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To propagate Islam in its pristine form to the four corners of the World, according to the teachings of the Qur'an and Hadith.
History of the Jameah
The Jameah was founded in 1992 by Mufti Ismail Rahim, the founder of Madrassah Mu'einul Islam lil Muslimaat in Zakariyya Park, South Africa. It started off with only two students in a small house in Bakerton, Springs before moving to its present premises in Persida, Springs. Alhamdulillah today it has more than 100 students studying Hifz ul Qur'an,Aalim course and the Iftaa course.
Jameah Mahmoodiyah was founded in 1412 A.H/ 1993 by a personality no other than the then grand Mufti of India, Sheikh Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (R.H) of Darul Uloom Deoband; hence the name ‘Mahmoodiyah’. Since then the institution has been serving the students, both local and foreign, and has produced many graduates in the Aalim, Qari, Iftaa’ and Hifz ul Qur’an courses. All praise goes to Allah.
During this age of intellectualism it has become increasingly important that the Muslims in general and scholars in particularly acquire mastery on the sciences of the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic Jurisprudence; the premier sources of Islamic learning.
The need for Islamic Studies:
Prior to the advent of Islam the Arabs were passing through a phase of ignorance. To their fortune it was the rich Islamic literature and spiritual strength of the Qur'an and Hadith that wrenched them out of that darkness to real light. The Qur'an - with its eternal message - is the lasting miracle of Rasoolullah. The Qur’an openly challenged the world to produce anything close to it in dictum and message, but upto date no one from among the Arabs and non-Arabs could meet that challenge,
In modern times when man is once again engulfed into moral and spiritual decadence, we may assert with confidence that only Islam can salvage him. Therefore to make that a reality there is a desperate need for true students to take up the lead with a creative vision and excellent Islamic background in knowledge, practice and spirit.
They need to delve into the Qur'an and Hadith and seek solutions to heal the distressed souls of modern man. Though the Qur’an was revealed during the dark ages it is perfectly ideal for the moral and spiritual upliftment of people of this age too. We are duty bound to impart its message to the restless souls. Hence while the world is waiting for a Messiah and the Muslims are anticipating the Mehdi, it is imperative that Muslim youth devout their precious moments to make thorough research on Islamic literature and provide a soothing balm to the world once again.
Virtues of Ilm-e-Deen:
Adam was accorded ascendancy to the angels by virtue of his knowledge.
Rasoolullah bid the Ummah, that after having milk they should pray, “O Allah! Bless us in this milk and give us an ‘increase’ in it.”
Likewise Allah bids us in the Qur’an to pray, "O my Sustainer! Give me ‘increase’ in knowledge.” i.e. in my reasoning.
The two quotations suggest that, as much as milk is necessary for physical nourishment knowledge is equally necessary for spiritual enrichment.
Jameah’s aim is to create such Rijaal for the Ummah who will strive to educate the Ummah (Ijaabah and Da’wah) and streamline the way of Islam for them. Throughout Islamic history true Muslim scholars applied themselves to this course, embodied its message in them and passed it on to the succeeding generations. Now, that Amaanah lies squarely on our shoulders till we pass it on to the succeeding generation. Jameah envisions that this need can be fulfilled through its graduates In Sha-Allah. It is for these goals in mind, an opportunity is provided for the keen Muslim students to slake their academical thirst of Islam.
With consideration to the literal, practical and spiritual needs and promotion of the students, a comprehensive syllabus for an Aalim and Mufti course is prepared by the Jameah which is hereunder included. Please follow it attentively.
Jameah also has Hifz ul Qur’an classes for the interested candidates.
Click here: Mahmoodiyah Course Page
Languages and Medium of instruction:
Since Arabic is the prime language of instruction at the Jameah much emphasis is laid on it. English and Urdu too are taught thoroughly and are accorded their deserved attention.
Because the original sources of Islam are in Arabic it is important that the student acquire mastery on this language. This will help him read, write and comprehend the Islamic literature in Arabic passed onto us by our Arab predecessors. Incompetence in Arabic is a serious disadvantage to an Islamic scholar. To aim for higher goals in Islamic services and embark on his mission more confidently the student should acquire command over Arabic. Much reading and studying has to be done of the Arabic literature before he will start imparting the sciences to others. In view of that Jameah lays much stress for Arabic on its students. To make an achievement on Arabic, students are guided through speech contests, article writing and cassette listening.
