Al Rasheed Academy and the Underground Railroad

On a bitter cold morning 14 souls set out from the south in search of the freedom trail.

They heard the stories of Buffalo and the Underground Railroad but never did they think they would get a chance to follow Harriet. Oh but they did!

From Lackawanna NY heading north towards the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church “station”, they came to the spot where placemarkers declare “Buffalo was the last stop on the Freedom Train.”


Our students read about fugitive slaves walking on foot from Maryland to Upstate NY in wintertime conditions, now they had the chance to experience for themselves. This was not an indoor museum field trip. This was a trail hike and they were forced to tolerate the conditions. “I’m going back! I can’t take this anymore,” is what one fugitive slave belted out according to our 8th grade textbook. Out hoodied group however stayed the course. Taking notes in blowing wind, using backs as desks and observing historical evidence, one after the other.

Although we never made to the “Foot of Ferry Street” where actually ferry boats would livery fugitive slaves to freedom in Canada, we gained an appreciation and understanding of the effort it took to be a participant on the 19th century Underground Railroad.


Field Trip/Trail Hike: Following The Underground Railroad in Buffalo, NY

Did you know the Underground Railroad ran through Buffalo on its way to Canada?
Neither did many of our students. We will trace the steps of Harriet Tubman based on the inspiring story retold by Ann Petry in our 8th grade Pearson Common Core Literature textbook. Our field trip/trail hike will be on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, inshaa Allah.


Please print and sign the permission slip below, and feel free to join us. Departure will be at 10:15a.

8th gr field trip slip

Jazaakum Allah khayr,

Ustath Shaheed Ali

End of the Second Academic Quarter @ ARA

The second quarter has ended and the grades are in! Report cards are scheduled for release this Jumu’ah (Friday) but I would like to have a meeting with every student’s parent. Please set up an appointment for a parent-teacher’s conference anytime you are available during these times. Note: sessions are in 15 minute increments and appointment must beĀ requested and confirmedĀ 24 hours prior to meeting time.
Fri 1/22, 3:30p – 4p, or Fri 1/29, 3:30p – 4p

If these timings are not convenient, email me at


Thank you,


Ustath Shaheed Ali