Plainfield, IN 05/24/2010) – Muslims in North America lost a visionary and inspiring leader in education. Dawud At-Tauhidii passed away on Sunday, May 23rd after battling cancer for two years.
To Allah we belong and to Him we return (inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiâ€™oon).
We pray that Allah (SWT) will shower His mercy on him and grant him the highest level of Paradise – Jannat Ul-Firdous – and give his family patience in this difficult time. Ameen.
ISNA salutes the great contribution that Br. Dawud At-Tauhidi made toward advancing Islamic education in North America. Tauhidi had dedicated his life for Islamic education in North America. For more than two decades, Tauhidi was involved in various aspects of Islamic education – as a teacher, researcher, administrator and curriculum developer. His most recognized work was the Tarbiyah Project, a ground breaking effort that aims at translating Islamic values into practical and implementable programs that enable Muslim students to live Islam. â€œI mourn brother Tauhidi not only as an educational leader and a pioneer in Islamic character education, but also as a dear brother whom I worked with for over 5 years when the school I was principal of was chosen as a pilot program for the Tarbiyah Project,â€ said Safaa Zarzour, current ISNA Secretary General and former principal of Universal School of Bridgeview, Illinois. â€œHe was such a selfless and dedicated soul that you could not help but to admire and respect,â€ he added.
A native of Philadelphia, Tauhidi, who embraced Islam in 1972, studied at Lehigh University and later studied Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1980, he graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt with a degree in Usul ad-Din and taught at the Islamic Community Center School in Philadelphia.
In 1983, Tauhidi completed his masterâ€™s degree in Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan and in 1985 completed his doctoral candidacy examinations in the same field. During that time, he served as a teaching assistant, research assistant and studied toward a second masterâ€™s degree in Teaching Arabic as a Second Language. His research interests included â€œTowards a Model of an Islamic Philosophy of Educationâ€, â€œEducational Institutions in Early Islamâ€, â€œThe Affective Domain in Second Language Acquisitionâ€, â€œStatistical and Lexical Studies of the Qurâ€™anic Lexiconâ€, â€œSemantic Structures and Worldview of the Quranâ€, and other topics.
Since 1985, he was actively involved in establishing Islamic schools in North America and was a founding member of the Council of Islamic Schools in North America (CISNA). In 1985, he co-founded the Michigan Islamic Academy in Ann Arbor, MI, where he served as its founding Principal, serving for three years. In 1988, he helped form the Michigan Education Council and co-founded Crescent Academy International, a college-preparatory, Islamic school in suburban Detroit, where he served as Director since 1988.
Tauhidi was experienced in the planning and establishment of schools, policy development, school administration, curriculum development, Teaching Arabic as a Second Language, holistic education, character education, public relations, computer programming, multimedia and graphic design, and fundraising for Islamic schools.
During the past twelve years, Tauhidi worked on developing an integrated curriculum for Islamic education, known as the Tarbiyah Project. The aim of this project is to provide a more effective paradigm for teaching todayâ€™s Muslim children based on a holistic and integrated approach to education known as the Integrated Learning Model (ILM2).
Tauhidi is survived by three sons and two daughters.
The Janazah prayer for Dawud At-Tauhidi followed Dhuhr prayer at 2pm Monday, May 24th at the Canton Mosque, (MCWS), followed by burial at Knollwood Cemetery on Ridge Road in Canton.
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