Al-Rahmah After-school Academy – Islamic Society of Baltimore

Vision

The purpose of life is to know, worship and serve Allah as outlined in the Qur'an.

The vision of the Qur'an is to nurture an educated and refined heart, mind, and character to best serve this purpose.

Humans are in dire need of Hidayah (guidance) and direction to achieve this vision.

Life's most profound truth is La ilaha illallah. The Qur'an instructs humanity to 'Learn' (Fa’lam) La ilaha illallah. This is a call for attaining a deeper knowledge and understanding surrounding life's most profound truth.

The Qur'an directs humanity with Hidayah (divine guidance) towards this truth.

The purpose of Al-Rahmah After-school Academy (AAA) is to develop a faithful community that knows, serves, and worships Allah. A community that acts as his vicegerents on earth as outlined in the Quran.

The vision of AAA is to develop an educated, enlightened, and refined heart and mind that aids in seeking out the path to Allah’s worship and service.

The objective of AAA is to direct students, seekers and learners to the necessary knowledge and tools for guidance to Islam through education, learning, immersion, reflection, questioning and discussion to achieve that vision.

AAA offers various educational paths/tracks for seekers of all ages.

It aims to make the guidance, knowledge and legacy of the Quran and Islam accessible to all Muslims.

The names of the various tracks offered have been carefully selected, embodying a specific path and approach to achieving the purpose outlined above.

  1. Sirat - 1st to 5th graders
  2. Sabeel - Middle schoolers
  3. Tariqah - High schoolers

Structure:

Al-Rahmah After-school Academy (AAA) aims to provide tracks for the gradual growth and development of the student into a true Mu’min and believer in Allah who lives their life with Ihsan (excellence). There are programs offered for all age groups. The structure is a gradual one, so a student enrolling from 1st grade has a consistent and clear path towards their Islamic education and learning.

Mission Statement

Sabeel and Sirat are daily after school programs for students in elementary and middle school. They are programs designed to nurture the characters and identities of young Muslim children for all public-school going children and to instill within them a Quran and Islam centric worldview.

The program aims to foster a strong Islamic identity in the student.

The word Sabeel and Sirat are similar words indicating to a path (the path of Allah). These words are used in reference to paths to guidance (sabeel ila al-hidayah, sirat ul mustakeem). Students will be provided with a clear educational and spiritual path towards attaining the traits of a guided and faithful believer in Allah.

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Why Sabeel and Sirat?

Why do you fast? Why do you have to pray? Why are you even Muslim? Is faith required to be a good person? These simple questions may have simple answers. But, for many children the answer may warrant deeper thought. Deeper thought which causes one to look into themselves for the first time and ask 'Hey, why am I Muslim?'

For some, a standard answer is sufficient. Others may answer, 'Because my parents are Muslim'. Herein lies one of the most detrimental results for our children, believing without thinking and understanding.

Our children are not being taught how to think about faith. The first time they are confronted with existential questions, or questions about the nature of good and evil, without a sound understanding of the Islamic Framework and a Quranic worldview, they are dumbfounded. The Quran encourages mankind to be of those who reflect and ponder. Such as,

أََفَلاَیَتَد َّبُروَنٱْلقُْرَءاَنأَْم َعَلٰىقُلُو ٍبأَْقَفالَُھآ

'Do they not then reflect on the Quran? Or are there locks upon their hearts?'

As a young Muslim living in the west, various challenges and questions are posed to the minds of young children. The constant pressure from one's peers to the glamorization, normalization and glorification of sin in various media has led to a stealthy decline in this generation's moral outlook. The struggle and battle to negotiate a position for themselves in wider society while staying true to their religious ideals, added to the abovementioned pressures has led many Muslim Children away from Islam. The lack of a strong Muslim identity has translated into an insecurity and lack of confidence in Islam.

It is for this reason, we have felt the need to establish the Sabeel and Sirat programs for all children.

The reality is that the majority of Muslim children do not attend full time Islamic Schools, while their interaction with Islamic Knowledge in a sufficient manner is minimal. Other existing programs do not sufficiently address or do justice the growing demand for such a program.

