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The Tahfidh Quran (Holy Quran memorization) School

"Alif Laam Raa. A book which we have revealed to you (Muhammad) so that you may lead the people from out of the darknesses into the light by their Lord's leave to the path of the All-Mighty, the Praiseworthy." (Surah Ibrahim:1)

The Society (JTQ) was initially formed to fill a gap at the Kenyan Coast, that of a lack of Quran memorization Classes. From humble beginnings with the accomodation of some 25 orphan children, all victims of the then ongoing shifta war, who were enrolled in the first ever class of its kind in East Africa. The initial accomodation was at the Sunni Muslim Cemetary near the Railway Station. Soon, a benefactor availed a piece of land in Likoni, just across the famous Likoni Ferry. The first classroom at the Likoni plot was a simple thatched roof structure. With the generous support from various well-wishers, a magnificient complex sprung up at Likoni, now known as the Darul Ulum Complex. Eventually, the Tahfidh class was rellocated to Malindi (now run by the Tawfiq muslim Youth). However, another Tahfidh class was then reintroduced at the Likoni complex and this time located at the Hostel facility just a kilometre away from the main Darul Ulum Complex. Situated in a panoramic and serene environment, the Mosque there offers suitable accomodation for the Tahfidh class. The children are hosted in one of the dormitories in the complex (which is the Boarding facility for the Secondary School)

The Tahfidh class is FREE of charge to the student apart from a nominal admission fee of KShs 500/=. The annual cost per child to the society is KES some 12,000/= (USD165 or Euro 140) and this is essentially the cost of the boarding plus the tutor. The classes are conducted by two Qaris, one is a former student. Currently the class is made up of thirty students with an average of six completing their Quran memorisation each year. Each class runs for two years with annual external examiners testing the progress of the students.

The students have various opportunities to attend competitions organised in and around Kenya and in the past have also been invited to attend the famed Quran Competition in the Holy city of Makkah. The students have performed quite well and those who have completed the memorization program have gone on to other higher institutions of learning.

This class runs entirely on your moral and financial contribution. Most of the students are from poor families and or orphans. Please consider sponsoring a child to the Tahfidh class. Should we be able to increase the collection, we can even afford to pay the tutors better.

Hadrat Uthman (Radhi Allaho anho) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said: "The best amongst you is he who learns the Qur'an and teaches it."

The succesful one, inevitably, is the one who takes advantage of the best years of memorisation and these are from the age of five to twenty-three approximately. A person's ability to memorise during these years is very good. In fact these are the golden years of memorising. Therefore, it is necessary for a person to keep himself occupied during the these years of his life, memorising the Book of Allah as much as he can.

Commiting things to memory at this age can be done very quickly and forgestronging is not so easy. This is in opposition to what happens after this time when a person memorises with difficulty and forgets with great speed. He spoke the truth who said:

    Memorising in youth is like engraving on stone And memorising when old is like engraving on water

Thus, it is necessary for all of us to take advantage of the golden years of memorising. If we cannot then we should encourage our sons and daughters to do so. Let us help these young children who wish to memorize the Holy Quran by contributing to this Quran Memorization Class.

The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "Whoever guides to something good is like the one who does it." [Saheeh Muslim] and: "Whoever invites to guidance will receive the reward like the rewards of those who follow him and that will not diminish anything from their rewards…" [Saheeh Muslim]

And with Allah is success and prayers and peace be upon our Messenger Muhammad, upon his family and all his Companions.



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