School Of Urdu Grammar Established
Na'at/Geet Academy Established 1999 - Urdu on P/C
Established 2000 - On Pitch! Established 2001
37, Mavis Road, Rylands Estate. 7764 Cape Town. South
Africa. Tel. No. +27 21 633 0261
The History of Khaana-e-Adab
I was very concerned that the younger generation should
not lose their own language at the expense of becoming
so westernized that they lose themselves to an alien
culture. From my own experiences I had come to learn
many essential and delicate matters pertaining to
Islaamic perceptions and knowing that most of our
Islaamic heritage has been written and preserved in
I thought and wondered for some time as to when someone
would take up the daunting challenges of teaching
Urdu here in the west in such a manner that is not
only acceptable to the western mind but will also
reach their hearts with purpose.
I visited all my teachers and sought their blessings.
They all very kindly wished me well and with Allaah
Almighty'sit grace and the boon of His beloved prophets,
opened its doors in September 1978.
For the first nine years, I did not teach children
for their parents were my target. First create an
atmosphere conducive, then offer it to the children
was my feeling. At this point I also did not have
a syllabus in place. My cousin Mr. Abdul Majied Jaffer
brought a booklet to me to read on Urdu which is called
"Teach yourself Urdu in two months"
by the late Professor Aziz-ur-Rehman. May Allaah Almightytif
grant him a high place in Jannah. I had a serious
look at this book and decided to use this format.
Today this same syllabus has shown success in many
Al Hamdu Lillaahi! Many inventive lessons are involved
to the point where I even had to use new names unknown
to those who have not studied from this syllabus,
for these same lessons have not been found by myself
in any other books. The syllabus is structured in
such a manner that the student gradually becomes familiar
with all aspects of the Urdu language.
In 1986, children were admitted to these classes for
the first time. Here things changed dramatically.
For the first time, I used colours on the board to
highlight what I wished to explain. I was amazed at
the result and felt immediately that most of us adults
are guilty of presenting Islaam to our children in
black and white only. This brought about
THE SYNTAX CHART!
The enthusiasm amongst the children was phenomenal
to say the least and the school has seen a steady
growth of learners over the past 26 years.
1990 saw the school celebrating the birthday of the
beloved prophets. This has become an annual practice.
Al Hamdu Lillaahi! Please click on THE
JALSAH to learn more about this addition.
1999 saw the opening of the NA'AT
and the GEET
Please click on these names to read more about them.
2001 saw the classes of ON
PITCH being offered.
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ACADEMY and the GEET
sparked off CDs.
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to access info on them.
you well always.
Yours in Islaam
Chishti Nizaami Qamari