About Our Syllabi
There is not currently any meaningful Islamic
studies syllabus available for grades KG-12 at this time. Although many Muslim
organizations, publishing houses included, have produced what they call
"curricula" and "Syllabi", these, in fact, are usually nothing more
than lists of any old books they have lying around to fill in any gaps or empty spaces in
their graphs and charts.
I'm serious. If you take a look at those book lists, you will find no rhyme or reason in the selection of books, especially for the upper grades. They're just as likely to pick some scholarly tome written by a long deceased Maulana as a wholly inappropriate book dealing with irrelevant and tedious subject matter.
I'm sure it's not because the developers of these "syllabi" are just being lazy. Rather, I believe that very few Muslims involved in planning for education have ever gone through the experience of choosing Islam as their personal way of life, i.e. going through a conversion experience. When a person in born into a Muslim family or nation, it is too easy to not see the dynamism and personal spiritual nature of the Islamic experience.
Consequently, they may view Islam more in a ritualistic sense or in a cultural sense. People who actually rejected their parent's religion and accepted Islam, however, more often understand that Islam is a deeply personal and spiritually purifying experience. Given that Muslim children, especially those living as minorities in non-Muslim countries, can never be expected to take the ritual and cultural side of Islam for granted, all that is left is to win their hearts and minds to the Islamic way of thinking. Then and only then can the fiqh of Islam be introduced.
Therefore, a proper Islamic studies curriculum in a non-Muslim environment, must have, as its focus, the promotion of Islam as a viable alternative to non-Muslim beliefs and values. The "why" of Islam must be given prominence over the "how" of Islam. If the "why" is never fully established in the minds of the students then the "how" will have no impact on them.
Given that the ideal books for teaching Islam are not all in place yet, we have decided to tackle the problem in a two-fold manner. First, to satisfy immediate needs, we have reviewed hundreds of books and have developed a running syllabus for each grade so that the most appropriate materials can be used.
Second, we are actively involved in the writing and publication of textbooks to meet the needs of Islamic education today. At this time, we have produced Islamic Studies textbooks and numerous literature selections. Among these are the following books:
1. What Islam is All About.
2. Learning About Islam.
3. The Holy Qur'an for School Children: Part 30.
4. Color and Learn Salah.
5. The Holy Qur'an for Kids - Juz 'Amma
The Syllabi linked to this page are lists of books, selected by grade, that we have reviewed and thought to be the best under t<<Selection in Document>>he current circumstances. Some well-known books we have decided not to include due to their lack of true usefulness in the educational sense. For the contact information with suppliers, see the suppliers page.