Academic Schedule 2015

Grade K-2

Description

Location

SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Stories for Young Hearts
Learn about some of the greatest men and women who ever lived and what their lives teach us today.

Teacher: Muneeza
DANCE HALL
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Give Peace a Piece of Your Mind
Through martial arts, a person can can discover themselves. All too often in our society people tend lose their sense of self and identity. We are Muslim. We ought to know who we are and inspire others too to become more self aware. Sensei Justin, in a fun manner — through martial arts — teaches self defense, fitness and confidence. Are you ready to have fun on your journey to find your best self?!Teacher: Justin
DANCE HALL
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Creating beauty via art.Teacher: Nausheena
ARTS & CRAFT C

 

Grade 3-4
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Peaceful Birdys
In this arts and crafts session, we will design a white dove wholly using Islamic calligraphy and the greeting “As-Salaamu-Alaikum” (may peace be upon you).Teacher: Areej
ARTS & CRAFT C
Class 2
9:40-10:40
ROPES ROPES
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Give Peace a Piece of Your Mind
Through martial arts, a person can can discover themselves. All too often in our society people tend lose their sense of self and identity. We are Muslim. We ought to know who we are and inspire others too to become more self aware. Sensei Justin, in a fun manner — through martial arts — teaches self defense, fitness and confidence. Are you ready to have fun on your journey to find your best self?!

Teacher: Justin
ROCK SHOP
Grade 5-6
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Finding Peace in Wellness with Chinese Traditions
Feeling physically good inside helps us feel peaceful, as good health is part of the sunnah.  We’ll briefly learn about the focus of ancient Chinese medicine being energy flow in the body. Then go through meridian stretches and experience how this helps us get our energy flowing.Teacher: Nihad
REC HALL
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Peaceful PatternsIn this arts and crafts session, we will discover hands-on how to create an Islamic geometrical pattern that complements messages of peace in the Quran.Teacher: Areej
ARTS & CRAFT C
Class 3
10:50-11:50
ROPES ROPES

 

Grade 7-8
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
MEANINGFUL PRAYERLearn what the words and motions of the 5 daily formal prayers is all about.

Teacher:  Saad
ROCK SHOP
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Finding Peace in Wellness with Chinese Traditions
Feeling physically good inside helps us feel peaceful, as good health is part of the sunnah.  We’ll briefly learn about the focus of ancient Chinese medicine being energy flow in the body. Then go through meridian stretches and experience how this helps us get our energy flowing.

Teacher:  Nihad
ROCK SHOP
Class 3
10:50-11:50
TEAM BUILDING  Soccer Field

 

Grade 9-10
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
The spiritual journey of the Prophet MuhammadThis class will explore formative moments in the life of the prophet and related verses in the Qur’an as a way of uncovering our own spiritual journeys as the followers of the prophetic path.

Teacher: Jihad
ARTS & CRAFT A
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Team Building  Soccer Field
Class 3
10:50-11:50
The Role of Spiritual Poetry in Achieving PeaceMany of our revered scholars from the past, including Imam Al Haddad, Shaykh Ibn Ata’illah, and more, wrote poetry as a means to guide others closer to God and to achieve inner peace.  These poems soon became popular songs that are sung across the Muslim world.  In this workshop we will explore some of these most popular classical poems (qasa’id) that have been taught to thousands of students: the Burdah, Qad Kafaani, and others.

Teacher: Haseena
REC HALL

 

Grade 11-12
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
TEAM BUILDING  Soccer Field
Class 2
9:40-10:40
What’s the point? Building Strength through Weaknesses and Fears
As a young Muslim American, navigating through social and professional challenges in and beyond high school can be daunting. Sometimes it seems easier to just pass by and ignore these challenges. In this conversation, a young Muslim woman shares her journey in high school -post-homeschooling, post-9/11 and as a new hijabi in public school- through secular and non-secular settings, all the way to the epicenter of politics – the White House. How can you take on challenges and turn it into an opportunity to build strength within yourself and impact your greater community?

Teacher:  Rumana
ARTS & CRAFT B
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Why We Matter
A conversation on the importance of connecting faith to youth-driven volunteerism.

Teacher: Haroon
GYMNASTICS PAVILION
College
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
How to Gain Respect and Influence People This conversation focuses on principles of leadership and how to best utilize your personality and skills, your identity as a Muslim, and acknowledgement of your weaknesses to stand out professionally and strengthen your leadership skills. Hear from the young Muslim American woman’s experiences navigating through her career at the White House.

