Mu’allimah Sa’uda attended a pre-school Jalsa in Newcastle in 2005 and was approached by a mother who suggested that she teach privately. Muallimah was at first skeptical to teach in a new town but took up the challenge. The teaching began in January 2006 with only six students. This increased to over 12 students by the end of that year. By 2008 the madrasah called Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat had over 40 students, three teachers and now a website.
Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat today is a fully grown private maktab whose main aim is to educate children through Deeni Ta’leem and follows a strictly method of teaching in order to maintain the highest of standards in education and discipline.
“We try to train the minds of our children so that they know what Allah requires from them but we emphasise on sincerity to Allah firstly.” says Muallimah Sa’uda. The madrasah also greatly emphasises the need to attend all classes and to learn Deen with great zeal and effort. In a nutshell, when children graduate from Madrassah Ummul Hasanaat, they know what pleases Allah with regard to both HUQOOQ ALLAH and HUQOOQ AL IBAAD, so that whatever career is pursued, there will be no conflict in matters of Deen.
Muallimah also says, “We can only pray to Allah that HE guides our students and the Ummah at large to practice what is learnt and to continue to guide us all on the straight path.”
Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat focuses on individual attention. It also greatly stresses on discipline but adopts a caring and encouraging yet firm attitude towards the children. The teachers are trained to teach in a manner that makes the children constantly aware of their importance to society and to apply the knowledge they’ve gained into their everyday lives. One important and often overlooked criterion is the participation of the parents.
“If there is no deeni ta’leem and no deeni enviroment at home, then there is basically nothing more the teachers can do. We often have situations where we teach girls to wear a hijaab or scarf but when they are outside their homes, they are not properly dressed, and this type of un-Islamic dress is allowed by the parents. It defeats the very education the parents send their children to the madrasah for.” complains Muallimah.The deeni education from the maktab just completes the triangle of the parent-student-educator relationship. If any side is lacking, the triangle will crumble or be defective. Around this triangle is love which is essential to get our lessons across. And this is seen in life not just in the class room. After all Islam is a way of life, not confined to a class room.
“We want our children to have the knowledge of deen along with Roohaniyah (spirituality).” asks Muallimah.
Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat also has annual examinations and continuous assessments which keeps the children alert at all times.
May Allah use this maktab to spread and teach HIS deen to our children so that they in turn have the ability to teach not just their children, but to give da’wah ila Allah and spread tableegh of Deen throughout the world – Insha’allah.