To pass the message of Islam over to the English speaking communities, English has become a must for every Islamic scholar - especially those whose target groups is the English speaking masses - without which he will only be depriving a large part of the world from the teachings of Islam. Islam is a universal religion, and its universality can be rightly asserted through communication with the masses in the languages they understand best. Our duty is to sound the message to all and sundry, and then refer to Allah for guidance. Hence English too is given notable attention at the Jameah.
There is no denial to the fact that much of Islamic literally work is authored by Muslim luminaries in the Indo-Pak sub-continent in the Urdu language. After Arabic, Urdu comes first in its contribution to Islamic literature. To ensure that the students are not deprived of the enormous Islamic legacy we have in the Urdu language, this language too is taught at the Jameah as an independent subject. On completion of this course as set out by the Jameah, the student is able to read, write and comprehend Urdu freely.
Islamic discipline is the backbone of the institution which is in accordance with the Islamic code. Knowledge enlightens students and regulates their practices. But it is through Talbiyah that he becomes an exemplary person for his people. Thus knowledge and Talbiyah are complimentary and supportive to each other. The first thing Rasoolullah did after receiving the Qur’an was to translate the Words of Allah into action. Aisha says, ‘Rasoolullah’s morals were the Qur’an.’ For this significant purpose Talbiyah programmes are conducted regularly throughout the course.
Being wary of the fact that we have students from different schools of thought Jameah imparts Islamic jurisprudence on both, Hanafi and Shafi’ee schools of thought to the respective students.
In its programme Jameah plans to print pamphlets for regular distribution among the Ummat-e-Muslimah.
Computers have become an inextricable instrument for academic advancement. It represents the pencil of yonder days. These days practically every department is run through computers. This is why Jameah deemed it necessary to train its students on computer literacy, without which probably they may lag behind in certain fields of learning and imparting.
Research work enhances the study of students. It stimulates his thoughts and acquaints him with the vast literature outside his syllabus. Through research he can derive benefit from reference books, thus prepare thesis on any given topic. For this too Jameah provides time and guidelines to the students via its library.
The Jameah has an Iftaa’ faculty, which issues verdicts relating to issues relating to public interest and enquiries. This is a two year post graduate course conducted and overseen by our learned sheikh Mufti Ashraf Quraishi sahib. Both theoretical and practical exercises are offered to the student. Those questions and answers are then added to out website.
Click here: Darul Iftaa
In the face of the multifarious religions and ideologies in the world it has become significantly important that the student be abreast with comparative studies. Jameah has taken an initiative in that field too to enlighten the students on the basic differences between Islam and some major religions of the world.
The library is a rendezvous for scholars. Jameah has a library comprising of a huge collection of books in Arabic, Urdu and English. They cover a wide range of topics, such as Tafseer, Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence and language etc.
Rules & Regulations:
Like every institution Jameah has a set of rules and principles that must be abided to by every student, failing to do so may turn out unfavourable for him. Regular attendance and sound behaviour etc. must be observed strictly. For details please read the rules and regulations form included herein.
N.B. The above programmes can become fruit-bearing only through dedication, sincerity and compliance with the rules by the student.
Click here: Rules and Regulations
Besides the mid-term and final exams, other tests will be conducted to assess the progress and performance of students. Students lacking in their input, not meeting the required standard of the institute or failing in any subject will be required to either repeat the year or rewrite the paper before he could be promoted, depending on the importance of the subject and outcome of the exams.
To ensure that the student’s time and energy is effectively used and no time is past idle necessary requirements and facilities, such as, boarding, lodging, medical, laundry etc. are provided on the premises.
Since the Jameah’s prime aim and vision is to create capable scholars for the Ummah, fee is kept to the minimum to meet its basic needs. Therefore an annual fee is required to be paid in good time by the candidate. If the student is in financial constrains he should contact the authorities to discuss his case.
To be eligible for admission candidates should ensure that they have a reasonably sound background both in Islamic learning and practise. Application for admission should be made only if they have a positive zeal to learn, imbibe and practise the Deen.
Seat for admission should be secured before the date of commencement of classes, which is on the tenth of Shawwaal i.e. ten days after Ramadaan. By the fifteenth of Shawwaal the candidate should be in for classes.
Click here: Admission
Point of Note:
Being wary of the fact that the student have parted from their near and dear ones, and have staked their health and wealth for the pleasure of Allah, it will be expected of them to apply themselves in full to attain maximum results for the sake of Allah and pleasure of Rasoolullah .
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