Br. Awais Sheikh made some great connections between niyyah, ihsan and this month of Rabiul Awwal - he shared stories of how Prophet Muhammad ﷺ didn't just do something to get it done, but did it in the best way possible.
As this is Rabiul Awwal when the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was born, on Wednesday Ms. Afeefa shared some of the ways we can show our love for him as he showed his love for us. One way to reflect on his character is to see what his room might have looked like.
How can we make our homes places of sakinah and salam?
Al Fatih Academy
We are practicing the sunnan of Jumu'ah with dressing our finest for Fridays in Ramadan.
Look in your email for details about this wonderful way to honor the Beloved Prophet ﷺ at AFA!
Open to all Friends of the Earth as we practice Stewardship and amanah this month at AFA.
You can bring gloves & pickers, we will have some on site.
We also have large trash bags & very attractive neon vests!
All students must be with an adult.
AFA families gathered to recite Quran, hear hadith, sing songs, send salawat, recite the 99 names of Allah, and celebrate this blessed month in so many ways.
We even got to sing Feliz Ramadan with some of our Spanish speaking students and their families!
Thank you to all the teachers, alumni and volunteers who made the afternoon such a success.
Special thanks to our beloved PTO for the wonderful goody bags!
Today was our first student khutbah!
8th grader Uzair reminded us about the importance of Ramadan being not only for fasting but also to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for others.
He told a story about Prophet Sulaiman who could communicate with creatures. When the community was experiencing a drought and needed water, the Prophet and all his people prayed for rain. Prophet Sulaiman noticed that even an ant stood up on its hind legs and prayed with them.
Today we take for granted how we have water flowing through our taps whenever we need it. Uzair ended with giving us heartwork - to think about and act on ways to be empathetic to others in our lives.
Great job Uzair! We’re excited for the next 3 Jumu’ah khateebs after you.
8th Graders went on the annual graduating class field trip to be with cherry blossoms in Washington DC.
Under the direction of art teacher Ms. Nadia, students sat with these majestic and beautiful signs of Allah listening, noticing, looking and feeling with their hearts before sketching what they experience together and individually.
We are so blessed to have these beauties to teach us so much!
Ms. Afeefa shared about a Ukrainian born woman who became one of the most effective leaders within the Ottoman Empire.
Hurrem Sultan (Beloved of the Sultan) was enslaved through invasion and war in her native land but because of her dedication to Allah, her intelligence, charisma, kind heartedness and perseverance she became wife of the Sultan Suleiman and one of his chief advisors.
We talked about how powerful people can use their skills to bring peace and end wrongdoing while also helping those who might not be able to help themselves.
Sadly, the beautiful mosque built to commemorate Hurrem Sultan in Mariupol, Ukraine was recently bombed by Russian forces.
Br. Yasir reminded us today that there is so much about who we will be in the future that is dependent on how we act today.
He especially pointed out that part of perseverance is self-discipline and knowing how to make the right choices for ourselves.
There was an experiment that scientists did where they gave young people a marshmallow and said if they didn’t eat it, they would get another one in 15 minutes. Some of them ate the one they had because they decided not to wait. So they didn’t get the other one. Some of them waited and ended up with 2! These young people grew up to be more successful and also more mindful in their lives.
Self discipline is also being steadfast and having conviction that even if something is difficult and we persevere through, we will be really helping our future selves have the best of everything, insha Allah.
What would you do? Take the marshmallow, or wait to have the second one? 🤔
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So many ways to stay in touch with your alma mater and we love having you connect with current AFA students thus Ramadan and beyond.
Annnnnd... would love to know what you're up to.
Drop us a DM or email [email protected] and let's get in touch!
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In Art, Kindergarteners talked with Ms. Nadia about how shapes are all in balance and symmetry in Islamic geometric art motifs.
Students discovered how to also make the colors within the shapes be in balance.
8th graders are working on carving their molds for printmaking- look how similar Uzair's design is to the KGer's motif!
On this beautiful day we are watching our habit seeds grow! Marigold seedlings have appeared amidst the markers each student created representing a habit they're practicing more before, during and after Ramadan.
We can't wait to see the beautiful blossoms that will decorate our school both as flowers and as good habits, insha Allah.
What's a habit you're working on?
Br. Suhail reminded us today about the importance of perseverance as part of how we treat each other. We can stand up for justice and work hard for what we believe, but we must do it with kindness and respect for each other, even if other people are negative towards us.
He made a great connection between what happened at Taif with Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and how Abraham Lincoln treated wounded Confederate soldiers after a Civil War battle (both wanted the enemy treated kindly).
