Messenger, Muhammad, His family, His companions and all those who follow His blessed path until the day of reckoning. The `Deen` of Islam is not merely a religion. Rather it is a complete way of life which we are ordered by Allah to follow. Our success in this world, the grave and the life hereafter depends on how well we have followed this path and this path can only be followed after we have acquired its knowledge.
“Our mission is to educate students with strong Islamic values and beliefs and provide an excellent academic foundation for students to advance according to the capabilities bestowed on them by Allah, the most high, to excel and achieve their career goals and live harmoniously within the wider community.”
Alhamdulillah! As of the beginning of 2010, we had created and implemented a new Islamic curriculum for the school by which the students could gain a broad understanding of their religion. The new curriculum was largely a success with most subjects being completed within the slotted timeframe. However, we are constantly seeking to improve and enhance this curriculum to maximize the benefit to our students. Here at the AIIC, our endeavor is not only to enlighten the students about the commandments and prohibitions of Islamic law, but also to create in them a revolutionary spirit which will drive them to become torch bearers of the everlasting message of Islam. The following is a brief outlook of the subjects we will be covering in the year 2013.
Quran Reading An all out effort is been made to, first of all, teach all students to fluently read the Quran and secondly to improve the quality of reading for those who are already reading the Quran. The goal is simple: All students from Year Two to Year Twelve must be able to read the Quran by the end of the year. In our Prep classes, the students are taught the basic Arabic letters. From Year one they are then started on the first part of Yassarnal Quran, which is a booklet used in the teaching of Quran reading. In Year Two the students then move up to part two of Yassarnal Quran. We work towards the goal that by the end of year two, students should be at least able to read the Quran to a degree (if not fluently). Subsequent years will see the students improving on the fluency and Tajweed of the Quran. Because we have students joining the school on a regular basis, we understand the need to cater for various levels of Quran reading within each class. For this we have set up a three group structure in each class to accommodate these varying levels. Group C is for those students who are not yet able to read the Quran and as stated above; our goal is to make sure they are reading the Quran by the end of the year. This is the only Islamic/Arabic field in which we will ‘cater’ for individual students needs.
Quran Memorization A set curriculum has been prepared for each class in which they are expected to complete the memorizing of certain Surahs for the whole Year. The following is a guide to the Surahs expected to be memorized by each class.
Primary & Secondary Islamic Curriculum The junior and middle schools (from year one to year seven) will be studying the Islamic Education series compiled by Molvi Abdul Aziz and published by Darus Salaam, Saudi Arabia. These hard cover, brightly coloured text books cover all areas of Islamic studies which are important to students in these younger years.
The following are some of the main subjects covered in this series:
- Fiqh (Islamic law e.g. cleanliness, prayers, fasting, etc.)
- Seerah (A study of the life of our Prophet Muhammad)
- Aqeedah (Correct beliefs with regards to Allah, His Messenger, His angels, etc.)
- Tafseer (A look at the meanings of ceratin Surahs and Ayaat from the Quran)
- Hadith (Presenting the pure words of the Messenger of Allah and it’s meanings)
- Adaab (Etiquettes relating to different areas and situations)
In addition to the above we have also supplemented the series with a booklet on Duaas, Hadith and Tajweed by which the students are encouraged to memorize certain Duaas and Hadith and are also taught the laws of Tajweed in theory.
High School Islamic Curriculum Our current high school curriculum is tailor made for young adult Muslims. Details are as below: We have endeavored to complete the entire Islamic Fiqh (jurisprudence) starting from Year Eight and ending with Year Twelve. All books of Fiqh will be covered from the book of cleanliness to the book of inheritance and everything in between including marriage, business transactions, halal & haram, clothing, etc. In the past Islamic history was confined to the Seerah of the Prophet and, at the most, the first four Caliphs of Islam. The remaining 1400 years of glorious Islamic history are often overlooked. Utilizing the book History of Islam by Professor Masudul Hasan, the students now have an opportunity to learn and be proud of our impressive past. Besides Fiqh and Islamic History, we have also additional subjects for the High School including Islamic etiquettes and manners, Aqeedah and Tafseer of various Surahs and Ayaat from the Quran.