Background – Why Study at IIS
The International Islamic School (IIS) was established in September 1998 and was located then at Batu 14, Jalan Gombak. It was the fruit of years of study by Muslim scholars from various parts of the world who taught in the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) who thirst for a model integrated Islamic school that could serve their children and also those of others, especially Muslim expatriates. The idea of the School was sparked in the mid 1990s by Dato’ Dr. Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman, the Rector of IIUM then. The School is thus, a testimony to the university's continuous effort in providing quality, affordable, balanced, integrated and holistic education guided by the principles of Islam. The School moved to its present premise close by the IIUM in 2005. It has grown from a humble beginning of 30 students to an enrolment of approximately 800 students today, ranging from nursery to A-level.
The School international environment is obvious from the presence of students and teachers from 46 different nationalities interacting with one another in the spirit of Islamic brotherhood. It is truly a miniature Mecca without the Ka’abah and ihram! Such a great blessing for young souls but at the same time could be quite challenging in trying to understand their varied cultures. As we know Islam is not monolithic.
Thus, the School’s slogan – Accommodating Differences, Creating Excellence.
Being an Islamic school means we emphasize an integrated and balanced human development -- intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral, emotional and social -- based on the Islamic World View anchored on Tawhid (the unity of God). This means spiritual and character education is regarded as equally important as intellectual education. We arouse curiosity and wonder in our students, we inculcate important values such as sincerity, honesty, trustworthiness, self-reliance, excellence and responsibility. We enhance our students’ spirituality through wonders of the natural phenomena, congregational prayers, Qur’an recitation and memorization, Qur’an studies and observe Islamic adab.
Culture of excellence
We desire our students to be excellent in whatever they do following the precept of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Thus, the School encourages and train them to think critically, creatively and ethically through the method of philosophical inquiry based on Prof. Dr. Rosnani Hashim’s Hikmah Programme so that they will be able to make good judgement in their lives. They are also encouraged to excel in their academic and co-curricular activities.
Our goal - “Grooming wise and sincere individuals”.
Being international, English is the medium of instruction and the school adopts the University of Cambridge International Examinations Curriculum. Being Islamic, means Arabic Language and the Qur’an are equally or even more important.
International Recognition & Achievements
1. Rank - Top 5th Cambridge Centre in Malaysia 2004
2. ISO certification since 2003