Al-Rahmah Sunday School – Islamic Society of Baltimore

Mission Statement

To promote broad awareness of Islam for Muslim students from Kindergarten to Seniors by emphasizing Islamic teachings, fundamentals, ideologies, and legacy. To this end, to use a comprehensive syllabus, carefully selected textbooks, and knowledgeable instructors so as to intellectually stimulate the students and guide them to grow up as responsible, committed Muslim citizens living in the West, and help them make Islam a way of life.

Our Staff

Our staffs are primarily comprised of professionals drawn from various fields and backgrounds. Most staff members have prior teaching experience. We also have Sunday School graduates who went through our internship program before they were selected to teach. They are all passionate and committed about connecting with our students to give them the best Islamic education possible.

Our Students

Admission is open to all students, male or female, who reside in the US— regardless of their immigration status. Since the main medium of instruction is English, the ability of students to understand and communicate in English is important. Students are placed in a grade commensurate with their age. Our student population has increased exponentially in last few years, and are between the ages of 5 to 21 enrolled in our Sunday school.

Our Curriculum

The school will follow a systematic, comprehensive curriculum developed by Weekend Learning Publishers. Part of our Quran and Arabic curriculum are developed by our experienced staff and administration. Our curriculum adapts and changes to reflect what is needed by our students’ daily lives.  The objective of the curriculum is to provide a broad understanding of all aspects of Islam. We also offer Special Arabic classes for our students who need additional assistance with reading Quran. Our staff is dedicated to providing the resources needed for our students to gain the best education during their time in Sunday School.

Al-Rahmah Sunday School’s objective is to provide a healthy and rewarding Islamic learning environment for students. The school meets once a week, nine months a year, amounting to approximately thirty-five days of classes in a year. Within this time we are committed to spreading knowledge and doing our best to provide a sound, basic Islamic education.

Muslim children growing up in the US are facing diverse challenges and conflicting pressures at schools and within friend circles, constantly influenced by mainstream youth culture. It is difficult to isolate them from these influences and it is painful to let them sway into the mainstream. Excessive consumerism, peer pressure, media culture, internet, and technology confuse the youngsters’ minds regarding their objectives and ideals in life. Parents are the main source when it comes to instilling moral values in their children—However, parents can do only so much. Islamic schools have a responsibility to instill Islamic ideologies in the youth. It is tough job to help them balance their Islamic identity with their ‘American’ identity, and Al-Rahmah Sunday School is here to help.

While Islamic schools can also only do so much, we do not want to stop trying. We hope Al-Rahmah Sunday School will be able to help Muslim students appreciate and understand Islam – its rich heritage, principles, values, and teachings. We aim to provide stepping-stones for youngsters so that they understand and accept Islam as a chosen way life. Our success will be measured years later, when we hope former students will say: “thank you, you made a difference in my life!”
We are working towards that day. This guide is designed to introduce parents, teachers, and students to what to expect from the school and what the school expects from them.

Our request to the parents – please invest in your child. They are future Ummah and they are most precious!

Nasrin Rahman, Principal

School Board Members

Momen Abukhdeir, Chairperson
Nasrin Rahman, Principal
John Salahevons
Mohammad Naqibuddin
Nabila Malik
Sarah Ali

Qur’anic and Arabic Studies

Students will be taught an entire vocabulary and numbers of Arabic and will learn to understand some grammar and application. By the end of the course, students should be able to read Qur’ān with correct pronunciation using rules of tajweed, complete memorization and understand the meaning of the prescribed sūrahs, learn daily duas starting from duas when getting up in the morning to duas going to sleep, and all in-between duas of a day.

Kindergarten Students to Seniors

Early start is always encouraged. School will provide fun-filled learning activities for all kindergarten aged boys and girls. Learn about Allāh – Who He is and why we worship Him, and the blessings of Allāh. To attend Kindergarten, it is required that students must turn 5 years of age by August 30th of the enrollment year. Birth certificate must be submitted at the time of registration.
Classes starts from Kindergarten and end at Senior grade level. Level 8 and Seniors are 2-year programs. In addition to regular curriculum, Upper-level classes are engaged in discussion of current events and relate that to Islamic issues and principles. Learn how to act proactively and still be a good Muslim and a good citizen in the country we live in.

Opportunity for Awards and Recognition

The Sunday school give out a number of awards for Academic Excellence and various competitions (Quiz and Essay competitions) held throughout the year. At the end of the year, the award will be given solely based on attendance, class performance and academic performance, to A-Honor students. Almost two-third of our Students are precipitant of the Honor Role and are recognized in front of an audience during our annual function.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to their curriculum, students have opportunities for learning and fun with extra-curricular activities. These activates and fieldtrips are held as often as possible for our students.
Upper-level students have special programs and events that include their parents to enrich their bonds within the families and to make everlasting memories (such as Daughter-Mother, Son-Father luncheons). Some activities and fieldtrips include planting trips with interfaith groups, learning about the concept of death in Islam, and visiting graveyards to learn about the Islamic practices when it comes to burying a loved one. We have also had various speakers come and share their knowledge with us. Students also have the opportunity to attend the yearly ICNA-MAS Convention.

Lunch

Sunday School will provide a slice of cheese pizza and juice for lunch. Students can purchase additional slices if available. On special occasions in place of pizza, we offer students other food. Parents could also pack lunch for their child if they want.
Students will also arrange bake sales during the lunchtime. Each level takes a turn, coordinated by their teacher. Parents and students are encouraged to bring items for the bake sale when it is their turn.

PTA

Our Parent Teacher Administration (PTA) consists of dedicated parents and families of students who help with various activities throughout the year. Our PTA is extremely dedicated and involved with our Sunday School
If you have any questions or would like to join the PTA, please contact our administration.

Al-Rahmah Sunday School - Academic Schedule:

Returning Student Registration (2021-2022)

Registration details have been announced to current students and their parents. Please reach out to the Principal or Director for details.

New Student Registration (2021-2022)

Registration is open now.

New Students (2021-2022)

Registration for new students is open now. A child must be age 5 by August 30, 2021. The student's birth certificate must be presented at the time of admission. Payment for the entire school year is accepted must be made at time of registration with credit card only. Level 3 and above students will be contacted after registration for Quran/Arabic level evaluations.

Returning Students (2021-2022)

You may register for the 2020-2021 Sunday School year using the registration form below.

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