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Islamic Studies

Islam is a way of life; it needs to be practised through all stages of one's life with love and willingness. A large part of Islam involves the building of morals and manners, care about etiquettes as well as individual values. The religion relies on Islamic principles which are taken from both the Quran and the Prophet’s way of life (Sunnah). Religion frees humans from superstition and all sorts of racial, ethnic and national prejudices.

The Islamic Curriculum at Kent College follows the Year 7-12 Ministry of Education Curriculum. In addition to this, pupils in Years 10 and 11 have the option to study and be externally assessed in the GCSE course of Islam. It has several objectives with the prevailing goals to be able to understand the language of the Quran and to have a good understanding of Islamic history and what constitutes Islamic character.

Key Stage 3

The aim of this course is to build a strong Muslim student identity based on the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him), which will help pupils to apply and live Islam in their society. They will also encounter the practices and other expressions of the major beliefs of contemporary world religions, enabling them to have an understanding of the nature of religion as well as its expression in, and influence on, the lives of individuals and society, and so to respect each other’s views.

The Islamic Studies course covers five areas of study:
Aqeedah (Islamic Doctrine): Pupils learn about the six articles of faith (to believe in Allah, to believe in his Angels, to believe in his Messengers, to believe in his Books, to believe in the Last Day, to believe in Divine Destiny). Pupils are introduced to their Islamic doctrine; a comprehensive knowledge about their Creator and things he has created mainly dealing with the unseen pillars of faith and is presented with a clear and authentic picture of how they are viewed in Islam. An introductory unit about comparative religions is taught when pupils reach Level 6.

Al Qur’an wa Oloomih (The Noble Qur’an and its sciences): Pupils learn to recite the Qur’an along with the rules of Tajweed in depth as they move on to higher levels so that they can recite and understand the Qur’an independently. They also learn the meanings of a few important chapters/passages of the Qur’an to practice them in their daily lives.

Fiqh-ul-Ibaadaat Wal-Muamalaat (Worship and Dealings Jurisprudence): Pupils learn about the five pillars of Islam. They get the chance to practice Islam at school by offering Dhuhr Salaah at the school Prayer Room and undertake workshops on different pillars of Islam during different periods of the academic year.

Seerah Wa Taareekh (Islamic History): Pupils learn stories of the prophets as well as other stories mentioned in the Quran. Pupils study in detail the life of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) as well as the 30 years that followed his death, known as the Rightly Guided Caliphate. Pupils are then introduced to stories of the different companions of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), as well as other important figures throughout Islamic history. Specifically, pupils learn about the four great Caliphs of Islam; Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (RA).

Akhlaaq (Manners and morals): Pupils learn about the Islamic code of morals, manners and ethics. For example, they are guided towards the right actions to be taken in the following cases: respect to parents, elders and teachers; kindness, cleanliness, eating habits and etiquettes; Islamic greetings; dress code; manners in the mosque; forbidden food and drinks; good relations with people of other religions, and many others. Pupils are also instructed about such actions to be avoided, such as backbiting, boasting, jealousy and miserliness. Native speaker pupils (Arabs) will follow the Ministry of Education curriculum, which gives similar topics but in the Arabic language.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Pupils have the opportunity to choose GCSE Islam as well as continuing to follow the Ministry of Education’s syllabus. If pupils choose the GCSE Islam course, they will follow Units 4 and 11 of the Edexcel syllabus. Unit 4 of the course (Religion and Life Based on a Study of Islam) has four sections covering the following: believing in Allah; matters of life and death; marriage and the family; and religion and community cohesion. Unit 11 also has four sections covering the following areas: beliefs and values; community and tradition; worship and celebration, and living the Muslim life.

The Ministry of Education course involves pupils studying the following areas: They will improve their recitation skills through practising oral recitation of the second part of Surah Al-Haqqah, the second part of Surah Al-Mumtahinah, the second part of Surah Al-Ma’arij, Surah Al-Qiyamah and Surah Al-Huhurat. They will also follow the Tajweed of Noon Sakinah rules of recitation. Pupils will know, understand and apply Sadaqah rules and types, rules of wearing Hijab, rules of fasting, signs of Judgment Day and the Islamic point of view about alcoholic drinks. Pupils will know, understand and analyse stories of Prophet Dawood and his son Sulayman, the story of Queen of Shiba (Balqees), victory of opining Makkah, the battle of Hunayn, Ghazwat Tabook and the life story of Prophet Ayyub as well as the two martyrs Zakarriyah and Yahya. Pupils will know, understand, explain and apply the Islamic etiquettes of clothing, the importance of honesty as behaviour and the manners of dealing with Allah (our Creator).

Native speaker pupils (Arabs) will follow the Ministry of Education curriculum, which follows similar topics but in the Arabic language.

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 only)

Reading and studying stories are an important component of this part of Islamic Studies. Duas (supplications) are also part of the curriculum, whereby pupils memorise daily duas and recite them at the appropriate times.

Pupils will practise and understand the verses of Surah and the rules of Madd and its types as a Tajweed. They will know, understand, and apply, the rules of Islam concerning gambling, eating pork and dealing with drugs. Pupils will be able to say and understand the sayings of the Prophet which are mentioned in the topics covered. Pupils will know, understand and analyse the life story of Prophet Isa and his mother Mariam (peace be upon them), the Prophet’s Hijjah “Hijjat-ul-Wada’a, the history of recording Ahadith of the prophet and the Prophet’s Death. Finally, pupils will know, understand and be able to apply patience in their life, being thankful, how to accept death and prepare for it, appreciate the Prophet’s guidance of Hadith (Sunnah) and perseverance in daily life.

Native speaker pupils (Arabs) will follow the Ministry of Education curriculum, which follows similar topics but in the Arabic language.


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