Message from the director

Alhamdulillah, more than 17 years ago the Madrasah opened welcomed our first class of eight students, having no idea how it would be possible to cross all the hurdles. I'm so proud of all the incredible accomplishments of the students and of our alumnae. I am proud of our team who work tirelessly, giving up long hours; sacrificing their time and comfort to give to our students. I am grateful for all those who have supported our vision of creating a safe space to educate, nurture, empower and, inspire the next generation of Muslim leaders around the world. I could not feel any more honored and please by the work we all have done to accomplish every achievement we have made thus far.This is just the beginning. Each graduating class continues to strive to improve themselves and those around them because that is the requisite of the great gift of Islamic education - learn, practice, propagate. Each learner continues to aim to bring positive change to their communities, their hometowns, their families and of course to themselves because education continues to be the key to transforming lives. When you educate a woman, she takes what she learns back to her community. When you invest in a young woman you are investing in the future. So these young ladies are a symbol and a beacon of light of what is possible. Thank you to all who continue to support the Madrasah. Our work to impact lives continues.

Fariha Bint Faiyaz

History of the organization

In 2004, a team of dedicated Ulama and educators from Newcastle headed byy Mufti Faiyaz ur Rahim put together a conserted effort in opening a Madrasah or young women. The Madrasah began in the home of Moulana Nazir Paruk, having 8 students and 2 teachers.

The following year the demand for a class for students who did not know arabic at all, as well as hifz class promted the committee to shift thee Madrasa to 12 St Thomas street, where it continues to this day.

Although the Madrasah continued to function over the years, the onerous task required dedication and in the year 2018, the institute was officially registered as a non-profit company and later issued the status of a Public Benefit Organization by SARS. This enabled the Madrasah to collect funds and pursue the vision of having an institute that provided multiple sources of education for women.

Since 2004, with the help of generous donors, the Madrasah has contributed over R6 million towards providing education to women.

Today, the Madrasah has a 3 year Basic Aalimah course, an Idaadiya course, a Quran and Tajweed course, and has partnered with Learned Muslimah Media to establish the first ever south African based females only online academy providing self-paced Islamic studies and skills training called Learned Muslimah Academy. The Madrsah also provides the opportunity for students wanting to pursue Hifzul Quran.