Ladies' Tajwid Course

GCLEA is happy to offer a beginner level Tajwid course for LADIES ONLY that will introduce you to the following.

  • Emission points

  • Manner of articulation

  • Fundamental rules of recitation

 

This course is perfect for anyone who can read the Qur'an and desires to improve their reading and recitation.

Comprehension and understanding is not a requirement.

The course begins on Wednesday, November 6 and is held weekly at 11am.

Duration: 12 weeks

Tuition: $25/month

Click the link below to register. (2-part registration: pay the tuition via paypal and then you will be redirected to complete the registration form)

About the instructor.


Maha al-Aydi is an accomplished Islamic history educator with demonstrated ability to teach, direct, and maintain high levels of academic achievement. She has over 25 years of teaching experience, 10 of which have been in the field of tajwid.

 
Beginner Arabic Course

Beginner Arabic, November 12

Are you tired of standing aimlessly in prayer because you don't understand what is being recited?

Do you wish you could better engage Allah's book in its original language?

With Ramadan just 6 months away, it's time to get ready for a new experience with the Quran by learning Arabic.

GCLEA is happy to offer a beginner level Arabic course that will introduce you to the following.

  • grammar

  • reading

  • translation

  • new vocabulary

  • writing

  • and basic conversation. 

This will be your first step to comprehending and constructing short sentences in Arabic which will aid you in understanding the Holy Quran and other Arabic texts. 

This course is perfect for anyone who can simply read 3-letter words.

Comprehension and understanding of those words is not a requirement.

The course begins on Tuesday, November 12 at 7pm.

Duration: 6 weeks

Tuition: $25

Click the link below to register. (2-part registration: pay the tuition via paypal and then you will be redirected to complete the registration form)

About the instructor.


Chris Morris is a regular at GCLEA and has been studying Arabic with Imam John for over 8 years. He has a passion for Arabic and has taught beginners level classes in the past. He is excited to help you advance in your Arabic language goals as he has over the years.

 

Islam 4 Kidz

 

Are you looking for an engaging way to teach your kids about Islam and just don't have the time or the know how?

 

Are you looking for a way to connect your kids with the masjid and Muslim community?

 

Do you want your kids to make more friends of the same faith?

 

 

Islam4Kidz Sunday School is a one-of-a-kind program. 

 

It's a safe and friendly space for young Muslims to grow into their faith.

 

By joining our program they will meet great people and connect to the House of Allah in a meaningful and memorable way.

 

We offer classes in Islamic Studies and Arabic/Quran.

 

Our teachers are experienced and passionate. They love both their students and subjects.

 

Our goal is to impart knowledge that will help students build a strong foundation for a faith-filled future.

 

We aim to engage students through an array of teaching tools and techniques in order to make the topics relevant and valuable.

 

To maintain a high-quality classroom experience, each class has a maximum number of 15 students.

 

Our school meets on Sundays and follows the Cherry Hill Public School calendar.

 

We offer the following grades:

  • Kindergarten

  • 1st Grade

  • 2nd-3rd Grades Combined

  • 4th-5th Grades Combined

  • Middle School Combined

 

Schedule:

  • 10:45am - Morning Dhikr, Dua, Duha Prayer

  • 11:00am - Islamic Studies

  • 11:50am - Snack/Make-a-Friend Time

  • 12:10pm - Arabic/Quran

  • 1:00pm - Wudu & Sunnah Prayer

  • 1:15pm - Zuhr Prayer

  • 1:30pm - Dismissal

 

Important Dates:

  • Aug 25 - Sept 8 - Open Registration

  • Sept 8 - Student/Parent Orientation

  • Sept 22 - First Day of School

 

Sunday School is a members-only program. If you are not a member of GCLEA, you can register your child for Sunday School and we will contact you about membership.

 

Financial aid is available through our zakat program for eligible applicants.
 

Fees: $220/student

This fee covers registration, book fees, and annual tuition.

This fee is subsidized. There is no discount for additional children.

How to register:

1. Pay the one-time annual fee using PayPal below. You do not need a PayPal account to make your payment.

2. Use the PayPal shopping cart to add students in the same grade or "continue shopping" to add different grades.

3. Once you have completed the payment process, PayPal will automatically direct you to the student registration form. Please wait to be automatically redirected, do not close your browser.

4. Once you complete the student registration form, you are registered. In the registration confirmation message, you will be invited to join our dedicated WhatsApp group to receive important messages and updates.

5. If you are not a GCLEA member, by registering your student(s) you are agreeing to an annual membership and will be contacted to complete membership if you have not done so already.

Junior Salikeen

 

Salikeen are spiritual wayfarers traveling through this world to Allah and their final destination in the home of the hereafter.  

 

They utilize the resources they are afforded to live a good life in this world for a better life in the next.

 

Ages 7-14 are the years young Muslims are expected to adopt a faith identity, begin a life of worship, and develop spiritually. Traditionally, at this age, young students are introduced to a Shaykh/religious teacher who will help successfully guide them through this phase of their life.

 

By utilizing a mentorship-style approach, Imam John Starling will focus on 4 major areas of development:

 

  • Islamic manners/character

  • Purification of the heart

  • The basics of doctrine and worship

  • Quran and Arabic

 

Junior Salikeen will learn how to incorporate what they learn into their lives to lead a spiritually healthy and balanced existence.

