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Iqra Education Society

Iqra Education Society (IES) is a non-profit charitable organization that is committed to the development and delivery of top quality educational services that honor and promote moderate mainstream Islamic values. Since its inception, IES has worked diligently to promote Islamic thought, promote common values with other Canadian communities, establish centers of learning, and build permanent roots within the Canadian community. In an age of misunderstanding and misinformation, the society continuously facilitates the development of a friendly and open relationship between Canadian Muslims and the broader Canadian community.

Welcome – Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians of Iqra Islamic School

Welcome back to Iqra Islamic School for the academic year 2016-2017. We hope that you all had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.

I am proud to be a member of the Iqra community. Iqra Islamic School consistently strives for excellence in Islamic character and education through the outstanding educational program that we offer to our thoughtful, talented, and diverse student. The years of hard work have helped make Iqra Islamic School a unique institution for Muslims in BC. For that, I feel blessed and grateful to be leading the school this year.

Our goal this year will be to secure for our students a balanced quality education while maintaining their Islamic identity. We will be offering a balance between academic, creative, athletic, communal, social pursuits and Islamic values with the help of our experienced, supportive and creative staff.

To achieve our goals this year our dedicated staff have put in many hours of professional learning, planning and preparation for the new BC curriculum designed by The Ministry of Education, where “Inquiry and Research Skills” are the main focus. We are adding a “Genius Hour” to our weekly schedule to liven the spirit of inquiry and research, and to allow students to explore their own passions and to encourage creativity in the classroom. To further enhance literacy and numeracy, we are adding a 20-minute practice of Reading Comprehension and a  Math drill every morning. In the meantime, maintaining and enriching the students’ Islamic identity will be integrated into our daily routine through Islamic behaviour codes, Islamic teachings and practices as well as competitions.

Iqra Islamic School strives to provide an excellent academic program but, by itself and without the commitment of each individual student, success will be limited. We need every student to own their responsibility for their learning and this process begins in the quietness of their homes when parents discuss these issues and help their children to set realistic goals for the year ahead. We would like to encourage each parent/guardian to be active in their child’s education. We certainly realize that many of you lead busy lives. However, taking just a few minutes in the evening to read to your child, talk with your child about school, or simply see that your child is organized for the next school day can have great benefits.

We also encourage you to access our website regularly for information and updates. Furthermore, please read the “Parent & Student” handbook to familiarize yourself with the school rules, policies and procedures. Abiding by the rules, regulations and guidelines is a major factor in the success of any academic Institution. Following the rules and policies at Iqra Islamic School – many of which are derived directly from the Quran and the Sunnah – should be viewed as an act of worship by Iqra families and employees alike.

I am Looking forward to working with all of you this academic year to keep Iqra Islamic School the school of EXCELLENCE.

With my sincerest duaa,

Randa A. El-Khatib

Iqra Islamic School Principal

School Story

Nestled deep in the hart of Old Surrey lay the foundations of the neighborhood once known as the The Port Mann community. This community was originally made up of a post office, a CNR Station, and a ferry dock. This small but vibrant community was surrounded by the many small houses of railway workers, and a small school, aptly named The Port Mann School.

This traditional 1930s style school, with its peaked roof and wooden exterior, opened in 1922 as a 2-room elementary school. It serviced the pupils of the growing community built around the CNR rail yard and dock facilities. As the shipping industry changed and the area became more industrial, the school was used as a private school and eventually closed.

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This picture, taken in 1965, was provided by Ellen Edwards. She began teaching at Port Mann in 1960. She is pointing to the class room (currently the Principal’s Office) that she taught in. Left content and picture provided by Jack Brown – The development of schools in Surrey 1901-1939 In 1998, a group of dedicated brothers purchased the former Port Mann school, which had at that time been used as a training centre for Canadian National Rail. The brothers had a vision to establish an Islamic School that would uphold the Islamic tradition of great respect for knowledge, and a philosophy that student’s knowledge of the world and practice of their beliefs should be integrated into a cohesive whole to provide quality education and personal excellence. In September 1998, while renovation was taking place to welcome the pioneers of the new and only Islamic school in Surrey, a one-room school was rented in the White Rock–Surrey area with the enrolment of 16 students and school board started recruiting highly committed and qualified faculty and administration to fulfill its objectives. A few months later, Iqra Islamic School was established at the current location as a certified full-time Elementary School:

  • Providing quality educational programs that integrate academic, Islamic, and Arabic studies.
  • Promoting excellent personal manners, high moral values, and strong leadership skills.
  • Preparing students to become good citizens and contributing members of society.
  • Empowering students to seek and succeed in post-secondary education.
  • Guiding students to develop life skills and interests.

Currently, Iqra as an Elementary & Junior High School (Accredited by the Ministry of Education, British Columbia) serves over 450 students from all Metro Vancouver, British Columbia.

