Academic Schedule 2018

Class Schedule, Description, Location

Grade K-2
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Quran: Then and Now:
Together we will experience Quranic traditions from the Prophet’s time to today through interactive activities.
Teacher: Alya Bukhari
DANCE HALL
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Songs in Remembrance of the Sacred:
Students will be taught to sing several English songs during this workshop. The meaning of the songs promote a greater appreciation of God, His Prophets, and the natural world.
Teacher:  Haseena Sahib
DANCE HALL
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Creating beauty via art.
ARTS & CRAFT
Room 1

 

Grade 3-4
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Creating beauty via art.
ARTS & CRAFT
Room 1
Class 2
9:40-10:40
ROPES ROPES
Class 3
10:50-11:50
The Power of Youth: Lessons from the Qur’an and Prophet’s (SAW) life on young Muslims inspiring their communities through guidance, good character, and positive values.
Teacher: Yusra Syed
ROCK SHOP

 

Grade 5-6
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Islam, Iman, and Ihsan for Balance and Harmony
This discussion will focus on the three aspects of our faith that enable us to nurture healthy bodies, minds, and souls.
Teacher: Adam Lofti
REC HALL
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Creating beauty via art.
ARTS & CRAFT
Room 1
Class 3
10:50-11:50
ROPES ROPES

 

Grade 7-8
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Living the Quran: Stories of Prophet Muhammad
In the Quran Allah instructs the Prophet (s.a.w.) to tell us, “If you indeed love God, then follow me, God will love you and forgive your wrongs.” In this session we will reflect on some incidents from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, so that we may follow him and find God’s love.

Teacher:  Bilal Kaleem

ROCK SHOP
Class 2
9:40-10:40
The Principles of Wisdom: Finding Balance in Our Lives Through the Qur’an
In this session, we will discuss what the Qur’an teaches us about wisdom and balance (through Surahs Isra, Luqman, and Furqan) and explore how to apply these principles in our daily lives.
Teacher:  Sabrina Mirza
ROCK SHOP
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Creating beauty via art.
Arts & Crafts Deck

 

Grade 9-10
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Qur’anic Wisdom on Environmentalism:
How does the Qur’an guide us to be good custodians of the earth? How did the Prophet’s lifestyle affect the natural world and how can we apply that prophetic style into our life today? .
Teacher: Haseena Sahib
ARTS & CRAFTS Room 2
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Creating beauty via art.
Arts and Crafts Deck
Class 3
10:50-11:50
The Principles of Wisdom: Finding Balance in Our Lives Through the Qur’an
In this session, we will discuss what the Qur’an teaches us about wisdom and balance (through Surahs Isra, Luqman, and Furqan) and explore how to apply these principles in our daily lives.
Teacher: Sabrina Mirza
REC HALL

 

Grade 11-12
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Camp Arts & Craft Session
Creating beauty via art.
Arts & Crafts Deck
Class 2
9:40-10:40
The Quran is our guide but exactly how does it guide us?
Allah Almighty sent the Quran to humanity via Angel Jibreel. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad over 1400 years ago and during his lifetime he was the interpreter of the Quran. The Prophet provided guidance to the community based upon the revelation. The Quran names itself as The Guide (Al-Huda) but since the Quran cannot speak for itself, who can authentically speak for it? As Muslims in America, how do we determine who can provide true guidance?
Teacher:  Atiya Aftab
ARTS & CRAFT
ROOM 2
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Developing a Personal Relationship with the Quran
How can we use the Qur’an as a personal reference in our lives and also as a source of information about Islamic teachings? In this session we will explore various topics such as personal and communal ethics and values in the Qur’an, and look specifically at ways to draw out from the text useful lessons we can apply in our daily lives. We will also discuss ways to incorporate daily reading or “touching base” with the Qur’an into our daily routine.

Teacher: Najiba Akbar
GYMNASTICS PAVILION

 