Teacher: Rumana
CANTEEN
Class 2
9:40-10:40
“Is the Quranic ideal a world of gender separation?”
The participants will discuss gender relations within the context of Islamic principles. Allah Almighty created the first man and woman from the same soul and created men and women as partners.  This partnership is to establish a just society of peace and prosperity. So can men and women be friends or work together?  Or is the only appropriate relationship a familial one?
Teacher:  Atiya
CANTEEN
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Self-critique: The path to spiritual refinement
One of the most fundamental tools of the seeker is have a healthy dose of self-criticism. Our nafs is predisposed to seeking out what is best for it and advocating on its own behalf. It takes energy and effort to step back and see one’s own faults and recognize one’s own shortcomings. Polishing this spiritual mirror and having the discipline to look in it and act upon it is foundational to embarking on a path of spiritual refinement. In this discussion, we will examine the Prophetic advice and commentary of scholars on how to enhance our own capabilities of self-critique.
Teacher: Amin
ARTS & CRAFT A

 

PostGrad
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Paradox of Peace (Salaam): Trial and Tribulation as a means to Tranquility Many aspire towards achieving a sense of peace and balance in managing our lives. Different visions of the “good life” abound ranging from the “American Dream” to monastic detachment. This discussion will take a look at Qur’anic and Prophetic visions of the good life and the means to achieving it.  Specifically, we will critically examine the role of uncertainty and trials on the path to “inner peace”.
Teacher: Amin
DINING HALL PATIO
Class 2
9:40-10:40
An Islamic Introduction to Meditation
In this class, Muslim perspectives on asceticism and religiosity are brought to bear on the practice of meditation. Specifically, meditation will be discussed as a form of inner refinement and self-reflection. In addition to discussing the theology of meditation, significant time will be set aside for its practice as well.Teacher: Martin
DINING HALL PATIO
Class 3
10:50-11:50
The Art Of Reconciliation
Allah tells us in the Qur’an that we are to make reconciliation between people if we expect to receive divine mercy. So, what do we do when we fall into a state of conflict or enmity with another person – whether a relative, friend or community member? This conversation will look at practical advice from the Qur’an, Sunnah and other sources to help us on the road to reconciliation.
Teacher:  Sohaib
DINING HALL PATIO
PostGrad
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
An Islamic Introduction to Meditation
In this class, Muslim perspectives on asceticism and religiosity are brought to bear on the practice of meditation. Specifically, meditation will be discussed as a form of inner refinement and self-reflection. In addition to discussing the theology of meditation, significant time will be set aside for its practice as well.Teacher: Martin
CIRCUS PAVILION
Class 2
9:40-10:40
How to Build Trust
An interactive team building exercise called “water pricing.” Come to find out!Teacher: Haroon
CIRCUS PAVILION
Class 3
10:50-11:50
“How can we achieve peace in our masjids and our Muslim institutions in the face of patriarchy?”
Allah Almighty states in the Quran that men and women are partners and mutual protectors and caretakers of the earth. The Quran also states that the believers (meaning both men and women) should establish the day of congregation (jummah). What responsibilities do men and women have to create masjids that meet the Prophetic model of being welcoming to women as well as being a place of peace for men and women to worship? Should men be content praying in a mosque that fails to appropriately accommodate women and how can our communities flourish in light of patriarchy?
Teacher: Atiya
CIRCUS PAVILION


SATURDAY ELECTIVE LOCATION
2-3 pm Art Elective Sofia Dasti ARTS & CRAFT area
3-4 pm Mental Health in the Family Kameelah Rashad   Dining Hall Patio
4-5 pm Photography Walk Sofia Iqbal. Meet in Circus Pavilion

 

Grade K-2
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Wisdom Laughter
Stories from “The Wise Fool of Baghdad” and other figures who teach us how to journey to God using humor.

Teacher: Bayan
ARTS & CRAFT B
Class 2
10-11 am
Wisdom Laughter
Stories from “The Wise Fool of Baghdad” and other figures who teach us how to journey to God using humor. Teacher: Nitasha
ARTS & CRAFT B

 

Grade 3-4
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
The Role of Qasa’id (Poems) in Achieving PeaceMusic should be a means of growing closer to God and reaching inner and outer peace.  Traditionally, Muslims have developed their own unique mode of music which includes the daff (drum) and the singing of spiritual poems, many of which were written by scholars of our past.  In this workshop, we will explore some popular poems that have been taught to Muslims across the world.

Teacher: Haseena
DANCE HALL
Class 2
10-11 am
Stories for Young Hearts
Learn about some of the greatest men and women who ever lived and what their lives teach us today.

