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Introduction to Jamia Farooqia, Karachi.
An International Islamic University

Islam in Subcontinent Indo-Pakistan

The Indo-Pakistan subcontinent has always occupied a place of great importance because of its ideal and historical location. It has also maintained cultural and commercial contacts with the Arab world throughout the ages. Thus when the sun of Islam rose over the horizons of Arabia with all its glamour, its rays enlightened the indo-Pakistan subcontinent soil. Islamic culture and civilization began to penetrate the local population and Islamic character started its reflection in the individual and collective lives here. Efforts made by Muslim traders, scholars, and spiritual personalities contributed to the growth of the power and glory of Islam. It brought into being powerful and vast Islamic States which lasted for 800 years till the success of British Imperialist invasion.

Impact of the prolonged Muslim rule deserves detailed discussion and separate treatment for which a book is required. But it will not be out of place to mention here that the standard of Educational endeavours and cultural growth of Muslims in this area had no parallels in the past. Also, in resisting the powerful cultural invasion mounted by the British Imperialism and working for the survival of Islamic culture and civilization, the scholars (Ulema) of the land wrote the finest chapter in the history of courage, nobility, sacrifice, religious dignity and self-respect.

Darul Uloom Deoband

As is evident upon a brief look at the history of Indo-Pakistan, efforts to preserve the unity of Muslims and their Islamic identity during the imperial occupation, the services rendered by Darul Uloorn Deoband and its Ulema (scholars) were not only outstanding, exemplary and useful but were worthy of imitation in all respect. In fact, soon after the establishment of Darul Uloom Deoband, a net work of religious institutions (Madaaris-e-Diniyah) began covering the whole subcontinent. Subsequent events proved that these institutions were successful not only in resisting the colonial influence but also became the very means for the spread of Islamic learning with such dedication which looked beyond imagination.

Islamic Services in Pakistan

With the creation of God-gifted state of Pakistan, a majority of religious centers and institutions fell within the Indian borders and the paucity of such institution in Pakistan began to be felt seriously and urgently. Soon, through the sincere efforts of the scholars (Ulema), mosques, religious educational institutions and organizations appeared in the newly born state numerously and thousands of such institutions came into being. Through a well concerted efforts these institutions sprang up in every corner of the country including Karachi, Lahore, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, to name a few. Through Allah's bounty and mercy, these institutions are performing their duties and running efficiently.

A great feature of these institutions, deserving the highest praise and imitation is the fact that their finance, which reach six digit figures are raised and met by their own resources. As stressed earlier, the importance and necessity of religious institutions has forced itself in the attention of people of learning. As a result of their efforts, after sometimes, a welfare and educational institutions was set up in Shah Faisal Colony (formerly Drigh Colony) Karachi, by the name of Jamia Farooqia Karachi.

Foundation of Jamia Farooqia

After the sincere kind advices and serious consultations with the prominent Muslim scholars of their time like, Maulana Mufti Mohammed Shafi, the then Grand Mufti of Pakistan, and Muddithul 'Asr Maulana Mohammad Yousuf Binnori, this institution came into existence on 23rd January, 1967 A.D. through the ceaseless efforts, painstaking and unmatched striving of Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth Ustaazul Ulema Maulana Salimullah Khan, a well known religious scholar of the day.

Since the inception, the institution received sincere cooperation from our late Brother Abu Muawiyah Ghaznavi and other honourable members of the Shah Faisal Colony Seerah Committee and to which it owes its existence. We thank these friends for their support and cooperation and hope that they will continue to do in future as they have done in the past. May Allah give them the best of rewards.

Introduction of the Founder

Founder of the Jamia, Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth, Maulana Saleernullah Khan son of Abdul Aleem Khan was born in District Muzaffar Nagar, India. He belongs to Hasanpur, Lohari of Doaba, U.P. which is famous with reference to many learned scholars and respected spiritual leaders. The spiritual teacher (Sheikh) of Hadhrat Haji Imdadullah Mohajir Makki, Sheikh Mianji Noor Mohammed passed his whole life in the said village.

