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Tawheed Center Programs Ahead of Other Local Schools

October 30, 2008 by  


By Adil James, MMNS

Farmington–October 29–Southeast Michigan Islamic schools are blossoming, and not least among the local educational accomplishments has been the set of programs conducted at the Tawheed Center in Farmington Hills.

Hifz Program

The Hifz program, under Imam Sohel, was begun only last year, and yet it has already graduated four students who are now hafiz Qur`an. 

“The beauty of the program,” explains Dr. Khalid Zafar, who has been intimately involved in the program from the beginning, and whose son was the first graduate, “is that everyone can go at their own speed” as they memorize.  The emphasis of the program’s main educational pillar, Imam Sohel, is on making sure that the students have a sound foundation from the very beginning in the basic rules of reading Qur`an, before they begin to memorize large tracts.

Currently 12 more students are active in the program, which is a rigorous program of secular and religious instruction conducted at the Tawheed Center.  Each student is required, before entering the program, to be prepared for rigorous work. 

As explains Dr. Zafar, “We have some strict criteria” before letting students in.  “They must be fluent in Qur`an before they start; they must know tajweed before they begin–sometimes we ask parents to get those things done before they come here.”

Dr. Zafar’s son, having graduated, is now in the Huda School.  He is now getting straight A’s at Huda, which is the best traditional Muslim school in the region, competitive wth prominent local private schools Detroit Country Day School and Cranbrook, and the also-very-good public schools in the Bloomfield Hills area.  The hifz graduates “are doing quite well in school–that tells us now they’re in regular schools and curriculum, how well they’re doing as far as academics go.”

The Hifz program uses for secular subjects the Calvert Homeschool curriculum, which is an excellent homeschool curriculum that costs approximately $700 per student per academic year and is in essence a “school in a box,” providing every book and material necessary for a child to complete an academic year.  In fact Calvert is likely the very best homeschool program available, (probably much better than most traditional schools), and taking the guesswork out of a homeschooling parent’s attempt to match his/her school curriculum.

Sunday School

Asim Khan, who is involved with managing the non-hifz schools at Tawheed, explains that the other educational program (the Sunday school) is also quite successful, although he hopes that more students will enroll.

“I manage mostly the Sunday school,” he explains, saying that the price of attending the Sunday school is “about $400 for the whole year,” which school year lasts 8 months.

The Tawheed Center Sunday school is very rigorous.  There are three levels (junior level, middle level, and senior level), and before entering the school each student is tested for proficiency.  The courses are solely religious, because the students are already doing regular secular schoolwork independently.

“The minimum age for the Sunday schooll is 6.  Some kids are too young–we test them first.  If they are capable and mature, then we take them,” explains Mr. Khan.

There are 8 teachers in the program; 4 for boys and 4 for girls  “On top of that,” he explains, there are “two Islamic teachers for each side.  We don’t teach any secular subjects.  We teach Islamic fiqh, Islamic history, including Seerah of Rasulallah (s), also akhlaq, aqaa`iq.”

Maktab

Khan explains there is also  a maktab–”a little more expedited program,” with 3 sessions a week instead of the Sunday school’s single weekly session.
“We are still taking enrollment,” explains Mr. Khan.  “You can go to our website, tawheedcenter.org.  Download our pdf registration form, behind the Sunday school tab.  Bring the form with your kids at 10AM on Sunday.  We will be taking kids for another month or so.”

The program is hoping to enroll a lot of students–last year there were 80 students in the Sunday school program, which helped raise funds for the mosque also–the Tawheed Center has expanded considerably, expanding its parking lot dramatically, buying adjacent lots, and improving its physical plant.
If you are interested in attending this program or enrolling your children, please call Mr. Asim Khan at 313-506-3215.

“We want to encourage everyone–we want the parents to send the kids,” he explains.

“Last year,” he explains, “we had 12 sponsored students” who were unable to pay the fees to join, but they were sponsored by the mosque or by individuals in the Tawheed Center community.  In total, last year, there were about 80 students.

Khan explains that the Tawheed Center does not want to exclude anyone, they want to teach all children–therefore if you are interested in attending the program but feel that the financial burden would be too much, it is possible to speak to them about your special circumstances and they will in all likelihood waive your fees.

Many of the teachers have accreditation from Islamic universities, including the local Islamic American University.

“Alhamdulillah,” says Dr. Zafar, “a lot of masajid are copying this program.” He cites the new hifz programs at IAGD and the Bloomfield’s Muslim Unity Center. 
The more the merrier.

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Comments

2 Responses to “Tawheed Center Programs Ahead of Other Local Schools”

  1. Mushtaq on November 4th, 2008 5:40 pm

    Your article in TMO (Vol. 10, Issue 45) is a well-written article. But is Tawheed Center the only Islamic school praise-worthy of TMO??

    Adil, you need to study and document all those Islamic schools which are mushrooming in Michigan and neighboring states.

    Mushtaq.

  2. Adil on November 4th, 2008 5:44 pm

    Thank you for your compliment, and thank you for reading this article. But you know this is actually part of a series of articles about local schools. I have more time to flesh out some of the articles than some of the other articles, and with this one I was fortunate to have lots of time–but still I am not ignoring the other local schools! Search this site for “Huda” or “Bloomfield” or “Canton” or “Riverside” or “Hamtramck”. Please let me know about your school–I want to write about it.

    Adil

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