Aishah Siddiqa Shari'ah College

Aishah Siddiqa Shari'ah College, Joga Bai, New Delhi

Delhi, being the capital of India is, as it should be, an extremely important city. Yet neither the main city nor its neighbourhood had a single Arabic-oriented residential institution imparting education on correct interpretation of the Qur'an and Sunnah as understood and handed down by our pious predecessors. As Allah had destined, it fell to the lot of the Centre to seriously take note of yawning void and make preparations to fill it ever since its inception. It is now several years since it started the construction work for that purpose. Financial constraints, however, intervened and the project could only go ahead with fits and starts. Allah, however, in His munificence, enabled the Centre to complete a six-storey hostel building over two years ago. In addition, another six-storey building to serve as the teaching wing and house a library and administrative offices was simultaneously completed.

In response to the persistent demand from a large number of well-wishers of the Muslim community and the supporters of the organization in the city of Delhi and its neighbourhood and adjoining states such as Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab as well as considering the support and encouragement of religious-minded people living in Nepal and other countries the Centre, all the financial constraints notwithstanding, put its faith in Allah and founded the Aishah Siddiqa Shari'ah College, New Delhi under the supervision of Jamia Al-Banat Al-Islamia, New Delhi, on July1, 2005 (23 Jumada al- u la 1426 AH). And now Muslim girl students from Kashmir to Karnataka and from Asam to Gujarat are studying in it as boarders lodged in its state-of-the-art hostel. These students are also getting training in crafts like housekeeping, cooking, tailoring, and needlework as part of their study of Home Science. Well-qualified, experienced and competent lady teachers are performing their duties not only as subject teachers but also as tutors and educators. In addition to the Islamic subjects like Arabic language and literature, the Qur'an and its exegesis ( tafsir ), Hadith and Science of Hadith, Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudence) and the Foundations of Fiqh, the rules of recitation and memorization of the Qur'an as well as modern subjects and languages like English, Hindi, science, mathematics, economics etc. are also part of the curriculum in the College.