At BIGS we start and end our day with the recitation of Quran as well as starting and ending lessons with Quran. Students are reminded every morning and in assemblies to pray Daily Azkhaars to encourage them to continually be in the remembrance that Allah is watching me, listening to me and is with me.
On Thursday mornings Assembly is typically focused on Islamic reminders.
On Friday assembly, students sit together to do a collective Zikr and Read Surah Al–khaf together.
All year groups have Quran lessons taught throughout the week. Students learn the principles of how to recite the Quran with the correct articulation, prolongation, merging, conversion, distinctness, and pauses. Students are also given an Introduction to tajweed, Why do we learn tajweed? The command to learn Tajweed, Benefits of Tajweed, Principles of Tajweed, Prostrations of reading, Levels of reciting the Quran, Errors in recitation, Symbols of Stop-ping, The makhaarij, Characteristics of letters and introduction to noon sakinah and tanween, rules of meem sakinah, tashdeed and maddaat.
From time to time we will test students orally in the recitation of Quran. Students who have already memorized tajweed of Quran will follow the same plan of study and will learn to identify the rules of Tajweed from the Quranic text and from memory.
SALAH times monitoring
A new online monitoring system is currently being used by the Aalima teachers to help support and monitor learners to pray Salah. During Winter months’ students know that they have to pray Zuhr in School and this is strictly monitored and logged. Younger year groups are also given a separate prayer log book to help them to stay on track and pray the 5 prayers. This is monitored by the Aalima teacher.
All report cards include a ‘prayer effort’ grade in order to encourage parents to also be involved with this aspect of a student’s progress.
Lessons in Aalima
Students typically have 4 lessons a week in Aalima working towards a diploma level course in Aalima over the course of 5 years in School. The course is taught in a way to ensure that all information is simplified for their understanding and is taught using modern methods and visual aids.
Fiqh (Rules and Regulations) We teach according to Imam Abu Hanifa’s jurisprudence and emphasise on the correct methodology to perform wudu, ghusl, salah and other compulsory acts.
Aqeedah, (Belief) Is according to Ahle-sunnah-wal Jammah. Learning basic beliefs such as the seven articles of faith alongside an emphasis on the importance of understanding the love of Allah and the prophet (peace be upon them).
Seerah (history of Islam): taught from the Sealed Nectar students are able to learn about the life of the prophet peace be upon them. Students are also given an opportunity to learn about the biography of the Khalifa’s and companions of the prophet (peace be upon him).
Hadith (Riyadh us saliheen): Students are taught in such a manner that they are given real-world lessons of how to implement the saying of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in their lifestyle while living in the 21st century. The main theme is the student becomes an example of a follower of the Sunnah of the beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa salam inwardly and outwardly to attain the ultimate objective of Pleasure of Allah tala.
Tazkiyah (implementing purification to benefit one’s character); this is such a course design in a way to implement all the teaching of Allah and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a practical methodology. We teach students that as well as Ta’leem (knowledge) there should also be a strong emphasis on the practical teachings of Islam (Tarbiyah). Students are also given opportunity in lesson and outside for any pastoral support from an Islamic perspective.
During the year we also have an afternoon of assemblies to commemorate celebrations like Mawlid un nabi. In these assemblies learners contribute by either reading poems/nasheeds or giving speaches to each other about the importance of this event. Knowledgeable scholars from the community are also used to give a lecture to the students about the significance of this event. A short zikr and dua is also read.
Future events planned:
Four greatest woman in Islam
Parenting skills for parents from an Islamic prospectus
Assembly for Eid ul fitr/Eid ul Adha