Learning about Salah

On Sunday 18th March, students from junior school up to upper school were off their usual timetable and instead took part in a 4-hour intensive Salah workshop. 

At the start of the day, although mostly tired and yawning as they made their way to class, many faces lit up when they heard the news that normal lessons were off for today - let's be honest, which student wouldn't have been over the moon?!

The workshop began with an introduction to the importance of Salah delivered by Ustadh Mohsin. Together as a school, students gave their answers to the all-important question, "Why do we pray?". From it being an obligation which had an attached consequence to developing patience and connecting with Allah, all the students from the youngest to the oldest gained insight into the main reasons and wisdoms behind carrying out this pillar of Islam.

Printed resource for the students to follow

As the day progressed on, Ustadh Ismail further reinforced just how important Salah is and then tackled the rulings of both performing Wudhu (ritual ablution) and Salah. Students were given a wonderful practical demonstration by one of the students who was happy to volunteer (after a little persuasion!) and they could also follow along a printed resource of the steps of salah.

Step by step, Ustadh went through the motions and outlined the names and timings of the 5 Salah in the day, the number of raka'ah in each as well as the brief history of when the command came. After a long and exciting morning, the students were ready to go on their lunch break.

Following on from lunch, everyone was then put to the test - split up into groups the children had to prepare a short presentation. They were all allocated a different topic - from how to perform Salah to the reasons why we perform it. Below are some images of one of the groups who had to demonstrate and explain the  movements of Salah.

Alhamdulilah, the students delivered wonderful presentations - Ustadh Mohsin even mentioned he was quite impressed! The day came to an end after every student was tested on their Salah - the teachers all individually listened to each child making notes on where they needed a little more practise with the hope of monitoring individual progress throughout their journey of perfecting, or even learning, how to pray.

Alhamdulilah, by the permission of Allah SWT, it proved to be a beneficial workshop for both the teachers and students alike. After great reception from parents too, in'sha'Allah a lot more workshops are on their way!

We pray that Allah SWT allows the youth of today to grow up with a strong attachment to the Deen and become shining beacons of light for the Ummah at large.
— Ameen

Cakes Galore!

On Sunday 21st and 28th January, students across the school from Junior Class to Upper Class were set a special homework task - to bake a cake or any other sweet treat for their neighbours and to personally deliver it. Not only this, but they also had to write a short note explaining why it's important to treat our neighbours so well and how important it is in Islam.

For the last few weeks, students have been learning all about the community - what exactly it is, who our neighbours are, how we can help in the community and the great amount of respect and honour given to those who treat their neighbours well. Students in the middle school studied the story of the Jewish man who sold his home for double it's price of 1000 dinaars - stating he would sell his home for 2000 dinaars - 1000 for the house and 1000 for having Abdullah Ibn Mubarak (Rahimullah) as his neighbour! This is how loving and merciful Abdullah Ibn Mubarak was, following the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).

This homework task not only got the children learning new skills as part of their enrichment (although it may have been a parent's nightmare!), but also drilled home the message that as Muslim citizens, it is part of our religion to treat our neighbours well, with utmost kindness and respect. Moreover, as all students have learnt since they have started school this year, part of our religion is to fulfil the rights of the people (Huqooq al Ibaad) in addition to the rights of Allah (Huqooq Allah).

It was beautiful to see students being very enthusiastic about this homework task - making a range of different goodies from yummy cupcakes to delicious pastries. Delivering it themselves with a small note was a lovely touch allowing their neighbours to appreciate the important concept of being active citizens in the community that Islam teaches. One of our student's neighbours even delivered a card and chocolates back to show their appreciation!

May Allah SWT allow our youth to be guided on the straight path and become shining lights for the Ummah.
— Ameen

Check out the pictures below of some of the students who took part: