What is Mahad al-Zahra?
Mahad al-Zahra is an institution of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah dedicated to the memorization of al-Quran and its studies. Memorization of al-Quran al-Karim is pivotal in the curriculum of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah. Memorization is coupled with a thorough education in the art of recitation, Arabic grammer and pronounciation, and Quranic tafseer (exegesis). Hence, at Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah memorization of the Quran is not merely a portion of the curriculum, but the induction of Quranic values into one’s lifestyle. The objective in establishing Mahad al-Zahra has been outlined by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS in the following excerpt: “I named It Mahad al-Zahra so that it may receive the barakat (blessings) and blessings of Moulatona Fatema al-Zahra, to whom this Dawat (call of guidance) is associated. The Mahad has been established in order to provide education of recitation in accordance with the laws of tajweed, to facilitate the memorization of the Quran Majeed and to offer a means of study of its knowledge. It is also responsible for providing education regarding contemporary fields of knowledge and languages so as to highlight the all-encompassing nature of the Quran and the greatness of Islam. I thank Allah Ta’ala for it is through His grace that construction has begun and I pray to Him that studies within this institution begin soon and in accordance with my expectations.” Excerpts from al-Kalemaat al-Nooraniyah 1379H translated from Arabic.