Our Vision

IQRA Islamic School upholds the Islamic tradition of great respect for knowledge and an open spirit of inquiry. The rich vein of excellence in learning within the Islamic heritage is the foundation of the rigorous academic program which is intended to serve the needs of the modern world without sacrificing moral and spiritual values. Since the Islamic faith addresses the complete personality, it is IQRA Islamic School’s philosophy that knowledge of the world and practice of our shared beliefs should be integrated into a cohesive whole.

Our Mission

Provide Quality Education & Personal Excellence

  • Provide quality educational programs that integrate academic, Islamic, and Arabic studies.
  • Promote excellent personal manners, high moral values, and strong leadership skills.
  • Prepare students to become good citizens and contributing members of society.
  • Empower students to seek and succeed in post-secondary education.
  • Guide students to develop life skills and interests.

Goals & Objectives

The central goal of IQRA Islamic School is the formation of Muslim character as described in the following statement: A Muslim pursues spiritual goals through all his/her worldly endeavors. His/her behavior embodies and reflects Islamic morals and values. Pursuit of knowledge is among a Muslim’s highest priorities, and a spirit of inquiry is the prerequisite. Faith and action work together to lead a Muslim toward higher knowledge and progress, sound individual life choices, and service to society. The school seeks to develop in our students the values which define a Muslim: honesty, compassion, respect for self and others, pride in work, a commitment to justice, and acceptance of differences.

Our Team

Ali Mihirig

School Board Chairperson

Dr. Mihirig is the Iqra School Board Chairperson. He recieved his M.A.Sc and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 1984 and 1987 respectively. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).


Aminuddin Muhamad

School Board Secretary

Br. Amin is the School Board Secretary. He has been with the Board since 2002. He is currently an IT consultant with BC Biomedical Laboratories.


Dr. Khaled Ramadan

School Board Member

Dr. Ramadan received his medical degree in 1997 at Tripoli University, Libya and completed his training in internal medicine in Ireland where he obtained his certificates from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in 2000 and certificate of completion of General Professional Training (GPT) in Internal Medicine. He completed his hematology and hematopathology training in the UK with Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists of UK (MRCPath) granted in 2004. In 2008, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of the UK (FRCPath). He then went on to do a clinical and research fellowship in lymphoma, leukemia and bone marrow transplant in Vancouver from August 2005 to December 2006. He joined the Division of Hematology at St. Paul’s Hospital in Dec 2006. He currently holds an appointment at UBC as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Ramadan is very dedicated to clinical research, and has 20 peer-reviewed publications in mainstream hematology/oncology journals. He has clinical and research interest in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Dr. Ramadan completed courses and has certificates in Health Management, Health Education and Information Technology. He is the training supervisor for the undergraduate and postgraduate medical students and residents at St Paul’s Hospital, Division of Hematology. Dr. Ramadan serves on many hospital and UBC, Faculty of Medicine committees. He joined Iqra School Board of Directors in Nov 2012.


Gazali Ismail

School Board Member

Dr. Ismail is a retired MD. He joined Iqra School Board in 2001. Dr. Ismail is also a director of Al-Ameen a bi-weekly Islamic newspaper serving the Muslim community of BC.


Mohammed Sultan Badshah

Board Member

Br. Sultan Badshah has been a member of the School Board since its first year of operations. He brings to the school expertise in the areas of Human Resource Management and Business operations. Prior to joining the Iqra School Board, Br. Sultan served a number of Islamic Associations and Muslim School Education Board as well. He currently serves as a Director of Education for both Masjid Al-Noor (community mosque), and Dar-Al-Noor (providing Islamic Scholar Course for Girls) operating in Surrey, BC.

Mrs. Randa El-Khatib

Principal

Mrs Randa El-Khatib possesses numerous diplomas in Education from Canada and Egypt, with specializations in the integration of Islamic education into the core curriculum. She has 22 years of teaching experience British Columbia, Canada, where she has taught most Elementary Grade levels. She joined Iqra School as Middle School teacher in the academic year 2009. She was appointed as the Iqra School Principal in 2016.


Br. Bassam Abun-Nadi

Operations Manager

Bassam joined Iqra at the start of 2016 as the Operations Manager. Prior to joining Iqra, Bassam worked for a Microsoft Education partner, focusing on the integration of education technology programs into academic institutions all over the world. He has trained teachers all over the world in the adoption of new curriculum and learning tools. Bassam graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science, and is currently working on his Masters of Education at the University of British Columbia.

