Madrasa-tun-Noor Student Handbook

Hamden, CT

October 2002 Rajab 1423

General Information

Madrasa-tun-Noor is a cooperative effort by area Muslims to teach ourselves and our children how to live like Muslims.

• Who may attend:
Any Muslim or Muslimah, five years or older. Younger children who are toilet trained may be eligible.

• Times:
After school program: 5:00 – 7:00 PM Monday – Thursday
Sunday program: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (including Zuhr)

• Transportation:
Responsibility of parents. Students should arrive up to 15 minutes before the class and be picked up no later than 15 minutes after class ends.

• Tuition Fee:
None. Donations to meet the expenses of the Madrasah are very welcome.

• Parent Participation:
Parents should encourage, motivate, and help their children to understand and practice what they learn in Madrasah.
For Sunday classes, at least one parent must be present at all times during the session of the Madrasah.

• Dress Code:
All participants must dress in an Islâmic ally acceptable dress. (Details below.) Uniform dress will be required as soon as arrangements can be made.

• Food:
Except for a light snack for Sunday classes, no food items are allowed.

• Emergencies:
Parents must fill the registration form for their children indicating phone numbers and other contact information. All health-related and/or other emergencies are the responsibility of the parent. Children should be taught how to contact their parents in an emergency.

• Academic Session:
Usually divided into Spring, Fall, and Summer sessions (with break during Ramadân).

• Contact:
Telephone: 203-230-3285 (Madrasah phone)
or, 203-624-7827 / 203-562-2757.
Mail Address: P.O. Box 4456
Hamden, CT 06514


Overall goals of the Madrasah: (1) Learn those things which bring the pleasure of Allâh, following the guidance brought by the Holy Prophet Muhammad - i.e. the Qur’ân and Sunnah; (2) To practice on what is learnt; (3) To be able to propagate and teach this message to others.

Curriculum will focus on teaching basic topics:
Basic beliefs (Îmân); Pillars and duties of Islam (`Ibâdât);
Islâmic etiquettes (Âdâb); Life of the Prophet (Sîrah);
Social, economic, political aspects (Mu`âmalât);
Tajwîd, Hadîth, Sharî`ah, Fiqh studies.

Medium of Instruction:
English, with emphasis on learning Arabic.

The majority of written materials will be provided free of charge, inshâ Allâh. Some books may need to be purchased for use by the students. The following books are used in various classes:

- al-Qur’aan / 30th Juz
- Noorâni Qâ’idah / Yassarnal Qur’aan
- Ta’leemul-Islam (Mufti Kifâyatullâh)
- Taleem-ul-Haq
- Islam, Beliefs and Teachings (G. Sarwar)
- Bahishti Zewar: Heavenly Ornaments (Ml. Ashraf Ali Thanvi)
- Prophet Muhammad’s Guidance for Children.
(Dr. Abdur-Rauf)
- Muslim Etiquettes (Abdur-Rahmad Shad)
- Children’s Book of Dhikr and Du’a
- Muhammad : His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
(M. Lings)
- Manners for Carrying, Reading, Listening to the Qur’aan
(Z. Shakir)
- Arabic Writing / Vocabulary / Grammar books

Etiquettes and Classroom Expectations

- Prepare for the Madrasah early. Go to the bathroom and do wudû’ at home before coming. Make sure to bring all your study materials with you. Be on time to the Madrasah.

- Wear neat, clean, Islâmic clothes. Boys should wear a kufi (cap), no shorts or neckties. Girls must come with proper head covering (hijâb).

- Greet everybody with salaam and shake their hands when you enter the Madrasah. (However, if you arrive late for some reason, sit down quietly.)

- Help keep the Madrasah neat and tidy. Especially, do not make a mess in the bathrooms nor during snack time. If you need to use the bathroom, ask permission and follow the correct procedure.

- Respect and obey your elders, your parents and your teachers. Keep silent unless you have something useful to say.

- Be kind, helpful and respectful of your brothers and sisters who are studying with you.

- Respect the Qur’aan and your other Islâmic books and materials. Do not put anything with the Qur’aan written on it on the ground.

- Pay attention in class. Be cheerful. Read your lessons loudly and clearly. Practice your lessons at home as well.

- Follow Islâmic manners and etiquettes at all times- sitting, standing, eating, using the bathroom, etc. Do your best to act on what you learn.

- When it is time to pray, stand in a straight line and touch shoulder to shoulder. There should be absolutely no noise or playing around after the adhân is called until the prayer is over.

Discipline Guidelines

Behavior which is not becoming of a Muslim and/or disruptive to the operation of the Madrasah will not be tolerated. This includes:

- No defacing or damaging of Madrasah property or the property of others. Compensation for damaged property will be due upon the parents.

- No disrespect of students, teachers or parents, nor disobedience of elders.

- No fighting or otherwise unacceptable physical contact, verbal abuse or foul language, possession of harâm substances or possession of items endangering one’s own safety or the safety of others will be tolerated.

- Do not leave or wander around while the Madrasah is in operation, without permission.

- Do not come late to the Madrasah or otherwise disrupt the classes.

- Do not bring toys, games, cards and all other non-Madrasah-related materials to class. Music and images of living things are not allowed.

- Once the adhân is called, do not talk, make noise or play around. After saying sunnats, sit quietly and wait for the jama’at.

- Exit the Madrasah in an orderly fashion. Do not leave your belongings behind in the Madrasah.

- No buying, selling or any other business or trading activities whatsoever are permitted in the Madrasah.

- No chewing gum, candy, or smoking is allowed in the Madrasah.

- Please turn off cellular phones before entering the Madrasah.

Registration and consistent attendance is essential for enrollment. Information regarding registration, special activites and outings and other news related to the Madrasah is issued in regular “Madrasah Bulletins” every session.

The staff of Madrasa-tun-Noor consists entirely of volunteers. Madrasa-tun-Noor currently operates under the Islâmic Center of Hamden, Inc., a non-profit organization. It is a cooperative effort by parents and no legal responsibilities are borne by either Madrasa-tun-Noor or the Islâmic Center of Hamden.