Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

• Are we the right tahfiz school for your child? •

In general, all tahfiz schools are good. All tahfiz schools offer a program, a learning system and a conducive environment that can facilitate your child to memorise Al Quran. Thus, it is important for you as a parent to know that it is possible for your child to memorise Al Quran in ANY tahfiz school.

But first, let's get a HUGE misconception out of the way. It is not the school that determines whether the student memorises Al Quran. Because memorising Al Quran depends primarily on the student, not the school. Once the reality of this sets in and the expectation is removed, it becomes easier for everyone to focus on the child's development first to prepare him or her towards becoming a hafiz or hafizah.

Having said that, there are many factors that can affect the initial part of adapting to a tahfiz environment. The initial part is the most important part of all, because it can set the mindset and mood for the rest of the tahfiz journey.

For many first time students, setting foot into a tahfiz school could be a real culture shock for them. To cushion the impact of that shock, The Sunnah School does a few things slightly different from other schools.

We facilitate tahfiz for our students.

Some integrated tahfiz schools include academics with a ratio of between 50:50 - 80:20 (academics : tahfiz). The Sunnah School on the other hand strongly believes in the principle of doing one thing at a time, so we don't mix subjects that may slow down our students' hifz in the first 3 years. Here's why.

Contrary to what people may think, memorising Al Quran requires a great deal of focus. So why would we jeopordise the students results by making them learn something as equally demanding? We can't bear to put the child under the kind of stress that we know we ourselves, even as adults, are not able to handle.

At the same time, memorising Al Quran activates a different part of the brain, while learning academics usually uses another part of the brain. Just imagine forcing the brain to function to the maximum, every single day. We could potentially overload the child with too much pressure to excel in both. It would be a pity if the child isn't able to cope, gives up, loses interest and decides to quit. Worse still, if the child suffers a breakdown. Or perhaps the child is strong willed and manages to stay on, but there is a high chance that he or she would find it very hard to excel in both memorising Al Quran and learning the other subjects.

Tahfiz students no longer need to be left behind in academics and other subjects. Today, tahfiz students are able to take their SPM or iGCSE at "fast-track" pace. In fact, at The Sunnah School, we provide this accelerated academic pathway to our students to complete both iGCSE and GCE A Levels qualifications within 3 years. So there is really no need to make them do both at the same time. This is the pathway that we believe is best for the child.

We only communicate in English and Arabic.

Perhaps you had spent a great deal of time overseas, or your child comes from an international school, and as a result your main medium of communication is in English. Speaking in Bahasa Malaysia could be challenging after the hiatus period, especially for your child if he or she grew up in an English speaking environment.

So just imagine your child coming into a school and having to struggle to speak in BM when everyone else is conversing fluently, making friends and having fun. How would they feel if the other students didn't include them in their conversations or made them feel as though they were a subject of gossip? What if they were picked on because they couldn't speak well in BM? All these negative factors would surely affect a child's morale and performance in tahfiz.

No child should experience feeling left out or unable to express themselves, especially if they are going to spend the whole week in boarding, or perhaps even the whole term. At The Sunnah School, we strongly feel that support is critical to a child's success in tahifz. We set the context right from the start and make it clear to students, parents and teachers that we will only use English in The Sunnah School as well as Arabic during the Arabic lessons. New students find it easier to settle in and adapt quickly. In such an environment, no child would feel left behind.

We don't hit children and we don't believe in
always punishing a child for not meeting the mark.

Not all parents would agree with us on this, but we do not use any form of physical punishment towards our students, and this include the infamous "rotan" or a cane. This is what we do instead.

We lay out the rules and context at the beginning, the consequences of violating them and the penalties to be imposed. Then, we stick by these rules and context and continually remind the students of them.

When the student violate the rules and context, we inform them of the consequences and impose the penalty on them. The penalty may be as simple as standing in front of class or no-play time.

For a good student who made a slip up, the whole experience would leave an impact strong enough that prevents the student from repeating the offence again.

