14 December 2021

Assalam O Alaikum

Dear Readers

The Religion Department had a busy start to term four with multiple events in the first few weeks of the term. The term started with Seerah Week, Islamic Studies quiz competition, Stem exhibition and an assignment on the kindness of the Prophet .

These events have certainly been a major success.

I sincerely thank the principal and the Religion staff for their support and contribution to these amazing events. Read further to understand what the events were about and view some delightful pictures of the events.

Seerah Week

Seerah Week is a yearly event held in the month of Rabi’ul Awwal. It is one of the highlights of the year and probably the most important week of the school calendar.

The purpose of Seerah Week is celebrate the life of the Prophet ﷺ through assembly talks, nasheeds and Quran recitation as shown in the program below.

Islamic Studies quiz

Coinciding with Seerah Week was an Islamic Studies quiz competition held for the year 7 to 9 students.

Year 7 – stories of the prophets

Year 8 – Biography of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq

Year 9 – Mothers of the Believers

Each year level was given 100 questions and answers about their given topic to memorise. A large number of students took up the challenge to memorise the 100 facts during the school break.

The first round was held in the classroom. The topic three from each class then competed in the second round against the top three from other classes in the same year level. The top 5 from round two competed in the finals. 1st, 2nd and 3rd received trophies and a gift and 4th and 5th received a certificate and a gift. The award ceremony was held on the last day (Friday) of Seerah Week.

We thank Br Abdullah Khan, Sr Rana Baghdadi and Sr Sehrish Chaalni for being our honorable guests and for assisting with the distribution of the awards.

3rd place

Yr 7 – Bilal Mohamed

Yr 8 – Latifa Shuard

Yr 9 – Abeeha Kamran

2nd place

Yr 7 – Akifa Kamarul Bahrain

Yr 8 – Hussein Qureshi

Yr 9 – Zainab Al-Ghafil

1st place

Yr 7 – Zidnee Salam

Yr 8 – Ramla Abshir Mohamed

Yr 9 – Fadheelah Shah

Finals participants (other than top three)

  1. Khalid Aliyi
  2. Amira Alviar
  3. Hassanatou Bah
  4. Zaria Amer Malik
  5. Nasrullahi Mohamed
  6. Bushra Daabaj

Seerah Exhibition (part of the Stem exhibition)

This is the first year that the Religion Department is participating in the Stem Exhibition. We sincerely thank the principal, Br Khan, for encouraging the Religion Department’s participation. The Stem project was headed by Br Jihad Houachar and assisted by Sr Hajara Bhorat and a few students.

The Stem project was a physical replica of the house of the Prophet ﷺ as founded in authenticated historical records. The main frame was a gazebo with palm branches as a a front. The inside included many clay items which were made by the students under the guidance and supervision of Sr Hajara Bhorat.

There we also the 9 swords, bow and arrow and other items of the Prophet ﷺ . These were made by the woodwork class under the guidance and supervision of Br Jihad Houachar.

On the outside of the ‘house’ was the family tree of the Prophet ﷺ displayed and a picture of the house of the Prophet ﷺ.

The Stem project also included a VR (Virtual Reality) demonstration of aspects of the life the Prophet ﷺ. This was a major highlight for the students who were all wowed by the amazing images of life in the time of the Prophet ﷺ.

There was a continuous line of people waiting to enter this part of the exhibition, including many teachers and administration. This was certainly a major success.

Kindness of the Prophet

The Year seven Islamic Studies classes were given an assignment to extract the quality of kindness from a verse of the Quran. The verse 159 from Surah Aal Imraan was used to describe the kindness of the Prophet ﷺ. Students were challenged to extract six examples from the verse that shows the kindness of the Prophet ﷺ to the Sahaaba (companions).

Below are some examples of the great work done by our Year seven students.

– Sh Yusuf Parker

HOLA – Religion