Can you please send picture of Darul Uloom ZakariyyaDarul Uloom Zakariyya
Darul Uloom Zakariyya is located in Zakariyya Park which is approximately 20 min away from Johannesburg. The nearest town is Lenasia, a town highly populated by Muslims. As mentioned in another thread, there is a Girls Madressa (Mueenul Islam) near by. Many students from Darul Zakariyya have sisters studying at the girls Madressa. The two schools are a distance way, so it’s not possible for students of one school to see students of the other.
Darul Uloom Zakariyya follows the Darse Nizami taught in most of the Madressas in Indo-Pak. It’s a 7 year course.
Mostly books to teach how to read, write, and speak Urdu.
Tamreen al-Sarf (Written by Mufti Rada)
Deen ki Baatay (concise version Bahashti Zewar)
Mukhtasar al-Qudoori (not Tasheel al-Duroori)
Quran Translation (juz 12-20)
Fawaid e Makiyya (Tajweed)
Qawaid al-Lughah al-Arabiya
Quran Translation (juz 20-30)
Hidaya (first half)
Riyad al-Salheen (2nd Half)
Quran translation (juz 1-12)
Some students are selected to do Saba Qirat (7 modes of recitation). The rest will do another book in Tajweed.
Hidaya (2nd half)
2nd year of Saba Qirat. Others will do another book in Tajweed.
Sunan Abi Dawood
Sunan Ibn Majah
Mu’atta Imam Malik
Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar
Muktasar al-Maqasid al-Hasana
Darul Zakariyya is fortunate to have some of the greatest teachers who specialize in many branches of Shariah and carry years of experiences. All the senior Teachers are from India/Pakistan
Mufti Rada ul Haq
Al-Muhaqqiq al-Mudaqiq al-Muhadith al-Fahhama al-Faqhi al-Mufti Rada ul Haq (May Allah bless him with a long and healthy life). He is the Sheikh al-Hadith of Darul Uloom Zakariyya. He teaches Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim 2nd half, Sunan Ibn Majah, Sunan Nasaai, Mukhtasar Muqasid al-Hasana, Hadiya 3rd part, and 2nd Half of Jalalian. He’s also the head of the Iftaa department. He was the former Mufti of New Town, Karachi and currently he’s the Ameer of Jamiat al-Mufteen of South Africa.
Mufti Muhammad Ali
Teaches Jami al-Tirmidhi 1st half, Hidaya 2nd part, Muqamaat al-Hareeri, and many of the initial classes.
He qualified from Jamia Islamiya, Dhabel, then enrolled in Nadwatul Ulama for 3 years specializing in Arabic. Afterwards, he wanted to study Iftaa in Deoband. The principle of Deoband, Qari Tayyab said he must do final year again in Deoband. So he studied the final year the 2nd time, then studied 1 year takhasus fil Tafseer (specializing in Tafseer), and afterward 1 year of Iftaa. He has also spent 2 years in Tabligh Jamat.
Mawlana Alaudeen Khan
Teaches Jami al-Tirmidhi 2nd half, Hidaya 4th part, Nur al-Anwar, and a few classes in the initial years.
He completed his studies in Benori Town, Karachi under the Muhadith of his time Allamah Yusuf Benori. While Maulana Alaudeen was still busy with his Alim course, he left the madressa to study a few years of only Mantiq (logic) and Philosophy. He has studied up to 20 books in Mantiq and Philosophy. After completing his studies, he went to Madressa Saulatiya in Makkah and taught for 20 years.
Mawlana Suliman Choski
Teaches Sahih Muslim 1st half, Jalalain first half, Hidiya 1st part, Usool al-Shashi, and a few books of the initial years.
He graduated from Jamia Islamiya, Dhabel and afterwards taught there for 12 years. Currently he’s teaching his 17th or 18th year in Darul Uloom Zakariyya. He once told us that while he was studying his financial situation was such that he couldn’t afford a pen. Throughout his studies he never wrote a word of notes. He memorized everything teacher said and would come out first every year. Many great Ulama have studied under him such Mufti Ebrahim Desai. I have heard Mufti Ebrahim time and again praising Mawlana Choksi and how much he has benefited from him. Mawlana Suliman Choski is known for his Taqwa and piety. His duroos are always full of wisdom and he’s known for his ability to derive essons and points from Quran and Hadith to be implemented in our daily lives.
