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The Importance and Virtues of the Makaatib

The Importance of the Maktab (Primary Madrasah)

The importance of the Maktab (primary Madrasah) can never be over emphasized. If the Ulama do not pay attention to this important branch of elementary education, it could result in the retrogression of the Ummah. Deen will gradually leave the Ummah and in a few generations the only thing that may be left of Islaam will be the Muslim names as is evident in some countries and indeed in some areas of South Africa as well.

[Hadhrat Moulana Qaasim Sema Saheb (RA)]

The Need for The Makaatib

by: Hadhrat Moulana Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA) 

There is a definite need to establish makaatib in every village and every district. Together with the makaatib we have to also establish a madrasah for higher education (Darul Ulooms). However keep in mind that it is better to have the Darul Ulooms in the villages instead of the towns. One may experience some difficulty (being away from the town) but one will be saved from many fitnahs.

How to Establish a Maktab


The maktab system has proved to be among the most vital tools in implementing basic deeni ta’leem to the ummat at large. If makaatib are established in the correct manner, there is great hope that the jahaalat (ignorance) will be dispelled and people will learn Deen and put it into practice and thereby earn the success of both dunya and aakhirat.

The following two questions then arises

The Madrasah System - The Pride of our Community

The Christian community has the Church, the Jewish community has its Synagogue, the Hindu Community has it's Mandir, the Sikh community has the Gurdwara and the Buddhists have their Temple and so on…..But the Muslim community not only has the Musjid but also the educational Madrasah.

Al-hamdulillah, Allah Ta’ala has blessed the Muslims with such a great bounty where children from as young as five learn to read the Qur'an, Islamic Taarikh (history), Adab & Akhlaaq (Manners and Etiquettes), Hadith (Traditions of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam), Fiqh (Basic Islamic Rulings) and much more. This is also where children complete Hifz (the memorisation of 30 chapters, 114 Surah's and 6236 verses of the Holy Qur'an!). This in itself is a miracle of Allah Ta’ala, but the message I am trying to get across is that the Madrasah system is a bounty which through the efforts of our pious predecessors, for hundreds of years, has educated us and has saved many of us from becoming completely neglectful of the Deen.

How many Jews can read the Torah in its original Hebrew text? How many Christians can read the Bible in its original Aramaic text? How many Sikhs and Hindus can read their respective books in their original text?

The Ummat's Responsibility to the Poor and Indigenous Communities

As far as human rights are concerned, the Qur'an and Hadith have more than adequately enough highlighted the Islamic viewpoint. To add impetus to that, the life of our noble master, Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam], serves as an excellent and unparalleled example and role model. The Qur'an speaks of Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] being 'rahmatul-lil-alimin' which means a mercy unto the entire universe. Not only did Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] show compassion, mercy and kindness to man but even to the animal kingdom. He also taught us our responsibility regarding the environment around us.

In Islam, we afford humans those rights which Allah Ta'ala has enshrined in the Qur'an and Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] has highlighted in the Ahadith. Allah Ta'ala has not left it to our understanding and puny intellects to decide the rights that are due to humans. Furthermore, one must also understand the balanced nature of Islam. Islam does not only stress upon human rights but Islam teaches us to first understand the rights that we as the creation owe to our creator, Allah Ta'ala. When a person will understand those rights, he will naturally realise that a component of those rights, is to fulfil the rights of the creation of Allah Ta'ala as well.

Da'wah to Non-Muslims - A neglected Duty of Muslim Minorities

An obvious but disturbing truth about Muslims living as minorities in non-Muslim countries is their general neglect of da'wah (propagation) among non-Muslims. Why is this so? This is a question that requires deep analysis to arrive at a correct answer. As an Ummah of one billion Muslims, da'wah to our non-Muslim neighbours and fellow countrymen hardly has any place among our goal and priorities. Very little of our resources are spent on this pivotal duty of Islaam. As Muslim minority communities living within non-Muslim countries, we live totally indifferent to this primary duty to our neighbours. Neither do we make an Islaamic impact on them, though we are more than a million strong in some western countries. In India, Muslims are officially more than 130 million!

Da'wah among non-Muslims should not be treated as an isolated branch of Islaam. Unless we are prepared to recognise and acknowledge the central place da'wah occupies in the life of every Muslim. We will not give it the importance it deserves. We will then not devote our energies to it as we ought to. Unless we understand the importance of da'wah to non-Muslims, it will not form an integral part of our total endeavours and struggles in the path of Allah Ta'ala.

Da'wah among non-Muslims must not be merely an appendage or an after thought in the life of a Muslim. It cannot be pursued as a contingent activity. It should not be incidental to any special circumstances. Da'wah, for example, should not be taken up as a response or reaction to missionary activities by other faiths. If da'wah is approached in this fashion, it will suffer the fate that it is suffering now. In other words, da'wah should not be a reactive measure for Muslims, but it should in fact be a proactive endeavour.

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