The Islamic Foundation
of North America
Group Identity: Ages 8 and up including anyone who received below
an 80 on the entrance test. (No one over 12 years old
in this class.)
Clothing Requirement: Boys will wear a kufi or topi and
girls will wear a hijab. The color of the kufis and hijabs will be the
same for this level. Dark Navy Blue is recommended.
Mastery Focus: Basic skills mastery: Physical skills mastery, an
introduction to the 7 beliefs and 5 pillars with an emphasis of foundational and
Methodology: This level will consist of 5 segments of approximately
30-40 minutes each. Each segment will concern the following:
|Segment 1: Islamic beliefs: The parameters of the
Muffasil will be taught in an introductory fashion with an emphasis on the student knowing
how to explain each of the seven beliefs in a slightly detailed fashion. Common
Qur'anic Arabic phrases and some basic grammar principles will be introduced. More
practice and more rules of Qirah leading towards basic proficiency in
following surahs will be memorized with meaning: All
surahs from Level 1 along with surahs
|Segment 2: Islamic etiquette: Manners for eating, sleeping,
the bathroom, meeting, greeting, personal hygiene, farewell, behavior towards parents, the
elderly, younger people, strangers, etc...|
|Segment 3: Islamic practices: The main emphasis will be on
mastering all the significant details of taharah,
wudu, and all the forms of Salah and
their importance. Use the book on Salah for Children by Ghulam Sarwar. |
(All the significant details included in the book by Yusuf Islahi
"Everyday Fiqh" concerning Wudu and Salah. Another book you can substitute
is "The Prescribed Prayer Made Simple" by T. Shuaib). This class
is a Wudu and Salah intensive. Everything from Adhan, Iqamah
and the attendant du'as as well as witr, Tahajjud and Najasha, Ghusl and Tayammum will be covered.
|Segment 4: Islamic Themes: This class will deal with
introducing the different Prophets and their stories, the life of the Blessed Prophet
Muhammad and stories of some famous Sahaba.|
|Segment 5: Physical fitness/martial arts: Students will
be given a regular period of physical fitness training and/or martial
arts. Muslims are weak and oppressed all over the world and all the
non-Muslims train their children in personal self-defense. Shouldn't
we follow the Sunnah as prepare ourselves for our own defense as well?
Karate, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Judo, etc... should be an essential part of any
program for a well-rounded Muslim. It also imparts greater confidence
and discipline. |
Discussion: Islamic studies, as was highlighted before, is
often boring for the students because the same things are taught, year after year,
regardless of grade level. In this educational methodology, knowledge is the divider
between levels, not age. It may take some getting used to, but in the end, there is
nothing inherently wrong with taking an 8 year old who doesn't know how to make
putting him or her in a class with a 15 year old who also doesn't know. They
are both on the same knowledge level.
hold 10 or 20 other students hostage in a class simply because the teacher has to
concentrate on bringing up the less knowledgeable students? By the time those
students came up to speed, either the school year would be almost over or the other
students will have tuned themselves out of the class out of boredom, or both!
There must be a Mastery Level Class devoted strictly to certain
aspects of Islam which a student must achieve before moving higher in the ranks.
This is the class that will ensure that Salah, Wudu and all the requisites are mastered so
that in higher levels, the teacher can concentrate on other aspects of Islam, rather than
on Wudu and Salah over and over.
Textbooks: The books are listed as follows:
|Segment 1: "The
Holy Qur'an for Children Juz Amma from
IFNA. "Islam for Children" by Ahmad Von
Denffer. + "Easy Steps in Arabic" from MELS|
|Segment 2: "Etiquettes of Life" By Yusuf Islahi. (and/or)
Perfection." Iqra. (The teacher will draw the lessons from these
|Segment 3: "The Children's Book of Salah"
by Ghulam Sarwar" Also use these Teacher Resources: "The Prescribed Prayer Made Simple." Tajuddin
"Everyday Fiqh Vol. 1. " Yusuf Islahi. (All the
knowledge in these books concerning Taharah, Najasa, Wudu, Ghusl and Salah
must be taught.)|
|Segment 4: The teacher will
draw stories for the students from the following books: "Stories of the Prophets" by A. Nadwi and
the Prophets" by Ibn Kathir.|
Specific Skills to Teach in Each Segment: The skills mentioned
above will be taught specifically: Basic knowledge of 'Aqeedah, Manners and Adab,
Personal hygiene, Everything having to do with Salah and stories of some of the
Prophets in a basic level.
The Final Word: This can be a very successful level because it will
give the students the confidence to move on to higher levels of learning without the fear
of not knowing the basics. Graduates of this level must pass a comprehensive exam of
all the skills learned here. Limit class sizes to no more than 20 pupils
if at all possible. They can memorize all the du'as and other phrases
related to this level's subject matter so don't be afraid to teach them.