We’ve all been there. We’ve heard the same complaints from our students when it comes to Islamic Studies.
“Everything is haram! Why do we have so many rules? What’s the point of praying if everything is going wrong in my life?”
Our students are struggling with their Islamic worldview. They are struggling to connect with their Creator, the Lord of the Universe. This is causing our students to question their faith and reject it all together. This was our struggle, too. So we decided to do something about it.
We listened to our students, teachers and parents and decided to develop a unique Islamic Studies curriculum which is still grounded in the authentic teachings of the Quran and Sunnah.
Our team of Islamic scholars, teachers, and mental health professionals embarked upon a bold, multi-year initiative to develop an Islamic Studies curriculum which meets the immediate spiritual, mental, and emotional needs of Muslim youth.
Our books are unique and different from other Islamic Studies textbooks and series. We intentionally designed this curriculum with our youth in mind. These books are written in a mentoring tone. It addresses the students directly in a loving, conversational style. Instead of lecturing students, it encourages students to learn, develop their relationship with Allah.
Each unit contains essential questions to help the teacher and students focus on the main ideas of each unit. Additionally you will find a list of vocabulary words, activities, reflection questions and much more.
“Review and Reflect” section in each textbook fosters discussion and assesses student’s understanding of the content. Our online educator resources contain some lesson and activity ideas in addition to the answer keys to “Review and Reflect” questions.
The content is laid out and written with real world application in mind. This means we want students to take what he/she has learned and be able to apply it in his/her daily life right away.
May Allah accept your efforts and protect our families. Ameen.
First, we must KNOW Allah. Who is our Lord? What does it mean if we say He's Ar-Rahman? Or Al-Muieeb (the One whoResponds)? How do Allah's beautiful Names and Attributes apply in my daily life? We call this ‘Aqeedah.
Once we really know Allah, we become eager to SHOW gratitude to Allah, and this is where our practice of Islam and good deeds come in. We call this Fiqh.
As we continue developing our relationship with Allah and expressing our gratitude to Him, we GLOW with happiness and want to share it with everyone around us. We call this Da’wah.
Having learned that Islam is a complete way of life, we understand the need to GROW a vibrant community where we can put all of our knowledge into practice. We call this Ummah.
KNOW, SHOW, GLOW, GROW.
These four goals are the foundation of our curriculum and are embedded in our standards. We use the standards to build out units using the Understanding By Design (UbD) framework.
Our Islamic Curriculum is designed using the Understanding By Design framework which was developed by nationally recognized educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Understanding by Design.
This framework is based on the following key ideas:
A primary goal of education should be the development and deepening of student understanding.
Students reveal their understanding most effectively when they are provided with complex, authentic opportunities to explain, interpret, apply, shift perspective, empathize, and self-assess.
Effective curriculum development reflects a three-stage design process called “backward design” that delays the planning of classroom activities until goals have been clarified and assessments designed. This process helps to address two key problems of “textbook coverage” and “activity-oriented” teaching, in which no clear priorities and purposes are apparent.
Essential Questions help guide genuine inquiry into the big ideas and core content and they provoke deep thought, discussion,inquiry and new understandings as well as more questions. Essential questions also create opportunities for transfer to other situations and subjects.
Taken from: https://authenticeducation.org/whatisubd/
Wiggins, G., & McTigue, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
Performance standards describe what students who study these textbooks should know, understand and be able to do as a result of their schooling. We’ve developed standards in the areas of ‘Aqeedah and Fiqh based upon our transfer goals.
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