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Where souls thrive through knowledge attainment in a safe, caring and enriching environment



At DNA, our niyyah is grounded in cultivating love for the Deen and inspiring our students with the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).


Within a safe and non-judgemental learning space, our students unravel how Islam is a comprehensive way of life which provides solutions to many worldly problems and personal issues. This adheres to the shariah’s essence which basically means “the path that leads to water”.  

Through this philosophy, students attain internal peace while simultaneously respecting their personal boundaries and of other individuals.

“Today, I have perfected for you your religion, and have completed My favour unto you, and am well pleased with Islam as your religion.”              

Surah Al Maidah Verse 3

Our Philosophy

If knowledge had a face, it would have been more beautiful than the shams wal qamar (sun and moon).

Ibn Qayim

The DNA Path


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To attain our objectives, students immerse in a deeper understanding and reflection of the Quranic gems and Hadith’s pearls of wisdom. The promotion of students’ critical thinking and curiosity is facilitated by our approachable and broad-minded teachers who serve as mentors to develop open interactions in the classroom. 


This student-centred learning framework  develops their empowerment to not only co-construct knowledge but appreciate and value peers’ multiple perspectives. Furthermore, we seek to start pertinent dialogues and conversations on pressing current issues affecting the Ummah.  


At DNA, learning is not merely confined to the classroom. Essentially we believe that knowledge attainment can be extended and gained from the wonders of Allah’s rich and vast creations.

“Read in the name of your Lord Who created.”

Surah Al Alaq Verse 1

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I spent 18 years learning character and 2 years learning knowledge.

I wish I had spent the last 2 years learning character.

Abdul Rahman Ibn Qasim





Our cells which predominantly constitute water, contains DNA information which is passed down to different generations within one’s lineage. However, current studies on epigenetics have proven that the environment influences cells’ behaviour without changing the genetic code.


This is analogous to the Quran, Surah Al Furqan Verse 54, “It is He Who has created man from water; then has He established relationships of lineage and marriage; for thy Lord has power (over all things)”.


Henceforth, it is vital for children and adolescents to thrive in a healthy, supportive and caring environment where they are empowered with knowledge which stimulates critical thinking. 


This is the foundation from which our school, DNA, has strived to create for our students, in the hope that our enriching and humanistic learning environment will positively modify aspects of genetic behaviour to be passed on to future generations. 


"And if ye would count the favour of Allah ye cannot reckon it. Lo! Allah is indeed Forgiving, Merciful."

Surah An Nahl Verse 18


Be like a flower that gives its fragrance to even the hand that crushes it

Saidina Ali


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Learning is never a monotonous nor a dull moment for our students.  Every lesson is meticulously designed to cater to the different learning styles, elevating student engagement.  This includes pitching our lessons to different aspects of the brain particularly the hearing and seeing faculties which are imperative for igniting human emotions and experiences.  


Precise and thoroughly planned activities are highly varied and relevant to the curriculum content.  Our curriculum is strictly confined to scholarly researched publications and literature.


In addition, students are given problem-solving opportunities in cooperative learning settings to equip them with pertinent skills applicable to the real world.   This serves as a springboard to develop their confidence in articulating about  Islam with humility and wisdom.

“ Allah has brought you forth from your mothers' wombs when you knew nothing, and then gave you hearing, and sight and thinking hearts so that you may give thanks.”

Surah An Nahl Verse 78

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The learned lives although he dies.

Saidina Ali


We comprise of a dedicated team with members of diverse backgrounds, converging together with a common goal to nurture our generation of young Ummah to be more proactive and dynamic in the Australian and even global society. 


With varied skill sets established in different industries, our team collaborate holistically to synergise ideas in elevating our students’ learning experience at DNA.  Individually, we share a passion for life-long learning, an indispensable virtue to be shared with our students.  Insya’Allah, we hope to inspire our past students to continue a mission of service for Allah Almighty.

“Faithful believers are to each other as the bricks of a wall, supporting and reinforcing each other.” So saying, the Prophet Muhammad clasped his hands by interlocking his fingers.


Our Team
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You're an ocean of knowledge hidden in a dew drop



Over the years, DNA has opened its door to students of different backgrounds.  This includes diversity in ethnicity, those from diverse faith households and students with special needs such as ADHD, Autism and other mental health issues. 


The non-threatening environment and compassionate teaching team  at DNA has been beneficial in helping students to fully settle and immerse in the enriching and supportive learning space.  The team works together with parents to address and seek resolutions in ensuring students’ learning needs are catered for.

“And surely we have honoured the children of Adam, and carried them on the land and at the sea, and provided them with good things, and we have made them to excel by an appropriate excellence over many of those we created.”

Surah Al Isra Verse 70

Our Community


"Here at Dar Nafisa we have the chance to be open, curious and inquisitive. Not to mention that we also learn a lot about not just the prophets and the Quran, but how we should behave as Muslims. My favourite part of the day is Assembly, where we all come together and learn. I also love how Sister Tanzeela creates fun activities for us to do to learn, and explains the topic easier with analogies that we can all understand."

Sheza, Student

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If I remain silent, and you remain silent, then who will teach the ignorant?

Ibn Taymiyyah



At DNA , we aspire to see our Ummah flourish in all facets of life.  We believe that collective efforts by every Believer is key in strengthening the Ummah’s ukhwah (togetherness) and long-term progress.


As such, we extend and share our knowledge and expertise through talks and workshops on specific topics namely childhood and adolescent developmental needs in accordance to Islam and neuroscience, mental health issues, art in Islam, cultivating leadership skills for youths etc. 


We do not however charge for our workshops and talks but would kindly appreciate a little donation to be made to our school according to one’s affordability. 

“The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.”

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)



For the past 7 years, our school programs and events, workshops, talks, resources, rental costs and teachers' allowance have previously relied on termly fees, personal out-of-pocket expenses and volunteering.


We are now turning towards our loving community for support.


We thank you for your generous support and consideration.

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Contact Us


At Dar Nafisa Academy, we welcome constructive feedback. 

Let us know how we can do better. Join us for our afternoon teas and school events and let's work together to shape the future of our children.


Email us at:


Waverley Community Learning Centre

5 Fleet St, Mount Waverley

Melbourne VIC 3149 

Saturdays, 2pm-5pm

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