Creating Future Leaders

Manarah Islamic Academy

Manarah Islamic Academy is a preschool to grade 8 private School with a strong commitment to education. We inspire our students to achieve academic and Islamic excellence, develop a strong sense of character, and act responsibly in a changing world. We empower children to build confidence, explore knowledge, and work collaboratively in a diverse and safe environment, while nurturing their individual spirit.

Manarah build the foundation for future leaders that will make the world a better place to live by adhering to the teachings of “Quran and ‘Sunnah”. They will set an example for other Muslims and the society by demonstrating integrity, respect, passion for education, high moral values and ethical standards. Manarah started with a humble beginning of less than 10 students in 2004. We have consistently grown over the years to our current enrollment of over 140 students.

About

Preschool to grade 8 private school, with consistent growth.

Vision

Nurture students to become competent and professional Muslim leaders.

Approach

Continuous and on-going learning is the topmost priority for the school.

Testimonials

I really appreciated environment that was fostered and how supportive the kids and teachers were with each other. Knowing that I didn’t have to worry about what my son was going to be exposed to while at the same time a strong Islamic influence was helping to shape his young character.

Stephanie Fisher

I highly recommend Manarah Islamic Academy. The school provides a safe and healthy learning environment and all of the teachers and staff are dedicated to providing a nurturing learning experience for their students. The administration are constantly looking for ways to improve the school and the teachers put their heart and soul into their work and it’s reflected in the love that my children have for each one of their teachers.

Halima Jan

As a parent of the Manarah community, I am very pleased with the education my children have received. The personal care and warmth given by Manarah’s staff is incomparable; I know they care about each student as “family.” The instruction in all academic subjects is excellent. It is impossible to convey the wonderful moment when your child begins reading a children’s book or a passage from the Holy Book aloud, begins understanding new math concepts, recounting an exciting Science or Social Studies project, or reciting a Surah from memory; Manarah’s teachers have instilled these skills and knowledge. The extended parent community also devotes much time and energy to create a rich learning environment for the school. Class time is balanced with field trips, tournaments, and special activities. Every person at Manarah goes out of their way to enrich each class with creativity, fun, and value

Yasmin Arustu Shah

As Salamu ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh Alhamdulillah, Manarah is an excellent private school here in the LeHigh Valley. My three children have been attending for the past several years. I can honestly say how much islamic growth and academic growth I have seen in them. The teachers and the entire staff are like a family. I don’t consider Manarah just any old private school. It is a second home for my children and I. We value and appreciate all the hard work and effort the teachers and staff have made to nurture our children both on a spiritual and intellectual level. The school is a community of wonderful people that really care for your child’s well-being. I am confident that my children have been taught more than just academic or religious studies. The love of Islam and good manners have been instilled in them that will help carry them for many more years to come. Manarah is like an extended family to us. We pray that Allah SWT blesses Manarah for many years to come and bless it to grow into a middle and high school so that our children continue attending for many more years. Public school is not an option for us. May Allah SWT also bless the excellent staff and teachers who help our children to become the bright guiding light for our future. Ameen. Thank You

Pari Ansary and Family

My son started Pre-K this year at Manarah Islamic Academy. Alhamdulillah, it has been an incredible journey so far! The school is very well organized mashaAllah and provides a great balance between Islamic and academic education for their students. My son absolutely loves his teacher who has made it a joy for him to learn. We are thankful to the school and all who are involved in providing this opportunity for us. I look forward to seeing my son grow and shine in Manarah inshaAllah!

Saiba

This is our sons’s first year at Manarah Islamic Academy and it has been an absolute blessing for our family. We love the fact that the institution strives to deliver the best standardized education along with Islamic principles and values. The welcoming environment at the academy has helped us greatly in becoming a part of this community.

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Let us introduce ourselves

About MIA

Manarah Islamic Academy is a preschool to grade 8 private School with a strong commitment to education. We inspire our students to achieve academic and Islamic excellence, develop a strong sense of character, and act responsibly in a changing world. We empower children to build confidence, explore knowledge, and work collaboratively in a diverse and safe environment, while nurturing their individual spirit.

