A Project of The Jami Mosque & Islamic Centre
Darul Uloom Al Islamiah is a project of the Jami Mosques and Islamic Centre. It comprises three elements:
- Al Raheem Academy – A Maktab for children up to the age of 11
- Darul Uloom Islamic High School – A full time school for 11-16 yr olds that offers Hifz and and Alimiyah program alongside the National Curriculum
- Jamia – Full-Time and Part-Time 16 + institute committed to producing the next generation of Islamic Scholars to lead the British Muslim Community.
Dr Maulana ASM Abdur Rahim was a classically trained Islamic scholar who dedicated his life to education as well as religious and social welfare in his adopted city of Birmingham. He was a vital pillar of the Muslim community in Birmingham and across the country, helping thousands of young Muslims keen to navigate their faith with the modern demands of British society.
Paying tribute to Maulana Abdur Rahim at his funeral service (janazah), Dr Manazir Ahsan MBE, a trustee of the Jami Mosque and rector of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, said: “We all affectionately addressed him as ‘Principal Huzoor’ because he was a great scholar and a man of great spirituality. Many people came to him for spiritual healing and support. The buildings and the people around us at this service today are a witness to his life of service.”
Establishment of JMIC
Dr Maulana ASM Abdur Rahim was invited to Birmingham to be the Imam of the city’s second mosque in 1971 and provide pastoral and religious care to the city’s burgeoning immigrant Muslim population. In 1973 he established the Jami Mosque and Islamic Centre initially at small premises in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, housing 500 worshippers. Over the next forty-three years, the mosque became a flourishing religious centre for the local community, with sermons delivered in English and several other community languages and vital services offered for the religious well being of local Muslims.
Today, the mosque he established has expanded to house over 3,000 congregants and offer pastoral and welfare services including the solemnisation of marriage ceremonies and funeral provision. He led the way in the area’s interfaith forums frequently inviting leaders of other faiths to participate in events at the Islamic centre.
Establishment of the Darul Uloom
Maulana Abdur Rahim pioneered Islamic education in Britain by establishing in the 1980s the Darul Uloom and Islamic High School. He envisioned the school to be a vital resource for British Muslims to contribute to community cohesion in this country.
By 2014, 86% of those who took GCSE’s achieved A-C in the English and maths. The school has since produced hundreds of graduates who have gone on not only to become imams and scholars as the late Maulana Abdur Rahim intended, but also on to other careers contributing productively to British society. In the 1980s, the school attracted the interest of a national television programme which explored the role of the new institution in British society. When asked if the school was at risk of isolating Muslims, he responded, “We are so well integrated into this society that this question did not come across our mind. We never felt isolated, our children never felt isolated and we are well connected with the local community.”