Discover Aljamea-Tus-Saifiyah's
Educational Legacy

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah is the principal educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community. Its sole benefactor, His Holiness Dr
Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, oversees and guides it in all its endeavours. Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah has been providing young 
Dawoodi Bohra men and women with an education based on the principles of Fatimi philosophy for over two centuries. 
This philosophy encompasses tenets that have proven themselves over the centuries along with the best of what contemporary
disciplines have to offer.

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah's
Educational Legacy

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah is the principal educational institute of the Dawoodi Bohra community. Its sole benefactor, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, oversees and guides it in all its endeavours. Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah has been providing young Dawoodi Bohra men and women with an education based on the principles of Fatimi philosophy for over two centuries. This philosophy encompasses tenets that have proven themselves over the centuries along with the best of what contemporary disciplines have to offer.

Legacy of learning

A quest for excellence

The eleven year programme covers higher secondary, undergraduate and graduate education. Although students specialise in select disciplines, our philosophy mandates that they acquire from and appreciate a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. In this respect, students study a range of subjects within the empirical sciences, social sciences and the humanities, as well as select modern languages.

For us, education is more than academics per se; it is a quest for excellence in all aspects of personality, imbibing morality as well as intellectuality. The fruition of the academy’s undertaking involves constant application of what is learnt, thereby bridging theory and practice.

Due to this philosophy, the academy is at once, ancient yet modern, focused yet holistic in its outlook. It is this applied philosophy that makes the academy unique.
Al Jamea Architecture

The campuses

Aljamea’s campuses, those in Surat, Karachi, Nairobi as well as Mumbai, centre upon the masjid. Its prominence is underscored by the fact that all buildings follow its orientation towards the Holy Kaaba in Mecca. In Karachi and Nairobi, as in Mumbai, the masjid lies ahead of all the other structures in its orientation, just as the imam of a masjid stands ahead of those that he leads in prayer.

Fatimi Architecture

The art and architecture of the Fatimi Imams AS is not only researched and studied in Aljamea, but brought to life in its buildings and edifices. These Fatimi ornamentations and monuments are not merely one-off replicas of their originals meant to serve as reminders of a former glory, but are rather components of a perpetual system of inspiration towards the everlasting ideals and values embodied by the Fatimi movement: āthār and maʾāthir

In harmony with nature

One of many aspects of Islamic thought manifest in Aljamea’s campuses is its attention towards impacting Allah’s creations, the natural environment, to the least extent possible. Green building techniques and environmentally friendly operations are in practice in Surat, Karachi, Nairobi and Mumbai.

Where possible, buildings have been designed to utilise sunlight and facilitate natural ventilation to the greatest extent possible, decreasing dependency on artificial methods that consume vast amounts of electricity. In Surat, a solar water heating system has been in use for the dormitories since the early 1980’s.

An intricate layout of coconut trees planted along the perimeter of the Karachi campus’ sports field mitigates water logging not only in Aljamea, but in the surrounding homes. Recycling, compost facilities, motion sensor lighting and paper reduction policies are just some of the ways in which Aljamea contributes to protecting Allah’s great bounty: the world we live in.

The newer campuses in Nairobi and Mumbai are on track to be LEED certified owing to their compliance with such requirements as photovoltaic panels, passive ventilation strategies and geothermal cooling.

In this manner, both in theory and practise, Aljamea strives to reflect in itself and its students, the values inspired by Islam and the Fatimi tradition.
Al Jamea Emblem

Aljamea-tus-Saifyah’s emblem

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah’s emblem, or shiʿār as it is known in Arabic, conveys key concepts of Fatimi learning and upbringing. Each element included in the emblem was selected by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. It consists of two Quranic verses, a hadīth sharīf of Nabi Mohammed SA and couplets composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA himself.