 

Junior Salikeen will meet 2 days a week for 1 hour/day and enjoy 6-8 week modules throughout the duration of the program.

 

Monthly activities will be planned as a reward for good performance and will teach the importance of family, community, and the value of teamwork.

 

Parents will appreciate regular progress updates that they can use to help enforce concepts and practices at home. They will also enjoy participating in the program by volunteering during the monthly activities.

 

Objectives

  • To learn basic manners; honesty, empathy, forgiveness, respect, etc

  • To learn the basics of belief in Allah and the Hereafter

  • To learn the basics of the Prophet’s life

  • To learn the basics of purification, prayer, duas

  • To learn how to cope with destructive qualities; anger, jealousy, ego, pride, etc

  • To learn how read Arabic at an introductory level

  • To memorize age-appropriate portions of the Quran

 

At the end of this program (From 7 years of age to 14), participants will have a well-grounded understanding of the essential requirements of faith and worship. They will be proficient in Arabic reading and Quran recitation along with having memorized at least 4 juz of the Quran.

 

Students will have also learned and memorized a significant number of supplications/duas.

 

They will be prepared to continue their development into adulthood and understand their basic obligations as people of faith.

 

This program is also a great primer for students who wish to pursue further studies in faith.

 

This program is open to boys and girls and begins September 17.

 

This program follows the Cherry Hill Public School calendar and concludes April 23, 2020

 

Quran and Arabic sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5-6 pm.

Religious Studies sessions will be held on Thursdays from 5-6 pm.

 

This program is for GCLEA members and tuition fees are set at $125 for 7 months. There is a $25 discount for additional students.

 

Financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis.

Seating is limited to10 students.​

How to register:

1. Sign up for the monthly tuition fee using PayPal below. You do not need a PayPal account to make your payment.

2. Use the drop-down menu to select the number of students you wish to register.

3. Once you have completed the payment process, PayPal will automatically direct you to the student registration form. Please wait to be automatically redirected, do not close your browser.

4. Once you complete the student registration form, you are registered. In the registration confirmation message, you will be invited to join our dedicated WhatsApp group to receive important messages and updates.

5. If you are not a GCLEA member, by registering your student(s) you are agreeing to an annual membership and will be contacted to complete membership if you have not done so already.

Registration is now closed for the 2019/2020 academic year. Please stay tuned for next year's registration.

 

Adult Study Circles

 

The Adult Study Group is a friendly space dedicated to softening the heart and sharpening the mind.

 

In these sessions, between15-20 minutes in duration, Imam John Starling will help you navigate the balance between religiosity and spirituality.

 

Please check our calendar for time changes.

Current and previous topics can be found below.

The Seeker's Mainstay/Umdat al-Talib

This study circle is dedicated to discussing the entire corpus of Islamic law according to the illustrious school of Imam Ahmad.

Topics range from worship, transaction, marriage, inheritance, and crime and punishment.

 

Review or get caught up with the course videos posted here.

Islamic Law Q&A

This study circle will focus on the basics of ritual purification. Subject matter will be delivered in a Q&A format and is based on Imam Musa al-Qaddumi's Elementary Hanbali Primer (Available on Amazon). Topics will include, purification, prayer, fasting, zakat, and hajj.

 

 

Review or get caught up with the course videos posted here.

Abridged Biography of the Prophet

This study group's aim is to get closer to the Prophet by becoming familiar with his life and the companions around him. This study group is based on the primer text, Abridged Biography of the Prophet and his 10 Companions by al-Hafiz Abdul Ghani al-Maqdisi.

 

 

Review or get caught up with the course videos posted here.

The Golden Pendant/Qala'id al-Iqyan

This study group is dedicated to better understanding of the foundations of faith. Topics of discussion will revolve around the corpus of Islamic Doctrine and is based on the classic text, The Golden Pendant by Imam Ibn Balban.

 

Review or get caught up with the course videos posted here.

The Seeker's Way

This study group has 4 major areas of interest such as the inner dimensions of worship, pursuits of custom, destructive vices, and qualities of deliverance. This study group is based on the classic text, The Seeker's Way as abridged by Abul-Abbas Ibn Qudamah.

 

 

Review or get caught up with the course videos posted here.

Commencement of the Worshiper

This concise juristic manual, by the great scholar ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Baʿli, introduces the fledgling disciple to the illustrious school of the great Imām Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal.  This text presents the most common issues pertaining to the rites and rituals of worship i.e. purification, prayer, funeral proceedings, alms-giving, fasting, pilgrimage, and briefly touches on legal rulings and ethics of military service.  

Review or get caught up with the course videos posted here.

Key to the Saintly Path

The following is an English presentation of a small treatise by Imam Ibn Shaykh al-Hazzāmiyyīn (d. 711), a medieval Ḥanbalī scholar and a mystic, entitled: “The Key to the Saintly Path” (Miftāḥ Tarīq al-Awliyā'). In it, he details the practical steps that you can apply in your day-to-day endeavors that will help strengthen your spiritual connection with Allāh Almighty.

Review or get caught up with the course videos posted here.