Mawlana Abbas Sarigat
Teaches Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar, Balaghat al-Wadiha, and a few books of the initial years. After completing his studies in Gujarat, he enrolled in Nadwatul Ulama to study additional 4 years specializing in Arabic.
Mawlana Usmani Mewati
Teaches Abu Dawood and a few books of the initial years.
Mawlana Abdul Qudoos Qasmi
Mawlana is master of the Arabic Language. Ever since he joined Madressa Zakariyya, the madressa’s level of Arabic has increased tremendously. He has a unique style of teaching and improving the student ability to speak and write Arabic. He has authored many books in Arabic from which al-Qirat al-Arabiyya is taught in Darul Zakariyya and many other institutes.
There are many other teachers in Darul Uloom Zakariyya, such as Mawlana Sulaiman Moola, who is known internationally for his lectures. I have mentioned only a few. One of the greatest qualities you will find in all the teachers besides their knowledge is their Taqwa. Alhamdullilah, all of the teachers are Allah-fearing and strictly adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam). All the teachers are strong supporters of Tasawwuf as well as Tabligh Jamat. Many of the teachers have received Khilafa in their silsilah and many of them go out in Tabligh Jamat with their students. You will also find teachers taking out personal time after Isha to teach students who have requested for extra help.
The student body is approximately 680 students from +40 countries from which 300 are in the Hifz section. This year (2007) 61 students graduated from the Alim course making the total graduates 435.
The Madressa has recently built new dormitories, which is spacious and well facilitated. Each room has 6 students. The Students are places in the boarding according to class. Each student has a built-in closet to put their personal belongings.
The fee for this year is R9000 with additional R250 for maintenance. If someone is not capable of paying the fees, the madressa will make arrangements. They do not reject anyone. The fee covers tuition, boarding, meals, and laundry.
The teachers usually make their adhkar before Fajr in the study hall next to the masjid. Many students join them in Dhikr. After fajr, the whole madressa recites Surah Yaseen upon which the principal makes dua. Thereafter all the students are required to sit in the masjid for 30 min to recite the Quran. The students then proceed to the mess hall where breakfast is served.
Classes begin after breakfast. The morning session constitutes of 5 periods of 45 min each. Lunch is served after class and the students are then given time for siesta until Zuhr. In the summer days, usually its about 3 hours and winter days is about an hours. After Zuhr, there have another 3 periods of 45 min each until Asr. After Asr Salah, the tabligh brothers sit in their halaqa for taleem, in which taskeel is made to go out in weekend jamat. Supper is also after Asr. Many students go play on the grounds after meal until Maghib. All the students have to sit in the study hall from Maghib till Isha to revise their daily lessons and prepare for the next day's lesson. After Isha they are required to sit for another 1 ˝ hours.
Classes are from Sunday Maghrib till Saturday Asr. So you only have a one-day weekend. There is a mall close by where students go on Sundays to buy their necessities.
There are three exams throughout the years; 3 months (before Eid ul Adha) , 6 months, and the final exam.
The food is quite good. For breakfast you have tea. There is porridge or cereal for those that don’t drink tea. With it you have bread with either butter or jam.
Lunch is always rice. Either kardi kichrdi, chicken, mutton, or daal.
Supper is always curry and bread.
There is a canteen that sells hotdogs, sandwiches, cold drinks, pies, and fries (chips). The canteen opens at lunch time, supper time, and late at night after the study time finishes.
There are three vacational breaks throughout the year.
1 week for Eid al-Adha
2 weeks after the 6months exams
2 month at the end of the year
P.O. Box 10786
Gauteng, South Africa
Hafiz Bashir Bhatia – Vice Principle and Admin
Mawlana Shabir Saloojee – Principle
Inshallah I’ll try to upload some pictures of Darul Uloom Zakariyya.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.