The Islamic School of Miami is committed to providing the South Florida community with a pleasant and nurturing Islamic environment. Guiding the community, young and old, to build an integrated Muslim identity through Islamic teachings and encouraging them to uphold their Islamic heritage.
In addition, for the young, the Islamic School of Miami strives to offer an Islamic environment that is conducive to the academic, social, spiritual and physical growth of a child. Children excel in all aspects of their life when they grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.
Some of the services we currently offer include: Full-time Islamic School, Sunday Islamic School, Maktab program focusing on the teaching of the recitation and memorization of the Quran, a Food Pantry, a youth program, a sisters program, Nikah (matrimonial services), a program for new muslims, counseling, and others.
A Brief History Of Islamic School Of Miami
The Islamic School of Miami has its genesis in the efforts of a small group of brothers and sisters who were concerned about the provision of sound Islamic Education to Muslim youth in the south Miami-Dade, Florida area. Around 1985, two Muslim sisters established a very small school in a rented community hall. It continued for a couple of years. In 1989, a very comprehensive effort was undertaken by Muslim educators to establish a weekend school under the umbrella of the Institute for Islamic Education and Research. The weekend school was held at South Miami Middle School on Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. After starting with a small group of students, student enrollment rose to about 200. A curriculum committee was formed to design the curriculum, teaching Quranic Arabic, Quranic recitation and memorization, Seeratun Nabiyyi, and Islamic Studies. By the 1990s, the Muslim population in South Miami-Dade was growing rapidly. The Muslim community in the area was composed mostly of immigrants from South Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Africa. The need for a more established weekend Islamic school and eventually a full-time Islamic school was high on the agenda of the community.
In 1994, a group of Muslim educators at Florida International University and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in association with the Muslim Students Association of Florida International University established the Islamic School of Miami. Classes were held at the FIU campus in South Miami-Dade. The organization was incorporated in the State of Florida as a non-profit organization (501 (c) 3) in 1995 with the following goals and objectives:
- To meet the educational needs of Muslims by:
(A) establishing and operating a weekend/evening school to provide courses on Islam.
(B) establishing and operating a full-time accredited preK-12 school.
(C) establishing and operating an Islamic University and/or center for Islamic Studies at local universities.
(D) Establishing and operating a Masjid (mosque) for the observance of prayers and other Islamic activities as will be organized on the principles of Ahlus sunnah wal Jama’at.
- To enhance the understanding of Islam.
In 2001, the Islamic School of Miami bought a 41/4-acre property in West Miami-Dade with an existing building that was converted to a multipurpose facility for conducting prayers and educational programs. The building is now known as the Tasnim Uddin Building.