The deeniyat curriculum of Ilm academy is based on the An-Nasihah Islamic Curriculum. It is a comprehensive series of Islamic course books and workbooks covering all Islamic studies topics, from Fiqh, Aqaid, Hadith, Sirah, Tarikh, Akhlaq, and Adab. By the end of the eight-year study, students should memorize about 85 Ahadith in Arabic and English and understand the basic concepts of Fiqh and Aqa’id. In the Akhlaq and Adab sections, students cover about 100 topics related to daily life. In Sirah and Tarikh, students learn about the story of 17 prophets, the Seerah of our Beloved Messenger (SAW) and his Sahabas, and also the Islamic history of Umayyad, Abbasids, and Muslim Spain.
The workbooks serve as a great resource for practicing the concepts taught in the coursebooks. Ilm Academy’s Quran curriculum also encourages students to memorize the 30th Juzu’ along with important surahs and ayats for daily duas. The overall purpose and objectives of the deeniyat curriculum is to help students understand their identity as Muslims, practice their religion following the sunnah, and be good citizens who contribute to the development of their community and country.
Arabic as a Language
The Arabic Language course at Ilm Academy is designed to prepare students in basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The curriculum is based on the Madinah Arabic Reader coursebooks 1-4 for elementary level, and the Easy Method of Learning Arabic Language Parts 1-3 for middle and high school classes. For elementary classes, Arabic language lessons focus on foundational skills of writing letters, numbers, simple words and sentences along with drills in listening and proper pronunciations. The goal at this level is to introduce the basics of MSA to students, and through these series of lessons and exercises, students are expected to develop basic reading and writing skills at an early age.
For the middle and high school levels, Arabic lessons expand to include grammar and more complex reading comprehension passages. In addition, drills in translation of sentences and passages from Arabic to English and from English to Arabic become the focal points of each lesson. The goal of these lessons and exercises is to prepare students have simple communications in various situations. Upon completing these lessons, students are expected to have solidified knowledge of basic vocabulary, and be able to write and comprehend simple sentences.