The Arabic term ‘madrassa’ comes from the root word ‘darassa’ which is a verb that means to teach or to instruct. It is for this reason that we use the term ‘madrassa’ when describing a school in the Islamic context. It’s extremely important that Muslims in all communities are equipped with Islamic knowledge, as this knowledge has a powerful effect on the human being.
It’s clear that in a day and age where Islamaphobia is at its highest world-wide with the threat of terrorism and where ignorance among Muslims is rife in the community, there’s a strong cry for enlightenment and moral support. So we have three ‘jamat khanas’ to help with this challenge that’s facing our Muslim brethren in under-privileged areas who don’t have access or means to educate themselves Islamically. ‘Jamat’ literally means ‘gathering’ and ‘khana’ means ‘house’ therefore we use the term ‘jamat khana’ to refer to each of our centres where we run our madrassa support.
In conjunction to more classical training, Islamic Based Youth Camps for the Youth are established and they encourage the ideals of the Holy Quran sent to Prophet Muhammad SWS and his Sunnah for the benefit of mankind. By ‘sunnah’ we refer to the preferred lifestyle habits and advice of the Prophet SWS which encourages healthy living in all aspects of life. In the same place as our ‘jamat khanas’:
* ‘Thikrs‘ takes place on Thursday and Sunday.
* Teachers are always actively involved in classes and they are especially busy during the Sacred Month of Ramadan running programmes that include feeding.
* For the past few years Muslim children from destitute areas have been escorted to buy clothes for Eid.
* Other programmes include ‘taraweeh salaah‘ – these are the supplementary prayers which are highly rewarded as close to an obligatory prayer in the month of Ramadan.
* ‘Iftaar‘ dinners are run at the various centres. ‘Iftaar’ is the breaking of the fast and providing ‘iftaar’ meals is especially important in areas where people don’t always have food.
* Workshops are operated with programmes like: Purification – ‘From Girlhood to Womanhood’ and ‘From Boyhood to Manhood’ and ‘Crossing Barriers and Building Bridges.’
* We run Islamic and Leadership based Youth Camps that encourage the benefits of practising the deen and to create a stronger sense of tawheed within nature.
* Islamic marriages known as ‘nikaah’ take place here.
* ‘Qurbani‘ is practiced in celebration of the Prophet Ebrahim AS and his son AS. This is a reminder of self-sacrifice and the importance of detachment in favour of spiritual growth.
* Toekemandie/Janaza classes
* Adult education programmes, early child-hood centres, feeding schemes, health care and community development daily.
Islam has been better understood in the areas and given the discussion regarding Islamic studies and the implementation of values from the Quran itself, it is only right and fair to say “al-hamdulillah” (All Praise be to God). Allah SWT Should be Praised as He Deserves to be Praised, without His Help and Mercy none of the previously mentioned would be established today.
WE DON’T CHARGE OUR STUDENTS SO WE REQUIRE ASSISTANCE TO FURTHER EMPOWER THEM IN BOTH AN ISLAMIC AND MAINSTREAM EDUCATION TO IMPROVE OUR NATION. WHAT KIND OF FUTURE DO WE HAVE IF WE DON’T EDUCATE OUR PEOPLE IN DEEN AND IN LIFE?