Madrasatul Haq Maktab covers 4 core subjects: Islamic Studies, Qāʿidah/Qurʾān, Memorisation (of key duʿās and sūrahs) and Handwriting. This is taught Saturdays and Sundays from 9AM to 12:15PM. The Fees for the Maktab is £400 per year. These classes are for students in Year 1-8. We have a separate post Maktab course for students in Year 9-11.
In this component, many important aspects of Islam are taught, such as:
- Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence; the rules and practices we follow in Islam)
- Aqīdah (understanding correct Islamic beliefs)
- Sīrah (The biography of the Prophet Muḥammad, peace be upon him, and its relevance)
- Islamic history, spanning the lives of all the previous Prophets as well as major events of importance.
- Ādāb (Islamic manners and etiquette essential to a moral and rewarding life)
These topics are not only taught to cover classical knowledge but their contemporary applications and implications are explored and explained in detail. This makes the study of Islamic studies at Madrasatul Haq a subject that is very relevant to our students in their everyday lives. Our aim is develop our students into upright and knowledgeable Muslims who will be a source of benefit to themselves, families and the wider community.
At Madrasatul Haq, a great deal of importance is given to the correct recitation of the Qurʿān. The first stage of this is learning how to read the Arabic script. This is done by means of teaching the Arabic alphabets and rules of basic pronunciation using a text known as the Qāʿidah.
Every care is taken to explain to the students each stage of learning to read Arabic. The aim is to complete the Qāʿidah over an average time of two years – two half years. After completion of the Qāʿidah, the students progress to recite the Juz ʿAmma and then progress to begin reciting the Qurʿān. During the last two stages, more complex rules of reading and reciting (Tajwīd) are taught. A student completing their studies at Madrasatul Haq attains a very high standard of Tajwīd (the art of reciting the Qurʿān proficiently and correctly), unparalleled by many other madrasahs.
Students memorise Juz ʿAmma and various duʿās every week at Madrasatul Haq, with a three week limit per sūrah and dua memorisation. We never use transliteration. Children memorise 20 sūrahs in 20 different peer-mentored groups, starting from Sūrah Duḥā and finishing at Sūrah Nās. Students are tested after every sūrah by a senior member of staff to check for errors and their progress is tracked throughout the year. The emphasis is on quality of recitation rather than quantity.
The Learn by Series: Essential Duas & Surahs, which is used, highlights the excellences of using the duas to help motivate their regular use.
This lesson is taught in the first couple of years alongside the Qaidah to help with letter recognition and also to learn to write the arabic text.