The Islamic Society of Baltimore attracts children from all walks of life, who encounter similar challenges. Therefore, the need for a robust program of this nature is needed today, more so than ever before.

Sabeel / Sirat is split into two subjects:

  • Qur’an - In this subject, we focus on teaching children how to correctly recite the Qur’an in the Arabic language with the aim of completing it under an instructor. Students are also taught memorization of selected chapters and daily du’as (supplications).
  • Islamic Studies - This subject covers the core and foundational Islamic subjects such as Aqidah (creed), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Seerah (study of the life of the Prophet Muhammad), Akhlaq and Aadaab (Islamic etiquette and manners).

Objectives:

  • To foster a love for Allah and His Messenger (Sallahu alayhi wasalaam)
  • To develop the faculty of reflection and thought.
  • To learn how to think like a Muslim and a Quran Centric Worldview
  • To develop an Islamic Ethos, conduct and behavior.
  • To develop a healthy and safe Islamic environment where children are comfortable to ask questions.
  • To ensure all students understand what Islam requires of them and what it means to be a Muslim in the American context.

Attendance:

  • Attendance is required Monday - Thursday.
  • Sabeel's calendar will be in line with the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) academic calendar.
  • Daily attendance is a requirement. Parents are responsible to drop off and collect their children on time.
  • A late pickup fee of $20 will be applied if a student is not picked up by 6:40.

Venue: ISB

Course duration: 1 year

Course begins: August 29, 2022

Timing: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Instructors: Shaykha Hadiyah Hussain, Shaykh Muhammad Ahmed, Hafidh Basam Kaleem, Hafidha Fariha Zahid

Prerequisites: N/A

Virtual component: N/A

Materials provided: N/A

Course Fee: $750 per year / $75 per month

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Tariqah (The trail/track) (High schoolers)

Tariqah literally means a trail or track. Ta-ra-qa means to reach. The aim of this program is to provide students with a track by which they reach guidance.

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MISSION STATEMENT

Preparing serious young Muslim adults with religious and academic training with emphasis placed on Quran, the love of Allah and service of humanity in an atmosphere that encourages social consciousness, community leadership, and a commitment to the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Program Details:

  • Certified 2-Year Islamic Studies & Quran Intensive Program
  • Subjects included:
    • Islamic creed, Fiqh (Jurisprudence)
    • Adab (Etiquettes)
    • Tarikh (History)
    • Seerah (Life of the Prophet (saw))
    • Tafseer (Quran Exegesis)
    • Quranic reading and memorization
  • A curated curriculum designed specifically for high school students
  • Contemporary issues addressed from an Islamic perspective
  • A daily platform for teenagers to discuss and reflect on Islamic teachings to effectively implement in their daily life
  • Taught by qualified Islamic scholars
  • Career speaker series
  • An Islamic environment/setting to help young Muslims build their identity

More details on the course can be provided upon request.

Objectives:

  • To foster a love for Allah and His Messenger (Sallahu alayhi wasalaam)
  • To develop the faculty of reflection and thought.
  • To learn how to think like a Muslim and a Quran Centric Worldview
  • To develop an Islamic Ethos, conduct and behavior.
  • To develop a healthy and safe Islamic environment where teenagers are comfortable to ask questions.
  • To ensure all students understand what Islam requires of them and what it means to be a Muslim in the American context.

Attendance:

  • Attendance is required Monday - Thursday.
  • Tariqah's calendar will be in line with the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) academic calendar.
  • Daily attendance is a requirement. Parents are responsible to drop off and collect their children on time.

Venue: ISB

Course duration: 2 years

Course start date: August 29, 2022

Timing: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Aalimah Maryam Azam, Shaykha Hadiyah Husain & Shaykh Muhammad Ahmed

Prerequisites: N/A

Virtual component: N/A

Materials provided: (resource fee for books and materials at the beginning of the year)

Course Fee: $1200 per year / $120 per month

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