Message from the Founder of Darul Uloom Islamic High School, the late Dr Maulana ASM Abdur Rahim (may Allah have mercy on him)
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barkatuhu. Peace and the blessings of Allah be with you.
Darul Uloom has come an extremely long way since those early days in 1985 when the school started with just a small building and even less resources. My vision was to establish an institute that would create experts in the Islamic sciences who would become exemplary representatives of Islam, preserve the Islamic identity of British Muslims, and possess the necessary skills to benefit the local community and enrich the wider society.
By the Grace of Allah and through the dedication and sincerity of a group of committed Muslims, we established Darul Uloom Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah in 1985. The Madrasah was one of the first of its kind in the western world. Thus, the Darul Uloom acted as a blueprint for other Madaris, and in subsequent years paved the way for many Islamic institutes to open throughout the country.
Darul Uloom has served its purpose of educating thousands of students with both an understanding of the Islamic Sciences and competency in the National Curriculum subjects - a combination that has provided students the basis to pursue further education in a wide range of disciplines. Students of Darul Uloom have gone on to become great Ulema, Huffaz, and professionals in numerous sectors of society: as Imams, teachers, doctors, engineers, lawyers, councillors, businessmen and many others.
In recent years, there has been a renewed, reinvigorated drive to develop and improve the standards of education further. The Madrasah has taken great strides to further that aim and there are genuine expectations for it to become a centre of excellence and beacon for Islamic learning in the west.
Nurturing a boy through the early stages of his life is a serious commitment and a great challenge for the 21st Century. We are educating our children for a world that is rapidly changing which requires not only an excellent foundation of learning but also the acquisition of strong Islamic principles with forward thinking and problem solving abilities. We believe that all our students are capable of achieving outstanding outcomes and developing into active British citizens who contribute fully to the local and global community. We promote fundamental British values and we want each pupil to question and to think and to act responsibly.
Finally, and most importantly, we believe everyone will be judged by Allah (SWT) as our beloved Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: ''Every one of you is a shepherd, and everyone of you will be questioned regarding his flock''. Therefore we endeavour, strive and struggle to enable your son to achieve personal success in this world and the next.
I very much hope you will find Darul Uloom welcoming and after reading this, you have an insight into the how our school operates. May Allah (SWT) give us the tawfiq to continue to strive for, support and improve Darul Uloom. Ameen.
Dr Maulana ASM Abdur Rahim
"Allah, His Angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge"- Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 422