Al-Jāmiʿ al-Azhar Arch

Āyat Sharīfa

Hadīth Sharīf

Arabic Panegyric

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah

Full emblem

The outermost arch is a replica from an arch in the transept of the grand Fatimi Masjid, al-Jāmiʿ al-Azhar, in Cairo. Its position in Aljamea’s emblem signifies the academy’s affiliation to Fatimi thought and culture and adherence to its principles. This particular arch was chosen for the floriated Kufic inscription of Quranic verses that adorn it. The verses speak of the recipients of Allah’s Good and describes them as being free from the fear of hellfire and punishment and welcomed by angels on the Day of Judgement for the good that they have done (21:101-03). Aljamea is a venue for acquiring knowledge which according to the Islamic tradition is of divine origin and is a goodness that Allah bestows upon his select servants.
Beneath the Azhar arch lies the following verse from the Holy Quran: “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone, according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn” (3:79). Addressing teachers and students both, this verse highlights the quintessential purpose of both acquiring and imparting knowledge: to increase devotion towards the Creator and utilise it in the service of His Creation.
A hadīth sharīf in which Amirul Mumineen Ali bin Abi Talib SA is described by the Nabi Mohammed SA as being the caretaker and nurturer of the Islamic Ummah is at the centre of the emblem in a unique calligraphic form. Both in its meaning and its placement, it refers to the centrality of Amirul Mumineen’s SA teachings and acts in the process of education and the upbringing of a Muslim man and woman.
Lastly, couplets from an Arabic panegyric in praise of the Fatimi imams AS composed by His Holiness Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA form the base of the emblem. The first couplet is a declaration of devotion and homage to Allah and the Fatimi imams through the continuous recital of their names and a supplication for strength in seeking knowledge. Indeed, the foundation of learning in Aljamea rests upon a sincere trust in Allah and supplication to Him and His beloveds.
This combination of Quranic verses, the Nabi Mohammed’s SA hadīth sharīf and Syedna Taher Saifuddin’s RA couplets represents the unbroken chain of Fatimi thought and learning embodied in Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, whose name in Arabic lies at the very bottom of the emblem.
Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah’s emblem, or shiʿār as it is known in Arabic, conveys key concepts of Fatimi learning and upbringing. Each element included in the emblem was selected by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and includes two Quranic verses, a hadīth sharīf of Nabi Mohammed SA and couplets composed by Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA himself.
History

A brief history
of Aljamea

The history of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah is synonymous with the history and tradition of Fatimi education established at the dawn of Islam. Although Aljamea today is in the form of a physical institute, in spirit Aljamea is the educational legacy of the Dawoodi Bohra community.

A NEW CHAPTER

The Realisation
of Aljamea

A century after its initial institutionalisation, the legacy and honourable task of imparting knowledge and preparing souls was entrusted to the 51st dāʿī, His Holiness Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA. His era was that of World Wars, colonial independence, movements of freedom, pan-Islamic caliphates and unheard of scientific discovery. Recognising the nature and magnitude of social change in his time he adjusted Aljamea’s teaching system in order to produce graduates that could thrive in the complex and changing world that now surrounded them.

Timeline of Key Events

History of the Educational 
Movement Aljamea

The quality indeed that we have seen today of the physical facilities in this complex, attest to the readiness and commitment, to the vision and mission of education in Kenya.

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
Surat Campus

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah,
Devri Mubarak,
Zampa Bazaar, Begampura,
Surat, Gujarat, 395003, India

261-3011110
surat@jameasaifiyah.edu

Karachi Campus

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah
St-8 Block-C, North 
Nazimabad, Karachi,
74700, Pakistan

38636600
karachi@jameasaifiyah.edu
Nairobi Campus

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah,
Saifee Park, Syedna Mohammed 
Burhanuddin Road, Nairobi,
00100, Kenya

020-7650283/84
nairobi@jameasaifiyah.edu
Mumbai Campus

Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah,
3 Bori Colony
Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai,
Maharashtra, 400059, India

222-8317500
mumbai@jameasaifiyah.edu
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