Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity and its origin dates back to the 7th century. With Prophet Muhammad (S.W) as the last messenger of Allah the religion was completed. The word Islam means “submission” referring to the total submission of one’s self to God. There are around 1.4 billion adherents spread around the globe known as Muslims.
The Quran is considered by Muslims to be the literal, undistorted word of God, and is the central religious text of Islam. Muslims believe that the verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad by God through the Angel Gabriel on numerous occasions between the years 610 and his death on July 6, 632.
"Read in the name of thy Lord Who created; He created man from a clot. Read and thy Lord is most Honorable, Who taught to write with the pen. Taught man what he knew not" (96:1-5).
An Islamic institute is a place where primarily Islam is taught and they are more popularly known as Madrassas. The word “Madrassa” means “center of learning” in Arabic. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) laid the foundation of first Islamic institute 1400 years ago, when he preached Islam at Dar-ul-Arqam. Since then the Islamic institutes have spread all over the world, teaching and preaching Quran and Islam. In subcontinent, renowned Muslim scholars established their Islamic institutes in different regions. In Pakistan, at independence there were 245, or even fewer, Madrassas in Pakistan. In April 2002, Dr. Mahmood Ahmed Ghazi, the Minister of Religious Affairs, put the figure at 10,000, with 1.7 million students.