Maulana Salimullah Khan, since his childhood sought education in different important religious institutions. At last in 1942, he reached Darul Uloom Deoband (Azhar-e-Hind) to complete the scholastic career. There, in Deoband, he received education of Quraan, Hadeeth and other related sciences through learned scholars of the time which includes, Hadhrat Syed Hussain Ahmad Madani, Hadhrat Ezaaz Ali, Hadhrat Mohammed Idress Kandhlavi and other prominent religious personalities. Sheikhul Hadeeth remained busy in gaining knowledge and seeking education till 1947. In the same year, he got the degree for completion of Islamic studies.

Then he was given the responsibilities teaching and some administrative matters in Madrasah Miftahul Uloom, Jalalabad, India, situated in his own locality, under the supervision of his teacher Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah Khan. After continuous efforts of 8 years, the institution became so reputed that Darul Uloom Deoband and other big institutions started welcoming the students of the institution.

After working for eight years in this institution, Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth came to Pakistan for teaching in Darul Uloom Tando Allahyar, Sindh, founded by Hadhrat Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani. He taught there for 3 years and then came to Darul Uloom Karachi, a well known religious institution of Pakistan. In Darul Uloom Karachi he taught, Quraan, Hadeeth, Fiqh, History, Mathematics, Philosophy and Arabic literature. In the meantime, he had been teaching in Jamiatul Uloomil Islamia, New Town, Karachi, as visiting faculty for a year  on intense and repeated requests of Hadhrat Maulana Mohammed Yousuf Binnorl.

Almighty Allah has gifted him with a strong and natural religious enthusiasm, that is why he was not satisfied with his even successful services and always thought for the necessity of such a religious institution which can fulfill the needs and demands of today as well.

Therefore, in 1967, he laid the foundation of Jamia Farooqia Karachi. His sincere efforts have been so much blessed by Almighty Allah that since its foundation till now, the Jamia has advanced a long way in Islamic Education and related fields which seems almost unbelievable.

Today Jamia Farooqia is famous and known inside and outside Pakistan as a international university of Islamic studies. This all is only due to sincere efforts of Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth and by the grace of Almighty Allah.

Besides, realizing the services of Hazrat Sheikhul Hadith in the field of Islamic education, he was elected for the position of General Secretary of Board of Religious Educational Institutions in Pakistan (Wifaqul Madarisal Arabia, Pakistan) by all the scholars of Pakistan. After sometimes, while appreciating his unmatched services, he was elected as President of Board. He still holds the same position in the Board even after years.

Board of Religious Educational Institutions in Pakistan, is a large organisation. The number of its membership reaches to more than seven thousand religious institutions in Pakistan. In beginning as Secretary General, he had done the services for raising the importance of the Board, advancement and organisation of religious institutions and increasing the standard of education which is the brightest chapter of the history of Board.

We pray to Almighty Allah for good health and valuable life of Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth. Aameen.

Aims and Objectives

It is included in the objectives of Jamia Farooqia from the beginning that:

  1. To preserve and preach the true Islamic faith among the Muslim Ummah.

  2. To make ceaseless efforts to keep the attitude of masses within Quraan and Sunnah by providing essential and basic Islamic education.

  3. To eradicate illiteracy, bid'ah (religious innovation), and other religiously distorted influences.

  4. To adopt suitable means to propagate Islamic learning throughout the world.

  5. To preserve and preach the true Islamic education and produce erudite scholars for this purpose.

  6. To produce true, authentic and standard material for further Islamic research.

  7. To produce the quality of sincerity, piety, abstinence along with the education in learners and seekers of Islamic education.

  8. To coordinate with the different Islamic educational institutions in other parts of world against illiteracy and faithlessness.

The Principles of the Jamia Farooqia

It is expected that all the people connected with the Jamia whether a teacher, a student or supporter must follow the path of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa'ah as explained in the Quraan and demonstrated in the life of Holy Prophet (SallAllaho alaihi wasallam) or acted upon by his Sahaabah (the Companions). He must shun innovation in religion (Bid'ah) and other sinful acts. He should not have any place in his heart and mind for this mortal world and should be influenced with the concern and hope for Aakhirah (the Hereafter), following the footsteps of Sahaabah, Tabi'een (the nearest followers of Prophet's Companion), and Ulema (the Scholars) and Mashaaikh (the Spiritual guides) of Darul Uloom Deoband.

