Published on July 11th, 2013
There are more than 200 Muslim schools in the United States. Read below about one of them in the interview with the principal of an American Muslim school.
Talking with the Principal of a Muslim School in America
Question: Why do some families choose to send their children to Muslim school?
Principal: Some are afraid of the public school influence. Some subjects taught in public schools are not appropriate for Muslim children.
Q: Besides the usual subjects, what classes do you have in your school?
Principal: We offer Arabic, Quran memorization, and Islamic studies.
Q: What do the students learn in Islamic studies class?
Principal: We teach younger students Islamic manners. For example when you sneeze, you say, “Al Hamdu Lillah” (thank God). When you are hoping or planning something, you say, “Inshallah” (God willing). Older students study other issues.
Q: Are the girls required to wear head coverings?
Principal: It is part of the school uniform beginning in second grade.
Q: Do you have music classes?
Principal: Music is controversial in Islam. String instruments are not allowed. Percussion and drums are allowed. We have no music classes. But religious songs are sometimes sung. And we use nursery rhymes rewritten with Islamic themes.
Q: Do you have art classes?
Principal: No. Teachers sometimes include art projects in class, like the classroom decorating contest during Ramadan. But faces are prohibited in the artwork.
Q: Why is an Islamic education important for Muslim kids?
Principal: It makes the kids feel like their religion is important, not just the things they see around them.
(Source: VOM sources)
Read previous posts from this month for ideas about praying for Muslims in America and around the world during Ramadan.