Mumbai: Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Center (MMERC), Mumbai has launched Markaz Online (English Medium) Madrasa (MOM) project. The decision was taken at an international online meeting held on June 3, here in which 50 Islamic scholars and intellectuals from India and abroad participated. The participants were members of the International MMERC Alumni Network (IMAN) who gathered to discuss and finalize the Online (English Medium) Madrasa issue which was conceptualized by MMERC.
Maulana Muhammad Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director of MMERC and Editor of Eastern Crescent presented the MOM concept at the outset and stated that this project has been in the works for several years.
“The aim of this academic endeavor is to provide necessary as well as advanced level Islamic theological education to the non-madrasa attending youths and professionals, both males and females, from across the world, in an online mode like that of IGNOU and NIOS in India,” he said. The complete course will consist of a 3+2 year duration, up to graduation in Islamic Studies (Alimiyat). That is the course will have a 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.
He added that students from Indian and international colleges and institutions as well as working men and women who desire to study Shariah in-depth and systematically through academic means may join in these courses. Since these courses will be taught in English, it will be required that the candidate meet certain language proficiency requirements.
The courses will eventually cover topics including Arabic language (reading, writing, and speaking), Qur’anic translation and Tafseer, Hadith, Aqaid (beliefs), Seerat (biography of the Prophet (saws), Islamic history, Islamic sociology, and comparative studies of religions, among others.
The MOM syllabus will be created by a 12-member team of professionals that are knowledgeable in curriculum design and are connected to several educational institutions. The course will begin at the end of this year 2023 after this committee presents the comprehensive draft by the end of June. The attendees were acknowledged and listed as the founding members of MOM under MMERC, Mumbai.
It should be noted that all of the participants were former students of the Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Center’s (MMERC) post-madrasa two-year Diploma in English Language & Literature (DELL) course. They are now employed as professionals in India and abroad and provide valuable educational services to madrasas, schools, colleges, and universities. In 1994, Lok Sabha Member and CEO of Ajmal CSR Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasimi founded the MMERC, a post-madrasa educational school.