Al-Rahmah Plus (AR+) by ISB – 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 AlRahmah+ 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 AlRahmah+ 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 AlRahmah+ 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.

AlRahmah+ 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. Sabeel - 1st to 5th graders
  2. Sirat - 6th to 8th graders
  3. Tariqah - High schoolers
  4. Qiblah - Adults, college and up

Structure:

Alrahmah+ 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.

Qiblah

Muslims are required to face the Qiblah when they offer their daily prayers. The word Qiblah literally means direction. The adults learning program aims to provide students with a clear Qiblah (direction) towards Hidayah (guidance).

The aim of this program is to enrich Muslims with sound knowledge and understanding of Islam. It is to provide Muslims with the necessary knowledge and tools to contribute towards their society positively, whichever career or path they choose in life.

Qiblah offers the following three tracks:

Fundamentals of Quranic Arabic

Do you want to fall in love with the Qur'an, understand what Allah is saying, and navigate through its meaning to develop a personal relationship with Him? Here is your opportunity!

AlRahmah+ is offering an Arabic Language Track for adult seekers of knowledge who wish to immerse themselves with the Arabic Language and unearth the pearls and gems in the Qur'an.

This course will cover the key grammatical and etymological concepts that would provide you with the tools to unlock the Qur'anic Jewels. 

Intermediate and advanced Arabic tracks to be offered in the future.

  • Teaching classical Arabic (Fus-ha) as a second language
  • Focusing on developing the four language skills
  • Teaching grammar through associative instead of rote memorization
  • Three levels; Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
  • Flexible class schedule to accommodate work/home life

Venue: ISB

Course Duration: 12 Weeks, Every Wednesday Starting 02/02/2022

Timing: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Instructor: Dr. Ra'id Awadallah (Bio)

Prerequisites: Competency In Reading Arabic

Virtual Component: Yes

Materials Provided: Yes

Course Fee: $120

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Arkaan Al Islam (Pillars)

This class is Qiblah's essential and Prerequisites course, covering the Fardh Ayn (knowledge that every Muslim must to know) that guides the Muslim in their day to day life in devotion to Allah and commitment to Islam.

This class is part of a 2 part series that will cover the five pillars in detail.

This is a refresher course for adults to revisit the study of the essential beliefs and everyday practices of a Muslim. The class covers the basic creed of the believers, and the basic jurisprudence (Fiqh) of Tahaarah (purity), Salaah (prayer), Zakaah (charity), Sawm (fasting), Hajj (pilgrimage) and Halal (lawful) and (Haram (unlawful).

This course is for beginners and students who have already studied these topics but wish to revise them.

This track can be taken alongside the Arabic and Ilm track.

The primary text taught in this track is Maraaqi al-Sa’aadaat (Ascent to felicity) by Allamah Al-Shurunbulali.

Themes to be covered:

  • Muslim Creed
  • Jurisprudence of purity and its subtopics such as Wudhu, bathing, Tayammum, etc
  • Jurisprudence of prayer

Venue: ISB

Course Suration: 12 Weeks, Every Saturday Starting 02/05/2022

Timing: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Shaykh Yaseen Shaikh (Bio)

Prerequisites: None

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Course Fee: $120

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Hikmah- Ilm & Knowledge Track

The aim of the knowledge track is to offer students with an advanced understanding of the Islamic Tradition through rigorous study of its core sciences such as:

  • Aqeedah and contemporary worldviews
  • Tafseer and Uloom al Qur’an (Commentary of selected chapters and sciences of the Qur’an)
  • Hadith and its history (study of Hadith methodology, principles, and selected Ahaadith)
  • Fiqh (history and development, understanding the four schools, Fiqh of worship, commerce, marriage, and divorce)
  • An overview of the Islamic Legal Theory (Usool al Fiqh)
  • Seerah and Tareekh (Biography of the Prophet, and study of lives of the rightly guided Caliphs, and mothers of the believers and household of the Prophet)
  • Tazkiyah (rectification and reform of the self, development of character)

AQD 101- Faith in Perspective

Many Muslims today live torn between two distinct world-views, value systems, and ways of life: that of Islam and that of the contemporary, secularized world created by the modern West. Though we believe in Islam, we live in the midst of an alternative - and very powerful - intellectual, social, and moral paradigm that impinges on us constantly and seeks to mold our views, judgments, and personalities in its own image.

The objective of this initial course is to start building up a solid and comprehensive framework for thinking about these types of issues.

Intellectual and moral crises can arise when Islam and the dominant paradigm conflict and the individual is unable to uncover the underlying genealogy of each view, in order to better manage the conflict and to find peace and conviction in a continuing commitment to Islam.

