Character Building is at the core of our mission at Al Madina. Our Islamic identity is strong and our school culture, programs of study, and daily activities all work to impart strong Islamic beliefs into our students. Our goal is to graduate practicing Muslims and we know that the best way to do that is to provide an environment and school community in which students realize the beauty of Islam and feel a true joy and love in doing what they know is pleasing to God. Islamic studies is not taught in a way that is removed from everyday life but it is rather made relevant and meaningful. We teach simultaneously to the heart and the mind so that as the students’ knowledge base grows so does their love. At Al Madina, students learn that Islam is a mission that guides them to be of upright character and a source of positive and dynamic change for their families, communities, and the society at large. This is the way that Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him – and his Companions lived Islam and we strive to emulate their noble examples.
Social, emotional, and spiritual learning is a priority for everyone in our school community. As we challenge our students academically, we are aware that without being socially, emotionally, and spiritually healthy our students will not be able to achieve the kind of success that we dream for them. At the same time, we are well aware that with strong social, emotional, and spiritual cores, our students will have the motivation and drive to achieve at their optimum. Character building, spiritual enrichment, concern for our students’ social and emotional needs are all tools that we use to help our students growth during the critical years they spend at Al Madina.
While we strive to integrate Islamic teachings into every aspect of our school, we have special programs geared specifically to their spiritual enrichment:
- Weekly Friday Congregational Prayers: we transport our students to local centers in the community. One, to let them get exposure to the different cultures and to listen to different khateebs. Two, it gives exposure to the school and the community sees the youth and future leaders of tomorrow. High School students in leadership program are trained to give khutbas as part of their leadership training.
- Dhuhr Prayer is held daily at Al Madina. Students learn the importance of praying on time and the daily Dhuhr prayer is a time for spiritual reflection and rejuvenation. Students are trained to sit quietly after the prayer for a few minutes of Dhikr, following the example of Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him. The Dhuhr prayer is often preceded or followed by some words of advice, Islamic lessons, and general Tarbiya. The students also learn the importance of the Sunna prayers and students are encouraged to pray Sunna before and after Dhuhr.
- Morning Assembly is held daily before school starts with the recitation of Quran, the saying of a number of special Du’a that Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him – used to say every morning, and short presentations by students who discuss the importance of a Quranic Aya, a Hadith, a Du’a, or a short story. The Assembly is always kept positive and helps students begin their day on a positive, motivational note.