Islamic Studies Program

Sheikh Arshad Khan is the Head of Islamic Studies at Unity Grammar. He has been at the College for 7 years. Having graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Teaching, he is a qualified and registered School teacher. He also studied to become a Sheikh at the highly renowned Madinah University where he excelled in Islamic law, Quran and Hadith as well as Seerah (life of the Holy Prophet pbuh). He is fluent in English and Arabic.

Sheikh Arshad has escorted our students on the Umrah pilgrimage to Makkah. Holding a teaching qualification majoring in Languages, History and Studies of Religion, he is one of only a few Sheikhs working in Islamic schools in Australia who are both fully qualified scholars of the faith as well as qualified school teachers.

Sheikh Arshad is the father of two adorable boys who are also students here at Unity Grammar. In the words of Sheikh Arshad ‘Islamic education is a priority in facilitating a harmonious global community. It is vital that our current and upcoming generation of students understand their Islamic and Australian values to become successfully productive global citizens.’

Our Islamic faith drives a pursuit of excellence and an unwavering commitment to quality education. Unity Grammar provides students with an Islamic environment led by quality Islamic educators. We teach Islamic values and practices, based on the Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), to our students through a well-designed curriculum.

  • Taking Islamic education beyond the classroom. Rather extending what is learned in the classroom beyond the walls of the classroom. Unity Grammar provides opportunities to accentuate the students’ learning to application of the theory/ an extension of what is learned.
  • Partnerships with charity and community organisations enables students to experience the practical applications of Islamic theory covered in class such as zakat, helping the orphans, assisting those with special needs and in times of crisis.

The Islamic Studies program at Unity Grammar is influenced by six key Islamic target areas. These target areas shape the curriculum and the extracurricular activities that form the students’ schooling experience. 

1

Islamic Fundamentals

This area covers Islamic theology and jurisprudence in an age-appropriate manner. Students explore the 5 pillars of Islam and 6 pillars of Iman and explore ways to apply it in their schooling and everyday life.  

2

The Noble Quran

This area covers our students’ knowledge, memorisation and understanding the Noble Quran. The program aims to immerse students in select verses of the Quran each term, by memorising, understanding and applying those verses before moving to the next unit.

3

The Seerah (biography) of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

The aim of the overall program is for students to understand his blessed life, his noble character and to apply the teachings of the prophet (peace be upon him) with a focus on character building.

4

Key Islamic Figures

Students study the lives of influential Islamic figures including Prophets, the four rightly guides Khalifs, mothers of the believers and other companions with a focus on leadership qualities and developing an Islamic identity in contemporary society.

5

Islam’s Contribution to Society

This area covers the modern Islamic history and impact on technological advancements in fields such as medicine, agriculture, social welfare system, sciences and astronomy to develop a sense of identity and connecting the past with the present for our students.    

6

Islam in Context

This area aims to achieve clarity and practical skills for students to apply in their everyday life beyond school by addressing topics such as misconceptions about Islam, relationships, Islamic transactions and resilience to make Islamically ethical choices in the modern world.   

The Islamic Studies targets ensure that our students receive a holistic Islamic education that extends beyond their schooling. The Islamic studies program enables our students to navigate through modern times by making correct choices based upon Islamic principles which they have acquired in their schooling years.

Our Islamic Studies program is designed with deep learning principles to ensure the learning is relevant and students apply the Islamic principles which they learn to a multitude of situations.

Students in the Junior and Secondary campus take an active role in the practice of Islamic teachings across the board by performing midday prayers daily, engaging in special programs in Ramadan and attending onsite Friday Juma sermons presented by Sheiks, students and special guests.

Unity Grammar has developed its own comprehensive K-10 Arabic program with a complete series of K-10 Arabic textbooks. The main objective of the Arabic Program is to provide the necessary skills and knowledge that enable students to communicate in the Arabic language.

By using modern standard Arabic (contemporary fus’hah), to understand the primary sources of Islamic knowledge the program aims to enable students to recognise the relationship between language and culture and appreciate social, geographical and historical context.

By utilising multiple sources of classical texts and modern Arabic teaching resources, the program was developed with reference to the Arabic K–10 Syllabus and in accordance with the broad learning outcomes of the K–10 Curriculum Framework set by the NESA (The NSW Education Standards Authority).