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Alif Lam Center introduces Arabic for Youth in the highly successful Al-Habib Affas series. This modern curriculum will take non-speakers of Arabic on a journey of learning from the basics to a level equivalent with native speakers by consolidating and broadening their range of language skills. The classic Arabic language is presented clearly and inclusively to meet the needs of learners living in the West. The Al-Habib Affas series consists of three systematic divisions: reading, conversation, and Arab culture.

  1. Reading: Reading skills are developed by close examination of authentic reading passages and regular vocabulary exercises focused on word building techniques. The Al-Habib Affas series
  2. includes classical Arabic excerpts without the distractions of spoken dialects.
  3. Conversation: A careful balance of authentic and scripted listening materials builds conversational skills with native Arabic speakers.
  4. Arab Culture: Al-Habib Affas students are presented with Arabic and Western culture patterns to further understand the role of this timeless language.

Each section has specific objectives enabling the learner to generate language accurately in a variety of syntactical structures, ranging from typical exercises to practical conversations. This curriculum also develops fluency by communication, discovery, realization, and finally application. The Al-Habib Affas series helps Arabic learners confidently deal with different types of writing, listening, reading, and spoken text.
This series consists of four levels and contains a textbook, workbook and teacher guide.


The vision of Islamic education at Alif lam Center makes an important distinction between teaching “about Islam” and teaching “about being Muslim.” This is based on the view that the goal of Islamic education is not to fill our children’s minds with information “about” Islam, but rather to teach them what it means really to “be” Muslim.
Aif Lam Center believes that the effective Islamic teaching and learning must have the power to inspire and transform students. and content of the Islamic Studies curriculum must be linked to the real needs and concerns of students and to the larger issues facing the world in which they live.”

Powerful Idea                                                   

God, the World & Me
Knowing Yourself
Becoming a Moral Person
Understanding & Being Understood
Getting Along with Others
A Sense of Belonging
Drawing Strength from the Past
Islam for All Times & Places
Caring for Allah’s Creation
Facing the Challenge
Making a Difference
Taking the Lead                                                    

Content Strand                               

 Belief & Piety
Self-concept & Well-being
Moral Development
Family & Community
Change & Adaptability
Justice & Peace
Contemporary Issues
Action & Responsibility
Leadership Skills                                 


God Awareness
Self Confidence
Moral Reasoning
Mutual Understanding
Facing Challenges
Civic Responsibility

Islamic Education topics.

1.      The Qur’an:
2.      The Faith:
3.      The worship:
4.      The Stories of the Prophets:
5.      The life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him):
6.      The manners and etiquettes: 

During the 3 years program, some of the desired outcomes are for the students to:

1.      Distinguish right from wrong.
2.      Possess moral conducts (akhlaq)
3.      Understand, appreciate and practice .able to practice the Pillars of Islam appropriate to their age with confidence.
4.      Have a deeper understanding of Islamic Creed (aqidah) – Pillars of Iman
5.      Read the Qur’an, memorize and appreciate the general meanings of these surahs.
6.      Develop self-confidence as Muslims and members of the community and nation
7.      Develop the respect towards others and are able to care and love them in humanity
8.      Able to share with and show others about what is Islam that is accordingly to their knowledge and age appropriateness.
9.      Develop an inquiring mind about Allah’s creations


 Habits of Highly Effective Kids – Study Guide

(Concepts developed by Dr. Steven Covey and Sean Covey)


Habit 1 – Be Proactive
Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind             
Habit 3 – Put First Things First
Habits 1, 2 and 3 deal with self-mastery. They are the “private victories” required for character growth. Private victories precede public victories.
Habit 4 – Think Win-Win
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6 – Synergize
Habits 4, 5 and 6 are the more personality-oriented “public victories” of Teamwork, Cooperation and Communication.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw
Habit 7 is the habit of Renewal, creating an upward spiral of growth.

The 7 Habits Summar

  1. Be Proactive Fosters courage to take risks and accept new challenges to achieve goals
  2. Begin with the End in Mind Brings projects to completion and unites teams and organizations under a shared vision, mission, and purpose
  3. Put First Things First Promotes getting the most important things done first and encourages direct effectiveness
  4. Think WinWin Encourages conflict resolution and helps individuals seek mutual benefit, increasing group momentum
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Helps people understand problems, resulting in targeted solutions; and promotes better communications, leading to successful problem solving
  6. Synergize Ensures greater “buy in” from team members and leverages the diversity of individuals to increase levels of success
  7. Sharpen the Saw Promotes continuous improvements and safeguards against “burnout” and subsequent no productivity

To be an effective leader, your followers must have trust in you and they need to be sold on your vision. Korn-Ferry International, an executive search company, performed a survey on what organizations want from their leaders. The respondents said they wanted people who were both ethical and who convey a strong vision of the future. In any organization, a leader’s actions set the pace. This behavior wins trust, loyalty, and ensures the organization’s continued vitality. One of the ways to build trust is to display a good sense of character composed of beliefs, values, skills, and traits.

Beliefs are what we hold dear to us and are rooted deeply within us. They could be assumptions or convictions that you hold true regarding people, concepts, or things. They could be the beliefs about life, death, religion, what is good, what is bad, what is human nature, etc.

Values are attitudes about the worth of people, concepts, or things. For example, you might value a good car, home, friendship, personal comfort, or relatives. Values are important as they influence a person’s behavior to weigh the importance of alternatives. For example, you might value friends more than privacy, while others might be the opposite.

The six pillars of character
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer