ORIGIN Of MA’AHAD ABDUL HAMID AL-ISLAMIE INC.
The origin of Ma’ahad Abdul Hamid Al-Islamie Inc., is Madrasatud Darul Arqam. Children started their studies in a small Masjid which is located in the rice field of Bazagad Balo-i Lanao Del Norte. The said Masjid was constructed by our relative headed by uncle Ali Sindawan, who considered the suggestions of uncle Nasroding Lope and cousin Saeed Lope from both sides.
When five rooms of Ma’ahad were constructed at the area of our father Abdul Hamid, the name of school Madrasatud Darul Arqam was replaced with Madrasatul Abdul Hamid Al-islamie, and when it was extended to more levels, it was permanently replaced with the name Ma’ahad Abdul Hamid Al-Islamie Inc.,. When this madrasah was realized, our in-laws supported us along the way.
We named the Ma’ahad after our father Abdul Hamid so that we can set an example for people and the coming generations, to strive and support such noble act for the betterment of the community and residents, and most importantly the spread of the religion.
We, the immediate children tried to work abroad, and share our earnings for the operations sustenance of the school.
SERVICES OF MA’AHAD ABDUL HAMID AL-ISLAMIE INC.,
What we initially do was to teach the Arabic language and Islamic Studies to children, and extended seminars for those interested and even shared it through Radio (DXRZ) broadcast for those who were not able to attend the seminar. At present, we conduct trainings to teachers for their development such as: Administrative organization, Teaching Strategies, Grading System and Curriculum Development.
REASONS FOR BUILDING THE MADRASAH
On September 2006, When I arrived for a vacation from Paris France, my cousin ustadzah Salmah Palo shared her dream as she was crying, that we constructed a Madrasah.
When I came home, I need to pay a debt out of my compassion in helping others, and I was fooled too in the internet spam that costs 1.2 million php.
When my cousin shared her vision, I never let her feel that I was on the brink of negativity, however I told her “In sha Allah” declaring the power of Allah (s.w.t.) to produce what we need, It is believed by others that once you work abroad, you are in monetary abundance. Inspite of my monetary negativity, I showed them my excitement in going to the area with the presence of my family members.
After agreeing with my cousin, we went directly to my sister’s house Hajah Anisah and Haji Ansary Pandapatan which is nearby the Abdul Hamid Compound, with in the compound, situated there was the radio station, and from there we announced to all the intentions of building the Madrasah.
From ongoing house construction of my sister, we took the woods they were about to use, and upon bringing the woods, my brothers arrived and followed by my elder sister. Together with my siblings, we went to the area, and when we reached, our Auntie who was a former Principal of Ma’ahad Abdul Aziz also with us.
Every time we dig and post for a foundation we say “Bismillah”, we were unsatisfied of the space, so we tried to extend more and more until it became a vast area for five rooms to construct, so we stopped and realized that the area is big enough for the intention. However, our cousin Salmah corrected us of the larger area we did, what was funny there was the fact that we extended the area that big, without thinking where we get funds for that. Our elder sister butt in and rebuked us saying “are we the one who will make this? We cannot definitely do this, we are not millionaires, however, Allah (s.w.t.) could make possible because He owns everything.
Hajah Anisah initiated the idea of sharing two dump trucks of gravel, and I was asked too what to give, I honestly responded “let me see what I can do, because you know my situation”. I will go to Iligan city and try to have loan through my visa card from Paris. Immediately we went to Iligan with my brother engr. Habib and we agreed, if the bank will allow me to have loan, I will call them so that we will start buying construction materials. When I inserted my visa card, I was earnestly saying “Bismillah” and praying that there will still be money in it, and Alhamdulillah!!!, because of my pure intention, my desired amount was granted.
On the same day, we were able to buy construction materials only and were not able to start the work. Next day, we called all family members and students to help in the construction, but we were only able to pay one carpenter. On the other hand, students labored much in getting of water from far distance (Agus river) just to bring it to Basagad area. At the end of the day, Foundations were built for five buildings. Alhamdulillah!!!
Just before I went back to Paris, I initiated my nieces and nephews to make a Video Clip on Islamic Songs in Maranao Version, and was directed, recorded and played piano by engr. Habib. It was done in haste because I was about to leave. When I went back to France, and dropped in Manila with my brother engr. Zaiton, we reproduced the video into cd’s and some of it were distributed with in my family here in Manila and hoping to have funds from it, but they said they will be helping us on December yet because they will have their business first, so I gave my sister’s mobile number for them to contact on December. Some of it I brought it to France and Alhamdulillah!!! my friends were able to help as well.
Upon arrival in France, cd’s were sold and I sent the proceeds back to Balo-i. My sister Bae A Labe Hajah Nasriyah also shared that the Mayor of Marawi Hon. Solitario Alidonated 15k php to our Madrasah with out hesitation, Saying “If it were in my place, I could have helped you more. But because it is on another area, I will just share my personal money.” So I praised Allah (s.w.t.) because the mayor has contributed something to a factory of good deeds that produces unlimited reward.
Within two years time, what we accomplished was the roofing of the buildings only, but the children sacrificed in using that in the midst of difficult situation. When my brother in law arrived, he initiated the contribution of money to finally finish the buildings, and when my sister from France also gave her share, these buildings were finished on the entrance of the 3rd year.
Aside from the finished structures of buildings, we also asked assistance from TADHAMMON headed by Abdul Wahab, located in Marawi City- they are the one’s being entrusted of funds from Arabs of Bahrain, to help in the construction of Masjid and Madrasah. Alhamdulillah!!!, we wewre given Masjid, and two other rooms for those ones who memorized Qur-an.
After few months, the couple Haji Ansari and his wife decided to add one more building five rooms because Allah (s.w.t.) has given them more blessings. The Bangsamoro group in France has also extended 20k php for the purchase of chairs.
The masjid that was built by TADHAMMON has no space for women, so we the siblings again contributed 10k php each, and received more than 10k php from Bangsamoro organization in France. Much more, the couple again added their share by giving budget for electrification of the Masjid and the whole Madrasah itself and was installed by two sibling engr. Habib and engr. Zaiton.
In the year 2010, the couple again planed Social Hall, as additional to their share for the Madrasah, this was realized after the fencing of the whole area of the Madrasah.
Originally, there was no school fee for the students because parents have difficulty in payment and source of income was scare. At present, there is already a minimal school fee for the maintenance of the school operations.
I and my sister here in France were working and share from our salary because we are the one accountable for the payment of salary of the teachers (Ustadz), and others.
Regular expenditures were taken by my other siblings in the Philippines, much more the Bangsamoro organization also shared this constitutions for the teachers as well, and our employers too, we are also supporting our siblings engr. Habib and engr. Zaiton who manages the radio station, in which Islamic lectures and seminars took place, for the propagation of Islam, as the religion. To add up, there were actually two radio stations that were under the management of our siblings, one is located near the house of our cousin who visualized this Madrasah, and the other is inside the compound of the family.
Rahma Tauday (Mahdi) Abdulhamid Anarig
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