In the Arabic language the word ‘maktab’ refers to a ‘table’. In our Indian sub-continent culture maktab is a place where a small child (usually from the age of 5) starts its journey of acquiring basic Islamic tenets pertaining to the religion of Islam. This system has been running very effectively in the UK since the 1980’s. It is generally, of a 10-year course. The child learns and starts to practise all the fundamentals of religion within this time, by the age of 15 the child would know the majority of Islamic laws, how to recite the divine book of Allah, ‘Qur’an’ perfectly and equip themselves with general Islamic knowledge, something that proves to help them for the remainder of their lives.
The maktab usually functions after the school hours on Mondays to Fridays between 5pm and 7pm. The students sit in classes according to the ages and are taught by qualified teachers.
The syllabus consists of Qaaidah, Qur’an, Duaa’s and General Islamic Studies books which encompasses Aqaaid (Islamic Creed), Seerah (biography) of Prophet Mohammad (saw), Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and Taareekh (History).