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Dar al-Turath al-Islami (DTI) means the Home of Islamic Heritage; dar is ‘home’ and turath is ‘heritage’. Through a range of activities, such as memorising the Qur’an and learning the shari’ah from classical Arabic texts, the dar seeks to open the door for students to our rich Islamic heritage and its scholars.
At DTI we bring you traditional sacred knowledge, and give you the space and support to study it.
Dar al-Safa is a branch of the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa in Tarim, Yemen, where all the knowledge has an authentic chain of transmission. So the knowledge flowing from Dar al-Safa is pure and unadulterated. We aim to preserve and transmit this knowledge to nourish scholars and laypeople and to contribute to bringing about a revival of the Islamic sciences in an era in which truth is increasingly under attack.
Anwar al-Tanzil is our hifz academy. It offers full-time and part-time Qur’an memorisation programmes for boys and girls in a traditional setting. We are committed to nourishing each student and providing them with individual attention. Our aim is to instil love and reverence within them for the Holy Qur’an, and to enable them to memorise it with excellent tajwid skills.
The Madrasah offers basic Islamic education to children in the weekday afternoons and on Sundays. It is aimed at school-children who are able to attend Islamic education classes on a part-time basis only. Our aim is to provide the children with the knowledge that is compulsory for them, while nurturing them in a supportive Islamic environment.
The Ilm intensive programme consists of various ad hoc classes on contemporary issues facing the Muslim community. The classes are designed to touch hearts and satisfy inquiring minds, as well as providing practical guidance for the seeker. They are taught by highly qualified scholars and are open to those striving to expand their Islamic knowledge and to become better servants of Allah.
Mustafa College offers students the opportunity to study the Islamic sciences in English. The programme is offered part-time. We aim to enable students to enrich their lives by learning about Islam in the context of the modern world without losing the purity of the traditional sciences.
Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ came with a message, a clear way of life, and a divine legal code. His life is an example to the whole of humanity. At Dar al-Turath al-Islami we aspire to transmit this inherited legacy every day from teacher to student, in person, as well as online, to thousands of students through classes of knowledge, gatherings of remembrance, da’wah, workshops, talk shows, etc.
We believe in encouraging all those seeking sacred knowledge, regardless of whether they can afford to pay to study or not. However, all of this comes at significant cost. Our income streams are limited to student fees, donations, fundraisers and book sales. These sources of income only cover 50% of our annual expenses. The shortfall amounts to more than R2 million.
Some of our hard financial facts are the following:
- We require 48 full-time paying students to cover the rent alone.
- Electricity costs the same as about 2,400 cups of coffee from your favourite barista.
- DTI has 16 teachers, 3 administrative employees and a full-time caretaker.