Students who are interested in memorizing the Holy Qur’an enter the Ḥifẓ stream after grade four. The department is structured to enable the student to memorize the entire Qur’an within two and a half years.
The students study core subjects including:
The average school-day for the AeQ is of 10 ½ hours, with an 8 hour school-day on Saturday that cuts down on the time given to schooling so the students have more time to themselves on the weekend.
Co-curricular activities are minimized in the AeQ for maximum effect; there are annual events organized by the section for the graduation of Ḥuffaẓ, as well as recreational trips and sports events in which students compete against other AES sections.
The school remains open during the summer for preparatory classes for Ḥifẓ Students and third-graders (Naẓirah students). Summer vacations are limited so that the students can benefit from their teachers’ particular attention and focus solely on their academics.
Students of grades 5 and 6 are admitted into the Ḥifẓ program on the conditions that:
- The students should be between ages 9.5 – 10.5 (fifth graders) and ages 10.6 – 11.6 (sixth graders).
- They have completed their schooling up to grade 4 or 5 depending on their current grade.
- They have achieved a minimum of 60% in the AES admission tests for all subjects.
- They have sat the AES Nazra test and gained more than 60% on it.
- The candidate is interviewed by the AeQ Admission Committee, on the basis of whose recommendation s/he is accepted into the program.
- Students who are interested in transferring from another institution’s Ḥifẓ program undergo the same procedure, sit a Ḥifẓ test to ensure they have memorized the portion of the Qur’an they claim, and continue memorizing from where they left off.