I would like to warmly welcome you all to the 2017 academic year.
As you will have noted, we are all in a new home this year at Northwood School. This will inshaAllah be our home for many years to come and we are proud to have found a new home where all our students, from our very youngest ones in class 1 who are 4 years old to our oldest students who are 16 can be under one roof.
There are many advantages of being in a school not least the educational atmosphere, the educational resources available, and the various sports facilities that we will also be able to utilise in the future. In short, there is something to be gained for everyone.
However, with this fantastic opportunity comes with the responsibility to look after and care for our new environment. Whilst this is the new home for the Madressa we are ultimately guests who have been kindly given permission to use these facilities and we should behave as we would want guests to behave in our own house.
I kindly request all students, to treat our new home with respect and behave with the Akhlaq of Ahlul Bayt (as) towards one another and our new environment.
Let us collectively show the outside world how Muslims look after the property of others, the way our Prophet Muhammed (saw) would care for the property even of his hardened enemies who would refer to him as Al-Sadiq (the truthful one) and Al-Amin (the trustworthy one).
I hope that during the course of this year, each of you will increase in your knowledge and understanding of our wonderful religion, and also enjoy your time both inside and outside the classroom with your teachers and friends. There are exciting new plans being made to help deliver more experiences and I hope that you will all take part.
I pray that the year ahead is both spiritually fulfilling and intellectually fruitful for all and remember to keep us all in your prayers as you will be in mine.
Shia Ithna’asheri Madressa,
London, United Kingdom—January 2017