What effect does the spiritual health of your heart and mind have on you as an Islamic School leader? How does it influence your ability to successfully instill moral and ethical values in your staff and students? How does it define your leadership? How does it impact your school vision and mission?
The reality is that school leaders are consumed with budgets, board meetings, lesson plans, parent concerns, student progress, and more. School leaders rarely– if ever– have an opportunity to look inward and take account of their own spiritual well-being. Yet, as we learn from our ultimate role model, the Prophet Muhammad, taking time to reflect on society and self is a prerequisite to becoming an effective and transformative leader.
It is time, then, for us as Islamic school leaders to reorient our hearts and minds!
Throughout the ISLA retreat, we will be given opportunities to reflect, assess our spiritual health, and explore our relationship with Allah and its connection to the work we do in Islamic Schools. Participants will engage in discussions, presentations, workshops and activities. In addition, we will visit nearby caverns to better understand the transformative effect that solitude and reflection had on our beloved Prophet. These conversations and activities should plant the seeds of a paradigm shift in your leadership of Islamic schools as you turn your attention to your spiritual development.
The retreat will conclude with work on an individualized action plan that you will take back to your school to help you implement programs and practices that were explored over the weekend.