A Brief Description of Daar-ul-Hadeeth in Ma’bar, Yemen

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds, and the blessings and peace be upon our Prophet and upon his family and all of his companions. To proceed: This is a brief overview of Daar-ul-Hadeeth for the study of the Divinely Legislated Sciences in Ma’bar,Yemen.

Daar-ul-Hadeeth for the study of the Divinely Legislated Sciences:

The Daar was established in 1406 A.H in the city of Ma’bar which is located 70 kilometers south of the capital San’aa . The area of the Masjid at that time was 500 meters even. When the good started to increase those who erected the Daar were forced to expand the Masjid so in the year 1415 A.H the Masjid was expanded twice its size. Then again the good increased along with the students therefore those who had erected the Daar were compelled once more to expand the Masjid in the year 1420 A.H. The expansion doubled the first courtyard of the Masjid so overall the current courtyard became one hundred meters lengthwise and 40 meters widthwise aside from complex’s public facilities and the like. The Masjid grew to more than ten thousand worshippers along with its structure.

The Existing Students currently attending Daar-ul-Hadeeth and the lessons they study:

The numbers of the students’ reaches 1500, from them 350 have families and the number jumps to 2000 students during the summer vacations, despite the fact that we have not been accepting anyone unless they have memorized half of the Quran(this condition may not apply to foreign students) or more and that one is good at reading and writing. This is due to our inability to accept the large amount of those who come to us and due to the shortage of resources that we have to assist them in carrying out their needs. We have also laid down the condition that the age of the one wanting to enter Daar-ul-Hadeeth be no less than eighteen years of age.

About the lessons that are given at Daar-ul-Hadeeth:

First: The Noble Quran is memorized along with the rules of Tajweed and their proper application.

Second: Learning Tawheed and ‘Aqeedah and from the books studied concerning this subject are; al-Usool-uth-Thalaathah, Luma’tul-‘Itiqaad, Fathul-Majeed Sharhu Kitaab-it-Tawheed, al-‘Aqeedat-ul-Waasiteeyah, al-‘Aqeedat-ut-Tahaawiyyah in addition to other similar books.

Third: the Arabic language; beginning with at-Tuhfah, al-Kawaakib-ud-Duriyyah, Qatar-un-Nada ,Qawaa’id-ul-‘Iraab, Shudhoor-udh-Dhahab, al-Mughnee of Ibn Hishaam until reaching Sharh Ibn‘Aqeel and whatever books come after it.

Fourth: Fiqh, and in regards to this subject students study books such as; ad-Daraaree , al-Adillatur-Radhiyyah, Subool-us-Salaam, in addition to Saheeh-ul-Bukhaaree , Saheeh Muslim, and other similar books.

Fifth: Usool-ul-Fiqh, and in regards to this subject students study the books of Usool such as; al-Usool min ‘Ilm-il-Usool , Sharh-ul-Waraqaat , al-Mudhakarah fee Usool-il-Fiqh by ash-Shinqitee and other similar books.

Sixth: Mustalah-ul-Hadeeth, and in regards to this subject students study books such as Tayseeru Mustalah-il-Hadeeth, al-Baa’ith-ul-Hatheeth, Nuzhat-un-Nathr , Tadreeb-ur-Raawee , Illal-ut-Tirmidhee , al-Muwaqathah of adh-Dhahabee, and other similar books.

And we mentioned these fields of study as examples not limited to their subjects alone as the lessons in Daar-ul-Hadeeth have reached more than sixty daily lessons.

A summary of the daily class schedule:

After Salat-ul-Fajr until seven in the morning the Quran is memorized. Some other lessons are diffused then breakfast is served. Whatever of the Quran has been memorized is listened to until eight O’clock. The lessons begin and continue until the Aadhaan of Salat-uth-Thur , each lesson being no more than an hour long, and each class according to its level and subject. After Salat-uth-Thur the Shaykh’s general lesson is given from the Tafseer of as-Sa’dee . Lunch is eaten and then asiesta is observed. Salat-ul-‘Asr is prayed and then the Shaykh’s class over Saheeh-ul-Bukhaaree is given. Various lessons are followed after that observing the morning class schedule up until Maghrib. The class covering Saheeh Muslim is then given by the Shaykh between Maghrib and ‘Isha . After the evening prayer the Shaykh meets with those who are ill to discuss their terminal medical conditions. He has assigned more than ten brothers that he has chosen to read over those who are ill throughout the day even though he has not been able to devote time for him self to read over the afflicted due to his many duties and due to the vast amount of sick people. Some days they arrive with up to fifty conditions and despite this he does not abandon giving prescriptions for the afflicted, supervising their chronic conditions or diagnosing them. He then retires to his library where he remains there until ten in the evening.

It is well known that we do not accept anything from the sick rather we desire the reward and the attestation of that reward to be from Allah the Glorified, the Most High. It is very clear to all ofus who recite the Quran that if we were to take anything from the afflicted whether a small portionor a large amount then the result will end up being separation from the reading program or complete expulsion from the Daar . As for the students then they are required to go to sleep at nine in the evening so that they can wake up an hour early for the first Adhaan before Salaat-ul-Fajr .

The level of endeavor from the students in Daar-ul-Hadeeth:

There is currently two hundred students memorizing the Noble Quran, many of them become Duaat , Preachers, Authors, and Verifiers, and of the students are those who benefit their brothers with beneficial lessons, and many of them also go out Thursday and Friday of every week into the villages and cities to invite to Allah and by this they have compelled many to attend the Masaajid for prayers.

