Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony

Ilm Academy Eighth Grade Graduation!

On May 10, 2018, Ilm Academy held its first 8th Grade graduation at the school campus. It was a proud moment for the graduating students, Salman Hassan, Hamza Bandarkar, Bilal Makda, Fawaz Anwar, Aysha Shaghasi, and Sumha Khan, their family and friends, and their teachers. The students were awarded their diplomas for having successfully completed their course requisites for Junior High as they prepare to get into High School.

The ceremony started off with addresses by Mufti Mudassir and Maulana Tameem. This was followed by speeches by the eighth grade teachers and the students themselves. The parents of the graduating class and the school volunteers had later arranged for lunch for the family, friends, and staff at the school. Following are some pictorial highlights of the event and excerpts of few of the speeches made by the graduates. Ilm Academy congratulates the students once again for their accomplishments and wishes them all the success in the future.

Fawaz Anwar

Assalamualaikum my name is Fawaz Anwar, and I am a graduating eighth grader  from ILM Academy. In the one year I have been here I have learnt and experienced a lot. When I first joined ILM Academy I realized what hard work was, however it helped me work up to my full potential. I would to like begin with my homeroom and English Language
Arts teacher Khala Irum. She is quite strict but it really affects me in a positive way. Her teaching style has really made me improve on my writing style and English Language Arts overall. Not only does she teach us English but also Adab and manners.

Our math teacher Khala Nahaya has been the most influential. She always is willing to help us in anything we’re facing even if it is not related to Math. Even if she ever had to take time out to explain or discuss anything with us, she would do it. She really cares about all her students and always treated all of us like her own kids. Her class was my favorite because not only did she teach us math but also tell us her life lessons and how we should make sure we’re prepared for high school.

Our science teacher Khala Firdous was extremely kind. Whenever she noticed a student was interested in learning she would always encourage us. She gave us tests almost everyday but that made us study harder day by day. Our class many times got rowdy in her class but she still was able to teach us life science, physical science, and biology in just one school year.

In history for most of the year we had Khala Aya. Her way of teaching really helped me understand history and improve my grades. As a came from homeschooling where they never really focused on history, so it was new for me. Then we had Khala Naheed only for a few weeks. She taught me many basic skills which I will really need for my high-school and coming faces of life. She was always used to tell us “ Allah helps the ones who help themselves.”

Lastly our principal and vice principal have encouraged me the whole year. Khala Bukharey and Sheikh Hassan always reminded us of our Muslim identity no matter wherever we go. Our P.E. teacher and soccer coach Salaama really brought soccer back to me. After seven years I played soccer this year and coach really inspired me. I hope he continues to teach soccer to children and youth because his personality is just perfect for kids of all ages.

I am very thankful to Allah swt for blessing me with such teachers and friends who accompanied me throughout the school year and we grew together in our studies and in our sports.


Hamza Bandarkar

Assalam wa Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Khala Bokharey, teachers, staff, family and honored guests. My name is Hamza Bandarkar and it’s an honor to be here with you today. Ilm Academy has great  things I will remember always. Something great about Ilm Academy is that it brings out good qualities in you that you didn’t know of before. For example, before I came here, I was an extremely shy person. But after writing and presenting speeches for speech contest, and getting familiar with all the faces in the school, it helped me become confident. If it wasn’t for Ilm Academy, I may not be the same person I am now.

Something I always appreciated were the new experiences we had at Ilm Academy everyday. Sometimes, even if they were just small things or if they seemed to be annoying, it gave us something to laugh about, something to reflect on and something to write about in this speech. For instance, I remember in 5th grade, we were playing soccer like usual when someone kicked the ball over the fence. The teacher had to go out and get it. But when she returned we lost the ball again and she had to go back. I remember this happening 5 times in a row that same day. Eventually, we were sent back inside. We missed recess that day but I remember we were all laughing so hard.

Alhamdullilah, we’re blessed to be in this new school location. But until this year, we were in a smaller school. But it’s not the size of the school that matters, but the memories that you make in it. I am also glad that ILM Academy has a full time P.E. program with coach Salaama now. We had a great time with the coach this year. We learned many techniques of playing basketball and soccer. Our soccer league was a great event. Although we had no formal program for soccer until last year, with the coach’s hard work, we worked hard and played together as brothers.