College 
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Prophetic Ethics in Pharaonic Times 
In times past the prophets were sent as living models and exemplars. What does it mean, then, to live like the prophets in our day and age? How would the prophets respond to a world inundated with crises ranging from climate change to systemic dehumanizing animus? In this class we will move beyond purely individual notions of faithlessness and wrongdoing in order to better appreciate how the Qur’an understands structural injustice. Then, reflecting on the legacy of the prophets, we will work to identify and adopt what a prophetic ethics for the present would look like.
Teacher:  Martin Nguyen
CANTEEN
Class 2
9:40-10:30
Reflections on Forgetfulness and Remembrance
Forgetfulness is a part of the human condition. This session will reflect on the story of Adam and Eve in the Qur’an to understand the nuances of this condition. And then examine some powerful supplications (du’a) from the Qur’an and the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) that can aid and assist on the path to remembrance.
Teacher:  Amin Venjara
CANTEEN
Class 3
10:50-11:40
U.S. Muslim Women: Lives, Legacies, and Lessons
As Surah Al-Azhab (33:35) demonstrates, the Qur’an continually emphasizes the equality of men and women in the eyes of Allah. Yet Islam’s egalitarian gender ideals are continually overlooked(or distorted in contemporary U.S. conversations about Islam and Muslims.At the same time, such ideals are not always practiced in U.S. Muslim communities themselves. This session explores how the desire for women’s agency and rights has been at the heart of U.S. women’s engagements with Islam from the early twentieth century onward, and in particular for African American Muslim women. We will discuss how terms like “feminism,” “women’s rights,” and “gender equality” are understood (and misunderstood) in U.S. Muslim communities, and ask how U.S. Muslim women have historically looked to the Qur’an and other Islamic teachings for guidance on issues of gender justice in their everyday lives.
Teacher: Sylvia Chan-Malik
CANTEEN

Adults: Choose Session A or B for each class session

Adult A
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
Reflections on Forgetfulness and Remembrance
Forgetfulness is a part of the human condition. This session will reflect on the story of Adam and Eve in the Qur’an to understand the nuances of this condition. And then examine some powerful supplications (du’a) from the Qur’an and the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) that can aid and assist on the path to remembrance.
Teacher:  Amin Venjara
PRAYER PAVILION
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Wealth: Spiritual, Ethical, and Practical Dimensions
Wealth is a key theme in modern life, and especially in the lives of many Mizaan attendees. A great portion of our lives is occupied in earning, spending, and investing our wealth. Many aspire for greater wealth; some lament the challenges associated with having it. Each day, we make countless decisions – both small and large – about wealth. Wealth is both a blessing and a test. It affords opportunities for good, both through righteous spending on oneself and one’s family, and through acts of philanthropy and charity. At the same time, wealth also presents challenges – its misuse can be detrimental (both spiritually and materially) to its owners and to society at large. The session considers wealth from three dimensions: spiritual, ethical, and practical. The spiritual dimension considers how we understand God’s role in our wealth, such as divine providence and grace. The ethical dimension considers how we understand what is praiseworthy, permissible, and impermissible when dealing with wealth. The practical dimension considers material dimensions of sound financial practice. These three dimensions are applicable across four ways in which we engage wealth: earning, spending, investing, and philanthropy. The session will touch on each, seeking to explore – and possibly reframe – the ways in which we look at these activities through our faith, our ethics, and our financial practices. The session will be interactive, seeking to address topics of greatest interest to the group and prompt reflection by each individual attendee. The class is condensed from a four-session seminar offered at the Princeton Muslim Life Program in the spring of 2018.
Teacher: Aamir Rehman
PRAYER PAVILION
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Prophetic Ethics in Pharaonic Times 
In times past the prophets were sent as living models and exemplars. What does it mean, then, to live like the prophets in our day and age? How would the prophets respond to a world inundated with crises ranging from climate change to systemic dehumanizing animus? In this class we will move beyond purely individual notions of faithlessness and wrongdoing in order to better appreciate how the Qur’an understands structural injustice. Then, reflecting on the legacy of the prophets, we will work to identify and adopt what a prophetic ethics for the present would look like.
Teacher:  Martin Nguyen
PRAYER PAVILION

 

 

Adults: Choose Session A or B for each class session

Adult B
SATURDAY
Class 1
8:30-9:30
U.S. Muslim Women: Lives, Legacies, and Lessons
As Surah Al-Azhab (33:35) demonstrates, the Qur’an continually emphasizes the equality of men and women in the eyes of Allah. Yet Islam’s egalitarian gender ideals are continually overlooked(or distorted in contemporary U.S. conversations about Islam and Muslims.At the same time, such ideals are not always practiced in U.S. Muslim communities themselves. This session explores how the desire for women’s agency and rights has been at the heart of U.S. women’s engagements with Islam from the early twentieth century onward, and in particular for African American Muslim women. We will discuss how terms like “feminism,” “women’s rights,” and “gender equality” are understood (and misunderstood) in U.S. Muslim communities, and ask how U.S. Muslim women have historically looked to the Qur’an and other Islamic teachings for guidance on issues of gender justice in their everyday lives.
Teacher: Sylvia Chan-Malik
DINING HALL PATIO
Class 2
9:40-10:40
Quranic Spirituality: The Way of Love, Knowledge, and Service Description
The goal of Islam is that the human being attain the Love of Allah and channel that divine love to others. The inner adventure of abandoning the seven character traits that are not beloved to Allah and embodying the seven qualities that Allah loves is the means to the peace and happiness humans seek.
Teacher: Shaykh Mendes
DINING HALL PATIO
Class 3
10:50-11:50
Reflections on Forgetfulness and Remembrance
Forgetfulness is a part of the human condition. This session will reflect on the story of Adam and Eve in the Qur’an to understand the nuances of this condition. And then examine some powerful supplications (du’a) from the Qur’an and the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) that can aid and assist on the path to remembrance.
Teacher:  Amin Venjara
DINING HALL PATIO

