Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why the name 'Abu Hanifah Foundation'?

 

Imam Abu Hanifah (may Allah have mercy on him) is the founder of one of the four schools of Islamic legal knowledge (fiqh) within the Sunni branch of Islam.

Given his continuing and widespread influence on Islamic religious law, Imam Abu Hanifah is without question one of the Law’s Greats. One cannot fail to marvel at the creative, intelligent, sincere, and devoted application of Islam by Imam Abu Hanifah—a great Muslim, a great jurist, a great man. His life’s work has affected billions of souls; surely that merits at least a greater recognition of his contribution to Islam.

 

2. Why should I send my child to AHF School?

 

Islamic Knowledge: We offer daily instruction in Qur'an, Arabic and Islamic Studies.  At the same time, we provide an atmosphere in which the students can practice their faith freely and receive feedback to improve their understanding of Islam. With our constant assessment of the syllabus we ensure we provide the children with an education which is meaningful and relevant to their lives.


In our school, Islamic Studies is taught in English, because that is the language our children use on a daily basis to understand concepts and communicate with others.


Children are taught Arabic using a syllabus prepared specifically for Non-Arabic speaking children by educationalists, linguists and scholars from around the world. In our school we teach classical (fusha) and modern standard Arabic. The subject is taught by native Arab teachers.


There is also a strong emphasis on Qur’an memorization and understanding. This in turn will Insha-Allah lead to children finishing the school having memorized much more of the Qur’an.


Holistic Islamic Education: We aim to provide an education which encompasses and engages the whole child, spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. The school system we seek is one where every child is inspired to develop a lifelong love of learning; where we are concerned not only with the instruction and training of the mind and the transmission of knowledge (`ilm) but also with the development of the whole being (tarbiyyah).


Islamic Environment: We offer an Islamic environment that is conducive to the intellectual, social, spiritual and physical growth of your child. The ambience of the school will make the child proud to study there. Children excel in all aspects of life when they grow up in such a safe and nurturing environment.


Highly Qualified Staff: We demand a great deal from our teaching staff. Our teachers will be actively and genuinely engaged in the teaching process and also trained in the latest pedagogical techniques. All of our staff are DBS cleared and given safeguarding training periodically. 


Technology: We will utilise 21st century technology which will revolutionise the educational experience and enhance learning with the aim of empowering each child to explore his or her personal creativity, promote learning and improve productivity. The children have access to the latest Apple technology to accelerate their learning and introduce an element of fun.


Individually Tailored Plans: We provide an individual tailored learning programme for each child, in agreement with the Parents. Individual Learning Plans (ILP) are implemented to ensure that programmes of education are adapted and modified to each individual according to their needs and abilities. Each child is recognised as having innate abilities, aptitudes and talents and it is our aim to develop these to the full through the ILP.


Parental Involvement: We aim to support parents whilst their child is in our care. We will Insha-Allah have a Parents' Support network which will give parents the opportunity to share their concerns, experiences and information. Calendar events will include parent training sessions, information workshops, social gatherings and performances to celebrate student achievement.


Extra-Curricular Activities: We aim to help our students develop into fully-rounded young adults. As such we do not simply focus on academic development but also place great importance on providing extra-curricular opportunities. We endeavour to cater for the widest possible interests and include, Sports clubs, Scouts, educational trips and much more.

 

3. Where is the school (madrasah) located?


The school is presently located on 92 Preston New Rd, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 6BH  (formerly known as College House)

 

 

The building previously contained a day nursery approved and registered with Ofsted.


4. What is the school’s opening hours?


The school hours will be 5pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday. We also have a weekend school operating on Sundays.


5. What are the subjects that will be taught?


The following three subjects will be primarily taught:


Islamic Studies in English.

Arabic Studies.

Qur’an recitation and memorization.


Additional subjects may be provided depending on the demand.

 

6. How will the subjects be taught?


Students will be organised into small groups and all 3 subjects will be taught by specially trained teachers in that particular field. Unlike other establishments where one teacher teaches all the subjects, the children will move from one classroom to the next. The classes will be organized in teaming arrangements with students seeing more than one teacher for their subjects.


7. What school of law (madhab) will be taught at the school?

 

The Hanafi madhab will be taught at the school.

 

8. What is the average class size?


At present we have an average of 10 children per class in our Arabic and Islamic Studies class, with an additional teacher's assistant in some of the classes (resulting in a 5:1 ratio ideally). In our Qur'an classes we have an average of 5 children per teacher. As we intend to use Apple interactive learning technology at the school, we feel the teacher will be connected at a much greater degree with each child.


9. Will my child be assessed?


Yes, your child will have a short assessment when he/she attends the first session. Parents are also invited to come in to discuss their child/children's progress and any recommendations which the teachers have made.


The Principal and deputy Principal are always available to discuss student progress at any point in the school year.


Teachers primarily use the 'School Management System' (School Kompanion) as a way of keeping parents informed about individual progress or issues. 


Parents are welcome and encouraged to email or phone the school at any time with questions or concerns regarding student progress.


10. Are the Parents allowed to visit the school?


Parents are welcome to visit the school. However, the school policy requires that all visitors report to the office to sign in and secure a visitor’s badge before going to any part of the building. This policy has been created to avoid unnecessary interruption of classes and to assist in providing a safe and secure learning environment. A visit to your child’s classroom will be most effective if arranged in advance with the principal.

 

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