ABOUT ISLAMIC STUDIES
Raising children in the West, we lack an Islamic environment where children learn about their religion naturally, and many families are relying upon the Islamic schools or mosques to fill this gap. At Kinza Academy, we believe relegating the teaching of religion
to young children as part of a school curriculum may consequently lead the children to view Islam as a “school subject” and possibly even a boring subject, rather than a natural “way of life.”
TEACHING RELIGION VS LIVING RELIGION
According to studies conducted in the Christian community, children who went to a Sunday school were more likely to leave their religion. To raise our children successfully in this culture, we must find a balance between “living” and “teaching” Islam. Children must be taught to love their God and love their Prophet, peace be upon him, as part of their upbringing. We must set a living example of Islam in the home for the child to really experience the pulse of Islam; this is something that cannot be found in a book.
We are publishing an Islamic curriculum, but in the meantime we offer a list of books we think every Muslim child should read or be read to. This selection of books is included in the curriculum book list and can also be found on the links below.