 

SATURDAY ELECTIVE for ADULTS

2-3 pm Art Elective Arts & Crafts Area
4-5 pm Photography Walk Sofia Iqbal Meet in Prayer Pavilion

 

Grade K-2
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
The Stories of the Prophets:
Learn about how the Prophets in the Quran can serve as guides through storytelling and art.
Teacher: Alya Bukhari
ARTS & CRAFT, Room 2
Class 2
10-11 am
Common Adkhar (Remembrance of God)
Let’s learn common prayers (adkhar) in Arabic and their meanings in English
Teacher: Nabil Shaikh
ARTS & CRAFT, Room 2

 

Grade 3-4
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Heroes and Heroines Since the time of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم :
Countless stories are told of men and women who embodied the Qur’anic virtues of courage, justice, and compassion. We will read and reflect upon a few of these stories to inspire us to continue their legacy.
Teacher: Adam Lofti
DANCE HALL
Class 2
10-11 am
The Stories of the Prophets:
Learn about how the Prophets in the Quran can serve as guides through storytelling and art.
Teacher:  Alya Bukhari
DANCE HALL

 

Grade 5-6
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
The Principles of Wisdom:
Finding Balance in Our Lives Through the Qur’an Description: In this session, we will discuss what the Qur’an teaches us about wisdom and balance (through Surahs Isra, Luqman, and Furqan) and explore how to apply these principles in our daily lives.
Teacher: Sabrina Mirza
ROCK SHOP
Class 2
10-11 am
The Power of Youth:
Lessons from the Qur’an and Prophet’s (SAW) life on young Muslims inspiring their communities through guidance, good character, and positive values.
Teacher: Yusra Syed
ROCK SHOP

 

Grade 7-8
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Qur’anic Wisdom on Environmentalism:
How does the Qur’an guide us to be good custodians of the earth? How did the Prophet’s lifestyle affect the natural world and how can we apply that prophetic style into our life today
Teacher:  Haseena Sahib
REC HALL
Class 2
10-11 am
Reflection, Knowledge, and Love
“We shall show them Our signs in every region of the earth and in themselves, until it becomes clear to them that this is the Truth.” The Qur’an urges humanity to reflect on the natural order of the universe in order to know and adore God. In our high-speed, technological era, we often neglect the critical spiritual practice of reflection, without which we lose touch with the beauty of the cosmos. This class will explore this theme with excerpts from the Quran and hadith and will be followed by a silent meditative walk through the forest.
Teacher:  Adam Lotfi
REC HALL

 

Grade 9-10
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Developing a Personal Relationship with the Quran:
How can we use the Qur’an as a personal reference in our lives and also as a source of information about Islamic teachings? In this session we will explore various topics such as personal and communal ethics and values in the Qur’an, and look specifically at ways to draw out from the text useful lessons we can apply in our daily lives. We will also discuss ways to incorporate daily reading or “touching base” with the Qur’an into our daily routine.
Teacher:  Najiba Akbar
ARTS & CRAFT A
ROOM 1
Class 2
10-11 am
How the Prophet and His Community Engaged in the Qur’an:
Listen to instructive stories on the care and reverence with which the Prophet and his community received the revelation as it was coming down and what we can learn from that for today.
Teacher:  Omer Bajwa
ARTS & CRAFT A
ROOM 1

 

