The Need for Islamic Education
According to a hadith mentioned by Ibn-Katheer and narrated by Abu Huraira in Musnad Ahmad, some individuals residing in very high levels of paradise would wonder how they reached these levels, when their own deeds were not enough for that. Allah will say to them, "You left behind your children who were praying for you all the time, and this kept raising your levels in paradise higher and higher.”
At AYA, we believe we must provide the environment and structure that allow all AYA students to engage in experiences that will help prepare them in full measure to reach their potential and become responsible, contributing individuals. We believe that AYA offers one of the finest Islamic studies programs in the nation. We have instructors who are well-qualified in the instruction of Islamic studies that include Qur’anic studies, Aqeedah, Fiqh, Seerah, Hadith, Islamic Civilization and the Arabic language. Strong emphasis is placed on building character. Moral principles are taught which will clearly establish within the student the concept of Tawheed (oneness), duty to our fellow men, and the difference between right and wrong.
Discipline is fostered, and an appreciation for leadership and family structure is outlined for all students in all grades. AYA believes that education is a comprehensive concept, which encompasses all spheres: spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical. In all these areas, our orientation draws from the Islamic heritage and disciplines as well as modern educational disciplines.
Elementary education is contingent upon the students meeting their cognitive and intellectual abilities with effective success, thus promoting increased self-esteem. Hence, to improve instruction, a multitude of strategies and techniques are used, and each teacher possesses the knowledge to articulate and apply these strategies in order to positively impact students' education. When teachers teach with a myriad of strategies relative to different learning styles, they will not only improve student achievement, but will also increase the likelihood that students will feel good about themselves and ultimately be more successful in and out of the classroom.
Secondary education builds on the foundation established in the Elementary level and strives to prepare each student for life: academically, socially and Islamically. The goal is to give the students the knowledge and tools they will need to perform successfully in institutions of higher learning, as well as in their jobs, their communities and their homes.