From amongst the many madaris (Islamic universities) located in South Africa, another prominent Madrasah/Darul Uloom situated is Madrasah Taleemuddeen. This citadel of knowledge rests in Isipingo Beach. It was founded by the honourable Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Sahib (daamat barakatuhum)- a khalifa of Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah. Approximately 10-15 years ago, my respected shaykh Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai Sahib (daamat barakatuhum) was the senior lecturer in Hadith in this institute.
At present the Madrasah offers four courses on a full-time or part time basis:
Hifz ul Qur’an Course
I`daadiya (Preparotary) Course
Full Alim Course
Hifzul Qur’an :
A Full-Time or Part-Time course that entails memorizing the Holy Qur’an. Subjects taught include Hifz, Tajweed and Basic Fiqh. The average course duration is 3-4 years.
Imaamate Course :
A Full- Time course structured to train students to serve as Imaams and Makaatib teachers. Subjects studied include Qur’an, Tajweed, Hifz of selected Suras, Aqaa’id, Akhlaaq, Fiqh, Khutbahs and basic Comparitive Religion studies.
Duration: One Year.
I`daadia (Preparatory Course) :
A Full-Time one year couse designed to prepares the student for the Aalim Course. Qur’an, Tajweed, Fiqh and some basic Arabic and Urdu are studied.
Aalim Course :
A full-time six year course to train students to become Ulama. Subjects studied include :
Qur’an recitation and memorization of specific surahs for non-huffaz.
Tajweed under qualified qurraa.
Aqaaid: from simple English and Urdu Books and later from Sharh al-Aqaaid al-Nasafiyyah
Fiqh: Mukhtasar al-Quduri, Sharh al-Wiqayah, Kanz al-Daqa’iq and Al -Hidayah. Also laws of inheritance from Al-Sirajiyyah.
Usul al-Fiqh: Usul al-Shashi and Nur al-Anwar
Nahw and Sarf: i.e. Arabic syntax and etymology from. Al-Nahw al-Wadih, Hidayatun Nahw
and other books.
Tafsir: Translation of Qur’an and then Tafsir al-Jalalayn and Baydawi
Hadith: The six books of hadith and the Muwatta of Imam Malik, Muwatta of Imam Muhammad and Sharh Ma`ani al-Athar of Imam al-Tahawi.
Daily Madrasah Schedule
The students day commences with Fajr Salaah. After Fajr Salaah, time is allocated for the recitation of Yaseen, zikr, tasbeehaat and dua.
After breakfast, classes commence. The class times fluctuate with the seasons. In winter classes start as early as 6:15 a.m. and in summer at 6:45 a.m. The morning session continues for 4½ hours with a 15 minute break after two hours.
After the morning session, students proceed for lunch. Time is then allocated to rest until Zuhr.
A general islahi (self-reformation) programme takes place after Zuhr for 10 minutes. The afternoon classes then commence for two hours. This is followed by Asr. Supper is served before Maghrib.
After Maghrib, for ½ hour students make dhor of their Hifz. Thereafter they engage in revision of the days work and preparation for the next day, under supervision until 9:30 p.m. After Esha Salaah a programme of recitation from Fazaail kitaabs takes place for 10 minutes.
The Madrasah provides full board and lodge facilities for the students.Three meals of a good standard are provided daily. A laundry, tuck shop and a book shop caters for the basic requirements of the students. The Madrasah provides bursaries to many students to pay their fees.
It is our fervent wish and desire that free Islamic education be provided to all our students. However, due to the substantial costs incurred in running the Madrasah, we are constrained to levy some fees. Due to maintaining a very low fee for several years, the Madrasah experienced significant shortfalls in the monthly budget. We are therefore constrained to reluctantly raise the fees to a little more realistic, cost-related level for the current year.
A Brief Profile of Hadrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb
Birth: Born in South Africa in 1956.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb studied Hifz and five years of the Alim course at the Waterval Islamic Institute under the great saint Hafiz Abdur Rahman Mia(Rahmatullahi Alayh) and other competent scholars such as Mufti Ebrahim Sanjalvi (Rahmatullahi Alayh).
After completing Mishkaat Shareef, Hadhrat Mufti Saheb took admission into Darul Ulum Deoband, India, where he completed the Mishkaat and Dawra Hadith levels under great scholars like Hadhrat Qari Muhammad Tayyib Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alayh), Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb(Rahmatullahi Alayh), Mawlana Anzar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi Alayh), (the son of Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi Alayh)) and many others.
Upon completion, Hadhrat spent a considerable amount of time (approximately 9 months) with his Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alayh), of Jalalabad, the khalifa of Hadhrat Moulana Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) and held a formal relationship of Islaah with him until the demise of Hadhratji in 1992.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb completed the Ifta course under the supervision of the Grand-Mufti of India Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb Gangohi(Rahmatullahi Alayh).
After graduating as a Mufti, he returned to South Africa and began teaching Hifz and a few elementary kitabs from his house in Isipingo Beach. A few years later the madrasah moved to a private house which was situated where the Madrasa Hifz hall is today.
As the number of students increased, a building was erected and later the house was demolished and a complete structure for a Darul Ulum was built. Subsequent to this many extensions were carried out.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb received khilafat from both Hadhratji Maulana Maseehullah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) and Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb(Rahmatullahi Alayh) both belonging to the Chisti Silsila of Tasawwuf.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb has since been involved in making the Islaah of many people who have initiated a link with him. For this purpose an IslaahiMajlis is held four times a week after Asr at the Madrasa Masjid. During the month of Ramadan an I’tikaaf program for the entire duration of the month is held.
Besides Islaahi efforts and other administrative duties Hadhrat Mufti Saheb personally teaches the famous Book of Hadith Jamius Saheeh famously known as Bukhaari Shareef and Sunan Abu Dawud.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb has also spearheaded many other projects in various areas. Of particular significance is the Maktab project of the Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) that presently has under its wing over 100 makaatib in rural and residential areas.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb also actively offers his services answering istiftas (questions) received by the public. He also serves in an advisory capacity to many Madaaris affiliated to Madrasah Taleemuddeen.
We make du’a that Allah Ta’ala grant Hadhrat Mufti Saheb long life and good health so that the Ummat continues to derive benefit from his blessed presence.
Source and Madrasah website: http://alhaadi.org.za/