Many beneficial students graduate from Daar-ul-Hadeeth, and they establish branches of Daar-ul-Hadeeth in various locations of Yemen, they set up what the people may need concerning knowledge, classes, and inviting to Allah, and there exists many students of knowledge (for this purpose).

A summary of the women’s classes in Daar-ul-Hadeeth:

There are currently more than four hundred women studying in the Daar learning the sciences of the Book and the Sunnah, not differing much from what was mentioned concerning the men’s classes. More than a hundred women have memorized the Book of Allah and have become callers to Allah. There is a section specifically reserved for them to give lessons and to teach the method in giving lessons (all of this is done) by the hands of the sisters from whom benefit is sought.

Daar-ul-Hadeeth and what exists of its current estates:

The Daar possess forty homes lived in by the students of knowledge who have families. Within the Daar there are more than thirty five rooms that are occupied by the students of knowledge who are not married in addition to those who stay on the Masjid grounds. The Daar also has three cars ready for going out to invite to Allah.

The Daar’s Expenses:

Daar-ul-Hadeeth assumes full responsibility for paying the rent for the homes that the students with families live in. These are homes that are not part of the property of the Daar . Financial assistance is given to the students who have families so that they can spend on what they may need from their necessities like food, etc. Food is also purchased for the resident students who are not married that live in the Daar . The Daar does not have a person who officially supports it nor does it receive assistance from the state, the universities, nor from any specific organization. Instead we are assisted by the one whom Allah has granted Tawfeeq from the people of good, each one according to his ability and capability. It is because of this reason that a month or two will pass and most of the times we will have nothing, not even enough for us to pay our expenses!

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8 Responses to “A Brief Description of Daar-ul-Hadeeth in Ma’bar, Yemen”

  1. abu Nafi'a Abdul Wali Hamidullah Says:

    As-salaamu alaykum,

    Ya akhi I am planning on coming to Ma’bar in August of this year 2009 (insha Allah). A friend of mine is already over there working on housing arrangements, he is a Yemeni brother.
    I enjoyed reading your blog it is very informative. I believe I read it on brother Abu Abdus-Salaam’s site, Salafyink.
    I would like your advice, when I apply for the visa’s for myeslf and my family. What should I tell them at the Yemeni embassy in the US about my reasoning for travelling to Yemen. Can I say that I want to go to mabar to study, or should I say that I am just a tourist.
    I would appreciate any advice you can give me in this matter.

    Jazakum Allahu Khayrin

    • theforgottendeen Says:

      Wa Alaikom As Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

      May Allah Swt make it easy for all of us to seek knowledge and spread the word only for His sake.
      It’s always good to know or have someone in a place where you are planning on going. Always remember that when applying for the visa if you disclose about going over to study “deen” regardless of where ever you are going in Yemen chances are you will be denied entry, unless you are going to an established mahad/daar that is authorized to issue visas then thats something different.

      Keep track of your visa InshaAllah once you are there and keep renewing it, also if you are going to be taking a taxi or meeting random people do not speak of the daar/mabar. The Yemeni govt have checkpoints in certain areas and beyond certain checkpoints they do not want foreigners to go. I would suggest that you keep in touch with the brother you know in yemen to assist you in picking up from the airport as sanaa airport is known to give hard time to some people maybe those with big beards, clothing above ankles and travelling single. Even single sisters have had questioning. If you have a family and someone comes to pick you up then thats different but i’d still look into it.

      Also how are you planning on traveling from sanaa to mabar? again i would suggest to ask the brother you know in Yemen to assist you in that as there are check points like i mentioned and some may know a way to go around the check posts.

      If you have any more questions do not hesitate to ask InshaAllah. I do know someone here from M’abar but he is currently in M’abar visiting family so as of now i cannot find out whats the current.

  2. mohammad abdul rahman Says:

    salmaualikum,
    Akhi is it hard to get into yemen from aden with a thobe and beard, what should i tell them? studying or tourism or what?

    • theforgottendeen Says:

      Wa alaikom as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      just go akhi don’t worry too much about not being let in with a beard or thobe, Alhamdulilah a lot of people have gone and benefited whatever you do don’t lie in order to seek knowledge, I remember reading regarding this by Sheikh Yahya and I tried looking for it but havent found the article. InshaAllah if i come across it i will post.

  3. mohammad abdul rahman Says:

    alhamdullah i found the article

    http://www.subulassalaam.com/Articles/print.cfm?article_id=83

    • theforgottendeen Says:

      Alhamdulillah JazakAllahKhair that’s what I was looking for, I’ll post it on the blog InshaAllah so others can benefit too.

  4. Abdulaziz Ibn Ismail Says:

    Asalamu Alaikum,

    I just had a question with regards to how accommodating it would be in ma’bar for someone with no arabic language background (yanni are there brothers there that can help get one jumpstarted in the lugha)

  5. theforgottendeen Says:

    Wa Alaikom As Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

    brother usually what happens is when one goes overseas other then to a mahad, english speaking brothers that are already there may help those who do not know arabic.

    In some places i know of they go over the madina arabic books, being in an Arabic speaking enviroment, going over the language books, listening to duroos in Arabic etc will all help InshaAllah catching the language faster, so there is no worry and no problem going over without knowing the language, others have done it, some catch on faster some a little slow.

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