Alnoor Madrassah was established in 2004 due to the growing of Muslim community in Barking and Dagenham which led to the increasing demand of Qur’an and Islamic studies for their children. Over the years the Madrassah has educated hundreds of boys and girls enable them to understand their religion and how to live by it and be a productive members of the society. We understand that parents are the main source to instill the Islamic moral and values in their children. However, parents can do only so much. Therefore Madrassah has a vital role to instill Islamic values in our youths. Again, Madrassah can do only so much. It is tough job to help them balancing their Islamic identity with their ‘British’ identity.
Muslim students appreciate and understand Islam – its rich heritage, principles, values, teachings. We hope the Madrasah will be able to provide stepping stones for the youngsters so that they understand and accept Islam as the chosen ‘way’ of their lives. Our success will be measured years later if these youths grow up and say: thank you, you made a difference in my life!
Our vision is to produce a generation of dynamic young Muslims embodied with an Islamic personality, who are knowledgeable and confidence in their den both theological and practice and able to present Islam comprehensively.
We intend to achieve our objectives through teaching, guiding and assisting our students in developing their Islamic personality and inspiring them to transform themselves in the process through learning, thinking, discussion and engagement. Education’s goal is to guide and assist students in translating their values into a way of living. It is a process of transformation than giving information.
The Madrasah follows a systematic, comprehensive curriculum; the objective of the curriculum is to provide a broad understanding of all aspects of Islam as envisaged in the Mission Statement. The teachers, students and parents will know the curriculum – thus, everybody will know what is being taught and what is it to expect from the students at each grade and collectively, from the entire program. The teachers will carefully follow the curriculum. Our curriculum cover the main three subjects with detail variety topics according to the appropriate ages of our students. The success of this well-established Madrassah is in the hand of Allah (swt) and the hard work of our teachers.
To develop the love for Qur’an and the Ability to read the Quran at standard level of Tajweed independently and confidently.
Understanding the Arabic language at intermediate level in reading, writing and possibly speaking also to make the Qur’an meaningful.
To build the correct understanding and viewpoint of Islamic Aqeedah and understanding that IMAN is a driving factor of ALL Actions.
To understanding what is the Islamic criterion for actions and encourage them to abide by Islamic sharia. To understanding the main motivation for doing an action is the seeking of the pleasure of ALLAH.
To build the Islamic morals and characters, values of Respect, self-account, responsibility, sacrifice, tawakkul, patience and caring. To understanding the non-Islamic belief, values and concepts that effecting their actions. To understand that Islam and life are interconnected for fulfilment of its purpose.
Our teachers are from various countries and backgrounds. They all have good Islamic knowledge. Many of them have prior teaching experience from other Islamic Institutions. They have good people skills. Special emphasis is given to make sure the teachers communicate in English. They have duty to guide and assist students in translating their values into a way of living.
Teacher training sessions are run on a regular basis at the Masjid. Teachers use learning and teaching materials such as white boards, projectors, computers and educational games and activities to demonstrate and imbedded the concepts and values students learn. There are two main exams during the semester year and all successful students are awarded gifts and certificates at the end of the year Annual Parent Presentation Day.
Enrollment take place in at the beginning of our semester year in September and midterm January and April. Children join the Madrassah from the age of 6 years up to 16 years, older children over the age of 16 years may be accepted following a strict interview process. The successful student will join our youth programs which runs for three years.
Currently we have over 200 students who study at the Madrassah on a regular basis. The Madrasah is open Monday to Thursday (5pm – 7pm) which is known as weekdays Madrasah, and Saturday and Sunday (10am – 2:30pm) which is known as weekend Madrasah.