‘The Concept’, in 2004 when I entered the teaching profession as a ‘Maths Teacher’ I thought that this would ‘Inshallah’ (God willing) be my opportunity to make a positive difference by inspiring young learners. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) I have inspired pupils throughout my career in order for them to achieve the best Mathematics results possible and in return have also been rewarded for my achievements Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) as I currently am ‘Director of Mathematics and Numeracy’  for a Secondary School in Sheffield. In my pursuit for success and academic achievement I overlooked a very important issue that I was faced with personally and within every Inner City Secondary School I have worked in, ‘The importance of Salah’.

"Be ever mindful of prayers, and of praying in the most excellent way; and stand before God in devout obedience.”
Qur'an 2:238

I found that the number of ‘Muslim’ children who did not know how to perform ‘salah’ (prayer) or recite its content was unbelievable. On further investigation I realised that that this was not just an Institutional problem, but many Muslim Adults and Reverts within the Community were in a similar position to myself, where they had no recollection of how to perform or recite the content of ‘salah’(prayer) correctly. The issue was not something to be ashamed or embarrassed about, but there needed to be a solution to this growing problem. I tried various methods (Salah Books, CD’s and DVD’s) and techniques within focus groups to engage learners of different ages to perform ‘salah’(prayer). Unfortunately when it came time to offer ‘salah’ (prayer) many insisted they had gaps in what they could recall from memory and therefore would not take part in offering ‘salah’ (prayer).

"Truly, to a happy state shall attain the believers: those who humble themselves in their prayer, and who turn away from all that is frivolous, and who are intent on inner purity."
Qur'an 23:1-4

Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) the research conducted resulted in the ‘concept’ of incorporating the recitation of ‘salah’ (prayer) within a prayer mat in order to act as a learning tool to aid brothers and sisters in offering salah (prayer). The journey of the development of the ‘Islamic iPrayer Project’ was about to begin…..

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