THE ISLAMICTEXT INSTITUTE CAPE TOWN
The IslamicText Institute was started in 2006 by Allie Khalfe and was greatly inspired by the Al-Zawiya Institute in Walmer Estate, Cape Town
Our approach is a traditional one where the Shaykh reads from classical texts and elaborates on it, so as to provide the student with a firm understanding, context and certainty regarding the text. This is also the methodology adopted by scholars at one of the oldest traditional institutes in the world -the Grand Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.
The IslamicText Institute looks at education holistically, focusing on nourishment [tarbiya] and education [ta’lim]. These are of the essential elements and ingredients that form and bind the relationship between teacher and student.
Islam offers a complete nourishment of the mind, body and soul. This holistic nourishment process focuses on three key disciplines including, Jurisprudence [Al-Fiqh], Theology [Al-Tawhid] and Spirituality [Al-Ihsan]. The Institute uses as its point of departure, both classical and traditional texts, dating back a thousand years, as the spheres for this nourishment process.
Since its establishment, the institute laid its foundation upon classical texts like the Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din and The Beginning of Guidance of Imam al-Ghazali in the discipline of Ihsan. Commentaries on the Matn of Abu Shuja were used as the primary sources for Jurisprudence, and the Jawhara al-Tawhid of Imam Laqqani as a primary source in Theology.
Our youth are the future and we need to empower them with confidence as they are the flag bearers of this Dīn and will need the necessary tools required to properly interact with all human beings. We aim at educating them holistically with the Prophetic ideas of mercy, tolerance and compassion toward all of creation.