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JAMIA IMAM AHMED RAZA (KOKAN)

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A Brief Sketch of Jami’a Imam Ahmad Raza

Jami’a Imam Ahmad Raza is a prestigious and highly trusted center for religious studieswhich has been imparting education in traditional Sunni Islam and contemporary secularsciencesto hundreds of students since its inception a quarter of a century ago.Located on a low hill in the picturesque Konkan belt of Maharashtra, this fountain-head of knowledge and wisdomis home to more than fifteen hundred young aspirants striving for excellence in the religious and worldly domains. Thecornerstoneof this institute was laid in the twilight of the last century in the year 1988 C.E. by the lateAllamah and tireless propagator of Maslak-e-Alahazrat, HazratIsma’il Ahmad Jaani sahib, Khalifaof Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (‘alayhirraHmah) and a spiritual guide. Having started its journey as a modest madrasah, the jami’aas been going from strength to strength every year.

Surpassing the status of an academy it is well on its way to becoming an Islamic university. Its success story is underwritten by thesincerity, scrupulousness and God-warinessof its founder secondedbythe selfless hard work and relentless efforts, day in and day out, of the headmaster and overseer, maqbul-al-ulama, Allamah, Mawlana, Mufti and Qadhi, Hazrat Muhammad Ibrahim MaqbooliMisbahi sahib, Khalifa ofHuzurAmeen-e-Millat and the scholars of the two Sanctuaries (may his shade be prolonged over us). By the Grace of Allah Most High (and to Him belongs all Praise), the primary medium of instruction at the Jami’a is Arabic owing to which its students find themselves at ease not justin reading and writing Arabic but also speak the language of the Book and the Sunnah with native fluency. The certification issued by the Jami’ah to its graduates is dulyrecognized by the University of Azhar, Egypt. This opens the way for it’s alumni to pursue higher studies in the various departments for specialization at Azhar. The third orfourth batch of the Jami’a alumni has successfully completed five years of studies leading to specialization at Azhar. Whereas intimate knowledge of Arabic is enabling the students of the Jami’ato play leadin groles in the religious sphere, the knowledge of English, which is taught as a second language, and Information Technology is preparesthem forthe highly competitive secular domain,making for an all-rounddevelopmentwhich will empower them to serve Islam and Sunnism effectively and with . Praise is for Allah! An impressive teaching staff consisting of more than forty five Azharis, Misbahis and alumni of tJami’a and more than forty female scholars along with fifteen instructors serving in the English medium school and a non-teaching staff counting twenty five employees, totaling a hundred and twenty five members strong workforce, stays busy in grooming he and educating the fledgling scholars round the clock.

Aims and Objectives

Education: It is evident as the mid-day sun that education is the bedrock of life without which a human being remains inadequate and unfulfilled. He fails to comprehend the difference between good and bad and cannot tell right from left and remains subject to his desires, whims and prejudices all his life. In recognition of this uncontestable truth, the jam’ia takes a holistic approach to education, ensuring that a student does not remain ignorant of any usefuldiscipline or skill. As part of this, a well-rounded syllabus has been devised under the guidance of experienced scholars and teachers which includes Islamic sciences such as ‘Uloom al Tafseer (The Science of Explaining and Commenting on Qur’anic Verses), ‘Uloom al Qur’an (Qur’anic Studies), Hadith (Prophetic Tradition), ‘Usool al Hadith (Principles of Hadith Transmission, Verification and Extrapolation), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), ‘Usool al Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence), Aqida (Studies in Islamic Creed and Beliefs), Nahw and Sarf (Arabic Grammar and Morphology), Mantiq (Logic), Tasawwuf (Studies in Islamic Mysticism and the Sufi Tradition) etc., on the one hand and contemporary secular disciplines such as the English Language, Physical Sciences, Geography, Arithmetic, Computers etc., on the other.

Edification: An enriched and fulfilled life cannot be ensured by knowledge alone for all education remains incomplete if it is not lived and experienced in practice. To this end, the students of the Jami’a are habituated to act upon the Sunnahs (Prophetic Example) which they learn in the classroom. From dress to speech to conduct, the students remain committed to following the noble traditions of Islam.

