The goal of New Horizon’s Religious Studies Program is to develop in each child a love for and understanding of God and Islam and to nurture an identity in each child as a confident and faithful American Muslim. We hope to accomplish these goals through appropriate instruction in three basic areas (Islamic Studies, Qur’an, and Arabic Language) and through the creation of an environment conducive to the promotion of Islamic values and beliefs.
The children are initially introduced to these religious concepts, through a loving and exciting approach designed to develop their awareness of God and who they are as young Muslims. Preschoolers and Kindergarteners memorize short surahs and learn about prayer, while having daily instruction in Arabic to provide foundations through listening and speaking activities to build their vocabulary. As students enter 1st through 3rd grade, they practice An-Noranaya to be able to read the Quran, and Arabic language acquisition continues to build their skills of reading and writing.
Preschool through 1st graders learn the steps of prayer in their classrooms with 2nd and 3rd graders coming together daily for Duhr Prayer. In Adaya Hall, these students have the opportunity to call the athan and lead prayer, and, on some Fridays, a guest speaker will provide a khutba (lecture) for Juma’a Prayer.
In Islamic Studies, the program emphasizes various themes each month, which include basic beliefs to stories of the Prophets to moral values and ethics. These themes are followed along with a set of Qur’anic verses and short surahs that are discussed and memorized to correspond to these themes.
The spotlight is shone on the following ten values:
December: Self-Restraint and Control
January: Fairness and Justice
May: Kindness and Care