I would also like to thank my teachers for all that they have given me. I would like to start off with thanking our Math teacher, Khala Nahaya. She always went out of her way to help us, and she always held our best interests at heart. Whether she was able to achieve it or not, her intentions will always be appreciated. She had painting activities for us. It relieved us from stress. She also took initiative for field trips  and this graduation, and making sure we have t shirts painted for the school picnic. Last year she worked with all the middle schoolers to make a mural that is now displayed in the lobby.  In the Math class if we did not understand any concept, she sat with us until we understood it. She always did what was best for us.

I would like to thank our homeroom teacher Khala Irum who always gave us hard work, but for our own good. We were always her favorite class, but I’m not sure if the feeling was mutual. I would also like to thank Khala Firdoes. Even though she is new, I still appreciate how she not only taught what was to be taught in the curriculum, she also taught some other subjects so we would be prepared for high school. She also gave extra credit so that our grades would be better.

I would like to thank Khala Aya because even though her classes were extremely strict, we had fun as well with her playing jeopardy and winning prizes. I would like to thank Sheikh Hassan, who took time out of his own schedule to make programs for us and to help us learn technology. I would like to thank Moulana Imran. Ever since my first year he has been our deeniyat teacher. He always changed our wrong actions and advised against what was wrong and showed us how to properly act.

I would like to thank Khala Bokharey for all that she has done for the school, and I have personally seen the changes. She has guided me when she thought I wasn’t being a good boy. If it wasn’t for Khala Bokharey this institute wouldn’t be here today.

Jazakhallah Khairun, Assalam wa Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

Salman Hasan

Assalamualaikum, my name is Salman Hassan and I am a graduating eighth grader at Ilm Academy. It has been a very eventful and memorable three years here. There are many memories I have gained and experiences I will always remember. When I first came to Ilm Academy, I was unprepared for what was yet to come. I hadn’t yet realized true hard work. After a few weeks here, I learned that what I had been doing wasn’t enough, but now I could realize my true potential. Hard work is taking the stairs up, instead of the elevator down.Taking the stairs was hard, because of all the flights to climb. However, when I got to the top, and saw how high I was, I truly appreciated all the helping hands that helped me there. Persistence was a valuable attribute which I obtained from being pushed.

Each of my teachers helped me realize something different. Khala Irum taught me that no matter how hard I tried, I could never be perfect. This didn’t mean that I didn’t have to do the work, it only motivated me to try harder. I also discovered a love for writing through the numerous essays I had to compose. Khala Irum also had a hidden sense of humor, an intriguing quality which I found to be one of her best.

Khala Nahaya was the first teacher I had at Ilm Academy. She was one of the most supportive of me throughout the years, and I found that she was always there to help me when I needed help, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She gave us talks about how we could improve on ourselves and we did, thanks to her advice. She had  a funny nature, and made me and my class laugh all the time with her witty sense of humor. Khala Aya was a great teacher, who taught me more than I could ever hope to learn. Her class was one of the most fun. Our class would often have random tangents that ended up rewarding us with beneficial knowledge. It was a pity that she had to leave our class so soon. Nonetheless, we were still taught by a very intelligent teacher, Khala Naheed. She showed us how to  appreciate history and recognize the actions of our formers, so that we may follow their examples, and learn not to repeat their mistakes.

Aside from personal experiences, these teachers also gave me the gift of knowledge. I found that Maulana Imran taught me much about my deen, and helped me become a better person.  He improved my tajweed and guided me on the quest for the knowledge of Islam. It is thanks to him that I try to improve myself as a person and help others around me. When I went to Fame, I didn’t have the opportunity to go in depth about Islam. Maulana Imran helped me overcome this, and showed me that there was always something new to learn. However, Is still had to learn about the way the world worked and how. This was at the other end of the spectrum where Khala Firdous taught me Science. In her class, we seemed to be especially productive, and finished a massive load of work over the year, including numerous tests. She also appreciated my class’s sense of humor.Two other teachers I would like to recognize are Sheikh Hasan and Coach Khadir, my tech and PE teachers who allow me to grow outside of the regular school curriculum. Coach Khadir resparked my love for sports, and Sheikh Hassan helped me realize that I could exceeding the complex field of technology. Last but not at all least, I credit my revered principal, Khala Bokharey for guiding me every step of the difficult journey through junior high school.

For all the time and work that they sacrificed, I would like to thank all my teachers for all the effort they have put into me and my classmates. The combined guidance of all my blessed teachers has and always will help me find my way in the maze of life. As Malcolm X once said: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.




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