Dārul ‘Ulūm Zakariyya
Dārul ‘Ulūm Zakariyya is located in Zakariyya Park which is approximately 20 min away from Johannesburg. The nearest town is Lenasia, a town highly populated by Muslims. As mentioned in another thread, there is a Girls Madrasa (Mueenul Islam) near by. Many students from Darul Zakariyya have sisters studying at the girls Madrasa. The two schools are a distance way, so it’s not possible for students of one school to see the students of the school.
Dārul ‘Ulum Zakariyya follows the Darse Nizāmi taught in most of the Madrasas in Indo-Pak. It’s a 7 year course.
Mostly books to teach how to read, write, and speak Urdu.
Tamrīn al-Sarf (Written by Mufti Rada)
Dīn ki Bātay (concise version Bahishti Zewar)
Mukhtasar al-Qudūri (not Tashīl al-Zurūri)
Qur’ān Translation (juz 12-20)
Fawā’id e Makiyya (Tajwīd)
Qawā’id al-Lughah al-‘Arabiyya
Qur’ān Translation (juz 20-30)
Sharh al-Tahzīb (Mantiq)
Al-Hidāya (first half)
Riyād al-Salihīn (2nd Half)
Qur’ān translation (juz 1-12)
Some students are selected to do Sab’ā Qirā’at (7 modes of recitation). The rest will do another book in Tajwīd.
Al-Hidāya (2nd half)
2nd year of Sab’a Qirā’at. Others will do another book in Tajwīd.
Sunan Abi Dāwūd
Sunan Ibn Mājah
Mu’atta Imām Mālik
Sharh Ma’āni al-Āthār
Muktasar al-Maqāsid al-Hasana
Dārul ‘Ulūm Zakariyya is fortunate to have some of the greatest teachers who specialize in many branches of Shariah and carry years of experiences. All the senior Teachers are from India/Pakistan
Mufti Rada ul Haq
Al-Muhaqiq al-Mudaqiq al-Muhadith al-Fahhāma al-Faqhi al-Mufti Rada ul Haq (May Allah bless him with a long and healthy life). He is the Shaykh al-Hadith of Dārul ‘Ulūm Zakariyya. He teaches Sahīh Bukhārī, Sahīh Muslim 2nd half, Sunan Ibn Mājah, Sunan Nasā’ī, Mukhtasar Maqāsid al-Hasana, Al-Hidāya 3rd part, and 2nd Half of Jalālayn. He’s also the head of the Iftā department. He was the former Mufti of New Town, Karachi and currently he’s the Amīr of Jamiat al-Muftīn of South Africa.
Mufti Muhammad Ali
Teaches Jāmi’ al-Tirmidhī 1st half, Al-Hidāya 2nd part, Muqāmāt al-Harīri, and many of the initial classes.
He qualified from Jāmiyya Islāmiyya, Dhabel and then enrolled in Nadwatul ‘Ulama for 3 years specializing in Arabic. Afterwards, he wanted to study Iftā in Deoband. The principle of Deoband, Qari Tayyab said that he must do final year again in Deoband. So he studied the final year the 2nd time, then studied 1 year takhasus fil Tafsīr (specializing in Tafsīr), and afterward one year of Iftā. He has also spent 2 years in Tabligh Jamat.
Mawlana ‘Alāudīn Khan
Teaches Jami al-Tirmidhi 2nd half, Al-Hidāya 4th part, Nūr al-Anwār, and a few classes in the initial years.
He completed his studies in Benori Town, Karachi under the Muhadith of his time Allāmah Yusuf Binori. While Mwulana Alāudīn was still busy with his ‘Alim course, he left the madrasa to study a few years of only Mantiq (logic) and Philosophy. He has studied up to 20 books in Mantiq and Philosophy. After completing his studies, he went to Madrasa Sawlatiyya in Makkah and taught for 20 years.
Mawlana Sulayman Choski
Teaches Sahīh Muslim 1st half, Jalālayn first half, Al-Hidāya 1st part, Usūl al-Shāshi, and a few books of the initial years.
