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The following are articles from various news media about Dar-us-Salaam and Al-Huda School.

Meet the Principals of College Park PDF Print Email

By Michelle J. Nealy | Published by The College Park Patch on August 25, 2010

Haroon Baqai, principal of Al-Huda School...sees expansion in the school's future.

haroon_baqai.jpeg"We are bursting out of the seams here. We have close to 490 students, and we're graduating our first high school class," said Baqai. "Over the next five to 10 years, I could see the 490 doubling."

Founded in 1995, Al-Huda School is one of the few accredited full-time Islamic schools in the nation. Al-Huda students take annual standardized test and are assessed regularly. Their curriculum is guided by the Maryland State Voluntary Curriculum and tenants of the Islam.

"All the subject areas that we teach are taught through a religious lens," Baqai said.

 
Al Huda Students Win MIST 2010! PDF Print Email

By Hiba Akhtar | Published by The Muslim Link on April 22, 2010

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The event was as exciting and memorable as ever. Teammates cheered and congratulated each other on a job well done when recognized for their hard work. Team Dar-us-Salaam carried on its six-year winning streak and took home the first place trophy.
 
Working With Our Neighbors on Earth Day 2010 PDF Print Email

By David Hill | Published by The Gazette on August 25, 2010

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A group of College Park volunteers who organized an April 22 stream cleanup hope the event was the first of many collaborative community projects.

The Earth Day cleanup was organized by the Faith Community Network of College Park, a group of volunteers from more than 10 places of worship in the city, including Hope Lutheran Church, United University Methodist Church and Dar-us-Salaam mosque.

Image Description: (From left) Dujanah Mohamed of the Dar-us-Salaam mosque, the Rev. Peter Antoci, university chaplain of Episcopal/Anglican campus mosque, and Dujanah's father, Azad Mohamed, of the Dar-us-Salaam community celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
 
UMD students launch an interfaith network PDF Print Email

By Emily Apatov | Published by the Washington Window, Vol. 79, No. 3, May-June 2010

As I pulled my car up to the curb of the Al-Huda School in College Park’s Edgewood neighborhood, I felt an acute sense of nervousness well up inside my body. I was there on behalf of our student group, the Episcopal/Anglican Terps, to encourage our brothers and sisters from our city's Islamic school to join other College Park faith communities at St. Andrew’s for a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement on public safety.[Later,] I set out for the building with a sense of hopefulness about the outcome of my visit.

At the First Baptist Church, the author "met more people who were interested in the work, and saw some familiar faces, including several from the Al-Huda School and the school's affiliate, the Dar-us-Salaam (House of Peace) community."

 
Two Worlds Apart: One Girl’s Struggle in Achieving a Muslim Identity PDF Print Email

By Cody Snell | Published by the Washington Window, Vol. 79, No. 3, May-June 2010

When Noor Tagouri’s parents told her she would be transferring to a religious high school in College Park, Md., she was expectedly reluctant. She would be leaving behind her friends, her home and public school in the close-knit confines of La Plata, Md.  The southern Maryland town of about 6,500 people was the only home Tagouri had ever known after moving there from Alabama as a two-year-old.

Her parents decided to relocate to Bowie, Md., a prominent suburb of College Park – not because of a change in jobs or a desire to start over, but because they wanted their four children to attend the Al-Huda school, one of the only all-Muslim educational institutes in the state.

It was a decision that had been coming for a while, Tagouri’s mother, Salwa, said. She and Noor’s father could either let their Muslim teenage daughter try to suffer through the complexities of social life at La Plata High, or remove her from an environment that encouraged open interaction with the opposite sex in the form of dances and dating; things that are strictly forbidden for followers of Islam.

“We chose Al- Huda because we thought it was the right environment for her at this point of her schooling,” Salwa Tagouri said. “We did not want her dealing with the social pressures that she would have to deal with in high school.”

It’s a choice that nearly every minority group in the United States has to confront at some point in their lives, to deliberately blend in to a similar demographical community or try to adapt to an environment where no one looks like you or truly understands your point of view. As Tagouri’s story shows, neither option is an easy one.

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