Madrasah Al Hikmah

What is a madrasah?


What is a madrasah?


Madrasah is an Arabic word and it simply means a school. As a school, it offers education. In a Malaysian context where the common language is not Arabic, the word madrasah refers to a specific school; a school that offers Islamic education and usually with Arabic as one of its core subjects. It’s the place for those who are really concern and serious about enhancing the Islam within themselves, family and community. It’s a place, as the Quran says it, to “be Rabbaniyyin by you teaching the Book and by you learning.”



There is no gainsaying that learning the Book of Allah ta’ala has a direct impact in creating rabbaniyyin; the people of Allah Rabbul ‘Alamin.


Rabbaniyyin, as interpreted in Tafsirul Jalalain, are practicing scholars; those who practice what they preach. To qualify oneself as of the rabbaniyyin is the aim of students and teachers at an institution such as a madrasah. This aim is achieved, as the verse explained, by fulfilling two main objectives; learning and teaching the Book. If those associate themselves to a madrasah do become the lovers of Allah ta’ala who walk the talk, then this institution of learning is functioning properly and producing the results it’s looking for; students, teachers, parents and contributors have then successfully achieved their goal.


Prospects of Madrasah graduates

Parents interested in enrolling their children to a madrasah often enquire regarding the job prospects of these students; what is their future? As much as a madrasah wants to take the responsibility of answering that question, at the end of the day the question of their future lies in the hand of Allah ta’ala alone. That is His function. Let the madrasah do what it is supposed to do and let Allah ta'ala do what He wishes. However, to calm the inquisitive mind, an attempt is made to study their future from two angles; their material needs and their job prospects.

1. Material needs

Islam has its own method of distributing limited resources and fulfilling unlimited wish. It is just the matter of implementing it. The unlimited wish can only be fulfilled in the unlimited world, where Allah ta’ala, the Creator of heaven and earth, promised unlimited reward.
To survive this limited and mundane world happily, Muslim students are taught the lessons of simplicity, charity, disinclination towards worldly indulgence, contentment and many such values that will remind them of the place where the unlimited wish will be fulfilled. Adherence to Islamic law and ethics in buying, selling, hiring, leasing, borrowing, inheriting etc will guarantee the best distribution of limited resources. Islam does not oppose worldly advancement, but it is only behind the lessons it teaches that one may find the advancement of both worlds; this world and the hereafter, not sacrificing one for the other.


2. Job prospects

A common question in any seminary; what will the students do when they graduate? As far as madrasah graduates are concern, the question of what to do after graduate should not rise. Any nation needs pious citizens; whose belief is correct and actions are benefiting the nation. Producing pious citizens requires a lot of work. There is more than enough work for a madrasah graduate. The opportunities to serve Allah ta’ala and His Rasul are overwhelming.


There are many masjids, madrasahs and khanqahs to be occupied and run efficiently. Some communities have the infrastructure ready in front of their eyes, but they have no idea how to operate it. Just as a hospital requires a team of dedicates doctors and paramedics for it to function, these masjids and madrasahs also require qualified and dedicated scholars to run them for the community they serve. Correct belief and practice depend on knowledge revealed by Allah ta’ala. It is dangerous to employ any Tom, Dick and Harry to deal with the physical health of the public; it is even more harmful to let the offices in spiritual hospitals be occupied with gentlemen who were not trained in Islamic disciplines. The need for Islamic scholars is indeed high.


At the end of 2013, when Maulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq was brought to a madrasah in Sungai Buloh, he shared a very valuable lesson. As a principal of Madrasa Arabia Islamia, one of the most prestigious madrasah in South Africa, his understanding of the functions of a madrasah is obviously clear. He explained that if a hospital has all the beautiful infrastructure and modern equipments it needs, but there are no doctors to run it, then the hospital will be useless. Therefore, after the completion of the first masjid, Ka'bah, Nabi Ibrahim a.s. asked Allah to send a Rasul to run the Ka'bah. His prayer was answered in the person of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. The functions of this Rasul were also spelt out in the request of Ibrahim a.s. He wanted the Rasul who were to run the Kaabah to execute three things; recite the verses of Allah to the people, teach them the Book and Wisdom and to purify them of evil traits. The beloved Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. fulfilled his responsibilities; running the first masjid according to the syllabus drawn by his forefather. These three functions are also to be carried out by the scholars; the heirs of Rasulullah s.a.w. There is much for a madrasah graduate to do, had they understand their responsibility.


"And work! Allah, His Rasul and the believers will see your effort. Then you will soon return to the Knower of the unseen and apparent. He will then tell you about your action." (Surah At-Tawbah: 105)

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Madrasah Educational System


At the moment, Madrasah Al-Hikmah only offers a Tahfiz Course and a five years course Diploma in Islamic Studies. However, a complete madrasah system is proposed to be taken up by any parties interested.


3 years of primary madrasah (Maktab) + 3 years of Tahfizul Quran + 5 years of secondary madrasah + 2 to 5 years of tertiary education

an adequate period for a person to become an ideal Muslim citizen!


3 years of a part-time course should be enough for an average primary school child to be able to read the Quran very fluently, to know the basic Fiqh, Aqidah and Islamic etiquettes. If he can spend the next 3 years of a full-time course to memorize the entire Quran, then by the age of fifteen he should have a solid foundation for Islamic studies; that is an achievement.


In the next 5 years of secondary madrasah, the teenage mind can develop his Arabic comprehension skill, covering the translation of the entire Quran and basic books of Hadith, learning how to behave and what to belief through the science of Aqidah, Fiqh and Tasawwuf; thus becoming a good Muslim citizen by the time he graduated madrasah at the age of twenty.


With his secondary madrasah diploma, he can delve further in Islamic sciences for some more years of tertiary education, where he will be entitled to a degree (ijazah) and graduate as a scholar by his early twenties. 


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Last modified on Friday, 04 November 2016 20:32
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