Educational Linage

The Jamia considers it an honour to link its lineage in learning with Imamul Hind Hadhrat Shah Waliullah Bin Abdur Rahim, a great spiritual leader and learned scholar of subcontinent Indo-Pakistan. The services rendered by Hadhrat Shah Waliullah to revive Prophetic teachings (Sunnah) and the inimitable sacrifices made by him for the preservation and protection of Islamic society are worth being written in letters of gold. He was the true lover of Islamic learning and a model of piety in this part of the earth.

After him, the mantle of his vision and perspicacity fell on the shoulders of great scholars, Ustaazul Ulema Maulana Mohammad Qasim Nanotavi and the Jurisrprudent of the Era (Faqeehul 'Asr) Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi, as the custody of his teachings, charcter, and capabilities of Imamul Hind. Through these saviants, the blessed chain of guidance and learning and their ways of thinking were transferred to scholars of Deoband.

System of Education

Keeping the objectives in view, the Jamia has based its programme of instruction on Quraan, Hadeeth (Prophetic Traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic Law). The syllabus of the Jamia is distinguished by the fact that through it, considerable number of expertise can be achieved in Islamic learning and knowledge in a short time. The objectives of the Jamia include the character buildings, indoctrination of the dedicated scholars (Ulema). Therefore, every effort has been made in the syllabus that the students may not lack anything in terms of training, in terms of learning and application or in terms of sincerity and contentment.

Subjects Included in the Syllabus

Quraanic Sciences (Uloom ul Quran), Sciences related to Tradition i.e. Hadeeth (Uloom ul Hadeeth), Phraseology of Hadeeth (Mustalih al Hadeeth), Sciences of Jurisprudence of Islam (Uloom ul Fiqh il Islami), Sciences of Principles about the Jurisprudence of Islam (Uloom ul Usool ul Fiqh) Sciences of Faith about Hidden Facts (Uloom ul Kalaarn) Sciences related to the Pious Life and Character of Prophet (SallAllahu alaihi wasallam) (Uloom ul Seerat un Nabawiyyah), Islamic History (Uloom ul Tareekh ul Islam), Arabic Literature (Uloom ul Adab il Arabi) Sciences of Etymology and Syntax (Uloom ul Nahw was Sarf), Sciences of Meaning and Rhetoric (Uloom ul Ma'aani wal Balaaghah), Comparative Study of Religions and Sects (Uloom ul Maqarinat ul Adiyaan wal Firaq), Arithmetic (Ilm ul Hisaab), Economics (Uloom ul Ma'aashiyaat), Political Science (Uloom us Siyaasiyaat), etc.

The syllabus is approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Religious Educational Institutions (Wafaq ul Madaaris al Arabiyah) Pakistan.

Stages of Learning

Education in the Jamia has different stages, as follows:

  1. Tahfeez ul Quran.

  2. lbtadaaiyah (Primary) for 5 years.

  3. Mutawassitah (Middle) for 3 years.

  4. Thaanawiyyah Aammah (Secondary) for 2 years.

  5. Thaanawiyyah Khaassah (Higher Secondary) for 2 years.

  6. Aaliyah (Bachelor level) for 2 years.

  7. Aalimiyyah (Masters level) for 2 years.

  8. Takhassusaat (Specialization in various fields) for 2 years.

  9. Ma'had ( a separate system of Islamic studies in Arabic language) for 6 years.

Conditions for Admissions

The Jamia accepts those students for a class who have successfully passed the previous level or class. For example, those who have passed primary will be admitted to Middle, those who have passed Middle will get admission in Secondary and so on. Students emigrating from other institutions are subject to examinations to ascertain their scholastic level. Students, seeking admission for specialization and research, are required to have secured at least "A" grade (Jayyad-Jiddan) in the examination of Aalimiyyah (Masters) held every year of in the supervision of Board of Religious Educational Institutions (Wifaqul Madarisal Arabiah), Pakistan.

Department of Hifz and Tajweed-e-Quraan

It is an important department of Jamia. In this department, Muslim children memorize Holy Quraan by heart with very much care under proper guidance. It is included in our aims that Muslim population should be crowded by these Haafizeen of Quraan.

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