Propagation: In today’s age, the teachings and markers of Islam are under constant attack from all sides, the world over. In these trying times propagation of the true teachings and message of Islam is of the utmost priority and preaching and publicizing the Deen should be the focus of the life of every concerned believer. To prepare her wards for this noble work the Jami’a educates them in multiple languages including Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Persian and English. The aim is to enable the students to preach the message of Truth to people of diverse languages and cultures and bring the strayed masses back to the straight path.

Guardianshipof the Orphaned: In these times of high costs of living and immensely skewed distribution of wealth, quality education is increasingly becomingunaffordable to low-income groups for whom making ends meet is an uphill task and many an orphaned and destitute youth remain bereft of the blessing of education. The Jami’a takes such disadvantaged children under her wings and looks after all their basic necessities in addition to enriching them with the wealth of knowledge and wisdom and gives them the opportunity to live pious and productive lives.

Aims and Objectives

Education

It is evident as the mid-day sun that education is the bedrock of life without which a human being remains inadequate and unfulfilled. He fails to comprehend the difference between good and bad and cannot tell right from left and remains subject to his desires, whims and prejudices all his life. In recognition of this uncontestable truth, the jam’ia takes a holistic approach to education, ensuring that a student does not remain ignorant of any usefuldiscipline or skill. As part of this, a well-rounded syllabus has been devised under the guidance of experienced scholars and teachers which includes Islamic sciences such as ‘Uloom al Tafseer (The Science of Explaining and Commenting on Qur’anic Verses), ‘Uloom al Qur’an (Qur’anic Studies), Hadith (Prophetic Tradition), ‘Usool al Hadith (Principles of Hadith Transmission, Verification and Extrapolation), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), ‘Usool al Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence), Aqida (Studies in Islamic Creed and Beliefs), Nahw and Sarf (Arabic Grammar and Morphology), Mantiq (Logic), Tasawwuf (Studies in Islamic Mysticism and the Sufi Tradition) etc., on the one hand and contemporary secular disciplines such as the English Language, Physical Sciences, Geography, Arithmetic, Computers etc., on the other.

Edification

An enriched and fulfilled life cannot be ensured by knowledge alone for all education remains incomplete if it is not lived and experienced in practice. To this end, the students of the Jami’a are habituated to act upon the Sunnahs (Prophetic Example) which they learn in the classroom. From dress to speech to conduct, the students remain committed to following the noble traditions of Islam.

Propagation

In today’s age, the teachings and markers of Islam are under constant attack from all sides, the world over. In these trying times propagation of the true teachings and message of Islam is of the utmost priority and preaching and publicizing the Deen should be the focus of the life of every concerned believer. To prepare her wards for this noble work the Jami’a educates them in multiple languages including Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Persian and English. The aim is to enable the students to preach the message of Truth to people of diverse languages and cultures and bring the strayed masses back to the straight path.

Guardianshipof the Orphaned

In these times of high costs of living and immensely skewed distribution of wealth, quality education is increasingly becomingunaffordable to low-income groups for whom making ends meet is an uphill task and many an orphaned and destitute youth remain bereft of the blessing of education. The Jami’a takes such disadvantaged children under her wings and looks after all their basic necessities in addition to enriching them with the wealth of knowledge and wisdom and gives them the opportunity to live pious and productive lives.

A Comprehensive Introduction to the Various Departments of the Jami’a

Department of Hifdh (Memorization of the Qur’an)

As part of this department, twelve different teaching sessions are simultaneously heldunder twelve able instructors where more than three hundred students learn and memorize the Qur’an every day. The department is seeing progress year after year and, by the Grace of Allah, more than seventy Hiffaadh (Preservers of the Qur’an) are passing out each year and busying themselvesin the service of Sunnism.

Department of Tajweed and Qira’at (Arabic phonetics and Qur’an recitation)

To read the Qur’an with the correct pronunciation and intonation, especially during ritual prayers (Salah), is an obligation upon every adult Muslim, which underlines the importance this department to every student of knowledge. The focus of this department is to teach the correct pronunciation and the different agreed-upon recitations of the Book of Allah Most High. Students receive training in the manner of recitationreported by Hafsand all the seven mass-transmitted manners of recitation of the Qur’an under the aegis of noteworthy Qurra’a (Trained Qur’an Reciters).

