Darul Ilm Birmingham aims to educate seekers of Islamic knowledge all over the world so that they can become the next generation of knowledgeable and pious ‘Ulama (scholars) or at the very least knowledgeable enough to protect their Iman and Islam in this day and age. We stress the importance of practicing upon what one has learnt and make sure that our students stay committed to different types of ‘Ibadat (religious actions) simultaneously with their Islamic studies with us. Practising upon knowledge acquired is essential for a serious seeker of Islamic knowledge and that is why we spend so much time on our students, making sure they become strong in their knowledge and role-models for the Muslim community they live in.
Our vision is also to see the spread of Islamic knowledge around the world through our students, which is why we encourage our students to establish maktabs, institutes and madrasahs. We currently have helped one of our students in Mexico to establish the first Alim/Alimah course in the Spanish world and also a small Maktab/institute in Sweden. And all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds.
As a madrasah, we work hard on the reformation of our students. Our teachers work hard to instill and demonstrate ideals of integrity, truthfulness, humility and modesty.
There is an overlying emphasis on continuous acquiring of knowledge beyond the program which they are being taught. Students are encouraged to be responsible, build relationships and work together as a team with the aim that our graduates are multi-faceted to deal with situations in the wider society.
We try to make our students be accountable to teachers and to each other as a reminder of our purpose in life and the final accountability we will all face.
Our focus is on the needs of the diverse Muslim community whilst we try to ensure that our services are open to all. We offer the alimiyah courses and other facilities for women to empower those sections of our community who may otherwise not be able to acquire religious knowledge due to domestic needs and childbearing. We work actively to promote tolerance and understanding.
Times are changing and our identities are being questioned in the process. Our community is stronger now in some areas whilst developing and emerging in others. Our mission to serve the challenges and needs faced by the wider community will be the foundation of our vision. The demands of the future may be trying but as long as we teach and train our students to achieve the best of their potential, Inshallah, they will be able to face the future of Muslims with the enthusiasm and courage needed.