All Muslim students follow the appropriate Kuwait Ministry of Education programme in Islamic Studies. The curriculum topics cover aspects of sociology, philosophy, history, logic and reason. The student is guided into a path where reason and logic are seen as God-given qualities, which should be used to support and explore basic faith and beliefs. The Holy Quran and Hadith (sayings of the prophets and apostles) are an integral part of learning. The cultural influence of Islam is demonstrated by relating its tenets, to wider issues such as politics, terrorism and a wide range of social and oral matters. The British School therefore places great emphasis on the implementation of the Islamic Studies curriculum and provides a specialist team to teach the courses to both Arab and non-Arab Muslims. The four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, are focused upon regularly through the implementation of the syllabus.
Two periods are allocated each week to Islamic Studies, which provides ample time to cover
the syllabus. Assemblies, after school activities, including participation in the Quran national
competitions, enhance and broaden the learning of students.
All students are taught in mixed ability groups. Non-Arab Muslims are supplied with a reduced version of the curriculum, targeted at their level of understanding, which contains all the key areas of the syllabus. Students with difficulties in recitation skills are provided with additional support and are awarded grades according to their overall performance and effort.
Term 1: to believe that there is one God.
Term 2: to worship means purity and self piety.
Term 3: the Holy Quran is the prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) miracle from God. His mission is to guide people to the right path.
Term 4: the Hadith is the second source of legislation. It gives examples of the prophet’s sahaba followers actions and his advice to them.
Term 5: the Holy Quran and Hadith legislates what is allowed or forbidden in everyday life and that Islam assigns and organises peoples responsibilities in society. Consolidation of the rights of a person in Islam and the duties of a Muslim towards those rights
For first language students lessons are conducted in Arabic, but second language students are instructed in English, with Arabic used for readings from the Holy Quran and Hadith. The teaching methods used include textbook activities and work sheets, writing, reading, oral work, memorising, debates, audio and video work, school trips, guest speakers in assemblies and use of the school prayer room for practical elements of the course.
All Muslim students that have Arabic as their First language study the syllabus provided by the Kuwait Ministry of Education. Students are assessed by sitting a final examination set by the Ministry of Education. Students obtaining grade D or above may forward Arabic as one of six subjects relevant for the award of the High School Learning Certificate, Thanaweya Ama’a.
Students learn various topics and increase their knowledge of aspects of Islam such as Islamic rules, faith, belief, allowed and forbidden actions and the Holy Quran. The syllabus requires students to develop their academic understanding of Quranic verses and Hadith. The syllabus aims to develop the student’s understanding of Islam and its practical application to everyday life.
• both teacher-directed and didactic approaches are utilized
• the use of media articles
• the use of DVD, video and TV programmes
• reference to suitable internet sites
Islamic studies textbook, Ministry of Education
Quranic studies textbook, Ministry of Education
Year 11 students sit for Ministry Islamic Studies and Quranic Studies examinations. Coursework, marked by the school, provides 10 of the final mark with 30 provided from the examination marked by the Ministry.
Term 1: The five Pillars of Islam, the six elements of a true Muslim.
Term 2: God’s supreme creation, human beings, thinking and rational entities, capable of faith and responsible to God for their actions.
Term 3: Emphasis on the harmony of mind and body, sensible diet and exercise.
Term 4: Behaviour in society and with fellow Muslims.
Term 5: Group prayer; the reasons, benefits and procedures of the Friday prayer.
Term 1: The five Pillars of Islam; the lives and achievements of Noah, Ibrahim, Moussa and Jesus are given as examples of prophets before Mohammed.
Term 2: The life of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH); childhood, marriage, conquests and special traits and achievements. Hadith and Koranic Suras Al-Doha, Al-Inshirah and Al-Qadr support the topics studied.
Term 3: The Hijra; the people at Al-Madina and their initial response to Islam; the conquest of Mecca; the Muslim conquests and the difficulties faced.
Term 4: Two of the pillars of Islam (Haj and Zakat); Umara, its reasons and benefits.
Term 5: The development of the Sharia Law and its application of basic Islamic beliefs; Islam as the basis of brotherly co-operation. Quranic Suras Al-Alaq, Al-Teen and Al-Kawther and extracts from the Hadith.
Term 1: Students study topics relevant to monotheism, the basis of Islam Students consider the presence of God in everything around them. They also discuss the logical arguments for belief in one God Students study the effect of belief on the life of individuals and societies. They study Koranic texts and memorise sections from Sura Al-Ra’ad 19.
Term 2: Students study the concept of human beings as the centre of God’s creation. How did God select a prophet on Earth? What were the responsibilities of a prophet? Consideration of the importance of education to the Islamic faith Students study etiquette with regard to eating, drinking and clothing through the following Koranic texts: Alenaam, Almaeda and Albaqara.
Term 3: Students learn about adoration of God by his creations Students learn about prophets and their responsibility to their followers Students study different forms of prayer including the prayer for rain and the funeral prayer Students memorise some Hadith and Quranic texts.
Term 4: Students consider the key elements of the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), especially about prayer, fasting, zakat (almsgiving) and Haj (pilgrimage) - four of the Pillars of Islam Students will memorise Quranic texts from Sura Al- Muzamel and one from the Hadith regarding the Prophet’s (PBUH) life.
Term 5: Students study topics relating to Islam: the power of belief, mental power, physical power and the effect of these on a Muslim’s life. Topics about the importance of neighbours and community welfare. Students will memorise and recite part 23 from the Holy Quran.
For first language students, lessons are conducted in Arabic, but 2nd language students are instructed in English with Arabic used for readings from the Holy Quran and Hadith. The teaching methods used include textbook activities and worksheets, writing, reading, oral work, memorising, debates, audio/visual work, school trips, guest speakers in assemblies and use of the school prayer room for practical elements of the course.
There are four assessments throughout the year in addition to students class work, homework assignments and end of year examinations.
Homework is set once a week. This involves completion of textbook activities and/or recitation and memorising tasks. All learning homework is tested in lessons.
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