“The best among you is the one who learns and teaches the Qur’an” (Bukhari)
One fifth of the 3.6 million British Muslims are under the age of 15. Many of them, possibly 750,000 attend the local the Qur’an School (Madaris). All of the 1600 mosques in Britain run Qur’an Schools. It is estimated that there are nearly twice as many home and community based Qur’an schools. The word ‘Madrassa’ is Arabic for school and ‘Madaris’ is the plural form. Madrassa is commonly used to refer to a place of learning.
These Madaris are run in homes, community centres and schools, mainly in the evenings although some are open on the weekends. This is a remarkable institution, which plays an important role in the development of a Muslim child. The Qur’an school education primarily focuses on teaching children to read and memorise the Qur’an. The warm caring, educational and learning environment contributes to the Muslim child`s educational achievements at school too.