THE BEST OF EDUCATION IN AN ISLAMIC ENVIRONMENT
(Schools in Chennai and Mumbai)
The Islamic International School is the proper place for your children. It provides Muslim children an environment in which they can learn and live Islam, as they strive for excellence in subjects like Mathematics, Science, English, History, Geography and others. It moulds your children’s personalities on Islamic lines and provides for their educational needs.
Alhamdulillah, the academic programme and curriculam at Islamic International School is more comprehensive than most Islamic religious schools, as well as better than most reputed English medium schools. The teaching staff are efficient and well qualified.
Societal influences upon a child are not to be taken lightly. An unislamic setting can result in the corruption of a virtuos Muslim’s Islamic beliefs and values. It is therefore mandatory that Muslim parents educate their children in an Islamic school to prevent them from falling prey to negative influences present in society.
SALIENT FEATURES OF IIS:
English medium of instruction, with Arabic as a compulsory language
Besides formal subjects such as:
* Computer Studies.
Islamic Studies subjects such as :
* Arabic Language
* Tajweed and Qirat
* Hifz of the Qur’an
* Seerah of the prophet
* Hadith Studies
* Tafseer of the Qur’an
* Da’wah and
Formal subjects taught with an Islamic understanding too, enabling the students to relate to the world from an Islamic point of view.
Committed and well-qualified teachers for all subjects, including graduates from the Islamic University of Madinah
Full time Child Psychologist for counselling
Modern technology used to impart education.
Physical Fitness Training in Martial Arts, Swimming, Skating etc,
Air-conditioned classrooms, to enhance comfort and concentration.
Regular Medical Check-ups by a reputed Paediatrician
Approximately 24 Students per class to facilitate better student-teacher relationship and individual attention to students.
One of the world’s largest and best collection of :
Children’s Books on Islam
Islamic CD-ROMs for children
Islamic Games for children
Islamic Audio and Video tapes for children
Congregational prayers offered daily in the school by students.
Students are free to express Islamic attitudes and behaviour, proudly and openly
Monthly educational excursions
Uniforms for students according to Islamic guidelines.
Healthy eatables provided during short break.
Classes from Nursery to 10th Std.
(Presently from Nursery to 2nd Std. only)
Boys and Girls together only till primary section. Separate premises for boys and girls in secondary section.
Convenient and central location near Mazagaon
Conceived and developed by Dr. Zakir Naik:
The Islamic International School, Mumbai, is managed by the IRF Educational Trust (Regd.Public Trust No. E-14436 [Bom]). It has been conceived, planned and developed by Dr. Zakir Naik, Chairman of the IRF Educational Trust and President of the Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai.
To fulfill your duty and responsibility towards Allah (swt) of providing your children an educational environment that is Islamic and which allows them to become able and good educated Muslims, admit them to the Islamic International School. You will, InshaAllah, help them to better themselves-in the world and in the Hereafter.
Admission forms for the Academic Year 2003-2004 (starting June, 2003) for boys and girls in Nursery, Jr. KG, Sr. KG, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Std. are available from 7th Feb. 2003
Your Children are an Amaanah, enrol them in a good Islamic School..!
A New Lease of Life: Islamic Schooling and Parental Partnership
By Amatullah Abdullah**
May. 07, 2006
A full-sized banner with the name “Islamic International School” written upon it beckons as one approaches the end of Mohan Kumara Mangalam Street in Nunggambakkam, Chennai. Just inside the gates of the school, young boys scurry in anticipation of seeing their classmates and teachers. Their faces are aglow with youthful energy. The girls look smart in their gray salwar kameez (loose tunic-pants outfit common in South Asia) outfits with navy-blue scarves fastened smartly under their tiny chins. They stand huddled together in small groups, perhaps hoping to learn what each had done the evening before, away from one another. Not to be outdone by the girls, the boys were dressed equally as smart in their navy blue pants, gray shirts, and matching caps.
On crossing the threshold of the gate, parents can find comfort in being able to readily identify that not only are the students dressed according to Islamic code, but the faculty and staff are as well. As parents enter the main hall of the school, any early morning dreariness is vanquished as a chorus of “a- salamu `alaykum’s” welcomes them.
