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.

300 Youth Celebrated for Completing Quran Memorisation

Three hundred youth were honoured last week at a Quran memorisation ceremony on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria. One hundred and eighty female Hafizaat and a hundred and twenty male Hufaaz completed their hifz in local Madrassahs and institutes run by Ahrar Al-Sham organisation. The Hufaz had migrated from various cities and villages across Syria and settled in the liberated [...]

A Behaviour Management Strategy for your Madrassah

Madrassahs are created for big ambitions- raising generations of Muslim children with sound knowledge and practice of Islam and good conduct. However, these are often undermined due to absence of a Behaviour Management Strategy; one that emphasises expectations, curbs low and high levels of disruptions and monitors progress. A successful Madrassah Behaviour Management Strategy must [...]

Easy to Use Meriting System for Managing Behaviour

A meriting system in a Madrassah classroom is one whose aim is to motivate students to reach their potential in terms of behaviour and performance by: Meriting positive behaviour Demeriting negative behaviour For it to be successful, the system must be simple and linked to a set of disciplinary consequences and a set of motivational [...]

Internet & Social Media Use and Safety Advice

Children in many Muslim households are spending more and more hours on the Internet and social media every day, often with minimal or no supervision from parents and guardians. With an increase in cyber-bullying, sexting, online pornography and grooming, children are more likely to become victims of those types of harms, unless parents and guardians [...]

Guide to Social Media- Safety Risks and How to Protect Children

Protecting children and young people against physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual harm is an Islamic obligation upon parents and guardians. All those types of harm -especially the last three- are existent online and some may be just a finger-tip away from your child. Intellectual harm includes indoctrination and brainwashing of a young person’s mind into [...]

Teachers Behaviour and Code of Conduct Policy

Writing has an esteemed status in Islam and in Islamic civilisations, particularly for its usefulness in preserving information, ease of accessibility, transmittance and developing of the knowledge it compasses. Having Madrassah policies and procedures written and documented in one place will improve the way the Madrassah functions, because it will ensure that all teachers -new [...]

Parents volunteering in Madrassahs

Parents who volunteer their time to help out at their child’s Madrassah on a regular basis are known as classroom or parent helpers. They are not the same as classroom assistants, who are paid staff. Parent helpers are a great asset to teachers and children at a Madrassah. They can make a big difference to [...]

Legal Working Age at Madrassahs

Assigning a worker or volunteer is part of the responsibility of the management and the safety and effectiveness of the work being carried out is the responsibility of the management as it is of the worker or volunteer.  The prophet peace be upon him said: كُلُّكُمْ رَاعٍ وَكُلُّكُمْ مَسْؤول عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ [All of you are [...]

Keeping Children Safe When Learning Outdoors

Learning outdoors has been proven to be highly engaging for students. Students who take part in outdoor learning are happier, more focused and better behaved. It provides a rich setting for lessons promoting reflection on the signs of Allah in the aim of increasing children’s conscious Iman and Love of Allah. Indeed, the Quran tells [...]

How to talk to your child about sexual abuse

We want our children to live peaceful, happy and safe lives, but know very well that there are evildoers, blinded by their desires who will not hesitate to abuse children if they can get the opportunity. They thrive on a child’s naivety and on parents’ denial that such evil could ever happen to their own [...]