Students from colleges and universities in India and abroad and professional men and women, who want to gain systematic Islamic education and in-depth Shariah studies through academic means, may enroll in the institution
NEW DELHI — The Mumbai-based Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Centre (MMERC) is to open an English media madrassa soon.
This was decided at a virtual meeting at the weekend wherein around 50 Islamic scholars and intellectuals from India and abroad participated.
The participants were members of the International MMERC Alumni Network (IMAN), a press release issued on Wednesday said.
Maulana Muhammad Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director of MMERC and Editor of Eastern Crescent, put forward the madrassa concept through a presentation. He said preparation for the project were going on for the past several years. “The aim of this academic endeavour is to provide necessary as well as advanced level Islamic theological education to the non-madrassa attending youths and professionals, both men and women, from across the world, in an online mode like that of IGNOU and NIOS,” he said.
The complete course will consist of 3+2 year duration, up to graduation in Islamic Studies (Alimiyat). That is the course will have total of four stages – (1) Certificate Course in Islamic Studies, 1st Year, (2) Diploma in Islamic Studies, 2nd Year, (3) Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies, 3rd Year, and (4) Graduation in Islamic Theology, 4th and 5th year, for above 15 year age group.
In these courses, Maulana Qasmi said, students from colleges and universities of India and abroad, and professional men and women who want to gain systematic Islamic education and in-depth Shariah studies through academic means, may enroll. The criteria will be that the candidate should have adequate knowledge of the English language because the medium and contents of these courses will be in English. The courses will gradually cover subjects such as Arabic language (reading, writing, speaking), translation and Tafseer (exegesis) of the Qur’an, Fiqh (jurisprudence), Hadith, Aqaid (Beliefs), Seerat (Biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Islamic History, Islamic Sociology and Comparative Studies of Religions etc.