Dar al-Zahra (UK) is community charitable organisation that is run by women and serves women in Liverpool, UK and beyond. Our principles are based upon three fundamentals, knowledge, practice and Da'wa.
To produce Muslim women scholars and leaders of the future through fostering an environment that allows young women to explore their faith based upon traditional knowledge and practice.
We are a sunni based centre of learning. We do not exclude other faiths or other denominations of Islam from participating in our activities but our curriculum and activities revolve around traditional sunni Islamic practice.
Our activities of learning have been designed to give young women a sense of what it means to be Muslim and gain insight into their own selves and their place in society as a young Muslim woman living in the UK.
To advance in life and relieve needs of young women in Liverpool and the surrounding areas, particularly but not exclusively those of the Muslim faith, through:
(a) The provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life;
(b) Providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.
To advance the Muslim faith by means of, but not exclusively, the provision of Islamic education in accordance with the teachings of the Quran.
To promote and protect the mental health/wellbeing of young women in Liverpool and the surrounding areas, particularly but not exclusively those of the Muslim faith, through the provision of support, education and practical advice.
Subjects covered will vary depending on the course taken but some key areas focussed on in Liverpool are as below...
The study of how to recite the Qur’an in the way that it was revealed.
Students will cover the rules and principles of correct recitation of the Qur’an, moving through levels 1-7, beginning with correct articulation of single letters to our most advanced students studying towards an Ijāza.
Principles of Faith in God, the Messengers, the scriptures, the angels, the Day of Judgement and Predestination.
Students will learn the basic principles of Sunni Islamic belief through evidence based learning from the Qur’an and the Sunna, they will also explore the logical proofs as laid down by the scholars of theology.
The life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Students will explore the life and living of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him}.
Prophetic biography will include the important role women played in the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and their essential role in helping establish the foundations of the first community of Muslims.
Islamic fundamentals and practice of sacred law such as purification, prayer, and fasting.
Students will study the essentials of Islam from the point of view of the law.
They will study legal rulings such as wajib, mandub, mubah, makru, haram, and the like as they pertain to basic practice.
The study of God consciousness and the internal practice of the faith. Exploring the three central areas of soul, heart and spirit.
In addition, the area of spirituality focuses on improving one's etiquette with others and importantly in the presence of God.
Students will engage in sunna sports and activities such as archery and horse riding as well as other sports that aim to help build confidence.
Identifying who they are as young Muslim women as well as gain the ability of working together as part of a student community.
Students will engage in art and drama workshops.
Activities such as: learning to play the duff (traditional drum); singing and writing Nashids (songs of praise); Islamic arts, and exploring their faith through drama.
Students will engage in activities linked to their learning such as organising their own fundraising events and engaging in community service.
They will also explore ways to support each other with elements of their faith.
Dar al-Zahra (UK) does not permit photographs, video or audio recordings of students and staff to be uploaded to any social media platform or shared amongst other people.
This measure is in place to safeguard the young women in our care and the privacy of the staff that work at Dar al-Zahra.
Dar al-Zahra has a legal responsibility to follow Child Protection Procedure Guidelines. Dar al-Zahra will follow its Safeguarding Procedure as outlined in its Safeguarding Policy.
In the event that a concern relates to an alleged abuse of a student by a member of staff or a volunteer, Dar al-Zahra will follow the Guidance of the Liverpool Safeguarding Children’s Board.