Grade 11-12
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Quranic Spirituality: The Way of Love, Knowledge, and Service
The goal of Islam is that the human being attain the Love of Allah and channel that divine love to others. The inner adventure of abandoning the seven character traits that are not beloved to Allah and embodying the seven qualities that Allah loves is the means to the peace and happiness humans seek.
Teacher:  Shaykh Mendes
GYM PAVILION
Class 2
10-11 am
U.S. Muslim Women: Lives, Legacies, and Lessons
As Surah Al-Azhab (33:35) demonstrates, the Qur’an continually emphasizes the equality of men and women in the eyes of Allah. Yet Islam’s egalitarian gender ideals are continually overlooked(or distorted in contemporary U.S. conversations about Islam and Muslims.At the same time, such ideals are not always practiced in U.S. Muslim communities themselves. This session explores how the desire for women’s agency and rights has been at the heart of U.S. women’s engagements with Islam from the early twentieth century onward, and in particular for African American Muslim women. We will discuss how terms like “feminism,” “women’s rights,” and “gender equality” are understood (and misunderstood) in U.S. Muslim communities, and ask how U.S. Muslim women have historically looked to the Qur’an and other Islamic teachings for guidance on issues of gender justice in their everyday lives.
Teacher:  Sylvia Chan-Malik
GYM PAVILION
College
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Wealth: Spiritual, Ethical, and Practical Dimensions
Wealth is a key theme in modern life, and especially in the lives of many Mizaan attendees. A great portion of our lives is occupied in earning, spending, and investing our wealth. Many aspire for greater wealth; some lament the challenges associated with having it. Each day, we make countless decisions – both small and large – about wealth. Wealth is both a blessing and a test. It affords opportunities for good, both through righteous spending on oneself and one’s family, and through acts of philanthropy and charity. At the same time, wealth also presents challenges – its misuse can be detrimental (both spiritually and materially) to its owners and to society at large. The session considers wealth from three dimensions: spiritual, ethical, and practical. The spiritual dimension considers how we understand God’s role in our wealth, such as divine providence and grace. The ethical dimension considers how we understand what is praiseworthy, permissible, and impermissible when dealing with wealth. The practical dimension considers material dimensions of sound financial practice. These three dimensions are applicable across four ways in which we engage wealth: earning, spending, investing, and philanthropy. The session will touch on each, seeking to explore – and possibly reframe – the ways in which we look at these activities through our faith, our ethics, and our financial practices. The session will be interactive, seeking to address topics of greatest interest to the group and prompt reflection by each individual attendee. The class is condensed from a four-session seminar offered at the Princeton Muslim Life Program in the spring of 2018.
Teacher: Aamir Rehman
CANTEEN
Class 2
10-11 am
Quranic Spirituality: The Way of Love, Knowledge, and Service
The goal of Islam is that the human being attain the Love of Allah and channel that divine love to others. The inner adventure of abandoning the seven character traits that are not beloved to Allah and embodying the seven qualities that Allah loves is the means to the peace and happiness humans seek.
Teacher:  Shaykh Mendes
CANTEEN

 

Adults: Choose Session A or B for each class session

Adults A
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Making Space for Silence and Meditation 
In this class, Muslim perspectives on asceticism and religiosity are brought to bear on the significance of silence and the practice of meditation. Specifically, contemplative practices will be discussed as a form of inner refinement and spiritual development. Significant time will be set aside for meditation, writing, and self-reflection.
Teacher: Martin Nguyen
DINING HALL PATIO
Class 2
10-11 am
“The Quran is our guide but exactly how does it guide us?”
Allah Almighty sent the Quran to humanity via Angel Jibreel. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad over 1400 years ago and during his lifetime he was the interpreter of the Quran. The Prophet provided guidance to the community based upon the revelation. The Quran names itself as The Guide (Al-Huda) but since the Quran cannot speak for itself, who can authentically speak for it? As Muslims in America, how do we determine who can provide true guidance?
Teacher: Atiya Aftab 
DINING HALL PATIO

 

Adults B
SUNDAY
Class 1
9-10 am
Qur’anic Rhetoric:
Rhetoric is one of the finest human arts. Learn the various rhetorical devices the Qur’an uses to engage and affect us as readers and reciters.
Teacher:  Omer Bajwa
PRAYER PAVILION
Class 2
10-11 am
Wealth: Spiritual, Ethical, and Practical Dimensions
Wealth is a key theme in modern life, and especially in the lives of many Mizaan attendees. A great portion of our lives is occupied in earning, spending, and investing our wealth. Many aspire for greater wealth; some lament the challenges associated with having it. Each day, we make countless decisions – both small and large – about wealth. Wealth is both a blessing and a test. It affords opportunities for good, both through righteous spending on oneself and one’s family, and through acts of philanthropy and charity. At the same time, wealth also presents challenges – its misuse can be detrimental (both spiritually and materially) to its owners and to society at large. The session considers wealth from three dimensions: spiritual, ethical, and practical. The spiritual dimension considers how we understand God’s role in our wealth, such as divine providence and grace. The ethical dimension considers how we understand what is praiseworthy, permissible, and impermissible when dealing with wealth. The practical dimension considers material dimensions of sound financial practice. These three dimensions are applicable across four ways in which we engage wealth: earning, spending, investing, and philanthropy. The session will touch on each, seeking to explore – and possibly reframe – the ways in which we look at these activities through our faith, our ethics, and our financial practices. The session will be interactive, seeking to address topics of greatest interest to the group and prompt reflection by each individual attendee. The class is condensed from a four-session seminar offered at the Princeton Muslim Life Program in the spring of 2018.
Teacher: Aamir Rehman
PRAYER PAVILION