Frequently Asked Questions

Islam with Kalamna

What can I expect my child to gain from the Islam classes at Kalamna?

Our primary goal is to give Islam students a balanced foundation in Islam. Through developmentally appropriate lessons and discussion, students will learn about Islam, feel proud of their identity as young Muslims growing up in a Western society, and be comfortable discussing their identity from a place of knowledge and understanding.

What do the Islam classes cover?

The Islam curriculum by Kalamna is designed to cover a mix of topics to provide students a balanced, well-rounded view of Islam. They include:

· Foundations of Islam (pillars of Islam & the pillars of Iman)

· Tales of the prophets

· Sira of prophet Muhammad‘s life (PBUH)

· Balancing cultural and Islamic identity as young Muslims growing up in a Western society

· Religious holidays and how they are celebrated both religiously and culturally

How was the curriculum developed?

Our curriculum was developed by a team of experts between Islamic studies, teaching and education, and psychology to ensure a balance in presenting inclusive, age-appropriate information that addresses the questions children naturally and encourages them to keep an inquisitive mind and independent thinking.

What about learning the Quran?

While we don’t teach the Quran directly (rote learning), we do include verses of the Quran appropriate to our learning topics. Where appropriate, we also encourage children who know any surahs to recite them, for example when learning about prayer, etc.

Who is teaching the Kalamna Islam classes?

The Islam with Kalamna classes are taught by Kalamna-trained teachers under the guidance of Doaa Baumi, PhD.

Doaa has been teaching Islamic Studies to students across the UK since 2017. She also brings with her over a decade’s experience teaching various courses to undergraduate students in the US and UK. She holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from al-Azhar University in Cairo.

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