Teacher:  Muneeza
DANCE HALL

 

 

Grade 5-6
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Give Peace a Piece of Your MindThrough martial arts, a person can can discover themselves. All too often in our society people tend lose their sense of self and identity. We are Muslim. We ought to know who we are and inspire others too to become more self aware. Sensei Justin, in a fun manner — through martial arts — teaches self defense, fitness and confidence. Are you ready to have fun on your journey to find your best self?!

Teacher: Justin
ROCK SHOP
Class 2
10-11 am
The Role of Qasa’id (Poems) in Achieving PeaceMusic should be a means of growing closer to God and reaching inner and outer peace.  Traditionally, Muslims have developed their own unique mode of music which includes the daff (drum) and the singing of spiritual poems, many of which were written by scholars of our past.  In this workshop, we will explore some popular poems that have been taught to Muslims across the world.

Teacher: Haseena
ROCK SHOP

 

Grade 7-8
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Champions of Islam Inspirational stories for young hearts of great men and women who have and continue to teach us what it means to be Muslim and guide us to our highest values.

Teacher:  Haroon
REC HALL
Class 2
10-11 am
THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: SPATIAL SERENITYHave you ever stepped inside a masjid and felt spiritually uplifted by just being in that space? Beauty lies beyond aesthetics. This conversation will look at precedents in Islamic Architecture dating back to the Masjid of our beloved Prophet to examples ranging from Mughal to Sino-Islamic architecture to understand elements of creating a “peaceful” space.

Teacher: Areej
REC HALL

 

Grade 9-10
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Poetry/Song Workshop
Learn to write poetry/song as a way of expressing yourself and tackling the problems of the world.

Teacher:  Saad
ARTS & CRAFT A
Class 2
10-11 am
“I’m Spiritual, But Not Religious”
You may identify with this statement or hear some of your friends identify in this way. This conversation will explore what it means, from an Islamic worldview, to be “spiritual” and will ask if this can be achieved without being “religious” as we work, individually and collectively, toward the spiritual goal of inner peace. Come with your thinking caps on :)

Teacher:  Sohaib
ARTS & CRAFT A

 

Grade 11-12
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am

“Is the Quranic ideal a world of gender separation?”

The participants will discuss gender relations within the context of Islamic principles. Allah Almighty created the first man and woman from the same soul and created men and women as partners. This partnership is to establish a just society of peace and prosperity. So can men and women be friends or work together? Or is the only appropriate relationship a familial one?

Teacher: Atiya

GYM PAVILION
Class 2
10-11 am
Poetry/Song Workshop
Learn to write poetry/song as a way of expressing yourself and tackling the problems of the world.

Teacher:  Saad
GYM PAVILION

 

College
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Re-Imagining Prayer in A Wounded World
In Islam prayer is more than a ritual. It is also a source of connection, wonder, and protest. In this class we will unfold the many ways that prayer still holds relevance and power in an overwhelming world by looking at the enduring examples of the Prophet Muhammad and Malcolm X.

Teacher: Martin
CANTEEN
Class 2
10-11 am
Open Forum
What’s on your mind? This is an opportunity for you to process your individual and collective journey to God.

Teacher: Amira
CANTEEN
PostGrad
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Finding Peace in Wellness with Chinese TraditionsFeeling physically good inside helps us feel peaceful, as good health is part of the sunnah.  We’ll briefly learn about the focus of ancient Chinese medicine being energy flow in the body. Then go through meridian stretches and experience how this helps us get our energy flowing.

Teacher: Nihad
DINING HALL PATIO
Class 2
10-11 am
The Art of Peaceful Communication
Communication is the key to every successful personal relationship. In this interactive and enjoyable workshop, learn how to communicate more effectively with loved ones in your life. Come away with an honest self assessment on how you can improve your relationships.
Teacher: Ayesha Kazmi
DINING HALL PATIO

 

PostGrad
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Self-critique: The path to spiritual refinement
One of the most fundamental tools of the seeker is have a healthy dose of self-criticism. Our nafs is predisposed to seeking out what is best for it and advocating on its own behalf. It takes energy and effort to step back and see one’s own faults and recognize one’s own shortcomings. Polishing this spiritual mirror and having the discipline to look in it and act upon it is foundational to embarking on a path of spiritual refinement. In this discussion, we will examine the Prophetic advice and commentary of scholars on how to enhance our own capabilities of self-critique. Teacher:  Amin
CIRCUS PAVILION
Class 2
10-11 am
The spiritual journey of the Prophet Muhammad
This class will explore formative moments in the life of the prophet and related verses in the Qur’an as a way of uncovering our own spiritual journeys as the followers of the prophetic path.

Teacher:  Jihad
CIRCUS PAVILION