Br. Suhail also talked about how it is wrong to treat others based on gender differences. Boys and girls are created differently in some ways but are equal in how Allah sees us all - we should stand up against discrimination or negativity when we hear someone disparage or talk badly about someone.
Here's the portion of AFA's Policy on Peace, Engagement, and Respect that outlines our stance on gender equality and related expectations.
Al Fatih Academy is an independent school serving Northern VA since 1998.
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Alhamdulillah for a successful start to the new school year! We are always working towards improving the overall AFA experience for our students and families. We welcome your feedback on how the start of the school year went for your family.
Please fill out this short survey (https://bit.ly/fallsurvey2023), which will be used to better the return to school experience for all families next year, inshallah. Your response will be greatly appreciated and beneficial, as well as completely anonymous.
Through nurturing, responsive and positive relationships, integrated character education, building social-emotional skills, and a strong emphasis on our core values, AFA provides a high-expectations learning environment where the whole child can thrive and attain academic achievement.
Learn more at www.alfatih.org
Wednesday, September 27th, is AFA Day and the theme is Greens & Jeans! AFAers can show their school spirit by wearing the color green! AFA spirit wear is also acceptable for AFA Days. Students may wear non-uniform trousers (cannot be leggings/jeggings/or form-fitting). Please make sure to adhere to the AFA Day Guidelines.
Salaam AFA Families!
Just a reminder that this is the last week to register for afterschool clubs! Registration closes this Friday, Sept. 29th.
Here's a list of the clubs available:
Chess (Grade 1-4) - Mondays
Chess (Grade 5-8) - Fridays
Aikido (Grade 2-8) - Mondays & Wednesdays
Inner Power Life Coaching (Grade 1-8) - Wednesdays
- Programs start at 3:45pm on M-Th and 1:45pm on Fri.
- Pack extra snacks
- All forms can be found on the website: AFA Parents > Parents > Before/After School Care
- Or the AFA App: Go to Extracurriculars
Live Reptiles at AFA Carnival right now!
Br. Suhail Farooqui reminded us in his khutbah about how Allah (s) has created everything with a purpose and a plan - even the amount of oxygen in the air is just right for us to breathe! By making intentions and planning at the beginning of our day, whatever we do has baraka in it and is more beneficial to us and others.
He also talked about our connection to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as the last messenger from Allah to give us important lessons even when we cannot meet him in person. It's a great start to Rabiul Awwal as the month the Prophet was born in!
And we are so very grateful to have the presence of this beautiful smile from AFA alum Mustafa Qureishi! He is a hifdh teacher this year in our morning program Alhamdulillah. He knows his way around the building and how to touch the hearts of his students through the Quran every morning!
We love our alums!!
AFA Core Value of Create Peace and Serenity is in action today and everyday!
What can you do to make peace happen?
- give a sunnah smile to 5 people! 😁
- draw a picture for someone 🖍
- listen to someone who is sad 👂🏽
- celebrate a joy with someone who is happy😂
- leave acorns on the playground for the squirrels and chipmunks 🌰
- take a deep breath or two or three 🙇♀️🙇♂️
- say salams in the most beautiful ways 👋🏽
Peace/salam is the way!
This is a reminder that Middle School students will host our first Market Day of the year this Wednesday, September 20th, in shaa Allah!
What is Market Day?
Throughout the school year, classes host Market Day to raise funds for specific causes that are important to them. AFA students shop in the market during school hours with small change brought from home. Students can purchase student-made goods (bookmarks, bracelets, trinkets, etc), savory snacks, sweet treats, and other novelties.
Middle School students will be using the profits from their Market Day to fund meals for Embry Rucker Shelter.
What should my child bring?
Students should bring no more than $3-$5 in a sealable bag labeled with the child’s first and last name to spend at Market Day. Items are priced from $.25-$2. "IOU"s will not be given.
Br. Jawaad Abdur Rahman gave us some important advice in his khutbah about what it means to be a Muslim.
Everyone has fitra - or the natural love for Allah that we are born with, we have aql or a mind to think and reflect about the signs from Allah, and finally, we have the Quran which has the words of Allah that help us be Muslims. All of these together make us believers and connected to Prophet Muhammad's ﷺ message.
This week 7th and 8th graders put their mind/aql to work by practicing different techniques on how to create sculptures out of cardboard. Maybe some of these will tell a personal story or experience they've had, maybe some will represent something historical or political?
They had to consciously and purposefully reflect on ideas to get their gears going and this is just the beginnings of a final project that all students from the school will vote on with various criteria.
Lots of math, science, and imagination are spilling into this Art class project and we can't wait to see all the creativity this takes!
