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All Boys Academy (ABA) will serve to teach core skills to foster high-level critical thinking by using intellect and logic, thereby enabling a young man to face the world by being a contributing and functioning independent member of society at large. Current research suggests after thirty years of coeducational public education and a gender gap between girls and boys. Boys are falling behind. This is a touchy political subject. Much is written but little is being done. ABA will provide an opportunity to serve the needs of our boys and eventually young men.
Our aim is to provide an arena that is safe or student to develop. They will be free to explore and think. Embedded in the curriculum will be respect for methodologies designed specifically for boys and young men.
Boys and girls differ developmentally. The political focus has been to help young girls achieve. However, this has left young boys at a disadvantage. The rate of dropouts and fewer college applications serves as a reminder of how bad things are. We will offer an alternative. We will maximize the developmental factors and match young boys with a curriculum to help them realize their talents. We will offer a curriculum rich in the sciences as well as the core subjects. We will also offer hands-on experiences for young men. In addition, we will couple with various private and public sector agencies to develop technical and scientific ongoing programs to enhance a holistic education.
One example would be the STEM program. There will be a balance. Religious studies is the secondary component. We will provide courses so the student becomes comfortable in understanding the deeper meanings of Quran and Hadith. The young student will learn to apply the principles of Islam to his everyday life. This is an element that is lacking for the development of our young men. Our boys are given two choices. They enroll in public school and have little opportunity to connect education and religious duties. There is no bridge for them. They may take classes at the masjid on the weekends but there is no connection. We lose them. Islamic studies become a tedious duty taking away from playtime on the weekends. Many of the Islamic schools have no role models for boys. They are taught in coeducational classes by female teachers who often mistake a boys fidgetiness for aggression, the boys remain in trouble, as their counterparts in public school,
In 1996, Dianne (Muslim name Mushirah) McCutchen was blessed enough to revert to Islam from Christianity after life changing dawah from her then 16-year-old daughter. She and her daughter had traveled to several Islamic countries and felt they had an immediate connection to the religious beliefs and lifestyle. Her daughter reverted in 1994 in the eleventh grade which was an inspiration to say the least! Ms. McCutchen is presently an active practicing member in Baltimore Islamic masjids (Al-Rahman, ISB), and Masjid Al Ihsan. Throughout the years she has also been active in Masjid Al Inshirah, (Windsor Mill), Dar-Al-Taqwa, and Maryam Center, Ellicott City communities.
Imaam Ameer Erwin Al-Maliki is a 44 year old African American born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he currently serves as Imaam at All Boys Academy(ABA) which is the first all boys Islamic High School which is dedicated to teaching Islamic Sacred Knowledge as well as Secular studies to our male youth. Ustadh Ameer set out on his journey to acquire Islamic knowledge in 2007. Ustadh Ameer also serves as Imaam at Dar An Nur Academy which is an Online Academy dedicated to teaching entry level education primarily in the jurisprudence of Imaam Malik. Upon beginning his journey he has studied sacred knowledges with numerous shuyukh in areas
My name is José Ernesto Ferman, born in California raised in Washington DC my family are from El Salvador with relatives from Costa Rica as well. I come from a Catholic background. My parents were never really religious but I was always taught good manners always be gentleman and good karma, if you do good things then good things will happen to you. Then as Igrew I felt that wasn’t enough. To whom am I good for? Jesus? Mary? God? For myself or others? So I started searching my purpose.
I felt alive, reborn again. My family accepted me for who I am, if I’m happy there happy. I had to balance my Latino culture and Islam. Little by little I gave up dancing, pork associated cuisines, my mom would now makes special meals for me.
I have also found myself spreading Islam in Spanish to my Latino friends who find it fascinating that one of there own is a Muslim. I am happy with my faith in Islam and strive to become the best version of my self and to learn and grow to one day InsAllah I will be able to lead salah or even sing the adnan. Eyvallah to Diyanet Center of America for giving me the chance to grow onto my next phase in Islam.
Recite in the name of your Lord who created - Created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous -Who taught by the pen -Taught man that which he knew not.Holy Quran, [96: 1-5]
He who calls others to follow the Right Guidance will have a reward equal to the reward of those who follow him, without their reward being diminished in any respect on that account.Prophet Muhammed PBUH, (Muslim)
The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.Prophet Muhammed PBUH, (Al-Tirmidhi)
The most complete gift of God is a life based on knowledge.Ali Ibn Abi Talib,