Profiles

MADARSA STUDENTS

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Madarsa Students 2011. Front left to right Moin, Waseem, Zameer.
Middle L – R Rizwan, Faizal, Shaiban. Back L-R Iliaz, Intaj, Ifraaz, Rahat.

1. Mohammed Iliaz
DOB: 01/02/1991
Fathers name: Mohammed Razak
Occupation: Security Officer
Mothers name: Animul Bi
Occupation: Domestic Duties
Residence: Wailevu Labasa

Iliaz’s parents are separated. He comes from a poor background. He missed school for two consecutive years due to the separation of his mother and father. Alhamdulillah ALLAH SWT guided him to Madarsa in 2003. He is the longest serving student and the leader of the current batch. A very trustworthy and reliable boy.

Iliaz is an average student at Lautoka Muslim College and is very good with the Madarsa studies.

2. Rahat Ali
DOB: 10/04/1995
Fathers name: Roshan Ali
Occupation: Gardner / Carpenter
Mothers name: Yasmin Nisha
Occupation: Domestic Duties
Residence: Vatukarasa Sigatoka

Rahat comes from a very poor background. His house does not have any electricity supply. He missed school for six consecutive years, five years at home and one year in Madarsa before he was enrolled in Lautoka Muslim Primary School. Rahat has put in great effort in school and was the recipient of the Most Improved Student Shield. Currently he is in class 7 and is 4-5 years older than his classmates. He performs well in the Madarsa studies.

Rahat also had a brother named Hazrat in the Madarsa who has opted out of the Madarsa. They had joined MDUS in 2007.

3. Mohammed Intaj
DOB: 22/11/1994
Fathers name: Mohammed Nazim Nur Ali
Occupation:
Mothers name: Rozina Bibi
Occupation: Domestic Duties
Residence: Tovatova Nadi

Intaj joined MDUS in 2009. His parents are separated. His place of residence does not have water or electricity supply. His performance at school is slightly below average and at MDUS it is satisfactory. Intaj suffers from a cleft lip condition. The management of MDUS had arranged Intaj to be seen by plastic surgeons that visit Fiji annually and carry out free surgeries. He has been operated upon once and is in the waiting list for further treatment.

4. Mohammed Ifraz (Jason James)
DOB: 14/06/1996
Fathers name: James
Occupation: Security Guard
Mothers name: Sara Bi
Occupation: Domestic Duties
Residence: Koroipita Settlement Lautoka

Ifraz comes from a split family and is very poor. He joined MDUS as Jason James and converted to Mohammed Ifraz. His mother and sister have also embraced Islam. He is in form 4 and performs below average in school. Ifraz has learnt a great deal in MDUS.

5. Mohammed Moin Munif
DOB: 11/10/2000
Fathers name: unknown
Occupation:
Mothers name: Sonia Shenaaz
Occupation: Sales Assistant.
Residence: Vuniyasi Nadi

Not much is known about Moin’s father. He comes from a very poor background and his house does not have electricity supply. Moin is a bright student both at school and in the Madarsa. He is the most active boy in the dwelling.

6. Faizal
DOB: 23/08/1997
Fathers name: Afzal Ali
Occupation: Machine Operator
Mothers name: Nazima Bi
Occupation: Garment Worker
Residence: Solovi Nadi

Faizal is from a poor background. His performance at both levels is well below average. He is in class 8. He does not know spellings of basic words. We have given him special attention by allocating students to teach him. We even paid for an outside student to teach MDSU boys in the school holidays but Faizal did not improve vastly. He is a very pleasant boy indeed to meet.

7. Rizwan (Shavneel Kumar) half brother of Faizal above
DOB: 06/05/1998
Fathers name: Afzal Ali
Occupation: Machine Operator
Mothers name: Nazima Bi
Occupation: Garment Worker
Residence: Solovi Nadi

Rizwan’s mum married Faizal’s father and Rizwan joined Faizal in MDUS. He is a very decent child and one who performs above average in school and also in MDUS. Rizwan is in class 7 and is of poor background. Both brothers joined MDUS in 2010.

8. Abdul Zameer
DOB: 19/03/2000
Fathers name: Abdul Shameem
Occupation:
Mothers name: Azmun Nisha
Occupation:
Residence: Koroipita Settlment Lautoka

Zameer’s parents abandoned him in early childhood. He does not know who they are. He has been brought up by his paternal aunt. He comes from a very poor background. He joined MDUS this year. Zameer is good performer at school and also in the Madarsa. He has slight problem with speech. A pleasant child to meet.

9. Mohammed Sheiban
DOB:
Fathers name: Mohammed Feroz
Occupation: Heavy Goods Driver
Mothers name: Salimun Nisha
Occupation: Deceased
Residence: Koroipita Settlement Lautoka

10. Mohammed Waseem
DOB:
Fathers name: Mohammed Feroz
Occupation: Heavy Goods Driver
Mothers name: Salimun Nisha
Occupation: Deceased
Residence: Koroipita Settlement Lautoka

Sheiban and Waseem are blood brothers. They are very poor. Their mum passed away in 2006. Prior to enrolling in MDUS, they missed school frequently, often had no lunch in school and were in shabby uniforms (expected as they have no mother). Sheiban the elder one of the two did not attend Kindergarten, class 1 to class 3. He started school straight from class 4, hence is a very poor performer at school. He does not know how to spell days of the week. He is given the extra attention at MDUS and is found to be improving. Waseem is also given special attention and he is improving rapidly.

2011 began with eleven boys. Four boys joined in early 2011. In April, a student namely Mohammed Zia withdrew form MDUS and since ten boys remain.

During the school term holidays the students go home in the second half of the holidays with the first half being spent on Islamic studies.

Matron
Sabra Bibi, who resides in the HART Village of Lovu is the matron for our Madarsa. She performs her duty to the satisfaction of the Madarsa management. She works for seven days a week. Her leave coincides with the leave of the Madarsa students.

She is being paid $10 per day.

Discipline
I am thankful to members of Lautoka Branch for their constructive criticism regarding the Madarsa. It is with these criticisms that we have been able to build a strong disciplinary foundation for the Madarsa.

There is however always room for improvement in this area and the Madarsa management is trying its best to bring out the best within the boys.

Majority of the students in the Madarsa come from very poor and broken families. Children always need the guidance from the elders. Henceforth it is our duty to have mercy on the boys and guide them to be future role models in society.

Sports & Entertainment
The boys play sports mostly within the complex (car park). Once in a while, they are allowed to watch National Soccer League matches. They enjoyed the final day of the Fiji FACT Soccer Tournament in Churchill Park in June this year.

They are allowed to view TV as per the timetable. The students are allowed to view IQ Active (Quiz), Spell Well competition, Calcula8 (mathematics competition) IRB rugby Sevens, Islamic videos, news, sports and other materials as the Management deems fit for the students.

Thanks to Digicel Fiji Ltd, the students of MDUS were gifted with a ‘Table Soccer’ last year. They really enjoy this during leisure along with their cram board.
TWO STUDENTS PROGRESSED INTO ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY OF ALMADINAH – SAUDI ARABIA