• Hira Qureshi

Islamic Studies start online classes and discuss Surah Fatihah


Pleasant View School fourth and fifth-grade Islamic Studies classes began working online with teacher Ashir Kirk.

Students met with Kirk via Zoom for a live session on Monday. The 50 students discussed how to handle the quarantine from an Islamic perspective.

“So far, the classes are pretty good,” Kirk said.

The Islamic Studies classes will work on Tafseer of Juz 'Amma on Mondays and Tajweed theory on Wednesdays. And on Fridays, Kirk holds a Q&A session for students to ask anything about Islam.

The assignments for the class are minimal. The Quran class was instructed to listen to an audio of Surah Fatihah 10 times and pay attention to the recitation. Students were assigned this after Kirk went over Surah Fatihah with each of student in depth.

Kirk engages with his students online to make sure they learn the most in their online classes. He makes sure to be as responsive as possible.

“All I can do is teach the class and answer questions,” Kirk said. “The rest, I leave up to Allah. I try to be as responsive as possible when they leave comments and I even engage when they're just being silly.”

The experience of teaching has been different for Kirk and PVS administration has worked hard to help faculty and students make the most of the situation.

“I was worried at first but the PVS admin really came through,” Kirk said. “This experience has been very interesting.”

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