AUTHENTICITY

Our work is checked for quality and authenticity by a highly-qualified group of Islamic Scholars. Ensuring that authentic, proper and appropriate Islamic knowledge is provided to our children.

APPROPRIATE TO THE WESTERN CONTEXT

Growing up in the West, our children have a great number of benefits, however, this brings along a unique set of challenges that foreign syllabi fail to address. Therefore, we have carefully structured our syllabus to deal with the challenges that young Muslims are likely to face.

appropriate educational method

Our products are designed by UK qualified teachers and educationists to ensure that all content is delivered, presented and taught in an appropriate way, taking into context the age and cultural context of the child. Teaching styles have been closely aligned to those within state-Schools.

Revolutionising the way that our children learn about their deen.

The ‘Islam for Kids’ Islamic Studies series has been split into six levels with each level corresponding to the years of the state-funded education system in the UK. It is recommended to start level one atthe age of 5 when the child starts year one at primary school and to complete level 6 by the age of 11 when the child completes his or her primary school education. However, the series can be started earlier at an earlier age or later depending on the ability of the student. The six levels have been grouped into three stages, with each stage consisting of two levels. In the first stage, which consists of levels one and two, the aim is to ease the child into understanding Islamic concepts and terminology. The purpose of this stage is not to burden the child with technical knowledge about Islam, but rather to simply instil in them a sense of Muslim identity and to explore key Islamic concepts. Traditionally, Muslim parents have been advised to have a play based approach with their children’s Learning for the first seven years and then to formally teach them for the next seven years. Following this advice, in the first two years of the syllabus, a more visual approach has been adopted with the text being kept at a minimum. This enables the content to be taught in a child-friendly manner and allows teachers and parents to make the lessons more interactive and engaging for the child. The second stage of the syllabus begins at level three when the child reaches seven years of age. From this level onwards, a more formal approach to learning is adopted. Many of the concepts in the first stage are revisited, but instead of being largely pictorial, they are more text-based so that the key concepts can be conveyed in detail to the child and to encourage the child to start thinking about the content in more depth. In the third stage of the syllabus, which consists of levels five and six, the series shifts to a more text-heavy approach. This is to encourage the child to learn independently and practice their key reading and comprehension skills. The content at this level increases in difficulty to engage students academically and to raise the standard of literacy and understanding of Islamic concepts. The concepts from the previous two stages are revisited in this third stage but in much more detail. Parents and teachers alike will find this stage beneficial as reading material to help prepare in terms of subject knowledge for teaching the lessons in the earlier two stages.

In this way, the three stages work together to ease the child into becoming well acquainted with Islamic terminology, concepts and values. By the end of this syllabus, the child will have acquired the essential Islamic knowledge (Fard `Ayn) for them to be able to live their life as a practising Muslim. This Islamic Studies series is an excellent resource for parents to lay the foundation for their child’s learning. If Allah wills, further levels will be added to this syllabus, thus enhancing the child’s understanding of Islam and enabling them to become lifelong learners of the Islamic tradition.

As an organisation, Minhaj-ul-Quran International seeks to uplift Muslims worldwide through the revival of education and spirituality. It established its first branch in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s and founded its first centre in the 1990s. For more than two decades it has endeavoured to provide for the educational and spiritual needs of the Muslim diaspora of Great Britain.

The ‘Islam for Kids’ initiative is part of the longstanding services of Minhaj-ul-Quran International. This Islamic Studies series was produced and developed by second and third generation British scholars, who are trained classically in the traditional Islamic sciences, alongside QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) accredited teachers. It is an indigenous and local endeavour by the UK branch of Minhaj-ul-Quran International to fulfil the educational needs of native English-speaking students.

– The Islam for Kids Team