Raising Our Children
(5 Week Intensive)

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Onsite (Select Branch: Glendale Heights)
Live Webcast (Select Branch: Online Academy)

Becoming a mother…

… is something that is only truly understood, once it is experienced.

Motherhood is an intrinsic ability, but it is often plagued with doubts.

  • Am I doing this right?
  • What is the Sunnah concerning these matters?
  • How can I implement Islamic values and morals I find important?

This meticulously crafted course is here to support you on your journey as a mother or mother-to-be so that you are equipped with the information necessary to make more informed decisions regarding parenting.

What Will I Gain from this Class?

From the pregnancy stage to labor and delivery; from breastfeeding to nurturing the Islamic pillars in our children; from the responsibilities of parenting to the challenges of a mother – this class covers Islamic parenting from conception to age seven from a variety of angles.

This unique class addresses what a mother experiences in raising a child and weaves it through the lens of the Qurʿān and Sunnah. It is a course that will provide mothers and mothers-to-be with detailed and applicable knowledge, which will be a support for her throughout her parenting. This class is being offered as an abridged version of a much-coveted semester-long class at Darul Qasim. The class material is a compilation based on the request of female community members.


This class also provides students with a unique opportunity to ask pointed questions relating to personal struggles within a safe space and is taught by a female scholar, who is a mother herself.

 It is often difficult to get all the needed information in one place. This class consolidates the spiritual, emotional and developmental stages of mother and child and presents it in an abridged five-week class. The class environment allows for personal anecdotes and questions and creates a sense of camaraderie between students.

To view a detailed breakdown of the class curriculum, scroll down.

The five week course will take you on a journey, acknowledging challenges and opportunities, from conception to age seven, all through an Islamic lens.

  • Live webcast available to those outside of a 40 mile radius
  • Women-only class: access to female scholar enables you to ask personal questions
  • Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Spans 5 weeks
  • Tried and tested curriculum
  • Affordable tuition ($100 for all 5 classes)
  • Special session on the fiqh of fasting in the last class (May 7)

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“Essentials of a Muslim Civilization has been an eye opening class. It was amazing realizing the extent Islam provides the right knowledge and guidelines for such a testing time in a woman’s life. The combination of classroom setting and open discussion provides an ideal opportunity to absorb the material that is taught. Highly recommend.”

Saba, Essentials of a Muslim Civilization Student 2016-17


Registration Deadline

5-week Course begins

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5 (last session)

April 8

April 9

April 16

April 23

April 30

May 7

Tuition & Prerequisite

  • $100 per student for 5 classes
  • No discounts or financial aid available
  • Strictly no children allowed (babysitting not provided and children not permitted on premises during the class period)
  • Please email if you are outside a 40 mile radius from the Glendale Heights campus and would like access to the live webcast

Prerequisite: must be in high school or above

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‘Ālimah Amina Lakhi

‘Ālimah Amina Lakhi completed the Aalamiyaat Course with honors in 2009 at the Darul Uloom Al-Madania Islamic Seminary in Buffalo, New York. She began her teaching career in 2010 as an Instructor at the Guidance Education Academy in Chicago where she taught primary and middle school students. Her service there earned her recognition as a Distinguished Teacher in 2012. Later that year, she led the Islamic Studies department there continuing to teach Middle school grades until June of 2013. In August 2012, ʿĀlimah Amina concurrently served at the Nawal Academy in Chicago as Vice Principal, dividing her time between teaching duties, office administration and other operational tasks.

In the last quarter of 2014, she joined Darul Qasim as an Arabic Instructor teaching Grammar and Qurʾānic recitation with an emphasis on Tajwīd. She has also taught a well-received course on Islamic Civilization for Women that was planned and designed under the supervision of Shaykh Amin Kholwadia.

ʿĀlimah Amina Lakhi lives in Glendale Heights, IL with her husband and daughter.

What You Will Learn


Conception to three years of age

This section will cover pregnancy, labor and delivery, rules of newborns and breastfeeding.


Pregnancy is a great bounty from Allah and motherhood holds great status in Islam. It is important to care for the wellbeing of the mother and fetus and this section will go into detail regarding this – from testing the fetus to preserving the mother’s life and more. The class also sheds light on the Islamic approach to miscarriage, birth control, abortion, pre-natal pills, post-partum depression and fasting while pregnant. Welcoming a newborn on the fitrah and in the Islamic manner is important and breastfeeding in their right. This section will also discuss wet nurses and fasting while breastfeeding.


Developmental Stage: 3 to 5 Years

This section will cover the foundations of nurturing Imān in children, connecting them to the pillars of Imān, the responsibilities of parenting, the developmental stages and challenges and Taharah & cleanliness


There are different aspects of Islam to nurture in children as they grow. This starts in the womb and is particularly important in the first few years of a child’s life. This section covers what these areas are and how to rear children with these tenets in mind. From defining what parenting is, what the responsibilities are, the rewards and joys of parenting, the duties of children, parenting in today’s era and the honorable roles of both motherhood and fatherhood, this section is designed to address the  emotional and intellectual aspects for mother and child during the 3-5 year age bracket.


Developmental Stage: 5 to 7 Years

This section will set the stage for preparing a child for Salat and worship, creating a domestic culture infused with love and respect, developing an organic relationship with children, and the social, emotional, spiritual, and moral upbringing of children.


This stage of life is challenging because children begin to understand and lay the foundation for their future selves. This section covers how to teach children duas, Qur’ān and Salāt for their personal internal upbringing. Understanding ties of kinship, learning about Islamic knowledge, developing qualities of a Muslim and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as a role model, building self esteem and pride in being Muslim are all components of this section.


“When I started this course, I didn’t quite understand why parenting was being taught in the larger context of teaching women Islamic civilizational values. A few classes in, I realized the answer was staring me in the face. Teaching women Islamic civilizational values would ensure the instilling of these values in our future generations in sha Allah. Therein lies the brilliance/genius of this course- in raising our children we raise ourselves, in reforming our children we reform ourselves and in preparing our children to meet our Lord, we prepare ourselves. This course will not only help you with the everyday challenges, that come with raising children, but will also help you in creating an Islamic framework for parenting and all other aspects of your life. As a mother of 4 children, ranging in age from 15 to 3, I would highly recommend this course!

Zohra Mohajir, homeschooling mother of 4, Essentials of A Muslim Civilization Student 2016-17

” ‘Ālimah Amina is a great, knowledgable and approachable teacher who takes her time to answer questions that arise from our discussions. I have met some lovely people through attending, I can say I am thoroughly enjoying this class and the knowledge I have learnt has been invaluable to me.

Faaizah, Essentials of a Muslim Civilization Student 2016-17

“This class has taught me the different aspects of raising a child and how to incorporate them into my life.”

Salma, Essentials of a Muslim Civilization Student 2016-17

“The identity of a Muslim woman is one that is timeless and acontextual; i.e. not time/place specific. This class explores this role from an Islamic point of view, focussing on the role of women as mothers, primary care-givers and as first teachers of the next generation. References are drawn from the Quran, sunnah and hadith and applied to the modern day context.

Student, Essentials of a Muslim Civilization Student 2016-17

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