Ms. Power

Joined Iqra - 2006

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Currently Teaching - KG 1
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater - York University
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special Interests - Yoga, fitness and nutrition, and traveling

Sr. Ayesha

Joined Iqra - 2009

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Currently Teaching - KG 2
SubjectHomeroom
Alma MaterSimon Fraser University
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special InterestsReading, travelling, and spending time with family

Sr. Sadaf:

Joined Iqra: 2015

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Currently Teaching - KG 3
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater – University of Saskatchewan
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special Interests - Healthy living and spending time with family

Ms. Murphy:

Joined Iqra - 2015 

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Currently Teaching - Gr 1-1
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater - Vancouver Island University
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special Interests - Learning from my students and spending time with my family

Sr. Dana

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 1-2
SubjectHomeroom
Alma Mater – Simon Fraser University
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special InterestsPhotography, cycling and baking

Ms. Quan

Joined Iqra - 2003  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 2-1
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater – University of British Columbia
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special Interests - Jogging, playing tennis, and aerobics

Sr. Yasmeen

Joined Iqra - 2010  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 2-2
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater – Simon Fraser University
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special Interests - Working with kids to help make Iqra great

Ms. Nogas

Joined Iqra - 2012 

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Currently Teaching - Gr 3-1
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater - Simon Fraser University
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special Interests - Yoga, and friendly competition

Sr. Mabruka

Joined Iqra - 2000 

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Currently Teaching - Gr 3-2
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater - University of British Columbia
Homework Page - See FreshGrade
Special Interests - Hiking and trying out new recipes

Sr. Shireen

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 4-1
SubjectHomeroom
Alma MaterSimon Fraser University
Homework Page -
Special InterestsSwimming, art, and baking

Mr. Dos Santos

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 4-2
SubjectHomeroom
Homework Page - mrdesmondslearningpage.weebly.com
Alma Mater -University of South Africa
Special InterestsPolitics, theology, and science

Ms. Tailor

Joined Iqra - 2009  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 5-1
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater – Simon Fraser University
Homework Page - mrstailor.weebly.com
Special Interests - Scrapbooking, history, and traveling

Sr. Saniya:

Joined Iqra - 2013 

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Currently Teaching - Gr 5-2
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater – University of British Columbia
Homework Page - srsaniyasclass.weebly.com
Special Interests - Creating a collaborative learning environment that engages students and their curiosities

Sr. Saman

Joined Iqra: 2007

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Currently Teaching - Gr 5-3
Subject - Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater – University of British Columbia
Homework Page - www.mrswaheed.weebly.com
Special Interests - Spending time with family, and finding new ways to motivate her students

Br. Bassam

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 6-1
SubjectHomeroom
Alma Mater Simon Fraser University
Homework Page - bassam61.weebly.com
Special Interests - Education, international relations, soccer, and reading

Mr. Hopkins

Joined Iqra – 2016

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Currently Teaching – Gr 6-2
Subject – Homeroom Teacher
Alma Mater – University of Calgary
Homework Page -
Special Interests – Horseback riding, performing card tricks, and enjoying nature

Sr. Mariam

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 7-1
SubjectHomeroom
Alma MaterUniversity of British Columbia
Homework Page - lagadala.weebly.com
Special Interests - Spending time with family, politics, and helping others

Ms. Mateescu

Joined Iqra - 2013  

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Currently Teaching - Gr 7-2
Subject -No Subject
Alma Mater – Simon Fraser University
Homework Page - iqra20147-2.weebly.com
Special Interests - Puzzles, arts and crafts, and nature

Ms. Lam

Joined Iqra - 2003 

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Currently Teaching - Grades 5 to 7
Subject - Math
Alma Mater – Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sr. Aida Lamzi

Joined Iqra - 2008  

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Currently Teaching - IT
Subject - IT
Alma Mater – University of Tripoli
Special Interests - Spending time with family, technology, and nature

Br. Amer Al-Bashir

Joined Iqra - 2001

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Currently Teaching - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Subject - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Alma MaterSalafi University of Pakistan
Special InterestsReading Quran and spending time with family

Majida Quci

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Subject - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Alma Mater – No Mater
Special Interests - missing content

Haifaa Bitar

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Subject - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Alma Mater – No Mater
Special Interests - missing content

Sahra Yusuf

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Subject - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Alma MaterInternational Islamic University of Malaysia
Special InterestsSwimming, walking and reading Quran

Arwa Abbas

Joined Iqra - 2013

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Currently Teaching - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Subject - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Alma MaterUniversity of Lebanon
Special InterestsReading, creative writing, and spending time with family

Amena Elhafi

Joined Iqra - 2009

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Currently Teaching - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Subject - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Alma Mater University of Michigan
Special Interests - Islamic thought, and spending time with grandchildren

Yousra Almahdi

Joined Iqra - 2016  

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Currently Teaching - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Subject - Arabic/Islamic Studies
Alma MaterUniversity of Tripoli
Special Interests - Reading and exercising