Monday, March 23, 2009

Madrassa...“center of learning”

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.


  1. It is one of the most sensitive topic to discuss

  2. moreover i think that there are few midarais operating in pakistan which are indulge in terrorist activities not all

  3. muslims have always been very consious about thier religon.. and in some cases they are alos called as extremists. Not becaasue they follow their religon so passionately but becasue they give a different meaning to eat by associating it with different terrorsit activities..but islamic teachings are quite different from all this...

  4. Clearly Islam the religion is not the cause of terrorism. Islam, is religion of peace. However through the centuries, deviations from the true teachings of Islam take place. And so Muslims kill despite the injunction of their religion against killing especially of innocent people

  5. Madrassas fulfill the demand for religious training for clerical functions in Pakistan, They draw their students and faculty from the poorest sections of society and provide them with free education, food and even clothes. However, they do not allow their students exposure to differing world views, so graduates are strongly committed to the particular interpretation of Islam which they have been taught