About Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat
Muallimah Sa’uda attended a pre-school Jalsah in Newcastle in 2005 and was approached by a mother who suggested that she teach privately. Muallimah was at first sceptical, but took up the challenge. Teaching began in 2006 with only six students, which later 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 a successful website.
Today Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat is a fully grown private madrasah whose main aim is to educate children through Deeni Ta’leem and follows a strict 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 emphasize on sincerity to Allah firstly.”
The madrasah also greatly emphasizes 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.
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. Mu’allimah Sa’uda says “Here at Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat we are a family. Each child is special and not just a number”. The teachers are well 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 and in the career choices they make. “Not every one will become ‘Ulamaa but we ARE Muslims and so we must strive to become Mu’mineen, no matter our profession”, says Mu’allimah Sa’uda.
One important and often overlooked criterion is the participation of 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 un-islamic practices and ethics are allowed by parents. This defeats the very education the parents send their children to the madrasah for.”
“We want our children to have the knowledge of Deen along with Roohaaniyyah (spirituality).”
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 – InshaaAllah.
State of affairs
The Prophet (SAW) said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur-aan and teach it.”
At Ummul Hasanaat, we uphold a strict and professional service to the community. Ummul Hasanaat has employed over 14 teachers in the past 6 years, some of which have started their own maktabs. Ummul Hasanaat has taught over 100 children from Grades R to 12 since its establishment in 2006.
It is unfortunate that if one were to pursue a life of Islamic teaching, we find that the misconception in our communities is to financially reward teachers with as little as possible. This in turn has resulted in a many number of youngsters not pursuing such life choices.
We also find that fees paid for secondary education is often triple the amount to that of Islamic education resulting in Islamic institutes suffering to uphold daily expenses and thereafter closing down.
At Ummul Hasanaat, we have recognised this need to bring back the value of Islamic education and to empower the Mu’allim and Mu’allimah. We strongly believe that if we are able to ease the conditions of those teaching Deen, then there will be better and stronger dedication. There is also an extreme lack of Mu’allimah’s to teach our children and by this small effort that we have undertaken, we hope and pray that it will make a strong impact in our community and be an encouragement towards teaching.
Next year will see Ummul Hasanaat reduce from 47 students down to just 13 for 2013 and from 3 teachers down to just one. It is heart-breaking that we will have so many students leave due to the scarcity of teachers.
In order to help combat this unfortunate and regrettable predicament in our community, we have embarked on a strategy that will allow Ummul Hasanaat to encourage and empower new teachers, better salaries and open up new opportunities for our children.
This strategy is the new Ummati Islamic Magazine.
Why Ummati Islamic Magazine
Our concern is for the Ummah. Just like the worry and concern that our beloved Prophet (SAW) had for us, we too should have this worry and concern. Our children are the future and they need to have a strong foundation in which to build the five pillars of Islam on. Without a strong foundation, any structure will fall short.
With the Islamic state of affairs in our communities, Ummul Hasanaat has embarked on a powerful strategy by creating a powerful and encouraging Islamic magazine, to allow us the ability to empower new teachers and to build a maktab that will offer and instill that strong foundation in our children.
Not only will our new magazine be a subsidy for Ummul Hasanaat – it will also serve as a strong source of Da’wah and reminder to Muslims. It will be filled with educational articles, advices, Islamic rulings, health and wellness issues and of course something for the kids.
Our aim is to present Ummati Islamic Magazine as a professional and encouraging magazine that will have a positive effect on the Ummah.
We hope that you will join our effort and support us by placing an advert. Help us build a strong Islamic foundation in our children that they may be a better Ummah of tomorrow.
Specifications of Ummati
Articles will be written by various writers, Ulamaa, teachers, experts and bloggers. Every article will be certified and approved according to Qur-aan and Hadeeth. We will make every effort to make sure that articles are educational, not offensive and adheres to a strict code of professionalism – with a touch of personality.
Ummati magazine will be designed by our very own Mu’allim Rashaad Sallie (theimagehouse design studio). He is an extremely creative graphic designer who has designed the new look for Jamiat KZN, GWM, Brett Shuttleworth, Simeka BSG, Megagraphix Apple Store, Islamic College Newcastle and many more. He follows a strict code of design, learns new trends and even sets them. Mu’allim Rashaad started theimagehouse design studio in 1998 and believes that every effort should be made to give our best and beautify the Deen that Allah has given us.
The design of Ummati Islamic Magazine will be clean and fresh. No detail will be left out. Advertisers are advised to adhere to good design and to keep to the complete Islamic code of ethos. A constant effort will be made to improve quality and style with every issue.
We will ensure that the best in printing is used. Quality is of utmost importance and that colours are vibrant and stand out as intended. Ummati Islamic Magazine is aimed at being ‘thee’ coffee table magazine, a bookshelf keeper and a collectors collection InshaaAllah.
Ummati Islamic Magazine will have a dedicated website allowing it to be freely available to the world. Each article and advert will be available online. A downloadable digital version will also be freely available allowing it to be taken anywhere on technology like the Apple iPad. We aim to bring Ummati to the Ummah.
As with every new venture, Ummati will start small with 5000 printed copies distributed all across Northern Natal cities, such as Newcastle, Ladysmith, Danhauser, Dundee, Volksrust etc. As Ummati grows, then too will the distribution area, into Gauteng and Western Cape. Ummati Islamic Magazine will always remain a FREE online distribution.
Get your company or brand known locally and internationally through Ummati Islamic Magazine. Place an advert today.
Ummul Hasanaat Magazine will always be a FREE online distribution and available to the world via digital online media. In order to adhere to these goals, we have come up with a competitive pricing structure.