In the first semester students will cover two core modules, the first module will be Islamic law and the second module will be Islamic history. In the second semester we will teach the children Islamic beliefs and Ethics.
In Islamic law, students will cover the importance of Taqleed, the basics of ritual purification, as well as how to prepare for the daily prayers. In Islamic History students will be taught about the formation of the universe and the creation of Prophet Adam (AS), they will also be given an introduction to the life of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). All history courses will stress the relevance of the Imam of our time.
In Islamic beliefs during the second semester we will address the concept of the Muslim identity and Islamic values. Students will be taught the basic foundations of Islamic beliefs including the oneness of God, the role and importance of Prophethood & Imamah and finally the idea of the afterlife. In the Ethics and Morals module, students will understand the importance of adopting ethics in their life. We will then cover a range of practical life examples that the children can adopt in their everyday lives, such as dealing with elders, how to talk respectfully and how to avoid extravagance.
Word from the Course Director
It is important that young children living in the west have a basic overview of the islamic tenets. These core subjects will provide them with a great start to life and will allow them to build on their knowledge for years to come. I believe that children from a tender age should be exposed to this material to ensure they firmly begin to understand the world around them and the true meaning of life.
Faith is key but we must couple it with action and therefore children must be able to understand how to practise and apply their faith correctly. Finally Muslims living in this society must demonstrate a level of moral and ethical conduct, not only is this imperative as they contribute to a society which is founded on co-existence, but also because they are seen as important ambassadors of faith to the world.