Madaris and Makaatibs (Islamic school afternoon classes)
have been an integral part of the upbringing of the Muslim community since the start of the very first Masjid on these shores. They have been the means of providing basic Islamic ethos and teachings to the young generation who pass on this tradition of attending these islamic institutes for many generations to come.
East End Islamic Centre has been running ever since the early nineties. We pride ourselves on our humble beginnings, where we started with a handful of students attending the mosque to learn about their religion, alongside the art of learning to read The Glorious Quran. We are indebted to our respected elders, who laid the foundation of our Maktab and strived towards making it a safe learning hub for the youngsters of our locality.
I would like to take this opportunity to pray for our patron, late Al Haj Sikander Ali, who worked tirelessly to provide a service for the community. It is due to his hard work and efforts that we have a successful and established Maktab that is continuing with this valuable work of Deen.
My name is Delwar Hussain and I am the headteacher at the Maktab. I am someone who lives a stone throw away from the masjid and have been so since 1986, a few years before the establishment of the masjid. I am fully aware of the locality and it’s needs and priorities. Ever since the start , the masjid has been ever so dear to my father and my family. He was part of the first committee and truly has the love and passion for the masjid and has always been instrumental in raising funds and looking after the general running of the masjid. So it was an absolute honour for me when I was offered and chosen by the public to take the reigns of the education at the masjid back in 2009 Alhamdulillah. We have come through leaps and bounds in terms of what we have on offer for our young students that come through our doors in order to gain Islamic knowledge. Makatibs across the country have a pivotal role in providing a safe haven, a source for acquiring Islamic values to be proud of and a centre for the community to come together as a family and we work tirelessly to ensure this.
My background is education and I have worked in educational institutions all my working life. I have a vast amount of experience in teaching and getting the best outcomes for students who want to do well. It is coming up to nearly 20 years of teaching experience that I implement in the day to day running of the Maktab. I am currently the Assistant Lead of the Sixth Form and Teacher of Arabic.
I pass on the training that I receive at school to my staff at the maktab.