Farmington–August 25–Ms. Ayesha Ali, co-principal of the Bloomfield Unity Montessori and Daycare took some time to talk with TMO about her school this week. This Montessori school is in fact not a direct competitor with most of the other Islamic day schools that TMO has interviewed in the past years, as it is a preschool–in fact it is a feeder for the other Islamic schools, like Huda and others.
The Bloomfield Montessori school has about 30 students, and is based inside the BMUC mosque. The Montessori program focuses on children up to six years old, and has accepted children as young as 8 weeks.
Inspired by the success of the Tawheed Centerâ€™s hifz program, which has really become the gold standard for local mosqueâ€™s religious instruction, Ms. Ali explained to TMO that the Bloomfield Montessori preschool will offer a hifz program patterned on Tawheedâ€™s–with reliance on Calvertâ€™s home school curriculum, and reliance on Shaykh Ahmad, a trained qari–to instruct the children in tajweed and memorization.
The hifz program at Bloomfield will be for 1st and 2nd grade students. Ms. Ali explained that â€œthree or fourâ€ students have enrolled in the hifz program so far, and that the class will be capped at ten. The hifz program will cost $600 per month. The regular Montessori program is $700 per month. Preschool is $550 per month, and the school is available to parents for the entire year if they want.
Local Mosques and Ramadan
Farmington–August 26–FCNA calculations this year coincided with the Saudi ruling regarding the beginning of Ramadan, leaving most Southeast Michigan Sunni mosques on the same note with regard to the beginning and perhaps also the ending of Ramadan.
FCNA, the Fiqh Council of North America, which calculates based on the physical visibility of the moon in Mecca, determined that the Ramadan moon, which entered early Thursday morning, would not be visible after sunset in Saudi on Thursday therefore the Ramadan month was said to begin Saturday.
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia in somewhat of a surprise announcement on Thursday said also that fasting would begin Saturday.
Other nations fasting Saturday included Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei–the majority of Sunni nations. Four nations however began fasting Friday, including Turkey, Albania, Bosnia, and Libya.
Shiâ€™a followers of the Lebanese marja Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah also began fasting Friday, relying also on calculations. However, followers of other Shiâ€™a maraja began fasting Saturday.
Local Michigan mosques mainly began fasting Saturday, however with varying reasoning. The Tawheed Center of Farmington, the Muslim Center of Detroit, and Bloomfield Muslim Unity Center all began Saturday based on following the recommendations of FCNA.
The Flint Islamic Center, MCA of Ann Arbor, and the Grand Blanc Islamic Center began Saturday as well, but for the reason that Saudi Arabia had announced it would begin fasting on Saturday.
MCWS, the Canton mosque, also following FCNA. â€˜Isha and tarawih at MCWS will begin at 10 for the first 10 days, then 9:45 for the second 10 days, and 9:30 for the final 10 days.
Dr. Saleem of the Flint Islamic Center on Corunna explained that â€˜Eid will also be based on the Saudi â€˜Eid. â€˜Isha and tarawih at FIC will be at 10pm for the first 2 weeks and at 9:30pm for the final 2 weeks.
Flint is having a community dinner every Saturday night, with about 500 people, Dr. Saleem explained to TMO.
After Ramadan many of the local mosques likely including Flint, intend to participate in the mass â€˜Eid celebration at the Rock Financial Showplace, continuing last yearâ€™s beginning of the tradition.