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 understand how to do ritual bathing, and will be given a breakdown on how to pray as well as its legal requirements. Students will also be expected to understand how to take part in congregational prayers and recognise the rules of fasting. In the History module they will look at important events from the life of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) including the revelation, the migration, and certain battles. They will also be taught the brief biographies of both Imam Ali and Lady Fatima (AS). All history courses will stress the relevance of the Imam of our time.
In the second semester, the beliefs module will focus on understanding the oneness of God and how to avoid associating partners with him. Students will also be able to explain how Imam Ali (AS) was appointed as the rightful successor to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). They will also understand who the twelve successors after the Prophet (PBUH) were. In the Ethics and Morals modules, students will be able to demonstrate a greater understanding of how to deal with other notable life skills, such as dealing with the family, caring for the needy, and dealing with anger. They will also be taught the importance of being organised.
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.