What do the AFA Core Values mean to you? Eighth Graders interviewed their fellow Middle School students to get their insight on the true meaning of our Core Values:
1. Be Intentional
2. Build Community
3. Uphold Excellent Character
4. Create Serenity & Peace
5. Transform Knowledge into Action
6. Practice Stewardship & Service
One of our core values at AFA is to Build Community. We instill this in our students throughout the year through community engagement projects and group activities.
1. Foster and create relationships within our family, neighborhood, and world
2. Learn and teach about others to better ourselves
Our Middle School Science teacher, Ms. Batul, creates interactive projects for our students year-round. AFA 6th graders were tasked with building a functional ramp out of newspaper! This project allowed students to engage in dialogue and share creative ideas.
We look forward to all the activities Middle School does this year inshallah!
Today was our first school wide Community Meeting!
September's theme is Intention and purpose which is نية or niyyah in Arabic.
Purpose is the reason you’re doing something and intention is planning to do it.
We will also practice how to concentrate so our intentions and actions are strong and useful. We remind ourselves and each other about doing what is good.
When we know our purpose it also helps us make our goals, hopes, and dreams come true.
In shā Allah, we will try our best to be mindful of our thoughts, actions and reactions this month.
Look at that sprout from Ms. Afeefa's date pit!
Pizza Mondays start next Monday, Sept. 11th! Make sure to place your order by this Friday, Sept. 8th! Visit the AFA App or use this link to order: https://bit.ly/3ODA0sv
Celebrate Labor Day by knowing what's so important about workers rights!
Without the labor rights movement and dedicated activists, we would not have:
- the weekend
- child labor laws
- equal pay for equal work
- sick leave
- living wage laws
- workers comp
- health benefits
- minimum wage
- farm labor laws
- civil rights
And many more ways that make all our lives better.
These sweet AFA garden diggers are now high schoolers making a difference in the world in their own ways!
We were so excited to have AFA Alumni Br. Ammar Aftab as our khateeb today to remind us of how intentions are always connected to actions. Good works are most beneficial if they are done with a purpose to please Allah and be useful for ourselves and others.
He gave us "heartwork" to practice being mindful by making intentions even for simple things we do every day - like eating dinner so it will give us health and strength instead of just doing it because we have to.
And remember that even if we might sometimes mess up the kitchen trying to be helpful, Allah (and hopefully our parents) appreciate the good intentions!
We are so blessed to start this year together Alhamdulillah!
Br. Awais reminded us today in our first khutbah that new beginnings, like a new school year, are a chance to strive for being the best we can in whatever we try to do. Allah loves the effort we make and gives us baraka for trying.
And he reminded us that angels take attendance in the musalla!
Also 3rd Graders did some intentional and compassionate practice on the playground this week. They found a worm in distress under the hot sun and saved him by finding shade and getting the worm some water so he could be hydrated and safe.
Alhamdulillah for our community of helpers, doers, thinkers and lovers of Allah at AFA! Worms included!
We can't wait to Build Community, Be Intentional, Create Serenity and Peace, Uphold Excellent Character, Practice Stewardship, and Transform Knowledge into Action together!
First Day Vibes!
Welcome to a Terrific Tuesday First Day!!
If you haven't already, make sure you log into your School Eatery account to order lunches for your child! The hot lunch program, run by School Eatery, will begin on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, inshallah. All options are halal and there are allergen-free options available as well
Make sure you select your lunch options prior to then. Lunches can be ordered up until 8am the morning of the delivery. We hope this will be a helpful solution for our families!
Salaam AFA FAmilies! We are so happy to welcome you all back to school tomorrow inshallah. Please review our welcome-back emails for reminders on drop-off, dismissal, the school dress code, lunches, and more!
See you all tomorrow, inshallah!
Join us tomorrow, Friday, August 18th, for our AY 23/24 Meet & Greet!
New Family Orientation begins at 10:15am and classroom visits start at 11am, inshallah.
AFA teachers and staff are in the building!!!
We are so excited to get everything ready for school to start next Tuesday and we can't wait to Meet and Greet you all this Friday insha Allah.
Teachers truly are planting the seeds for a new year of growing and learning!
We're hiring for the 2023/2024 school year! Do you think you would be a good fit for our team? Apply today at http://bit.ly/AFAJobs
As we travel near and far this summer break we remember Allah (s) guides our journeys and protects our paths.
Duas are a great family activity to learn and recite together. And traveling is a way of expanding our hearts and minds, Alhamdulillah.
Send AFA a postcard from your travels or tag us in your adventures away and in your backyard!
There's still plenty of summer left before school starts!
Here are some more ideas to have fun and make summer count with your family. Some of these are familiar to AFAers because we do them during the school year together, so it's even more exciting to continue them while we're away.