He graduated from Jāmi’yya Islāmiyya, Dhabel and afterwards taught there for 12 years. Currently he’s teaching his 17th or 18th year in Dārul ‘Ulūm Zakariyya. Throughout his studies he never wrote a word of notes. He memorized everything teacher said and would come out first in the class every year. Many great ‘Ulama have studied under him such Mufti Ebrahim Desai. I have heard Mufti Ebrahim time and again praising Mawlana Choksi and how much he has benefited from him. Mawlana Sulayman Choski is known for his Taqwa and piety. His durūs are always full of wisdom and he’s known for his ability to derive lessons and points from Quran and Hadith to be implemented in our daily lives.
Mawlana ‘Abbās Sarigat
Teaches Sharh Ma’āni al-Āthār, Balāghat al-Wādiha, and a few books of the initial years. After completing his studies in Gujarat, he enrolled in Nadwatul Ulama to study additional 4 years specializing in Arabic.
Mawlana Usmani Mewati
Teaches Abu Dāwūd and a few books of the initial years.
Mawlana ‘Abdul Qudūs Qāsmi
Mawlana is master of the Arabic Language. Ever since he joined Dārul ‘Ulūm Zakariyya, the Madrasa’s level of Arabic has increased tremendously. He has a unique style of teaching and improving the student ability to speak and write Arabic. He has authored many books in Arabic from which al-Qira’āt al-‘Arabiyya is taught in Dārul ‘Ulūm Zakariyya and many other institutes.
There are many other teachers in Darul ‘Ulum Zakariyya, such as Mawlana Sulayman Moola, who is known internationally for his lectures. I have mentioned only a few. One of the greatest qualities you will find in all the teachers besides their knowledge is their Taqwa. Alhamdullilah, all of the teachers are Allah-fearing and strictly adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam). All the teachers are strong supporters of Tasawwuf as well as Tabligh Jama’āt. Many of the teachers have received Khilafa in their silsilah and many of them go out in Tabligh Jama’āt with their students. You will also find teachers taking out personal time after ‘Isha to teach students who have requested for extra help.
The student body is approximately 680 students from +40 countries from which 300 are in the Hifz section. This year (2007) 61 students graduated from the ‘Alim course making the total graduates 435.
The Madrasa has recently built new dormitories, which is spacious and well facilitated. Each room has 6 students. The Students are places in the boarding according to class. Each student has a built-in closet to put their personal belongings.
The fee for this year is R9000 with additional R250 for maintenance. If someone is not capable of paying the fees, the madrasa will make arrangements. They do not reject anyone. The fee covers tuition, boarding, meals, and laundry.
The teachers usually make their adhkār before Fajr in the study hall next to the masjid. Many students join them in dhikr. After fajr, the whole madrasa recites Surah Yasīn upon which the principal makes du’ā. Thereafter all the students are required to sit in the masjid for 30 min to recite the Quran. The students then proceed to the mess hall where breakfast is served.
Classes begin after breakfast. The morning session constitutes of 5 periods of 45 min each. Lunch is served after class and the students are then given time for siesta until Zuhr. In the summer days, usually its about 3 hours and winter days is about an hours. After Zuhr, there have another 3 periods of 45 min each until ‘Asr. After ‘Asr Salāh, the tabligh brothers sit in their halaqa for talīm, in which taskīl is made to go out in weekend jama’āt. Supper is also after ‘Asr. Many students go play on the grounds after meal until Maghrib. All the students have to sit in the study hall from Maghrib till ‘Isha to revise their daily lessons and prepare for the next day's lesson. After ‘Isha they are required to sit for another 1 ½ hours.
Classes are from Sunday Maghrib till Saturday ‘Asr. So you only have a one-day weekend. There is a mall close by where students go on Sundays to buy their necessities.
There are three exams throughout the years; 3 months (before ‘Īd al-Adha) , 6 months, and the final exam.
The food is quite good. For breakfast you have tea. There is porridge or cereal for those that don’t drink tea. With it you have bread with either butter or jam.
Lunch is always rice. Either kardi kichrdi, chicken, mutton, or daal.
Supper is always curry and bread.
There is a canteen that sells hotdogs, sandwiches, cold drinks, pies, and fries (chips). The canteen opens at lunch time, supper time, and late at night after the study time finishes.
There are three vacational breaks throughout the year.
1 week for Eid al-Adha
2 weeks after the 6months exams
2 month at the end of the year
P.O. Box 10786
Gauteng, South Africa
Hafiz Bashir Bhatia – Vice Principle and Admin
Mawlana Shabir Saloojee – Principle