THE IMPORTANCE OF MADRESSAH

Seeking knowledge has been an integral part of Islam. The early years of Qur'anic revelations to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) were embedded in the oral tradition. Revelations of the Qur?an inspired Muslims and they memorized the verses. As Islam expanded and it became necessary to preserve this vast knowledge, these verses were written down and compiled into various chapters.

From early on, Islam emphasized two types of knowledge, revealed and earthly -i.e. revealed knowledge that comes straight from Allah (swt) and earthly knowledge that is to be discovered by human beings themselves. Islam considers both to be of vital importance and directs all Muslims, both men and women, to go and seek knowledge. The Qur'an is the perfect word of God, sacred and therefore cannot be changed. It should be memorized from start to finish. Once a person has memorized it, he/she must reflect on these verses and have a detailed understanding of its meaning and interpretation over the lifetime. A person who has mastered it would carry the knowledge of Islam in his/her heart and spread the word to the ones who encounter him/her. Seeking earthly knowledge is also important because earthly knowledge compliments the knowledge revealed by Allah (swt) in the Qur'an and helps Muslims to live productive and good lives in this world.

Having understood the above logic, the IIS then understands why Madressahs and Masjids should be central to the learning processes of Muslims in the early days of Islam and continue to do so to this day. It was at the Mosque where Prophet Mohammad (saw) would convene people to listen to His revelations and their interpretation. It was here where early Muslims seeking to solve their problems in the light of the revealed knowledge would come to obtain answers. The Madressah / Masjid was the first school in Islam. In the early days of Islam, there was no hierarchy and everyone who could master the content of the Qur?an could lead the prayers and guide the people. We make dua to Allah (swt) that the children that gain knowledge from our Madressah will play a very important role in life so that they are a solution to the social ills, not a burden.

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Qurbani 2010

By the grace of Allah (swt), the IIS India Bihar District Operation Qurbani was successfully carried out, Alhamdulillah! Hafez Yusuf Joosub, the IIS representative flew to and on the following day, he was met by the other SA delegation that left earlier on. The group left for Delhi to connect to Patna via a train. Along the way, they faced endless hardship of interrogation by the authorities because their visit coincided with the recent bombings in India. Every roadblock they met was a nightmare as questions after questions were heaped upon them. Nevertheless
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