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A well-known religious scholar, philanthropist and a household name, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi took a unique initiative in 1994. He got an inspiration from Almighty Allah to set up an institution to hone the skills of graduates of madrasas with English language and computer savviness. Today this institution Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Center (MMERC), has gained considerable acceptance in its attempt to bridge the gap


oday’s world is a competItive one. Everyone here wants to be famous and wants success in his life. In fact, for success hard work is necessary. Without working hard and just by sitting idle, it is hard for one to get success. Therefore MMERC has always been encouraging its pupils to be industrious and ambitious to achieve the cherished goal set by the pioneers of this institution. MMERC infuses a remarkable idea in Ulamas’ mind that successful people do not think they know everything but


between ulama and mainstream Indian ethos. In a short span of time, a raft of ten institutions of India adopted the DELL (Diploma in English language and literature) course promoted by MMERC, most notably, Darul Uloom Deoband and Aligarh Muslim University, although the latter has given it a different shape. Beside the exclusivity of this course and sincerity of its founders, in fact, MMERC has

rather they are open to new ideas. Alhamdulillah, this open-ended approach has produced a number of such alumni who are adding every new day a feather of success in their crowns. Among such graduates one impressive name is of Maulana Shamsul Hoda Qasmi. Since the very first day in MMERC he proved that the result of hard work is always fruitful. Maulana Shamsul Hoda Qasmi was born on 19th December 1979; he hails from Anta Kalan, Khalilabad of District Sant Kabir Nagar, Uttar

won plaudits for the knowledge ability of graduates, as it is said, “A tree is known by its fruits”. It is heartening to note that everywhere, by the grace of Almighty Allah, MMERC alumni are doing their best for the sake of educational, social and cultural upliftment. Therefore, EC has been publishing a regular column on MMERC alumni’s achievements to set benchmarks for new graduates of Madrasas.

Pradesh. His respected father’s name is Mr. Abid Ali Khan. He got his fazilat degree from Darul Uloom Deoband Saharanpur U.P. in 1999 securing 1st Division. Later, he wanted to study further and specialize in English language. So he looked at institutions to apply for it, and finally MMERC’s diploma course, DELL, matched his interests and he applied there where he fortunately passed entrance test and got diploma certificate in the year 2000-2001. It attests to his thirst for knowledge that after passing from MMERC, he


secured a degree in B.A. Honors in Arabic too from Jamia Millia Islamia, (A Central University) New Delhi. Maulana Shamsul Hoda Qasmi in the course of study at MMERC gave topmost priority to molding his character. He led here a strictly disciplined life and spent the most time in the acquisition of knowledge and thus proved himself to be an ideal student. As a result, MMERC selected him for research work where he worked on the subject “Propagation as Means of Influencing Mind�. Owing to his potential, in 2003 he was sent to Darul Uloom Markaze-Islami, Ankleshwar, Gujarat, India where he worked as head of the English Department and lecturer for four years. In actual fact, teaching is an important and well regarded profession and people from all walks of life find it a professionally and personally rewarding career choice. This was the reason that Maulana Shamsul Hoda Qasmi prefered gratifying career of teaching and as a lecturer at Markaz-eIslami, Ankleshwar he set the best example of dedication which gave this institution a wide recognition throughout the country. FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF APS (ABIDAH PUBLIC SCHOOL) Some students while being trained at MMERC nurse high academic ambitions, namely to start institutions on their own. In similar fashion, maulana fructified his early dreams by launching his own school. It speaks of his managerial ability


that he was able to successfully start an English Medium School, Abidah Public School, in the year 2010 in Jaunpur, India. The school syllabus is specially designed for Muslim students where deniyaat is the focus of the curriculum. It gave maulana some very good and dynamic experience of establishing and running an institution so as to provide quality education to the community in an Islamic atmosphere.

AUTHORED ENGLISH COURSE BOOKS (A SERIES OF STEPS TO IMPROVE ENGLISH) Besides administrative ability, maulana has shown his pedagogical skills by framing a series of course books in English for students of madrasas. These course books form part of the syllabus in Jamia Akkalkuwa, in its various branches and also in some other madrasas.

Maulana Shamsul Hoda has also given ample proof of his versatility by working on his academic goals. As part of these efforts, he has revised and annotated the book, Answer to Modernism, an English translation of an Urdu book, Al-IntebahatulMufeedah Anil-Ishtebahatil Jadeedah, authored by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (ra). Writing is the true measure of a scholar and it is incumbent on those who have scholarly ambitions to bring their insights and discernment in the public eye. Towards this end, he authored various articles and got them published in various magazines, both in English and Urdu. After working as Head of the English Department in Darul Uloom Markaz-e-Islami, Ankleshwar, Gujarat, India from 2003-2007 he moved to Saudi Arabia. He put in a stint as a translator-cum-secretary in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the company, Raoom Trading Establishment and Raoom Glass Factory, in Buraidah during the period, 2007-2009. After coming back to India, he is now working as head of the English Department in Jamia Islamia Ishaatul Uloom, Akkalkuwa, Nandurbar, India. He is handling various administrative and academic tasks at the institution and his seniors have full trust in his ability to add value to the madrasa. MMERC hope that maulana will continue to blaze a trail of new heights in academic accomplishments in the years to come.

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