Let us know what else you're up to away on vacation or enjoying time with a staycation!
We are so grateful for this time to rest and rejuvenate Alhamdulillah!
Here are activities AFAers have been doing at home and some while traveling - feel free to pass along!
Let us know what else to add to the list, and we'll share more ideas through the coming weeks.
Eid ul Adha Mubarak to all AFA Families!
A prayer especially for our children:
Ya Allah, watch over all our children with Your never slumbering eyes;
Embrace them tight with Your infinite Mercy and Love. Protect them from harm and from doing harm.
Surround them with goodness and make them able to bring goodness to each of Your creation they meet.
Let them see only enough moments of adversity to be stronger advocates for the weak.
We ask You to give refuge to all those fleeing injustice and persecution.
Ya Rabb, give lasting comfort to those in pain who are suffering in body or mind.
We ask that You guide us to nurture children
who are courageous, compassionate and competent
so they may make this world a true reflection of Your Beloved attributes.
AFA student art depicts unity in diversity around the Kaaba as we all represent the diverse beauty of Allah's creation.
Juneteenth is Today!
It's also called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day and at AFA we've made the commitment to learning and teaching about why this day matters to all of us.
See how we teach the whole child by teaching the whole of history.
See more at the National Museum of African American History and visit their extraordinary exhibits this summer!
Congrats to our graduating Class of 2023! We wish you all the best as you take on high school next year, inshallah. Carry the AFA Core Values with you always and you'll be sure to succeed!
May Allah (swt) protect you and guide you in all your future endeavors.
This month’s theme is optimism and positivity. Optimism is expecting the best in ourselves and in others.
We find what is positive about everything so we can be stronger and more happy.
Tafawul is to be positive and hopeful.
Tawakul is to trust in Allah (s) to make things work out.
Throughout May month we will practice choosing to be positive and helping others be positive just like the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) taught us.
Are you looking for an enriching summer activity for your child? Smartminds will be running a summer camp from July 3 to August 11! It's not too late to register! Use this link: https://mailchi.mp/7ac1d154e02b/summer-e-camp-6224620?fbclid=IwAR1NRwMEZ0RmYVsS-_SnBS0gSlFdCwLmu9dRYKwf4ti17vavCPiCz3ONAuU)
This year’s AFA 2022-2023 Yearbook is now available for sale!
Printed copies will be limited to the number of yearbooks ordered. NO EXTRA COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE for purchase at a later date. Reserve your copy today!
Yearbooks will be delivered to your child's classroom on the last day of school, in shaa Allah.
Yearbooks can be purchased on the AFA App>AFA Store>AFA2022-2023 Yearbook
We are excited to host the AFA 2023 Field Day TOMORROW, Friday, May 12, 2023, at Al Fatih Academy! A huge THANK YOU to the AFA PTO for planning, coordinating, and executing this event for our school community this year! What an exciting way to SPLASH into SUMMER!
It's Career Day at AFA! So many young professionals are roaming the halls today, Masha'Allah!
TOMORROW IS CAREER DAY & MARKET DAY!
Students should bring no more than $3-$5 in a sealable bag labeled with the child’s first and last name to spend at Market Day. Items are priced from $.25-$2.
Students can dress up to represent a career of their interest! Remember, outfits should adhere to the AFA Day Guidelines and not have any parts that would distract the student or others during the course of the day. Students may wear non-uniform trousers (cannot be leggings/jeggings/or form-fitting).
Note: Students will be participating in all regular school day activities. Please consider this when choosing clothing or accessories for AFA days. Students should wear items that do not inhibit their ability to participate in class activities and be careful to not wear items that could get lost or damaged.
Can you guess what we are getting ready for at AFA?
Outside in nature to nurture ourselves!
Thank you AFA art teacher Ms. Nadia for involving our mind, body and heart to make dhikr, reflect on Allah's signs, appreciate the beauty of creation and capture this experience through artistic expression.
AFAers Love the Earth!
We did our annual Community Kindness Clean Up of Pinecrest Rd in front of the school.
Classes do a smaller version during the year but in April we practice Stewardship and being khalifas by having our friends and families collect trash and beautify the street together.
Neighbors thanked us for our work to help the Earth and we found some lovely surprises like a big patch of mint growing on the side! There were so many Big Gulp cups, and we don't know why!
Students shared how it's sad that people might throw trash out their car windows. And we talked about how even small pieces of trash hurt animals who live in the area.
Thank you to all who came out, Alhamdullilah we can be khalifas every day!
It's not too late! Classes start this Friday, April 28, 2023, inshallah.
Please register today for Chess Club (Grades 5-8).
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