Islamic International School (IIS) was launched in Chennai in June 2004. Islamic International School, Chennai is a branch of IIS, Mumbai which is managed by the IRF Educational Trust (Regd. Public Trust No: E – 14436 [Bom]. It was conceived, planned and developed by Dr. Zakir Naik, Chairman of the IRF Educational Trust and President of the Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai. He has visited several such institutions worldwide and interacted with many experts on school and university education to develop the method towards Islamic orientation, teaching methodology, curriculum implementation and management. The progressive and innovative insights gained from these meetings led to the birth and development of the IIS.
When my son was two, and I was in the midst of a dilemma, I was not sure which school I should send him to because I always had anticipated and yearned to give a strong Islamic foundation for my son right from the time he was born. But sadly, there was not even one school around that boasted both Islamic education and regular curricular activities. Al-hamdu lillah, as soon as my son turned three, the Islamic International School was established, it was certainly a blessing. Another parent echoed the same view as follows:
The moment my daughter was born, I was worried about her upbringing. We then heard about a school in Mumbai, which enforces both Islamic education with the standard schooling and hoped that it would be wonderful if we could attend such a school. This school was launched at the right time.
Islamic International School caters to Muslim children who are taught the Qur’an as well as customary education. Swimming and karate are also a part of the curriculum of this school. This helps the children to be well-equipped with knowledge and self-defense. Not only does this school aim at producing da`iyas, but it also intends to prepare the children to face the challenges of today’s world. In other words, it is grooming the children to excel in both dunya (worldly life) and the hereafter, ‘in sha ‘Allah.
Sister Fatima, the mother of Nargis and Fadila said, “We had a family gathering and all of us asked our children to tell us what they would like to grow up to be, in sha’ Allah. The children replied that they wanted to become doctors, engineers, pilots, architects, scientists, et cetera, but, al-hamdu lillah, my daughter, who is just seven years old, said that she wants to become an `alimah (scholar), qadi (judge), da`iya, and then become a doctor and cure people. The relatives were stunned and the children asked her what does alimah, qadhi, and da`iya mean? I really think this school is a great mercy of Allah, there is not even one single day that passes without praying for the school and the teachers.”
The mother of Abdullah Yusuf, a kindergarten student, said, “This school is unique in many ways. I would say I have learned a lot as regards Islam after admitting my son into this school.”
Sister Mubaraka, a mother of two children said, “The starting of Islamic International School in Chennai was like a dream come true for many Muslim parents here. I am no exception to that. The school was opened at a time when I was seriously on a school-hunting expedition for both my children.
“Not satisfied with most of the schools, even if they education was good, the children were influenced by their major non-Islamic approaches,” she added. “But in this school, I feel the children have acquired Islamic knowledge as well as regular academics, which I myself am not familiar with.
“Ma sha’ Allah, the type of education the children receive here is in total contrast to what they would have learned elsewhere,” sister Mubaraka concluded.
There is only one thing some parents are not so happy about.
“I think the children must have more sports and games in school. The promised swimming coaching has yet to start with already half the year completed,” says one parent.
The school only began two years ago, parents should be patient and realize that there are bound to be teething snags. Once the management find a good pool, they will start the swimming lessons immediately.
In general, Muslim parents in Chennai feel blessed to have their children educated at this institution. The parents are required to follow certain rules if they desire to get their children admitted at the school. Parents are asked to dress Islamically, it is made mandatory for the mothers of the student to wear a hijab and attend classes on Islam and the English language if they don’t have background in them. In this way, the parents also become students of the school. Because of this, many sisters who never wore hijab before are donning the hijab and have begun to practice Islam according to Qur’an and Sunnah, al-hamdu lillah.
There is another Islamic school, Olive, which was launched at the same time as Islamic International School. Olive coaches its students according to the Montessori system. It is certainly a good sign that more Islamic schools are sprouting in India this century.
** Amatullah Abdullah is a freelance writer who resides in Chennai, India. Her essays have been published in India, United Studies, and the United Kingdom. She holds a bachelor’s in English literature. Abdullah is the managing editor of Iqra newspaper and secretary of the Islamic Writers Alliance and a member of Muslim Writers Society. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more of her works visit Writers in Islam.
Comments: This school has a fantastic atmosphere.very friendly and the kids love it. the other good thing is that the school is based upon authentic islamic education and have a number of scholars involved including some from the university of madinah..
Chennai - Islamic International School, No. 9, Moan Kumaramangalam Street, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034
Mumbai - IRF Educational Trust, 56/58, Tandel Street (North), Mumbai 400 009]