Four years of Islamic studies offer students knowledge of Islam's system of belief, practice, and history. Students are expected to demonstrate the values of Islam in their daily interactions. Behavior and attitude reflect identity. The primary objective of Islamic studies is to firmly root students in a Muslim-American identity that expresses itself in their speech, character and actions. Islamic studies offer students an opportunity to discuss the issues and dilemmas they face as members of their community.
At the high school level, students are asked to read excerpts from the Sirah of the Prophet and discuss them. A geography and history of the Muslim World component, discussing its movements and leaders, its successes and shortcomings, and its current challenges within the value system of Islam, is offered to upper-level students. The daily prayer experience, Friday congregational prayers, and khutbah avail students of an opportunity to draw closer to Allah. The English language is the primary language of instruction and of texts for reading.
Qur'anic study adds the vital link of Qur'an to the school's Islamic curriculum. The course includes memorization, tajwid recitation, basic understanding of the text, and discussion of the particular times related to revelation. Students gain an appreciation for the value of the Qur'an in their daily lives, for the miracle of the Quran's revelation, and the preservation of its original text.
Nathira Khudeira, Islamic Studies Department Chair
Mrs. Ata joined Universal School in 2002. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Shariah and Usool Al-Din. Mrs. Ata has three years of teaching experience at Al-Siddiq School (Mosque Foundation). She worked with the Munina Youth Club for three years teaching Quran interpretation (Tafsir) to English speaking sisters on Sundays at the Mosque Foundation. Mrs. Ata also volunteered as a teacher aide at Orland School for two years, and one year at Universal School, prior to joining Universal School full-time.
Mr. Mostafa joined Universal School in 2012. Mr. Mostafa is a former Principal with over twelve years of experience in teaching Islamic Studies to middle and high school students. He believes that it takes a group effort from the home, the school and the Mosque working together to educate a child; Mr. Mostafa earned a Ph.D. and Master of Education from the American Interglobal University in Alexandria, Virginia and Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Studies. His goal is to pass his knowledge and experience on to your child in a safe and loving Islamic environment.
Mr.Alabd joined Universal School in 2015
Mr.Alshanti joined Universal School in 2016