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About Walaa

Graduate in English Linguistics from UCL and Roehampton University, and a qualified teacher of English as a second language. Currently, Walaa manages a community Madrassah in a mosque in West London.

How to Explain Calamities and Tragic Events to Madrassah Children

In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Giver of Mercy In the aftermath of heartbreaking events that involve the loss and injury of innocent lives, the believing child will seek spiritual guidance about how to understand tragic events and how to reconcile their occurrences with their instinctual knowledge of Allah's Mercy, Love and Kindness and [...]

How should child protection records look like?

All Madrassah staff should know how to report safeguarding or child protection concerns and who to report them to. Each Madrassah or hosting Masjid must legally have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) on their team. The DSL is a member of staff who has received advanced training in addition to Level 1 Child Protection and [...]

How to Give Feedback to a Teacher

Having a senior qualified and experienced teacher observe another teacher in action on a termly basis is a good practice for Madrassahs to apply. Although observations are not the only methods for measuring teachers’ quality of teaching, if they are followed up by formative feedback sessions, they can help teachers improve their practice efficiently. The [...]

How to Speak to Our children about Islam-hating Content Online

Many children spend an average of six hours a day online. Even with lesser exposure to the internet and social media, the chances that our children are stumbling upon and viewing Islam-hating material online are highly likely. Despite feelings of shock and disapproval, some may prefer to conceal there experience from their parents out of [...]

‘How safe are our children?’ NSPCC Report 2017

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has produced its latest 2017 report addressing the question of 'How safe are our children?' across the United Kingdom. Below are important outlines from the report. Homicide • Child homicide is in long-term decline. Child Suicide • After years in decline, suicide rates for 15 [...]

Muslim School Children Victims of Anti-Muslim Abuse in Edinburgh Schools

Parents often worry mostly about their children's safety on their way to and from school. What is coming to surface is a realisation that Muslim parents should sadly be just as cautious for their children's mental, emotional and even physical safety in schools. A new study carried out on Muslim school children in Edinburgh revealed [...]

How to Speak to Our Children about Terrorist Attacks

When a terrorist attack strikes and the perpetrators are thought to be Muslims, fingers of suspicion are pointed at the wider Muslim community. Our children are no exception. They are left to fend for themselves in schools and among peers and senior adults who would speak of 'Islamic terrorism', 'Muslim terrorists' or 'Islamic State'; constantly directly or indirectly [...]

How to memorise the Quran?

Memorising Quran is a journey for the best of people to embark on. Indeed as the prophet peace be upon him said: 'The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it to others'. Memorising the Quran is an expression of deep love to the guidance that Allah mercifully sent to His [...]

What to do if a student faints in your Madrassah?

A person who is about to faint experiences some of these symptoms including; nausea (feeling sick), blurry vision or spots in front of his/her eyes, ringing in ears, confusion, fast, deep breathing and lightheadedness. It is caused by extreme emotional stress, sudden pain, suddenly sitting or standing, dehydration and even laughing, sneezing or coughing. If a [...]

How to Teach with Memory in Mind

When teaching children, the optimal desired objective is for them to be able to retain the information you are giving them in their long term memory until it becomes part of the quick and effortless knowledge base that they are able to retrieve, use and apply competently. This applies to Quranic verses, Dua lines, Hadeeth [...]