An introduction of
Al Jamiatur Raza
Centre of Islamic Studies
The Establishment of Jamiatur Raza:
Huzoor Taajush Shariah Allama Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Qaadiri had a dream and a vision and this was to fulfil the vision of his maternal grandfather, Ghaus ul Waqt Huzoor Mufti e Azam Hind . Ghaus ul Waqt Huzoor Mufti e Azam Hind had always intended to construct a Sunni University in Bareilly Shareef that would be able to cater for the vast number of students who yearned to acquire their Deeni Ilm in the blessed City of Aala Hazrat .
Bareilly Shareef boasts the likes of Madrassa Manzar-e-Islam, which has been the source of Inspiration for the Muslim World and the foundation of all the future Madrassas in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent, and the foundation of many Madaaris in the world. Bareilly Shareef is also the home of Madrassa Mazhar-e-Islam and Jamia Nooria Razvia. However, the demand for knowledge and yearning of students made it the need of the time for a huge university to be built. This was the vision and dream of Ghaus ul Waqt Huzoor Mufti e Azam Hind . In keeping with this vision of his beloved grandfather, Huzoor Taajush Shariah embarked on this mission to bring this vision to life.
Alhamdu Lillah, the Jamia is under the capable administration and supervision of Shahzada-e-Taajush Shariah, Sayyidi Allama Muhammad Asjad Raza Khan Qaadiri. Huzoor Asjad Mia Qibla is doing a magnificent piece of work as far as the administration of Jamiatur Raza is concerned.
Huzoor Asjad Mia’s efforts and dedication in this regard must be highly commended. Alhamdu Lillah, like his beloved father, Allama Asjad Raza Khan has been blessed with amazing intellect and wisdom and is very professional in what he does. Allah reward him for his efforts.
The Great Shaykhs sincere and dedicated efforts bore its fruits in the year 2000, and Jamiatur Raza came into existence on the 29th of May 2000. Alhamdu Lillah, on the entrance of the City of Bareilly stands this magnificent building which is not only magnificent because of its size and beauty, but more so because it is the vision of Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam brought to life by the efforts of Huzoor Taajush Shariah. Subhaan’Allah!
The formation of Jamiatur Raza silenced many critics who felt there was not a big enough Madrassa in Bareilly Shareef. However, it must be noted that this was not the aim of Huzoor Taajush Shariah. Sadly, there are those who are heard saying that we do not see progress in Bareilly Shareef, or they say we do not see huge buildings in Bareilly Shareef!
Let it be known that when a person goes to Bareilly Shareef he does not go there to see the buildings or the size of the Madrassas. A true devotee goes there for the sake of Aala Hazrat . Alhamdu Lillah, Jamiatur Raza is now the big building that some people were looking for, but they should be reminded that the greatness of Bareilly Shareef is Aala Hazrat
Today there are those who feel and claim that Bareilly Shareef is not the Markaz (Centre) anymore, because other places have bigger buildings and are more progressive.
Let them be reminded that the buildings and the Madrassas are part of the Markaz and not the Markaz. The Actual Markaz is Aala Hazrat and for as long as there is Aala Hazrat the Markaz will continue to be Bareilly Shareef!
The aim of Jamiatur Raza is to prepare future Sunni leaders who possess true knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah and who possess proper understanding of the Deen. The Jamia intends to prepare students who are well acquainted with all the corrupt sects and to prepare them to be able to defeat such sects with knowledge and wisdom.
The students are trained to recognise the corrupt people like wahabis, deobandis, tablighis etc. All students are trained to handle current day issues and issues facing the Muslim Ummah today. Students are trained to follow the Sunnah and to strengthen their character and conduct as defined in this era by Imam Ahl-e-Sunnat Aala Hazrat .
The Jamia provides the following facilities to the students:
1. Taajush Shariah Hostel
2. Allama Hasan Raza Conference Hall
3. Taajush Shariah Library
4. Mufti e Azam I.T. Centre
5. Dining Hall
6. Raza Health Care Centre
The Jamia provides facilities for a wide range of Islamic Studies and the Faculties include:
1. Department of Dars-e-Nizami (Teaching Aalim and Faadil Course)
2. Department of Hifz Qira’at
3. Department of Computer Science
4. Department of Modern Education
5. Department of Printing and Publishing
6. Department of Religious Journalism
7. Department of Research and Training
8. Sharee Council of India
9. Moon Sighting Committee
10. Centre for Book Compilation
11. Centre for Judicial Verdict
12. Centre for Islamic Jurisprudence
In future the following projects are intended under the auspices of the Jamia:
1. Haamidi Mosque (construction has already commenced)
2. Jilani Guest House
3. Allama Naqi Ali Commercial Complex
4. Noori Staff Colony
5. A separate Building for The Central Library
6. Office and Administration Block
7. Extension of Class Rooms
8. Reading Room for Students
9. Water Tank Construction
10. To start a centre for short term Education (for College and University students)
The Secondary Stage of the Jamia provides a 3 year course in which students study Islamic theology, Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi, Mathematics and Computer Sciences along with the other subjects prescribed for the students of Junior High School.
The Higher Stage of the Jamia provides a 7 year course which is divided
into 3 sub-stages:
1. The Maulvi Course – Duration 2 Years (Equivalent High School)
2. The Aalim Course – Duration 2 Years (Equivalent intermediate, including above 2 years)
3. The Faadil Course – Duration 3 Years (Equivalent Graduation, including the above 5 years)
Subjects taught to students in these courses, include Tafseer, Hadith, Islamic Jurisprudence, Law of Inheritance, Islamic ideology, Arabic literature, Rhetoric, Logic and Philosophy, Islamic History, Geography, Economics, Political Science, English literature, Memorising and recitation of the Qur’an. The Jamia also trains students after qualifying in the higher level in specialised Sciences. Students at Jamiatur Raza have the option of specialising in the following Sciences:
1. Specialisation in Fiqh (Equivalent M.A.)
2. Specialisation in Tafseer (Equivalent M.A.)
3. Specialisation in Hadith (Equivalent M.A.)
4. Specialisation in Arabic literature (Equivalent M.A.)
The Jamia also caters for Hifz and Qira’at and has a Department dedicated for this purpose. The courses on offer in this Department are:
1. Hifz – Duration 3 Years
2. Qira’at (Hafs) -Duration 2 Years
3. Qira’at (Saba) – Duration 2 Years
We pray that Jamiatur Raza continues to prosper and may it serve as a Centre of knowledge and learning. Aameen.
By: Allama Muhammad Afthab Cassim Al Qaadiri Razvi Noori