THE SINKING SHIP OF THE UMMAH THE SINKING SHIP OF THE UMMAH — Maktab Projects


IT IS YOUR OBLIGATION TO ANSWER THIS S.O.S
In  AN EXTREMELY remote, desert region on the borders of Baluchistan and Punjab, our surveying
team of brothers discovered numerous villages populated by Muslims where poverty and total
ignorance of the Deen prevail. For decades these people have not even heard an Athaan. The region
is spiritually barren. There are no Musaajid and no Makaatib to cater for the very basic Deeni ta’leem of
the children. Generations have grown up without any Deen.
There are no missionaries in this region, and to break the ties of these ignorant people with the Deen there
is no need for missionaries to convert them. Ignorance has already done the work of the missionaries, and
is continuing to take a heavy toll. Like many other regions all over the Muslim world, Islam is becoming
extinct.
Despite the fact that there are hundreds of Madrasahs and Darul Ulooms in Pakistan, no one is interested
in these gone and lost areas where the Ummah is being decimated and effaced by poverty and ignorance –
more than poverty, the disease is ignorance.
Here people die and are buried without ghusl and Janaazah Salaat. Yet to stem this tide of kufr by
ignorance and to remedy the situation, the task is not insurmountable. There is a need for some Brothers
to open up their hearts and come to the aid of this lost segment of the Ummah.
Our plan is to construct as many small Musjids as possible in this region. Engage Aalims who will have
to be imported from another province. An Aalim will be the Imaam and Ustaadh to operate a Maktab in
the Musjid for the children of the village. This Ustaadh will at the same time teach the adults who are just
as ignorant as the children.
We have spoken to the village people and explained the danger in which they are wasting away their
lives. They have understood are prepared to offer whatever assistance they are able to. In this regard, the
village folk will put up the walls of the Musjid. The Musjid will be built with mud bricks which they
themselves will make. Our share will be to complete the Musjid by arranging for the roof, windows,
doors, etc. The cost to us will be between R15,000 and R20,000 per Musjid.
It is our intention to initiate the Project with ten Musjids. The initial cost will be about R15,000. Then the
monthly wage for the Ustaad, etc. will be R1,000. Thus for ten Musjids the cost is approximately
R150,000 – R200,000. Add to this R10,000 running expenses per year for a Musjid-Maktab.
If any bandah to whom Allah Ta’ala has bestowed wealth has the heart to undertake this Project wholly or
partly, it shall be appreciated. Build up your capital in Jannat. Be an active cog in the Project to save a
segment of the Ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) from spiritual and Deeni destruction.
There are numerous men of means in our community for whom R200,000 is a paltry sum. They waste
considerably more in weddings, going for Umrah and other holidays, and spending on unnecessary
luxuries. We ask them to reflect and understand that according to the Qur’aan, there will be a reckoning
for the Amaanat of wealth. May Allah Ta’ala grant you the taufeeq to clamber aboard this vital Project of
the Deen.
The lamentable situation explained above is not confined to this particular region. This problem is
endemic and prevails throughout the Muslim World. We are, by the fadhl of Allah Ta’ala, working in a
number of areas. But, it is a mere drop in the bucket

 

Our activities currently consist of:
(1) Approximately 3,500 Maktabs catering for approximately more than 200,000 children who would be
totally deprived of Deeni ta’leem without these Maktabs. Over the past two decades more than million
children have passed through the Maktab course. We operate these Maktabs in Pakistan, India,
Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mozambique, The Gambia and a few in South Africa.
The cost of maintaining a Maktab is about R10,000 a year. We do not build Maktab structures. An
existing Musjid or a hut, etc. serves the purpose.
(2) Building Musjids in villages where there is no Musjid. The Musjid is also used as a Maktab. The cost
of a Musjid varies, depending on the size of the village and region. The cost varies from R15,000 to
R60,000. A R60,000 Musjid is a brick structure.
(3) Boreholes, wells and water tanks. This is indeed a sorely needed necessity in many areas where people
have to trek miles for water. The cost varies from R10,000 to R250,000. Recently we constructed a
borehole on the border of Tanzania to serve the folk of five villages (approximately 25,000 persons). The
cost of this borehole was R260,000. The cost depends on the depth of digging. In rocky terrain, the cost
escalates. In Rajistan (India), which is total desert, the only method is to construct huge concrete water
tanks. If a tank is constructed, the municipality will fill it with water. But the municipality refuses to
build tanks. The tanks serve the whole village. The cost of a tank is R16,000.
(4) Widows and Orphans: We have presently about 200 widows receiving R500 monthly stipends. All of
them have children. This is a huge problem in Pakistan.
(5) While the aforementioned are our main activities, we are engaged in a number of other charitable
Deeni projects. Which develop from time to time.
Was-salaam – MUJLISUL ULAMA OF S.A.
P.O.Box 3393, Port Elizabeth 6056
Our Banking details are:
Mujlisul Ulama of SA
Nedbank
A/c no. 1217 040 145
Commercial Road Branch
(Branch code 121 717)
Port Elizabeth
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MUZO of S.A. (Standard Bank)
Acc No: 080645240
Branch Code: 050217
Branch: Berry’s Corner, Port Elizabeth

Please notify us of your contribution deposited into any of our banking accounts. A copy of the
deposit slip will be appreciated. Email, post or fax it to us.
Our tel/fax number is: +27- 41 – 451-3566
Email: maktabproject@themajlis.co.za

For any further enquiries, contact Abdus Samad Mall, Cell phone 082 786 666 2

 

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