The Islamic Foundation
of North America
Group Identity: This level is for all those students who pass
level 3 or who pass the entrance test with a 95 or above- no exceptions.
Boys and girls should be taught in separate classes from either this level or
the next level onwards. 10+ year old boys and girls have no business
sitting with each other anymore.
Clothing Requirement: Recommended dress code is that boys will wear a
dark green kufi or topi while girls will wear a dark green hijab.
Mastery Focus: The main focus of this level is on building a sense of
cultural identity. Students will be made aware that Muslims have a rich
cultural heritage and civilization that operates even up to this day.
Methodology: This level will be divided in four segments of 40-50
|Segment 1: This class will explore the world of Islam.
Different Muslim cultures and societies will be explored as well as nations
and customs. Student projects will involve book reports,
presentations, class discussions. Slide shows and photobooks
highlighting different Muslim lands will be shown.|
|Segment 2: This class will focus on Muslim art and
achievement. Muslims have a rich history of calligraphy, geometric
design, painting, sculpture and architecture. Students will learn how
to produce Islamically-centered art and will participate in making their own
|Segment 3: This class will continue to build on the knowledge
of previous levels in Arabic, 'Aqeedah and Qur'anic comprehension. Students will
continue to master Arabic through reading the Qur'an and discussing the
meaning and grammar rules encountered. Other aspects of Islamic
knowledge will come out through the reading of the Holy Qur'an. Surahs
80-89 should be learned with meaning. In addition, this is the level
in which everything having to do with Siyam, or fasting will be
taught. All of the rules of fasting will be taught in detail along
with the different types of fasting and the different occasions when fasting
|Segment 4: Physical fitness/martial arts: Students will
be given a regular period of physical fitness training and/or martial arts.
Swimming for males and females, in separate facilities, can be introduced at
this level. Perhaps swimming field trips can be organized in rented
facilities on some day during the week on a regular basis.|
Discussion: Believe it or not, there are those Muslims who think that
Islamic achievements in the arts and cultural realms are a waste of time.
The Blessed Prophet once said that "Allah is beautiful and loves
beauty." If we don't connect the students with the concept that
Islamic civilization is well-rooted and worthy of study, then they will only
study Western art and culture (as they have been doing) and they will consider
non-Muslim art as valid and the highest point of creativity. In addition,
we must make our students aware of the Muslim nation and of all the rich Muslim
cultures around the world. Then they will know who their Ummah is.
Textbooks: The following books will be selected.
|Segment 1: "What Do We Know About Islam." By Sharukh
Hussain and/or "Introducing Islam." By Khadija Knight Also bring
color slides, picture books such as "Costumes and Customs of the Arab
World" available from IBTS and a big world map. Other materials
can be chosen that reflect the splendor and beauty of the cultural side of
Islamic civilization. For Example, "A Medieval Banquet Banquet
in the Al Hambra Palace" by Audrey Shabbas. (AWAIR)
A Journey Through the
Holy Qur'an by
|Segment 2: "Islamic Designs for Artists and
Eva Wilson (Soundvision). And various other books which are available
from Astrolabe, islamicbookstore.com and Soundvision.
Many sellers now carry some very
nice books on Islamic calligraphy, architecture and art.|
|Segment 3. "The Holy Qur'an for School Children Part
By Yahiya Emerick. (www.noorart.com)
"Essentials of Ramadan." by
Shaykh Lemu. "Better than a Thousand Months." (Reading
Literature about Ramadan) Get from halaco.com. For Arabic, the teacher
will concentrate on grammar and vocabulary found in the Juz Amma.
Specific Skills to Teach in Each Academic Segment: The textbooks and the
knowledge contained within constitute the requirements of this age group.
The Final Word: By this level all of the participants are teenagers or
soon to become teenagers. Separating the classes by gender will go a long
way to decreasing possible disruptions by students with overactive
hormones. In addition, girls will feel more comfortable speaking out in
class if boys are not present. Studies of classrooms in public schools
have shown that boys tend to be aggressive and dominant in class while girls
tend to become more timid. We must not allow our female students to feel
as though they are pushed aside.