Department of Deeniyaat (Religious Studies)

This department is dedicated to teaching the Arabic alphabet and introductory level texts such as the Qa’adah Baghdadi to small children. Few small Surahs (Chapters of the Qur’an) such as the FatiHa (Opening Chapter) and the ten concluding chapters from Surah Al-Feel to Surah An-Naas are taught by rote. Besides these, the manner of offering Salah, the KalimahTayyibah (the primary creedal testimony of Muslims) and the creed of the two testifications (kalmiahshahadatyn) are also taught by rote. Further to this, the manners of eating and drinking and conducting oneself are also taught which includes the supplications for various occasions and actions.

Department of Dars e Nizami (The most widely taught syllabus in religious semiaries)

This department oversees the central coursework which spans six-years in duration (see the course details in the section on jami’ah syllabus). In brief, the lower classes of the course cover the following subjects:

  • Tajweed e Qur’an (Rules of reading Qur’anic Arabic)
  • Persian Grammar
  • Persian Literature
  • Written Persian
  • Urdu Literature
  • Aqaid (Beliefs and Dogmas)
  • Fiqh (Jurisprudence)
  • Seerah (Biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him))
  • Hadith (Prophetic Traditions)
  • ‘Usool al Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence)
  • Arabic Morphology
  • Arabic Grammar
  • Rhetoric
  • ‘UrudhQawaafi
  • Arabic Literature
  • Written Arabic
  • Logic
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Arithmetic
  • General Science
  • Written English
  • English Literature
  • General Knowledge
  • General Computing
  • Tajweed oQir’aat (Rules of reading Qur’anic Arabic and Qur’anic Recitation)
  • Dars-e-Qur’an (Qur’anic Studies)
  • Tafseer
  • Hadith
  • ‘Usool al Hadith
  • Fiqh
  • ‘Usool al Fiqh
  • Faraidh
  • Aqa’id-o-Kalaam
  • Balaaghat
  • Taarikh-e-Islam
  • Arabic Literature and Writing
  • English Literature and Writing
  • Logic
  • Philosophy
  • Debate
  • Political Science
  • General Science
  • Studies in Teaching and Training
  • History of Islamic Jurisprudence
  • Advanced Arabic
  • Advanced Computing

Department of Fatwa (Legal verdicts)

This department functions under the aegis of the Principal and Overseer of the Jami’a, Mufti Muhammad Ibrahim Maqbooli Sahib. It comprises of competent Muftis who serve the community by issuing rigorously researched verdicts (fataawa) on complex issues in the light of the Qur’an, Sunnah and the canonical jurisprudential literature.

Department of Qad’a (Binding Legal Judgments)

The department is concerned with resolving disputes arising between members of the Muslim community and redressing their grievances by pronouncing judgments on cases submitted to it in the light of the shari’ah.

Department of Imamate

The department strives to further educate the Imams leading prayers in Sunni Mosques so that they are better prepared to serve their respective communities with wisdom and insight.

Department of Shafi’iFiqh

A large part of the populace in the region where this Jami’ah is located (Konkan), follows the School of Imam Shafi’I (raDyiAllahu’anu) and as such, the need for Shafi’i scholars and Imams was dearly felt. In response to this a department dedicated to serving the religious requirements of the shafi’I community was established. This department is working under the guidance and instruction of shafi’i scholars and Muftis and is moving towards its stated goal at a healthy pace.

Department of Specialization

Thisdepartment serves as a finishing school for those students who have already acquired a degree in Scholarship and Excellence, from the Jami’a or elsewhere. Its aim is to cement and further polish the students’ knowledge of Islamic Fiqh and Arabic Literature leading to a specialization in these disciplines. Students studying for specialization also receive a monthly stipend as part of the special facilities offered to them by the Jami’a

10.Barkati Masjid

This mosque is named after the well-known saint, Shah Barkatullah of Marehra. Its foundation stone was laid in 1989 C.E by the founder of the Jami’a, Al-HaajI Isma’eel Ahmad Jani Sahib (may Allah cover him in His Mercy) himself. Its initially constructed area was not very large but ten years later, in the year 1998 C.E, in response to the increasing number of seekers of the Prophetic Teachings, the expansion work on the Masjid began and within a span of one year a magnificent Mosque sprawling over an area of 80x70 square feet stood in its place. Its towering minaret and beautiful dome built in the style of Malaysian and Chinese architecture invite the visitors to feast their eyes on themwhereas the white marbled interiors and the many intricately built delicate glass chandeliers and lamps adorning its roofs and walls make it a fine specimen of art in itself.

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