However, there are some students who may still refuse to follow the rules and context and who least affected by any of these measures. We are convinced that for such students, even using the "rotan" may have little effect on them, and thus there may be no difference in results.

For these students, they may be counselled and given closer attention to. They will be given opportunities to show improvement or reform, under the guidance of their teachers. However, if they still fail to perform or refuse to make an sufficient effort to change their behaviour, they may face greater penalties such as suspension, or even expulsion.

We engage qualified and experienced educators.

Every tahfiz teacher is special, respectable and honourable. Instead of aiming for the riches of the world, they choose to serve Allah by living and working closely with His Book, Al Quran. The role of any teacher from any field is demanding not just because they have to teach well, but because it entails the greater responsibility of educating, raising up and caring for students. In tahfiz, the role bears a far greater weight on the teacher because the teacher knows that he is ultimately accountable to His Creator, yet he still fully submits to this responsibility.

So how are the teachers at the Sunnah School any different from other tahfiz schools?

When you engage a swimming coach for your child, the coach with the most awards and highest achievements gives you better confidence to train your child, because he has more experience and knows what is required for your child to succeed.

The teachers at The Sunnah School are all hafiz 30 juz' with ijazahs that trace back (sanad) to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In addition, one of our teachers actually memorised Al Quran in just 6 months. So when parents ask us if it is possible to memorise Al Quran within 1 to 3 years, our reply is "yes, it is possible", because the ones applying the TSS Hifz System are the ones who went through the same system themselves and have succeeded with many other students in the past. And also because we do have students who have completed their hifz, starting from scratch and completing in less than 1 year.

On top of that, our teachers' past experience in tahfiz school gives them the ability to

       • spot and correct students' mistakes instantly
       • customise a memorisation method that is most effective for each student
       • modify this method as the student progresses at different stages
       • log students progress to ensure students can meet their goals
       • provide constructive feedback to students and parents for better results

You can be be assured knowing that the qualification of some of our teachers include possessing graduate, post-graduate, PhD degrees in Islamic studies or similar from recognised Islamic universities. And most importantly, all of our teachers possess a strong passion for teaching Al Quran and deliver this with great love to their students.

Knowledge from Al Quran and Sunnah.

Today, there are many online and offline sources available that claim to follow the teachings of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamm'ah. However, when you read many of them, you will find that not all of them refer to the right authentic sources, some may contain mistranslation of the original text and some are conveyed with obvious prejudice interpretation.

This is very worrying especially in today's world because many extremist understandings are based on such sources that promote differed understanding and division within the ummah. The things that so-called Muslims are doing today: name calling, labelling one another and concealed hatred against one another has got nothing to do with Islam! And for what has nothing to do with Islam, we declare ourselves free from it as well.

So how do we decide and know what are the best sources to refer to, especially for the education of our children?

Allah SWT mentions in Al Quran, Surah An Nisa, verse 59-60:

"O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger (SAW), if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. Have you seen those (hyprocrites) who claim that they believe in that which has been sent down to you, and that which was sent down before you, and they wish to go for judgement (in their disputes) to the Taghut (false judges, etc.) while they have been ordered to reject them. But Shaitan (Satan) wishes to lead them far astray."

We believe in Allah and what He has Sent down to His Prophet (SAW). And we submit completely to it.

Which is why we only use materials that coincide with the authentic teachings from Al Quran and Sunnah (derived from the main 6 books of Hadiths, Sihah Sittah and other Sahih hadith books) and do not convey anything that does not have strong evidence to support it.

Having said that, we respect and value the opinions of all scholars from the past and today, their ijtihad and their ruling. Without them, we would not have an example or role model (after the Prophet SAW and his companions) on understanding and practising the Deen.

We consider anyone who follows these scholars who are continuously seeking the truth and treading the Path of Righteousness with great fear of Allah in their hearts, better and more beloved to us than one who follows the Sunnah completely, but by action only and not because of the fear of Allah in their hearts.

How do you like us so far? 🙂

So if you like what The Sunnah School offers, then do get in touch with us today. Let's start planning for your child's true education that will help gear them for the rest of their lives.

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