“[W]hen I barely knew tips on how to converse Wolof, my mom tongue, I had been enrolled in a college to be taught Arabic and the Qur’an. Because it turned out, the varsity had no classroom. Education happened within the yard of our household house in Dakar, and the trainer was none aside from my very own mom [Shaykha Mariam Niasse]. A part of a clerical household, my mom began her personal faculty as quickly as she bought married to my father and settled in Dakar, the capital metropolis of Senegal, in 1951. Between 1959 and 1961, I attended the Quranic faculty completely. It operated 5 days every week; Wednesday afternoons, all day Thursday, and Friday mornings had been instances of relaxation. Thus, after I enrolled within the Clemenceau College in 1961, I needed to commit to 2 methods of training. The French faculty was vital as a result of it led to the award of a level and recognition, and the Quranic faculty as a result of it formed its college students sense of belonging to a Muslim persona.
Like my siblings, I pursued Islamic and Western training concurrently. I wakened round 6 am to carry out the primary of the 5 every day Muslim prayers after which to check a set of verses of the Quran at house; at 7:45 am, it was time to stroll to Ecole Clemencaeu. At midday, the start of the break at Clemenceau, I returned house to renew Quranic research and have a short lunch. At 2:45 pm, it was time to stroll again to Clemencaeu. The college day at Clemenceau ended at 5pm. However at 5:15 pm, after I arrived house from Clemencaeu, I’d immediately resume Quranic research till the Muslim prayer of Maghreb, or sundown, round 7pm. Proper after the prayer, I’d do my public faculty homework with the assistance of my older siblings, I’d have a brief fifteen minute break for dinner and would go to mattress between 10 and 11 pm after finishing my homework. On Saturdays and Sundays and throughout the different faculty holidays corresponding to Christmas and Easter (two weeks every), and over summer season break (three months), I studied the Quran full time.
When did I relaxation? Solely at evening! There was no different time to relaxation. My best childhood remorse is rarely having realized to play soccer, a very fashionable sport in city Senegal within the 1960s.”
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This was the setting that Ousmane Kane, the son of Shaykha Mariam Niasse, was cultivated in, as he recollects in his guide, Past Timbuktu. Immediately, he’s a professor of Islamic Research and African and African-American Research at Harvard College. It’s in assembly this man in the beginning of my graduate research that I used to be uncovered to the lifetime of his mom, and to the lifetime of his luminary household.
Born on December 24th, 1932, Shaykha Mariam Niasse returned to Allah on December 26th, 2020, on the age of 88. She spent her life immersed in Quranic training, producing tens of hundreds of huffaz (those that have memorized the Quran) inside her Quran faculty in Senegal.
She was the daughter of Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse, who was one of the influential Islamic students of the 20th century, and regarded by many to be the Mujaddid of his time. Shaikh Ibrahim based the Muslim World League with Abu Alaa Mawdudi of Pakistan and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. He was generally known as the one one who may scold Egyptian President Gemal Abdel Nasser and get away with it. He additionally spoke out in opposition to a lot of Abdel Nasser’s unjust actions corresponding to his killing of Sayyid Qutb. Shaikh Ibrahim would typically take his daughter, Shaykha Mariam with him throughout these travels. Because of this, she developed shut relationships with many distinguished leaders across the Muslim world. In a while in life, she would leverage these relationships to resolve conflicts between Senegal and Iran, in addition to Senegal and Sudan.
Her Islamic training got here by the hands of her erudite father. Her father would inform her and her sisters to depart house responsibilities and as an alternative name upon them to check the Islamic sciences with him. She memorized and studied the Islamic sciences below her father. She ultimately married his pupil Oumar Kane, after which established the “Dar Al-Quran Ecole Sheikha Mariama Niasse” in Dakar, a college that homes 1300 college students. On account of this, she turned generally known as “Khadimatul Quran” (Servant of the Quran).
We ask Allah to reward Shaykha Mariam for the nice service that her and her household have carried out to the reason for this Ummah. As we bid farewell to one of many best girls of our Ummah, we ask Allah that she be raised to the best ranges of Heaven, and that we accompany her there. We additionally ask Allah that we will observe within the actions that she did on this Earth.
The Prophet Muhammad stated that “One of the best amongst you might be those that be taught the Quran and train it.”
Shaykha Mariam was amongst the perfect. And we ask Allah that we too be included amongst the perfect.