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Activities and Education System:


Translate this page into Arabic (rough translation - not accurate)


Sections of the Institution:

The institution has three distinct sections under one umbrella:



1.Dar Ubay Bin Ka'ab: For Qur’an memorization.


2.Darul Arqam: For Islamic theology training. (A) Revertees (B) Imaam course


3.Al Ma'had Al Ilmy: For Islamic propagation and guidance (A’alim course).


Institution Activities:

Conducting Hifdh classes for boys from the ages of 8-14 years. Imparting basic Islamic knowledge to Muslim reverts. Preparing teachers and imams capable of manning mosques in villages. Preparing the Huffadh to higher levels of Islamic education in any recognized university. Practical training in computer, tailoring and Da'awah works in the surrounding villages. Renovations of dilapidated mosques and construction of new mosques in villages where need arises. Digging of wells where water is scarce.


Origin of Students:

In the past students were sought from refugee camps that arose from the conflicts in the neighboring countries like Somali, Sudan and Rwanda but now the students come from various open preaching grounds which see the joining of various Christians adopting Islam in abundance. Hereunder please find summary of each section to update yourself of the actual role played by the institution since its inception:


Dar Ubay Bin K'aab:

This section is purely involved in memorizing of the Holy Qur'aan for Muslim boys aged between eight and fourteen years. It is the first and the foremost section to have been initiated by the late Haji Ali Muhammad in the Mombasa residence and through this section other section cropped up at regular intervals. The lessons are conducted in the Masjid Naeem while the boarding facilities are situated at the upper of the dinning hall. The number of students in goes to the maximum of two hundred. The enrollment is normally done annually ten days after every end of the fasting of Ramadhan. The eligible student has to be able to read the first chapter properly with the TAJWEED requirement in order to qualify for the admission. Other boarding requirements are followed after this pre-requisite is fulfilled. The maximum period in this section is three years. Most of the Taraweh prayers during the month of Ramadhan in the Mombasa town Masaajid and their environs are led by students who have qualified from this section and that of Ma’ahad Ilmy.


Al Ma'ahad Al Ilmiy (Alim):

Those students who complete the memorization of the Holy Qur’an either from Dar Ubay bin Ka’ab or else where in the country but confirmed by the head of Dar Ubay Bin Ka’ab section are eligible into this section. The period of study in this section extends to six years where a successful student is awarded a secondary level certificate which qualifies him to join the Kisauni College of Islamic Studies, Thika, South Africa and Sudan; having completed the Mishkaat level of Studies which confers degrees to successful students after completing their studies there. The media of instruction in this section is purely Arabic. The number of students in this section ranges from 150-200 subject to their availability as the number of students qualifying as Huffadh in a year is very minimal. The Ma’ahad section also learns subjects like English, Geography, Mathematics and History. Their dormitories are located at the upper layer of classrooms as is the case of Darul Arqam students. In order to maintain their Hifdh prowess, the Ma’ahad students are annually tested for Qur’an memorization which is in the curriculum and then encouraged to lead Taraweh prayers during the month of Ramadhan at the home mosques.


Darul Arqam (Reverts):

This section was established by the institution to cater for the ever increasing number of Christians accepting Islam day by day. Also there are those who were born from Muslim parents but never had the opportunity to learn their religion from childhood. All these were given short courses which started with three months and now extended to a year where they are given basic knowledge of Islam. Those who qualify in this one year and are better placed to undertake a more intensive subject in Islam are given yet another year to train as imam or Muslim teachers who can assist their relatives and neighbors in their respective areas in understanding Islam. Also the need to man the Masaajid in the rural areas is quenched by these students who are both equipped academically, morally and spiritually where the laymen will be attracted to their religious upkeep and follow their suite. Thus building an environment of Islamic tenet and norm which is an integral part in combating the corrupt forces of evil the present day nature is trying to portray and make perceptible to the Ummah.



Alhamdulillah, since its inception, twenty nine years (1985-2014) ago, the institution has made strides in development in the academic field. Those who have memorized the Qur’an are over eight hundredand fifty students and the list is still in the increase. 88 students have so far completed the secondary level (thanawiah) in the Ma’ahad section, who have joined different institutions both in and outside the country. 3950 participants have benefitted in the unique Darul Arqam course for new Muslims, while 1074 have completed the Imam course. Innumerable number of students are leading different mosques in daily prayers and are actively engaged in Da’awah works. There are three active wells which satisfy the water needs for six hundred students in the centre together with fifteen families of the teaching staff. Alhamdulillah the new dinning hall is ready and already in use. The existing Masjid has been extended to cater for the growing numbers, also a new dormitory block has been added and right now residential flats for our Ustadhs is near completion. Alhamdulillah also all these undertakings are the result of generous well-wishers, jazahumullahu khairan. A new diesel generator is needed to be installed to supply the whole institution with power incase the normal electricity is interrupted. (The present one has failed.) This will replace the petrol generator which only caters for the Mosque alone. We also undertake the distribution of Islamic literature portraying the deficiency of sects other than Sunni sect as well as publishing magazines in Arabic, English and Kiswahili.


Future Plans:


1. Upgrade the institution to university level.


2. Once the application for the university status has sailed through, insha’allah, a mammoth task of new college buildings will be envisaged.


3. Fence the institution premises to secure the students and prevent sneaking.


4. Purchase a new van.


5. Purchase a Waqf house in Mombasa for revenue generation.

Monthly Expenditure:

Our average monthly expenditure is at the tune of 1,800,000/ Kenyan Shillings (Appx. £12,500 GBP/US$ 20,700) under the sub heads of wages, food, repairs, electricity and maintenance, medical, motor vehicle running expenses and general transport


Source of funding:

Muslims well wishers within Kenya and abroad.


Form of subscription:

Cash, Material and Food Stuff

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