Manarah build the foundation for future leaders that will make the world a better place to live by adhering to the teachings of “Quran and ‘Sunnah”. They will set an example for other Muslims and the society by demonstrating integrity, respect, passion for education, high moral values and ethical standards. Manarah started with a humble beginning of less than 10 students in 2004. We have consistently grown over the years to our current enrollment of over 140 students.

Our History

Manarah Islamic Academy, founded in 2004, is located in the semi-metropolitan region of the Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania is made up of Lehigh and Northhampton counties and is home to the three cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, as well as numerous townships and boroughs. With more than 500,000 residents, it is the third-largest metropolitan region in the state. The Lehigh Valley maintains a strong commitment to educational excellence with six major institutions of higher learning – Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College.

The 7.5 acres campus of Manarah Islamic Academy is nestled in the center of the Lehigh Valley in Whitehall Township. Manarah Islamic Academy is the only full-time, Islamic Day School in the Lehigh Valley.

2004, Founded in PA

Founded in 2004 by a group of visionaries who wanted to establish a school of Islamic foundation which offered a unique blend of an American curriculum while respecting and practicing local and Islamic religious values.

We are growing

Manarah Islamic Academy is the only full-time, Islamic Day School in the Lehigh Valley and the only Islamic school that is designed and built in the entire North East of PA. We have grown from our humble beginning of less than 10 students to over 100 students. We celebrate our growth over the years and look forward to more growth in the years to come

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a pioneering and nationally recognized school that strives to nurture students to become competent Muslim leaders in addition to being successful scientists, professionals or public servants.

As a highly regarded educational institution, our Islamic Academy strives to prepare competent Islamic leaders, scientists, and professionals. The curriculum and instructional programs at Manarah are designed to provide the highest quality education and knowledge needed for our Muslim Youth.

Another distinguishing characteristic of Manarah is that it provides a safe Islamic environment that encourages the development and flourishing of an Islamic identity. The main goals of MANARAH Islamic Academy are to provide the highest quality education, to instill a life-long love of learning in our students, and to graduate students who will practice Islam as a complete way of life. Furthermore, the school is the foundation upon which we hope to build a living Islamic community that adheres to the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an Islamic environment, enabling all students to Islamic academic excellence; empowering them to become self-directed life-long learners.

Aims and Objectives

Manarah Islamic Academy was established to meet the needs of our community for an institution that provides the best level of education and Islamic environment for our children. The character of any educational program is reflected in what it believes to be the principle aims and objectives of education.

Manarah Islamic Academy is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and follows the Pennsylvania Core Academic Standards, below are the educational objectives:

Spiritual & Intellectual

  • To guide each student towards achieving a state of complete worship (Ibadah) to Allah (God)
  • To develop each student’s self-awareness, self-confidence, and personal Islamic identity
  • To develop each student’s ability to think, analyze and solve problems independently
  • To develop each student’s potential to become competent Islamic leaders, scientists and professionals

Social

  • To develop in students a desire for the renaissance of Islamic society and culture
  • To develop in each student, the spirit of unity of the Muslim World
  • To develop in each student, the respect and mercy for mankind
  • To prepare each student to carry the message of Islam to his fellow Americans
  • To prepare each student to be a good and productive citizen in this society and wherever he/she goes
  • To develop in each student a positive attitude toward the Islamic dimension
  • To develop the foundation upon which we hope to build a living Islamic community that adheres to the Qur’an and Sunnah

Core Beliefs

  • Building a practicing Islamic community that adheres to the Quran and Sunnah
  • Faith, knowledge and good deeds are the keys to our children’s success
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, and emotional needs.
  • Students need to be actively involved in solving problems and producing quality work.
  • Curriculum and instructional practices should incorporate variety of learning activities
  • Integration of Islamic Principles in the curriculum with emphasis on ideology, morality to instill proper behavior, and prepares them to be a Mo’min.
  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
  • Commitment to Islamic education is necessary for students to become self-directed individuals and embrace challenges of the future.
  • Making students confident, self-directed and life-long learners by its commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Students learn to make the right decisions given a supportive and challenging learning environment
  • Diversity & inclusion help increase students’ understanding of people from different backgrounds and cultures.