The ambassador of Egypt in Pakistan, Mr Ahmed Fazil Yaqub accompanied by his secretary, Mr Mohammed Shahata visited the campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah in Karachi. After some time, witnessing and experiencing the campus’ unique architecture, a reflection of architecture from the Fatimi period in Cairo, Egypt, Mr Yaqub remarked, ‘I feel at home’.

His first port of call was Mahad al-Zahra, the dedicated building established to facilitate the memorisation, or hifz, and study of the Holy Quran. Mr Yaqub was intrigued by the the building’s aesthetics and layout specially designed to help individuals with their memorisation. The efforts of His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS in calling his community members for advancement in the field of Al Quran were made known to him. His desire that every household of his community should at least have one individual who has memorised the entire Quran was also mentioned during the discussion. ‘Only a personage like His Holiness could envision something of this sort’, Mr Yaqub said.

Thereafter, Mr Yaqub toured the library of the university. Several literary works authored by community leaders were presented to him. ‘These compositions are an invaluable contribution to the riches of Arabic literature’ Mr Yaqub remarked, moved by the extraordinary calibre of the compositions.

The ambassador lauded the educational structure and curricula of the Academy which were founded upon the teachings of the Holy Quran. He also acknowledged the performance of students who enrol in the Arabic language programs at Al Azhar University in Cairo after graduating from Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah.

As the Ambassador passed by the Quranic Garden, he referred to the campus as ‘jannat’ which in Arabic refers to both a garden as well as heaven. The Quranic Garden boasts all the fruits and plants mentioned in the Holy Book.

Below is Mr Yaqub’s entry in the university guestbook:

I am fortunate to earn an opportunity to visit a university as this. More so, because it is a university of a community that has its roots stretching back to Egypt. I hope the university and the community continue to prosper, and their bond with Egypt as well. I would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the leader of the community and the head of the university, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. May he be blessed with happiness and well-being.