Alhamdulillah, the first week of school has ended and we have kicked off the school year in an amazing fashion. We would like to welcome all the new children and parents who have joined Al Haadi School this year, and we hope that all students and parents transition into our school culture and atmosphere over the week or two.
A typical day at Al Haadi School starts off with the recitation of Surah al-Rahman and verses from Surah Saba. As students settle into their classes, at 8:45 AM a student from one of the grades begins the morning announcements for the school. The student recites a short Surah and announces important school related news. Thereafter, all students are asked to stand up for the recitation of the Asma ul-Husna – the 99 names of Allah (swt). Inshallah, most of our new students will also have all the names of Allah (swt) memorized in no time. The announcements often end with either a trivia question, a word of the day, announcing a star student from one of the grades, or with a hadith of the Prophet (p) & his Ahl ul-Bayt (a). The students then stand up for the Du’a of Imam al-Mahdi (a) and commence their day.
This week teachers were busy setting routines, laying out classroom rules, and even introducing Al Haadi’s classroom currency which is part of their classroom economy system this year. This not only keeps students motivated but also teaches them financial literacy from a young age. Fridays are cultural and traditional clothing days at Al Haadi and students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing to commemorate the day of Jumu’ah.
Every day between Salat there is a short talk by Sayyid Ali Imran. The days of the week are divided as follows:
- Monday’s Musings – a short reflection or story
- Tuesday’s Trivia – students from different grades are randomly quizzed on the material they are being taught during the week
- Wednesday’s Trivia – students from different grades are randomly quizzed on the material they are being taught during the week
- Thursday’s Tafsir – the meaning and significance of a single verse or a short Surah of the Quran is discussed
- Friday’s Hadith – one of the narrations of the Prophet (p) or the Imams (a) is explained
This Thursday, the story of Surah al-Fil was covered and on Friday, the following narrations of the Prophet (p) were explained:
Prophet Muhammad (p): “Don’t swear at people, that as a result you earn their enmity and hatred.”
Prophet Muhammad (p): “Surely obscenity and vulgarity are not compatible with Islam.”
Prophet Muhammad (p): “Beware of obscenity and swearing, because Allah (swt) does not like obscenity and vulgar speech.”
We ask parents to go over these points with their child(ren) over the weekend Inshallah. Don’t forget to check out some of the pictures from the first week of school below: