- Hira Qureshi
PVS hosts Ramadan Reflections to connect with students during the holiday
Pleasant View School created a new program called Ramadan Reflections to sustain the communal feeling of Ramadan for the school.
Principal Mohammed Malley came up with the idea and the program started the first night of Ramadan.
"Alhamdulilah, this was all Dr. Malley's idea I believe," Brother Omar Al-ani said. "And the goal was to provide a way for our students to interact with the Qur'an and others each day as a way to, perhaps, fill the void of not being able to attend the masjid."
Students are invited to volunteer to read a page live each day and send in two-minute pre-recorded videos of a reflection or reminder for their peers.
Each night, the program starts with a student recitation of the Qur'an and Al-ani covers some points from the passage which was recited. Then, a student answers the question of the day which is released at Fajr prayer. After, students watch the student reflection video and end with a dua from either Al-Ani or Brother Osman Celikok.
Taqwa Ayesh from the front office sends out a link and reminder each day on ParentSquare. Almost all students attend the program. Al-Ani, Malley and Osman facilitate it. But anyone is welcome to join.
"It's important have this session, because it adds a personal experience to our stay-at-home Ramadan this year, which we are all really craving," Al-Ani said. "I hope students use the challenges to compete with their classmates and other students towards Khayr, to develop a better relationship with the Qur'an, to practice Tadabbur of the Qur'an and to come together with other students in sharing and advising one another."