Foreign Language at Al-Huda Islamic School TODAY
At Al Huda Islamic School, we know that unless we learn the language in which the Qur'an was revealed, unless we teach our students the Arabic language, we may not be able to comprehend the Qur’an correctly. We may not be able to recite it beautifully, we may not understand it when we hear it and, as a result, we would not act on it. Starting from KG, Arabic is part of our curriculum.
Quran is also taught in Arabic. The students are assigned to memorize certain surras. By the time our students are in fourth grade, they are able to read Arabic. In addition, the proper memorization of the Quran in Arabic is how we take part in preserving the Qur'an.
The students of Al Huda Islamic School pray Zuher prayer at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne next door. One of the most important pillars of our prescribed five daily prayers is that they must be in Arabic. We teach our students to understand what they are saying in their prayers.
The majority of our students come from non-Arab Muslim countries. Arabic language can be a strong unifying force between the students. Anywhere our students go, they will have an advantage of learning a foreign language in addition to the California State curriculum. Our students come from China, Jordan, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, USA, Syria, and many other countries around the world. We exchange greetings by saying “assalamu alaikum” and its response, “wa alaikumu assalaam” . Not only is it a way of identifying with other Muslims, it is a way of bonding with each other.