Themes to be covered:

  •      Enlightenment
  •      Secularism
  •      The protestant reformation
  •      The scientific revolution
  •      Modernity
  •      Liberalism

Venue: ISB

Course Duration: 12 Weeks, Every Monday Starting 01/31/2022

Timing: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Instructor: Ustadh Mobeen Vaid (Bio)

Prerequisites: None

Virtual Component: Yes

Materials Provided: Yes

Course Fee: $120

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Mission Statement

Nurturing the Islamic conscience and temperament of the students through thought provoking questions, discussions, and learning.


Sabeel Institute is a daily after school Madrasah/Maktab. It is a program designed to nurture the characters and identities of young Muslim childrenfor 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 is taken from the term Sabeelullah (the path of Allah). It literally means a road or path. Here it denotes a pathway towards guidance (sabeel ila al-hidayah). Students will be provided with a clear educational and spiritual path towards attaining the traits of a guided and faithful believer in Allah.

Why Sabeel?

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 Institute 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 offers the following two tracks:

What is Maktab?

The Maktab is a program that nurtures the child’s relationship with Allah and Islam alongside attending regular school. This program is an essential lifeline for our children who are exposed to the ever present challenges against Islamic morals and values.

Students are taught various subjects ranging from Qur’an, Hadith, Du’as (supplications), Aqidah, Fiqh (prerequisites of a Muslim), Seerah (Biography of the Prophet), Akhlaq and Aadaab (Islamic morals and etiquette). The Maktab is an ongoing program that will prepare young children to face the challenges of being a Muslim in America.

Sabeel Institute is our personalized Maktab program to integrate Islamic studies with the Quran, while connecting it to contemporary topics that challenge our children on a daily basis. Sabeel not only aims to teach but to also develop a mindset to be productive, to think, to reflect, and to be effective and confident Muslims in society.

This track is split into two subjects:

  • Qur’an - In this subject, Sabeel focuses 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).

Sabeel incorporates a wide range of resources and teaching methods. The primary textbooks studied at Sabeel are An-Nasihah and Safar Academy.

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.

Syllabus:

  • Quran and Quranic Recitation
  • Aqidah(Creed)
  • Hadith
  • Seerah
  • Fiqh
  • Duas
  • Ethics and morals

There will be fun activities, competitions, workshops, and more inshallah!

Attendance:

  • Attendance is required Monday - Thursday.
  • Class session timings: 4:30 - 6:30
  • Age Group: 5 - 13 years
  • Sabeel's Calendar will be in line with the Quran academy calendar.
  • Daily attendance is a requirement. Parents are responsible to drop off and collect their children on time.
  • In the event a student is not able to attend, a written request must be sent to the director via email.
  • A Late pickup fee of $20 will be applied if a student is not picked up by 6:40.

Safety:

At Sabeel, we are committed to ensure that all children are safe. As a result, we will enforce strict policies to ensure every child's safety, inshallah.

  • Corporal punishment will not be permitted under any circumstance.
  • Parents will need to cite the names and numbers of all those authorized to pick up their children along with a photo ID.
  • Parents must come to the lobby to pick up their children.

Uniform:

  • All students are encouraged to dress modestly, both boys and girls.
  • Girls are encouraged to wear scarves with loose clothing.
  • Boys are encouraged to wear kufis along with pants.

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Sabeel offers the following two Tahfidhul Qur’an programs

Full-time Tahfidhul Qur’an is a focused specialized program.

The aim of Tahfidhul Qur’an is its complete memorization with mastery of the Tajweed rules.

The vision is to produce the future Imams and Scholars in America.

The full-time Tahfidhul Qur’an Students are also offered daily Tarbiyah related lessons by Scholars.

Venue: ISB

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Timing: Mon - Thursday, 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM

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The part time Tahfidhul Qur’an program serves three purposes:

  1. To serve as a pilot program to evaluate the students applying for the full time program.
  2. A class for returning Hifdh alumni to revise their Qur’an.
  3. A class for students who want to memorize only a few portions of the Qur’an.

Please note, this class is based on selection

Venue: ISB

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Sirat (Ilm Track) (6th to 8th graders)

Sulook is taken from the wording in the Hadith that describes the path to knowledge (man salaka tareeqan): Whoever tread or treks on a path in which they seek knowledge, Allah will make their path to paradise easier by it.

Sulook is the next stage of learning after Sabeel.

The mission, aim, vision, objectives, syllabus, directors, and instructors of the Sulook Track is similar to Sabeel. The only distinction is age differentiation, and content and approach being age appropriate and relevant.

Venue: ISB

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Timing: Mon - Thursday, 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM

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Course Fee: $120

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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.

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.

The following subjects and topics are covered at Tariqah:

  • Certified program.
  • Quran reflections.
  • Islamic Creed and Adab | reviewing fundamentals of Islam and practical implementation in daily life.
  • Addressing contemporary issues from an Islamic perspective.
  • Virtual classrooms and online access for all students with recorded lectures and online resources.
  • Adult and peer membership.
  • Life coaching and parental support.

Venue: ISB

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Course Fee: $120

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