Teaching Pedagogy

Our Four Alifs
At Al-Rahmah School (ARS), we strive to not only provide the academics and secular knowledge to students but also to cultivate values in young minds which will help them develop the skills they need to be successful in various aspects of life. 

The Four Alifs are an acronym for our methodology to teach these values. We firmly believe that Ikhlas (Sincerity), Ihsaas (Emotional Intelligence), Adab (Refinement in Manner and Character), and Akhlaq (Sound Moral Compass) are the most important social values that we as educators must model for students, as these values are from the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the greatest teacher of all.
ARS uses Tarbiyah as our approach to learning. Tarbiyah is an Arabic word that may be defined as the ideal educational approach in developing human nature, both directly (through a method of verbal or visual communication), or indirectly (through the provision of a role model according to a specific curriculum), which facilitates positive change.

Within an Islamic context, the ideal approach is that which Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, used to develop his prophets.  Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, said with regard to Prophet Musaa, alayhis salam, “… And you will be developed under our care” (Qur’an, Surah Taha, 39).  It is also the approach that the Prophet, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to develop the Companions (radhiallahu anhum).