The Al Asr Madressa aims to provide students with opportunities to develop and empower their knowledge and awareness towards Shia Islamic education. It is an important part of Al Asr Center whose stone was laid in the year of 2017. The madressa was established later in 2018 and has continued to provide meaningful and religious guidance for young children from the age of 5 to 16 years. The Al Asr madressa provides a range of experiences apart from classroom learning to emphasise on religious values and students’ engagement with authentic religious-based activities, critical thinking, contemporary and creative ways of learning Islam. It aims to educate students to develop a deep understanding of religious education through sourcing quality supportive information and resources. This can assist them to develop the necessary Islamic skills and knowledge to confidently live and participate in the 21st-century era while maintaining their true Islamic identity and concrete fundamentals in the real-world.
Throughout the year, the madressa supports students in a variety of manners and innumerable measures. These include as follows:
- Assembly: invloves quiz, dua recitation and speeches recited by students
- Excursions: for students to develop social and ethical skills with each other
- Religious practices: Hajj practice, Moharram kids majlis, manqabat recitations, Qur’an recitation competition etc.
- Parent-Teacher interview: To involve parents and provide them with constructive feedback about their child’s progress and suggest areas of improvement.
- Prize Distribution/Result Ceremony: to motivate and appreciate students’ performances throughout the year.
- Fundraising: Volunteering for refugees and homeless, Food drive- selling tickets for providing ration to needy people overseas in the month of Ramazan.
- Performances: Including tablo, manqabat and nasheed recitation during important Islamic months of Rajab, Shaban and Ramazan.
- Youth participation: Youth involvement in administration and volunteering as assistant teachers.
Aims and Objectives
To form each of our students to appreciate Quranic text with confidence, reciting in the correct manner and with insight and providing every opportunity to understand the Qur’anic verse.
- To teach the basic and necessary Islamic injunctions.
- To prepare our students to acquire a moral attitude to live as Muslims, taking guidance from the Qur’an and from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in line with the principles and practices.
- To impact Islamic Educations for future generations.
- Provide leadership courses and teachers training enabling effective delivery of Islamic Education.
- Provide guidance and further Islamic academic.
- Ensure that girls and boys have equal access to all areas of Islamic syllabus and all students are treated fairly and equally.
- To establish a caring and secure environment that facilitates excellence in Islamic education with values of discipline and respect.
AL ASR Society of Australia is a Melbourne based not for profit-making organisation.
One of the main aims of this organisation is to cater for religious needs of all SHIA Muslims. The Organisation is in the process of setup since late 2013 and Alhamdolillah the time has come where it is now in the process of building one of the biggest Islamic centres in Australia. This centre is the brainchild of Brother Zaki who inherited this dream from his late father Marhoom Gulam Abbas. This centre will consist of the following facilities:
- Imam Bargah
- Islamic Madrassa with 8 classes
- Full-fledged Ghusl Khana
- And Sports & recreation facilities
The centre will have 6 halls. It will be unfair to go pass mentioning that in order to build this centre several hurdles were put forward by different authorities for which several meetings were held with concerned authorities, but Alhamdulillah and with the help of Imam Al-Asr (ATFS) the society was finally granted the approvals by the local council to build the Islamic Centre in Altona North. As we see it, this is just the start of this never ending journey (Inshallah), it is also worth mentioning that Br. Zaki stood firm in taking every hurdle head-on and succeeded in getting the approvals finally. We would like to request you all, to please recite Surah-e-Fatiha for his Marhoom Father Br. Ghulam Abbas, who departed this world with this dream in his heart, which his son Br. Zaki is now fulfilling (Mashallah). May Allah (S.W.T) give Jaza-e-Khair to Br. Zaki and barakat in his rizq (Inshallah).
- The Al-Asr Madressa has been running for the past 1.5 years.
- Currently, Al Asr has 120 students enrolled who come from many different cultural backgrounds making it a multicultural place of Islamic education.
- The school runs classes for grades Prep to Grade 7 & Senior class aligned with Victorian School Grades.
- The school generally utilises the syllabus from MCE World Federation which is also utilised by many Shia communities around the world.
- School timings are every Sunday from 10:45 am to 2:00 pm and follows a fixed timetable throughout the year. The major subjects that are taught are Qur’an and Islamic Studies.
- Apart from these subjects students are also taught Namaaz, Wudhu, Duas and Ziaraats.
- A variety of assessments, exams and competitions are held throughout the year in all the classes in order to monitor the progress of the students. At the end of each year, a prize distribution ceremony is held to appreciate their achievements.
- The school’s Admin Team takes care of and facilitates all the activities of the school, and works closely with teachers, parents and students.
- Introducing ‘Sheikh Idrees-ul-Hasan’ as a new patron for madressa.
- Teacher performance review and training by madressa patron.
- Youth counselling conducted by the patron to support their mental and spiritual health and wellbeing.
- Ongoing continuity for improvement in the overall running of madressa.
- More practical and creative programs for students to participate, appreciate as well as recognise positive religious outlooks.
- Additional parent interest and participation in the madressa events.
- Positive behaviour management.
- Parent support to improve attendance and hijab etiquettes.