Safar Academy was founded by Shaykh Hasan Ali at the London Islamic Cultural Society (LICS) on Wightman Road, North London, in 1998. He started the Islamic weekend school with five students and alhamdulillah within a few months it began to grow in stature and recognition. Over the past few years, the Academy has grown and now operates multiple branches, including an Adults Classes branch.
Safar Academy aims to provide a robust and comprehensive syllabus and teacher training programme that incorporates vital areas that children of all ages a need to learn in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge to be model citizens, who have a deep rooted sense of faith and belief, guided by the Quran and Sunnah.
Safar Academy not only teaches students their religion, but teaches them to live harmoniously in society. Embedded in the curriculum are the virtues of tolerance and respect for others (whether Muslim or non-Muslim), playing an active role in the community and promoting values of model citizens such as individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Safar teaches students to be upright and distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law. Safar encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of others in the community and society as a whole.
Through the Safar programme, students learn to discover and evaluate the world around them from a Muslim perspective and by means of a broad curriculum, they will be encouraged to use and develop their gifts in a God-conscious way. The objective is to provide a high quality Muslim education which will bring the best out of the youth and enable them to have confidence in the Muslim faith and to apply its principles to their lives. This philosophy is reflected in the curriculum, discipline and ethos of the school.
Many years of research and development have been undertaken to develop the Safar syllabus which is subject to on-going improvements. The Islamic Studies programme not only deals with the everyday aspects of rituals, worship and etiquettes but also focuses on a wider range of topics such as having good conduct, caring for community and environment and teaches Islam as a holistic way of life, being able to adapt to the modern world without compromising beliefs and actions.
The complete Safar Curriculum is available to purchase in South Africa through SUHAYLAkids.