Rasoolullah (SA) says, “seeking knowledge is compulsory for all Muslim men and women.” It is education that opens the mind to logic and reason, and facilitates the development of thoughts and ideas; in order to keep growing one needs to keep learning.
It is in this light, with the raza, dua mubarak, and guidance of our beloved Dai Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin TUS, that FatemiMadrasa.com was launched. Fatemi Madrasa is committed to facilitating the deeni ta’leem of mumineen, muminaat and especially their children. “Madrasa” literally means school. However madrasa in this context not only includes knowledge of deen (religion) but also imaan ni tarbiyyat (providing an environment which facilitates the upbringing of the child in a way that he may be inclined towards spirituality – Islam and Imaan). In order to be a nek mumin a person must first learn to be a sincere, compassionate, and understanding human being. Imaan ni tarbiyyat includes inculcating these values in children which lay the foundation for their Imaan. The most important outcome of learning, is putting what we have learned into action: Syedna Taher Saifuddin (RA) in the naseehat ‘Allah Ta’aala’ says that, ‘ilm na saathe laazim amal chhe’ (along with knowledge, action according to knowledge is compulsory).
The significance of knowledge and education (‘ilm) in Islam cannot be stressed enough. Rasoolullah has also said that, ‘I am the city of knowledge and Ali is the door to that city. Let whosever seeks knowledge enter through the door.’ The ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed is a priceless legacy carried forward from Rasoolullah and Ameerul mumineen by the Imams (SA) and their Dais (during satr). The barakaat of this ‘ilm continues to reach mumineen and their children through the Dai-l-mutlaq, who carries this treasure in his soul.
The source of this ‘ilm is the all-encompassing Quran-e-majeed (the word of Allah taala) which descended on the soul of Rasoolullah. The principles and teachings ascribed in the Quran teach us how to live a fulfilling life in this world, and simultaneously prepare for the life hereafter. Similarly, the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed is ‘all- encompassing’. As explained in the Rasa’il Ikhwanus Safa, this ‘ilm includes all kinds of knowledge such as science, geography, literature, history, music etc. It is this ‘ilm that nourishes the soul (nafs) just as food nourishes the body. It is this ‘ilm that leads a mumin towards hayaat tayyebah – a life of peace and contentment.
The aim of Fatemi Madrasa is to provide the children of mumineen with an opportunity to learn about Deen and Dawat, Islam and Imaan. The goals are: 1) to make the children understand the aqeeda (belief) of Dawat-ul-Haq through logic and reason and thereby strengthen their faith in it; 2) to inspire them to live a life based on the principles of Shareeat. (Shareeat literally means ‘road’ – a way of living.) It is through inquiry and asking questions that a deeper understanding of this ‘ilm is attained. Maulana Ali says that, ‘a good question is half the knowledge gained.’ It is of utmost importance that children assimilate the teachings of Islam through understanding and reason.
The Fatemi Madrasa aims to –
- organize and hold regular classes for children between the ages of 5 and 20
- create resources for Quran studies
- make available multi-media e-learning modules that facilitate learning of namaz, wuzu, dua, Dawat ni Zaban, Arabi,riwayats and other fundamental concepts of deen
- present a section on the meanings within various dua, munaajat, and qasida